Costa del Sol is located on the Mediterranean coast of Málaga and has gained worldwide fame due to, above all, its quality of life.
Every year millions of tourists from all over the world land at Malaga airport. Before the pandemic there was a record number of visitors which, pending the data for 2022, has not yet been surpassed and which involved the arrival of 12,556,000 people, with the largest number of visitors coming from the United Kingdom.
The good communications between the airport and the different municipalities of the Costa del Sol is another attraction for visitors, who can visit several of the towns in few days
The Andalusian charm
The Costa del Sol is formed by the municipalities of Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Casares and Benahavís.
Each one of them has its own idiosyncrasy, although they have in common an excellent climate, sunny days all year round, Mediterranean gastronomy and a relaxed way of life that contrasts with the crazy rhythm at the big capitals.
Regarding the architecture, it is quite varied, although the type of buildings that most attract the attention of visitors are the typical whitewashed Andalusian houses that coexist with modern buildings and exclusive villas and mansions.
It is impossible to talk in a single article about all the attractions of one of the largest tourist areas in the world but we are going to show you a little bit of what you can find in the province of Malaga.
The beaches of the Costa del Sol
If we have to choose a beach in Benalmadena this could be La Viborilla. It is an ideal space for families because there we can find a lot of services: umbrellas and hammocks for rent, showers and public toilets and its cleanliness is also quite good. Another beach worth mentioning for similar characteristics is Torrevigía.
Again, let’s have a look at the most suitable beaches to go with the whole family. Some of the most popular, which also have good location, multiple services and stores in the surroundings are, El Bajoncillo, Playamar, La Carihuela or Los Alamos.
From this town it is worth to visit the beach of Sohail Castle located just at the foot of this beautiful castle, with large extension and easy access from the national road. Another plus point is that being next to the landing of the Fuengirola River, children can enjoy boat rides and other attractions that are usually installed in the vicinity.
The beaches in the center of the municipality are not bad but their sand is coarse and they are usually of little extension. It is worth taking the car and move towards the eastern part of the town, towards areas such as Cabopino and Elviria where we find white sand and beautiful dunes along with a great environmental setting. Other similar ones are the beach of Los Caños (exit on the A-7 from El Rosario) or the beach of Rio Verde, towards Puerto Banus.
If you are lucky enough to have your second residence in the municipality, we will not argue that nowhere feels like home. But if this is not your case, we recommend a resort where you will feel the same. In the heart of Marbella’s Golden Mile, at the foot of the spectacular mountain of La Concha and superbly communicated is Boho Club. This is a very cozy luxury boutique resort where you can enjoy an exclusive and relaxed atmosphere. Suites and bungalows elegantly decorated and with all the comforts.
A resort that also has a haute cuisine restaurant headed by the prestigious chef Diego del Rio and that offers a close service and menus adapted for every moment of the day.
Golf: The star sport
Golf is, without a doubt, the star sport of the Costa del Sol. Players from all over the world take advantage of the mild temperatures of autumn, winter and spring to practice their swing in one of the many golf courses scattered along the coast.
The explosion of this sport took place in the 60’s, a decade in which clubs began to proliferate, mostly focused on tourists with high purchasing power.
It is then when the Costa del Sol began to receive the name of Costa del Golf. A well-deserved name since nowadays this area is the one with the largest accumulation of golf courses in Europe. Nowadays, Marbella has 21 golf courses, Mijas has got 11, Estepona 10, Benahavís, San Roque and the capital of Málaga have 3 respectively, Casares, Rincón de la Victoria and Benalmádena have two each one of them and the municipalities of Vélez Málaga, Fuengirola, Nerja and Manilva close the list with one each.
In these links you can take a look at some of them:
La Zagaleta, Benahavís
Santa Clara Golf, Marbella
El Higueral Golf, Benahavís
El Paraiso Golf, Estepona
Shall we go shopping?
Another of the attractions of the Costa del Sol is shopping. A high percentage of the tourists who visit us have a high purchasing power and this, added to certain tax advantages, makes the area a magnet for shopping.
Shopaholics will be delighted to be able to visit boutiques representing everything from low-cost to the most exclusive brands.
Some suggestions below:
– Puerto Banús: The brand lovers’ paradise. Fendi, Michael Khors, Baby Dior, Peserico, Bvulgari, Emporio Armani or Gucci are some of the boutiques present in the most glamorous port of the Costa del Sol.
– Corte Ingles (Malaga and Marbella) – It is the most popular Spanish shopping center. It is aimed at the upper-middle class and offers all kinds of products and services.
– Miramar Shopping Center (Fuengirola). Clothes, supermarkets, restaurants, cinemas.
– La Cañada (Marbella)-. Shopping center of popular brands and others of high range. It has also a personal shopper service.
Hiking on the Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol is much more than sun and beach. Nature lovers are in luck because its environment is of enormous wealth. One way to enjoy it is through hiking trails.
Some of the areas with more routes available are:
Sierra de las Nieves Park:
Walking through this territory named Biosphere Reserve is a walk through holm oaks, pine forests, cork oak groves, rivers and streams.
This mountain complex begins in the area of Estepona, and the Padrón River route is one of the best known among hikers.
The highest peak is La Concha which reaches 1215 meters and whose ascent to the top is a challenging route that has as a rewarding and spectacular views of Marbella.
In this area is the famous Caminito del Rey, a pedestrian walkway of more than three kilometers that is built between gorges.
It seems to be obvious that visiting the Costa del Sol is to get lost in a holiday paradise.
What are you waiting for to discover all its secrets?