The Costa del Sol is located in the province of Malaga and stretches along the coastline for 159 km from Manilva to Nerja. Most of this coastline is composed of beautiful beaches of all types. Malaga is the capital city, with a metropolitan population of about a million.
In the eastern area of Malaga there are the cities of Rincon de la Victoria, Torre del Mar, Velez-Malaga, Algarrobo, Torrox and Nerja. West of Málaga, which is the most popular area of the Costa del Sol, there are the cities of Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Mijas Costa, Fuengirola, Marbella, San Pedro de Alcantara, and Estepona.
A bit inland are the famous cities of Antequera and Ronda, along with other beautiful villages like Alhaurin, Coin, Cártama and many more. The Costa del Sol is Spain’s best resort for several reasons.
The Costa del Sol has Spain’s best climate. The average temperature throughout the year is 18.5 C. There are at least 300 days of sunshine, and thus the title of Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun).The winters are the mildest in Europe and there is plenty of tourism then, when northern Europeans want to escape their snow clad countries.
There is little rain in winter, and even if it rains, the skies clear afterward and the sun shines again. Truly the climate is ideal on the Costa del Sol with the best microclimates in Europe, with the surrounding mountains protecting it from cold, northerly winds.
The mild winters are appreciated by those who come to live here permanently, or those who want to spend winters here and return to their countries in spring. So winters are mild and summers are cooler than inland Spain.
Friendliness of Malagueños
The native Malagueños are a very friendly people who enjoy the company of all types of visitors, whether they are Spanish from other regions, other Andalusians or foreigners. They are probably the friendliest of all Spanish and they have a custom of hospitality that is ingrained. They are used to having all types of guests, from the earliest centuries of their history.
The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Vandals, and Moors came and stayed. This land was alluring to all visitors, and the Malagueños are a mixture of all these people. The tourist boom that started in the 1970’s continues and keeps bringing tourists to the beaches and resorts of the Costa del Sol.The Malagueños are innately charming.
The majority are outgoing and optimistic about their future. They like to talk and they like to party and have fun. They enjoy eating good food and they have a long history of culture associated with their food. They always try to help visitors, no matter where they come from. The visitor is really welcomed with open arms.Everyone connected with the tourist industry speaks enough English to be understood, so the language problem does not exist in the Costa del Sol.
The Malagueños are amazingly tolerant of all people, no matter what color they are, what religions they have, what country they come from. There are Moslem mosques, Protestant churches, Jewish synagogues, and a Buddhist shrine. They are also tolerant of people with different types of gender orientation. Malaga is now one of the best gay destinations in Europe, with many gay bars.
Malaga Airport is the third largest in Spain, after the airports in Madrid, Barcelona. Connections to other Spanish and European cities is easy and there are many low cost airlines that are now coming to Malaga, so it is getting more inexpensive to travel to Malaga.
Work is now going on to build a second runway and a new passenger terminal has just been inaugurated, so the capacity of the airport has doubled. Easy access to Malaga is very important for tourism, because tourists lose enthusiasm when they have to make too much effort to reach a tourist destination.
New AVE Service from Madrid
Madrid is the transportation hub of Spain for both national and international flights. At the end of 2007, the new AVE route from Madrid to Malaga was inaugurated and passenger traffic increased tremendously to Malaga from Madrid, especially on weekends. Many Madrileños want to spend their weekends on the beaches and golf courses of Malaga, instead of in their big city of Madrid, to relax and decompress from high pressure jobs.
The AVE now takes only 2.5 hours each way. Malaga is also connected with high speed trains to Seville and Cordoba. Work on the AVE to Granada is continuing.
There is a total of 64 golf courses along the Costa del Sol, therefore it is also called Costa del Golf. This is a fact that is particularly attractive to people who want to purchase a property on the Costa del Sol.
Once on the Malaga airport, there is a local train service taking the passengers every 20 minutes from the airport to Malaga or Fuengirola, particularly appreciated by property owners who want to spend a long weekend in their property without having to carry any luggage, only their golf bag.
With 159 kilometers of coastline, one expects to find good beaches in Malaga. The beaches of Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Marbella, and Torre del Mar are world class. They are clean and have many facilities, such as bathrooms and beach showers.
Blue Flag beaches are beaches that meet quality standards and the Costa del Sol has very many Blue Flag beaches.The beaches have very good seafood restaurants that are economical or moderately priced. Fresh fish is served on a daily basis, and eating fish is one of Malaga’s enchantments.
MALAGA, CAPITAL OF THE COSTA DEL SOL
Malaga is fashionable ! This Mediterranen city founded by the Phoenicians with its charming old town, the Roman Theatre and the Cathedral offers also a large range of museums and art galeries. Just to mention a few: Pompidou, Thyssen, Picasso museums. The City Hall organizes every year a Theatre and Film Festival and, of course, the spectacular Easter Processions attract thousands of visitors. Malaga is also the destination of a great number of cruises bringing hundreds of visitors to Malaga every week. And we should not forget all the wonderful restaurants and typical tapas bars that you can find on every narrow street of the old town.