Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol which literally translates to "Coast of the Sun" or "Sun Coast" certainly lives up to its name! This world famous region in the south of Spain is blessed with some of the most reliably warm, sunny weather in the whole of Europe, making it the perfect place to get away and soak up some rays.

There are as many as 320 days of sunshine per year, so you can be almost guaranteed a brilliant outdoor experience on your timeshare holiday, whichever month you choose to go. Even in the afternoon in winter months the temperature can be in the late teens, making a stroll around a hotspot like Marbella Old Town a pleasure even in December or January. No wonder this is such a popular tourist destination, especially with people from Northern European countries where winters are bleak and even summers can be hit or miss.

The Costa del Sol is located in the autonomous community of Andalusia and comprises the coastal towns and communities along the coastline of the Province of Málaga. Tourism began in this region in the 1920’s and 1930’s and it is said that this is where the origins of the expression Costa del Sol originated from, to promote the “Hotel Miramar” which was opened in 1933 in Marbella.

Tourism was interrupted in the middle of the century, but since the 1960s and ‘70s has experienced a huge uninterrupted upsurge that keeps on growing and improving with more resorts and amenities. The term “Costa del Sol” was a brand coined specifically to promote the coastline of the province of Málaga to foreign tourists. This name has stuck ever since and perfectly describes this stunning region of Spain which stretches from Manilva in the west to Nerja in the east.

You would be forgiven for thinking that this area is only good for relaxing on the beach or by the pool and getting a great tan, but there is so much more to see, do and experience. There is a rich cultural heritage, fascinating history, delicious locally produced food and drink, outstanding natural scenery and a whole host of wonderful towns and cities to explore, each with their own unique characteristics. A week here is certainly not enough and you will be sure to be planning when you will be back almost as soon as you leave!

Located to the south of the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol there is the Mediterranean Sea which is generally very safe and relaxing for a refreshing swim. To the North of the coast there are a series of mountain ranges which make up the Penibaetic System which runs right along the coastline. This creates a stunning backdrop while you relax on the beach or take to the waves on a sailing excursion. There are also a number of charming white villages dotted around in the hills, such as Mijas which are perfect for exploring and have wonderful views of the landscape and across to the sea.

The Costa del Sol includes a number of different urban areas located all along the coast including Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas and Marbella, each of which have their own unique charms with excellent amenities such as local shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Despite the rapid growth of tourism many of these villages and towns have retained fascinating architectural features from a rich cultural past. These traditional charms are interspersed with modern resorts and amenities creating an exciting mix.

One of the biggest attractions of this area of Spain is the incredible city of Málaga, the provincial capital. Málaga has an incredible past, and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Walking around the city’s historical centre has been likened to walking around an open museum as it has archaeological remains and architectural monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras of the city’s past. It is the southernmost largest city in Europe and one of the most populous and economically important in Spain.

The Costa del Sol has some absolutely beautiful timeshare resorts to stay at, which will provide the perfect base from which you can explore the world famous local area. You will absolutely love the wonderful weather, incredible history, and the chance to become fully immersed in authentic Spanish culture. While the Costa del Sol lives up to its name it will exceed your expectations and provide you with plenty of memories to last a lifetime (or until your next holiday there)!

If you are looking for more ways to enjoy the Costa del Sol and find out all the amazing experiences on offer there then head to the official tourism website:

http://www.visitcostadelsol.com/

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To see some of the exciting excursions you can try during your next timeshare holiday in the Costa del Sol, you should also check out our recent #GoShareMalaga media trip.

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