Costa del Sol Luxury for Dads

One of the many advantages of being a foreign parent in Spain is the opportunity to celebrate two special days in your honour.

Tomorrow is “Día del Padre”, or Father’s Day, in Spain, not traditionally a date marked in non-Spanish fathers’ diaries – but nevertheless celebrated by many foreigner dads who are happily integrated into Spanish society.

As we never tire of observing at VIVA, if you have already settled on the Costa del Sol, or are planning to buy a new home here, embracing aspects of the local culture and lifestyle makes the experience all that more pleasurable and enriching.

That includes the main “festivos” and one of the most important, in an indomitably family-orientated country like Spain, is Father’s Day, celebrated on 19 March (San José, or St Joseph’s Day) since the Middle Ages.  

Enjoying the Perfect Father’s Day in Spain. Father’s Day, celebrated on 19 March (San José, or St Joseph’s Day) since the Middle Ages

Father’s Day Elsewhere in Europe... and Beyond

Of course, we are not suggesting we all have to give up our “home country” Father’s Days: the third Sunday of June, for example, in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Holland, France (Fête des Pères”) and the United States; the second Sunday of June in Belgium; Ascension Day (the Thursday 40 days after Easter) in Germany; 5 June (Constitution Day) in Denmark; the second Sunday of September in Australia; and the second Sunday of November in Sweden, Finland and Norway.

When there is the chance of celebrating Father’s Day twice every year, it does seem a little remiss to pass up the opportunity. Many long-time foreign parents in Spain also have children who have grown up here, and they will probably be more attuned to the Spanish celebration.

So, you’ve decided to adopt Spanish Father’s Day as your own, your children have been reminded of their new responsibility, and that just leaves the planning. At VIVA we’re here to help.

Enjoying the Perfect Father’s Day in Spain. La Cala de Mijas

Golf, Dinner... and a Nightcap

First, after breakfast on the terrace (we’ll leave “breakfast in bed” for the mums on “Día de la Madre” – next 5 May), a round of golf at one of the Costa del Sol’s 70 magnificent courses. Mijas Costa’s La Cala Resort, for example, where – if you are interested in making the indulgence more permanent by buying a new home – at VIVA we have this exceptional frontline golf apartment.

Then, after lunch with the family, a siesta and a gin tonic aperitif back on the terrace, dinner in one of the superb restaurants in the “Costa del Sol’s dining room” – aka Benahavís. A sumptuous “chuletón” and a bottle of Ribera del Duero “tinto” savoured with your partner just a convenient taxi or Uber ride from this luxurious villa listed by VIVA.

And finally, cocktails with friends at one of the plush nightclubs in the sybaritic capital of Costa del Sol glamour, Puerto Banús – for those wanting to savour the finest qualities of Marbella life on a more frequent basis.

Enjoying the Perfect Father’s Day in Spain. Puerto Banús

Do you celebrate Spanish Father’s Day? What would be your own ideal “Día del Padre” on the Costa del Sol? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.