One of the things any visitor to the Costa del Sol will notice is that sailing is a big deal here. With such beautiful water and epic scenery around, it’s no wonder that people want to get out onto the glinting Mediterranean.
With the fresh sea breeze whipping through your hair and the summer sun shining down onto your skin, this is about as exhilarating as it gets. Boat trips happen all day, every day here, indicating the popularity of this stunning region of Spain and the therapeutic feelings these waters can induce.
Since the 1970s, here in Marbella sailing has been the done thing. Whether you’re coming to visit on holiday or flying in to check out some of the Costa del Sol’s property for sale, you should definitely allot some sailing time. There is a myriad of different ways to sail here, and so many other nautical activities you can enjoy; water sports like surfing, jetskiing, kayaking, peddle boating and canoeing are all popular here. The Costa del Sol is an excellent choice for diving and snorkeling too.
Here are our suggestions for optimum Costa del Sol sailing experiences:
Charter a yacht
Puerto Banus marina is a major attraction for visitors to the region, and rightly so. Boating enthusiasts are absolutely wowed by the opulent and formidable megayachts (otherwise known as superyachts) moored all over the marina; many will never have seen so much extravagance in one place!
Puerto Banus is the most popular place in the whole of the Malaga province for moorings of this kind, in fact. Boat sales are forever on the increase here; the industry is showing no signs of slowing any time soon.
The same goes for yacht charters; this is a seriously popular endeavour in Marbella. Obviously not everyone has the finances or inclination to own one of these jaw-dropping superyachts, but it is entirely feasible to charter one – or even a much smaller, more affordable version, for a short period of time to enjoy the Mediterranean in true style.
Rent a sailboat or motorboat
If luxury yachts are out of your price range, it might be comforting to know that renting a medium sized sailboat or motorboat is by far the most common choice. They win points for practicality and don’t dent the wallet anywhere near as much!
Spaniards may have lived here all their lives but they are also taking a huge interest in this activity. It’s not all about tourism – not many people can resist the charms of the Costa del Sol’s waters.
You can rent a sailboat with an experienced skipper at the helm, or even have sailing lessons so that you become proficient at driving the boats yourself. People rent boats for hen parties, fishing trips… all kind of events, in fact. You don’t really need an excuse!
Lots of people do it just to relax, swim and keep an eye out for dolphins. A day like this is simple, serene and satisfying. Chartering a catamaran, for instance, is the perfect way to spend some memorable time with your loved ones.
Book onto a sailboat tour
Exploring the beautiful Costa del Sol by water is so easy. There are boat trips going to countless places, leaving from all marinas on the Sunshine Coast. You’ll have a hard time choosing where to go, if anything!
You could simply take the Fly Blue Catamaran from Marbella port to Puerto Banus, for the stunning views of the famous Golden Mile, Playa de la Fontanilla and La Concha mountain.
Speed freaks might prefer something a little more adrenaline-inducing; if that’s you, consider Jetboat Marbella for an unforgettable ride.Splash Watersports of the nearby Cabopino Port take you on dolphin watching trips, and if you’ve got a bit of free time on your hands, a day trip to Gibraltar is a great idea.
Inside Out Rock Tours are a great group for this one – they have everything covered for you, start to finish. They’ll teach you plenty about Gibraltar’s rich history as well as showing you the best sights there are to see.
Once you fall in love with the ocean in this stunning part of the world, any doubts you had about buying a home in Marbella will be quashed, we’re certain of it. The Mediterranean sea and all that happens around its coast is truly magical.
A Marbella summer is enough to steal a piece of even the hardest hearts, and that is evident when you see the number of expats who have chosen this as their permanent new home. Talk to Paradise Marbella now to find out how you can be part of this.