The sunniest coast of Spain, the Costa del Sol, is one of the most popular holiday regions. Situated far south, it is the most sun-drenched coast of Spain. The Costa del Sol is THE holiday magnet for all who love the sun, beach and sea.
Long, sandy beaches invite to a relaxing vacation. The many beautiful resorts offer a variety of accommodations, entertainment, or just relax.
The most convenient travel to the Costa del Sol is by plane. Malaga Airport is centrally located on the coast and served by many airlines. From here, most resorts are reached within one hour.
The Costa del Sol stretches from Almeria in the east to the Straits of Gibraltar in the southwest. Tarifa, the southernmost point of Spain, separates the Costa del Sol from the Costa de la Luz and is also the site of Europe, which is closest to Africa.
The most popular resorts on the Costa del Sol are Marbella, Torremolinos, Estepona as well as Nerja, Fuengirola and Benalmadena. But not only the coast is a popular holiday destination, also the hinterland of the Costa del Sol offers many interesting regions.
Those who travel to the Costa del Sol and don´t want to be lying all the time on the beach should book a car hire at Malaga airport. Most companies require a minimum age of 23 years for hire, and a deposit by credit card.
Summer is the high season on the Costa del Sol. Even if temperatures exceed 30 degrees, a fresh wind from the Mediterranean makes the temperatures bearable. For water sports enthusiasts, there are plenty of options; surfing, diving and sailing on the Mediterranean coast is very popular. The Costa del Sol is also known as Costa del Golf as here are situated more than 30 exclusive Golf courses. The glamorous Marbella is known for its jet-set life and has a large marina, Puerto Banus.
As the Costa del Sol is appropriate not just for the beach holiday but also culturally has much to offer, the visitors of this coast are very varied. There are available guided tours, where to explore the historic places in the region or you can explore the area on your own.
Alone the city of Malaga is worth a visit. Historical buildings, ruins of a Roman theatre and the fortress Gibralfaro are some of the interesting attractions of this ancient port city. In addition, from the Alcazaba fortress can be enjoyed a magnificent view over the bay of Malaga. Museum lovers will also be satisfied: The Picasso Museum is just one of more than 20 interesting museums, which houses the town.
Those who leave the beaches of the Costa del Sol and make a trip to the hinterland, drive on picturesque roads into the mountainous interior. Here you can still find small, original villages with traditional pubs and marketplaces where farmers sale their products, as well an unspoiled nature of great beauty.
Particularly interesting, however, are the cities of Ronda and Granada, which should not be missing in a round trip. Ronda is an ancient town in the mountains of Malaga, which is located on an incredibly picturesque rocky plateau, about an hour’s drive from the Costa del Sol.
The beautiful city of Granada, 120 km from Málaga, was during 700 years under Moorish rule which is greatly reflected in the architecture. The outstanding Alhambra, the landmark of the city, belongs to the world cultural heritage.
- Malaga, the tourist paradise on the Costa del Sol (malagaweb.wordpress.com)