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Introduction to the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol (meaning "Coast of the Sun") is one of the most popular regions of Spain, situated in the South of the country. The Costa del Sol is in the region of Andalucia and it is where you will find coastal towns and communities along the coastline of Malaga.

As the gateway to Andalusia, the Costa del Sol is known for its "white people", whitewashed villages that spill down the hillside towards the coast. It was eleven made up of a series of small fishing settlements until the tourism boom in the late 1950s.

The most popular destinations on the Costa del Sol, each with its own charm and appeal, include:

Britain's fascination with the Costa del Sol has now passed the 60-year mark, with many holidaymakers still heading over to Southern Spain to enjoy the sunshine coast to the full.

The region boasts 161 kilometers of coastline so visitors can really make the most of the beautiful weather and silky, sandy beaches.

View our wonderful choice of Costa Del Sol Holiday Rentals and luxury villas. 

Things to do at the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol has plenty to offer its visitors and you will find plenty to do, no matter how you like to spend your holiday. From well-loved ports and small villages with their distinctive local culture to the bigger resorts where the action is non-stop, there is something for everyone.

The stunning coastline includes many distinct landscapes, boasting beautiful beaches, sand dunes, cliffs, estuaries and bays. Enjoy miles of sandy beaches on the Costa del Sol with a pleasant warm climate all year round.

The activities and attractions of the Costa del Sol are countless, but we have included our top 5 points of interest to get you started with planning your holiday:

  1. Tivoli World - one of the most exciting theme parks in the Costa del Sol. It has fun rides for kids, endless thrills, several excellent restaurants, quality shops to browse plus regular shows and tranquil garden illuminations in the evening for the whole family to enjoy . Located in Benalmádena, Málaga.

  2. Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park - A remarkable nature reserve that is just ready to be explored. This natural park features mesmerizing limestone mountains and caves, acres of fir forests and a Moorish era castle for you to admire and take photos of. Located in the Sierra de las Nieves range, Andalucia, southern Spain.

  3. Selwo Adventure - a vast open-air animal park with extensive walking trails plus vehicle tours available to get up close and personal to natures greatest including lions, flamingos, zebra & more. Located in Estepona, Málaga.

  4. Aqualand - by far the most popular and biggest water park in the Costa del Sol, with fun for all of the family. Enjoy amazing slides, rapids and a surf beach area with a wave machine if you want to get some surfing practice in. Located in Torremolinos, Málaga.

  5. Sohail Castle - built in AD 956, this towering castle is the perfect destination to soak up some culture. Admire the structures imposing walls and towers. The castle is also well known for its open-air concerts and festivals, you might catch one if you're lucky! Located in Fuengirola, Málaga.

For those looking for a myriad of leisure activities and facilities, this is the destination for you. The coast has one of the largest amounts of world-class golf courses along with theme parks, go-karting, safari parks and picturesque public gardens.

The Top 5 Beaches on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol includes some of the best beaches in Spain, in our opinion. In no particular order, here are the top 5 beaches to visit on the Costa del Sol:

  1. Playa del Cristo - A Blue Flag beach just outside of Estepona. A beautiful sandy beach which is great for families with young children. The sands are soft and white and there are plenty of places to park that are in walking distance to the beach, perfect if you need to go to the car for supplies.

  2. Torremolinos - the Costa del Sol's first ever resort and only 13 km north of Malaga. Torremolinos is a popular area for Brits, thanks to its playful bars that show live football matches, fish and chips and an extensive nightlife scene.

  3. Playa del Canuelo - a beach well off the beaten track and a favorite spot for hipsters. This beach is accessible via a bus that takes you through the slopes of Maro Hill, down to the wonderful waters below. This beach is a great spot for snorkelling and there are two beach bars for those who want to relax with a drink in hand.

  4. Playa Burriana - an action-packed location bustling with beach bars, ice-cream parlors and seafood restaurants. This beach is well respected for its watersports and other activities, including para-sailing, jet skiing, banana boating and scuba diving.

  5. Puerto Banus - one of the most popular beaches in Malaga thanks to its many celebrity sightings. This beach is full of bars and restaurants and is the beach to be during the evenings if you like to party.

