Spain - Costa del Sol

by David Sutcliffe


Costa del Sol, Costa del Golf, Costa del Crime.  Whatever you choose to call this stretch of Andalucian coastline there really is something for everyone here.  Like the Curate's egg there are good and bad parts to almost every part of Spain; on arrival at Malaga airport you may wish to head past Fuengirola and Torremolinos and continue on to the much more well-heeled resorts of Marbella, Puerto Banus or Estepona.

Despite the occasional stag party, Puerto Banus remains the place to see and be seen and the yachts in the marina remain as spectacular as ever.  Marbella is my personal favourite, I could spend hours just wandering through the car-free streets of the old town, stopping for coffee in the picturesque Plaza de los Naranjos.

The bulk of the 5 star hotels are located in the Marbella/Puerto Banus area but the gateway to the Costa del Sol, Malaga, shouldn't be overlooked as a destination in itself.

Depending on your personal preference of the arts Malaga is famous for being the birthplace of both Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas.  Its handsome old town is attracting more and more people in search of a city break with a difference with the added attraction of the excellent sunshine record for the area.

Day trips from your base include Gibraltar, Ronda, Tarifa, Granada and even ferry crossings to the Moroccan city of Tangiers - so there is plenty to keep you occupied from a cultural, shopping or culinary point of view.