Riviera del Sol
1hr 10 min
1hr 15 mins
Gibraltar: 36.151953, -5.347223
Gibraltar is recognised historically as the southernmost point of Europe. It is well-known for its VAT-free shopping and has low prices on certain items such as perfumes, cosmetics, jewellery, tobacco and spirits from a wide variety of stores. You could try the infamous 'Skywalk' if you dare amid the Barbary macaque apes, the only wild monkey population on the European continent.
Manilva: 36.376734, -5.250562
One of the most charming aspects of Manilva is that, despite its prime location on the coast, there is a refreshing lack of anonymous sky-scraper construction. Therefore, although tourists are just starting to discover the village (with good reason), it remains intrinsically Spanish. The majority of residents live in the commercial centre which covers just two square kilometers.
Estepona: 36.425295, -5.152253
Fronting a wide, sweeping beach that stretches the length of the town, Estepona's charming boulevards, beautiful plazas and inescapably Spanish atmosphere act as a breath of fresh air.
In recent years the municipality has also promoted itself as the “Garden of the Costa del Sol”, transforming the historic centre with a beautification project that has involved adorning walls with murals, planting one million flowers, bedecking streets with hanging flower pots and undertaking a significant pedestrianisation of the streets – as well as opening a stunning Orchidarium.
Puerto Banus: 36.488252, -4.952325
Puerto Banús is known as Costa del Sol's playground for the rich and wealthy that come here for the beaches, the beach clubs and the buzzing nightlife. The shops and restaurants reflect this expensive lifestyle, with plenty of designer names on offer around the marina. If you enjoy people-watching and are there during the summer months you'll never be short of popstars or reality TV stars to spot. If sports cars and big boats are more your thing there are plenty of Ferraris and luxury yachts to admire.
Marbella: 36.509952, -4.882338
Marbella's motto is "A Way of Life" and this luxurious resort town seems to have it all and is, once again, rising to the fore as a favourite location with the rich and famous, as well as more ordinary folk who are willing to pay just a little bit extra for southern Spain's answer to St Tropez. With Ronda, Granada, Cordoba and Seville all connected by the new toll roads, you can easily now really explore the region of Andalucía. Gibraltar is also just 50 minutes from Marbella and well worth a day trip to the island.
Elviria: 36.495981, -4.775243
Located about 5 minutes west of the villa, Elviria has long been a popular holiday resort and is home to the five-star Don Carlos Hotel and to the internationally renowned Santa Maria Golf & Country Club. It is less than 5 minutes’ drive from Cabopino port and there is no shortage of amenities including shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, a tennis club, plenty of golf courses and is only 5 minutes from the Costa del Sol hospital. 10 minutes further inland from Elviria there is fantastic countryside with amazing sea and country views. It is also home to the infamous Nikki Beach, frequented by many famous faces from TV. The venue oozes luxury, exclusivity, fun, music and party vibes
Cabopino: 36.485202, -4.741061
There are not many more picturesque and inviting coastal areas than the port at Cabopino. Here you can practice any of your chosen water sports and activities including windsurfing, para-sending and dolphin watching. Less than five minutes from Calahonda it is the perfect environment for a beach or portside meal and boasts one the most attractive stretches of coastline, (including a nudist beach). There are over 170 berths for both small and medium-sized boats and has many restaurants to choose from for that romantic meal. There are also many beautiful apartment buildings and hotels overlooking the port and for those who enjoy the real outdoors two minutes across the main A7 road, there is Camping Cabopino. Cabopino is 25 minutes from Malaga and less than 10 minutes from Marbella. Less than 5 minutes from Cabopino is Calahonda where you will find all your usual amenities like banks, shops, and supermarkets.
Calahonda: 36.489765, -4.717575
Over the last twenty years or so, Calahonda has become, in some people’s opinion a town in its own right although the local authorities refuse to give it this status. It is a hugely popular area for both British holidaymakers and tourists alike. Calahonda is less than a half hour from Malaga airport in between Fuengirola and the east side of Marbella. Made up mostly of villas and townhouses with very few high rise apartment buildings Calahonda encompasses both rural and coastal life. All amenities are within a few minutes including restaurants, bars, supermarkets, shops, banks, schools, sports facilities, pretty much everything you would expect in a town of this size. There are four golf courses within the area of Calahonda and the Costa del Sol hospital is less than five minutes away. Whether you a tourist or looking to live here Calahonda has everything you could want without having to travel too far.
