The Costa del Sol or “Sun Coast” is the popular strip of coastline and part of the Málaga Province located on the southern coast of Spain.
The Costa del Sol, Southern Spain
The Costa del Sol or “Sun Coast” is the popular strip of coastline and part of the Málaga Province located on the southern coast of Spain. This beautiful coastline stretches for just over 150 km and is formed of golden sandy beaches, picturesque towns, small villages and the main city of Málaga. This part of Spain is rich in history and culture with a Roman and Arab influence still visible in many areas. Many Roman remains have been found here, some being partially restored for the rest of the world to appreciate. Much of the south of Spain was under Muslim Arab rule for over 700 years, this particular area has retained a lot of that culture and in some ways integrated it. There are many well preserved Arab buildings all along the southern coastline, many are considered among the best tourist attractions in Spain. A few examples would be the Alcazaba in Malaga and La Alambra in Granada. The Costa del Sol is obviously popular for the great beaches and nightlife but it’s also the tapas capital of mainland Spain.
Costa del Sol Resorts
The southern coastline is Spain home to many of the top holiday resorts in the whole of the country. The main resorts on the Costa del Sol include the city of Malaga and the towns of Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona and Nerja. There are many other smaller towns and suburbs but we will be focusing mainly on the places that attract the most tourism. Below we provide a small introduction into some of the top locations on the Costa del Sol. We have also prepared in depth articles about most of the important areas and some of the great things you can do when visiting them.
Málaga is the capital city of not only the Costa del Sol but also the province of Andalucia. It’s thought that Málaga is one of the oldest cities in the world with it’s known roots tracing back some 2800 years. In modern history Málaga been the birthplace for famous people such as Anotnio Baneras and the acclaimed painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso. From a tourism point of view there is plenty of reasons to pay a visit to the biggest of the most southern cities in Europe. Here you will find the beautiful golden sandy beach that the south of Spain is famous for such as Playa de la Caleta, Playa de la Malagueta and Las Acacias. The city of Málaga has many museums that proudly display the rich history and culture dating back thousands of years. Two of the most notable historic structures includes the Alcazaba and the ancient Roman Theatre.
Marbella is the second largest area of the Costa del Sol in terms of population but possibly attracts more tourism than Málaga. Marbella is truly beautiful and boasts some of the most picturesque scenery along the southern coastline. Here there are several mountainous areas which only makes the beaches seem more idyllic. The Sierra Blanca mountain range and the three major peaks called Mount Lastonar, La Concha and Juanar Cross keep a watchful eye on Marbella from the heavens. Here you will find over 20 excellent sandy beaches to enjoy, Playa El Alicate, Playa El Cable and Playa hermosa are just a few worth checking out.