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Living on the Costa del Sol
There are many factors which have led to the influx of ex-pats to the Costa del Sol. Obviously the climate is a huge factor, but what else is driving people here as opposed to other regions of Southern Europe?
Undoubtedly, the existing infrastructure assists ´foreigners´ in settling into their new surroundings. With such a wide range of shops, bars, restaurants, cultural activities and historical centres, there really is so much to do. One other huge factor is that all of these facilities are open on a year-round basis. The tourist season also runs throughout the year…from the golfers in the winter to the sun-worshippers in the summer…thus meaning that the area never really sleeps or shuts down, ideal if you are wanting a permanent home in the sun.
Another huge influence is the easy access to Northern Europe . In the case of emergencies, this can be a crucial factor. Within a couple of hours, and for a minimal cost, most residents of the Costa del Sol can be quickly back in any major European city.
Finally, the area has seen enormous economic investment and growth, meaning an influx of people seeking a complete change of career and work environment. This has undoubtedly meant a diversity of age groups settling on the Costa del Sol , helping to create a dynamic work, leisure and property market.
But the way of life, generally, tends to be more fun-filled, less stressful... and certainly warmer than many will be familiar with!
Links to the Costa del Sol are already firmly established. Certainly the International Airport at Malaga is one of Europe´s busiest destinations, handling flights from just about every major European city. The advent of the low-cost carriers such as EasyJet has created massive competition, making air travel to the Costa del Sol both quick and affordable. With the area already established as a top year-round destination, there should be no withdrawal of routes….in fact Malaga Airport is already preparing itself for a doubling in capacity by 2008!
In addition, the rail network within Southern Spain is set for massive improvement, with several high-speed links due to be finished within the next few years.
Sports & Recreation
There are a wide variety of sports to enjoy on the Costa del Sol, all of them in a world class setting. At the top of the list is GOLF. With over 50 top-class courses at your disposal, there is sure to be one to suit everyone. Imagine playing your local 18 holes in northern Europe, then add beautifully tended courses, the sea in the distance and the warm summer evenings all year round, and you have an idea of golf on the Costa del Sol. Oh, and don´t forget that ice cold beer at the 19 th !
There are also some world-renowned tennis academies, including the facilities at Lew Hoad in Mijas, Manolo Santana at Marbella and Hofsass in Elviria. It´s not uncommon to see some of the sport´s giants relaxing over a practice game at one of these venues before a major tournament.
In addition, you have access to every other sport, including all varieties of watersports, horse riding, polo, motor racing and horse racing. In fact the local racetrack at the Hipodromo in Mijas will stage a series of summer concerts in 2005 featuring the likes of Elton John, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Lenny Kravitz!
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