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Inhabitants 2000000
Nearest airport Malaga, Gibraltar
Max. temperature 40 C
Min. temperature 8 C


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!



Map of Costa del Sol


Reviews for Costa del Sol

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Based on 2038 reviews.

   
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17 April, 2014

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A bit too much nouveau riche

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Duizenden leegstaande en half afgebouwde appartementen
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15 April, 2014

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Beautiful city. Vibrant and full of culture. Safe and friendly. A great gateway to other lovely cities and towns.

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Much nicer than I expected. Some of the towns/cities on the Costa were lovely. Didn't expect that. Thought they would be ugly tourist joints.
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10 April, 2014

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Beautiful harbour and plenty restaurants

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We love the golfoppertunites
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08 April, 2014

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Very nice

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Very nice!
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08 April, 2014

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Beatiful village with the authentic fealing of Spain.

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Along the cost its very explored, so it was nice to stay a bit away, although only 10 minuters by car.
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07 April, 2014

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Lovely to walk around and take in the views. Nice shops and restaurants, plenty to see and do

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Lovely beaches and breath taking.
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07 April, 2014

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Nice city close to the beach

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Quiet family friendly
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07 April, 2014

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The town of Mijas has held a special place in my heart for many years although prior to my stay at The Pueblo I had only visited during the day like many other tourists. This beautiful and very typically Spanish village has increased it's offerings year on year without compromising its's Spanish charm. The accommodation is immaculately clean, very well equipped with absolutely everything that's needed for a perfect stay. The locals are welcoming, there are wonderful restaurants and Mijas is so well connected for many other other different places in Costa Del Sol. From beautiful sight sighing, fantastic golf courses and wonderful shopping. 'Can't believe that within three and a half hours after departure from the UK you can be sunning yourself, eating tapas and sipping wine. Perfecto!

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There are many beautiful beaches close by that may be accessed either by public transport or by car whether you head towards Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Cabopino or Marbella. Each offers a different flavour of Spanish life.
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06 April, 2014

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Local attractions for the young (and not so young) include the Marina with it's bars and clubs, Tivoli World, Crocodile Park, Cable Car, Sea Life, Aquapark and numerous golf courses.

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It is situated in a quiet area close to all amenities, 400m from beach and a 10 minute stroll to the Marina. It is only 15 minutes from the airport.
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03 April, 2014

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Nice quiet place with a looooooong beach and beautiful promenade!

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Best to spend your holidays! PS. Malaga is a wonderful place!
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01 April, 2014

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Small village with two good supermarkets and a large of restaurants ranging from ok to very good.

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Perfect vacation area
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01 April, 2014

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Idyllic

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Energetic
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31 March, 2014

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We visited typical tapas bars in Nerja. Miguel was our host. has recommended we all places in Nerja. (typical places they visit the locals). Nerja is a perfect city for vacation. Great weather all year round. Return.

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Nerja, Costa del sol y Malaga. is a perfect city for vacation.
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25 March, 2014

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Lovely holiday resort with a real Spanish flavour.

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So much to do and see along the coast and inland.
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24 March, 2014

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Pleasantly surprised with the activity at this time of year

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We love golf and had more than we could ever ask for
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23 March, 2014

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Nice but others are better ( seville, ronda)

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Very good
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22 March, 2014

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Marbella was beautiful! San Pedro was cozier with great restaurants and beach bars!

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Beautiful part of the world, easy to navigate and explore
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20 March, 2014

City review

Benalmádena is a nice city. It has both nice restaurants in the Marina and some nice tapas bars up in Arroyo del Miel.

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Costa del Sol is wonderful! The beach of Benalmádena and Torremolinos is awesome. The path along the beach is very long and perfect for families with children or people in wheel chairs.
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17 March, 2014

City review

At first, difficult to navigate.

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Wonderful. Some areas(calahonda,marbello)are to congested with traffic.
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17 March, 2014

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Nice and beautiful town

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If you find the right spots, its a beautiful coast
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