Costa del Sol

Spain’s most famous coastline, with the best climate in Europe, conjures up images of sunshine and beaches, golf, relaxation and holidays. Except that now many British people have realised that there’s no need to limit their enjoyment of the Costa del Sol to a fortnight a year and instead have made a permanent home there.

In 40 years, the former fishing village of Marbella, and its plush harbour Puerto Banús much loved by yacht-owning multimillionaires, is now a vibrant and cosmopolitan town. Yet Marbella retains its Andalusian charm and traditions in the backstreets of its old town.

The coastline is still developing rapidly but while choosing to live further inland in a rural Andalucia might seem an idyll, you need to consider whether you could really survive without being near shops, cinemas, bars, restaurants and work opportunities.On the Costa del Sol you have the new international hospital 4 km from Marbella, and a wide choice of international schools whose educational standards are as high as schools in any major European city. There are endless sports facilities, including golf, tennis clubs, windsurfing schools, gyms and health spas. Within an easy drive, you can go trekking on horseback through the mountains or skiing in the Sierra Nevada, two hours form Marbella.The historic towns of Granada, Ronda, Seville and Cordoba are all within a couple of hours drive and North Africa lies just 18 km away across the Straits of Gibraltar. Also consider the value of your investment. Buying in a thriving area such as Marbella is likely to bring about profitable returns. And REMEMBER THE WEATHER – this coast is a WONDERFULLY relaxing escape from the stresses of living beneath the heavy grey skies of northern Europe.

  • AIRPORT: MÁLAGA
  • RAINFALL: 400 mm ANUALLY
  • SUMMER FAINFALL: RARE
  • FIRST RAINFALL: LATE SEPT/EARLY OCT BUT ONLY LASTS 1-2 DAYS
  • SUMMER TEMPERATURES: DAILY HIGHS: 35ºC, NIGHTLY LOWS: 20ºC
  • POPULATION: TORREMOLINOS: 35.408, MARBELLA: 116.000, ESTEPONA: 37.557
  • DRIVING TIMES FROM MALAGA AIRPORT: TORREMOLINOS: 10 min., MARBELLA: 45 min, ESTEPONA: 1 hour.
  • BEACHES: 106
  • GOLF COURSES: 47

FUENGIROLA ZOO - lovely attractive zoo with magical places that will surprise you as you wend your way through the grounds.

MIJAS AQUATIC PARK - on the outskirts of Fuengirola. Open May to September, the park provides everything for a full day of sunshine and exciting water adventures.

TIVOLI WORLD - in Benalmadena. Fun packed theme park for the whole family.

LA CAÑADA - Commercial centre with supermarket, shops, restaurants, bowling and cinemas.

The Costa del Sol situated between the mountains and the coast is famous for its micro climate boasting about 300 days of sunshine a year, an ideal destination for winter sun. The pleasant sea breezes cool the scorching summer temperatures.

Places of interest:

SEVILLA - the largest city in Andalucía with one of the biggest fiestas in Spain “FERIA DE ABRIL”

CADIZ - historic town and citadel

GIBRALTAR - The rock, the apes and tax free shopping!

GRANADA - Palace of Alhambra

MALAGA - fascinating covered market and Picasso museum

RONDA - Breathtaking views from this beautiful town, one of the oldest in Spain

The above cities are located within one to two hours of driving.

Cheap trips to these cities and also to Morocco are regularly arranged for those who don't want to drive.

SAN PEDRO

San Pedro Alcántara has an ideal location, a short drive both from the excitement of Marbella and Puerto Banús, to the East, and within a short drive of the natural beauty of the Ronda mountain range, to the north. Once an ancient farming community, it is now a refreshingly unspoilt Spanish village set inland but walking distance to the coast. Around the central plaza you will find narrow streets packed with intriguing small shops, sidewalk cafes and bars. Thursday is street market day with all the associated hustle and bustle, the bargain shopper’s dream.

Along the beachfront is an attractive promenade flanked by palm trees, an ideal place for a stroll or to visit the beachside restaurants specialising in fish dishes, and a new international school.

Many people prefer San Pedro to Marbella as it has a more local Spanish feel.

ESTEPONA

Further west of San Pedro is Estepona, framed by the Sierra Bermeja mountains. The town’s other highlight is its 23 km strip of sandy beaches.

From here to Gibraltar you pass Sotogrande, the westernmost tip of the Costa del Sol and an upmarket resort framed for golf and polo during the mild winter months.

Sotogrande has always been an upmarket and peaceful retreat, surrounded by the 27-acre protected zone of Guadiaro Estuary. Its beautiful marina, with space for 550 yachts, is an exclusive place to while away sunny afternoons.