The Costa del Sol is is a 300km stretch of coast situated between two less well known Costas – The Costa de la Luz and Costa Tropical. Located on the most southern part of Spain’s mainland, the Costa del Sol has a great choice of beaches and is a paradise for sun worshippers. The area has attracted the rich and famous since the 50s, when Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe opened the exclusive Marbella Club.
During many decades Marbella has been referred to as the “millionaire’s playground”. In the 50s, luxurious villas were constructed to provide accommodation for the many wealthy celebrities and minor royals that hung out at the Marbella Club. This area of the resort became known as the “Golden Mile”. Even today, the Golden Mile is not only Marbella’s most sought-after address, but also one of the most distinguished in the whole of Europe. This is not surprising as this stunning palm tree-lined avenue connects Marbella town with the splendid yacht harbour of Puerto Banús. While apartments and villas up for sale on the Golden Mile are few and far between, there are plenty of fabulous villas and apartments for sale in and around Marbella. While popular with expats in general, the great climate combined with many world-class golf courses within easy driving distance, makes Marbella particularly popular with golfing enthusiasts.
Malaga city is the capital of Malaga province on the Spanish south coast. Famous for being the birthplace of Picasso and Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas, Malaga has many cultural attractions in the way of art galleries and museums. Like many Spanish resort cities, there are two sides to Malaga. On the one hand you will find traditional narrow streets with fascinating shops and bars reflecting the old Spanish way of life, and alongside them are ultra-modern tourist complexes, wide sandy beaches and non-stop entertainment. Malaga has more than half a million registered residents, of which around 30,000 are non-Spanish, and around 25 percent of these are British. As an expat, you will find settling down in Malaga is relatively easy as English is widely spoken, and there are plenty of activities organised by the large expat community.
Torremolinos was the first town on Spain’s south coast to be developed to attract more tourists in the 50s and 60s, and hence well-known for many decades. Like most Spanish resorts, Torremolinos was a small village that was home to fishermen and their families before the contractors and developers moved in. In Torremolinos there is now a project underway to re-green the area. While the resort has its fair share of expats, most foreigners you meet in the town are there on holiday, with Costa del Sol expats being more inclined to choose smaller urbanisations, or Marbella or Malaga.
The Costa del Sol experiences very hot temperatures in July and August with temperatures reaching around 30C most days. Even in the coldest winter months this region enjoys good weather, with temperatures somewhat higher than the more northern Costa Blanca and Costa Calida.
Malaga airport is the principle airport for residents on the Costa del Sol; it is located just 8km from Malaga city centre and 50km from Marbella. For towns at the other end of the Costa del Sol such as Estepona, Gibraltar airport is a viable option, although with many flights to and from the UK daily, Malaga tends to be the top choice.