Europe’s favourite golf destination
With over 100 courses, Andalucia is one of Europe’s foremost golfing destinations. The climate, with guaranteed warm temperatures all year round, not to mention endless hours of sunshine, coupled with spectacularly located courses, often with mountain or sea views, makes this region a hugely popular choice for golfers from all over the world.
Malaga and Cadiz provinces, with their long coastlines, have the highest concentration of greens, while there is even a desert course in Almeria. The courses of Almeria and Huelva provide memorable challenges for all levels of golfing enthusiasts and the provinces of Granada and Sevilla also have fine courses and services for golfers.
Golf in Costa del Sol is truly remarkable, with some of the finest layouts in continental Europe. With European Tour venues such as Valderrama, La Reserva and Finca Cortesin to enjoy, as well as excellent stay-and-play resorts like La Cala, Almenara or La Quinta, the Costa Del Sol is the perfect destination for a golf holiday in Spain. There is plenty of choice for accommodation, with a number of excellent resorts.
Partners who don’t partake in the game themselves will find plenty to keep them happy, whether other sporting activities such as swimming or tennis, as well as pampering treatments and superb cuisine – most golf resort hotels feature spas and offer top-class dining.
Andalucia is best known for its beaches, sunny weather and flamenco. But food is a hugely important part of southern Spain – indeed, the Mediterranean diet was recently recognised as being part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage.
Gastronomy in Andalucia is very location-specific – with the best strawberries and jamon coming from Huelva; sardines from Malaga; tuna from Barbate; mangoes from Granada; cucumbers and tomatoes from Almeria and Jaen making the best olive oil. Wine is produced all over Andalucia, though the most famous tipples are sherry from Jerez and Malaga sweet wine.
Dishes to try
Here are some of the dishes you shouldn’t miss out on while you’re visiting
Pescaito frito – a mix of fried fish, including calamares (squid), adobo (marinated dogfish), merluza (hake) and puntillitas (baby octopus). Try it in Cadiz
Huevos a la flamenco – eggs baked with jamon, chorizo and vegetables. A colourful Sevillano speciality
Rabo de toro – Oxtail estofado (stew)
Arroz marinero – caldoso (soupy) rice with seafood, served in a cazuela (big lidded pot) with a spoon, so you can help yourself.