The Costa del Sol is a region in the south of the Spanish peninsula, in the community of Andalusia, between Gibraltar and Almería. It is situated in the provinces of Málaga, Cádiz and Granada. The Costa del Sol is situated between two lesser known coastal regions, the Costa de la Luz and the Costa Tropical in the area of Andalusia between Gibraltar and Almería. The area is sometimes called the Florida of Europe.
The Costa del Sol offers kilometres of beach that show a nice liveliness in the larger cities and resorts. Next to that, the coast also offers beautiful smaller bays.
The most popular beaches are:
Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo. Natural Site runs from Torre de Maro in Nerja to the Cazaida creek in Almuñércar (Granada). El Cristo. East of Nerja near the village of Maro. This is Esteponas beach carrying the blue environmental flag and is situated very favourably. Puerto Banús. Situated directly east of the prestigious marina of Puerto Banus. This beach is on the west side, which makes it very sunny and protected against the wind. At this beach it is all about to see and be seen. Cabo de Gata. This piece of Spanish coast has not yet been discovered by mass tourism. Cabopino. In a small bay about 12 kilometres east of Marbella you can find the Cabopino beach with beautiful white sand. La Carihuela. This beautiful beach is located south of Torremolinos alongside a boulevard with lots of restaurants and chiringuitos.
Costa del Sol also has some beautiful nudist beaches.
Places of interest/ Excursions
From the Costa del Sol you can visit the beautiful cities of Andalusia, but also a trip to Morocco or the beautiful countryside is possible. Going to Gibraltar will show you the most southern spot of Europe. From the highest point of the rock El Pan de Azucar, you will have a breath-taking view on Africa and 3 different waters: Gibraltar street, the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean. Although Granada, Sevilla, Córdoba and Málaga are not all close to the Costa del Sol, usually the tour operators offer trips to these famous cities. In Granada the Alhambra is a must-see, in Sevilla the cathedral and grave of Columbus. In Córdoba you can visit La Mezquita, a very special mosque in which a cathedral was built in the 16th Century. In Málaga you can tour through the old city and visit several monuments amongst them the cathedral.
Ronda, an ancient Roman city with several beautiful and interesting monuments.
Morocco. If you wish to visit two continents during your stay, you cross Gibraltar street by boat in 1,5 hour reaching Morocco.
Countryside. Want to discover the real Spain/Andalusia? You can visit several beautiful white villages and should not miss out on a real traditional Spanish meal, such as paella or tapas.
The average winter temperature is around 16ºC. Spring and autumn temperatures are around 20ºC. During summertime the average rises to about 35ºC.
When winter is approaching again, many people settle at the Costa del Sol, a beloved stay for the winter. In summertime, life continues 24 hours a day; during winter it is more quiet, but there is still enough to do in this area. Apart from the cities mentioned previously there is much more to discover.
A jeep safari through the inland or a visit to one of the many spectacular nightclubs is worthwhile. Not to forget the large number of beautiful golf courts where you can play every day. The Costa del Sol is the absolute Walhalla for the fanatic golf players. Think of the prestigious “Vadarama Golf Club” in Sotogrande, probably the most beautiful golf court in Europe.
Shopping / Celebrations
All cities and villages have several shops for all your daily needs (drugstore, bakery, tobacco and larger supermarkets). If you really want to spend a day shopping, you can go to Marbella and Malaga that have large shopping centres and not to forget Puerto Banús. All prestigious world brands are represented here.
There are many celebrations and typical Spanish customs during summer time. Local celebrations with or without processions are always ended spectacularly with fireworks. And do not forget to walk the “4 Walking Days Marbella” in October.
West of Malaga you can find the most famous cities like Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Marbella, Mijas, Manilva, Benahavís and Estepona and on the east side Torre del Mar, Vélez-Málaga, en Nerja. There is a large market every day in any of the cities where the locals buy their daily groceries.
There is no time difference with The Netherlands.
The formal language is Spanish, however, you can use English and/or German almost everywhere and sometimes even Dutch. To enter Spain you need a valid passport or ID.