The Costa Del Sol welcomes more than two million people a year who arrive at Malaga Interntional airport and head to one of the many resorts located
along this stretch of coastline from Gibraltar in the west to Nerja in the east.
The most well known resorts lie west of Malaga beginning with Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Further along the
coast lies Marbell with its famous marina at Puerto Banus, Estepona, Sotogrande and finally Gibraltar.
With the Costa del Sol weather giving average annual temperatures of 18ºC and over 300 days of sunshine
per year it isn't difficult to understand why it is one of
Europe's top holiday destinations.
There are around 70 Costa del Sol golfcourses on the "Costa del Golf" which can be
played all year round as well as a whole range of other activities available
such as sailing, scuba diving, horse riding, dolphin safaris, etc. The list is
Away from the coast there are numerous excursions into the real Spain with
the cities of Ronda, Seville, Cordoba and Granada all accessible for day
tours. For the more adventurous you can also take a 15km trip across the Straits
of Gibraltar to visit Tangier in Morocco.
Malaga is the stepping stone to the Costa del Sol. Relatively few visitors visit
the city as they rush from the airport to their holiday resort. In doing so they
miss a gem of a city with a fascinating old quarter next to a Roman theatre and
Moorish palace, a commercial centre with first class shopping and a vibrant
Famous as a playground of the rich and famous, Marbella is
now accessible to many who swarm south to enjoy the Spanish sunshine and the
world class golf courses of the Costa del Golf.
Mijas Pueblo stands high up the mountain above the coastal resorts and is a
popular ½ day excursion from the Costa del Sol whilst Mijas
Costa is the resort on the coast below which attracts mass tourism to its many
During the 1950s and 60s Torremolinos was converted from a
quaint fishing village into the Costa del Sol's original tourist resort.
Today it is a concrete jungle but with fine beaches and ample accommodation it
has plenty to offer.
Estepona is the most westerly resort of the Costa del Sol. It has avoided
too many of the high rise blocks of many of the other resorts and is an ideal
choice for those people looking for a quiet holiday.
Nerja is the most easterly resort of the Costa del Sol
which still somehow maintains a reputation as a quaint village. This is no
longer the case as the inevitable tourist developments have transformed the town
into a thriving resort but without the high rise excesses of the western Costa