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Posted 15 Oct, 2013 | 2 Comments
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Situated on the southern coast of Spain, the Costa del Sol is a favourite holiday destination, and people come from across Europe to enjoy the region’s beautiful beaches, vibrant atmosphere and glorious weather.

In English, Costa del Sol means Coast of the Sun – and it’s certainly a fitting name. Many travellers come to the region simply to soak up the sun on the soft sandy beaches, ensuring they come home with a great tan and a good top-up of vitamin D.

Resorts span much of the length of the Costa del Sol, with accommodation options ranging from all-inclusive hotels to self-catered bungalows and holiday homes of all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile, there are plenty of natural attractions along the coastline, including beaches, cliffs, sand dunes, bays and estuaries.

Towns and Cities
Malaga is the only city on the Costa del Sol, and it’s home not only to some stunning beaches, but also plenty of historic sites, fine dining, retail centres and family amusements.

In addition, there are a number of towns that are dotted throughout the region. These include Torremolinos, Marbella, Benalmadena, Mijas, Fuengirola, Manilva, San Pedro de Alcantara, Estepona, Casares, Rincon de la Victoria, Torrox, Frigiliana, Nerja and Velez-Malaga.

Things To Do
While soaking up the sun is one of the most popular activities for visitors to the Costa del Sol, there’s plenty of other ways to keep busy during your holiday. If you want to stay at the beach, why not try some water sports like canoeing, scuba diving, kite surfing, windsurfing, sailing or kayaking?

The region is home to a number of gorgeous golf courses, or you could treat yourself to a bit of pampering at a spa. Alternatively, treat the kids to a day of fun at one of the theme parks in the area – options include Tivoli World, which features a number of rides including roller coasters and a free-fall tower. Or head to one of the local animal parks, such as Cocodrilos Park or Bioparc Fuengirola.

The Costa del Sol emerged as a premier travel destination in the late 20th century, but the region’s history goes back much further than that.

In fact, Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world and dates back more than 2,800 years. It was founded by the Phoenicians around 770 BC and throughout the centuries it has passed from Roman to Arabic to Christian rule. This varied past gives the city a unique character, and there are plenty of architectural elements that can be seen today from every era.

Spanish is the main language spoken in the region, although since it’s such a popular tourist destination, you’re likely to hear people speaking a variety of tongues, including English, French, Italian, German, Norwegian and Japanese.

Getting Around
Travelling within the Costa del Sol region is easy, and there are plenty of options to choose from. Cheap car hire from Malaga airport is a simple and hassle-free option if you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing in the region. It’s also an excellent choice for groups travelling together, as public transportation fares can quickly add up.

Buses, trains and taxis are also plentiful throughout the Costa del Sol, and if you prefer to go for a more environmentally friendly option, bicycle hire is also available.

The Costa del Sol benefits from a typical Mediterranean climate, meaning it has warm summers and mild but rainy winters. It boasts approximately 320 days of sunshine per year and annual average temperatures are around 22 degrees Celsius – while the summer temperature averages at a high of 29 degrees. The water temperature is also comfortable year-round, so you never have to worry about getting too chilly when splashing in the waves.

The Costa del Sol is a great place for anyone and everyone to go on holiday. With so many fantastic sites to see, friendly people, beautiful beaches, ease of travel and great food, this is the perfect region for a holiday in Spain!

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

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2 thoughts on “A Beginner’s Guide To The Costa del Sol

  1. I love Costa Del Sol. My wife and I spend every summer there and can’t get enough of it! I know, it’s better winter spot but we still go.

    It’s amazing! Great article.

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