Guide to buying a restaurant, commercial or cafe bars in Costa del Sol, Spain - Part 4


This article is provided as a general guide to things to look for, things to avoid and do's and don'ts of buying a bar in Spain.


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Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is in the South of Spain and offers a great variety of attractions, for example: Golf Courses of World-wide renown, Pleasure Boat Harbour’s, Casinos, Excellent Restaurants, Cosy Cafés, typical Spanish Bars and Sport Centers of all kinds with an international atmosphere. All this is backed up by an unique climate, where the temperatures and gentle breezes together with the brilliant blue sky and plentiful days of sunshine, making this area a paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean.

This region is the healthiest part of the world according to the World Health Organization and maintains an average year round temperature of 24°C. The area has numerous beaches and regular local markets, History and Culture is combined with luxury beach resort and fantastic amenities.

Torremolinos

This is where it all began: what was once a tiny fishing village has become one of the largest - and most popular - of all the Costa del Sol holiday resorts. And it's not hard to see why. For sheer choice of hotels, bars, discos and beaches, good old 'Torrie' is quite simply hard to beat. There is every kind of café and restaurant imaginable. There are bars in abundance proclaiming their heritage to one nationality of another; Irish, English, Dutch, German you name it Torremolinos is likely to have it. The busy nightclubs pump out the latest music and stay open until dawn or even later.

Mijas 

At first sight Mijas is the Andaluz pueblo blanco par excellence - its ancient white-washed houses clinging to the hillside surrounded by some of the best coastal views in Spain. In fact its beauty- and easy access from the coast- has made it a 'mini resort' in its own right with some 90% of the population now of foreign origin. Keep looking and you may just catch a glimpse of a hand glider wafting over the peak. Mijas is also well positioned for some of the area's championship golf courses-including Los Lagos and Los Olivos- and the panoramic views really are superb!

Benalmadena 

The coastal region is where most of the facilities for sun and sand tourism are concentrated: hotels, a casino, golf courses. Benalmadena has 9km of shoreline with beautiful beaches and tiny coves. The new Puerto Marina is the place to go for young "party goers". Popular with locals and tourists alike the place has a distinctly international feel to it. The area is crammed with a variety of nightclubs and bars playing the latest music and staying open until sunrise. The marina is surrounded by apartments and offers sports such as diving and sailing. Just to the west of Malaga and Torremolinos.

Arroyo de la Miel

Arroyo de la Miel, whose name means "river of honey" is the populated area between the mountains and the coast in the region of Benalmadena. This is where most of the area's population and businesses are located and it has a wide range of attractions including a sports complex, bilingual library and the world famous theme park Tivoli World. It is also where the cable car to the mountain peak starts from. Arroyo offers a wide selection of café bars, restaurants, supermarkets, banks and a health clinic. Arroyo de la Miel is only 15 minutes by train from Malaga International Airport or a 10 minute journey by taxi.

Fuengirola 

Lively, popular and always buzzing- the resort of Fuengirola has come a long way from its days as a simple Spanish fishing village. Today it's a fascinating mix of local Spanish residents and international visitors, many of whom have made their permanent home in the urbanization housing complexes that stretch up into the hills. Lying to the east of Marbella it is a bustling little town during the height of the tourist season. Fuengirola's amazing beach is overlooked by one of the longest promenades in the Mediterranean and takes just a little over 2hrs to walk from one end to the other. The Port (Puerto Deportivo) holds a weekly market which attracts 1000’s of visitors every Sunday throughout the year from 9am to 2pm, except in July & August the time changes to 7pm to 1am due to the heat of the daily temperatures.


Other Chapters
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Introduction - Commercial Businesses in Spain
Part 1 - Moving to Spain
Part 2 - Cost of Living on the Costa del Sol, Spain
Part 3 - Starting Your Own Business
Part 4 - Where to Buy
Part 5 - Frequently Asked Questions


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