Water sports to enjoy on the Costa del Sol

Stand up paddle boarding

The Costa del Sol is a true holidaymaker’s paradise, there is so much to see and do in the region that visitors will be thinking about planning their trip back before they even leave. From historical sites and great museums, to top restaurants and spectacular golfing, Malaga and the Costa del Sol have it all. Other joys that visitors can look forward to are the multifarious water sports available, all designed to take advantage of the region’s thriving coastal scene and tranquil waters. If there is a water sport you’ve always wanted to try, there’s an excellent chance you can take it up while holidaying here, with handy locations easily accessible via a Malaga car rental. So, in order to introduce you to what’s on offer, read on below for exactly which water sports to enjoy on the Costa del Sol.

Stand up paddle boarding


Options for exciting water sports on the Costa del Sol are numerous and this suggestion comes from Ben Holbrook of Driftwood Journals – a Spanish-based blogger that offers great insider travel tips and exciting dining recommendations throughout the continent. Ben’s recommendation is that visitors to the Costa del Sol give the wonderful sport of stand up paddle boarding a go:

“When we think of water sports on the Costa del Sol most of us think of ghastly banana boats and noisy jet skis, but there are many great alternatives. One of the fastest-growing sports in Spain (and indeed the world) is stand up paddle boarding (SUP). The beauty of it is that, unlike surfing and windsurfing, you are not dependent on waves or wind – all you need is a board, a paddle and the sea. Costa del Sol’s calm and warm waters are the perfect place to learn. It’s a little bit tricky at the beginning, but once you get a feel for the board and the way it balances and turns, you’ll be up and cruising in no time. It’s also an excellent workout for your core and will get you trimmed up for those glamorous Spanish fiestas in no time.”

Suggestions from PaddleInSpain

kayak paddle in spain water sport

PaddleInSpain specialises in treating visitors to Spain to a variety of wonderful water sports, and if you are looking to try your hand at a number of different activities, the team will prove to be a great company to make part of your holiday.

PaddleInSpain told us: “Our company provides the best and top-selling water sports on each location around Spain – we have more than 350 different experiences all around this country. Costa del Sol is one of our top-selling destinations, and the most popular on-sea activity is sea kayak and snorkelling in Nerja on our ‘Verano Azul Tour’.” The same tour can also be done also via SUP.

The team added: “only one-hour drive distance from the coast, we have white water rafting or canyoning, which is also a challenge – our clients love and enjoy it so much.

“PaddleInspain is focused in offering water activities and outdoor sports all over Spain. Our main goal is to offer outstanding service and an unforgettable experience.”


kayaks water sports

Kayaking is an absolute must during your holiday to the Costa del Sol. Not only is this a great exercise to balance out all that fine food and wine drinking that will surely accompany your trip, but it’s also a fantastic way to experience your surroundings – and not to mention a fun group activity.

Monte Aventura is a company that has years of experience in outdoor activities of all kinds and extensive knowledge of the Malaga/Costa del Sol area. Monte Aventura will be ideal hosts for all your kayaking fun, offering guided journeys in the Costa del Sol’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve known as Sierra de las Nieves.

Suitable for all ages, and ranging from three hours to a full day, with a pick up and drop off option included in the price, kayaking with Monte Aventura is something not to miss out on.

Scuba Diving/Snorkelling

scuba diving water sports

A wonderful way to enjoy the waters of the Costa del Sol would certainly be scuba diving and snorkelling. Not only are these fascinating activities, allowing you to see vibrant sea life right up close, but diving can be a real thrill when going deep below the ocean’s surface.

One such company to enjoy the sport with is Black Frog Divers, which organises dives in beautiful locations right throughout the Costa del Sol – including places like Marina Bay, La Herradura, and Calahonda. Black Frog Divers also offers a range of PADI certified courses, including lessons for beginners in both snorkelling and scuba diving.

For more information, head on over to the website and take a look at the price list.

Advice from Family Life in Spain

Torremolinos water sports

Family Life in Spain, a blog from a British family living happily in Spain, provides inspirational content all about the joys of living in and visiting the country. Mother of the family, Lisa Sadleir, agrees on the virtues of scuba diving and snorkelling, recommending to us the very best locations to participate and where to try some other top water sports:

“The best locations for scuba diving and snorkelling on the Costa del Sol are in the areas around Nerja, Torrox and La Herradura. Boogie boarding and surfing along the Mijas coast can be enjoyed at different times of the year. On the calmer days, when the waters are flat calm, SUP is a great option. La Cala de Mijas and Los Alamos (near Torremolinos) are the preferred windsurfing and kitesurfing locations. A wide range of fun water sports, such as kayaking, parasailing, pedals and inflatable water parks can be found in many places along the coast.”