Find out more about the Costa del Sol's best beaches.

A Brief History of the Costa del Sol

The history of the Costa del Sol dates back to the Phoenicians and has been occupied by a variety of different cultures, including the Moors, Carthaginians and Romans, with each leaving their own distinctive marks on the culture and architecture of the Costa del Sol. 

The Costa del Sol experienced a major demographic and economic expansion in the 1960s thanks to a boom in tourism. The name "Costa del Sol" was created to market the Mediterranean coastline of Malaga to foreign holidaymakers. The traditional fishing villages and "white villages" where developed to meet the demands of international tourism and has been a popular destination ever since. 

The Costa del Sol exudes culture and tradition and is renowned as the birthplace of Picasso, famous for flamenco and the colourful local fiestas.

Costa del Sol Weather

As the name would suggest, the southern coast of Spain benefits from an incredible 320 days of sun every year, making the Costa del Sol the ultimate year-round destination.

During the summer months, it is rare for daytime temperatures to drop below the 30s. Even in the spring and autumn, highs tend to stay between 18 and 22 degrees.

The Costa del Sol climate attracts tourists from all over Europe as the summer is always gorgeously hot with temperatures reaching 40+ degrees and is also nicely warm during the winter months. Christmas Day usually consists of swimming and having a BBQ at the beach, imagine that!

Costa del Sol Travel Information

There are always lots of low-cost flight options to get you to Malaga Airport, which is within easy reach of all the popular resorts in the region. 

Travelling by Bus

If you are making use of the bus service, you can travel to any town on the Costa del Sol from Malaga Bus Station, which is a short 20-minute journey from the airport.

If you're staying in the eastern part of the Costa del Sol, there are several Malaga bus routes connecting to this area. You can reach Velez-Malaga in around 30 minutes, which is known for its impressive old quarter and the coastal part of Torre del Mar.

You can also easily reach the mountainous town of Nerja, with departures from Malaga being every 30 minutes, famous for its golden beaches, naturally formed caves and spectacular views from the Balcon de Europa.

Or, if you are travelling to the West of the Costa del Sol, you can also find many bus routes connecting you to any of the towns. Marbella is, of course, a must, thanks to its whitewashed houses and stunning old town just waiting to be explored.

You will find four direct buses from Malaga to Marbella and 30+ routes that stop along the way. Estepona is another popular resort town on the island which is served by 20 bus routes daily.

Travelling by Train

Visiting other cities from the Costa del Sol is now easier than ever, thanks to the introduction of the high-speed train (AVE) service. From Malaga Maria Zambrano station, you can reach the capital of the province, Cordoba, in just 45 minutes, and Seville in 55 minutes, known for its famous landmarks and traditional flamenco dancing.

The launch of the Madrid-Malaga line has brought about huge transportation improvements making the Spanish capital more accessible than ever, with a short journey of just 2.5 hours. Plus, if you're waiting around, the train station in Malaga is a modern structure and offers a variety of shops and restaurants to pass the time in style. 

Additional information: Children pay 2/3 of the fare on the high-speed trains, but full price on most buses. You will usually find discounts for sight admissions, and those under the age of four generally get in for free.

Accommodation on the Costa Del Sol

When it comes to renting holiday villas, apartments and holiday homes on the Costa del Sol, we have a full range of options to suit couples, families and larger groups.

We have a range of holiday homes and luxury villas that have amazing coastal or mountain views and are conveniently close to beautiful sandy beaches, world-class golf courses, excellent restaurants and other tourist attractions. 

Our holiday rentals also include a wide range of amenities and luxuries for you to enjoy as you relax on your holiday. So have a look at our range of luxury villas and choose a villa with:

  • Outdoor swimming pool

  • Private pool

  • Hot tub

  • Pool table

  • Table tennis

  • Gym

  • Private dining area with BBQ

  • Air conditioning

  • High-speed WIFI

  • High-quality entertainment system

  • Washing machine

So, please feel free to search our site and find the right accommodation for your requirements and for those traveling in your party. Travel to the Costa del Sol at any time of the year and enjoy one of our Costa del Sol Villas with Heated Pools .

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