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Water sports such as scuba-diving, wind-surfing and snorkelling are especially popular. The Costa del Sol used to refer to the entire stretch of coastline from Almeria all the way down to Gibraltar but today the term is more strictly applied purely to the coastal strip Sol it the Malaga province.
This 80 mile stretch of coastline contains a variety of beach resorts from up-market Marbella, Puerto Banus and Sotogrande to family-friendly package holiday resorts of Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos with their abundant facilities, things to do and nightlife. Then there are other medium sized resorts which cater to the middle-ground such as Mijas and Estepona.
For history and culture there is plenty to do and see. For example there is the big city of Malaga with the Picasso Museum. There are the historic towns of Ronda and Coin. The Costa del Sol is part of the region known as Andalucia, it is famous for its love of Flamenco music and dancing and bull-fights which are mostly held from October to May.
You would assume the Costa del Sol being at the very south of Spain would be dry and barren with little greenery or scenery — nothing could be further from the truth, because from the coast you can see the green mountain ranges in the background.
Sierra Nevada ski resort — Photo by Joonasl Wikimedia Commons This whole area is dotted with pretty white-washed villages clinging to the rock.
It is a great area for walking and hiking with many different types of flora and fauna. Nature lovers should also head down to the area around Gibraltar where many companies offer boat trips for dolphin, turtle and whale spotting.
The only negative we can hold against the Costa del Sol are the beaches, many of which have grey-brown sand instead of the ideal golden sand that you will find more commonly especially on the Costa del Luz and Costa Blanca coasts of Spain.
Malaga is the largest city and the main gateway to the Costa del Sol. Many low-cost budget airlines operate flights to Malaga airport, including EasyJet, Ryanair and Monarch. A rail service operates to the major resorts of Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos.
Malaga airport transfers, taxis and buses are plentiful although if you are further out you may well want to hire a car, especially if you want to explore inland Costa del Sol. This luxury holiday resort attracted the rich and famous of the day such as Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida.
Luxury hotels such as the Pez Espada were built attracting even more tourists.
Golf courses and marinas followed. To this day the area around Marbella has a reputation as attracting the rich and wealthy as well as the more infamous many criminals from the United Kingdom fled to this area to escape the law.
This applies most to the neighbouring resorts of Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola to the west of Malaga and very close relative to Malaga airport.
Taking you on a tour of the main towns of the Costa del Sol, starting from the port of Algeciras in Spain we pass Gibraltar crossing the border back into Spain to San Roque, La Linea de la Concepcion, along the coast we pass Santa Margarita, La Alcaidesa and Punta Mala before coming to Sotogrande a luxury development with many famous golf courses such as Valdarrama which hosted the Ryder Cup.
Continuing up the coast past Marina de Casares, Bahia de Casares, Brisamar, Buenas Noches, Bahia Dorada, Pedro Lagaspara, Saladavieja, Seghers and Punta de la Doncella comes the resort of Estepona with its sandy beaches and fishing port, this resort has retained much of its original character.
Inland in the foothills of the mountains is Mijas Pueblo a pretty village well-worth an excursion. We now hit the busiest stretch of the Costa del Sol as we move towards the massive resorts of Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos. Passing Punta Lara Canamiel we now head towards Nerja, the main tourist resort on the eastern part of the Costa del Sol.
Inland of Nerja is the pretty white-washed houses in the village of Frigiliana. This area is full of rocky coves and is now known as the Costa Tropical.Sol is the authentic Mexican beer that believes in freedom and independence and celebrates those who want to be true to themselves, because only by being true to yourself, can you be Espiritu Libre.
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