Green Costa del Sol

bigstock-Spanish-Vineyards-Overlooking--300935The Costa del Sol is a wonderful place to live and rent long term for many reasons, one of them is the amount of green space and clean air. Did you know that Fuengirola has 350,000m2 of green space or that you can find many lovely parks tucked away in the heart of Marbella and all the towns in the area?

As well as the urban green spaces, stray just a few kilometres away from the coast and you will find yourself in beautiful countryside, with rolling hills, national parks and golf courses. The combination of all the amenities that you want with countryside on your doorstep is one of the best aspects of life here. There’s loads of ways you can enjoy the great outdoors, such as weekly hikes which are put on in Mijas Pueblo, Manilva and many places in between. You can join a riding club and do hacks through the mountains, grab your bike and go, birdwatch, or do a quad-biking trip. Keep your eye on social media and in the local media for news of events, associations and activities being arranged near you.

Renting long term in the countryside around the Costa del Sol is a great option if you want to be part of a small community, have peace, quiet and enjoy beautiful surroundings. It is also excellent value for money, being significantly cheaper than in the bigger towns. For example, just inland from Elviria up in the stunning hills is this Elviria three bedroom penthouse apartment. It is modern and constructed to the highest standard with stunning views for just 600€ per month. Or how about this stunning long term rental villa Mijas? It has 3 bedrooms and bathrooms, a private pool and spectacular country views, it’s close to the hikes around Mijas Pueblo, but within very easy access of Fuengirola and due to its more rural location it can be rented long term for just 800€ per month.

The Costa del Sol is also becoming greener in another sense of the word! Organic gardening is increasing in popularity and low food miles, organic or raw restaurants are popping up such as Km 0 in San Pedro. There are Transition groups in Marbella, Coin and Malaga to name a few, trying to make their communities more sustainable and an environmental charity called Arboretum creating a people’s forest behind Marbella’s bus station.

Next week Marbella is hosting an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course at Arboretum Marbella, which will further enhance the area’s reputation as an environmentally friendly destination. It is certified by the British Permaculture Association, is carbon neutral and is flying over some really high profile speakers from the UK including Naresh Giangrande and Aranya. This is great news for Marbella and those living on the Costa del Sol. If you want to take part, there are a few places still available.

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