Welcome to the Costa Del Sol

The Costa del Sol is a popular tourist region that welcomes millions of tourists annually. Visitors mostly arrive at Málaga Airport and head to one of the many resorts located along this stretch of coastline from Manilva in the west to Nerja in the east. But this beautiful part of Andalusia has much more to offer than just the sun and lovely beaches. Immediately inland from the coast, spectacular mountains rise up and it’s another world – in atmosphere, beauty and unpredictability with rivers, lakes and small whitewashed towns.

Costa Del Golf

Costa del Sol is also called Costa del Golf, the name of the area has not been without cause – it is simply a paradise for the golfer. It has more than 80 golf courses in the region that has become the leading golf destination in continental Europe, three of them are in the pictures below.

Cala Golf

La Cala Golf with three 18-hole championship courses.

Santana Golf

Santana Golf, a picturesque course meandering through fruit plantations.

Mijas Golf

Mijas Golf, with the beautiful Sierra de Mijas in the background.

Area Guide

Marbella is well known as the playground for the rich & famous, with a cosmopolitan vibe and a well preserved Andalucian history. Marbella has to offer something for everybody. Situated on the Costa del Sol is famous for the world-class restaurants, luxury hotels, and championship golf courses. Marbella is also famed for it’s fashionable boutiques, the opulent Puerto Banus Marina and it’s many vibrant night clubs. Marbella stretches for 27km along the coast and includes the following areas:

Marbella East

The eastern end of Marbella is home to popular area such as Cabopino, Las Chapas, Elviria, El Rosario, Los Monteros and Río Real with the best white beaches and dunes. All are well-established with easy connections to Marbella centre and good amenities such as shops, banks and a wide choice of restaurants. Several excellent private schools such as English International College are located on this side of Marbella. The world-famous beach club Nikki Beach is here plus the 5-star Hotel Don Carlos and Hotel Los Monteros. Several of the best golf courses in Marbella are found here including Marbella Golf and Country Club, and Santa Clara Golf.

Marbella Centre

The centre of Marbella includes the historic Old Town with its Moorish castle, lots of narrow streets and alleyways, and several churches. The seafront promenade – one of the most popular places in Marbella – runs from the Sports harbour in the east all the way to San Pedro in the west, around 15km in total.

Marbella West/ Golden Mile

To the west of Marbella you will find the exclusive and well known Golden Mile with its mansions and palace-like residences. Two of the most renowned hotels in Marbella – Marbella Club and Puente Romano, both 5-star. Also to the west of Marbella centre are the exclusive developments of Sierra Blanca, renowned for its stunning Mediterranean and mountain views. Numerous celebrities and royalty have homes in this area including the Saudi Royal Family, Baroness Thyssen, Simon Cowell and Lord Alan Sugar as well as several football personalities.

Puerto Banús

As one of the most popular places to visit in Marbella, Puerto Banús needs no introduction. Home to an attractive marina where some of the world’s largest private yachts and boats are moored, a long list of luxury boutiques – all the main designer names have stores in Puerto Banús – plus lots of marina-front restaurants and bars, this is a place to see and to be seen. Celebrity spotting is easy in high season when plenty of famous faces wining and dining in Puerto Banús. This is also one of the best places for nightclubs in Marbella. Several of the best beach clubs on the Costa del Sol are in Puerto Banús.

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Costa del Sol enjoys the Mediterranean climate with four distinct seasons. The region lives up to its name and receives 325 days of sunshine in the year. July and August are the hottest months in the region, with the average daily max temperatures around 31 °C.