The entire Costa del Sol spreads out over a length of approximately 300 kilometres, eastwards from the Strait of Gibraltar to the province of Granada. The largest and most beautiful part of the Costa del Sol belongs to the province of Malaga, with its capital city of the same name, a metropolis which can offer far more than just one of the most modern airports in Europe, the family home of Pablo Picasso, the Moorish fortress of Alcazaba from the 11th century, a commercial harbour and a university. This bustling city with its optimistic inhabitants is situated in a gulf on the western part of the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Sierra de Mijas and Montes de Málaga. Further to the west we reach one of the most beautiful regions of Europe – the coastal strip of the province of Malaga represented by the towns of Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara and Estepona.
This section of the southern coast of Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of Europe. Here Andalusian culture and tradition meet with modern 21st century life, and the further we move west the more intensively the rural beauty of the region intertwines with superbly maintained urban complexes. Marbella One of the greatest beauties of the Spanish Costa del Sol is without doubt a landscape full of contrasts. Strips of mountains alternating with valleys and sea create the harmonious, superb regional landscape. Inland are picturesque white villages such as Ojén and Casares, the monumental city of Antequera and naturally also Ronda with its impressive gorge. Almost the entire strip of coastline is protected by a massif, which in several places reaches right to the sea, standing before the cold north winds. The mild, typically Mediterranean climate, with over 3 000 hours of sunlight per year and light rainfalls, provides ideal conditions for subtropical vegetation in the form of palm and cypress trees, oleander and hibiscus plants. Expansive, dreamy sand-covered beaches and gulfs hidden behind sheer cliff formations make for superb scenery.
The offer of sports and entertainment activities is diverse and covers entertainment and water parks, casinos, golf courses and imposing marinas for yachts. The Costa del Sol boasts the largest concentration of golf courses in Europe – courses of exceptional beauty! Naturally it is also possible to find first class spas and beauty farms here. Life in this region is enriched also by national culinary specialities. The pearl of the Costa del Sol is Marbella. This former fishing village is known today as “Ciudad Jardín” (City of Gardens) and is one of the most beautiful Mediterranean summer destinations. This is a meeting place for the rich and beautiful, actors and politicians, internationally famous personages. However Marbella – with its Puerto Banús yacht marina – offers far more than this. The town represents a purely Moorish and Andalusian tradition. Well maintained boulevards, alluring parks and gardens, the pulsing Paseo Maritimo thoroughfare, the Plaza de los Naranjos and the romantic side streets of the old town provide Marbella with its unmistakable character. For those seeking calm and recuperation, this is the ideal place. A further speciality is the local micro-climate, which Marbella owes to its unique geographical location. The town is surrounded by the Sierra Blanca and La Concha mountain ranges, whilst the relief of the gulf protects the town against the north winds. Thanks to these factors, the town enjoys an entirely unique micro-climate.