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The Costa del Sol has an attractive stretch of coastline with many fishing villages and towns, which have now become holiday resorts. Much of the coastline has mountains close by, creating some dramatic views. With sandy beaches, lively resorts, over 40 golf courses and over 100km of spectacular coastline, there is something for everyone here is Costa Del Sol. A lot of the resorts here do have lots to offer with plenty of activities as well as plenty of opportunities to relax.

The playground for the rich and famous also a fantastic holiday destination for families, couples and groups. This resort has a long sandy coastline and offers first class hotels, fine dining and cosmopolitan atmosphere. 
Situated between Malaga and Marbella, Fuengirola has a beautiful long sandy beach which offers a vast array of watersports. there are many bars, restaurants, a marina, lovely zoo and waterpark. Ideal for families and couples looking for a lively resort.
Puerto Banus is a glamorous resort that offers a stunning marina, casino and lively nightlife. A popular choice for those wanting to experience the glamour of the exclusive marina and also a superb choice for families for the stunning beaches.
Cheap holidays Mijas CostaMijas Costa offers sun, sand and water sports with the beach having been awarded the 'Blue Flag'. The resort beaches are great for watersports with jet-skiing, water-skiing and parasailing all available, check out the chiringuito (beach restaurant) for some Spanish cuisine.
Cheap Holidays TorremolinosTorremolinos is the biggest resort on the Costa Del Sol and the liveliest with a lovely golden sandy beach. This resort will ensure that you will always have something to do as there are numerous clubs and bars, international restaurants catering for all tastes.
Cheap holidays Nerja, Costa del Sol, SpainNerja was once a quiet fishing village and has now grown into a popular resort offering visitors many restaurants and bars and 16 km of beaches. The resort offers 16 km of beaches with all water-sports available. There are many restaurants and cafes to choose from.
Cheap holidays Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, SpainBenalmadena is a popular holiday destination. It has rapidly grown over the last two decades to offer an abundance of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues with a fun and lively atmosphere. Only 15 km from Malaga airport.
Cheap ho;idays Estepona, costa del Sol, SpainEstepona maintains charm and character, offering many cosmopolitan shops, restaurants, tapas bars and bars. Visitors can explore the steep, cobbled, narrow streets or just relax on the beaches.

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The City of Málaga is the capital town of Andalucia and looks out over the picturesque coastline.

The vibrant cosmopolitan City of Málaga is situated on the coast of Andalucía. A popular tourist location due to the sunshine and fantastic quality of life. Malaga City has lively nightlife, museums and exceptional restaurants, many specialising in sea foods, along it’s wide palm tree lined boulevards and lovely sandy beaches.

The coastal area is protected from the north winds by the mountains and therefore ensures the highest average temperatures in Spain with more than 300 sunny per year.

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga where his figure can be seen all around the city and there are several galleries showing his works. These incude Museum of Fine Arts next to the Cathedral.

The Costa del Sol tourist centres are in the Malaga province and 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.

Malaga City is well known for it’s Easter festivities and the Malaga Fair. This first event has been declared a Festivity of International Tourist Interest and the other in August when the streets are full with good-natured revellers.

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.

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ABOUT FUENGIROLA

Fuengirola is about 25kms south west of Malaga International Airport, roughly half way between Malaga City and Marbella. This is a very popular location for summer holidays with about 10kms of beaches with The Paseo de Maritimo running from Carvajal at the boundary with
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and through Torreblanca, Los Boliches, central Fuengirola , with it’s marina and to the western end across the bridge over Rio de Fuengirola and reaching the Sohail Castle with gardens and beach at the Beatriz Palace & Spa Hotel.

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The beaches of Fuengirola are cleaned daily and the sea water is clear and safe for children. Water sports, including windsurfing and scuba diving are available at the central Marina area.

The banks of Rio de Fuengirola were renovated in recent years and now have a café / restaurant, pleasant walkways either side with exercise machines and games. There are also ‘SWAN’ boats for hire.

Close to this area is Myramar indoor shopping centre which is on two levels with quality retail shops, large supermarket, cinema and a range of cafés and restaurants. Overall Fuengirola is an impressive resort with excellent accommodation to suit all budgets, great restaurants and a wide range of attractions which are ideal for family holidays.

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The City of Málaga is the capital town of Andalucia and looks out over the picturesque coastline.

The vibrant cosmopolitan City of Málaga is situated on the coast of Andalucía. A popular tourist location due to the sunshine and fantastic quality of life. Malaga City has lively nightlife, museums and exceptional restaurants, many specialising in sea foods, along it’s wide palm tree lined boulevards and lovely sandy beaches.

