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Costa del Sol, Spain

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Costa del Sol Overview

The famed Costa del Sol is Spain’s most visited region and tops the list as one of the trendiest tourist destinations in the world. It boasts 300 days of sunshine, warm summers and mild winters. Costa del Sol is a fabulous place for sun worshippers, shoppers and fun seekers. It’s also the place to relax, commute with nature, or get pampered at one of the luxurious spas.

Costa del Sol is located in the south of Spain, in the community of Andalusia. It covers all of the towns in the Province, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. These towns are rich in history as it’s reflected in its architecture. Several of the towns are still suspended in time, with its people living in the old traditional ways.

The history of this region dates back to the time of the Phoenicians. Later on, Greeks, Romans and Moors populated the towns. These thrived with the production of olive oil, fruits and vegetables. Centuries later, the beautiful beaches and great number of golf courses began attracting visitors from around the globe. Among the most popular beaches are Calahonada and Calas in Nerja. These are located on the Eastern part of the region. The isolated coves to the west attract visitors who seek a quieter relaxation.

The Autopista del Sol (Sunshine Highway) connects the coast all the way to Gibraltar. It also connects the costal towns to inland cities.

After arriving in Malaga, visitors can tour Torremolinos, Ronda, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella and Puerto Banus. These are among the wealthiest and most visited places in the Costa del Sol. Historic Ronda is considered the prettiest; its bullring is the largest and oldest of Spain.

Torremolinos was once the largest tourist attraction, but that changed when Marbella and Puerto Banus became the playground for the rich.
However, tourists continue to visit all of the towns without giving preference to one in particular. They each offer something special. Among the coasts’ main attractions are the beautiful cathedrals, built in the 16th Century. There are ancient villages, castles and museums. The area also boasts a rich culture, with a diversity of theaters, music halls, and galleries.

Andalusia is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso; his life and work can be seen at the Museo Picasso in Malaga. The paintings, sculptures and drawings show the span of his career.

Important icons of the region also include the Cathedral of Malaga, built in 1528. Its architecture is an example of Renaissance and Baroque styles; its interior depicts the work of Pedro de Mena, another important name in Spain’s history.

The coast has also become an important tool for promoting the care and conservation of marine life. Visitors should not miss the two most important aquariums, Sea Life and Malaga Marine Science Centre. You’ll appreciate marine life from several oceans.

When you think of a destination that has it all, think of Costa del Sol.

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