The Costa del Sol is probably the best known of all the Spanish Costas. Situated in the most southerly province of Andalucia, it stretches along about 300 kms of Mediterranean coastline – approximately from Manilva in the west through Estepona, San Pedro, Puerto Banus, Marbella, Calahonda, Fuengirola, Mijas Costa, Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Malaga, Velez-Malaga, Torrox and to Nerja in the east.
This is an attractive stretch of coastline with many fishing villages and towns which have now become holiday resorts. Much of this coastline has high hills or mountains very close, creating some dramatic locations.
The City of Málaga is the capital town of Andalucia and looks out over the picturesque coastline. The costal tourist centres on the Costa del Sol include: Nerja to the east of Málaga and to the west, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Estepona and of course Marbella with it’s Puerto Banus which was built in the 1970s and considered to be the most sophisticated and exclusive seaside resorts along the Costa del Sol. Yachts and leisure-craft owned by the international ‘jet set’ are moored in the harbour.
The proximity of very diverse countryside of the Guadalhorce Valley – full of orchards, the mountains and the sea is undoubtedly one of the main attractions of this coast.
The airport servicing Costa del Sol is conveniently located in Málaga which is roughly central to the costa and within 1hr drive to all parts.