The coastal area is protected from the north winds by the mountains and therefore ensures the highest average temperatures in Spain with more than 300 sunny per year.

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga where his figure can be seen all around the city and there are several galleries showing his works. These incude Museum of Fine Arts next to the Cathedral.

The Costa del Sol tourist centres are in the Malaga province and 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.

Malaga City is well known for it’s Easter festivities and the Malaga Fair. This first event has been declared a Festivity of International Tourist Interest and the other in August when the streets are full with good-natured revellers.

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.

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The City of Málaga is the capital town of Andalucia and looks out over the picturesque coastline.

The vibrant cosmopolitan City of Málaga is situated on the coast of Andalucía. A popular tourist location due to the sunshine and fantastic quality of life. Malaga City has lively nightlife, museums and exceptional restaurants, many specialising in sea foods, along it’s wide palm tree lined boulevards and lovely sandy beaches.

The coastal area is protected from the north winds by the mountains and therefore ensures the highest average temperatures in Spain with more than 300 sunny per year.

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga where his figure can be seen all around the city and there are several galleries showing his works. These incude Museum of Fine Arts next to the Cathedral.

The Costa del Sol tourist centres are in the Malaga province and 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.

Malaga City is well known for it’s Easter festivities and the Malaga Fair. This first event has been declared a Festivity of International Tourist Interest and the other in August when the streets are full with good-natured revellers.

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.

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Estepona, Costa del SolEstepona has a population of some 48,000 inhabitants which increases substantially in summertime. It’s privileged position amongst the mountainous landscape of Sierra Bermeja and the 21 kilometres of coastline of it’s municipal distract make it into an important holiday destination, ideal for the practice of water sports, golf, mountain sports and adventure. Furthermore the town has a series of special entertainment attractions: Selwo Nature Park, school of equestrian art ‘Costa del Sol‘ and, of course, a modern conference centre and renowned maritime yachting harbour. The oldest human remains found in Estepona are from the copper and bronze ages.

Worth visiting are: the ruin of Castle of Nicio, “La Torre del Reloj”, the beacon towers, the remains of Castle of San Luis, the Church of Ntra. Sra. de los Remedios, the house of Marqueses de Mondéjar and, obviously, the unusual Plaza de Toros (Bullring), which houses the municipal museums of Estepona. As far as festivities are concerned one must point out: “Las Fiestas Mayores” at the beginning of July; La Virgen del Carmen”, which is celebrated on 16th July, with colourful maritime procession; the night of San Juan, in which the “Juas” ar burnt; and the 15th May, the feast of San Isidro.

In Estepona‘s more than one hundred restaurants, one can enjoy a splendid culinary offer, from the most traditional cuisine to the innovative or international. Classic dishes in the cuisine are the country soup (sopa campera), “sardinas al espeto” or “sardinas a la taja”, and the different varieties of fried fish. Their own produced goat cheese deserves a special mention; produced from the milk of the Esteponera goat, recognized as a breed and winner of numerous national and international competitions.

ABOUT NEW GOLDEN MILE, EAST ESTEPONA

New Golden Mile, Estepona, Costa del SolThe New Golden Mile, East Estepona is a stretch of coastline between Guadalmina (Marbella) and Estepona Town on the (A7) N340. Access is relatively easy via the motorway and travel time to the airport is anything between 30 and 45 minutes.

This is a relatively new region of the Costa del Sol and it is only because Marbella grew into such a large town that it exists today.

After Marbella had merged into San Pedro, holiday makers, developers and hoteliers started to look for more land in which to expand. As a result, the ‘New Golden Mile’ was born. Theory has it that the region was named after the Golden Mile region of Marbella because of the many new luxury hotels that started to spring up in the area, as well as a number of large villas and exclusive developments.

Minor remnants of earlier history do remain; recent discoveries point to the fact that in the 7th Century BC there were Phoenician and Punic settlements in the region as confirmed by the existence of the Guadalmina Thermal Baths.

The New Golden Mile is a stretch of coastline full of urbanisations, restaurants and bars. There are many water sports to enjoy including water skiing, jet skis, wind surfing and catamarans.

Along the beaches you will find many chiringuitos (beach bars). They normally have wonderful fresh fish on the menu, which you can enjoy with a glass of sangria. In addition, the well-known Spanish dish paella is available almost anywhere.

