Every year millions of tourists visit Andalusia and one of the main holiday destinations is the Costa del Sol in Malaga province. With a length of more than 160 kilometres this southernmost Spanish coastline has everything to offer that holiday-makers are looking for.
Above all, the pleasant and almost year-round mild climate makes a holiday on the sunny coast so interesting for many. In the east, the Costa del Sol begins at Nerja, neighboring the Costa Tropical of Granada province. Continuing south are situated popular resorts such as Torremolinos, Marbella or Estepona. In the southwest the Costa del Sol is adjacent to Gibraltar, from where there are only a few miles to the Costa de la Luz of Cadiz province.
The coastline of the Costa del Sol was used already in the early 20th century for recreation and relaxation. Artists, dropouts but also the nobility took advantage of the pleasant climate in Andalucia for a few relaxing days. In the 50’s discovered the celebrities and rich the beautiful coast and settled in exclusive apartments and luxurious villas on the coast. Much from today’s luxury in Marbella comes from this period.
In the last 30 to 40 years mass tourism has developed extremely on the Costa del Sol. Almost three-quarters of the coast are completely built over with hotels and apartment buildings. Especially long-term tourists have discovered the pleasant weather in Andalusia and spend here the winter months.
Holiday on the Costa del Sol
Long and deserted sandy beaches, which still can be found on the Costa de la Luz, are rare on the Costa del Sol. Nevertheless is the beach holiday on the Costa del Sol the main tourist attraction in the region. The very short flight time of less than 3 hours and the nearby Malaga airport makes the holiday on the Costa del Sol so interesting.
The beaches are indeed not empty, but all offer what makes a beach holiday so enjoyable, from a pleasant sun bath to a fast ride on the Jet Ski, a boat trip on an exclusive yacht or a cool drink at the beach bar. And yet, there is much more.
Costa del Sol Active Holidays
The Costa del Sol has to offer not just sun, sea and beach. Golf is the sport number 1 in Andalusia and one finds on the Costa del Sol more than 30 golf courses; some within short walking distance from your apartment or your hotel.
In addition to Golf, tennis is very popular. Even world-class tennis players use the good weather in Malaga to prepare for the next tennis tournaments. For the active holiday, the Costa del Sol offers everything your heart desires, from beautiful trails to exclusive fitness studios and spas for relaxation.
Malaga car hire give us advantage when making trips and excursions
Andalusia is geographically very large, thus you should schedule more than one day for excursions to places like as Granada, Cordoba and Seville to enjoy these beautiful cities without hurry. For getting to those and many other places, Malaga car hire is a must…there is nothing like having our own schedules and making stops where we want when we like, just read our tips for driving in Spain and you will be ready to enjoy your visit.
But there are also many attractions on the Costa del Sol to make a visit worthwhile.
We find a very fashionable flair in the marina of Marbella, Puerto Banus. This is the place where meet even today the rich and famous, with many exclusive shops, restaurants, terraces and clubs next to a pier crammed with luxury cars and some of the most expensive yachts in the world. Interesting is as well a visit to the charming old town of Marbella, with pretty little squares and narrow streets.
A little inland, we find Ronda or the white villages, Pueblos Blancos, which are almost a landmark of Andalusia. A more tranquil ambience we find in Nerja, with many wineries, bars and taverns where we can find many local culinary delights.
Thus a holiday on the Costa del Sol doesn’t necessarily consist in only sun, sea and beach, but here you can also discover many facets regarding culture, nature and gastronomy in this southern Spanish province blessed with a fantastic climate and an outstandingly beautiful natural environment.