MALAGA CITY, with over 600.000 inhabitants, is the capital of the Costa del Sol. It has a large historical heritage that is still visible at lots of different places within the town centre. Malaga is one of Spain’s most visited cities mainly because of its climate with an average of 300 days of sunshine. Malaga has the 2nd largest port in Spain and the new international airport is the 3rd largest in the country. The city welcomes over 700.000 tourists a year through the port alone and more than 100 daily flights are coming in with people visiting the city and tourist resorts outside the capital. Some of the most visited sites are the Picasso house and museum, Calle Larios, with its shops and tapas bars, the Alcazaba Moorish castle and the imposing Cathedral. Millions visit the various events which take place annually, such as the summer fair or feria; the traditional Easter week Semana Santa religious processions; and Spanish Film festival, among others.
TORREMOLINOS was in the late 50’s and early 60´s the first tourist resort on the Costa del Sol. In those days the rich and famous gathered around the pools of the luxury hotels around La Carihuela, with its lovely beach bars and chiringuitos. Nowadays Torremolinos has grown to a city with over 50,000 inhabitants and with lots to offer. From sunbathing along the 7 km. beach, inexpensive dining in the town centre, just off the main street, calle San Miguel, enjoying tapas or fried fish in La Carihuela or along the beach in Bajondillo, Playamar and Los Alamos. During the summer Torremolinos is one of the hottest places among youngsters for going out to one of the numerous pubs, discos and nightclubs!
BENALMADENA is geographically split between Arroyo de la Miel (town centre), Benalmadena Costa (coast) and Benalmadena Pueblo (village). Benalmadena Costa is most famous for its Puerto Marina, a luxury marina with more than a 1,000 moorings and properties built on islands inside the port. On either side of the marina there is a total of 8km of Blue Flag sandy beaches with a lovely boulevard leading to Torremolinos on one side and the 5* Torrequebrada casino/hotel on the other. There is also plenty to do for families with children. You can visit the theme park ‘Tivoli World’ or take the cable cars to the top of the mountain where you can have the most stunning views over the coastline. Other places not to be missed are Sea life and Paloma Park.
FUENGIROLA is one of the Costa del Sol’s largest tourist destinations with over 60,000 residents. This number almost triples in the months July and August. Situated only 25 km from the capital Malaga, Fuengirola is also the final stop for tourists travelling by rail, which connects all the towns between Malaga and Fuengirola. One of the most lively places in Fuengirola is the old town centre with the main square ‘Plaza de Constitucíon’ , where you find lots of shops and Spanish and international restaurants. From here you can easily walk down to the beach and along the boulevard to Fuengirola marina. When visiting Fuengirola, you have to visit the street market on either Tuesday or Saturday morning. Also check out if there is an event or concert during your visit at the ancient castle ‘Castillo Sohail’.
BENAHAVIS is the wealthiest municipality of Costa del Sol and boasts of having the best public school of the coast. The village itself is a picturesque whitewashed mountain village overlooking the Guadalmina River with its narrow cobbled streets that still keep the original Moorish layout. There are pretty houses, some shops and a simply amazing choice of restaurants. It is known locally as the ‘Rincón de la Gastronomía’ or the ‘gastronomic corner’ of the Costa del Sol. Benahavis is in many ways one of Andalucia's best kept secrets. It is situated just 7 km inland from the main coast road, immediately west of San Pedro de Alcántara and only a few minutes from Marbella and Puerto Banus. For the golfer Benahavis offer a huge choice of courses within a short distance.
ESTEPONA is the largest town west of Marbella. It stretches over 22km of coastline and has around 60,000 inhabitants. The ‘New Golden Mile’ is the most up market area east of Estepona with luxury properties on either side of the motorway and several 5* hotels such as the Ritz Carlton and the Kempinsky.
SOTOGRANDE is arguably the Costa del Sol’s best hidden secret. It has a lovely marina with canals resembling those of Venice and lots of available moorings. Sotogrande is also known for hosting the Ryder Cup at Valderrama and the Santa Maria Polo Club with 9 fields and over 200 stables.