Costa Del Sol, Spain's The Sunshine Coast
The 160 kilometre of the Costa del Sol is Spain's most popular Costa, and is one of the worlds biggest tourist attraction."From the fine sands of exuberant Torremolinos to the chic allure of exclusive Marbella, the Costa del Sol is a vibrant mix of sun, sea and spectacular sights."
Andalucia embodies all that is typically Spanish...sun soaked beaches, passionate flamenco dancers, Moorish castles, orange groves, proud matadors and sleepy whitewashed towns perched on dramatic hillsides.
The Costa del Sol is the perfect gateway to this quintessential picture of Spain and offers so much more and a pleasant change from the hustle & bustle of the very densely populated coastal strip.
Malaga Airport AGP Malaga airport serving Spain's most popular Costa is not surprisingly Spain's fourth busiest airport.
Benalmadena has a fabulous marina and a theme fun park, better nightlife and partying than Torremolinos
Fuengirola Great beach plenty of entertainment, big Tuesday market. Ideal for young couples & families
Malaga the culture city & capital of the Costa del Sol
Marbella A more upmarket & chic resort and consequently more expensive than the others
Nerja You will find beauty in and around Nerja
Puerto Banus. Marbella's neighbour with trendy nightclubs, quality hotels and dreamy boats in the marina
Torremolinos for nightlife and partying
Averaging 300 days' sunshine a year, it's little wonder that the Costa del Sol is widely acknowledged as the playground of Europe. The coastline is famed for its miles of wide, sandy beaches lapped by the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. Most offer a wide range of water sports if you're feeling energetic and sunbeds and parasols if you prefer to while away your days simply lazing in the sun. Torremolinos has a 7km stretch of unbroken sandy shoreline while Nerja is known for its pretty coves tucked under cliffs perfect if you're looking for a little more seclusion.
From small souvenir shops to smart boutiques, the Costa del Sol overflows with shops of all shapes and sizes. Marbella is the place to head if you're after classy designer wear while Malaga is home to a large shopping mall and a number of department stores. Fuengirola, meanwhile, stages a weekly street market every Tuesday. Leather goods are particularly good value, as is the ubiquitous Andalucian blue and white coloured pottery. Do remember to haggle with the street traders though in order to pick up some real bargains to take home as presents or mementos.
There are so many Golf courses, about 70, on the Costa del Sol it is sometimes referred to the Costa del Golf
If you like to relax by day and party by night, you'll love the cheerful exuberance of Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. The streets are lined with an abundance of lively bars, discos and clubs where you can dance the night away, take to the stage in a karaoke contest or laugh at a comedian on the cabaret circuit. In contrast, evenings in Estepona, Nerja and Marbella are more low key. Visitors often prefer to enjoy the buzz of local tapas bars, the romantic allure of waterfront restaurants or the beguiling draw of a flamenco show where you can experience the compelling rhythm of a Spanish guitarist and the flashing moves of a dazzling dancer.
From the cosmopolitan marinas of Marbella to the top class golf courses of Fuengirola, from the glittering sands of Torremolinos to the lively tapas bars of Nerja, the resorts that make up Spain's 'sunshine coast' offer all ages a fascinating spectrum of sights and activities by day and night.
- Most hotels or apartments ask customers to vacate their rooms between 10am and 12 noon.
- For late afternoon or evening flights, late check out rooms may be available for you to wash, shower and change clothes.
- In most hotels and aparthotels gentlemen are required to wear long trousers to dinner.
Southern Spain is the birthplace of tapas bars. Sometimes called 'pinchos', tapas are small bar snacks that are usually served as an accompaniment to a glass of sherry, wine or beer. Even the smallest of villages in Andalucia play host to at least one tapas bar where locals head in the evenings to enjoy a drink, a bite to eat and of course a chat with friends. Whet your appetite with 'jamon serrano', salt cured ham that's dried out in the mountain air, or 'tortilla espanola', Spanish omelette made from potato and onions bound with eggs. Other tempting dishes include 'calamares fritos', deep fried squid rings drizzled with lemon juice, 'albondigas', meatballs served in a rich tomato sauce, and 'queso manchego', a mature sheep's cheese. Tapas are normally eaten standing rather than sitting down which adds to the vibrant atmosphere experienced in the bar.
Costa Del Sol Trains
The main train service of interest to Tourists is the C1 between Malaga & Fuengirola and
Main Line Services from Maria Zambrano (Malaga) station. e.g. Trains to Seville, Cordaba and the national Train network
Trains leaving Malaga are every 30 minites from 5:30 am to 22:30
Trains leaving Fuengirola are every 30 minites from 6:30 am to 23:30
IMPORTANT buy your ticket before boarding the train.
Main stations have a ticket office, ticket machines and ticket operated barriors
Minor Stations only have ticket machines
Train Stations on the C1 Malaga Fuengirola line
- Malaga Centro Alameda. Underground
- Maria Zambrano (Malaga). Underground. Connections to the Main Spanish Railway Network on the surface.
- Victoria Kent
- Terminal de Carga
- Airport (Aeropuerto)
- San Julian
- Playa Mayor Large Shopping Centre
- Los Alamos
- La Colina
- Torremolinos. Underground
- Montemar Alto
- El Pinar
- Arroyo de la Miel For Benalmadena, Tivoli World & Cable Car
- Los Boliches
- Fuengirola. Underground
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