With an almost endless supply of sunshine (some 300 days a year), the famous Costa del Sol “Coast of the Sun” coastline on the Mediterranean is one of the favorite destinations for mature travelers seeking long term vacations in Spain. For those who love to golf on their holiday, there’s 60 golf courses on the Costa del Sol. Four of these golf courses are among Europe’s top ten golf courses. Add in spectacular beaches, a rich cultural heritage, great restaurants and shopping, there’s much to fill in your vacation time whether it’s three weeks or three months. Nearby Seville, Nerja, Cordoba and Gibraltar are close enough for extra excursions when you’d like a change of scenery.
Long stay holiday rentals can be found on the internet quite easily. From hotels and resorts which offer special prices for longer stays to villas and apartments for rent, there’s price and competition. On www.holidaylettings.co.uk, I found a two bedroom bungalow with a patio, sleeps five people for the low season between November to April for £133 a week. If you like something on the beach, there are plenty of vacation properties available.
Merit Vacations and JM Vacations, both geared to providing long-stays to the 50+ traveler, those who want to escape long cold winters and stay for up to three months in warmer climates. Merit is offering a 26 nights package to the Costa del Sol which includes a 10 night cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line, from Barcelona to the Canary Islands and Morocco. They’ve chosen the Hotel Amaragua in Costa del Sol for the stay and two nights at the H10 Casanove Hotel in Barcelona, two meals – one a dinner show show with a Flamenco show. Add in a tour of Barcelona, an art tour, an excursion to the amazing Sagrada Familia and Montserrat it’ll be the perfect exciting escape from winter for $4,895 per person.
If you want to stay longer in Spain, say, for three months or more, it would be best to rent an apartment or villa in Spain, depending on the size of your group. Some seniors travel with friends or other family members on long term holidays and can reduce their trip costs this way. Add in a car rental and you give yourself the freedom to move around the country and explore further than just the coastline of the Costa del Sol. Ask if they have a senior discount rate. Look for “stay/drive” long term stays in Costa del Sol. We usually rent from EuropCar when we visit Spain. You can pick up your car at the airport or else in any major Spanish city. They’ve got a rewards program for loyalty if you plan on returning to Spain/Europe again.