It always makes a good pub quiz question. What is the geographical centre of Andalucía? Historically, and semi-officially, Antequera (near the northern border of Málaga province) is considered to hold that honour – at least for tourist brochure purposes. However, earlier this year a report by the National Centre for Geographical Information argued that the exact centre is in the small Córdoba municipality of Monturque. Other key cities in the region have their own claims to fame: Sevilla, the official capital; Cádiz, the oldest city in the western world; Málaga, the Andalucian capital of international tourism…
When it comes to golf, Marbella is recognised as Spain’s premier destination. The town has the highest number of courses of any municipality in Spain, but it is just as much (even more) about quality as it is about quantity. Several of the courses have hosted European Tour events (as well as the World Cup in 1973 and 1989) while others such as Río Real are regular venues for premier national and international amateur tournaments. The same applies to tennis.
There are few places in the world that can rival Marbella as a holiday destination during the Christmas season. And in Marbella, even fewer leisure complexes that can provide the same exquisite level of boutique luxury and refined pleasure that Río Real Golf Hotel does.
Anyone who has travelled to Andalucía is fully aware of its allure. Unquestionably one of the world’s premier tourist destinations, the region offers a wonderfully diverse array of attractions, from stunning beaches, first-class infrastructure and internationally renowned golf courses to cultural enchantment, natural splendour and exquisite gastronomy.
Rugby union has always had a fairly low profile on the Spanish sporting scene. With media coverage dominated by football, followed in popularity by basketball, tennis and – especially on the Costa del Sol (and most impressively at Río Real) – golf, rugby has essentially remained on the sidelines, although the country’s participation in the sevens competition at the Rio Olympics helped boost its status.
Actress Deborah Kerr and screenwriter Peter Viertel were like many other couples living in Río Real. They were keen to lead discreet lives away from the limelight of their Hollywood careers and enjoyed taking quiet walks through the exclusive residential estate’s tree-lined avenues. They had married in 1960 and settled together in Marbella five years […]
During the 1970s, Marbella was rapidly emerging from its former incarnation as a traditional fishing village and starting to attract a veritable crème de la crème of visiting celebrities, like Sean Connery.
There are over 70 Costa del Sol golf courses between Torre del Mar and Sotogrande, the largest concentration anywhere in Europe. Since golf first arrived in the area nearly a century ago, its popularity has grown to the extent that the Costa del Sol now ranks as a top golf destination worldwide. In this blog post, we take a look at the history behind golf on the Costa del Sol.
With over 320 days of (guaranteed) sunshine a year you can play golf on the Costa del Sol at any time of year. But if you’re looking for attractions without the crowds, peace and quiet on the beach as well as warmth on the green, winter may be the best time to play golf on the Costa del Sol. Lets start with the weather. During the winter months you can expect blue skies and daytime temperatures of around 20 degrees, ideal playing conditions.
The Christmas festivities might still be in full flow but many of us will also be starting to think about enjoying a revitalising health and wellbeing re-set in the New Year. This might entail adopting a more nutritious diet, signing up for a series of wellness treatments or playing more sport. Or even better still all three! And the good news is we can do it all in the one place: Río Real Golf Hotel.