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Costa del Sol coast in Spain

Costa del Sol is the southernmost part of the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Costa des Sol is a very popular place for spending summer holidays with residents of many European countries. Citizens of the United States and Asian countries also often go on vacation to this region. If you have not yet decided where to go on a trip this summer, then the Costa del Sol will be a good choice. You will find here good weather, sandy beaches, many historical monuments and interesting events.

The Costa del Sol is located in the province of Malaga, in the Andalusia region of Spain. Malaga is the largest city on the coast. Malaga International Airport is the busiest airport in the region. There is an airport on the Peninsula of Gibraltar as too.
The most popular resort towns: Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Nerja, Estepona, Manilva, Torrox.

The Costa del Sol has a length of about 185 kilometers, from the Gibraltar peninsula in the west to the city of Nerja in the east. The N-340, A-7, AP-7 highways are laid along the coast. You can travel along the coast by bus or rent a car. Many cities can also be reached by train.

See the map of the Mediterranean coast in Spain.

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Malaga is the largest city on the Costa del Sol. In terms of population, Malaga is the sixth city in Spain and the second in Andalusia. (Population is approximately 570 thousand people). It is located on the Mediterranean coast, about 100 kilometers east of the Strait of Gibraltar. Malaga is a good choice if you want to spend your holidays not only by the sea, but also near the big city.

Find out more about the city of Malaga.

Malaga has several historical sites. For example, the ruins of the ancient Roman theater, Gibralfaro fortress.

Malaga Airport is located approximately 8 kilometers southwest of the city.
The airport has a bus service to the center of Malaga and other cities on the coast. The suburban railway line connects the airport with several settlements on the Costa del Sol. You can also reach your destination by taxi.

Beaches There are several beaches in the city. Playa de la Malagueta is the most popular city beach in the city of Malaga. It is located in the city center, east of the port. Playa de San Andrés beach is located west of the port.

If you like to spend time on the beach, you can book a hotel near Malagueta Beach. For example: several high-rated hotels located near the beach.

Gran Hotel Miramar GL (5-star hotel). Address: Paseo de Reding, 22, Malaga - Center, 29016 Malaga, Spain.
Las Vegas (3 star hotel). Address: Paseo de Sancha, 22, Malaga - Center, 29016 Malaga, Spain.

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Torremolinos (Torremolinos) is one of the most popular resort towns on the Costa del Sol. The tourist boom began in Torremolinos in the 60s. Since then, many famous people from all over the world spend their holidays in this city. You will most likely enjoy in Torremolinos if you love the sea, beaches, restaurants and the vibrant life of a resort town. The population of the municipality is about 68 thousand people.

Torremolinos is located approximately 15 kilometers southwest of Malaga.
It is connected to other localities by the A-7 motorway, the N-340 road, as well as the suburban railway. You can get here from the airport by bus, by rail, by taxi. You can also rent a car.

San Miguel Street is the most popular pedestrian street of the city. The beaches are the main tourist attraction of Torremolinos.

Beaches The most popular beaches in Torremolinos are La Playa El Bajondillo and La Carihuela, which are located in the central part of the city. Playamar and Los Alamos beaches are located north of the city center.

Have you decided to spend your vacation in Torremolinos? It's a good choice. We offer several hotels that are located near the beach and have a high rating according to reviews of tourists.

4 star hotel Melia Costa del Sol (4 stars). The hotel is located next to El Bajondillo Beach. The hotel has an outdoor pool, gym and spa.

3 star hotel Apartamentos Bajondillo (3 stars). Aparthotel Bajondillo is located near the beach in Torremolinos. The hotel has a swimming pool. All apartments have a small kitchen and a balcony. Sea view opens from some apartments.

2 star hotel Villa Albero (2 stars). This is a good and reasonably priced hotel in the area of ​​Carihuela, about 300 meters from the beach.

Playa rio Verde, Marbella
The photo shows a beautiful beach of the coast between the Marbella and Puerto Banus towns, near the Green River on the Mediterranean Sea.


Fuengirola (Fuengirola) is a popular resort town on the Costa del Sol. About 76 thousand people live in the municipality, but the population increases even to 250 thousand people in the summer months (due to visiting tourists). Residents of many countries love to spend their summer holidays here. Some countries have their own consulates in Fuengirola. (For example: Germany, Norway, Ireland, Iceland, USA).

Fuengirola is located on the Mediterranean coast, about 30 kilometers southwest of the city of Malaga. You can get to the city from Malaga by bus, by taxi or by rail. Fuengirola is connected to the neighboring coastal cities by the AP-7 (A-7) and N-340 roads.
The Fuengirola railway station is the final station of the C-1 line (La línea C-1). Cities of Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Malaga can be reached by train.

Sights. El castillo Sohail fortress is located on a small hill on the right bank of the river Fuengirola.

Finca del Secretario: Roman archaeological excavations dating from the 1-5 centuries.
Three buildings are included in the catalog of the Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage as examples of modern architecture.

Andalucia's largest fair is held on the market square on Tuesdays. Flea market is held every Saturday morning in the same place too.

Beaches The beaches, the sea and the good weather is what attracts tourists to the area. The coastline in the municipality of Fuengirola is approximately 7 kilometers.

The coast of Fuengirola can be divided into several beaches. All beaches are well equipped and suitable for swimming. Fuengirola was the only municipality in Spain where all the beaches were awarded the blue flag in 2009. The promenade is laid along the coast. You will find cafes, restaurants, shops on the waterfront. There are many hotels nearby.

