Reasons to visit Costa del Sol
Stretching along Andalucía's southeastern coastline and lapped by the cobalt Mediterranean Sea, the popular Costa del Sol lives up to its name with 325 sunny days a year! Stretching over 150km, it hugs the coast from the Maro Cliffs at Nerja to Tarifa, the southernmost point of Europe. Known as a mecca for tourists, golfers and sun-seekers, the Costa del Sol has plenty to see and do beyond its golden sandy beaches.
The main points of interest to head for include the extensive caves at Nerja, containing the largest stalactite in the world (33m) in a cave system that extends for over 4km (3 miles). Further south and west, Malaga is the main gateway to the Costa del Sol with its international airport and bustling port. The Moorish Alcabaza is a noteworthy landmark and the Picasso Museum celebrates the birthplace of its famous son.
East of Marbella, the narrow streets, authentic restaurants and shops in Mijas pueblo are best explored on foot. Visit the historic Ermita, the local museum and the Mirador with its panoramic sea views. The elegant city of Malaga is a top shopping destination with marble-paved streets, sub-tropical parks and a delightful Old Town.
The newly developed golf courses at Nueva Andalucía look down on the wealthy marina and exclusive beach clubs of Puerto Banus, midway between Marbella and Estepona, another interesting gem. From there, the Costa del Sol is less tourist-orientated offering a more authentic taste of Spain. Festivals, fairs, local cuisine and outdoor recreation in the Sierras introduce a different side to the Costa del Sol that few visitors get to see.
Here is our selection of holiday properties in the Costa del Sol...