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Reviews for Costa del Sol

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La Cala has it all, friendly, great food, mostly flat. All nations mix well and various places to choose from. Fine dining to beach bars, great live entertainment (Legends).

Featured holiday homes on the Costa del Sol

Apartment in Estepona (Estepona Old Town)

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 4
  • 1 bathroom
  • 80 m² living area
  • 10 m² terrace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Terrace furniture

Villa in Nerja (San Juan de Capistrano)

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 5
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 80 m² living area
  • 40 m² terrace
  • Shared pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Patio
  • Sunroof

Villa in La Cala de Mijas

(29)
  • 5 bedrooms
  • sleeps 13
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 5 toilets
  • 340 m² living area
  • 120 m² terrace
  • 500 m² garden
  • Private pool
  • Heated pool
Costa del Sol

Without doubt the Costa del Sol is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Stretching from Almeria to Tarifa, it caters for all tastes, ages and nationalities; with such a wide range of facilities and attractions, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Miles of sandy beaches, fantastic all year round warm climate and modern facilities keep tourists flocking back year after year to resorts such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella
and Estepona. 

East of Malaga is less popular than west, but no less appealing, from Rincon de la Victoria, Torre del Mar and Velez Malaga, to Nerja; the area combines beautiful coastline, with
white-washed villages and some of the most spectacular inland scenery of the Axarquía.

History & Culture
The area’s history dates back to the Phoenicians and has since been inhabited by Greeks, Romans and Moors, all of whom have left their mark on the architecture and culture of the region.

The Costa del Sol is as much steeped in culture as any other region of Andalucia; from Picasso, to
bullfighting, flamenco to the colourful ferias, the region has an immense cultural offering.

Towns and Villages of the Costa del Sol
Nerja is situated at the eastern tip of the Costa del Sol, in the province of Malaga, 50 kilometres from the city of Malaga and within an hour and a half’s drive from Granada and the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada.

Malaga is the capital city of the province of Malaga and Andalucía’s second largest city with 600,000 inhabitants. The locals are very friendly and extroverted people, which could have something to do with the great year-round weather, fabulous Mediterranean diet or simply because they live in a beautiful, cultural city by the sea.

The seaside resort of Benalmadena has grown rapidly in recent decades due to tourism and has become one of the Costa del Sol's prime locations.

Fuengirola is situated between Malaga and Marbella, close to the towns of Mijas and Benalmadena, it is one of the most popular tourist towns on the Costa del Sol; it’s a great holiday choice for families and children with its fantastic offering of beach, facilities and activities.

Marbella is one of the Mediterranean’s most representative tourist venues and a top favourite for holidaymakers. Its impressive and luxurious infrastructure of yacht harbours, golf courses, fine dining, nightlife, great beaches, medical facilities and its closeness to Malaga airport, are key all reasons why so many holidaymakers choose Marbella as their favourite destination.

Estepona is one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and foreign residents alike on the Costa del Sol, yet even today it still manages to retain it’s old Andalusian charm. Located at the western end of the Costa del Sol at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja mountains.

Leisure Activities
With millions of people annually visiting the Costa del Sol it’s not surprising that there is a
comprehensive infrastructure of leisure facilities and activities.

The coast boasts one of the highest concentrations of world-class golf courses, to the extent that it is
often dubbed "The Costa del Golf". There are over 60 courses in total, from beginner and easy courses, through the elite courses like Valderrama in Sotogrande, which plays host each year to the Volvo Masters.

For families there are theme parks galore, plus water parks, go-karting, safari parks and many beautiful public gardens. For younger visitors the main areas of attraction are Benalmadena’s
Puerto Marina (Marina Port) and the famous, or infamous Puerto Banus. Both are trendy and chic, but be warned the bars and clubs don’t get busy until near midnight and stay open till dawn.

The coast has also fast become a first-class destination for those looking for a spa and relax holiday. From the Arabic spa in Málaga to five star Thalosso spas in luxury health resorts; there is a healthy option for everyone’s budget. 

Cuisine
Diversity, freshness and character are three words, which sum up well the cuisine of the Costa del Sol.

Diversity:
the diverseness of the cultures that reside here, coupled with the high volume of tourism, means that you can expect to find any style or nationality of cuisine.

