The weather in the Costa del Sol is some of the most reliable in mainland Spain making it a mainstay for European tourists.
The name 'Costa del Sol' is a form of tourist branding created to promote the Province of Malaga's coastline following a huge upsurge in tourism throughout the 1960s and '70s, retaining its popularity to the present day.
The Costa del Sol area stretches for over 160km on the Andalucía coast, and contains a vast number of renowned resorts, each with individual characteristics: Malaga, Nerja, Marbella, Torremolinos, Mijas, Fuengirola, Puerto Banus and Benalmadena are some of the bigger names.
The weather in the Costa del Sol is some of the most reliable in mainland Spain due to its southerly position. It is also somewhat sheltered from the wind by the Sierras behind the resorts. This means sun seekers love the area and often prefer it to the more northerly resorts that line the east coast. Afternoon temperatures can be in the late teens even in the winter months, so strolling around a tourist hotspot like Marbella Old Town is a pleasure even in December or January.
Tourists will often arrive at the Costa del Sol via Malaga or Granada Airports, and the resorts in general are very well-connected to the wider Andalucía region.
The city of Malaga has a successful football team who ply their trade in La Liga. Malaga CF reached the quarter finals of the 2013 Champions League under Manuel Pellegrini. Their home ground, La Rosaleda, has entertained many of European football's biggest names over the last few years.
Malaga is the metropolitan hub of the Costa del Sol and enjoys much of the wealth generated by the financial markets. Its most famous residents include Pablo Picasso and Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas.
The Costa del Sol is one of the most favoured locations of British expats and a fair amount of British influence and culture has filtered into the area.
Last updated: 2 February 2014