Living in Costa del Sol: 5 Things You Need to Know

Living in Costa del Sol: 5 Things You Need to Know

Living in Costa del Sol: 5 Things You Need to Know
When you think about what life will be like in the Costa del Sol, what’s not to love? Long sandy beaches, glorious weather and a lively social scene are what helps to make living in Costa del Sol an enjoyable experience for everyone. If you’ve decided on a move to sunny Spain and Costa del Sol is your area of choice, here’s a guide on what to expect. We cover five things you need to know about living in Costa del Sol.

What to Expect from Life in the Costa del Sol

There’s excellent weather, beautiful coastlines and plenty to do in Costa del Sol, which is sure to guarantee a good life. Once an area with small fishing villages, Costa del Sol is now one of the most sought-after destinations in Spain. Tourists flock here every year with many of them eventually relocating here. Before we jump into five things you ought to know about life in Costa del Sol, let’s take a look at some of the most popular destinations to call home.

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Marbella

Marbella is a place that’s home to the rich and famous and offers people who relocate here a life of luxury. Renowned for being an upmarket location, there’s a vast range of bars, boutique shops, clubs and other amenities that make it desirable for young professionals. Despite being immensely popular with expats, there’s still a number of traditional tapas bars, seafood restaurants and plenty of sangria to go around. Thanks to this, you’re still able to enjoy a largely Spanish lifestyle. If Marbella is where you want to relocate to, find your ideal property here.


Estepona

The success story of Costa del Sol. Estepona boasts traditional Spanish culture on the coast and is an area that has held onto its roots despite being popular with expats from all over the world. Beaches here are long, bars and restaurants are cheap and there’s a stunning port that has a lively nightlife. If Estepona is the place you’re wanting to call home, let us help you to find your dream property.


Benahavis

Benahavis is a pretty, quaint town that has remained remarkably unspoilt. It’s a peaceful mountain village that is surrounded by beautiful scenic countryside and hills. Despite this, the closest beach is still located just 5 minutes away, so you really do get the best of both worlds. If Benahavis is the place for you, check out the properties we have available.

1. Public Transport

There are good amounts of public transport throughout Costa del Sol, which makes getting around quick and easy. The area has received plenty of investment over recent years, seeing public transport greatly improve. There are a number of trains and buses that connect towns and cities, all of which can be travelled on for a relatively low cost. 

2. Things to Do

Costa del Sol offers people who live there plenty to do during the day. From shopping centres to botanical gardens, you’ll find lots of things to keep you occupied. Once the sun goes down, you have your choice of bars and restaurants. Across the Costa del Sol area, there are restaurants, chiringuitos, bars and nightclubs that are open and offer you something to do any night of the week.

3. Culture

There’s so much more to Costa del Sol than what first meets the eye. There’s extensive history to be explored with a range of Roman and Islamic architecture to view. What’s more, there are churches and palaces where you can go and learn more about the area. If you’re someone who loves art galleries and museums, there’s the Picasso Museum and the Museum of Glass and Crystal which prove popular. 

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4. Sport

Golf is an incredibly popular sport throughout the whole of Costa del Sol. Altogether, there are around 60 golf courses, so there’s plenty of choice. Hiking and walking is also a popular sporting activity in Costa del Sol thanks to the hills and mountains in the area. Those who love watersports are spoilt for choice as there’s always something to do by the coast.

5. The Beaches

How can we talk about living in Costa del Sol without mentioning the beaches? There’s nothing better than feeling the sand between your toes while the sun beams down and warms your skin. It’s the perfect way to relax after a hard day at work or to spend a weekend with your loved ones. We previously wrote about the best beaches in Costa del Sol, take a look to discover what our top picks are.
 

