Discover the best spots on the Costa del Sol

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:

Marbella and its historic centre

The historic centre of Marbella has Roman, Arab and Christian remains. To stroll through its narrow streets takes you on a journey through history where there is charm and tradition on every corner.

The Arab wall, museums, squares, fountains, chapels and the popular church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación add up to a varied and appealing  tourist and cultural destination which is rounded off by restaurants, typical shops and the atmosphere of an Andalusian village.

Picturesque Mijas

Mijas combines the charm of a town in the hills, with the cosmopolitan atmosphere of its coast and the sophistication of the golf courses. The town of whitewashed houses is full of picturesque spots and was declared a Historic-Artistic Site. The old town retains its layout from Arab times. The donkey taxis are an unusual means of transport in Mijas that began in the 60s.

The glamour of Puerto Banús in Marbella

Puerto Banús is the most famous nautical and tourist resort in southern Europe. But in fact it is a great deal more. Puerto Banús is yachts and luxury shops, fabulous restaurants, sport, culture, business. Without a doubt, it has to be on your list to get to know the true spirit of the Costa del Sol.

The 'Golf Coast'

On the Costa del Sol there are more than ten golf courses, which have led to its being nicknamed the Costa del Golf. In fact the area has become one of the top European destinations for golfers. In fact this area not only has a very good infrastructure but also a climate that allows you to play golf all year round. Of the many Costa del Sol courses we should mention Marbella Golf & Country Club, Valle Romano Golf & Resort, Añoreta Golf, Santa Clara Golf Marbella and Baviera Golf.

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