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HOT Lifestyle - Our 7 top things to do and places to go on the Costa del Sol

Eminently cosmopolitan and multilingual, the VIVA team is made up of more than 100 people – all with different backgrounds and from contrasting walks of life. So we thought we’d ask them what it is about the Costa del Sol that they love above all else (apart from their jobs, of course)! And this is what they said…


“OK, so it’s not the world’s scariest footpath anymore, but the views are as breathtaking as ever.”

Jorge Morales, VIVA Photographer


Clinging to the towering cliffs of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Gorge, a vertiginous 100 metres above the rippling waters of the Guadalhorce River in the El Chorro area between Ardales and Álora, the ‘Caminito del Rey’ – King’s Walkway – reopened last year after extensive work to improve accessibility and safety levels, and has been featured by major media outlets around the world.

Haven’t been yet? Then it’s high time to experience this incomparable walk on the wild side.



“The Mediterranean Diet tastes fantastic, is great for your health, and is best eaten right next to the Mediterranean Sea!” 

Yolanda Cantón, VIVA Sales Consultant

From sharing a paella at a chiringuito in Nerja… to tucking into barbecued sardines at a Málaga beach bar… or a platter of seafood in a chic oceanfront Marbella eatery, there’s nothing quite like an al fresco lunch in the sun, or dinner beneath the stars, especially with the sea lapping at your feet.

And for something really different, how about renting one of the barbecue boats (‘moragas’), at Fuengirola’s Playa Castillo for your very own unforgettable beach party?     



“Where else in mainland Europe can you snowboard in the morning and paddle surf in the afternoon?” 

Hubert Lako, VIVA Senior Sales Consultant

Just a 2-hour drive from the sundrenched Costa del Sol, the majestic Sierra Nevada is Europe’s southernmost winter sports resort and home to Mulhacén (3,481 metres above sea level) and mainland Spain’s highest mountain. A winter wonderland with more than 70km of pistes, the season usually lasts from November until April or sometimes even May.

Meaning that, provided you don’t mind an early start, you CAN have the best of both worlds!



“Almost every weekend we go jogging on the Mijas Costa boardwalk. The views are spectacular, and I love the salty tang of the sea mixed with the scent of the pinewood.” 

Edith Gstrein, VIVA Sales Consultant

Eventually extending all the way from Nerja’s world-famous Balcón de Europa in the east, to Manilva’s Castillo de la Duquesa in the west, the ‘Senda Litoral de Málaga’ links existing seafront promenades with new sections of wooden boardwalks, and is hugely popular with joggers, skateboarders, cyclists and dog owners.

Running from La Cala to Calahonda – and currently ending a stone’s throw from Cabopino Port – the 6.1km Mijas Costa section is a real favourite. You’ll love it.



“It seems like international travel writers just can’t get enough of Málaga city… and to be honest, neither can I!” 

Reina Notrica, VIVA Sales Consultant


The Lonely Planet have recently compared Málaga’s ‘mile of art’ with Madrid – and its dynamism and fine dining with Barcelona – yet while expats and visitors often know Andalucía’s other stunning cultural hotspots inside out, many are unfamiliar with our very own captivating provincial capital that’s absolutely packed with awesome things to see and do. The best way to get to know it? Why, hop on a red City Sightseeing bus and prepare to be amazed…   



“From Athletics to Zip wiring, the sport and fitness activities here are endless… and with 320 days of sunshine a year, who wants to be indoors?” 

José Canovas, VIVA Partner


When it comes to sport, the Costa del Sol really does have it all. So it’s no surprise the VIVA team are into sporting activities in a very big way. We have swimmers, golfers, hikers, bikers, fishermen, mountaineers, sky divers, marathon runners, colleagues who play tennis, padel and squash, skiers and snowboarders, kitesurfers, surfboaders, horse riders and – thanks to Nerja-born José Canovas – we even have a sea kayaking and surfski European Champion, no less!



“Whenever I need to recharge my batteries, there’s nothing I enjoy more than getting into the car and heading off to Sevilla for the weekend” 

Steve Reed, VIVA Sales Consultant


Little more than a 2-hour drive from the Costa del Sol, spellbinding Sevilla is the capital of Andalucía and the 4th largest city in Spain. Steeped in more than 2,000 years of history, it’s rich in tradition, hauntingly beautiful, and a cultural hotspot that, at the same time, is sultry, romantic, sophisticated and has plenty of attitude. In short, Sevilla is perfect for a getaway break, and a place you won’t be able to resist returning to time and time again.   


Please note: Every effort was made to check the accuracy of the information contained within our archived HOT Properties Magazine articles at the time of originally going to press, but may well have been superseded over the ensuing years. They are now made available as historical archival information only. The said information has not been reviewed subsequently for present day accuracy nor has it been updated and we expressly disclaim any duty or obligation to do so. VIVA cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor for the authenticity of any claims or statements made by third parties. We therefore strongly recommend that readers of these archived articles make their own thorough checks before entering into any kind of transaction. Prices were correct at the time of publication but may now vary due to circumstances beyond our control. The views and opinions of editorial contributors do not necessarily reflect those of VIVA .

HOT Properties Magazine Issue 105 - 2016






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