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Malaga City on Costa del Sol and the Province of Malaga
Malaga: Capital of the Costa del Sol. With more than 600,000 inhabitants Malaga is known by the well-deserved qualification of "Southern Europe’s Capital" and world famous as Costa del Golf. Malaga is located less than two hours by road from Seville and five hours from Madrid, Malaga is connected with the most important cities of the world through its international airport. The arrival in Malaga late last year of the high-speed AVE train marked a milestone in the flow of travel to the Costa del Sol.
The province of Malaga covers an area of 7,276 square kilometers and boasts more than 160 kilometers of coastline. Along this fantastic area, you will be able to find everything from ample sandy beaches to the most amazing leisure ports. Although few in number, stunning cliffs are found along the coasts of Costa del Sol in the province of Malaga.
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The climate in Malaga: Both Malaga City and the Costa del Sol enjoy mild temperatures during the winter, while the soft breeze from the sea results in near-perfect climate conditions during the summer. The average annual temperature on Costa del Sol is around 18º centigrades; registering the highest temperatures in August with approximately 30ºC while the lowest, hovering 12ºC, is recorded during January. With reference to the temperature of the sea, the average during winter is 14,9ºC and during summer, it comes to 21,5ºC. Costa del Sol enjoys almost all year round a very pleasant and benign climate and on very few occasions, temperatures become unbearable. It is estimated that there is an average of 320 sunny days each year in the province of Malaga.
Population on Costa del Sol
According to the last census, the population in the province of Malaga on Costa del Sol exceeds 1,500,000 inhabitants. There is a constant demographic growth on Costa del Sol that is directly related to the service sector, mainly tourism. Malaga city, with 630,000 inhabitants is the second largest city in Andalusia, after Seville.
In addition there are over 300,000 foreign residents on Costa del Sol, mainly British, German, Dutch and Scandinavian who have chosen Costa del Sol as their second home. Including them, Malaga should be ranked first in total population in the Andalusian region.
Foreign Population and Real Estate on Costa del Sol: It is interesting to observe that almost 90 percent of the Real Estate Developments built along Costa del Sol are monopolised by foreign buyers, one third of them being British and the remaining part from other European nations and also many investors from Arabic countries.
Top tourist attractions on Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol is a large central tourist area and a point of arrival and at the same time a departure gateway for visitors towards other nearby locations along the coast and the interior of Andalusia. At the same time, the coast of Malaga is clearly divided in two different regions: Eastern Costa del Sol, where the residential tourism is dominant, and Western Costa del Sol, featuring an overwhelming hotel infrastructure.
Western Costa del Sol
Western Costa del Sol is practically a lineal town stretching from Malaga city to Manilva close to the province of Cadiz. Starting from Malaga city the type of tourism on Western Costa del Sol varies much according to the area: Torremolinos displays a diversified hotel offer, being the most important of the region regarding the number of beds; Benalmádena, featuring a highly developed coastline; Fuengirola, registering a preponderance of middle class and family tourism, while we find a vigorous presence of elite tourism in Mijas Costa, which takes the lead especially in the western part of Marbella. In Estepona and Manilva, most of the urbanizations follow a similar line to that of Marbella’s, medium high, although only very few reach the Costa del Sol’s highest standard that is found on Marbella’s world-famous Golden Mile between Marbella town and Puerto Banus. Western Costa del Sol is very popular among property buyers looking for a second home in Spain and the area where the Spanish Real Estate market is most active, specially on The Golden Mile between Marbella and Puerto Banus.
Eastern Costa del Sol
Eastern Costa del Sol: The tourist offer of the Eastern Costa del Sol is still very different from western Costa del Sol. The main attractions on Eastern Costa del Sol are extensive beaches, more open and less crowded, and the permanency of intense fishing and agricultural activities. On Eastern Costa del Sol, tourism also varies as the distance from Malaga increases. The first tourist resort is Rincon de la Victoria with a three kilometers long beach refreshed by the blue Mediterranean sea. From here, you can drive up to Macharaviaya, a typical and very picturesque Andalusian village. The next resort is Torre del Mar, the coastal strip of Velez-Malaga, with four kilometers of sandy beaches. Algarrobo, a village that has preserved its historic Arabic style, is not far away. Torrox, also featuring its traditional design, is one of the villages on Costa del Sol that has registered the major progress in the area. The last stop along the eastern coast in Malaga is Nerja. In Nerja the top tourist attraction is an enormous cave and its impressive watchtower overlooking the Mediterranean sea known as “The Balcony of Europe”.
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Mondays: Marbella & Torrox
Thursdays: San Pedro Alcantara, Torremolinos and Torre del Mar
Fridays: Benalmadena and Rincon de la Victoria