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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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31 August, 2014

City review

Fabulous area on an efficient train link running from Malaga to Fuengirola which is reasonably priced. There are many places to visit with Los Boliches being our favourite. Visiting Montemar is a must. Malaga is an amazing city with everything you need. The harbour is beautiful and if you like shopping it has it all

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The coast is awesome. Beautiful beaches. Water sports galore. They now also boast a huge inflatable playground for both adults and children in the sea.
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31 August, 2014

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Child and disabled friendly, 8km long boulevard makes for great walks after sunset, highly suited for relaxing/cultural visits/golf. Great central location!

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28 August, 2014

City review

Pretty full in August. Very nice restaurants.

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Really nice sand.
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28 August, 2014

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Very nice city, much to do and to see

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Oké
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27 August, 2014

City review

Best Marbella area!

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Best Spanis, even European, coast I ever went to.
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26 August, 2014

City review

Clean and well kept area. Good location for sightseeing along the coast. Good choice of restaurants.

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Costa del Sol is a pleasant area of Spain with many beaches to choose from.
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26 August, 2014

City review

Benalmadena Pueblo is a small traditional Spanish town and a 15/20 minute taxi ride from Benalmadena. If you want afternoons filled with tapas and strolls in cobbled streets then go to the pueblo. If you want karaoke and Brit bars then you should opt Benalmadena

Coast review

To get to the beach you need to go by car. Best beach is towards Torremolinos -carahueila beach.
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26 August, 2014

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Small and charming

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Didn't go for a stay at the beach but was in Torrox by the water. Fantastic.
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25 August, 2014

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Beautiful

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Quite rocky
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25 August, 2014

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Lovely area, very very hilly

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Stunning views
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25 August, 2014

City review

Malaga is on the rise. A great city in a lovely part of Spain. Malagueños are very friendly people. I've been to most of Spain's major cities, and I loved them all. Malaga did not disappoint.

Coast review

Malagueta beach is functional, not particularly beautiful. There are nicer beaches if you are prepared to travel a few kilometres, but it was fine for my family needs
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25 August, 2014

City review

We stayed in Carvajal, clode to Fuengirola. Carvajal was rather quiet, which was our aim. Fuengirola easy to reach by train has more than sufficient shopping and restaurants to please everyone.

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Nice sunny weather, but enough air to perform sporting activities.
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24 August, 2014

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Very nice, small town.

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Lovely beaches,beautyfull views.
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24 August, 2014

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exciting fun filled, lovely area

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lovely
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24 August, 2014

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Fantastic!!!!

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Nice beach.
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23 August, 2014

City review

its a little beach town where a lot of spanish tourists go, nice little restaurants and possibility to buy everything.

Coast review

clean, always good weather, very nice beaches, a lot of things to do without having to go very far
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23 August, 2014

City review

Lovely area. Much to do. Easy to do not much : )

Coast review

Absolutely lovely. And we are hugely spoiled being from Charleston, SC on the coast/beach.
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22 August, 2014

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Great

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Fantastic
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22 August, 2014

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Very nice area

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Everything you could want
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21 August, 2014

City review

Nice little town with surpricingly much to see and do. A lot of nice restaurants, and the town is quiet and clean.

Coast review

Very windy and very high waves!! But nice beach and not too many people.
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