|Meaning the ‘Sun Coast’ or ‘Coast of the Sun’, the Costa del Sol is certainly one of Europe’s premier all year round destinations due to its warm Mediterranean climate and sunny weather. The region is within Andalusia within the Malaga province and stretches for over 150 kilometres, from the town of Nerja (about 54km east of Malaga), all the way to the provincial border of Cadiz. The section of the Costa del Sol east of Malaga is often called the Eastern Costa del Sol, or Costa del Sol Oriental, and although it’s been quite highly developed it’s less developed than the coastline to the south west of Malaga.
Bear this in mind when looking into visiting the Costa del Sol. If you want to avoid the really busy towns and cities and huge over development that’s taken place since the 1950s you’d be better off staying east of Malaga, then renting a car to visit some of the popular places along the coastline.
The White Villages have become highly desirable places to visit and live over the past few decades as tastes have changed and many visitors want to experience the less developed side to the Costa del Sol. These beautiful, picturesque villages are situated just a little way inland from the Costa del Sol and are historically the places where the locals would have lived. Pretty, white-washed houses and buildings rise up the hills and mountainsides providing a slightly cooler climate that that found directly on the coast, and of course some fantastic Costa del Sol views.
There are numerous towns and cities you can visit along the Costa del Sol itself. Malaga is the region’s major city and it has many attractions to offer – plenty of shopping, and historical and cultural sights such as museums on the city’s famous resident Pablo Picasso.
Other well known larger towns and cities include Marbella, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, San Roque and Nerja. Nerja is a lovely town that has both historical and modern neighbourhoods, giving visitors a good contrast. Famous attractions include the viewpoint, Balcon de Europa, the Caves of Nerja, and the picturesque white village.
Of course all along the stretch of the Costa del Sol you’ll find miles upon miles of beaches, some more crowded than others!