Riviera del Sol: 36.491461, -4.705544
Over the last few years, Riviera del Sol has become a hugely popular destination for British holidaymakers and for those looking to move to the Costa del Sol and this is reflected by the number of developments there are here now. On the coast between Marbella and Fuengirola Riviera del Sol urbanization is situated only a few minutes from the new E-15 motorway access, and the national coast road the N-340. Riviera del Sol runs down to the beach and is adjacent to Calahonda. Riviera del Sol is a mixed residential and holiday area enjoying every facility and services needed to enjoy life comfortably. Banks, restaurants, shops, supermarket, chemist and a health centre are all to hand. Within the Riviera del Sol urbanization you will find Miraflores golf. Close buy you will also find Cabopino golf and Calahonda golf course.
La Cala: 36.502375, -4.681832
Formerly a sleepy fishing village set between Fuengirola and Calahonda on the Costa del Sol has become a popular destination for both tourists and residents of the local area. Over the last few years more and more restaurants, bars and shops have opened in this quaint “village.” Like most coastal areas on the Costa del Sol La Cala boasts a lovely beach which is serviced by a selection of restaurants and bars. on the opposite side of the main A7 road, there is a huge new development being built which is sure to bring many more people to the area. Along with a new golf course and the rapidly growing commercial centre, the future is bright for this beautiful village.
Fuengirola: 36.542547, -4.623302
Fuengirola is a town on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, known for its sandy beaches and wealth of shops. South of the city centre, the medieval Moorish Sohail Castle towers over the coastline, and hosts concerts, festivals and a medieval market in summer. Adjacent to the Plaza de Toros bullring is Bioparc Fuengirola, a naturalistic zoo featuring a re-created jungle clearing and animals from Asia and Africa.
Mijas: 36.598863, -4.633392
Mijas is a lovely Andalusian town on the Costa del Sol, not far from Fuengirola. With 12 kilometres of coastline, including the La Cala de Mijas beach resort with its European blue flag, it is the perfect family-friendly holiday destination for a spot of Mediterranean sun. Aside from relaxing on La Cala de Mijas or one of the other beaches along Mijas's 12km of coastline, you can climb up to the white-washed village of Mijas Pueblo on the mountainside for stunning views across the Costa del Sol, Gibraltar, the Atlas Mountains and over to the African coastline. Mijas Pueblo is also the place to head to take a look at the traditional bull ring or to take a donkey trip on a short tour around the area. There are also at least seven golf courses in the area surrounding Mijas (with several more under construction). The streets of Mijas are very tourist friendly, and are full of independent shops selling hand made local crafts and products. The Mijas Aqua Park in nearby Las Lagunas is also well worth a visit with the whole family.
Benalmadena: 36.599088, -4.517058
Benalmadena is a tale of three parts – there’s the hilltop old town, the bustling downtown and a choice of glittering beaches. With cities and resorts nearby, it’s a palm-lined platform for exploration beyond the landscaped gardens, marvellous monuments and international eateries filling this bustling area. Excellent shopping, fantastic beaches and amazing views, make this a great place to visit.
Torremolinos: 36.623004, -4.498230
Over the years, Torremolinos has evolved as an attractive and appealing resort, noted for its clean sandy beaches, wide choice of hotels and restaurants and unparalleled variety of entertainment, activities and nightlife available. At the height of summer, the resort has a great appeal for the younger set, with a reputation for its hectic nightlife. Out of season, however, it takes on a different character. Now practically a suburb of Málaga, the atmosphere is much more Spanish, especially at weekends, with an air of friendliness and welcome.
Malaga: 36.718754, -4.420758
The birthplace of Picasso, Málaga is simply a gateway to the beach resorts of the Costa del Sol. There’s a sparkling new waterfront and millions of euros have been pumped into the art scene, with a branch of the Parisian Pompidou Centre among the latest museum openings.
The Alcazaba fortress, Málaga’s more modest answer to Granada’s Alhambra, sits proudly in the historic centre – a maze of gardens and fountains – and above it 10th-century Gibralfaro castle stands guard over the coast.
There is a plethora of shops, fine dining and bars & cafes to idle away your time.
Nerja: 36.766027, -3.861237
Teetering on the rocks on the southern tip of Andalusia – about 40 minutes from Malàga – is Nerja, AKA the jewel of the Costa del Sol. You’re in classic Costa territory here, with sandy beaches and an all-night bar scene.
The Nerja Caves are a fantastic series of caverns which no visitor should leave without seeing. Amongst the places to highlight, the Balcony of Europe is a cliff overlooking the sea and surrounded by two beaches. It's a favourite amongst the tourists for its views of the Mediterranean sea