Costa del sol – Where sun and beach come together

Harbor in Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol, Spain, ...

Harbor in Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol, Spain, Dec 2004 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Costa del Sol includes over 150 kilometres of coastline in the province of Malaga, south of the Iberian Peninsula. Its name is no accident; more than 325 days of sunshine per year coupled with the mild climate gives us the key to this paradise with beaches to suit all tastes. Today’s route takes a tour of the region considered as the main tourist area in Andalusia.

The western Costa del Sol consists of nine municipalities: Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Benahavis, Estepona, Casares and Manilva. Its great attraction is the binomial of sun and beach, the real
conqueror of foreign tourism. Along with the wide range of hotels, restaurants and entertainment, the Costa del Sol is a key point of the peninsula to enjoy.

Torremolinos underwent a major change in the mid-twentieth century thanks to its tourist potential. The beaches, the friendliness towards tourists and visiting celebrities of the time made of this former fishing village the
cradle of tourism. La Carihuela is the most popular district mainly for its cuisine and its signature dish: the fried fish.

The town of Benalmadena consists of three districts: Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena Pueblo and Costa. The town has first class beaches, as well as hotels. The coastal area is a very popular tourist resort with an awarded marina; meanwhile in the close by hills is situated the historic village.

Fuengirola is rest and entertainment. The choice is up to the visitor. The resort has beaches for relaxation and endless possibilities to enjoy day and night. Regarding culture, is outstanding the castle Sohail, a small Moorish
fortress of the Middle Ages.

Mijas is a large municipality where mix urban coastal resorts, golf courses and traditional rural areas: Mijas Pueblo, Mijas Costa and Las Lagunas, where each area allows enjoying the holidays in a different way.

Marbella, situated between the sea and the mountains of the Sierra Blanca, is the birthplace of upscale tourism in the Mediterranean; an elegant resort with the most exclusive offers of beaches, beach clubs, restaurants, hotels,
leisure and golf courses of the Costa del Sol.

The privileged location of Benahavis in the foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves makes the municipality a real treasure. The town is a haven for rest and to play golf as it has a great offer of first class golf courses. But if there is anything that characterizes Benahavis, is its cuisine. Hence derived the name with which Benahavis is popularly defined: The cuisine of
the Costa del Sol.

Estepona offers great beaches, golf courses and five star hotels, while maintaining an air of traditional fishing village with a charming old town.

The White Village of Casares is situated on a steep limestone massif, and on top we find the castle. In addition, the resort has the natural landscape of Sierra Bermeja, whose peculiarity is its volcanic origin.

Manilva can boast of being bathed by the Mediterranean and own vineyards producing a wine of great quality.

As you can see, there is plenty to discover along the 100 kilometres of coastline of the western Costa del Sol between Malaga city and Manilva. Book now your car rental at Malaga airport to ensure full freedom in your holidays on the Costa del Sol.


Nude beaches in Malaga – Naturism on the Costa del Sol

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Are you looking for nude beaches in Malaga? If you like feeling without swimwear while being on the beach continue reading to know the best nude beaches to visit in Malaga and the Costa del Sol.

You can practice top less in the beaches of Malaga, but if you prefer naturism there are a few nude beaches in Malaga people recommend.

I recommend to click on the follow link for Malaga Nude beaches, which is the original website.

This year we were in Benalnatura (Malaga) and we can say there was a good atmosphere in the beach. Those who do not know it I recommend it and it is 100% nude.

San Julián and Guadalmar nude beaches

I am writing to tell you that there is indeed a Malaga beach authorized by the council as nudist beach behind the golf course in  San Julián. But very near there, next to the Guadalhorce river, behind the natural landscape there is a rare and extensive beach that can not be accessed from the city, but through Guadalmar. It is a nice place to practice nudism.

Getting to Benalnatura

It is relatively easy to get there, I assume that you are coming from Malaga towards Fuengirola. After the Casino of Torrequebrada, you will find a roundabout Just 50 meters to the right is the beach access, along with blocks that are under construction (may already be completed). There is a small sign that indicates the access because it is a beach that is below the road level.

Do you have any comments or suggerences about nude beaches in Malaga or are you looking for the best nude beaches in the world?

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Golf course / San Julián Malaga 1850 x 50 36º39’28.87″ N – 4º27’49.5″ W
Las Viborillas Benalmadena 350 x 15 36º34’53.22″ N – 4º33’9.4″ W
Playamarina (El Chaparral)(1) Mijas 940 x 16 36°30’24.4″ N – 4°38’56.4″ W
Artola / Cabo Pino Marbella 1200 x 30 36º29’9.28″ N – 4º44’29.29″ W
Arroyo Vaquero / Guadalobón / Costa Natura Estepona 2500 x 30 36º24’49.89″ N – 5º10’45.72″ W

(1) A beach area of Chaparral, known as Playamarina has recently been declared by the City of Mijas a nude beach officially, although the Ministry of Environment has not categorized it as such yet.

There are naturist holiday places where we can not just get to the beach nude, but to practice sports.

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The Costa del Sol gains in ten years 250.000 inhabitants

Densidad de población por municipio

Densidad de población por municipio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The last decade shows a positive balance in the population growth of the province, especially in Costa del Sol and the metropolitan area of Malaga.

Official data show that the coastal municipalities have gained in the last ten years more than a quarter of a million new inhabitants.

These figures have been buoyed by positive economic growth in Malaga during the last decade until the arrival of recession. There were many jobs available, especially in services and construction, which attracted thousands of people, nationals and immigrants in search of better employment and better quality of life.

Examples are seaside resorts such as Benalmadena, Malaga, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Fuengirola, Torremolinos or Velez.

The other side of the coin represent the villages which continue to lose population and due to the lack of infrastructure and poor communications are far away from growth. These villages are essentially all of the interior and the Serrania de Ronda; although it’s precisely these charming villages where we can find the most traditional Andalucia, which has nearly disappeared completely along the municipalities along the coast.

The Costa del Sol, a paradise in southern Spain

Anochece en la Costa del Sol

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The Costa del Sol is a paradise of sun, sea and beaches. The south coast of Spain, where the Costa del Sol is located, offers a variety of tourist destinations, with excellent beaches and lively nightlife.

No wonder then, that thousands of vacationers choose this destination every summer. The Costa del Sol has over 50 golf courses and a wide range of activities for the whole family. With its 300 days of sunshine a year, you should not miss it.

This stretch of coastline is stretching from Estepona in the west to Nerja in the east, with several popular destinations in between. One of the most popular tourist destinations is Fuengirola, with its large collection of hotels in the Costa de, bars, discos and a variety of activities. Fuengirola Zoo is one of its most popular attractions.

On the way to Fuengirola is situated Torremolinos, a paradise for those seeking the best gay scene of the Costa del Sol. For lovers of water sports, Mijas is ideal. Home of golf courses, a water park and even beautiful scenery for horseback riding.

The hotels in Malaga and the Costa del Sol are very varied. Ideally, reserve one of them; however there are possibilities to rent apartments, an ideal accommodation for those who like to escape the hustle and bustle of the hotel resorts. Many of them have private pools and stunning views over the sea, since they are located on hills or cliffs.

Staying in one of these apartments is also ideal for those coming with their family. Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Nerja or Mijas, without a doubt the best places to spend the summer in the Costa del Sol.