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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 2640 reviews.

   
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18 October, 2014

City review

Estepona is a lovely area and the Villacana resort is situated nearly on the beach and has very nice facilities and the gardens and swimming pools are very nice. There are lovely restaurants in Cancelada which is just over the bridge and within walking distance.

Coast review

very lovely
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14 October, 2014

City review

lovely area, plenty of restaurants, shops,garages etc, and ideally located for visiting surrounding areas e.g rhonda,alhaurin,malaga,nerja and other interesting villages.

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Hot , sunny and plenty of places to visit, lovely beaches too
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14 October, 2014

City review

Especially La Carihuela is very nice, many restaurants. The connections by train and bus are excellent from Torremolinos to Malaga.

Coast review

Nice beach, good restaurants
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14 October, 2014

City review

Quiet, simple driving.

Coast review

The coast in Nerja was good, other - so so
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14 October, 2014

City review

Very Spanish village with lovely people. A good size but not many shops or facilities so a car is necessary. However there is a good local bus service into Marbella and other nearby local towns.

Coast review

Excellent beaches and facilities
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13 October, 2014

City review

A very beautiful and cosy place. Nice to visit in October. Very hilly. If you don´t use a car you have to be prepared for tough uphill walks.

Coast review

Very good weather. Very beautiful coastline and mountains.
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13 October, 2014

City review

Some great restaurants!

Coast review

Costa del Sol has some nice beaches and some not so good, but on the whole, we enjoyed visiting various places. We went in Sept/October so it was a little quiet for our teenage kids, but we loved it!
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12 October, 2014

City review

Everything you could want for a holiday destination

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Nice clean beaches
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11 October, 2014

City review

Great Spanish working town alone the costa del Sol, didn't think they existed!

Coast review

Very wide sandy beach that is far from packed
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08 October, 2014

City review

Nice white village

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ok
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07 October, 2014

City review

Spacious and uncrowded beach, at least in September. Town has good shopping facilities and restaurants.

Coast review

Love it.
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07 October, 2014

City review

The local area is very well kept and the locals themselves are very friendly and helpful. The worst part is the amount of pet mess on the streets. The local transport is very cheap and regular and all clearly signed and easy to understand. Overall I would recommend staying in this area.

Coast review

Very clean and some of the best weather we have experienced on a holiday
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07 October, 2014

City review

Nice

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Nice
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06 October, 2014

City review

Fuengirola is our favourite town on the Costa del Sol because it is a working town as well as a holiday resort and this gives much more feel of a Spanish town with tourists rather than a tourist resort. We had not stayed in the Los Boliches area before and found it particularly charming. Transport links are great - both train and bus and it is very easy to use one of the many outlets to arrange trips further afield ( we went to Cordoba this time).

Coast review

This area of the Costa del Sol has great beaches with all the facilities required such as showers and toilets on the beach; accessing the sea to swim is by a very gentle slope making it easy to get into the water. There are countless restaurants, bars and cafes making it very easy to choose exactly the type of food you want to eat on any given occasion.
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05 October, 2014

City review

Lovely location,very peace full,not to far from coast if you want that,great base to see rural spain,all the lovely villages,we ate out in very nice ventas

Coast review

We wanted a tranquil holiday spot,but we did travel to the coast and fishing villages,so great for us
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05 October, 2014

City review

I have stayed many times in Marbella and never tire of returning there. It is a busy bustling Spanish town with something for everyone. The old town is charming and very beautiful and the new town is full of life.

Coast review

The Costa del Sol is a beautiful location with lovely beaches and many coastal walks.
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02 October, 2014

City review

Very lovely location, good bus service to travel if desired. Nice and clean, felt really safe, lovely restaurants,nice beach.

Coast review

Beautiful place so much to see and do.We have visited Costa Del Sol for the past 20 years. First time in Cala de Mijas and it is a lovely place.
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01 October, 2014

City review

Ive been to Nerja nearly every year for the last 8 yrs and love it. We generally come for a bit of golf and relaxation and as we know the area very well now it's like putting on a comfy pair of slippers! We know the good places to eat and drink and find it such a lovely friendly place to go. We will be back!

Coast review

Stunning scenery and lovely little beaches hidden away
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30 September, 2014

City review

Ardales is a lovely village and very friendly,and has some beautiful places to visit and all within 10 minutes drive

Coast review

Malaga is a place I would go back to again and again,the old town is beautiful.
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30 September, 2014

City review

Its no city, but short distance to Malaga and Marbella

Coast review

Nice and clean
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