Costa del Sol – Spain

The Costa del Sol (The Sunshine Coast) is a region in the south-eastern part of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is an agglomeration of coastal towns and communities along the Mediterranean coastline in the province of Málaga.

 

Nestled between two less popular coastlines, Costa de la Luz to the west and Costa Tropical to the east; The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. It is also the destinations of choice for second home buyers across Europe looking for year-round sunshine, warm weather and a healthy lifestyle alternative and investors looking to profit from its buoyant holiday rental market. 

 

This spectacular shoreline stretches from the cliffs at Maro to the east to Punta Chullera to the west. The region is delimited by mountain ranges of the Penibaetic System, including the Sierra de Mijas, Sierra Alpujata, Sierra Blanca, Sierra Bermeja, Sierra Crestallina and Los Montes de Málaga to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

 

Endowed with a diverse landscape including beautiful beaches, cliffs, estuaries, bays and dunes. Many compare it to southern California in the scenery, climate and geography. Both areas have warm weather throughout the year and average annual sunshine hours of about 3,000 hours. It is also home to some of Europe’s most prestigious tourist resorts and some of the world’s most expensive residential areas. 

 

The Costa del Sol includes the capital city of the province Málaga baring the same name and the towns of Torremolinos, Banalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Estepona, Manilva, Casares, Rincón de la Victoria, Vélez-Málaga, Nerja, Frigiliana and Torrox.

 

HISTORY

The first settlers of the region date back 2800 years. The Phoenicians founded their colony of Malaka in the area around 770BC, hence where the name Málaga comes from. Málaga comes from the Phoenician word ‘Malac’ which means ‘to salt’.

 

The Phoenicians settled along the Guadalhorce River, which became the fish-salting centre at the time. During the 6th century BC, the region was ruled by the hegemony of ancient Carthage in North Africa. And by 218 BC onwards the region was conquered by the Romans. By the 1st century, the area we now know as the Costa del Sol, was federated with the Roman Empire. 

 

The decline of the Roman imperial power in the 5th century led to the invasions of Hispania Baetica led by the Germanics and by the Byzantine Empire. The southern Mediterranean coast became part of Visigothic Spain from the 5th century up until the Muslim Arab conquest of Hispania (711 – 718). In 1026, Málaga, the city today, became the capital of the Taifa of Málafa, an independent Muslim kingdom ruled by the Hammudid dynasty. 

 

Málaga was then conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487. Trade, was the main source of wealth in the Málaga province during the 18th century, with wine and raisins as the principal exports. By the 19th century, the emergence of a business-oriented middle-class citizens sparked what would become a fruitful economic boom. By the 1880s and 90s Málaga’s once a buoyant economy, began to fall.

 

The social disruption caused by the crisis and its aftermath of job loss, business collapse and a general decline in economic activity, led many residents to consider other means of livelihood. Even at this early date tourism was slowly developing into an alternative source of income. 

 

In 1897 a group of influential Málaga businessmen, who saw the potential for tourism as a generator of wealth, founded La Sociedad Propagandística del Clima y Embellecimiento de Málaga. The idea was to devise a plan for the development and growth of the economy with a strong focus on tourism. Their promotional campaigns, boasting Málaga and its particularly favourable climate, started attracting enough tourists and winter visitors to help relieve the economic slump. 

 

At the beginning of the 20th century, in the eastern part of Málaga, the Baños del Carmen beach opened its doors to tourists, followed by the Torremolinos golf course in 1928.

 

In 1933 Hotel Miramar was inaugurated in Marbella. The owners promoted the hotel and the city, Marbella, to the French and the English, using the expression “Sunny Coast” and “Côte du Soleil”. That is how The Costa del Sol actually got its name.

 

It was not until after the second world war that Marbella started to rise in fame. Ricardo Soriano, Marquis of Ivanrey, moved to Marbella and popularised it among his rich and famous friends. In 1943 he had acquired a country estate located between Marbella and San Pedro called El Rodeo, where he built a resort called Venta y Albergues. This was the start of the Marbella we know today.

 

His nephew, Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg acquired another estate, Finca Santa Margarita, which became Marbella Club in 1954, and the focal point frequented by movie stars, business executives and the nobility.

 

In the 1950s Torremolinos began to strive to attract international celebrities the likes of Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, Brigitte Bardot and Frank Sinatra. 

