Costa del Sol has so much more to offer than the most recent image of cheap drinks and skyscraper hotels.
Visiting the Costa del Sol these days you will notice a huge difference to the older version that people once associated with. No more is it just another holiday resort for lager louts, bar crawls and cheap looking British bars, you will see a vibrant, culturally magnificent location that is home to some world class luxury properties and hotels. We have so much on offer when travelling to the southern coast of Spain and one should take it in for all its glory.
With over 320 days of sunshine per year being that we are on a micro climate you can appreciate why a short 3 hour flight from the UK at anytime of the year is a fan favourite for holidaymakers and holiday home owners.
Some of the more popular towns surrounding Malaga are Marbella, Torremolinos, Mijas, and Fuengirola with each offering very different styles of holiday and residence. whilst staying in any of the mentioned resorts each can be accessed by a short journey by bus, taxi or car to make a fantastic day out with something different to do in each town.
The easiest way to see the coast of the Costa del Sol is by flying into Malaga International Airport which is the 3rd largest in Spain and a short distance from the city of Malaga. Malaga airport is always evolving and taking in more passengers each year by increasing the number of flights from current origins but also opening up new flights. Recently it was announced that Malaga will welcome direct flights from Doha and also daily flights from New York. If you get time and want to divulge yourself in some great culture try to visit Malaga for a day or two. Visit the Old Quarter and the Picasso Museum which is located very close to the home that he was born in.
You can take a guided tour around the Gibralfaro Castle built around the 14th Century. Should you be here to shop take a walk down Calle Marques de Larios where you can find a lot of your favourite trendy chic boutiques and some fine food is available off on Calle Granada,
Heading off down to Marbella is one of the most popular things to do, a short journey by the local bus or hiring a car is the preferred way to travel the 55km’s to the old fishing village. Once you arrive in Marbella you will notice that a fishing village it is no more, Marbella is the most expensive and desirable place on the Costa del Sol.
Marbella is such a diverse town that has something offer everyone’s needs. You can visit the Old Town that has very narrow mosaic cobbled streets and some beautiful and charming buildings by taking a care free stroll. You will also find some popular boutique shops tucked away down every street, all of a sudden you will stumble across the main Old Town Square known as Orange Square where you can sit and have a tapas meal or just grab a coffee.
Moving west from the Old Town is the famous Golden Mile which is a the coastline leading to Puerto Banus. The Golden Mile has some very famous sights on it with the Hotel Puente Romano where Princess Diana famously frequented. Close by you will see the ‘White House’ replica of the original in Washington, however no US President lives at this one, it is the former home of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.
Arriving in Puerto Banus you will notice wealth, this is the playground for the rich and famous. People come from all over to spend time during the days and nights around Puerto Banus and is also featured on many TV programmes. Puerto Banus has many world class fashion boutiques, Gucci, Armani, Tom Ford are only a few to mention. The marina is full of huge yachts, fast cars and expensive hand bags with famously owned yachts mooring here. You do not have to spend a mortgage to eat and drink in Puerto Banus, you will find bars and restaurant that suit everyone’s pockets and taste. Puerto Banus and Marbella itself is always hot for people of all backgrounds looking to buy properties, rentals are huge in Marbella and occupancy rates are unbelievably high annually. Marbella is a great place to invest in a holiday home or an investment property.
Marbella and its surrounding areas can appeal to every ages group, every holiday style and hosts every activity whether you are 6 months old or 106 years old. People like the laid back attitude, great food, amazing views and many people turn their holiday into a residency. More and more people are relocating to Marbella than ever before, more money is getting distributed across the region ny the government to refurbish the surrounding areas. Marbella can be easily accessed as mentioned via Malaga airport but also Gibraltar is becoming more popular and can be a little closer than Malaga airport with less traffic.
10 things to do in Costa del Sol
1. Beaches – In 2016, 22 of the Costa del Sol’s beaches were awarded the Blue Flag Award.
2. Golf – More than 70 golf courses, earning it the nickname “Costa del Golf”.
3. Ronda – It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views.
4. Benalmádena – Take the cable car on a 15-minute journey you’ll climb to the peak of Mount Calahorro.
5. Cueva de Nerja – Stretching for almost 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), the caverns are one of Spain’s major tourist attractions.
6. El Caminito del Rey – Spain’s most thrilling (or terrifying) walk.
7. El Torcal – El Torcal is one of the most unique and important nature reserves in Andalusia.
8. Crocodile Park – with more than 200 crocodiles, enjoy a guided tour at feeding time for maximum thrill.
9. El Cielo Mountain – Marvellous panoramic views of the coast line.
10. Mijas Pueblo – Perched on a steep hill with a spectacular view of the coastline.