Things to Do On The Costa
The Costa del Sol is an area located on the southern coast of Spain and stretches from Nerja in the east through to Algecieras in the west and covers some 150km.
Along this coastline you will find some of the most popular tourist resorts such as Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Marbella and Puerto Banus in the west and Nerja in the east.
The area is sheltered by a series of mountain ranges which means that the climate is extremely good and in fact has some of the best in Europe. With summer temperatures regularly reaching in excess of 30 degrees and winter temperatures not falling much below 15 degrees it is the perfect holiday destination.
Costa del Sol Beaches The main reason that people come to the Costa del Sol for is the beaches. There are literally hundreds of beaches ranging from the long and sweeping soft white sandy beaches complete with trendy beach clubs of Marbella and Puerto Banus, to the quieter hidden pebbly coves to the east. In essence wherever you are in the Costa you are never far away from a beach and with over 320 days of sunshine, it certainly is a sun worshipers paradise.
Costa Del Sol Golf Courses The Costa del Sol has one of the highest concentrations of golf courses anywhere in the world and with over 50 to choose from, golf lovers will undoubtedly be spoilt for choice. Two prestigious events take place here. The first being Valderrama which plays host to the Andalusia Masters on the European tour circuit In October. The second is at Finca Cortesin where the Volvo World Matchplay event is held every May.
Golf tourism is now big business on the Costa del Sol and many hotels offer cut price or free rounds of golf when you stay at a particular hotel. Friends and family members of golfers who don’t play themselves will not be left out in the cold so to speak. Many golfing resort hotels offer fine dining and spa facilities so that you can pamper yourself till your heart’s delight.
Costa del Sol Attractions There is plenty to see and do on the Costa del sol and it can be divided into two sections with the main city of Malaga being the centre point. East of this the Costa is far shorter stretching to Nerja where it connects with Granada province and the Costa Tropical. West of Malaga curves round South west heading for Gibraltar. This includes all the major tourist resorts such as Fuengirola, Torremolinos, and the celebrity hangout of Marbella.
If you want to escape the maddening crowds then why not head inland. There are a multitude of national parks where you can go hiking, caving, four wheel driving and horse riding in some pretty spectacular mountain scenery. If you fancy something a little more relaxing, then why not head eastwards and turn off at Velez Malaga (KM 272 on the motorway) and take a drive up the Zafiraya pass passing the stunning villages of the Axarquia region along the way.
For many people the only time they see the city of Malaga is when they go to and from the airport. In fact the city itself is well worth a visit. It offers itself as a gastronomic and cultural centre. Wander round the old town and stop off in one of the many tapas bars, or alternatively visit the famous Picasso Museum, the Moorish Castle, or the old bull ring. Malaga has plenty to offer visitors.
There are also a myriad of water parks, zoos and aquariums to keep the younger members of the family entertained and the areas between Torremolinos and Puerto Banus have some of the best and liveliest nightlife in this part of Spain. On the whole, the Costa del Sol has everything that anyone could wish for and it is all right here on your doorstep when you visit. There is definitely more to this area than meets the eye.