 

During the 60s and early 70s, the Costa del Sol witnessed a mass tourism boom. Torremolinos’ popularity as a tourist destination had a domino effect. Neighbouring municipalities including Benalmádena, Fuengirola and Mijas followed suit. The once, quiet fishing villages of the Costa del Sol were rapidly transforming into cosmopolitan hotspots. Construction experienced and unprecedented boom with high rise buildings, hotels, homes and apartments being built everywhere at lightning speed. 

 

Today, the Costa del Sol welcomes millions of tourists and ex-pats every year. It has now become an international haven for the British, Germans, Scandinavians and more recently the French and the Italians.

 

Europeans flock to this area in search of a better quality of life. As such, over the years prestigious, private, international schools have flourished across the coast, catering to the needs of foreigners who have settled in the area with their entire families.  These private schools offer top-quality education in their native languages including, French, English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and finish.

 

There are areas on the Costa del Sol that offer all of the amenities, including food shops and other speciality shops and services to cater to these foreign cultures that have made the Costa del Sol their home. Mixed with the Andalusian flare, Mediterranean diet and wonderful weather, it truly is the idealistic home away from home in a multi-cultural environment where everyone lives happily side by side. 

 

 

RESTAURANTS

Spain is a country known worldwide for its gastronomy. Many Michelin star chefs are Spanish. Consequently, the country has an abundance of Michelin star restaurants spread across this wonderful nation. The Costa del Sol is home to some extraordinary restaurants that provide a mind-blowing culinary experience. We have gathered a list of some of our top choices, including a few Michelin star restaurants.

 

Casares 

Kabuki Raw

Carretera de Casares, Km 2, 29690 Casares, Málaga

+34 952 937 800

 

 

Estepona

El Palangre

Calle Cristóbal Colón, 20, 29680 Estepona, Málaga, Spain

+34 952 805 857

 

Kempinski Hotel Bahía

Autovía del Mediterráneo, Km 159, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

+34 952 809 500

La Alcaría de Ramos

Calle Jazmín, 2, 29688 El Paraíso, Málaga

+34 952 886 178

 

TIKITANO

Urb. Guadalmansa, Autovía del Mediterráneo, KM 164, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

+34 92 798 449

 

Fuengirola

Bodega Charolais

Calle Larga, 14, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 952 475 441

Los Marinos José

Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, 161, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 952 661 012

 

Sollo

Urbanización Reserva del Higuerón, Av. del Higuerón, 48, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 951 385 622

 

 

Malaga

José Carlos García

Puerto de Málaga, Plaza de la Capilla, 1, 29016 Málaga

+34 952 003 588

 

Marbella

Albert & Simon

Urbanización Nueva Alcántara, Av. Salamanca, s/n, 29670 San Pedro Alcantara, Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 783 784 

 

Breathe

Calle Los Lirios S/N, 29660 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 036 494

 

Buenaventura Marbella

Calle de la Encarnación, Plaza de la Iglesia, 5, 29601 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 858 069 

 

Dani García

Hotel Puente Romano, Av. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 764 252

 

El Lago Marbella

Urb. Elviria Hills, Avda. Las Cumbres, s/n, 29600 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 832 371

 

Lobito de Mar

Av. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, 178, 29602 Marbella, Málaga

+34 951 554 554

 

Messina

Av. Severo Ochoa, 12, 29603 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 864 895

Skina

Calle Aduar, 12, 29601 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 765 277

 

TA-KUMI

Calle Gregorio Marañón, 4, 29602 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 770 839

 

 

Mijas 

The Blue Marlin

Urb. Torrenueva s/n Local 1, Av. de Rota, 29649 La Cala de Mijas, Málaga

+34 952 493 504

 

The little Geranium

Calle Ronda, 34, 29649 Mijas, Málaga

+34 952 493 602

 

 

 Torremolinos

Caliu

Av. de España, 18, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga

+34 616 195 870

 

El Bojito Carihuela

Calle Párroco Don Antonio Díaz Romero, 5, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga

+34 952 058 790

 

Meatina Steakhouse

Calle Decano Higueras del Castillo, 65, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga

+34 661 851 850

 

GOLF

The Costa del Sol is one of the wealthiest areas when it comes to golf. The region has a large concentration of gold courses to suit everyone at every level. The Costa del Sol is after all, a golfers paradise.

