Come to Málaga and its Costa del Sol, to discover a surprising paradise, some of the best beaches in Spain and a cultural and leisure offering to suit all tastes. Visit its charming white towns and villages, discover its natural surroundings and gastronomy. Discover its history through its cultural heritage, and take part in its customs and traditions.
Washed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Costa del Sol extends along more than 150 kilometres of coastline in the province of Málaga, in the southern Iberian Peninsula. Its name, the “Coast of the Sun”, is not due to mere chance: with over 325 sunny days a year and a benevolent climate, this is a paradisiacal place with beaches to suit all tastes.
Each beach has its own charms. Some are livelier, others are quieter and more solitary; some are absolutely untouched and others have the most modern services. You will surely find your own personal paradise on the Costa del Sol.
From the western coast of Cádiz to Nerja, on the border with the province of Granada, there is an area where tourism is highly developed. The waters are calm, warm and transparent, and the scenery is beautiful and varied, as many beaches are set between the mountains and the sea.
A large percentage of the total accommodation available in Andalusia is concentrated on the western Costa del Sol. There are many tourist services of all types, including berths for sporting boats at 13 marinas and yacht clubs, as well as golf courses, all types of sports facilities, casinos and a myriad of leisure and entertainment options.
Málaga is synonymous with art and culture. The city was the birthplace of the painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso, to whom it pays homage in the Picasso Museum. It also houses numerous museums focusing on different topics and epochs, such as the Russian Museum, the Pompidou Centre and the Carmen Thyssen Museum.
Over the course of its history, different civilisations and cultures have left a visible mark via an impressive legacy of monuments. The Roman Theatre of Málaga, the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle number amongst the architectural gems that will transport you into bygone eras in a city that is imbued with history.
The infrastructure makes Málaga an ideal city to make it our starting point from where to start exploring Andalusia, with great access by road to Granada, Seville and Cordoba, that will make life easier if we decide to hire a car in Malaga, or if we travel in our own vehicle. Malaga airport, also known as the Costa del Sol airport, is international and receives flights from USA, Asia and from almost all the European capitals.
When film stars such as Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles and Frank Sinatra roamed its streets in the 1950s and 60s, Torremolinos was still just a seaside district of the city of Malaga that attracted tourists seeking a more secluded location while at the same time being just as cosmopolitan as the city itself. More than half a century later, Torremolinos still retains the charm that drew those screen legends to it and, what is more, it has become one of the leading tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol.
Over the years, Torremolinos has evolved as an attractive and appealing resort, noted for its clean sandy beaches, wide choice of hotels and restaurants and unparalleled variety of entertainment, activities and nightlife available. At the height of summer, the resort has a great appeal for the younger set, with a reputation for its hectic nightlife. Out of season, however, it takes on a different character. Now practically a suburb of Málaga, the atmosphere is much more Spanish, especially at weekends, with an air of friendliness and welcome.
Packed with tantalising shops, thronging with people of every nationality and located right at the heart of the town is the pedestrian only Calle San Miguel, the main artery of the town. This smartly paved pedestrianised street is lined with boutiques and shops with a great variety of goods on offer, attracting a constant flow of people. The Cuesta del Tajo, at the end of San Miguel, leads down a steep flight of steps through the old fishing district of El Bajondillo. This is a popular, picturesque area lined with restaurants and market-style kiosks, selling souvenirs. Down at the bottom is the beach of El Bajondillo.
The village’s municipal area stretches from the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas to the sea, where it occupies a short coastal strip. Benalmádena town represents calmness through a picturesque urban landscape of narrow streets and plazas, while Benalmádena Costa brings together good part of holiday offer and a long coastline divided into 15 beaches. Arroyo de la Miel, with strong growth in recent years, is the place where a large number of leisure attractions that complete the attractions of this destination are concentrated.
Benalmádena offers very original visits such as the Buddhist Stupa, Colomares Castle and Bil Bil Castle, a Moorish-style building that stands out in the landscape of the coast, thanks to its red decoration. In Benalmádena the tourists can visit the three watchtowers that are preserved in the city: Torre Bermeja, Torrequebrada and Torremuelle.
Benalmádena Marina comprises one of most amazing port and residential complexes in the world with its exemplary facilities and its attractive and extraordinary architecture. The marina has been awarded Best Marina in the World on two occasions and it has also been awarded the European Blue Flag every year since 1987 for the quality of its services and its water. It has 1,100 mooring points and thanks to its facilities as well its privileged climate of the ‘Costa del Sol’, this marina offers a large calendar of activities and events that make this area one of the best than you can choose for enjoying the sea.
Fuengirola is well-known for its long 8 kilometres of sunny beaches, where you will find a wide offer of hotels and apartments with beautiful views over the Mediterranean Sea. Fuengirola has the longest seafront promenade in Spain, ideal for a nice walk at sunset and decorated with palm trees from one extreme to the other, flowers and benches to sit down and have a rest, and if we decide to walk to the port we’ll find many leisure boats and enormous yachts, even though it’s not at the same level as Puerto Banús, it’s still a relaxing stroll that you’ll enjoy watching the fishing boats head out to sea. You will find excellent beaches to cool off or sunbathe, plus on these beaches we can practise many sports as well the use of jet skis: Los Boliches, Las Gaviotas and Torreblanca
Fuengirola has a great amount of restaurants and typical Andalusian tapas bars, where you’ll enjoy both the rich gastronomy of Malaga and as well as the typical fried fish. Fuengirola’s nightlife is very lively with plenty of places to choose from. Most of the pubs, clubs and discos are located on the seafront by the port.
