Costa del Sol Guide

The Costa del Sol on the coast of southern Spain stretches from Nerja in the east to Manilva in the west and encompasses many towns as part of its coastline. From east to west the coastal towns are: Nerja, Rincon de la Victoria, Malaga, Torremolinos, Arroyo de Miel, Mijas Costa, Fuengirola, Marbella, Puerto Banus, San Pedro de Alcántara, Estepona, Playa de Casares, La Linea and Manilva. 

The Costa del Sol's main offering remains - pretty much as it always has been - "sun and sand", the sun-soaked beaches of the coast that catapulted the region on to the international scene. And it's near the beaches that, from apartments in Marbella to hotels in Puerto Banus, the greatest concentration of accommodation can be found, not just in the province of Malaga, but throughout Andalusia. 

Great hotels aside, the Costa del Sol's 161 kilometres of coastline on the south of Spain is home to just about everything that a visitor might require, whether it's bouncing nightlife and upmarket shopping, local and prestigious cuisine, a few rounds of golf and horse riding or indeed any other sort of sport you care to mention. 

For beach-lovers the Costa del Sol obviously offers endless possibilities. You can enjoy a day stretched out on one of Marbella beaches or a take to a beach club in Puerto Banus with every imaginable service at your fingertips (bars, restaurants, showers, umbrellas, sun beds, playgrounds, disabled access, life guards, pedal boats, jet skis, etc.) or opt instead for a swim in a smaller, quieter "cala" (or cove) far from any noise. Or you can even practice a spot of naturism in specific well-marked areas. It’s also good to note that some of these beaches have even been granted 'Paraje Natural' status and are protected by law because of their environmental importance.

For more ideas and recommendations, check out our pick of things to do on the Costa del Sol.