Friday, 13 April 2018

Three Reminders of What Makes the Costa del Sol so Special

Costadelsol continues to break ts own records
Three Reminders of What Makes the Costa del Sol so Special

It’s been shown by recent news events that the 17 autonomous regions of Spain are proud of their heritage and identity and rightly so, including their cuisine, language, culture, and history.

Despite all this, one of the most famous spots in all of Spain isn’t one of the autonomous regions. It’s the “Costa del Sol”, which is loosely defined as a slice of the eastern coastline of southern Spain. Most of the area comes under the jurisdiction of the province of Malaga, but if you asked someone in a region like Manilva if they consider themselves to be in Malaga and they would say no.

The entirety of the Costa del Sol does fall within the autonomous region of Andalucía, which does give the region some uniformity when it comes to their terrain, climate, and cuisine.

The unique strengths of the Costa del Sol are most apparent when you break it down even further and go to the regional level. Here are three reminders of what makes the Costa del Sol so special…

It’s Truly International

The Costa del Sol is home to the Malaga airport, which makes it easy for people all over the world to make their way to the region. This makes the area more international than anywhere else in Andalucía and puts it on a level even higher than that of Seville. The Costa del Sol is perhaps the most international region in all of Spain with the exception of Barcelona, Ibiza, and Madrid.

This means that the region is home to the finest bars, restaurants, fashions, and trends. Marbella is still the home of the international jet set; Fuengirola is still at the forefront of mass tourism, and Puerto Banus is still the destination of celebrities, movie stars, footballers, and multi-millionaires alike. 

There’s More Variety Than you Think

For all the he hotel complexes with pools, restaurants, and family entertainment options hugging the Costa del Sol coastline, there’s plenty of charming villages that provide visitors with a real taste for traditional Spanish life.

For all the expat enclaves complete with pubs, plumbers, football teams, electricians, cafes, and schools built for Brits, there are similar places that have a Scandinavian feel to them, not to mention the places with German flavours and the growing influence of Asia. Even so, the Costa del Sol as a whole remains strictly Spanish. There are cobbled streets with Andalusians that have been there for generations even in Marbella. It’s this variety that makes the area so fascinating. 

It’s Beautiful

Not much can prepare someone for the sights and sounds that will be waiting them on a Friday night on a Friday night in summer along the Puerto Banus second line. Stag and hen parties alike filling the air, stylish Swedes walking the streets, a mixture of American, British, Irish, German, and Spanish people mingling and enjoying themselves. The Costa del Sol is a place where anyone can come together and party the night away for a few weeks out of the year, which is what it is most known for.

There’s still so much more to the region though. Don’t forget the beaches which come in rural and packed. The resorts which can be as cheap or expensive as you need them to be. A wide choice of properties matching every taste and budget waiting for a buyer. Then there is the terrain, which can go from an urbanised beach to the wilderness of the mountains in a matter of miles.

The Costa del Sol really does offer something for everyone.