Discover Costa del Sol Main Areas
Discover Costa del Sol – an area in South of Spain part of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. It´s name refers to the sunny climate, present in the region most days of the year. Formerly made up only of a series of small fishing villages, today the region is a world-renowned tourist destination.
Costa del Sol has the largest concentration of golf courses on the European continent. The area has 15 marinas and 9 theme parks. Native cuisine on the Costa del Sol has the influence of the Spanish, Jewish and Arabic traditions, and emphasizes seafood.
The city with the biggest population on the Costa del Sol is Málaga, with a metropolitan population of close to one million. Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport is the third busiest airport in mainland Spain, behind Barajas (Madrid) and El Prat (Barcelona).
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The region has no official limit, but we can generally say that the Costa del Sol stretches from the municipality of La Línea de la Concepción in the west to Nerja in the east, spanning around 150 kilometers of coastline.
The term Costa del Sol emerges at the beginning of the 20th century. Until the late 1960s, it people were using it in reference to the entire Mediterranean coast of Eastern Andalusia. The name refers to the sunny climate, present in the region most days of the year.
The Costa del Sol is one of the most important tourist areas in Spain. In 2019 the area received over 13mln tourists. It is expected for the area to receive 18.5 million tourists in 2021, generating a turnover of between €14,000 and €15,000 million, which would represent an increase of 40 per cent compared to the difficult 2020.