The Costa del Sol is a very popular holiday hot spot that can be found in the South of Spain. The name literally means “Coast of the Sun” or “Sun Coast”. Formerly a series of small fishing settlements the region has become a world famous tourist destination that includes the city of Málaga and also the towns of Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Estepona, Manilva, Casares, Rincón de la Victoria, Vélez-Málaga, Nerja, Frigiliana and Torrox.
In the 1950’s Marbella became a destination for the international jet set with movie stars, business executives and the nobility visiting. Torremolinos also began to rise in popularity helped by visits from international celebrities such as Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, Brigitte Bardot and Frank Sinatra.
Since the 70’s the Costa del Sol has seen a massive rise in expatriate retirees from northern Europe and especially Great Britain moving there. The UK press has even given it the nickname of the “Costa del Crime”, because British criminals would escape justice at home by moving there to live their lives in luxury. A great film showing this is the 2005 Nick Love film “The Business” starring Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan.
So the Costa del Sol has a little bit of everything, from its history and culture to your typical tourist destinations, you won’t go wrong with a visit there as there is plenty to do and see. For the art lovers The Centre Pompidou in Málaga is a must. Housed in a huge glass cube in Muelle Uno, next to the Port of Málaga, they are showing a selection of 90 works from the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, it takes visitors on a trip through twentieth- and twenty-first-century art. Artists include Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Constantin Brancusi, Antoni Tàpies and Orlan, among others.
If you want to travel back in time then pay a visit to the Antequera Dolmens Archaeological Site, it is an ensemble of megalithic monuments comprising the Menga and Viera dolmens and the tholos of El Romeral. At more than 6,500 years old, these were the first forms of monumental architecture in Prehistory and date back to Neolithic times. The complete Megalithic ensemble has recently been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it constitutes one of the greatest megalith examples in Europe.
Positioned at the eastern tip of the Costa del Sol, Nerja boasts nearly 10 miles of powdery beaches featuring activities like water skiing, scuba diving and sailing so if you are feeling adventurous then this is the location for you. Although tourist-oriented, it hasn’t been overtaken by high-rises, and its huge promenade delivers some incredible panoramic Mediterranean views, in fact in the c entre of the old town you will find The Balcón de Europa, a mirador or viewpoint which gives stunning views across the sea.
Our final destination has to be Marbella. A place that has been highlighted by TV shows like The Only Way Is Marbs, Life On Marbs and Elliott Wright: Playa in Marbella. If you have the cash to flash you can join the jet set and party with the rich and famous. If a cool clubbing scene with top DJs is what you are looking for, the Sintillate nights at Tibu and Pangea in Puerto Banus are a must and Aqwamist, just a short walk out of the port is also a fabulous choice!
If you want to get that Marbella style then here’s our top picks for you.
For a glamour look just like Princess Grace we have these Ray-Ban® – Jackie Ohh Sunglasses in Light Havana RB4101 710 58
For the gents who want to look cool by the pool these Randolph Engineering – Square Aviator Sunglasses in Matte Chrome Orange Flash AF54669-PC 55
If you want that TOWIE look then try the Wildfox – Airfox II Deluxe Sunglasses in Silver EMTAF2M003
Now you are all set to tackle the Costa Del Sol in style, after all, you will definitely need some good sunglasses for the Sun Coast. Now it is just a case of deciding what to do when you get there, will you go for the culture, the history or the party? Let us know in the comments.