Freshness: situated on the Mediterranean expect to savour fish freshly caught that day, combined with fresh ingredients from the ‘campo’ (countryside).

Character: no matter what region you are in, Spanish cuisine is always full of character: rich meat stews, quirky platters of fried fish and teasing tapas that will have you shouting to the waiter to bring more.

Infrastructure
The Costa del Sol has a very well organised infrastructure with the Autopista del Sol providing quick access from Malaga to Estepona and beyond to Gibraltar. The old N340 coast road is a
little slower but offers some lovely sea views as it winds its way along the coast. Links between Granada, Seville and Cordoba are easily accessible for those wishing to venture further into Andalucia and the rest of Spain. 

The International airport of Málaga has regular flights to most major cities and is located just 10 minutes from Malaga City centre, and within 30 minutes by car from most other popular resorts on
the coast. The new expansion to the airport has also made the whole experience more comfortable and opened the region to new routes from all over the world.

Climate
You can’t get a much better climate in the whole of Europe than you is enjoyed 356 days a year on the Costa del Sol.

The mild climate attracts both tourists and northern European residents looking for healthier, happier and sunnier climes. The summer months can get very hot, reaching temperatures of 35-40 degrees, and in the winter? Well, Christmas lunch on the beach is often enjoyed, say no more!

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Reviews for Costa del Sol

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La Cala de Mijas review

La Cala has it all, friendly, great food, mostly flat. All nations mix well and various places to choose from. Fine dining to beach bars, great live entertainment (Legends).


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Do not need a car the bus service is great, you can buy a pre paid card so no need to count money/coins etc.
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La Cala de Mijas review

my fourth time there!! That says it all...


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beautiful, picturesque, peaceful- great family vacation
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Puerto Duquesa review

Very clean and well kept Marina with lots of Bars and Restaurants plenty of parking in medium season.


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I just love the Costa Del Sol.
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Moclinejo review

A pretty small city. The atmosphere is great. There is a bar, a restuarant a wine shop and some other facilities.


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Horribly touristy area.
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Torrox Costa review

Good shopping, nice restaurents, perfect highway connection


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Sun and Beach are keywords
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Torrox review

Small town,,not much to see but the views are amazing


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Coming from Australia we are used to white sandy beaches.
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Iznate review

There is a supermarket for fresh Bread in cajiz


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Nice area
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Estepona review

lovey- a real authentic spanish town


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Great that it still had things going on in the winter as some resorts are soul less at that time of year.
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Estepona review

Very pleasant but we were not in full season!


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Very pleasant but the urbanization is terrible; better to be there off season!
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Marbella review

Excellent


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Nice
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Nerja review

Very beautiful with great sceneries


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Beautiful!
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Elviria review

Nice and quiet, next to the beach but away from the crowded mass tourism areas like Fuengirola and Marbella.


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Nice, quiet sandy beaches. No idea how busy it will be in summer but spring is perfect!
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La Cala de Mijas review

We loved La Cala and it is our second visit. We are definitely coming back next year. Lovely restaurants and bars well worth a visit.


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There is a new board walk on the beach and it's a lovely walk by the sea.
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Málaga review

Malaga is a beautiful city


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Make sure you experience eating the fantastic seafood from the espetos.
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La Cala de Mijas review

very good


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very good
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Fuengirola review

The locals were very nice and welcoming and there are some great restaurants - try Roma for Italian as their pizzas are amazing and The Brittania pub does great food and super music. It was really handy having a lot of eating houses and pubs all together within a few streets. On the downside, Fuengirola is a bit tired and in need of a revamp. In places the pavements could do with being resurfaced, although they were cleaned regularly. The "lookie, lookie" people were annoying, frequently hassling you to buy their goods, although they did accept a firm No and moved on. Weather was brilliant, even in early May.


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Costa Del Sol - Weather was great, even in early May
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Fuengirola review

Torreblanca has everything you would want from a short break or a longer holiday. Variety of restaurants, shops, great beach, lots of sunshine.... So easy to travel to - a mere 30 minutes on the train from Malaga airport. Surrounding area offering great choice of activities for both couples and families. We will definitely be going back. Soon!!


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Fuengirola review

There are many places to eat also to visit


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