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Costa del Sol

Costa in Malaga Province

The vibrant city of Malaga, famous resorts, glitzy Marbella and pretty white inland villages – the ‘Costa’ has so much to offer.

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The resort town of Torremolinos

Why move to Costa del Sol?

With an endless supply of sun, Sangria and stunning beaches, the Costa del Sol is still the ultimate destination for anyone in search of the good life.

The Costa del Sol has been Spain’s most popular destination since the late 1950s when air travel made it accessible to the masses for the first time. Many loved it so much they never left. You will already know about the gorgeous climate, the endless rounds of golf, good food and of course the beaches, but look closer and you can still find traditional elements of Andalusian life and culture.

Much of its 200 km coast line is home to resorts like Torremolinos and Fuengirola. What were once ‘pueblo blancos’ have now developed into busy tourist meccas with a permanent population of around 1.5 million. Local authorities have invested heavily in the streets and promenades and there are an amazing 23 blue flag beaches.

To the west is the ‘golden triangle’ of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís. The area has an glamorous, upmarket reputation and there is much to recommend the area for those looking for some low key sophistication.

These resorts are just a small part of this diverse region. Inland you’ll find countless traditional whitewashed villages set among the olive and lemon groves. Sit in a local square and sip cerveza, while you drink in the authentic Spanish atmosphere.

The region is bookended by two very different cities. British owned Gibraltar is at the west and Malaga to the east. The latter, which was Picasso’s birthplace, has become an exciting, cosmopolitan city.

You’ll find a huge array of properties, from luxurious villas to cool apartments. The region also has excellent provision for your health and education needs. And did we mention the beaches? There are over 100km for you to explore!

Where to live in Costa del Sol

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Estepona

Town in Costa del Sol

Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Estepona is a classic Andalucian town that maintains a Spanish charm with access to the best of a stunning coastline.

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Marbella

City in Costa del Sol

The largest resort on the Costa del Sol and still the most glamorous, in Marbella you’ll find unparalleled beaches, beautiful scenery and a Spanish soul at its centre.

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Benahavis

Town in Costa del Sol

Perhaps the Costa del Sol’s most desirable mountain village, Benahavís nestles among the spectacular peaks of La Serrania de Ronda with spectacular views over the ocean.

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Benalmadena

Town in Costa del Sol

From a world class marina to some of the Costa del Sol’s best sandy beaches, Benalmadena is a lively seaside resort just minutes away from Malaga airport.

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Nerja

Town in Costa del Sol

Nerja is the leading resort town at the far eastern end of Costa del Sol. It is closer to the city of Granada than to Marbella, with a rich history and dramatic geography.

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Mijas Costa

City in Costa del Sol

Mijas Costa is the main commercial and residential area of the municipal district of Mijas. Mijas encompasses the hillside village of Mijas Pueblo, La Cala de Mijas village resort and Las Lagunas suburb.

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Nueva Andalucia

Town in Costa del Sol

This leafy residential area of luxury villas and apartments is located in glamorous Marbella and overlooks the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol and majestic Sierra de Ronda mountain range.

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Fuengirola

Town in Costa del Sol

Just to the west of Malaga airport lies Fuengirola, the quintessential Costa del Sol resort. Once a sleepy fishing town it is now home to thousands of settlers from all over the world.

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La Cala de Mijas

Town in Costa del Sol

La Cala de Mijas is an urbanised resort built around a historical fishing village on the Mijas Costa in the province of Malaga.

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Malaga

City in Costa del Sol

The capital of the Costa del Sol and the province of Málaga, this Andalusian city is the southernmost in Europe.

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Torrox

Town in Costa del Sol

Torrox lies to the East of Malaga on the Costa del Sol in Axarquia. It includes the Torrox Costa coastal strip, Torrox Pueblo inland town and the Torrox Park development.

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Calahonda

Town in Costa del Sol

Nestled between glitzy Marbella and cheerful Fuengirola, Calahonda is an upscale seaside resort town that offers the best of both worlds.

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Elviria

Town in Costa del Sol

A stone’s throw from glamorous Marbella in this luxury urbanisation with 320 days of sunshine a year and some of the finest beaches on the Costa del Sol.

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San Pedro Alcantara

Town in Costa del Sol

The traditional Spanish town of San Pedro Alcantara is just 15 minutes along the coast from Marbella and offers fantastic views of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range.

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Riviera del Sol

Town in Costa del Sol

The modern urbanisation of Riviera del Sol is located on the coast between Fuengirola and Marbella and is just a few minutes walk from the beach.

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Velez-Malaga

City in Costa del Sol

Velez-Malaga lies northeast of Malaga and is the capital of the Comarca de la Axarquia. This busy, commercial city is inland of Torre del Mar and Caleta de Velez.

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Torre del Mar

Town in Costa del Sol

Located in the Velez-Malaga municipality of Axarquia, Torre del Mar is an urban beach resort on the Costa del Sol to the east of the city of Malaga.

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Manilva

Town in Costa del Sol

The last town at the Costa del Sol’s west end, Manilva is a traditional Spanish Pueblo Blanco (white townjust a few kilometres from some of the region’s very best beaches.

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Torremolinos

Town in Costa del Sol

West of Malaga you will find the Costa del Sol’s premier tourist destination, Torremolinos, with 6 kilometres of beaches and distractions enough to keep you happy under sunny skies all year round.

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La Duquesa

Town in Costa del Sol

La Duquesa is a chic port town on the Straights of Gibraltar, in Malaga, with views over the Mediterranean crossing to Africa.

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Torrox Costa

Village in Costa del Sol

Torrox Costa is a stretch of urbanised beach on the Costa del Sol near to the town of Nerja and between the cities of Malaga and Granada.

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Puerto Banus

Town in Costa del Sol

Puerto Jose Banus, or Puerto Banus for short, is a marina 6 kilometres South West of Marbella, close to the suburb of Nueva Andalucia on the Costa del Sol.

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Frigiliana

Village in Costa del Sol

A picture postcard Andalusian mountain village, Frigiliana is 7 miles from Nerja and the Costa del Sol with the wonders of the Sierra de Tejeda natural parkon your doorstep.

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Caleta de Velez

Town in Costa del Sol

The most important fishing town in the Malaga region, Caleta de Velez has grown and grown since the 1970s and has now become a popular destination known for its marina and beaches.

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Benajarafe

Town in Costa del Sol

Benajarafe is a semi-urbanised waterfront town at the eastern reaches of the Costa del Sol. The nearest city is Velez-Malaga, in the mountainous Axquiera region.

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Algarrobo

Village in Costa del Sol

A gorgeous whitewashed ‘pueblo blanco’ at the eastern end of the Costa del Sol, Algarrobo is set in a breathtaking landscape between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

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