Málaga - Costa del Sol
When people think of holidays in Spain, they often associate with that the image of Southern Spain. Malaga, situated in the homonymous province on the coast, is the inofficial capital of the Costa del Sol and possesses the most important airport in Andalusia, where tourists visiting the coast usually arrive at.
Stretching from Gibraltar in the far west until Nerja in the east, the Costa del Sol occupies a coastline of approximately 200 km and includes towns like Marbella, Mijas, Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Malaga, Rincon de la Victoria and Velez-Malaga.
The Costa del Sol is particularly famous for its marvellous sandy beaches, its exciting night life, the wide-ranging local and international cuisine, the enormous choice of hotels and leisure activities as well as the historic sights of the towns along the coast. Another significant reason for its popularity with foreigners is the warm and sunny climate.
The Costa del Sol offers between 300 and 320 sunny days per year, with hot, dry summers and moderate, springlike winters. This is why Malaga and the Costa del Sol are definitely worth a visit for tourists, who want to spend relaxing holidays at the beach combined with cultural excursions, party nights and excellent local gastronomy.
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When visiting Costa del Sol don't forget to see and experience the museums, galleries, Bars, Lounges, Restaurant and vibrant cafe society of this area!
Top Places to Visit
The Costa del Sol is busy and popular because of its fabulous climate – whether you choose holiday villas in the Costa del Sol beach resorts, or decide to explore further inland, you’ll find a friendly welcome and so much to do to. With more hours of sunshine than just about anywhere else in Europe, villa holidays in the Costa del Sol have always been a popular choice. Naturally our villa holidays are all about flexibility, and our superbly appointed villas allow easy access to resorts like Puerto Banus and Fuengirola as well as "must see" sites like the Alhambra in Granada, picturesque Mijas and the grand city of Seville. There again, one of our villa holidays is all about relaxation so you might find it difficult to tear yourself away from your private pool! But, for those with a wanderlust to satisfy, the Moroccan city of Tangiers is well worth a trip. If your idea of the perfect villa holiday includes great beaches, good golf courses and Riviera resorts then the Costa del Sol should be just the ticket!
The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and its miles of beautiful sandy beaches and fantastic weather have kept tourists returning year after year to resorts like Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella. The Costa del Sol caters for young and old alike, offering a host of entertainment choices that are almost unlimited. More recently it has become known as the Costa del Golf due to the vast number of high quality golf courses in the area. If it's fun you want, you'll find it here, in spades.
The range of holiday accommodation in the Costa del Sol reflects the wide range of holidays that are possible here. Fuengirola is especially popular with families. Nerja is a picturesque getaway for those seeking rest and relaxation. The flexibility of self-catering in the Costa del Sol is a great option that allows you to set your own schedule for enjoying the region’s varied outdoor activities and sights. The busy nightlife of Torremolinos is like a magnet to youngsters who often prefer fun and cheap hotels. In the Costa del Sol, you can have the holiday you want.
What to see
Malaga is in a good location for various day trips along the coast, up to the small mountain villages or to one of the larger Andalucian cities. It is approximately a two hours’ drive from Granada, Córdoba or Seville in a hired car. In Granada, you must not miss the fabulous Moorish palace Alhambra, the Gothic cathedral and the Arab quarters in the Albaicín.
In Córdoba, a walk to the old Jewish quarters and La Mezquita is recommended. In Seville, the capital of Andalucia, you should visit the Santa Cruz and Real Alcázar districts at the heart of the city. Along the entire Costa del Sol it is easy to take the car to most cities such as Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Marbella. Here there are lovely beaches, nice bars and restaurants as well as good opportunities for shopping. Tips for families are Tivoli World in Benalmádena, Aqualand in Torremolinos and Selwo in Estepona.
In Puerto Banús you can view the gigantic luxury yachts, enjoy designer name shopping and mix with the rich and famous at the chic bars on the sea front. There are also yachts, discothèques, bars and restaurants in Puerto Marina in Benalmádena. Ronda is a picturesque town located on a precipitous limestone cliff. The road leading there from San Pedro de Alcántara on the coast is a dizzy mountain trip.
Discos, clubs, late-night bars, Torremolinos is a lively resort in every sense of the word. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars offering live music and DJ's in most resorts. Casinos can be found in Hotel Torrequebrada (Benalmadena) and in H10 Andalucia Plaza (Puerto Banus). Marbella and Puerto Banus offer more exclusive venues; head for the famous Golden Mile illuminated with a glittering tiara of star-studded restaurants, discos and night-clubs.
Try, Paella, Ali Oli (garlic mayonnaise), gazpacho (cold, spicy soup), Sangria (wine, liqueur and fruit juice), fresh fish (fried or grilled), seafood, caramel flavoured tortas de aceite of Torremolinos. There is a huge choice of eating spots in all resorts many along the waterfront. Bars and good quality restaurants and cafes can be found in all resorts.
Málaga is a city and a municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain. With a population of 568,507 in 2010, it is the second most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth largest in Spain. The southernmost large city in Europe, it lies on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean, about 100 km (62.14 mi) east of the Strait of Gibraltar and about 130 km (80.78 mi) north of Africa.
Málaga enjoys a subtropical–mediterranean climate. It has one of the warmest winters in Europe, with average temperatures of 17 °C (62.6 °F) during the day and 7–8 °C (45–46 °F) at night in the period from December through February. The summer season lasts about eight months, from April to November, although in the remaining four months temperatures sometimes reach around 20 °C (68.0 °F).
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