The beaches of Los Boliches and Playa Las Gaviotas can be considered the most popular among tourists and locals. They are located in the central part of the city. This is the most central beach area of Fuengirola, where there are many amenities. Other beaches are also very good.
Beaches located south of the port: San Francisco, Santa Amalia and Playa El Ejido (Playa del Castillo).
Beaches located to north of the port: Los Boliches, Playa Las Gaviotas, Playa de Torreblanca and then Playa Carvajal.

You can visit any of the beaches if you reserve a place to stay in the central part of the city.

Let us recommend you a few hotels that are near the beach and have a high rating based on guest reviews.

4 star hotel Ilunion Fuengirola (4 stars). This is a comfortable design hotel, located near the beach of Los Boliches on the seafront of Fuengirola. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

3 star hotel Hotel Las Rampas (3 stars). The hotel is located in the central part of the city, at a distance of about 150 meters from the beach. The hotel has an outdoor pool. The bus station and the train station are within walking distance of the hotel.

2 star hotel Hostal Los Corchos (2 stars). This is an inexpensive hotel that has (possibly) the best value for money in the city. The beach is at a distance of about 50 meters from the hotel. The hotel has single, double and triple rooms, which have their own bathrooms.

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Marbella is located on the Mediterranean coast, between Malaga and the Strait of Gibraltar. The distance from the city of Marbella to Malaga is approximately 58 kilometers and 75 kilometers to the Gibraltar peninsula. This is one of the most popular tourist cities on the Costa del Sol. Tourists are attracted by a good climate, sandy beaches and a developed tourist infrastructure.

Marbella is protected by coastal mountains from the north, and this creates a comfortable microclimate with an average annual temperature of 18 ° C. The coastline in the municipality of Marbella is approximately 27 kilometers of coastline. More than 141 thousand people live on the territory of the municipality.

The N-340, A-7 (Mediterranean Highway) and AP-7 highways cross
municipality of Marbella from east to west. You can reach the city by bus, taxi or rented car. There is no railway station on the territory of the municipality. Intercity bus routes connect Marbella with other cities on the Costa del Sol.

The port of Puerto José Banús is located southwest of Marbella. Puerto Banus is visited annually by about 5 million people. Port visitors are, as a rule, tourists from Northern Europe, Asian countries, as well as Spanish tourists.

In Marbella, there are also monuments of architecture, several museums. Various interesting events are held regularly in the city, mainly from June to October.

Beaches More than 20 beaches are located in the municipality of Marbella. As a rule, these are sandy beaches. In the central part of the city (near the Old Town) are the beaches: La Venus, La Bajadilla, El Cable, El Faro, La Fontanilla. The beach in Puerto Banus is frequented by the owners and passengers of the yachts in the port. (Water can be cool in the sea even at the beginning of summer.)

Tourists often choose hotels that are located near the beach and near the city center. Read reviews of tourists before booking the hotel.

Examples of good hotels located near the beach in Marbella.

5 star hotel in Marbella Marbella Club Hotel · Golf Resort & Spa (5 stars). This hotel is located between the cities of Marbella and Puerto Banus. This is one of the best hotels on the coast. Hotel guests can play golf while on vacation here. (The Marbella Club Hotel was formerly the private residence of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe.)

4 star hotel in Marbella Hotel Fuerte Marbella (4 stars). This comfortable hotel is located near the beach in the heart of the Old Town. Two swimming pools and other amenities are available at the hotel. The windows of the best rooms overlook the sea.

4 star hotel in Marbella Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella - Adults Only (4 stars). This is a hotel from the category “for adults only. The hotel is located near the beach, in the center of the historic part of Marbella. The hotel has a spa and an outdoor pool.

3 star hotel Aparthotel Puerto Azul (3 stars). The aparthotel is near the seafront and the beach. The apartments have their own balcony from which you can see the Mediterranean Sea (from some rooms). This is a good choice if you want to get a good place to stay and not spend too much. Book accommodation for the summer months in advance.

1 star hotel Hotel Finlandia (1 star). This budget hotel is located 3 minutes ’walk from Marbella’s Old Town and very close to Venus Beach. Great location and good price.

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The municipality of Benalmádena is located approximately 22 kilometers south-west of Malaga (between Torremolinos and Fuengirola). This is one of the popular resorts on the Costa del Sol. There are three main areas in Benalmadena: Benalmádena Pueblo, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Costa. Tourists usually go to the coast, in Benalmádena Costa.

In addition to the beaches, there is a lot of entertainment in Benalmadena: Tivoli World,
two aquarium, casino, cable car. There is also one of the largest marinas for yachts of Andalusia.

You can get to Benalmadena from Malaga by bus or by rail. The N-340 and A-7 (E15) highways pass through the territory of the municipality. The Arroyo de la Miel station of the Malaga-Fuengirola railway is located 1.2 kilometers from the coast. You can also take a taxi or rent a car.

Benalmadena has about 20 kilometers of coastline. There are about 17 beaches that often go one to another. Malapesquera Beach and Santa Ana beaches can be named among the most popular.

The yacht port of Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena was twice awarded the title "Best Seaport of the World". It is conveniently located in the center of Benalmádena Costa (near Malaga) and has many mooring places.


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