The Costa del Sol stretches along the coast of Malaga province and the eastern part of Campo de Gibraltar (Cádiz). It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain and accounts for approximately 35% of the visitors to Andalusia. Its name, Sun Coast, is very appropriate given that is has an average temperature of 25-30 degrees in summer and an annual average of 19 degrees, plus over 300 days of sunshine a year.
The boom in international tourism started in the 1950s. Since then the area has become very popular with foreigners, especially the British, Germans, Scandinavians and French. As a result of the tourist development there has been a big growth in the local economy and population.
The Almeria hotel owner, Rodolfo Lussnigg, came up with the term Costa del Sol to promote the Almeria coast that it initially referred to. In 1928 a campaign was launched to attract visitors who were on their way to the International Exhibitions in 1929. From 1947 the term Costa del Sol caught on in all the media but by then it referred to the whole coast of Eastern Andalusia.
The coast is about 160 kilometres long, takes in 15 large municipalities, and has a wide variety of attractions to suit all tastes: families with children, young people, lovers of nature, shopping, sun and sand or gastronomy.
The possibilities offered by the Costa del Sol are infinite: the cliffs of Maro, pretty Nerja with its Balcony of Europe and the Cave, the charm of Torrox, the Vélez-Málaga area, the importance of Malaga as the capital, Torremolinos and its tourist attractions, Mijas with its charm, Marbella with its luxury.
Below we make some suggestions for must-see spots to discover all the charm of the Costa del Sol: