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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 2823 reviews.

   
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27 March, 2015

City review

Nerja is a beautiful town on the Costa del Sol. A genuine warm welcome is extended to all visitors. There are many excellent beaches, scenic country & mountain walks and the surrounding villages are well worth a visit. There is an abundance of excellent restaurants & local tapa bars. Nerja is very traditional and celebrates all the various Spanish Fiestas.

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Most scenic.
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24 March, 2015

City review

Nerja er en dejlig by, med fin strand, gode restauranter og gode indkøbsmuligheder

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Super dejligt
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22 March, 2015

City review

Great old city!

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The coast was marvelous. But also all our excursions to Malaga, Grenada, Sevilla and Tarifa.
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20 March, 2015

City review

Loved Estepona, so different from the other costa del sol beach resort towns. Real Spanish feel to it & personally I think it is much cheaper to eat out versus Marbella but as it is mainly Spanish they eat much later than I am used to! Very child friendly, relaxed & clean. The marina is lovely.

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Lovely long sandy beach but the bins should be emptied daily.
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20 March, 2015

City review

I was between Torremolinos and Benalmadena. Both towns are pleasant with plenty of shops and restaurants and the promenade which runs for miles. Public transport is great.

Coast review

It is mostly warm in winter, although one can experience a few cold days if the wind comes from the north. Excellent walking along the coast.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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19 March, 2015

City review

Fuengirola is an ideal base for exploring this region of Spain. It has very good transport links from Malaga Airport. The streets are filled with small bars and restaurants, and it is a town where many Spanish people live, so it is not just some holiday destination.

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N/A
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16 March, 2015

City review

A nice and quiet village in the mountains. There are not many tourists. But there are some restaurants open even during wintertime. On sunday you can buy fresh churros! There is a ruin of a castle above the village and it is possible to visit it. In the surroundig you can walk a lot and Ronda is nearby.

Coast review

Gaucín is not at the coast but a village in the high in the mountains. The surrounding is beautiful and it is not far to the coast if you like to visit that.
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13 March, 2015

City review

We love Nerja and visit at least twice a year. It is a mixture of holiday makers and Spanish residents. There are lots of areas to visit near by, Maro and the caves are a pleasant 30 min stroll, Frigiiana is a pueblo blanco a 5 mins drive away. Torrox is another nice Spanish village 15 mins drive from Nerja and the local bus to Malaga takes 1 hour.

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I much prefer this part of the Costa del sol as it is less commercial and more Spanish
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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11 March, 2015

City review

Excellent offering both the village type atmosphere yet the hustle and bustle of a larger holiday resort not far away.

Coast review

I loved it all. Fuengirola for the hustle and bustle of a seaside resort, to the east quieter side closer to Torreblanca. Easy trips to Malaga and Marbella and other coastal areas; drives up into the hills seeing the spectacular scenery and white villages.
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10 March, 2015

City review

Very Nice

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Nice
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09 March, 2015

City review

A city with good restaurants and bars. The marina is worth a visit.

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The beach is fantastic and the water is clear.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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07 March, 2015

City review

Marbella is something special. We already knew before coming. Can only recommend.

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Same as above.
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03 March, 2015

City review

Elviria is a secret heaven with amazing beaches and 5 star restaurants. Quiet area within short distance of the hustle and bustle of Marbella.

Coast review

lovely beaches
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28 February, 2015

City review

Riviera itself is very small village. The whole area is completely full of houses, appartmens and hotels. between Marbella and Malaga it is very crowded along the coast. But not that much in wintertime......

Coast review

As I said before: pretty crowded and full of houses and appartments. But that is obvious: everyone wants to be in a sunny area! So they all come to the Costa del Sol.
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23 February, 2015

City review

small interesting shops and limited tourist invasion. To buy Classic clothes you may take a bus (1 hour) to Malaga - a fine trip with the Meditarranian in sight most of the time.

Coast review

I'm used for very fine graved sand at the Danish northwest coast. The Beach at Costa del Sol only beats this because of the lovely weather most of the year.
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22 February, 2015

City review

Nice little village in the mountains, away from the busy beaches of the coast Line.

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We did not go
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18 February, 2015

City review

Fab location,quiet but central to loads of areas, booked again this year

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Beaches were lovely .
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18 February, 2015

City review

Prefer La Carihuela to Torremolinos - more relaxed

Coast review

Good transport links -prefer the smaller resorts - but plenty to offer tourists. Like the area in general.
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12 February, 2015

City review

convenient,able to buy anything we required, Some great restaurants for quick easy lunches or more exclusive Fine Dining.

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Busy and colourful.
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03 February, 2015

City review

Nice, clean

Coast review

Didn't go to the beach at all (January). Easy to visit other cities (Torremolinos, Malaga, Fuengirola)
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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