 

Alhaurin Golf & Hotel Resort                        Aloha Golf Club

Antequera Golf Club                                    Añoreta Golf Club

Los Arqueros Golf Club                               Atalaya Original Course

Atalaya Rosner Golf Club                            Benalmádena Golf Club

Baviera Golf Club                                         Real Club de Golf Las Brisas

Cabopino                                                      La Cala Campo America

La Cala Campo Asia                                    La Cala Campo Europa

Calanova Golf                                              El Campanario

El Candado                                                  Casares Golf

Cerrado del Águila                                       El Chaparal

Coto de la Serena                                        Doña Julia Golf

La Duquesa Golf Club                                  Estepona Golf

Finca Cortesin                                              Flamingos Golf

Tramores Golf                                              Greenlife Golf

Guadalhorce Club de Golf                           El Higueral Club de Golf

Lauro Golf                                                    Magna Marbella Golf

Marbella Club Golf Resort                           Marbella Golf & Country Club

Mijas Golf – Los Lagos                                Mijas Golf – Los Olivos

Miraflores                                                     Monte Mayor Golf Club

Monte Paraíso Golf Club                              Los Naranjos Golf Club

La Noria Golf Resort                                    Parador Málaga Golf

El Paraíso Golf Club                                    La Quinta

La Resina Golf & Country Club                   Río Real Golf

Santa Clara Golf                                          Santa Maria Golf

Santana Golf & Country Club                      La Siesta

El Soto Club de Golf                                    Golf Torrequebrada

La Zagaleta Club de Campo                        La Zagaleta – Los Barrancos

Valle Romano Golf                                       Alferini Golf

Alcaidesa Links                                            Almenara

Alcaidesa Heathland                                    La Cañada

La Reserva de Sotogrande                          San Roque Original Course

San Roque Club – New Course                   Valderama

Real Club de Golf Sotogrande                     Real Club de Golf Guadalmina – Campo Sur

Real Club de Golf Guadalmina – Campo Norte            Flamingos

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

 

Benalmádena 

The British College of Benalmádena

Urbanización Torremuelle, Paseo del Genil, S/N, 29630 Benalmádena, Málaga

+34 952 442 215

 

The Benalmádena International College

Clle Catamaran s/n Nueva, 29630 Benalmádena, Málaga

+34 952 561 666

 

Norsk Skole Malaga

Colegio Noruego Costa del Sol,Av. Cerro del Viento, s/n,, 29631 Benalmádena, Málaga

+34 952 577 380

 

Colegio Internacional Torrequebrada

Urbanización Torrequebrada, Calle Ronda del Golf Este, 7, 11, 29639 Benalmádena, Málaga

+34 952 576 065

 

Colegio Noruego Costa del Sol

Av. Cerro del Viento, s/n, 29631 Arroyo de la Miel-Benalmádena Costa, Málaga

+34 952 57 73 80

 

 

Cártama

Sunland International School

Crta. de Cártama Estación a, Calle Pizarra, s/n, 29580 Estación de Cártama, Málaga

+34 952 424 253

 

Elviria

Patronage of the German School Malaga

Urbanizaión Elviria (La Mairena), Calle Velazquez, 1, 29612 Ojén, Málaga

+34 952 83 14 17

 

Estepona

Mayfair International Academy

Av. de las Golondrinas, 16, 29688 Estepona, Málaga

+34 952 888 894

 

The International School Estepona

Calle Azahar, 112, 29688 El Paraíso, Málaga

+34 952 884 789

 

Queens British Grammar School

Calle Gibraltar, 3, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

+34 952 882 032

 

 

Fuengirola

Suomalainen koulu

Calle José Salik, 4, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 670 898 688

 

Lastenkerho Tuiskula Fuengirolassa

Av. de los Boliches, 4, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 636 874 330

 

Svenska Skolan

Av. Acapulco, 11, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 952 475 076

 

Malaga

Malaga International School BeWorldWise

Partida Huertas Altas, 51, 29120, Málaga

+34 684 169 733

 

Lycée Français

Calle Flamencos, 36, 29018 Málaga

+34 952 296 900

 

 

Marbella

The English International College

Urbanizacion Ricmar, Ctra. de Cádiz-Málaga Km. 189,5, 29604 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 831 058

 

The British International School Of Marbella

Calle Jacinto Benavente, 0, 29601 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 779 264

 

Swans International School Marbella

Urbanizacion Sierra Blanca, Calle Lago de los Cisnes, s/n, Nagüeles, 29602 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 902 755

 

MIT School Malaga

Calle Severo Ochoa, 63, 29590 Málaga

+34 952 020 281

 

