The Costa del Sol stretches along 150km of Málaga province and is the most developed and densely populated coastal strip in Andalucia, one of Spain’s most popular destinations. with its’ incredible beaches of golden sand, complimented by a mild climate as the main attraction for the many visitors and residents alike to enjoy, as well as alfresco dining including an impressive variety of outdoor activities all year round.
The Costa del Sol is packed with resorts such as Fuengirola and Benalmádena, which have busy beaches and high–rise apartments each retaining its own unique appeal, such as the beautiful old quarter in Marbella and its fabulous restaurants, vast stretch of beach in Estepona or If you’d prefer a more quiet get – away from the busy coast frontline, head north of Marbella to Sierra Blanca, to the pretty villages of Ojén and Monda. Just north of Fuengirola are Mijas, Alhaurín el Grande and Coín.
The Costa del Sol also includes the less spoilt coastline east of Malaga, with the resorts of Rincón de la Victoria, Torre del Mar and Nerja, the latter offering a delightful promenade and a famous cave, the Cueva de Nerja. Just east of Nerja is a small but beautiful stretch of coastline, the most spectacular in Malaga province.. The Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Area are magnificent cliffs with secluded coves and sandy beaches covering part of the shore between Malaga province and La Herradura in Granada province. Head along the coastal road east from Malaga city, where you will see the mountains of the Axarquía with its steep rocky cliffs to the north plunging directly into the Mediterranean.
The Costa del Sol can be divided into two sections: East and West, with Malaga city at the centre. The eastern Costa del Sol is the shorter of the two sections, stretching from the regional capital as far as Nerja, where it meets the Costa Tropical of Granada province.
The western Costa del Sol is the section of coast which meanders westwards from Malaga city all the way to the border of Cádiz province before tapering off around the coast at Gibraltar.
This stunning coastline includes all the major resorts such as Benalmadena, Toremolinos and Fuengirola, not to mention the glamorous “hot-spot” for the world celebs, Marbella. The west Costa del Sol poses a very international vibe, with tourists and residents from all over the world and enjoys a very lively atmosphere all year round in terms of nightlife and beach clubs with many expat residents choosing to make their home here.
In addition to the Costa del Sol in Malaga province, a short section of this coast is, in fact, located in Cadiz province the southernmost part, near Gibraltar. This stretch of coastline includes the exclusive port and residential developments of Sotogrande and Alcaidesa.