The west 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.
San Pedro del Alcantara is a beautiful unspoilt pueblo with a charming appeal of its own. See our dedicated San Pedro de Alcantara Tourist Information page.
Steeped in character once famous for sugar cane, today San Pedro de Alcántara is an ideal location, just 10km west from the glamour of Marbella and only a few minutes’ drive from the stunning Sierra de Ronda mountain range and a short 20km drive from the town of Estepona.
San Pedro is not a large town, so it still has a village feel where the locals all know each other, and chat away in all the cafes and bars that line the streets. The heart of the town, just a few minutes’ walk from San Pedro Apartments, has a pedestrianised shopping street, church and square. There are small bars, cafes and restaurants everywhere in San Pedro, so within a short walk you can explore the delights of traditional Spanish dishes, tapas, and other nationality foods. A supermarket is also conveniently within walking distance of the apartments, and every Thursday you can buy food straight from the local market.
The town’s annual fair (“feria) is held every October. It’s a wonderful time to visit, everyone dances, drinks and eats in marquees that line the streets, and the party goes on throughout the day and night. Every town has its feria, but San Pedro’s is considered one of the most family-friendly in the area
Located just 7km from the coast Benahavis boasts the highest concentration of wonderful high class restaurants in the region, known to many as “the dining room” of the Costa del Sol, this cosy Spanish mountain village draws visitors by the thousands who come simply to savour the cuisine.
Situated between Ronda Marbella and Estepona and with an approximate population of 6,600 Benahavis holds nine of the 60 golf courses in the Costa del Sol; this number is expected to increase to fifteen in the next decade.
The village itself is mostly surrounded by natural parkland, because of this Benahavis still retains a nice feel of secludedness. La Zagaleta, an exclusive gated residential estate and country club overlooking the village, contributes to Benahavis’ status as the wealthiest town per capita in Andalucía.
Puerto Banus is located just 6km west of Marbella town centre in the Nueva Andalucia a suburb of Marbella just before you reach the small town of San Pedro de Alcantara, Puerrto Banus was designed and built in 1970 by local property developer José Banús as a luxury marina and is well known by tens of thousands who visit each year to experience the glamour, style and to view the luxury yachts and expensive cars which are synonymous with Puerto Banus.
Marbella is arguably the most popular tourist destination on the Costa del Sol, more famously associated with celebrities worldwide, this glamorous resort town and is a favourite location with the rich and famous, boosted by foreign residents who are seduced by the lifestyle however, there is plenty for everyone to
see and enjoy as Marbella is also a perfect family friendly resort town with fabulous restaurants and nightlife to enjoy all year round.
Torremolinos, in recent years has evolved as an attractive and appealing resort and has grown more popular year on year. Well known for its clean sandy beaches and wide choice of hotels and restaurants. Torremolinos boasts an unparalleled variety of family entertainment and nightlife.
Benalmadena is just 19 kilometres from Malaga Airport. It’s easy to reach from both Malaga capital and International Airport by road, train or bus. With an official 30,000 inhabitants spanning an area of almost 30Km Benalmadena is prime location looking out onto the Mediterranean Sea.
It is little wonder that it has grown so rapidly in size over the last 20 years and become so popular with tourists mostly from the U.K, enjoying a lively atmosphere all year round especially during the hot summer months, when holidaymakers swell the local population of approximately 30,000 by more than triple up to 100,000 people
Only 25km from Malaga International Airport is the town of Fuengirola, most famous for its 5 miles of lovely sandy beaches decorated by wonderful hotels with superb views of the Mediterranean
Easily accessible by road, rail or bus, it is not difficult to see why Fuengirolas’ buzzing cosmopolitan town on the Mediterranean is the number one choice for so many holiday makers each year.
Mijas itself is made up of three diverse neighbourhoods, the village high up in the mountain, La Lagunas a more modern built up area, and Mijas Costa a 12km stretch of coastal resorts. Each area having its own distinct characteristics
Ojén has roughly the same population as the town of Benahavis with approximately 2,000 residents. Relatively unspoiled, Ojén in spite of its accessibility and location from a tourism perspective, the large village remains a tranquil and beautiful location. It is situated beside the Almadán stream above the valley of the rio Real at an altitude of 650ft, protected by the sierras Blanca and Alpujata; both ranges of mountains have long been known as rich sources of talc, nickel, iron and lead. This mineral wealth put the area in the forefront of the Spanish industrial revolution during the 19th Century.
