The coast of the Sun fringes the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea for over 150 km from Gibraltar to Nerja in the southern part of Spain. Costa del Sol comprises of many beautiful towns, enlightening historical places and entertainment centers. Bask in the sun, shop at the local markets, go fishing or cruising, dance through the night or dive and snorkel. You’ll find a number of yachts and fishing boats, luxurious hotels, mouth-watering Spanish food, golf courses, souvenir shops and amazing beach clubs.
The Costa del Sol region is a popular tourist destination for it is the soul of Andalusia. The golden sandy beaches and the Mediterranean climate draw millions of visitors to this coast each year. This area receives sunshine throughout the year with average temperatures swinging between 11-20°C in winters and 20-27°C in summers. The winters are mild while the summers are hot, though the sea keeps sending cool breezes towards the shore. The region does not receive much rainfall.
Costa del Sol never witnesses extreme weather conditions, which is why it can be visited any time of the year. There are numerous events and festivals that take place occasionally so a trip can be planned in any season to enjoy the beauty of this place.
Some Sights and Sounds
The city where 20th century’s most eminent painter Pablo Picasso was born. The historically and culturally rich place has a lot of interesting places, especially the Museum of Glass and Crystal, which is fascinating in every sense. Then there is Museo Automovilistico De Malaga, which showcases a large collection of vintage cars. You can enjoy a flamenco performance at Kelipe Centro de Arte Flamenco, walk through a 19th century botanical garden – La Concepcion – Jardin Botanico-Historico de Malaga or visit other majestic castles, churches and museums.
The main reason why this Costa del Sol region is a favorite with the rich and famous of the world is this town with whitewashed houses, palms and beaches, a beautiful marina and spectacular golf courses. You can buy delightful souvenirs from D.OLIVA, enjoy the lively atmosphere at Orange Square, visit the magnificent church – Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion, spend a relaxing day at the Puerto Banús marina or play golf.
This coastal town boasts of the world’s best marina Puerto Marina, which has 1,000 berths for yachts of all sizes, many tapas bars, and eating and shopping joints. Then there is the wonderful Parque De La Paloma, which houses a variety of animals and a large lake. You can go to the white village of Benalmadena Pueblo, have fun with dolphins at the Selwo Marina or see the Buddhist Temple, Butterfly Park and the Bil-Bil castle.
This large town has over 8km of beaches where you can take part in various watersports and even do parasailing. The Bioparc Fuengirola is a unique kind of zoo that gives you the chance to see a wide array of exotic birds and animals, not caged but separated from you by just a thick glass wall. At Los Boliches, you can have fun at the clean beach and eat scrummy dishes. The Karbon Klub is the most happening place and will enthrall you.
In this town you will find the Donkey Sanctuary, which is a home to various adorable animals. Baclon de Europa offers splendid views of the beach and town. The Caves at Nerja are simply marvelous. You can even take a jeep tour, have a look at the ancient Church of El Salvador or got to the peaceful residential area of Punta Lara.
This cosmopolitan town has multiple pleasant beaches like Playa El Bajondillo and Playa La Carihuela. Also, there is a fantastic beach town by the name of La Carihuela, which used to be a fisherman’s district. Then there is the astounding Battery Park (Parque La Bateria), which is an old military fortress turned into a brilliant botanical garden with a lake and a fountain. There is a Crocodile Park, the bustling street of Calle San Miguel and the picturesque Molino del Inca.
Chocoholics will love this place for a small but lovely chocolate factory called Mayan Monkey is situated here. A two hour hike to the Picos de Mijas will reward you with stunning views of the surrounding areas. You can even have an off road adventure by going on a quad bike tour or treat yourself with a remarkable Spanish horse show at El Cartujano.
Due to the immense attractiveness of Costa del Sol, the region is full of luxury hotels, motels, apartments and beach houses for rent, hostels, resorts, lodges, etc. The restaurants and eating places offer a wide variety of cuisine to suit your taste buds. Whether you want to have a lavish vacation or enjoy a budget trip, Costa del Sol is the place for you. So many beaches and sunshine, multitude of fun activities, amusement parks, wonderful gardens, amazing sites and landmarks, exclusive shopping spots, cultural celebrations and carnivals, Spanish music and dance – all this will make you come back here over and again!