There are many more than 25 reasons why people fall in love with the Costa del Sol, but this list will help to give you an idea of just how beautiful and fascinating this corner of southern Spain is, and how many fantastic attractions can be found beneath its hot glowing sun.
The weather – Blessed with an average 300 days of sunshine per year, long hot summers and mild winters, the Costa del Sol boasts one of the finest climates in Europe.
The beaches – Stretching along its 90km of coastline, the Costa del Sol offers an amazing variety of blue flag beaches, from popular beaches with exclusive beach clubs to city beaches backed by lively promenades to pretty unspoilt coves, the Costa del Sol is truly a beach lover’s paradise.
The food – Combining age old culinary traditions with innovative techniques, fresh produce and a Mediterranean diet, the Spanish cuisine is one of the best in the world. Think traditional tapas and fried fish on the beach or haute cuisine and Michelin stars, the Costa del Sol offers something for all tastes and budgets.
The white villages – Málaga province is sprinkled liberally with picturesque “pueblos blancos”, white towns and villages with small homes divided by narrow medieval alleys and streets that invite you to soak up the feel of an ancient Spain.
The Moorish architecture – As a result of seven centuries of occupation by the Moors, southern Spain is home to some of the most well preserved and striking examples of Moorish architecture in all of the Iberian peninsula, all within easy reach of the Costa del Sol.
Golf – Also known as the Costa del Golf, with awe inspiring landscapes and almost 70 courses to choose from, it comes as no surprise that the Costa del Sol is one of Europe’s top golfing destinations.
Water sports – From game fishing to parasailing, scuba diving to kite-surfing, wake-boarding to paddle boarding, there is something for everyone on the Costa del Sol.
Football – Football is Spains national sport and easily the country’s most important participant and spectator sport. With such a large foreign population on the Costa del Sol, Málaga CF has attracted one of the countries largest overseas followings with it’s own foreign supporters club regularly organising coaches to matches home and away.
Skiing – Where else could you be sunbathing on the beach and skiing on the snow filled slopes in the same day? Europe’s most southerly ski resort is just a two hour drive from the Costa del Sol in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The people – Known for their warmth, kindness, open character and friendliness, the people of southern Spain have a relaxed easy going attitude to life and a custom of hospitality that is ingrained.
The Laid back lifestyle – The much-improved quality of life and less formal attitude to day to day living is unquestionably the real reason so many people choose to live in southern Spain.
The Vibrant nightlife – From glamorous cocktail bars and pubs, to live music venues and nightclubs that are open until morning, the Costa del Sol has become just as famous for its nightlife and clubbing scene as it has for its beaches and golf courses.
Marbella – Renowned for being a playground for the rich and famous, Marbella is one of the Costa del Sol’s major tourist centres, the town has a cosmopolitan attitude combined with Andalusian traditions and hospitality.
Mijas – Nestled on a mountainside overlooking the coast, the traditional whitewashed village of Mijas is one of the jewels of the Costa del Sol. The town has managed to retain much of its traditional Andalucian way of life despite its huge popularity with tourists.
Málaga – Spain’s sunniest city and the birthplace of Picasso, the capital of the Costa del Sol is brimming with culture and history, along with having the highest concentration of bars in Europe.
The museums – Whether you have an interest in wine or archaeology, cars or glass, contemporary art or 19th century painting, with an amazing variety of over 30 museums, Málaga can truly claim to be a “city of culture”
The Culture – Aside from the 30 plus museums that can be visited in Málaga, there are other places of interest including the cathedral, the Alcazaba fortress, the roman theatre, and the Gibraltar castle to name just a few.
The chiringuitos – The traditional beach bars can be found on all the Costa del Sol’s beaches and are one of the distinguishing features of the regions coastline.
Tapas – The symbol of Spanish, and particularly Andalusian cuisine, you can’t help but fall in love with Spain’s most delicious tradition.
The proximity of Africa – With only 14km separating southern Spain from Morocco, a day trip to tangier or a weekend break in the Atlas Mountains is just a short ferry journey away.
The Shopping – From street markets and craft fairs to designer boutiques and department stores, the Costa del Sol boasts more than 30 shopping centres and is a real paradise for anyone who loves shopping.
The marinas – The Costa del Sol is home to eleven marinas, from working fishing ports dotted with bars and restaurants to yacht studded marinas lined with super cars and exclusive designer stores.
The lively squares – There’s nothing more Spanish than sharing a beer and a tapas with friends in one of the Costa del Sol’s captivating plazas.
The countryside – It comes as a great surprise to many visitors that a stunning countryside can be found just a short drive from the Costa del Sol coastline. The mountains which form a backdrop to the coastal towns hold a multitude of treasures, from tiny white villages to miles and miles of protected natural parks, a dream for walkers, birdwatchers, botanists, photographers and artists, or for anyone who wants to relax in a stunning natural environment.
The variety – This is the word that best describes the Costa del Sol, the region has it all. From children to senior citizens, whether looking for sunshine, sea and sand or the delights of beautiful rural surroundings, the Costa del Sol is ideal for culture vultures, sports lovers, foodies, photographers, walkers and bird watchers. In fact, this province has something for everyone.