Places of Interest in the Costa del Sol

Information about the main tourist attractions and places of interest in the Costa del Sol region...

There are a number of varied activities and sights available to tourists who are travelling to the Costa del Sol. Below is a selection of the main tourist attractions and resorts.

Puerto Banus

This port, situated between Marbella and San Pedro, is home to a plethora of expensive yachts and flashy bars. It attracts large numbers of visitors due to its white sand beaches and myriad of entertainment opportunities.

Marbella

One of the Costa's glossiest resorts, with a good smattering of museums and a wealth of bars and restaurants at the Puerto Deportivo. The town is a point of convergence for the international jet set. For those who prefer to experience local nature, Marbella also boasts some good walking opportunities in the Sierra Blanca, starting at the Refugio de Juanar, 17 Km outside Marbella town.

Selwo Aventura

This Safari park houses 2,000 animals in semi-wild habitats. There are many African animal species, including rhinos and antelope. The park also features Botanical gardens and a large netted bird house, where rare bird species fly freely.

Beaches

The Costa del Sol is famous for the quality of its beaches, or playas, which offer safe and clean water for bathers and water sports enthusiasts. Allegedly there are more jet skis per capita on the Costa del Sol than anywhere else in Europe.

There are different beaches to suit different needs, quiet coves, family beaches with activities and games or nudist beaches. As this stretch of coast is so developed, the beaches tend to be well maintained and are regularly cleaned, with bars and restaurants close by. Most of the big hotels are close to the beaches in the tourist centres.

The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised award, given to beaches and marinas that fulfil certain criteria, including: facilities, water quality, environmental issues and public access and safety. It is possible to search the facilities of the Costa del Sol's beaches from the Blue Flag website.

Málaga Alcazaba

The Alcazaba was a Moorish castle built into the city's ramparts. When Málaga was the main port in the Moorish kingdom of Granada, a huge Alcazaba was built. It was built on the site of a Roman fortress and visitors can see the partially excavated Roman amphitheatre next to the entrance. On the hill behind the Alcazaba are the ruins of the Castillo de Gibralfaro, which was a 14th century Moorish castle.

Tivoli World

A large theme amusement park on the Costa del Sol covering over 100,000 hectares, with gardens and fountains as well as the latest rides and attractions. Shows are performed in the theatres and there are cafes and restaurants on site for refreshments.

Garganta del Chorro

The El Chorro gorge is 50 Km north west of Malaga and attracts rock climbers from all over Europe. It is a huge chasm in the rock, 180m deep and only 10m wide, where the river has cut through the limestone. The Camino del Rey is a pathway that clings to the side of the rock face: spectacular, although a little nerve-wracking. El Chorro can be reached by train from Malaga, although the service is limited to one train per day.