If you’re travelling with kids, they will surely appreciate a visit to the Fuengirola Zoo that hosts a wide variety of different species from the animal world, where the kids and yourself will thoroughly enjoy this great experience. A daytrip to Biopark in Fuengirola is highly recommendable if you want to have a good time.
Do you think that in the same municipality you can visit a white town, a coastline full of comfortable beaches, and some of the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol? Search for Mijas on the map, pack your bags and discover one of the most unique destinations in the province of Malaga.
This mountain town, which also faces the sea, offers visitors all the amenities required to enjoy a complete experience, mixing tradition of its past, with spots you can travel to via its famous donkey taxi, with the adaptation to the needs of the many visitors every year. In fact, Mijas is a destination that many fall in love with and choose to live there.
The area encompasses the popular holiday resorts of Calahonda, Riviera del Sol and La Cala de Mijas. Mijas Costa is an ideal destination for both family and friend holidays, with safe beaches and local shops, bars, restaurants and golf on hand in each resort.
Marbella is, without a doubt, one of the Costa del Sol’s major tourist centres, thanks to the high quality of the facilities and services it provides. Puerto Banús, one of the main focal points for tourists in the town, houses an exclusive leisure area inside the excellent facilities of its marina.
But Marbella is also a paradise for golf lovers. A dozen magnificent courses allow the golfer to play the sport before the unusual backdrop provided by the sea and the mountains.
The historic part of town, sitting on a beautiful bay, shelters lovely corners of a typically Andalusian flavour, with whitewashed houses and orange trees adorning the streets and squares. An ideal setting for sampling any one of the tasty recipes of the local cuisine.
Estepona keeps all the charms of a typical Andalusian town, with its peaceful squares bedecked with colourful flowerpots and little white houses. It is also a holiday resort offering all the latest modern amenities, 21 kilometres of coastline which are home to a number of beaches, golf clubs and sporting and recreational areas.
Nature lovers will enjoy an excursion through the Sierra Bermeja nature reserve, where at the top of the Pico de los Reales (1,449 metres) you’ll be rewarded with views over the westernmost part of the Costa del Sol, the Rock of Gibraltar and the north of the continent of Africa.
Estepona is also home to several golf courses, the Costa del Sol School of Equestrian Art, and the Selwo Aventura leisure park, where over 2,000 animals live side by side in semi-freedom.
Do you want to tread the cobbles built centuries ago by the Iberians, Phoenicians and Romans? And learn at the same time about the figure of Blas Infante, considered the father of Andalusia? Then head to Casares, a town in the Western Costa del Sol where you will receive all the charms of a traditional white village and more.
Declared a Historic-Artistic Site, Casares preserves the best of all the civilizations that have inhabited it. The best example is Casares Castle, of Arab origin, which gives the town a striking image, standing between Campo de Gibraltar and Serrania de Ronda.
In addition, Casares has a few of kilometers of coastline and two high-end golf courses: Finca Cortesín Golf Club designed by Cabell Robinson, and Doña Julia Golf.
Manilva is located in the Costa del Sol occidental, which combines the charm of being by the sea while surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Bordering Casares and the province of Cádiz, and boasts great beaches stationed along eight kilometres of coastline that invite you to rest and breathe peace. For lovers of culture, history, traditions and good food, Manilva is the perfect destination to enjoy a well-deserved holiday.
Manilva surprises its visitors with the number of beaches to be found on its eight kilometres of coastline. The Mediterranean Sea provides this municipality with extensive fine sandy beaches that have all the services that tourists want to find when they get to the shore, as well as others that seem hidden between the topography of the coastline. Puerto de la Duquesa is a beautiful marina in the municipality of Manilva, halfway between Marbella and Sotogrande and is the most westerly port in Malaga province.
The many trails found in Manilva outline the landscape for adventurers who can enjoy several trips, including the Senda Litoral stage, taking you from this town to Punta Chullera.
Alhaurín el Grande
Alhaurín el Grande is set in the most stunning of mountain sceneries; positioned on a wide and open fertile plain surrounded by majestic mountains which scratch the sky. The town couples the traditional and the contemporary, industry with rustic charm.
Alhaurín el Grande is the perfect compromise between a rustic holiday and a resort holiday, keeping you far enough away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a more relaxed experience, yet close enough to not feel isolated.
The closest beaches are approximately 20 minutes’ drive away offering all the facilities and attractions that one would need from a seaside resort. Also within a short drive you can enjoy some of the best golf courses in La Costa del Sol.
This Andalusian town is a beauty with plenty of history and sights. Set 202 metres above sea level it overlooks the stunning Guadalhorce Valley (Valle del Guadalhorce), which is used extensively for agriculture. As you arrive you will drive through fields of orchards, oranges, lemons, olives, almonds and forests such as Alpujata, La Fuente, El Charco del Infierno and La Albuquera. You will feel a world away from civilisation and indeed Coín is referred to as the town of three hundred orchards.
If you are an outdoor sports enthusiast and enjoy hiking, the surrounding areas of Coín offer countless routes to be enjoyed on foot, by bike or on horseback. We highly recommend visiting the natural springs of El Nacimiento and Barranco Blanco, given their incomparable ecological value.
You might be looking for a more laid back and quiet location yet only about 30 minutes’ drive to the beaches and big cities on the coast such as Málaga. Then Coín is definitely your place.