Swans Primary School

Av. de Ceuta, 2, 29602 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 773 248

 

Svenska Skolan Marbella

Urb. la Alzambra, Local, 3-1, 29660 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 868 252

 

 

Mijas

St. Anthony’s College

Camino de Coín, Km 5.25, 29649 Málaga

+34 952 473 166

 

Nueva Andalucia

Colegio Fundacion Aloha College Marbellahttps://aloha-college.com/en/aloha-college/

Urbanización El Ángel, s/n, 29660 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 814 133

 

 

San Pedro de Alcántara

Laude International College San Pedro

Avenida de la Coruña, 2, San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella, 29760 Málaga

info@laudesanpedro.com

 

Colegio Saint George’s School

Urb. Cortijo Blanco, C/Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 11, 29670 San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 786 606

 

Marbella Montessori School

Casa del Abuelo, Urbanization Valle del Sol, s/n, 29670 San Pedro Alcántara, Málaga

+34 952 884 153

 

Casa del Mar International Montessori School

Calle Linda Vista, 112, 29670 San Pedro Alcántara, Málaga

+34 678 870 930

 

Calpe School

Calle los Eucaliptos, 60, 29670 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 786 029

 

 

Sotogrande

Sotogrande International School

Av. de la Reserva, s/n, 11310 Sotogrande, Cádiz

+34 956 795 902

 

 

Torremolinos

Sunny View School

C/ Teruel Nº 32, Cerro del Toril, 29620 Torremolinos

+34 952 38 31 64

 

International High School of Gastronomy Málaga-Costa del Sol

Av. Carlota Alessandri, 83, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga

+34 615 999 829

IES Costa del Sol

Calle Periodista Federico Alba, 13, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga

+34 951 297 995

 

 HEALTHCARE

 

Private Hospitals

Hospital Quirónsalud de Marbella

Avda. Severo Ochoa, 22
29603 Marbella Málaga

+34 952 774 200

 

Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional 

Av. de los Argonautas, s/n, 29630 Benalmádena

+34 952 367 190

 

Hospital Dr. Gálvez,

Calle San Agustín, 1, 29015 Málaga

+34 952 224 295

 

Hospiten Estepona

Carretera Nacional 340, Km. 162, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

+34 952 760 600

 

Complejo Hospitalario Integral Privado (CHIP)

Av. de Carlos Haya, 121, 29010 Málaga

+34 951 011 150

 

Hospital F.A.C. Doctor Pascual

Calle Amargura, 31 – 29012 – Málaga

+34 951 019 100

 

Hermanas Hospitalarias del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

Calle San Juan Bosco, 41, 29014 Málaga

+34 952 256 150

 

Private Clinics

Clínica Buchinger Wilhelmi

Av. Buchinger, 15, 29602 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 764 300

 

Molding Clinic,

Calle Maestra Doña Carola, 8, 29602 Marbella, Málaga

+34 615 602 050

 

Clínica Santa Elena

Calle Sardinero, s/n, Torremolinos, Malaga

+34 952 386 266

 

Clínica Institución Montebello Nordsjaellands Hospital Group

+34 952 569 030

 

Clínica Salus-Fuengirola

Av. Alcalde Clemente Díaz Ruiz, S/N 29640 Fuengirola Málaga

+34 952 467 944

 

HC Marbella International Hospital

Ventura del Mar, 11, 29660 Marbella, Málaga

+34 952 908 628

 

Cenyt Hospital

Av. Andalucía, 2, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

+34 952 808 100

 

 

Public Hospitals

Costa del Sol Hospital

A-7, Km 187, 29603 Marbella, Málaga

+34 951 976 669

 

Hospital Provincial Málaga

Avda. Carlos Haya, 29010, Málaga
Tel: 951 030 100

     

Hospital Materno Infantil

Arroyo de los Angeles, 29011, Málaga
Tel: 951 030 200

 

Hospital Provincial San Juan de Dios

Avda Doctor Gálvez Ginacher,o 29009, Málaga
Tel: 951 030 300

 

Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Victoria

Campus Universitario de Teatinos, 29010, Málaga
Tel: 952 649 400

 

Hospital de Torremolinos

Sanitario 5, 29620, Torremolinos (Málaga)
Tel: 952 508 030

 

Hospital Comarcal (Regional) de la Axarquía

Finca el Tomillar, 29700, Velez-Málaga (Málaga)
Tel: 951 067 010

 

                     

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