Costa del Sol has been a popular holiday destination since the 1960s when thousands of British and other Europeans flocked there for great weather, miles of sandy beaches and cheap living costs. In 2013 Spain and particularly Costa del Sol topped the list of the most popular holiday destination for UK residents yet again. We take a look at what makes this stretch of coast so appealing to holidaymakers.
Ease of Location
Malaga Airport serves all of the major resorts along Costa del Sol including Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Calahonda, Marbella and Estepona. When you land at Malaga you are never more than a one hour drive away from you resort destination and routes in and out of the aiport make travel hassle free. The clean, reliable train service from Malaga Airport terminal runs to Fuengirola stopping at all the resorts along the way as well making it quick and easy to get to your villa or hotel. Malaga Airport has undergone major a major expansion and improvement operation over recent years and there are now even more flights arriving and departing to and from the UK and other European destinations on a daily basis.
Clean, Sandy Beaches
Life on Costa del Sol revolves around the beaches that sprawl all along this famous coastline. Many of the beaches have attained the Blue Flag Award for cleanliness, safety and facilities including lockers, showers and toilets and children’s play areas. The beaches are great for kids with soft sand perfect for building sandcastles and shallow shores that are great for paddling. There are also numerous watersports on offer from banana boating to jet skiing and deep sea fishing. If you want a bit of luxury head down to Nikki Beach in Elviria or one of the many beach clubs in Marbella, or you may just enjoy the peace and quiet on one of the more secluded beaches. Whichever beach you go for you will never be far from a chiringuito (beach restaurant) serving delicious seafood and other snacks.
It is Full of History
Whilst Costa del Sol may have a laid back beach vibe there is also plenty of historical landmarks and cities to explore. In Malaga there is the Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress that looks down over the city, a Roman Amphitheatre and the beautiful Cathedral. It is also the birthplace of Picasso and you can visit the museum in the city and learn more about his works. Granada is around a 90 minute drive from Costa del Sol if you want to visit the famous Alhambra Palace and the many impressive historical buildings in the city itself. Closer to the resorts you will find Mijas and Ronda, pretty mountain villages with stunning views and a real taste of Spain. Marbella also has its Old Quarter with The City Hall, Magistrates House and the lovely Los Naranjas Plaza where you can sit and enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine surrounded by history.
There are many other reasons why Costa del Sol appeals to holidaymakers from far and wide of course. Great golf courses, fantastic restaurants, numerous outdoor activities on offer and not forgetting year round sunshine!
Panoramic Villas have a great selection of Villas and Apartments on the Costa del Sol so why not book your holiday there and discover this magical place for yourself.