Costa del Sol – Spain

Malaga - Capital of the Costa del Sol
Malaga – Capital of the Costa del Sol

Coming to Málaga Province and Costa del Sol is seeing beautiful landscapes, tasting delicious food, and experiencing the warmth of the people. It’s also discovering a rich cultural heritage, fabulous beaches and coastal sites, and charming hinterland villages.

The Costa del Sol stretches along just over 150 kilometres of the Málaga province, from Marbella in the west to Nerja to the east,  and is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations. The area’s mild climate is the root attraction that makes it possible to enjoy the beaches and a wide variety of outdoor activities year round.

With much improved communications over recent years, access is fast and easy. Málaga is served by its International airport which is of course one of the major airports in Spain due to the number of tourist arrivals on charter flights from Northern Europe using Malaga airport as a gateway to the Costa del Sol.

Malaga Airport

Modern motorways link Málaga with the entire coastline as well as the rest of Spain. The recent addition of the new high speed train from Madrid to Málaga, the journey takes just two and a half hours (reduced from four hours and twenty minutes), the extended port of Málaga that now takes the world’s largest cruise ships together with a brand new underground Metro system, currently under construction, makes Málaga one of the leading pioneering cities in the whole of Spain in terms of access and transportation.

The Costa del Sol offers an incredible lifestyle. The activities available on the Costa del Sol are wide and varied; there is actually something for everyone. Many other areas report to offer the same but usually fall far short of the choice available on the Costa del Sol. The eastern side of the Costa del Sol offers a quieter and more relaxed version than the western side, better known for the more flamboyant style of life associated with Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Costa del Golf
Costa del Golf

It is an ideal location to own or rent or property and take holidays enjoying the excellent and mild all year round climate. Relaxing days out at one of the many beaches are a must, enjoying some of the most beautiful, clean and safe beaches on offer, with the Blue Flag of Merit being awarded on many occasions to the beaches on the Costa del Sol.

Beach activities include waterskiing, boat, fishing trips and yacht charter, other major sports such as tennis, bowls, football and basketball are also all popular and expertly catered for. Many of the larger towns have their own sports grounds for athletic events and football matches as well as public indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Many of the Sports activities are a very popular pastime to local residents and Tourists alike, the most popular of these being Golf.

The Costa del Sol has not been named the Costa del Golf without good reason; it is simply a golfer’s paradise. There are some 69 golf courses in Andalucía with some 45 situated along the Costa del Sol and four of which are ranked in the top 10 in Europe.

Puerto Banus Marbella
Puerto Banus Marbella

For yachting enthusiasts, there are many marinas along the entire coast, Puerto Banus being the most famous along with Cabopino in Marbella, Benalmadena Port in Benalmadena Costa, and Marina del Este in La Herradura, and good news for local residents in the Nerja and Torrox area, the new marina has finally been approved with construction expected to commence soon.

For country lovers, there is much to be discovered inland. Seek out some traditional cooking in one of the many great value ‘Ventas’ (country restaurants) dotted all over the countryside. There are many national parks in Andalucía and are a must for any visitor to the South of Spain. Nestled behind Nerja you will find the Almijara National Park, a great venue for trekking, horse riding, cycling, and off-road activities.

Just one and a half hours drive you have the international skiing resort of Sierra Nevada, ever popular with the winter ski enthusiasts, although even if you don’t enjoy the winter sports it’s well worth a visit for the breathtaking views across the mountains looking back down to the ancient city of Granada and its world famous Alhambra Palace.

Meanwhile those of you who relish a shopping expedition will be more than satisfied at the choice of modern indoor shopping centres with bars, restaurants and cinema complexes, the smaller designer boutiques or the many shops offering a wide choice of local hand craft products and wines and other delights of the region. There are also aqua parks and top quality international schools.

As you can see the Costa del Sol is for people who like to live life to the full enjoying and enriching their lifestyles with the best things it can offer.

Property on the Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol Tourist Board

Plaza de la Marina, nº 4 – 29015 Málaga. Tel: (+34) 952 126 272. Fax: (+34) 952 225 207. Email:

Torremolinos Tourist Office

Plaza Independencia s/n, 29620 Torremolinos (Malaga). Tel: (+34) 952 374 231.

Marbella Tourist Office

Glorieta de la Fontanilla, Marbella (Malaga). Tel: (+34) 952 771 442.

Nerja Tourist Office

Calle Carmen 1, 29780 Nerja (Malaga). Tel: (+34) 952 521 531. Fax: (+34) 952 526 287. E-mail:

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