Southern Spain’s coastline offers some of the longest beaches in Europe, taking in both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, with lush green inland landscapes and even snow-capped mountain summits on some of the Sierra’s.
As you would expect by the name, the Costa del Sol has, enjoys on average, 320 days of sunshine and blue skies every year.
The sun provides levels of vitamin D that improve the body’s autoimmune system helping it fight disease and prevent major health issues while care should be given to the dangers of excessive exposure with summer temperatures reaching over 40ºC in inland Andalucia.
There’s something about being near the ocean that acts as a mood boost and instantly lifts your spirits and Andalucia has around 1,000km of coastline from the wild beauty of the Costa de la Luz to the family friendly beaches of the Costa del Sol.
The health benefits of the sea have been known for centuries especially with elderly people providing a number of vitamins and minerals from the sun and seawater with antibacterial properties.
The sea breeze itself never tires, and the noise of the waves themselves acts as a very pleasant mood and stress leveller.
Sitting in a ‘Chiringuito’ beach restaurant on a sunny summer’s afternoon eating fresh sardines straight from the grill or shellfish paella is one of life’s greatest pleasures but if you prefer a snack while bar hoping then the ‘Tapa’ is the way to go.
Trips to the local food markets offer much naturally grown local produce from ripe avocados and tomatoes to juicy oranges with wealth of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Local spices and the extra virgin olive oil are ‘must have’s’ for any Mediterranean diet, a rich source of antioxidants and monounsaturated fats both believed to protect your cardiovascular health.
The benefits of a daily glass of red wine have been recognised for some time but what about Andalucia’s most famous liquid export – Sherry?
Produced in the ‘Sherry Triangle’ of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto do Santa Maria, research indicates a small daily sherry could offer protection from coronary artery disease and increased the body’s production of ‘good’ cholesterol.
The Great Outdoors
From kitesurfing in Tarifa on the Costa de la Luz to skiing in the Sierra Nevada, Andalucia has something for everyone.
For walkers the ‘Senda Litoral’ coastal path running along the Malaga coast, once fully complete, will stretch 160km from Manilva to Nerja.
Golf courses, especially on the Costa del Sol are commonplace. With the amount of warm days in this part of the world, the climate is ideal for those who enjoy ruining a perfectly good walk by trying to sink their Titleist into a 4 ¼ inch hole in the ground from 400 metres…!?
Boating marina’s full of yacht’s are found in many of the local towns that were once fishing villages and bay’s offering numerous watersports like kite surf, kayaking, paddle boarding and jet ski’s or simply snorkel in the warmth of the Med.
The mountain ranges are frequented by hikers, bikers and horse trekkers, all healthy outdoor pursuits.
Siteseeing in the main cities of the region of Seville, Cordoba, Ronda, Granada and Malaga are packed with historic places and history dating back centuries.
This famous Spanish afternoon nap, one tradition that still holds strong within Spain’s culture.
It is often argued a short sleep after lunch (ideally no longer than half an hour) has many benefits including reducing stress, improving cardiovascular function, and increasing memory and alertness – something on that evidence should certainly be taken more seriously.
Whatever it is you enjoy to do to pass the time and makes you feel better in yourself and happy there is plenty to do in the South of Spain and the region of Andalucia.