Travelers are drawn to Costa del Sol for the history, the fresh seafood prepared according to culinary traditions handed down for centuries, and the indescribable soft sun that bears gently down on the beaches here. The Costa del Sol, or Coast of the Sun, winds along the southern coast of the Malaga province in Spain. The area is one of the most popular places to visit in Spain and has been so for generations. Whether you intend to spend your vacation hiking in the mountains, relaxing on the beach, exploring Roman and Moorish ruins, or getting lost in the color and bustle of Malaga, Costa del Sol will warm and inspire you.
Here are few suggestions or things to do in Costa del Sol:
-Visit the Nerja Donkey Sanctuary: Mules and donkeys are an important part of the history of Costa del Sol, since they were once the primary form of transport across the mountains of Southern Spain.
-See the Nerja Caves: Another attraction in Nerja, these spectacular ancient caves were discovered only a few decades ago.
-Stroll historic neighborhoods: Bring your camera for the photo opportunities provided by the vines, scrolling ironwork, and painted tiles of old-world Spanish neighborhoods like Benalmadena and La Carihuela in Torremolinos.
-Benalmadena Puerto Marina: With plenty of shopping, sightseeing, cafes, and boat watching opportunities, you can spend an entire day at the marina alone. On a very clear day, you can sometimes see across the strait to Africa.
-The Alcazaba in Malaga: Malaga is the urban hub of Costa del Sol, and the home of the most important fort in the history of Spain. Walk the ramparts and learn about the Moorish occupation and Spain's military past.
-Enjoy the night life: The southern coast of Spain is known for its glittering bars and world-class seafood restaurants. Have a glass of Spanish wine and some tapas before dancing the night away.
The best way to experience Costa del Sol is to rent a beautiful traditional Spanish villa with views overlooking the blue Mediterranean Sea. You can also easily find an apartment or condo for rent in downtown Malaga. Whether you'd like to be close to the beach, away from the crowds, or within biking range of the mountains, there's a vacation rental in Costa del Sol that's right for you.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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