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Costa del Sol Guide

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Where is the Costa del Sol?

The Costa del Sol in Southern Spain is the coast of Malaga province, consisting of 161km of coastline. Sitting between the Costa del la Luz to the west in the province of Cadiz and the Costa Tropical to the east in Almeria province.

The Costa del Sol is lined with popular and highly visited destinations (see our list below). Picking up a car from the Espacar office in Estepona, you're within 2 hours of some of the best locations that Spain's southern coast has to offer.

What to expect

From literally the hundreds of beautiful beaches and great golf courses to lively towns and villages full of fantastic hotels, restaurants, clubs, villas, cultural sights and theme parks - not to mention fantastic year-round weather – the Costa del Sol has got pretty much everything you could ask for in a holiday destination.

Malaga as a province is relatively mountainous, this is noted particularly from the coast as the backdrop for the beaches are mountains along most of the Costa del Sol. In these mountains traditional white villages are found, each with their particular selling points...speciality food, drink, artisanal produce and incredible views. These picturesque villages are very much worth a visit for hiking, lunch or a leisurely walk.

Costa del Sol – Malaga

The city of Malaga also on the coast with its own beaches, is only an hour away from Estepona, offering Spanish traditions in a modern setting with the perfect mix of culture, shopping and nightlife. Malaga has more museums than any other city in Andalucia. Its heritage as being the home to Pablo Picasso means that there are plenty of art galleries to keep all tastes satisfied.

Costa del Sol – West of Malaga

The coast this side of Malaga city included the coastal towns of Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Mijas, Marbella, Benahavis, Casares, Manilva and Estepona. These areas are largely resorts developed for holiday-makers.

Only 30 minutes from Estepona, you can visit the rich and luxurious destinations of Marbella and Puerto Banus. Marbella is a typical Andalucian town with beach area, shopping and plenty of restaurants. Puerto Banus is the main private port of the Costa del Sol, a great place do some designer shopping, to people watch and have a meal portside with the yachts as the view.

Costa del Sol – East of Malaga

East of Malaga is less developed than to the west of Malaga. The beaches tend to be more natural and wilder. Towns on the coast of particular note to the east are Torre del Mar (a largely Spanish holiday destination) and Nerja. Torre del Mar has all the amenities you would expect from a coastal resort town as well as a few beach clubs. Nerja has an attractive old town centre with spectacular coves to bathe in as well as lots of bars and restaurants.

Further afield

If exploring more of Souther Spain while on holiday further south of the coast, you can stop in Gibraltar for a taste of England on the Rock, then move onto the wonderful ancient city of Cadiz or Jerez de la Frontera (the home of sherry). Traveling inland other destinations include the exciting cities of Granada with the Alhambra Palace and the most beautiful Seville or Cordoba with its incredible La Mezquita.

Use our area by area Costa del Sol guide below to find out the area's best things to do and see and plan out your perfect trip...

Destinations & Things to Do on the Costa del Sol

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