Costa del Sol

Balmy evenings on the Costa del Sol © Michelle Chaplow
Balmy evenings on the Costa del Sol © Michelle Chaplow

The Costa del sol

The Costa del Sol is the coastline of Málaga province, stretching 150km it is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations. The area's sunny climate is the main attraction.

There are many different excursions from La Costa del Sol offering the perfect opportunities to see the major attractions in Andalucia without the hassle of having to organise it yourself. Coach… More →

Buying property on the Costa del Sol has long been a popular investment. With good quality villas and apartments spreading from Nerja to Sotogrande, it comes as no surprise. In recent years, the… More →

The Costa del Sol and its resort destinations are home to variety of hotels, here you will find everything from the five star classic accommodation complete with swimming pools, mature gardens… More →

The major international car rental companies have offices in most Andalucian cities and at the airports such as Málaga Airport, Seville, Jerez. The smaller local car rental companies tend to be… More →

There is a frequent service between the main towns alson the Costa del Sol and to other parts of Andalucia and also day and overnight services to and from Madrid and Barcelona. Buses will be the… More →

The main gateway to the Costa del Sol is Malaga - Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) located 5 km west of Malaga city centre. The A-7 coast road, and the AP-7 toll motorway are the principal means of… More →

Hostals and hostels are a fantastic way to travel Andalucia on a budget. Despite their affordable prices, this doesn't mean to say that you have to compromise on quality, with many well known for… More →

Boasting some of the hottest restaurants and night spots in Spain, the Costa del Sol attracts visitors from all over Europe. From classy fine dining restaurants with views over the Mediterranean… More →

Some visitors to Costa del Sol want to do nothing but kick back, soak up the sun and forget the pressures of everyday life. And who can blame them? But if you're after animal adventures, high-… More →

As an expatriate in Andalucía you will need much of the same information any Spaniard might need upon moving to this region. However, as a foreigner you'll also have many specific needs -… More →

Self-Catering holiday rentals on the Andalucia coast. this includes apaerment and Villas located near the coast in the coastal resorts towns. For more on Coastal Hotels visit our Coastal Hotels… More →

Costa del Sol is the most developed part of the Coast. The Mediterranean water is warm and safe. Many towns have recently modernised "paseo maritimos" (promenades). Most locations are backed by… More →

Málaga Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Spain with over 15 million passenger movements in 2016. Malaga Airport offers full range of passenger services. The airport essentially operates… More →

Costa del Sol Restaurant guide. A guide to the many varied restaurants on the Costa del Sol. Divided into listings in the different resorts.

Shopping on the Costa del Sol in one respect is similar to shopping in the rest of Andalucia. Plenty of small, often family-run, shops still pack out the streets of small towns and resorts, in… More →

Monda is a tiny town (or large village) in the mountains just inland from the Costa del Sol. Situated past Ojén on the A-355, it lies a mountain valley at 365m and has a population of less than 2,… More →

Costa del Sol does have it all, if you want entertainment then book a trip and don't look back! From kilometres of sandy beaches and the simple pleasures of eating and drinking on sidewalk cafés… More →

Costa del Sol destinations / Resorts

The Costa del Sol includes many popular destinations, the best known are torremolinos and Marbella.

It is easy to understand why Malaga City is capital of the Costa del Sol. Once considered the poor cousin of Andalusia’s capital city, Seville, it now competes successfully for attention, thanks… More →

Torrox is a sizeable village some 4km inland from its coastal offshoot and not without charm. Historically, Torrox reached the height of its prosperity during the Moorish period due to its pivotal… More →

The village Algarrobo is divided into two parts, one inland and the other coastal, located 3 km away from each other. The inland village is usually referred to as "Algarrobo Pueblo" and is where… More →

Benajarafe is a small coastal village resort on the eastern part of the Costa del Sol in the municipal district of Vélez-MálagaSpain near a region called La Axarquía. Benajarafe is actually… More →

La Caleta de Velez Marina is a médium size marina with capacity of 274 berths for vessels of 25 meters length and a maximum draft of 3.8 meters. All the berths have water and electricity points.… More →

Puerto Banus is located in the Nueva Andalucia suburb of Marbella, 6km to the west of the town centre, just before you reach the small town of San Pedro de Alcantara. Although it may at first… More →

Rincon de la Victoria is sometimes described by local residents as a "dormitory town". Situated just 12km east of Malaga, it makes a convenient base for those who work in the city but prefer sea… More →

The present-day fishing village is a new settlement which developed over the last century or so. Like most towns on the Costa del Sol, it has seen rapid growth over the last few decades.

