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Places in Spain - Costa del Sol

 

 

 

One of the most popular holiday locations in Spain is the coast of Andalucia known widely as the Costa del Sol or 'Coast of the Sun'. It runs from Nerja in the north to Gibraltar in the south. Resorts boisterous and elegant offer every amenity and facility imaginable, all within one hour of Malaga Airport. Miles of sandy beaches with Blue Flags, rows of hotels, and over 320 days of sunshine every year, there's no wonder that the Costa del Sol is so popular.

 

There is something on offer here for everyone. The coastal resorts of Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella are amongst the most popular. Further down the coast are quieter areas that are still developing, such as that of Estepona, a quaint town with a wonderful seafront and a prosperous future in the holiday marketplace.
 
Since the 1950's this area has been a popular destination, attracting more and more people each year. The airport, roads, rail and other facilities have grown in accordance with demand. The property market is recovering from the recent crash. The attraction to holiday and live here is still evident all around. Property is priced attractively.
 
 
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The lifestyle is 'ideal' and you can make the Costa del Sol exactly what you want.. Golfers who wish to play on first class courses in dry, sunny weather will find all that they want on the Costa del Sol. There are in fact some of the best courses in the world and there are more than 70 of them. If sight-seeing is part of your agenda then this wonderful part of Spain has much to offer. Within a short distance are major cities worth seeing and on the other extreme are tiny white-washed villages clinging to the mountain sides. Not far from the crowded beaches are true Spanish villages such as Casares, Ronda, Manilva and Sabinillas, all locked in time. Along the coast, tourists of all nationalities are made welcome and there are few places that do not understand English.

 

 

 

The people of the Costa del Sol
The riches of the coastline have for centuries attracted people from every corner of the world and the first settlers here were the Phoenician and Greek colonisers. The Romans made their mark on the area by founding huge cities, traces of which are still evident everywhere. For several centuries Andalucia was under Moorish rule. In modern times, since the 1950's, the area has attracted an international community. Predominantly in the 50's, the visitors were mostly Spaniards as the English were just discovering this warm, peaceful corner of the Mediterranean. It was in the 1960's that the tourist boom first hit and millions of English holiday makers took up the 'package holiday'. The Spaniards in the area now depend heavily on tourism although they have retained their Spanish traditions, culture and lifestyle. One doesn't have to go far from the coast to discover true Spain and in these little havens you could easily forget that the sea and sand were just a few kilometres away.

White villages
One doesn't have to step back far from the golden sands, into the foothills to see some of the most beautiful white villages in the world. Villages such as Casares, Manilva and Mijas sit high on the mountain with houses standing like little white boxes, glued to the slopes. This is the Costa del Sol that most tourists miss and these little villages are tiny pieces of paradise that have been by-passed by the holiday boom. Most have retained their Andalucian charm and every day passes the same as the last. If one can handle the summer heat on a short trek into the hills then the views over the towns and on to the sea are worthy of anyone's photograph album and fully justify the pain.

 

Living on the Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol is the area in Spain with the highest concentration of foreign residents. Hundreds of thousands of foreigners have made this their home or have purchased a holiday home here. This has enabled the area to develop a perfect multi-national infrastructure, including
international schools and a massive English speaking community. See more about living in Spain here. Many foreigners make this their home because they feel 'safe'. There is no problem with languages and they will never be far from people in similar circumstances. There is a limited amount of work, however, this will largely depend on your skills and having a command of the Spanish language will certainly help in your quest for work. See more about working in Spain here.

 

Work on the Costa del Sol is largely related to the tourism industry and the services required by the large number of ex-pats who live here. Many of the current residents have already established their own companies; some succeed and some fail.

 

Getting around the Costa del Sol

The N340 (A7) motorway runs the whole length of the Costa del Sol. In most parts it is dual carriageway and flows well. Some parts are notoriously dangerous though - mainly due to speed. There are also sections of toll road (AP7) - a little safer and certainly not as busy.

 

There's a train service that runs from Malaga to Fuengirola. The trains are an excellent and cheap way to travel up and down the coast. See a rail map and details here.

Brief history of the Costa del Sol
The first official step to promote the Costa del Sol to tourists took place in 1932 when the tourist board invited some V.I.P people from Madrid, together with international journalists to report on the benefits of the area. This publicity opened up the Costa and in 1940, the first plane from Iberia landed, starting a regular service to Seville, Malaga and Melilla. In 1942, the Hotel la Roca opened and full board was offered at 32 pesetas a day. A parasol on the beach would cost 30ptas a month and a chair on the beach cost an extra 15ptas a month !

The early 1950's attracted some big names to the coast such as Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Marlon Brando and members of Royal families and the future of the Costa del Sol was assured. In 1959 the famous pez Espada Hotel opened and more celebrities flooded in. Sean Connery, Frank Sinatra, Orson Wells and Julio Iglesias were just a few names. In 1960 the caves were discovered in Nerja and in 1962, four airlines launched regular services linking European cities. In 1965 the Paradores in Nerja and Malaga were opened and Marbella became the place to be. Marbella began to attract the rich and famous and the former little fishing village was a thing of the past.

The new control tower and terminal in Malaga were opened in 1968 and during that year, 100,000 passengers passed through the airport. The beach bars suddenly became posh restaurants and the fishermen began to swap their nets for knives and forks. The first language school opened in Malaga in 1971 with 400 students and 10 teachers. Since this time the Costa del Sol has grown at an alarming rate, and continues to do so.

1970 Puerto Banus is opened to the most selected public
1972 The new ring road opens, linking Malaga and Torremolinos
1974 Hiper Malaga opens, the first hyper-market in the area
1975 The new railway between Malaga and Fuengirola opens
1978 Two casinos open on the coast
1979 El Corté Inglés opens
1984 Terrorist attacks on the coast by Islamic Jihad
1986 ETA plant 8 bombs on the coast
1991 ETA attacks again with 2 car bombs
1993 shopping centres spring up everywhere
1994 Princess Diana visits the coast
1999 The racecourse opens in Mijas - the first on the coast

 

Quick links to places on the Costa del Sol
Malaga | Marbella | Puerto Banus | Puerto de la Duquesa | Estepona | Casares | Torremolinos | Fuengirola
Sotogrande | Mijas | Nerja | Ronda | Manilva | Sabinillas| La Linea | Ceuta | Torrox | Frigiliana | Torre del Mar
San Pedro | Monda | Ojen | Coin | Istan | Setenil | Olvira |
Gaucin | Comares

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