Costa del Sol holidays - Nerja, Marbella, Fuengirola
The Costa del Sol in southern Spain is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Europe. You can choose from 800km of beaches, world-renowned holiday resorts, the warm Mediterranean Sea or the lively Atlantic Ocean. The Costa del Sol runs most the length of Andalucia, the largest region in Spain, from Almeria to Gibraltar. With such wonderful weather and crisp blue skies, the Costa del Sol is a fantastic choice for a beach holiday in Spain.
West of Malaga, are the popular seaside resorts of Marbella, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Estepona. These resorts have an upmarket image and prices are generally higher here than other holiday locations along the Costa del Sol. The beaches here are fantastic and the nightlife lively and outgoing. There are many fine shops from expensive boutiques to popular apartment stores to choose from.
Marbella was once a quiet fishing village on the Costa del Sol with a charm and character all of itís own. Now of course it is a fabulous holiday destination for many people who are attracted by its sophisticated and upmarket image. Marbella has always been a favourite with the rich and famous and with each passing year becomes increasingly more so. There are great efforts to keep Marbella clean and attractive, and the wonderful beach promenade is now lined with palm trees, flowered borders, and lush colourful plants. There are also many restaurants and bars from which to appreciate how beautiful the city has become.
Fuengirola is popular with holidaymakers and Spanish alike, many of whom own summer apartments to take advantage of its semi-tropical climate and mild temperatures during the winter. Fuengirola has 5 miles of beautiful sandy beaches overlooked by high rise hotels and apartment blocks all affording magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea. Overlooking the Sea, the promenade is tastefully designed with palm-trees, flowerbeds and numerous places to relax and enjoy the views.
Along the other stretch of the Costa del Sol, east of Malaga, can be found the idyllic villages of Nerja, Frigiliana and Torrox. Throughout this part of the region can be found numerous small, whitewashed villages, either clinging to the hillside, or built around a small fishing port, of which Nerja is the most popular. Frigiliana and Torrox are becoming increasingly popular as tourist destinations, and for a taste of working life in Spain; these towns are a good place to start. Visit the Balcon de Europa in Nerja with its panoramic views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, or relax in the Plaza de Constitution in Torrox, next to the fountain, surrounded by orange trees.
Some of the best places to shop will be the old quarter, typically in the centre of the town and characterised with narrow winding streets lined with small shops selling a variety of local produce. Take the time to wander the streets for a taste of real Spanish life. Away from the tourist gift shops and beach cafes can be found some excellent shops and places to eat, typically at reduced prices but not quality.
The Costa del Sol is so much more than just world-class beaches and fantastic weather. Andalucia is the largest region in Spain and a pleasure to discover, offering a wealth of culture, historical cities, regional celebrations and a different way to live. Spend a day away from the beach to get to know the real Spain for a true holiday experience.
About the Author: Steve Greenwood has lived on the Costa del Sol in Spain for 3 years. You are invited to visit Villa Rentals on the Costa del Sol for holiday attractions and homes in Spain. Visit Ideal Rentals (www.idealrentals4u.com) for information on all the regions of Spain and Canary Islands.