One of the most charming aspects of Manilva is that, despite its prime location on the coast, there is a refreshing lack of anonymous sky-scraper construction. Therefore, although tourists are… More →

Ojén, population 3000 like Istán, has somehow remained relatively unspoiled in spite of its accessibility and closeness to Marbella.

Monda is a tiny town (or large village) in the mountains just inland from the Costa del Sol. Situated past Ojén on the A-355, it lies a mountain valley at 365m and has a population of less than 2,… More →

To many Andalucíans, native and expatriate alike, Benahavis is synonymous with food. It has the highest concentration of high class restaurants in the region and draws visitors by the thousand who… More →

Torre del Mar is one of the main tourist resorts east of Malaga on the Costa del Sol. Located about half way between Malaga and Nerja. The resort of Torre del Mar is the beach resort of the inland… More →

The bustling market town of Vélez-Málaga lies 5 km inland from Torre del Mar, surrounded by subtropical vegetation. Capital of La Axarquía, Vélez-Malaga, often simply referred to as Vélez, is the… More →

Marbella is known as a glamorous resort town and is a favourite location with the rich and famous, boosted by foreign residents who are seduced by the lifestyle. But there's plenty for ordinary… More →

Torremolinos has thankfully long outgrown its Monty Python spam and chips image and, over recent years, has evolved as an attractive and appealing resort noted for its clean sandy beaches, wide… More →

San Pedro de Alcántara is in an ideal situation, just 10 kilometres west from all the glitz and glamour of Marbella, yet just a few minutes drive away from the natural beauty of the Sierra de… More →

Nerja is a populat coastal resort town some 50 kilometres east of Málaga city conected by the A-7 coastal highway. It marks the eastern limit of Málaga provine's Costa del Sol. Once a sleepy… More →

One of the jewels of the Costa del Sol is the beautiful little village of Mijas, which nestles comfortably in the mountainside at 400 meters above sea level about 10km from the coast. Of the ten… More →

Only 25km from Malaga International Airport is the town of Fuengirola – one of the most popular destinations on the Costa del Sol. Easily accessible by road, rail or bus, it is not difficult to… More →

Just seven kilometres north of Nerja is the typical pueblo blanco of Frigiliana which sits high on a mountain ridge overlooking the sea with spectacular panoramic views.

With an population of 70,000, Estepona is one of the few coastal towns that has succeeded in maintaining its pueblo charm and character. Notwithstanding, all the tourist facilities are here,… More →

Puerto de la Duquesa is one of the Costa del Sol's marinas that is enjoyed by sailors and tourists alike. Located one hour's drive from the airport of Malaga and 45 minutes form Gibraltar airport… More →

Casares is a picture postcard village with a population of just three thousand and the view from the approach is definitely worth a photo. To say that Casares is beautiful is an understatement.… More →

The town of Benalmádena covers an area of almost 30 kilometres and extends from the Sierra de Mijas down to the coastline of the Mediterranean. Situated between the towns of Torremolinos and… More →

At the western end of Malaga´s Costa del Sol, but actually within the municipality of San Roque in Cadiz Province, is Sotogrande, one of the most luxurious sports and residential developments in… More →

La Alcaidesa is a large urbanization at the western end of the Costa del Sol, in the municipality of La Linea and San Roque, located in the Campo de Gibraltar (Cadiz province). The Rock itself is… More →

malaga city

Don’t miss Malaga City, which has reinvented itself in recent years as a cultural and gastronomic centre. It has an unparalleled offering of museums, including the Picasso Museum, a buzzing contemporary arts scene, and top-class tapas bars and restaurants.

How to get there?

The main gateway to the Costa del Sol is  Malaga - Costa del Sol Airport (AGP)  located 5 km west of Malaga city centre. The A-7 coast road, and the AP-7 toll motorway are the principal means of communication between the airport and the resort towns of the Costa del Sol. Malaga Maria Zambrano Railway station located in Malaga city centre provides high speed train services from Madrid and Barcelona. Gibraltar airport (GIB) is located 100km west of Malaga and provides a second gateway to the western part of the Costa del Sol.  The Costa del Sol has a motorway connections inland; the A-45 from Malaga to Antequera provides an essential link to the A-92 Seville-Granada motorway and north to Madrid. The scenic A-376 road from San Pedro de Alcantara winds up to the historic town of Ronda.

 

Map of the 8 Provinces and the Coasts of Andalucia

Map of the 8 Provinces and the Coasts of Andalucia
Map of the 8 Provinces and the Coasts of Andalucia

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