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Sat along the southern Spanish coastline is the beautiful Andalucian Costa Del Sol, named well the ‘Sun Coast’ is well known for its fantastic climate and miles of beautiful beaches; the wildness of the Atlantic meeting the sparkling Mediterranean and creating a rugged landscape that hides some of Spain’s best kept secrets, where life feel good and the welcome is always warm.
From the inhospitable peaks of the Sierra Nevada down to the lush emerald green lowlands, the stark landscape of the Tabernas Desert to the sparkling lights of the most cosmopolitan resorts, the Costa Del Sol has it all; enjoy the glitz of Marbella, the family friendly feel of Fuengirola, or opt for the genteel beauty of Estepona, but whichever you choose you won’t ever feel that you are anywhere less than a premier destination that effortlessly combines the old and the new.
The Costa Del Sol has many great hotels and apartments spread across the resorts, whatever your budget with planning you can find the accommodation that perfectly suits your needs, each resort has its own appeal and offers something different, choose wisely and ensure that you enjoy the holiday of a lifetime in this beautiful part of the world. For luxury it has to be Kempinski Hotel Bahia close to Estepona with its grand appearance and perfect seafront location, unique art and mosaics filling the buildings with a traditional yet opulent feeling; if location is your primary concern then the Beatriz Palace Hotel and Spa is ideally located in Fuengirola to visit the cultural cities of Granada and Seville, more than that though, this is a classy hotel with great facilities.
With its close proximity to Northern Africa there is a definite sense of the Arabic to the local cuisine, with a great choice of traditional tapas available in many of the authentic Spanish restaurants that fill the old quarters of the resorts; look out for spectacular seafood and don’t forget that the wine of this region is phenomenal with excellent grapes grown locally.Restaurante Palagreras serves great Spanish food and is consistently rated as the best in Fuengirola by those that visit, a relaxed feel with reasonably priced wines and fantastic daily specials, this is a great place to dine, II & II Restobar in Estepona is equally well received and specialises in traditional tapas using the very best of the local produce. It may seem odd to travel to Spain and to dine on Italian cuisine, but when the food is as good as at Aragona Cucina in Marbella there is simply no reason not to, great wines and the freshest ingredients make this an Italian meal to remember.
There are plenty of exciting places to visit away from the resorts of the Costa del Sol, day trips to Gibraltar are always a great way to spend some time doing something a little different, making sure that you take time to see the fantastic apes that roam free – be sure not to leave without taking a cable car to the top of the rock, the views are quite unlike anything that you will have experienced before.Golf is a popular way to spend your time on the Costa Del Sol and the region is well known for having the highest density of golf courses in Europe, many of these designed by celebrities of the golfing world, drawing in golfers of all levels from beginners to the highly skilled, and are the perfect place to hone your skills. Golf isn’t the only popular sporting activity of the region, there are also plentiful tennis courts, equestrian centres and in the coastal areas water activities of all types, from lazy days on the beach to exhilarating sports, you can have it all.
With an amazing 320 days of sunshine of year the sun coast is perfectly named, and those seeking reliable weather conditions for their annual beak know that the Costa Del Sol offers the perfect summer getaway with a climate that guarantees long last days in the sun with virtually no rainfall throughout the long hot summers.Those wishing to avoid the summer influx of visitors might consider the late spring and early autumn months when the weather is almost equally reliable, albeit slightly less heat intensive, and rainfall is still exceptionally low; the winter months are popular for those wishing to escape the British cold and although not quite suitable for lazing on the beach, are still great for visiting all the amazing sights of the region or indulging in a gentle game of golf.