When most of us think of the Costa del Sol, we’re probably imagining a cooling breeze complementing the rays of sunshine warming our skin, while we stroll on golden sandy beaches without a care. There’s a lot of truth behind that vision, but the Costa del Sol has more to offer than the chilled-out lifestyle it is famous for.
Thrill seekers also land on the Costa del Sol’s sunny shores safe in the knowledge that they can get their adrenaline highs through some adventure activities or extreme sports. If you want to feel the wind in your hair, hit the waves at great speed, see the coastline from a great height, or fly through the clouds, you can do it all here.
Most extreme sports depend on certain weather conditions, from boisterous waves to icy or snowy terrain and high winds… these things can guarantee you one thing: you’re going to feel alive! You can find all the right conditions on the Costa del Sol if you want to partake in any adventurous activities.
Here are three activities we think you shouldn’t miss out on this summer:
Skydiving basically means jumping out of a plane, helicopter or hot air balloon. You’ll then free fall before opening a parachute to slow the pace of your descent to the ground.
You’ll dive from an aircraft at between 3,000 and 15,000 feet in altitude, dependent on how brave you are! How high up you are dictates how long it’s safe to free fall for… and free falling is one of the most adrenaline-rich activities on earth!
Costa del Sol weather conditions are generally perfect for skydiving, and here you can find Europe’s only Skydive centre that facilitates 15,000ft dives. Even then you can only free fall for 1 minute, but that will be a truly memorable 60 seconds, for sure. After that, you’ll pull your parachute cord and be on the ground within 5 minutes.
Those who aren’t ready to dive alone can opt for a tandem jump. You don’t have to do much in the way of learning, so nerves will naturally be less. You can rely on your instructor to dive with you and oversee the activity. Note that you’ll need to be at least 16 years old to skydive, and if you’re over 50, you’ll need to get a Doctor’s certificate to jump.
Sphering is just so much fun! It’s also called orbing, or zorbing and it’s a relatively new adventure activity. You’ll get inside a giant inflatable ball that is around 4 metres in diameter. Then you’ll roll downhill at up to 50km per hour, dependent on the slope… don’t worry, you’ll be strapped in! This is called harness sphering and you’ll do this one with a friend. It’s an experience you’re both unlikely to forget!
Then there’s aqua sphering. This one is great fun – you can share your sphere with two other people, and you’ll be sat in up to 50 litres of water. Then you’ll roll down the hill a bit like a washing machine on spin. It’s pretty crazy, but perhaps it’s one extraordinary activity you’ll want to tell the grandkids about one day.
Provided that you’re over 1 metre high, you’re fine to participate in sphering activities, so feel free to take the kids along.
Water skiing is one of the most popular water sports on the Costa del Sol. It’s a family activity, if you want it to be, as everyone will be wearing life jackets. You’ll be shown how to do it and given safety rules, but falling off is inevitable. You’ll have to come to terms with the idea that you’re going to hit the Mediterranean waves at high speed and from every angle, but that’s all part of the fun!
It might be a good idea to book some water skiing classes if you’re keen to master it rather than spend the session clambering in and out of the water. This way you’ll have a firm grasp of the essentials, and hopefully of your skis too! Hire a boat in most Costa del Sol ports, beaches and inland lakes. You’ll be able to enlist the help of an experienced instructor or driver, so everything you need will be covered.
Don’t forget to warm up your muscles ahead of time, as it’s quite a taxing exercise on bodies that aren’t so active. Water skiing is a very addictive activity, once you get the hang of it. There’s something incredibly exhilarating about moving at high speed, feeling the wind whipping through your hair and the sea spray on your skin.
One thing is for sure, if you’re not yet a permanent fixture on the Costa del Sol yet, you’ll probably want to be after an exhilarating holiday or summer here. Why not check out Paradise Marbella’s diverse property books to see which of the Costa del Sol properties for sale suits you the most? We are quite certain that we’ve got your ideal Costa del Sol property listing right here on our books.