The Costa del Sol "Sunny Coast" or more literally, "Coast of the Sun" is a region in the south of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, comprising the coastal towns and communities along the Mediterranean coastline of the Province of Málaga. The Costa del Sol is situated between two lesser known costas: Costa de la Luz and Costa Tropical. Formerly made up only of a series of small, quiet fishing settlements, the region has been completely transformed during the latter part of the 20th century into a tourist destination of world renown.
Costa del Sol takes up about 300 kilometres of the Mediterranean littoral that corresponds to the province of Malaga. Protected from the northern winds by a mountain chain that in some parts comes down to meet the sea, this sheltered coast is shaped by a succession of extensive beaches, coves almost hidden between cliffs, marinas and anchorage for fishing. The mild climate, infrequency of rainfall and the sea breeze make for semitropical vegetation in which palm and cypress trees, bougainvillaea, oleander and hibiscus are common. The proximity of such different landscapes -the mountain, the valleys blanketed in vegetable gardens and the sea- is, without a doubt, one of the greatest attractions of this coastline which combine all the appeal of the Mediterranean landscape and culture.
Climate Costa del Sol
Located in the most southern region of Spain; Costa del Sol experiences a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild, rainy winters. With an extensive coastline of over 300km, popular Spanish resorts such as Malaga, Granada and Cadiz and locality on the Iberian Peninsula; Costa del Sol creates a prefect base to enjoy a traditional Mediterranean vacation.
With over 320 days of sunshine per year; Costa de Sol and evidently known as the Sun Coast. Much of the immeasurable coastline of Costa de Sol, located in this region of Spain; is beautiful beach, indulged by fine white sand and stunning blue waters that can guarantee average annual temperatures of 22ºC. It’s easy to see why the Costa del Sol is one of Europe’s most renowned holiday destinations.
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Spain
1. Alhambra: Part fortress, part palace and part garden the Alhambra is situated on a plateau overlooking the city of Granada in southern Spain. The palace was constructed in the 14th century by the Nasrid sultans. The Alhambra is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions and many visitors come to Granada just to see the Alhambra.
2. Mezquita of Cordoba: The Mezquita (Spanish for “Mosque”) of Cordoba is a fascinating building famous for the forest of pillars and arches inside the main hall. The site was originally a Roman temple, then a Visigothic church, before the Umayyad Moors built the Mezquita. After the Spanish Reconquista a cathedral was built into the center of the large Moorish building.
3. El Escorial: Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama, El Escorial was the political center of the Spanish empire under King Philip II. Philip appointed Juan Bautista de Toledo as the architect in 1559 and together they designed El Escorial as a monument to Spain’s role as a center of the Christian world.
4. Sagrada Familia: The Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, and one of Spain’s most visited tourist attractions. It’s a design by Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect who worked on this project for almost 40 years until his death in 1926. The construction of the basilica began in 1882 and still as yet not finished.
5. Ibiza: Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain. The island is one of the most popular party destinations in all of Europe. During summer, the island’s population doubles as tourists flock to Ibiza to enjoy the night clubs, beach bars and restaurants.
6. Cuenca: Situated between Madrid and Valencia, Cuenca is a marvelous example of a medieval city, built on the steep sides of a mountain. The many “hanging houses” are built right up to the cliff edge, making Cuenca one of the most striking towns in Spain, a gem in the province of Castilla La Mancha.
7. Aqueduct of Segovia: The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the best-preserved monuments left by the Romans in Spain. The ancient aqueduct carries water 16 km (10 miles) from the Frío River to Segovia and was built of some 24,000 massive granite blocks without the use of mortar. Probably constructed around 50 AD it still provided water to the city in the 20th century.
8. La Concha: Protected from strong winds by steep cliffs and islands, La Concha in San Sebastian is said by many to be one of the best city beaches in Europe, let alone Spain. Here you can go surfing, walk along the promenade in search of good restaurants and enjoy the beautiful views of the beach.
9. Running of the Bulls: Pamplona is a city in Navarra, famous for its San Fermín festival held each year from July 6th 14th. At the heart of the festival is El Encierro, the Running of the Bulls, an activity that involves running in front of a dozen bulls that have been let loose, on a course of the town’s streets.
10. Palacio Real: The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain although it is only used for state ceremonies. The Royal Palace was built between 1738 to 1755 and King Carlos III took up residence in the palace in 1764.
Popular destinations in Costa del Sol
1. Marbella: In the chic, sun-drenched Costa del Sol town of Marbella, hints of its former Moorish occupation mingle with modern-day resort amenities.
2. Malaga: Malaga, Pablo Picasso's birthplace and the gateway to the Costa del Sol, is a hectic, sometimes unruly city of 550,000.
3. Nerja: Positioned at the eastern tip of the Costa del Sol, Nerja boasts nearly 10 miles of powdery beaches featuring activities like water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.
4. Benalmadena: While most visitors choose Benalmadena for its glorious beaches, there are plenty of other attractions to keep your family amused.
5. Fuengirola: It is a major tourist resort, with more than 8 km of beaches and a mediaeval Moorish fortress. In common with much of this coast, it has been the subject of considerable urban development.
6. Estepona: has many interesting facets which make it a popular and contemporary all year round holiday destination including two EC Blue Flag beaches, a modern sports marina with many tapas bars and restaurants and a white-walled town offering shopping and picturesque squares.
7. Torremolinos: Spain's biggest resort, a Costa del Sol hotspot without cultural attractions or monuments to distract from its straightforward sun, sea and sand recipe, is particularly popular with the snowbird and gay crowds.
8. Torre del Mar: Torre del Mar sits between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sierra Nevada mountains, making for spectacular views.
9. Seville: A lovely place with amazing sights and where you can enjoy culture. You'll be amazed by the beautiful sights that Seville has to offer! For meeting Sevillian girls enter some bars and cafes.
Nightlife in Costa del Sol
Southern Spain does everything late, and the clubs are no exception. Many open at 2am, get busy by 3am, and finish at 9am the next day. And then there’s the ‘after hours’ parties, of course.
If you want to enjoy other nightlife than in Costa del Sol, pay a visit to Costa Brava. The girls from Costa Brava are very hospitality and love to chat with tourists from all over the world.
Bars, clubs and pubs
· The appropriately-named 24 Hour Square (it’s real name is ‘Plaza Solymar’)
· The Marina, the stretch of coast between Los Porches and the Sunset Beach Club
· The Arroyo de la Miel district.
· Bar Caleu (Calle Real, Estepona; +34 952797 285)
· Milonga (Calle de la Caridad)
· Plató 68 Avenida Juan Carlos, Estepona; +34 670 503 124
· El Pimpi Calle Granada, Malaga; +34 952 228 990
· Calle Bruselas Plaza de la Merced, Malaga; +34 952 603 948
· Bar El Jardín Calle Cañon 1, Malaga; +34 952 220 419
· ZZ pub Calle Tejón y Rodriguez, Malaga
· Olivia Valere Carretera de Istan, Marbella; +34 952 828 861
· Suite, Hotel Puente Romano, Carretera de Cadiz, Marbella; +34 952 820 900
· Dreamer’s Carretera de Cadiz, Puerto Banus, Marbella; + 34 952 812 080
· Bar Típico El Molino Calle San José, Nerja; +34 952 526 653
· Cochran’s Irish Bar at the Tobos Aparthotel Paseo Balcon de Europa, Nerja; +34 952 52 74 74
· Ke Bar Paseo del Puerto, Sotogrande Marina; +34 956 795 528
· Irish Bar Paseo del Puerto, Sotogrande Marina; +34 956 790 390