And regarding what the water sports they enjoy as a family, Lisa told us that SUP, surfing and snorkelling are the three activities of choice, and that, “hubby also enjoys scuba diving and windsurfing.”


Costa del Sol

Avid yachtsman will have a ball on the Costa del Sol. With incredible views available in the area, picture-perfect coastline, and supreme weather, sailing really is the perfect choice and not as unattainable as one might think.

My Guide Marbella, a premium resource for local information and guides to this beautiful area of Spain, recommends yachting for a wonderful water sports activity, telling us: “There is absolutely nothing better than chartering your own private yacht whilst in Marbella and enjoying a taste of luxury lifestyle out on the open water. It’s not always an extremely expensive option when split between a group of friends. Once you have booked your boat, you can arrange catering and drinks, bring your own tunes and have your own private party out at sea! A great alternative to a day lazing in a beach club and with the absolute best selfie photo opportunities along the way!  The My Guide Marbella offices are right in the harbour of Puerto Banús so we can help with everything you need for your day at sea.”

The team at My Guide Marbella are obviously big fans of this little corner of the world and were able to explain to us just why the Costa del Sol is such a great destination for water sports:

“Marbella and the area to the east and west of the city offer calm, warm waters and, in many places, a shallow entry which makes for perfect family-friendly water sport activities whether you are hiring a pedalo and keeping it low key or going for a jet-ski or banana boat ride. In addition to all the fun to be had at the nautical zones of the beaches, we also have four marinas within the nearby area: Cabopino, Marbella, Puerto Banús and then a little further to Estepona, so there are ample locations to venture to and get involved with water sport activity.”

Sail boat at sea

Should you wish to take up sailing in the future, the instructors at Trafalgar Sailing have been teaching people to sail for 20 years and put their success down to taking great care of their students on comfortable and modern yachts, as well as teaching them the ropes Cathy O’Hanlon of Trafalgar Sailing described to us the joys of sailing, especially in this part of the world:

“Thanks to the Atlas Mountains in Africa and the Sierra Mountain range in Andalusia, the wind blows east or west past the Rock of Gibraltar, that’s where our sailing adventure starts. Of course, the warm climate, scenery and dolphins make it more fun too. You don’t need any sailing experience to do the Trafalgar Sailing RYA Competent crew course. During the five-day course you live on board the yacht and learn the day to day running of the yacht; how to handle and change the sails, wind awareness and the different points of sail, rope work, safety, man overboard rescue, rules of the road at sea, meteorology and taking control of the helm to steer a compass course under engine power and sail.

“By the end of the Trafalgar Sailing RYA course, people are impressed with how much they have learnt in such a short time. The RYA Instructors are carefully chosen for their teaching skills and people skills to make the course and whole experience successful and rewarding. The yachts are new 38-foot Bavarias which are ideal RYA school yachts with maximum comfort and speed. The yacht is stocked with food/fuel/water and bedding before you arrive so your time is well spent enjoying the sea.”

If you catch the sailing bug during your time on the Costa del Sol and would like to find out more about Trafalgar Sailing, please contact them via their website.

Other activities to enjoy on the water

Catamaran water sports

As alluded to, it’s not just heart-pumping thrills that can be enjoyed, the blissful waters of the Costa del Sol are perfect for more relaxing activities, such as fishing or enjoying the incredible views of this beautiful Spanish location on the deck of a boat. This is what Stefania from the travel blog, Views of the World recommends, describing to us the great joys of a peaceful experience aboard a catamaran:

“If quiet luxury, flawless service and lying on a deck chair is your notion of utter bliss then sailing into the sunset on a catamaran might just be your thing.

“The coast of Malaga is at its best at sunset, especially in summer when the temperatures finally start to drop, the sea is calm and the coastal landscape is basking in a golden glow. Whilst stunning scenery floats by, enjoy a sundowner, take a dip into the Mediterranean and finish your day with an al fresco meal on land and realize life doesn’t get much better than this. I can only say come and see for yourself.”

Water sports on the Costa del Sol

Well, there we are, that was our introduction to water sports to enjoy on the Costa del Sol. As you can see, there are many brilliant options, and there are even more exciting activities available that we didn’t have the chance to mention. We hope you will consider participating in or two of the above, and that your next holiday to the region will be full of fun times out on the water.

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