The Popularity of the Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol is the most famous and popular of all the Costas in Spain and is the number 1 destination for foreign tourists, Spanish residents and retirees of all nationalities or people from around Europe and the world as a destination to live.
The Costa del Sol has so much to offer for people who have differing tastes, lifestyles and budgets. Whatever any individuals, friends, couples or families are looking for, the Costa del Sol is sure to have it. With its 9 regions and 101 cities, towns and villages there is definitely a place for everyone regardless of age or nationality.
Why choose the Costa del Sol?
There a number of major factors as to why the Costa del Sol is so popular.
A major factor for people choosing the Costa del Sol either to visit or live is the all year round weather. The very hot summers and the mild winters are a main attraction and the fact that the Costa del Sol has around 325 days of sunshine per year. The average temperature for the year is 18 degrees with an average yearly rainfall of 500mm. In the summer months the daily average temperature is 25 degrees with highs well in to the 30’s and in the winter the daily average temperature is 11 degrees and reaching highs of 20 degrees.
Nearly the entire coastline offers an amazing backdrop of the differing mountain ranges that run along the 150km of Costa del Sol coastline. Located on the coastline and up to the foothills of the mountains are all the major resorts, towns and villages of the Costa del Sol stretching from the eastern border with Costa Tropical and the its western border with Costa de la Luz (near Gibraltar).
Most people visiting the Costa del Sol are looking for sea, sand and sun and there is plenty of that in abundance. With 100’s of beaches offering a variety of activities and seasonal water sports to its 11 main marinas and several fishing ports, all beach and coastal needs are well catered for. There are popular beaches, with beach clubs, to stretches of quiet unspoilt golden sandy beaches and pretty coves. Overall there are 124 main beaches on the Costa del Sol of which 19 have been awarded a blue flag. This number quadruples as many beaches are divided but the entire part of that stretch of beach has to meet the blue flag criteria. All seasonal water sports are catered for up and down the coast.
The infrastructure of the Costa del Sol has improved vastly from the early tourist days and now meets the demands of northern Europeans.
Málaga International Airport services this area of coastline extremely well and is located 8km from Malaga City and just 7km from its closest main resort of Torremolinos. The airport flies to 84 destinations and deals with over 13 million passengers.
There is a partial coastal train service that runs from Malaga to Fuengirola via the airport but there are plans to extend this to Estepona. The main train station in Malaga City offers a high speed train service that links it with other major cities such as Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.
The Costa del Sol has an excellent network of motorways spanning from the west of the province to Gibraltar and to the east and the Costa del Sol’s most easterly resort of Nerja. The motorway system links up all the major towns and resorts as well as other cities and provinces in Andalucia.
The coastal bus system is very efficient and very cheap and provides links to all the resorts along the coast as well as the towns and villages inland and up into the mountains. The Malaga to Estepona bus is very popular as it stops in all the major resorts along the coast.
The port in Malaga has 3 maritime terminals that cater for Cruise ships and cargo vessels. In 2014 the world’s largest cruise ship docked in Malaga Port.
Hospital Costa del Sol is one of Spain’s best-managed public hospitals and is located in Los Monteros near Marbella. It is complemented by modern state centres, accident and emergency centres and hospitals that can be found in Málaga City and along the coast. There are also a large number of private facilities on the Costa del Sol.
There are many state run schools operating all over the coast and in towns and villages inland, covering all ages of learning development. Every village tends to have a primary school and every town should have a secondary school. There are numerous private international and Spanish schools offering excellent educational facilities. Further education is available at Malaga University and there a small number of private universities also.
In recent years there has been a huge investment in the telecommunications industry and a very competitive market has been created offering high-speed internet connections and all the necessary equipment to set up your home or place of business.
What to do
The Costa del Sol is not just about sitting and relaxing on the beach, there is so much more to it. The Costa del Sol has an extremely active leisure industry which also fuels the local economy and makes it, not only an attractive place to live but to spend a holiday that caters for all your needs.
With the largest concentration of Golf courses in Europe, the golf enthusiast will be spoilt for choice with around 54 golf courses situated throughout the Costa del Sol.
There is a bar for every need and nationality on the Costa del Sol. These can range from beach bars, City Centre bars, traditional Spanish bars serving tapas, late night bars and music bars or trendy venues in the more exclusive areas or just a good old fashioned locals bar.
Like the bar scene on the Costa del Sol, the restaurant scene is no different offering many various dining experiences from the chic and fancy, to something more traditional. International cuisine can be found in many resorts covering many nationalities like Indian, Danish, Chinese, Moroccan and Lebanese. There are also a large number of Gourmet restaurants throughout the Costa del Sol.
The bars and restaurants are mainly focused around the Al-fresco approach to going out which is hugely popular.
Almost every resort will have a nightclub but some resorts are more renowned for their later nightlife than others. Again these clubs can vary and the types of music and clientele can differ hugely.
Out and about
With the transport systems available, there is no need to remain in just one resort, especially when there is so much to see and do. There are many attractions all over the Costa del Sol from visiting Gibraltar in the west or the caves in Nerja in the east; there are: the marinas and ports, cable cars, theme park, zoo, safari park, water parks, shopping centres, art galleries, museums, national parks, numerous local markets, crocodile park, aquatic marina, sea life centre, Pueblos Blancos (white towns and villages in the mountains) and array of ferias (fairs), festivals and religious processions
The Costa del Sol can also boast at being at the forefront for boating and yachting, with 11 main marinas, numerous ports, a number of nautical clubs and water sports centres along its coast. Many of the marinas offer boat trips that cover such things as sightseeing, dining and partying.
Trips into the mountains not only offer great views but for those looking for outdoor pursuits you can go wild swimming, hiking, mountain biking, caving, four-wheel-driving, and horse-riding and many other adventurous activities
To the east of the province there are ski runs in nearby Granada’s Sierra Nevada and adventure tourism opportunities are offered in the natural parks, in caves and down the provinces rivers. It is possible to ski in the morning and be on the beach by the afternoon as there is only an hour’s drive from the ski resort to the coast.