Costa del Sol is a 20 mil of coastline that you find in the southern part of Spain. This piece of the region of Andalusia coastal strip stretching from Nerja in the east to Manilva in the west. The main tourist resorts are located west of Malaga where the coast largely consists of long beaches. While the coastal strip east of Malaga is not at all have the same mass tourism and instead consists of rocks and small bays to cool off in. Within this whole coastline, you will find among other cities like Torre del Mar, Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella, Puerto Banus, San Pedro and Estepona, Mijas, Calahonda, Elviria. Please see our map
Málaga is not a tourist destination but it is the only major town on the Costa del Sol and has a rich business life. This is also the Costa del Sol Airport. High-speed AVE train runs between Madrid and Malaga with a journey time of 3 hours. In the city there are two art museums, the Museo Picasso Málaga in 2003, and the Museo Carmen Thyssen from 2011. Pablo Picasso was born here and flamenco has its origins here.
Marbella has 150 000 inhabitants, is a center for golf and glamor, jet set and celebrities from around the world. The architecture reflects this blend of old and new, Spanish traditions and ultramodern. In Marbella live no less than 137 different nationalities and it is difficult to feel like a foreigner. With 16 golf courses are the Marbella municipality in Spain with the highest number of golf courses.
Picture left: Orange Square in the Old Town is one of the city’s most beloved hidden gems.
Puerto Banus is a marina just outside Marbella. Between the towns is about 10 km away. The marina has space for 915 boats of various sizes. At the port there is a small town with narrow streets lined with white houses with restaurants, cafes and nightclubs as well as El Corte Inglés. There are also shops that Dior, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace. Puerto Banus is visited by over 4 million people each year. The nightlife is the main attraction.
Torremolinos has 70 000 inhabitants and a 7 km long coastline. Here is the Spanish beach bars little more chic with big beach beds, cocktails, live shows and discos. The city has 50 meter pool both indoors and outdoors. The city has several attractions for families such as Crocodile Park, Aqualand and the Botanical Garden. The commuter train that departs to Malaga, airport, etc., every 20 minutes. And only about 10 minutes drive to Malaga Airport.
Benalmádena 60 000 inhabitants is located between Torremolinos and Fuengirola. It has southern Spain’s only ice rink. Of course, even this city has its beach and marina. But beyond that, it’s a lot of attractions for tourists in this city. How about the largest Buddhist temple in Western Europe or the castle Colomares Castle which is dedicated to Christopher Columbus. There is also a 3 km long cable car and Tivoli World, the Sea Life Benalmádena, and Selwo Marina with dolphins.
Mijas The principal town called Mijas Pueblo. All locations outside Mijas Pueblo is referred to by the generic name of Mijas Costa. Seaside resort La Cala de Mijas has got the EU blue flag quality. La Cala Golf Resort & Country Club is Spain’s largest golf complex. The only horse racetrack on Costa del Sol is located here. Mijas Pueblo is one of Andalusia’s famous white towns and a major tourist attraction, known among other things, for their donkey-taxi.
Fuengirola with 60,000 inhabitants located between Marbella and Malaga. By car about 30 minutes from Malaga or Marbella. Fuengirola is the center of the Swedish, Norwegian population along the Costa del Sol. Here are the Swedish school, Scandinavian tourist church mm. The city has an 8 km strip of beach and is the longest and most beautiful on the coast. Fuengirola has the only zoo on the coast which is located in the middle of the city.
San Pedro with 35.000 inhabitants is not a typical tourist resort. A mil west of Marbella is pleasant village of San Pedro de Alcantara. San Pedro is a small friendly pueblo (village in Spanish) as a grown up but still retained its charm. Along the San Pedro’s beach promenade lies fully with cozy chiringuitos, which are beach restaurants. Beaches are wide and are kept very clean. San Pedro has history back to three hundred century when it was a Roman bath here.
Estepona has 70 000 inhabitants and is a popular tourist destination, but with a much slower tempo than for instance Marbella and Torremolinos. Only 40-50 minutes drive from Malaga airport. Estepona has a significant fishing port with daily fiskeautioner. Estepona town has a nice beach walk, cozy marina with several bars and restaurants, and market every Sunday. In Estepona is the adventure park Parque Selwo Aventura.
Torre del Mar has a population of 20,000 (in summer over 100,000). Torre del Mar attracts many tourists, mainly Spanish. During the summer months Torre del Mar a huge range of bars and discos. Torre del Mar has a boardwalk that stretches all the way (2 km) to the marina at Caleta de Velez. Caleta de Velez is largely composed of fine villa districts as well as fine townhouse and apartments, which are often shared swimming pool.
Nerja is the Costa del Sol gem. Small houses, narrow alleys and almost completely free from high rise development. Here have not the tourism ruined the genuine. Nerja has 16 kilometers of beaches. All major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing. Visitors can rent a horse and buggy to explore them most romantic corners of the city. Caves of Nerja (20,000 years old) is the most spectacular attraction, located only three kilometers from the city center.
Buying a property in the right area.
The bigger tourist resorts have all the near and outer areas as well as towns / villages or areas lying between them, or a little above. These cities / areas are well suited for living in, without the vibrant of tourism outside the house. And here it is more moderately with people at the bank, grocery store, etc. Usually we’re talking here about a more normal accommodation with perhaps a short drive / bus ride to the tourist pulse. These areas often have a better price on houses and apartments.