La Campana - Tapas Bar
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La Campana - Tapas Bar
Tapas bars are often casual and open well into the night. La Campana in downtown Malaga, specializing in fried seafood dishes, is always hopping. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Andalucian Cured Ham
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Andalucian Cured Ham
Andalucian gastronomy features plenty of cured ham. Here is one traditional cured ham shop in Ronda. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Finca Cortesin Golf Club - Spain
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Finca Cortesin Golf Club - Spain
Finca Cortesin Golf Club will host the Volvo World Match Play Championships through 2011. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Marbella Old Town - Spain
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Marbella Old Town - Spain
Marbella Old Town is centuries old and features narrow streets lined with tiny restaurants and shops. In the summer, they are open well into the night. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Flamingos Golf Club - Spain
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Flamingos Golf Club - Spain
In the heart of Marbella, Flamingos Golf Club features two golf courses that host some of the country's top events. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Ronda - Spain
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Ronda - Spain
Dramatic Ronda is an hour's drive from the coast up into the mountains, where one of Spain's most dramatic and picturesque settings awaits. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Alhambra in Granada, Spain
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Alhambra in Granada, Spain
Spain's most visited monument, the Alhambra in Granada is about an hour's drive from Malaga. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Valderrama Golf Club - Spain
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Valderrama Golf Club - Spain
The jewel of continental Europe, Valderrama Golf Club is a tight walk through cork forests to tiny, well-guarded greens. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Finca Cortesin Resort - Spain
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Finca Cortesin Resort - Spain
The brand new Finca Cortesin Resort has five-star facilities and service, with scenic views from guest rooms to match. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Arcos Gardens Golf Club - Spain
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Arcos Gardens Golf Club - Spain
Arcos Gardens Golf Club is a brand new golf course just miles from the historic town of Arcos De La Frontera, which can be seen from many points on the course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Best of golf and travel on Spain's Costa Del Sol and Andalucia

Spain's Costa Del Sol in Andalucia is one of the world's most coveted golf vacations, thanks to scores of golf courses dotted along the scenic and mountainous Mediterranean coastline. The weather here also warrants golf year round and, as the name implies, plenty of sunshine to boot.

Costa Del Sol's largest hub is Malaga, and from here you head west along the coastline through resort towns like Marbella, Sotogrande and San Roque. The golf courses get better and better as you travel west, but what makes a Spanish golf trip are the historical sights and the exquisite cuisine, mostly found in informal tapas restaurants. There are also plenty of opportunities for wine tastings, olive grove tours and much more. A golf trip to Spain has very little downtime.

Brandon Tucker offers up a collection of his favorite photos from a recent golf trip.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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