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“During a holiday to Spain last year we made contact with Bella and Jackie at Crystal Shores properties. At very short notice they were able to put together an afternoon of viewings for us. This wet our appetite and with the visit in the forefront of our minds we returned home. Over the next 6 weeks we exchanged daily emails with Jackie going over homes, areas and options. Jackie’s responses were always prompt and on point allowing us to narrow down our requirements before heading back to Spain in November for two days of viewings. Jackie took the time to review and adapt the search scope based on our feedback. This time spent ensured that the time on the road wasn’t wasted and every property we visited had a clear reason for us seeing it. Over the two days Jackie was a perfect guide, her knowledge of the areas was fantastic, in this short space of time Jackie managed to arrange 15 viewings down the coastline from Cala de Mijas all the way down to Casares on the boarder with Gibraltar. At no time in the buying process did we feel pressured into making a decision this, along with the after sales care from Jackie has been nothing but perfect. If your looking for a friendly, knowledgable and attentive company to take care of your needs when buying in Spain look no further than Crystal Shores, a truly 5 star service.”
Danielle and Duncan
“Just a note to thank you and the team for selecting the perfect property in the perfect location. Everything has gone well from the start. Please pass on our thanks to everyone in the Marbella office too. Kind Regards,After initially researching estate agents on the Costa del Sol, I found Crystal Shore! Probably the best thing I ever did. It's rare in today's world to receive such high service levels but my wife and I were in total agreement it was an excellent experience. We spoke to many members of your team and they all provided such a high level of service that we would recommend anyone looking for a property on the Costa del Sol to use your services. You were friendly, informative and very patient – we looked at loads before we made our decision and you were always there to help. Especially Sarah she was great! Kind regards,”
Dale & Cheryl
“Hi Diane, We are sat in the sunshine thanking our lucky stars…. Thinking of you and your fabulous hard work in helping us realise our dream….

We have absolutely no regrets whatsoever and owe you an amazing debt in gratitude….. Happy New Year and hopefully we will catch up with you and Bella next year!”
David & Sarah
“I purchased my new property through Crystal Shore properties and would highly recommend using them. From start to finish the service was outstanding. My initial conversation was with Bella in the office who was very helpful and proactive in organising the ideal properties to view and then we spent the day with Jackie viewing the properties, Jackie was extremely knowledgeable and helpful not only with the properties and areas we were viewing but also regarding setting up a new life in Spain.”
Tom Gamble
“I would highly recommend Crystalshore properties for your property search. As a busy executive Kim took the time to truly understand our search requirements , narrow down a short list of Suitable properties and ultimately find us our dream home in Marbella in record time ! This was a truly VIP service and experience and one I would highly recommend!”
Jason
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Kim especially was very patient and helpful listening to our needs and eventually we found an amazing place to buy and we’re very excited and happy about it. I will definitely recommend the company and the contacts and knowledge they have regarding properties in and around Marbella.”
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“Unlike many other estate agents Kim was punctual, attentive and totally focussed on our needs. Kim quickly ascertained our requirements and only showed us relevant properties, rather than bombarding us with everything in stock which has been our experience in the past. There was no hard sell or trying to pull wool over our eyes, Kim led us round properties objectively analysing the pros and cons as if she was part of the family. The Villa in Guadalmina that we ended up buying was just divine and thank you to Kim and Crystalshore Properties for your patience, understanding and professionalism.”
Tony & Sarah Moss
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Pete and Deirdre
“After initially researching estate agents on the Costa del Sol, I found Crystal Shore! Probably the best thing I ever did. It's rare in today's world to receive such high service levels but my wife and I were in total agreement it was an excellent experience. We spoke to many members of your team and they all provided such a high level of service that we would recommend anyone looking for a property on the Costa del Sol to use your services. You were friendly, informative and very patient – we looked at loads before we made our decision and you were always there to help. Especially Sarah she was great! Kind regards,”
Carl
“I would just like to thank you for your time & patience in showing me round the various properties. Also for taking the time to organize the meetings with the bank & lawyer, it was very much appreciated. Your help, advice & knowledge made the purchasing of a property so much easier & I am very happy with the purchase that I made. Once again many thanks for all your help & for putting up with me, it made a difficult decision a very easy & enjoyable one. Many Thanks,”
Andrew Wannan
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