THINGS TO DO IN SPAIN THIS SUMMER PT 3: SPORTS IN SPAIN
This is the third part of our blog series focusing on activities you can take part in Spain this summer.
Sports participation hits a peak in the UK summertime, with the good weather bringing people outside to keep fit and healthy. Maybe this is a reason why Spain is a country synonymous with many different sports, with many coastal areas basking in 300+ days of sunshine a year.
Here, we break down some of the most popular sports you can get involved in when you decide to move to Spain.
The obvious option; we’ve already written about how football is almost a religion in Spain, at both a club and international level. If you want to get truly involved with the game in Spain, the most popular regions around the Costa Blanca and Costa Del Sol also happen to have numerous great clubs to follow (that are not Barcelona or Real Madrid!), such as Espanyol, Malaga, Valencia, Levante and Villareal. The passion and atmosphere at games in Spain are some of the best in Europe, with a high level of football to boot. (pun intended!) Most towns and villages tend to have dozens of smaller local teams to get involved with, for those looking for a bit more of a hands-on or playing experience!
Spain has some of the best golf courses in Europe. Many courses feature stunning views of the Mediterranean and rugged countryside, and the bonus of basking in glorious sunshine. The country has previously hosted the Ryder Cup, and will potentially bid for the 2026 and 2030 events, having just narrowly lost out on the 2022 edition.
Some of the most popular golf courses include Real Valderrama, Real La Manga and Las Colinas. Sequre also has several developments located beside some of these world-class courses.
Tennis has grown in popularity throughout Spain in recent years, thanks in part to the rise and success of professional Spanish players such as Rafa Nadal. A sport that can be picked up and played by all ages, Spain’s climate makes tennis a pleasant way to keep active, whilst remaining challenging enough to keep the more active engaged.
It’s common to see courts in many different settings, from towns and villages, country clubs, and even beachside courts! Our favourites are those that come with exclusive access in beautiful new-build villa or apartment complexes. These save you waiting for a free court, and you will be able to lounge by your pool after to cool off.
The coastal regions in Spain are rife for water sports activities of all kinds – from kayaking, snorkelling and wind-surfing to jet-skiing. The calm Mediterranean water is just about the perfect temperature to enjoy most of the year. Many tourist areas will offer these activities with inflated prices. But once you own your own Spanish home, you will be able to enjoy these at your leisure. So why not invest in some of the equipment needed and take a trip down to your nearest beach or piece of stunning coastline and get some practice in! The Cabo de Palos on the edge of the Mar Menor is a very popular location for diving, with several underwater treasures begging to be explored.
Aside from beaches and pools, Spain also has some dramatic and beautiful countryside to enjoy. These rolling hills and arid areas of natural beauty are the perfect place to get out the hiking boots and get away from it all. Hiking is best reserved for outside the extremely hot summer months of June and July. For the adventurous type, try hiking the El Caminito del Rey in the Malaga region, a trail consisting of wooden and glass walkways clinging to a cliff face along a river-bed with a 100m sheer drop underneath. Not for the faint hearted. For another trail with stunning views, the G7 walking route covers over 1900km of southern Spain!
If you think it’s time you started exploring and thrill-seeking in sunny Spain, make things easy and find your dream property with Sequre. Get in touch with our Spanish property experts on 0800 011 2639 to discuss your options. For more ideas on things to try in Spain this summer, check out our previous posts in this series: Spanish events and festivals, Vineyards and wineries in Spain.