Places on the Costa del Sol

Beautiful and historic ‘White Towns’, modern bustling cities, fun beachfront tourist towns, the Costa del Sol has something to offer every visitor.  Here we show you some of the more popular places to visit, but also some of the more ‘off the beaten track’ places to find something a little different.

Costa del Sol Today. Spain’s sunny holiday wonderland!
Costa del Sol Today. Spain’s sunny holiday wonderland!

Places – Cities & Towns on the Costa del Sol

50 Miles of History, Fun and Sunshine

From white beaches to ancient culture, from fun pubs to 5-star gastronomic experiences, the wonderful Costa del Sol has it all… in bucket-loads!

Perhaps for many, the Costa’s appeal lies mainly in its pristine beaches, but to stop there would be travesty.  The Costa del Sol (or ‘Costa del Sol Occidental’ – occidental meaning ‘western’, in case you weren’t sure) area stretches 150 kilometers, or about fifty-something miles, from the Guadiaro River in Sotogrande, close to the provincial border of Cádiz in the west, right over to Torrmolinos in the east, just short of Málaga city, running along the southern coast of Spain in Andalucía.

As the name suggest, this is a coastal area, hugging the Mediterranean Sea to the south.  The area covers up to 20km northwards around the Natural Park Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja area.  The Cordillera Penibética mountain range is generally considered the northern edge of the Costa del Sol.  The area incudes a wide and diverse range of landscapes, including beaches (duh), cliffs, estuaries, bays and dunes.

Most visitors will see the more built up areas, some of which can be a little ugly – concrete boxes built by aggressive developers – but the region is absolutely covered with magnificent and varied plant life, palm trees, fir forests, large open shrublands with one of the most florally diverse regions in the world.  Yes, the world!

If nature’s your thing, it can often be little more than a short drive (even a walk in some areas, the back of La Cala, for example) away from the coast to find lavender, myrtle, and laurel, in the beautiful ‘campo’ areas of the Montes de Málaga foothills.

As a holiday destination, the Costa dates back to the early 1960s, but has a significantly richer – and older, history, dating back millennia.

Many of the coastal towns of today were originally small fishing villages and the history can often still be seen beneath the trappings of commercial tourism.  The place we now call Fuengirola, for example, dates back 2,000 or more years and one of the more prominent tourist attractions is the excellent Sohail Castle, a 1,000 year old, coastal fortress, built by someone with the very grand name of “Abd-ar-Rahman III”.  The third!

La Cala de Mijas, also, was originally a defensive outpost, with (as many other towns along the coast) an ancient ‘castlesque’ lookout post.  The Watchtower of Cala de Mijas, or Torreón de La Cala de Mijas is tiny, but great fun!  You can still get in and, if you have the nerve for very cramped spaces, climb the incredibly narrow staircase up to the open roof.

The Costa del Sol has, historically, been a place of defense, with about 100 ‘Torre Vigia’ (watchtowers) along the Mediterranean coast of Andalusia and further southern coast of Spain.  It’s all been about those pesky Barbers attacking, with their scissors and trimmers.  Damn them.

Oh, wait… ‘Berbers’, not Barbers.  Yes, ‘Berbers’, from the north African Coast, along Morocco, Algeria, etc.  Berbers.

Places on the Costa del Sol Beautiful and historic ‘White Towns’, modern bustling cities, fun beachfront tourist towns, the Costa del Sol has something to offer every visitor. Here we show you some of the more popular places to visit, but also some of the more ‘off the beaten track’ places to find something a little different. Our main aim is that this list will give our guests somewhere they could go back to again easily!

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