Ojén has not attracted the attention of wealthy expatriates as some of the other Spanish villages have done in the past and has somehow conspired to continue this way.
Its name is derived from an Arabic word, hoxán, meaning “rough” or “bitter” place, although It seems a highly unlikely name to give such a quiet and peaceful location steeped in tradition, culture and heritage.
Today Ojén is divided into two different aspects of the original village neatly cut in two by a modern highway. On one side a more modern, more affluent part of Ojén rises into the hills surrounding the small, almost invisible remains of the Moorish castle which once dominated the skyline. The old half of the small town drapes down the mountainside welcomed by the narrow cobbled streets served by fresh drinking fountains. Ojén is famous for its production of the anise liqueur, aguardiente, which many Spaniards take each day with their morning coffee.
Estepona is one of the few coastal towns that has succeeded in maintaining its pueblo charm and character, despite the onslaught of tourism it has managed to retained its’ individuality and character. All the tourist facilities are here, including hotels, restaurants, leisure and cultural activities, and shops.
The numerous street cafes and tapas bars still serve traditional Spanish delicacies. You’ll also find unusual shops and bodegas among the steep narrow cobbled streets in Estepona.
Andalucía is famous for its pretty hilltop white villages, but Casares is one of the most breathtaking to visit. Its views across the countryside over the Mediterranean and on to Gibraltar are a photographers dream.
Situated about 1 hours drive away from San Pedro, the ‘hanging village’ as it is known, is built onto a hillside just below a ruined fortress and dates back to the Roman era. The village is reached by a picturesque road that leads up from the coast between Estepona and Manilva. The area is a real treat for anyone who loves their food, with some outstanding restaurants both on the road up to Casares, and in the village itself.
The surrounding countryside is a protected wildlife area, so it’s very popular with hikers and birdwatchers.
Manilva is a charming Spanish village which tourists are just starting to discover, so still poses that traditional Spanish ere about the place. The majority of residents here live in the commercial centre which stretches just two square kilometres.
The present-day fishing village of Sabinillas is a new settlement on the Costa del Sol which has developed significantly over the last century or so, especially the rapid growth over the last few decades. Sabinillas has become a popular place for expatriates working locally and in Gibraltar since the construction of Punta Almina estate in the 1980s
Puerto de la Duquesa really is one of the Costa del Sol’s best – kept secret not to mention best marinas.
Although within only 1 hour from Malaga airport and just 45 minutes from Gibraltar La Duquesa seems further than it actually is from the buzzing holiday resorts.
Because of this La Duquesa enjoys an advantageous location to the west of Marbella sometimes called “the Other Costa del Sol”. The reason being is that the area retains a vast amount of unspoiled natural scenery and authentic local character while at the same time sharing the same fantastic climate and all the excellent services and infrastructure of the rest of the Costa del Sol.
The beautiful port of La Duquesa hosts full marina services while the attractive promenades surrounding the port offer a variety of restaurants, intimate bars and cafes. In total all a perfect balance of relaxed living with easy access to every imaginable amenity. In other words, quality of life,
Nestled Within the large town of San Roque is Sotogrande, well known to be one of the most luxurious sports and residential developments in Europe. due to its vast size of approximately 6,178 acres Sotogrande has all the amenities you could imagine including not to mention its many social clubs such as the Polo Club, Golf club, beach club, world class marina and implausible bars and restaurants. All add to the unique experience Sotogrande has to offer its residents and visitors alike.
Alcaidesa is a vast special urbanization created at the western end of the Costa del Sol, the area is crammed full of traditional Andalusian charm which is set to remain as it is forever;
Located in the town of La Linea and San Roque, part of Campo de Gibraltar (Cadiz province); as well as a tourist resort, it is an upmarket residential area for those working in Algeciras, La Linea and Gibraltar. The development boasts lovely beaches and beautiful Mediterranean views.