Aristotle once said that without friends, no one would want to live. And he was right! Friends are one of the greatest joys in life and you never need an excuse to celebrate your relationship. A great way to do so is to plan a getaway with your closest pals. If you’ve been thinking about planning something for a while now, keep reading to discover five activities to do with friends in winter and start getting excited.
Weekend in a country house
A lovely way to spend time with your friends this winter is to stay at a country house for a couple of days. Nature at its most glorious, a charming house, storytelling around the fireplace, barbecues of delicious food: does it get any better than this? There are beautiful areas of countryside across the breadth and depth of the Costa del Sol, from the coast to the inland. And there are plenty of things for you to do to enjoy the great outdoors, from hiking, cycling and horse riding to activities like caving, and much more.
Sleep in a winery...or olive oil mill
If you and your friends often come together over a glass of wine, you’re going to love this idea: spending the night in a winery. Many wineries in the province of Malaga open their doors to visitors who are keen to discover the magic that happens inside. These wineries offer activities such as wine courses, wine tasting, pairing menus and some, like Bodegas Doña Felisa (Ronda) even have rooms where you can spend a peaceful night in the midst of the vines. The perfect plan to enjoy some delicious vintages without having to worry about who is going to drive back.
If wine isn’t your thing, another original idea is to spend the night in a mill that produces extra virgin olive oil. The charming country house LA Organic (which is also located in Ronda) offers you the opportunity to visit its facilities, enjoy olive oil tasting and spend the night in the dreamy setting of the olive groves. An amazing way to disconnect from everyday life and connect with your friends.
If you love having a wide range of leisure activities, fashionable restaurants and streets to wander at your fingertips, there is no doubt that you’re a city person. If this sounds like you, Malaga - the capital of the Costa del Sol - is the city break destination you’ve been looking for. One of the biggest cities in Spain, it boasts an impressive history and a present that is even more fascinating. The historic centre, sitting next to the vibrant port, has been declared an Historic and Artistic Conservation Area and a Site of Cultural Interest. And there is plenty to do to keep you entertained, from its 16 beaches and limitless leisure activities to its incredible sights and over 40 world-class museums. The birthplace of Picasso awaits the most cosmopolitan travellers.
If you love to take on challenges that get the adrenaline pulsing through your veins, the perfect plan for you and your friends this winter is an adventure holiday. The Costa del Sol offers countless outdoorsy activities that will get your heartbeat up. Hot air balloon rides, paragliding, canyoning, climbing, abseiling, multi-adventure courses, zip lines, via ferratas are just some of the adventure sports falling under the category of active tourism you can enjoy in the area. These are incredible ways to discover the province of Malaga from the land, water and air. If you’re feeling gutsy, let’s get going.
If the previous idea got your hands all clammy, perhaps you’d prefer a somewhat more gentle activity. If you love delving deep into the area you’re visiting, discovering different places and learning about new lifestyles, we recommend you explore the picture-postcard white villages located in inland Costa del Sol. This incredible road trip will take you along the Sierra de las Nieves natural park, passing through other beauty spots including Guadalhorce valley, Sierra de Grazalema natural park and Reales de Sierra Bermeja natural park. A lovely way to spend your time.
If this list of activities shows us anything, it’s that the province of Malaga has got something for absolutely everyone. Find all the information you need to plan your next getaway here and enjoy activities with friends in the Costa del Sol this winter!