- Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol stretches along just over 150 kilometres of Málaga province and is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations. From Malaga city, the coastline stretches westward all the way to the border of Cádiz province. West of Malaga airport the most popular holiday resort areas include Torremolinos to Calahonda. This part of the coast is highly developed in terms of both property and infrastructure and it attracts an important percentage of Spain's international tourism.
Foreign investment continues along the entire Costa del Sol, where east of Malaga airport, investors seek coastal properties in the popular resort towns of Nerja and in the east through La Axarquia. Marbella district itself is also hugely popular with property buyers.
Costa del Sol is the most developed part of Spain’s many coastal areas. The Mediterranean water is warm and safe. Many towns have recently modernised "paseo maritimos" (promenades) and it is said, more jet skis per capita than anywhere else in Europe. The Costa del Sol is the best known and most popular place for the beach scene, and the millions of tourists who visit each year are evidence of the variety of activities to meet all needs.
East and West of Malaga airport the selection of beaches and resorts is never ending. Playa Nueva Andalucía offers a number of trendy beach clubs in a picturesque setting. Puerto Banús without doubt is the place to be seen and the Paparazzi are usually out in force.
In contrast to the hustle bustle of the trendy beach scene, just west of El Faro, El Charcón Beach is a quiet 940 meter stretch of beach where you can hire a beach bed to enjoy a quiet corner of sun. El Cabo Rocoso Beach is a rocky beach, marked by the ancient watchtower creating a natural border between Calahonda and La Cala. The beach is next to the Playa Marina urban complex and it is somewhat quieter than the other Mijas Costa beaches and a pleasant spot for morning walks all year round. It is also good for water sports as well as hiring water sport equipment and beach beds.
Local festivals are a part of Andalucian life and no visit would be complete without the experience, in particular try the carnival festivals that take place in almost every town during Shrove Tuesday. Grapes are harvested in late August and September, and the event, known as La Vendimia, is often accompanied by a fiesta. One of the most famous Vendimias takes place at Manilva at the west of the Costa del Sol.
HOW TO GET THERE
Malaga Airport is 8 kilometres west of the city of Malaga and is the main place of arrival for the region. The airport is next to the main A7 coast road that links to the AP7 Autopista del Sol motorway for Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella and Gibraltar to the west and Malaga, Nerja, Granada the East.
Discount airline EasyJet flies to Malaga from a choice of London Gatwick, Luton or Stansted, and a variety of other UK and European cities. Ryanair flies from London Stansted, Dublin, Glasgow and a variety of other European cities.
Many international airlines offer regular scheduled services to Malaga, as well as numerous charter companies. The Spanish state owned national airline Iberia offers daily connections via Madrid.