Clubs, Associations & Support Groups on the Costa del Sol

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The scope of this guide

This guide lists clubs, associations and support groups that expats to the Costa del Sol can consider joining.


A move abroad can often be an intimidating prospect. You may be nervous about leaving your friends behind and plunging yourself into an unfamiliar culture. For this reason, expat associations are a lifeline for many who emigrate. You can make new friends, discover new interests and nurture current hobbies.

And if you decide to live on the Costa del Sol - or even if you decide to spend a lot of time there - you'll be glad to know that there is no shortage of company to be found.

Whatever your need or interest, the expat-heavy Costa del Sol probably has a club, association or support group to help you out.

Help with substance abuse in the Costa del Sol

Alcoholics Anonymous on the Costa del Sol

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

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English-language Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) meetings on the Costa del Sol

Contact AASpain.org for details of AA meetings for English speakers on the Costa del Sol.

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Narcotics Anonymous Spain (Narcóticos Anónimos España)

An organisation to help recovering drug addicts.

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English-language Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings on the Costa del Sol

Contact the Costa Del Sol International English Speaking Groups of Narcotics Anonymous to find out about English-language meetings for addicts.

We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to stay clean and carry the message of recovery.

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Expatriate associations on the Costa del Sol

The Achievers Toastmasters Marbella

A club based around improving members' public speaking skills.

They meet every Wednesday at 19:30 in the room above Bar "El Jardin". Guests are always welcome.

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American Club of the Costa del Sol

Five chapters of this club (Malaga, Marbella, Estepona, Fuengirola, Mijas & Los Boliches, and Nerja) cover the Costa del Sol.

Our Vision Statement is to maintain a high quality American Club that supports the local American community, organizes social activities, donates significant contributions to civic charities and supports non-member Americans visiting the Costa del Sol.

For more information, contact Dave Kylen - Chairman and President of the Fuengirola, Mijas & Los Boliches chapter. See below.

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Website: www.associationofamericanclubs.com/american-club-of-the-costa-del-sol.html

Amigos de la Cultura

A bilingual Spanish-English group, bringing together members with a passion for culture. The club organises visits to museums, plays, operas and exhibitions in Andalucia, especially the Costa del Sol. Based in Marbella.

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Amigos de la Musica

A group run by volunteers that organises monthly classical music concerts, often bringing in internationally-renowned musicians! Based in Marbella.

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Andalucia International Artists Group

AIA-ArtGroup objectives:
* Encourage the members to promote their artwork.
* Enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in their careers as Artists.
* Promote best standards as Artists between people from diverse backgrounds.
* Provide a central marketing platform for media, public relations and promotion activities to suit each individual artist member’s requirements.

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Astronomy on the Costa del Sol

A friendly group of amateur astronomers who go out to observe the night sky at least once a month.

Regular meetings: third Thursday of the month at the Café Manila, on Los Boliches sea front.

Atalaya Golf & Bridge Club

For experienced, beginner or wannabe bridge players. Near Estepona.

The British Association of Marbella

A club which organises coffee mornings, luncheons and cultural trips. Membership is open to anybody who speaks English (not necessarily fluently) - no British passport required!

They hold a coffee morning every Wednesday between 11:00 and 12:00, currently held at the San Cristobal Hotel, Marbella.

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Conservatives Abroad

A club for British conservatives.

Being a member of Conservatives Abroad provides a forum for like-minded people to socialise and gives a platform for political discussion on matters of mutual interest.

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Costa del Sol Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DFAS)

Our objective is to further the enjoyment, knowledge and awareness of the Arts internationally and to stimulate interest in the cultural heritage of Spain.

The Costa del Sol chapter of DFAS welcomes members of all nationalities. They give art lectures from May through to October.

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Costa Ladies Club

A club for women from all over the world, holding monthly luncheons.

Every month we provide informal opportunities for ladies of all age groups to get together. The Costa Ladies Club is based on the Costa del Sol where we meet in beautiful surroundings

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Estepona Floral Art Club

Estepona Floral Art Club is a very friendly club on the Costa del Sol, Spain, with members and visitors from Nerja to Gibraltar. Once a month we hold a flower arranging demonstration by a visiting NAFAS National or Area Demonstrator, when spectacular displays are created live on stage. We also have workshops, for those who want to learn practical skills, visits to places of interest and special events. We have members of various nationalities but all meetings are in English. Come and join us!

The Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month from September to June, except in December when they meet earlier for our Christmas Lunch and Demonstration. Meetings are held at Agro Jardin, Cancelada.

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The Field Club

The Field Club still retains the same basic principles on which it was founded – enjoyment of walking, a love of the countryside and the good company of like-minded friends.

The Field Club on the Costa del Sol has a variety of social walks, from short to challenging.

The Field Club meets every Monday morning during the two walking seasons, January-May and September-December, at the Hogar del Jubilado, Calle Blanca Paloma, Fuengirola, between 10:30. and 11:30.

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Guides.Global can't find any email or phone number for this club! But you can check their website or visit the Hogar del Jubilado, Calle Blanca Paloma, Fuengirola, on a Monday between 10:30 and 11:30 if you want more information.

L' Association des Francophones de la Costa del Sol

A club for French-speakers which organises meals, parties, cultural events and other social gatherings.

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The Good Companions Club

A social group for older people. Based in Fuengirola, it organises useful and entertaining trips and meetings as well as giving to charity.

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Irish Association Spain

This group is well known on the Costa del Sol for its St Patrick's Day celebrations, as well as for facilitating various social events through the year.

We exist to facilitate social contact between Irish people living in Spain, Irish people holidaying in Spain, Spanish nationals wishing to travel to or live in Ireland and people with a general interest in Irish history, culture and traditions

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Out of Africa Club

A social club for people from anywhere in Africa - whether they were born, lived or worked there.

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Rotary clubs on the Costa del Sol

Benahavis Rotary Club

Meetings every Wednesday at 14:00 at the Cortijo de Guadalmina restaurant.

Fuengirola-Mijas Rotary Club

Meetings every Monday at 20.30 at the Hotel Casa Consistorial.

Malaga Rotary Club

Meetings every Wednesday at 15:00 at the Hotel Vincci Posada del Patio.

Marbella Rotary Club

Meetings every Thursday at 14:00 at the Restaurante El Cortijo de Ramiro.

Facebook groups for expats in the Costa del Sol

Expats Costa del Sol

This is meant to be an open forum for anybody who has comments, questions, complaints... linked with living on the Costa del Sol or in the province of Malaga in general.

Expats Club Marbella

Expats Club Marbella is a membership club for all people living or making regular holidays in the Marbella area. Post questions, local information or commercials for local businesses here.

Expats In Málaga City

This is a page for Expats in Málaga to share their love.

Expats Club Malaga

Expats Club Malaga is a social club for all international people living in the area or just like to go here a lot.

TEFL & English Teachers Malaga Marbella Costa Del Sol

This is a page where TEFL teachers get together for social or to talk about TEFL ideas on the Costa Del Sol.

Expats Club Fuengirola

"Expats Club Fuengirola" is a social membership club for all international people living in the area, or just like to come here a lot. Post questions, local information or commercials for your local business here.

Expats' Tips

Want us to add any contacts to this list? Looking for something you couldn't find? Have any experience with the organisations mentioned? Tell us by emailing francine.carrel@guides.global.


Joining expat clubs and associations is one of the fastest ways to meet like-minded people on the Costa del Sol. Combine it with meeting locals and you'll soon have a buzzing social life in the sun. Enjoy!

Other guides of interest

 Description Link 
Regional Guide to the Costa del Sol
The basics of the Costa del Sol: facts and figures, tourism and culture.
Regional Guide to the Costa del Sol
Cultural Differences on the Costa del Sol
The main differences you're likely to notice in day-to-day life.
cultural differences in the Costa del Sol

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 Description Link 
A list of clubs on the Costa del Sol
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Readers' Comments


Further information?

I hope you have found this guide useful. If you need any further help, please contact me.

Francine Carrel

17 June 2016


This guide was co-authored by John Howell (Email: John.Howell@Guides.Global or John@jhco.org. Web: www.jhco.org or www.Guides.Global)

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