The Costa Del Sol, or Coast of the Sun, stretches from Gibraltar in the west to Nerja in the east. It is situated between the Costa de la Luz and the Costa Tropical
The average annual temperature is 18ºC and there are more than 300 days of sunshine per year.
West of Malaga are the most well known resorts beginning with Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Further along the coast lies Marbella with its famous marina at Puerto Banus, Estepona, Sotogrande and finally Gibraltar.
Inland are the famous cities of Ronda, Seville, Cordoba and Granada which can be accessed easily on day trips. A short boat ride over the traits of Gibraltar allows a visit to Tangier in Morocco.
For the less adventurous, there are around 70 Costa del Sol golf courses which can be played all year round. In addition, a whole range of other activities are available such as sailing, scuba diving, horse riding and dolphin safaris.
Settlement in the region dates back to the Bronze Age, and it has been colonised and ruled by many cultures such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and Moors, before the Reconquista.
The area was discovered and developed to meet the demands of international tourism in the 1950s and has since been a popular destination for foreign tourists not only for its beaches but also for its local culture. Marbella provides the Costa del Sol with its reputation for being a playground for its super-rich and famous visitors, but you don't have to be rich and famous to enjoy this wonderful area!