Today, I'll shine a spotlight on a destination that is easily accessible for Cvent's readers in Europe...Costa del Sol in Spain. Flight time to Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport in Malaga is under 3 hours from London, 2-1/2 hours from Paris, and 3-1/2 hours from Berlin.
Located on the southwestern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea, this 7,276-square-kilometer. area has an average year-round temperature of temperature of 18º C. The best time to travel is between early April and mid-June when temperatures range from 23ºC to 27ºC. Torrox Costa and Marbella have Europe's most pleasant micro-climates.
Costa del Sol has over 40 golf courses, 23 eco-friendly, protected areas, and over 20 beaches that are designated "Blue Flag." Art lovers will appreciate the well over a dozen museums including the museum at Picasso's birthplace, the Picasso Museum, showcasing his art, and Benalmadena Pueblo Museo Arqueologico with Pre-Columbian artifacts.
Sports enthusiasts will welcome the opportunity to play tennis, soccer, basketball, and volley ball at the many sports centers including Bel-Air Tennis and Padel Club in Estepona, Palacio de Deportes "Jose María Martín Carpena" in Málaga, and Reserva del Higueron Sport Club in Benalmadena.
Costa del Sol is known for its world-class spas including Barcelo Estepona Thalasso and Hammam Al Andalus in Malaga.
Places to stay include Hotel Villa Padierna with 129 guest rooms and 8 function spaces, the 194-room Gran Melia Don Pepe (with 12 event venues), and Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona with 7 meeting rooms and 145 guest rooms.
For more European destinations with temperate climates, also consult You Gotta Love: Seville, Spain, Incentive Destinations: Montreux Riviera in Switzerland, Monaco Meetings Delivers Value for Large Events, and Incentive Destinations: Midi-Pyrenees, France.
Photo Credit: Hernan Pinera