Spanish tourism in full swing as golf drives Costa del Sol demand
Golf is driving millions of people to the Costa del Sol this year, as the country’s tourism industry hits full swing.
According to the most recent Tourism Movement Survey from the National Statistics Institute (INE), Andalusia has enjoyed the greatest rise in international tourists so far this year, increasing by 18.1 per cent in comparison with 2015.
A major factor in that success is its reputation as a go-to golfing destination. Home to the largest concentration of golf courses in Continental Europe, the region has, in fact, earned the nickname “Costa del Golf” and continues to attract both professional and amateur players of the sport. It not just quantity but quality that keeps them coming: the latest rankings published by online UK guide Top 100 Golf Courses revealed that more than one in four of Spain’s top 100 golf courses calls the Costa del Sol home. Indeed, the Golfer’s Choice ranking of Spain’s top 50 courses places the Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande top of the list for the second year running, while La Cala Club in Mijas continues to feature in the country’s top 25.
Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España, comments: “The Costa del Sol has always been a popular destination with second home buyers and its scenic golf courses and idyllic climate only enhance it as a favourite, not only in Spain but in mainland Europe. We are delighted to launch the newest property options available within our Horizon Golf development and look forward to introducing prospective buyers to all that La Cala Resort has to offer.”