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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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20 September, 2014

City review

Nice place, the service everywhere is appropriate and high in quality

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It is ok
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20 September, 2014

City review

Typical small Spanich city.

Coast review

Good coast. Not the best one in the world, but very clean and very Spanish again.
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20 September, 2014

City review

The city itself is amazing with lots of historical sites and amazing old buildings.

Coast review

The Mediterranean sea is just 7 min. walk from the apartment
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19 September, 2014

City review

Close to Fuingorola Town which was great for the beach, shops and market. We also travelled by Bus to Marbella and Funny Beach which were great days out. Complex was fab, plenty to do with lovely restaurants and bars.

Coast review

Beaches are okay, a little rocky. We travelled to Cabopino which is a short bus ride away to a fabulous man made beach.
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18 September, 2014

City review

Fuengirola is a nice place.

Coast review

Costa del sol is very nice, great beaches and restaurants.
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18 September, 2014

City review

We Calahonda as we own a timeshare there and therefore know the area very well. We have been holidaying in Calahonda for 16 years and our kids have grown up loving it and cannot wait for their next holiday.

Coast review

Beaches are lovely and clean
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18 September, 2014

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Super

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Super
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17 September, 2014

City review

very nice, well stocked shop, nice restaurants, close to lovely walks

Coast review

Torre Del Mar was lovely, very clean and plenty of activities, very well catered for
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16 September, 2014

City review

beautiful,friendly and lots to see

Coast review

nice but over crowded
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15 September, 2014

City review

Elviria is a small suburb of Marbella but has everything anyone would need. There are supermarkets, restaurant and the ever popular Irish bar. If you get accommodation close to the beach there are wonderful walks and some of the best beaches in the whole area.

Coast review

Costa del Sol is an ideal vacation area if you are looking to relax and get the sun. The beaches can get busy at the weekends but midweek its fine. Flights into Malaga are good from most destinations.
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15 September, 2014

City review

fantastic place - love it more every time we go.

Coast review

Fantastic
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15 September, 2014

City review

Lovely and friendly place to spend your holiday!

Coast review

I always trvel to de Costa del Sol,for me the place to be!
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14 September, 2014

City review

Nice village with 4 restaurants nearest is a 10 minute walk up hill.

Coast review

never went there
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13 September, 2014

City review

Fuengirola is a versatile and cosy city with beautiful beaches and a beautiful seaside promenade, with nice restaurants and shops! And has a beautiful harbour built in Moorish style. Really worth it!

Coast review

The Costa del Sol is a beautiful area in southern Spain with beautiful cities, beaches and very nice people!
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12 September, 2014

City review

So much to do. Beach,shopping , eating n drinking, partying , kids activities, country drives and interesting historic tourist destinations. Suitable for all age groups.

Coast review

So much to do.
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12 September, 2014

City review

Although the adress was Mijas, the location was more accurately Fuengirola. This caused confusion because we have been to Mijas village before and found it very beautiful, therefore booked this property. Fuengirola is not a place I would want to return to for a holiday. It's very sprawling and noisy, not to mention confusing to navigate with all its one way streets. A trip to the beach was no easy feat!

Coast review

The coast is very beautiful, and we love it having travelled there many times now. But the further you go west from Marbella, the better it gets. The water does get colder the closer you get to Gibralter, (or the Atlantic), but the beaches are wonderful, and the better for it, the further you get from the touristy towns.
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12 September, 2014

City review

The city was great, nice area to some relaxing days, shops and good restaurants are into. But the best thing is that in less than 10minutes you will be in the downtown!

Coast review

Amazing weather, i cant say more!
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11 September, 2014

City review

Bautiful old town, lovely beaches, nice place for a romantic afternoon walk and boat trips. Worth visiting !

Coast review

Sunny,clean, with lovely beaches and not too crowded.
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11 September, 2014

City review

Nice and clean

Coast review

Very clean.
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10 September, 2014

City review

Very clean and cosmopolitan, Wonderful bars and resturants in the port and the old town.

Coast review

Clean and tidy, very family orientated.
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