Costa del Sol Malaga, Spain

The great arch of beaches, which are the principal tourist destinations of Andalusia, spreads from the western Cádiz coast to Nerja on the provincial border with Granada. This region has become one of the most highly developed tourist areas on the international level for the following reasons: a dry, warm climate and abundant hours of sunlight, quiet, warm and blue crystal waters, and the wealth of landscapes, with many beaches spread out amongst the sierras (mountain chain) and the sea.

The Costa del Sol represents about 13% of Andalusia's coastline, and includes nearly 50% of hotel beds on offer along the Andalucian coast and around 40% of the total accommodation.

Costa del Sol beaches

On this western coast you will find all the tourist facilities and services, with 13 marinas for pleasure craft, 38 golf courses in Malaga with accommodation and facilities. Also a wide amount of restaurants together with a really lively ambience and a good nightlife.

Water parks and fun fairs, first-class sports facilities and casinos are also on offer in this area.

Getting a car hire at Malaga airport is a good idea, because it is very well communicated with the rest of the Costa del Sol on the N-340 coast road and the new motorway which links Malaga city with Malaga airport, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella, San Pedro, Estepona and other popular places.

Ronda is one of the most important inland villages in this area and also a recognized tourist destination. It is known mostly for its picturesque houses, interesting monuments, and a great bullfighting tradition with its famous "corrida goyesca". It is surrounded by the sierra (mountain chain) de las Nieves and the national park of Grazalema.

The long list of attractive places begins with Sotogrande, belonging to Cadiz, home to the 1997 Ryder Cup, the golf world's most important international competition, when the top players of Europe and America compete.

Then an uninterrupted run of tourist destinations, is made up of the following towns: Manilva, San Luis de Sabanillas, Estepona, San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella (Puerto Banus), Mijas, Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Málaga.

To the east of Malaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol, the level of tourist development is quite advanced, although never reaching the levels of its western counterpart. The tourism offered has mainly been concentrated in the Nerja area. Due to the importance of family tourism in this area, the quantity of apartments on offer is bigger than that of hotels.

In La Axarquia, both on the coast and inland one may find many towns and white washed villages of a typical Andalucian taste, breathing in the nostalgia of their splendid Arab past.

The east coast is a succession of important tourist destinations: El Rincon de la Victoria, Almayate and Torre del Mar, the coastal area of Velez Malaga, capital of La Axarquia, and a town of a great importance during the Muslim occupation.

Costa del Sol weather

Magnificent beaches and bright sunshine are the Costa del Sol's most valuable assets. With the average water temperature 18C, rising to 24C in August, swimming in the sea is like bathing in a great blue bathtub.

All details below correspond to the Malaga airport area.

Elevation: 7 metres
Latitude: 36º 40' 00'' N
Longitude: 04º 29' 17'' O

Average temperature by month (last 20 years average):

Temperature (ºC)
Yearly average

Costa del Sol tourism offices

If you need information about events, places or tourism, we recommend to ask at the tourist office:

Tourist Office MALAGA:
Pasaje de Chinitas, 4 - 29015
Málaga (Málaga)
Phone: +34 952213445
Fax +34 952229421

Tourist Office ESTEPONA:
Avenida San Lorenzo, 1 - 29680
Estepona (Málaga)
Phone: +34 952800913
Fax +34 952792181

Tourist Office MARBELLA:

Glorieta de la Fontanilla (Paseo Marítimo), s/n - 29600
Marbella (Málaga)
Phone: +34 952771442
Fax +34 952779457

Tourist Office FUENGIROLA:

Avenida Jesús Santos Rein, 6 - 29640
Fuengirola (Málaga)
Phone: +34 952467457
Fax +34 952465100

Plaza de la Independencia, s/n - 29620
Torremolinos (Málaga)
Phone: +34 952374231
Fax +34 952380166

Tourist Office NERJA:
Puerta del Mar, 2 - 29400
Nerja (Málaga)
Phone: +34 952521531
Fax +34 952526287


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