In this area you can find the Selwo Safari Park; covering more than 100 hectares the park is home to free roaming animals from all over the world living in natural habitats that have been recreated. There are also more than 2000 semi-free roaming animals and birds of prey. Additional provisions within the park include nature classes, swinging bridges, safaris, camping, accommodation and much more.

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Mijas Costa is a large stretch of land which is approximately 30 minutes west of Málaga international airport and all urbanisations in this municipality are positioned along and accessed by the A7 (N340) coast road.

When talking about Mijas Costa it generally refers to a stretch of land from Calahonda, along the coast to Riviera del Sol, Miraflores, La Cala, El Faro and also includes inland areas that envelope Fuengirola along Mijas Costa’s  north edge. Generally anything south of the A7 is Fuengirola at this point, and anything North would be Mijas Costa (although this region is not strictly speaking on the coast). The municipality covers 148km.

Mijas Costa has only recently been developed and consists of urbanisations and golf courses catering for a growing number of ex-pat residents and holiday makers.

Three decades ago Mijas Costa was mostly farmland interspersed with luxury villas generally belonging to people with enough wealth to buy themselves peace and tranquility. The region grew along the edges of the main coastal thoroughfare between Málaga and Marbella, known as the A7 (N340); allowing easy access to Málaga airport. Growth was inevitable as tourists flocked to the region and purchased holiday homes.

All the towns in Mijas Costa are relatively new, but the odd roman building can still be found amongst the newer townhouses, villas and apartments

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With thousands of visitors arriving throughout the year, Torremolinos caters for the tourism industry very well and has a wide range range  hotels which quickly become fully booked in the high season. The best hotels in Torremolinos are located close to the beaches, particularly around El Bajondillo and Carihuela, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Torremolinos is a major tourist resort on the Costa del Sol. It’s a traditional Andalusian fishing village and a modern cosmopolitan town. Torremolinos has 7kms of coastline and a lovely seafront promenade with wonderful beaches. The beaches of Torremolinos, offer a variety of restaurants and cafes and a number of outdoor activities by the Mediterranean Sea.

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ABOUT BENALMADENA COSTA

Benalmadena Costa beachLocated in the western Costa del Sol region, 20 kilometres from the city of Málaga and 15 kms from Málaga Airport.

This municipality, which stretches from the southern foothills of the Sierra de Mijas to the sea’s edge, consists of three population centres, which are now practically joined together, but which nevertheless are still well differentiated: Benalmadena Pueblo, Benalmadena Costa and Arroyo de la Miel.

Benalmadena can be reached by a four-lane highway and by train. There is also an excellent marina that is being enlarged in order to enable small cruise ships to dock.

Benalmadena Pueblo is a typical whitewashed Andalusian village with narrow streets and relaxing squares. Due to the elevation (almost 300 metres) of the village centre, and its proximity to the sea, it has a number of exceptional vantage points for viewing the Costa del Sol.

A large part of the population and municipal services are concentrated in Arroyo de la Miel, a subsidiary administrative district that owes its growth to the commuter railway station, and is the economic centre of the municipality.

Benalmadena Marina, Costa del SolBenalmadena Costa is the most cosmopolitan section and it is here that the tourist attractions of sun and beach are found: large hotels, a casino, leisure port and businesses of all kinds. The port in particular to comes alive at night and boasts some excellent disco bars.

The first known settlements in Benalmadena date back to the end of the upper late Paleolithic, as evidenced by the archaeological remains found in some of the municipality’s caves (Cueva del Toro, Cueva de los Botijos and Cueva de la Zorrera).

In the 7th and 8th centuries B.C. the Phoenicians reached this coastal area and the remains of some of their settlements can be found in the municipality. Roman settlements followed and numerous remains can be found along the coast of Benalmádena. The ruins of a salting factory in the Benal-Roma area, together with ruins of other villages and fishing facilities near Torremuelle and Capellania are particularly noteworthy. The watchtowers marking the Benalmádena coast, whose mission was to keep the area free from the attacks of the pirates that threatened the coast, also date back to that time.

When the Arabs arrived in southern Spain they named the town ‘Ben-Al-Madina’, which means ‘children of the mines’. This could be due to the existence of mines in the area, from which iron ore but mainly ochre had been extracted since Phoenician times.

Christian troops not only conquered but also destroyed the village, and with it, its castle:some of the watchtowers that still stand close to the sea date from that era.

When several paper factories began operations in the eighteenth century the region began to recover a stable population. It was to increase years later with grape cultivation but it was the phenomenon of tourism, which began in Benalmádena in the 1960’s, which was to drive the economy forward at an unstoppable rate.