Costa del Sol

Costa Del Sol towns

The Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol refers to Spain’s Southern Coast, and is the name given to the sun kissed stretch of Mediterranean Coast leading down from Granada along the Andalusian Coast all the way to Gibraltar.

Starting with the cliffs of Maro, through Nerja, the balcony of Europe, the coast road will take you on past Malaga, through bustling Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, exclusive Marbella and Puerto Banus, Estepona and Manilava right to the tranquillity of Casares. The Costa del Sol is full of little pieces of paradise and between all these towns and villages and you’re sure to find a little piece of your own.

Known as the Costa del Golf, there are over 70 golf courses including some of the world’s finest including Valederrama, home to the ‘97 Ryder cup and this year’s Volvo Masters.   Stepped in history, it’s also home to hundreds of museums, some of the best restaurants in the country, dozens of luxury hotels and, especially in Marbella, some of the best and most exclusive shopping on the planet. There are few places in the world where you can ski in the morning and swim in the sea in the afternoon, and the Costa del Sol is one of them

Costa del Sol towns

Dreamlife property has a large selection of exclusive property on the Costa del Sol. Whether you are interested in a luxury villa in Marbella, a whitewashed townhouse in Estepona or a seaside apartment in Fuengirola, we’re sure to be able to help. Our team of property experts based at our Costa del Sol office know the area well and are always on hand to give you all the help you need. It’s very important to us that you find the right place for you, and that you’re not just happy but thrilled with it! Just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help. We offer a comprehensive aftercare service to make sure you can enjoy the process of buying a property in Spain without having to worry about a thing. We can take care of everything before, during and after the property purchase. So no matter what property you’re looking for on the Costa del Sol, be it a luxury villa on Marbella’s golden mile or houses in Malaga, we’ll help you find your dream property on the Costa del Sol. Get in touch now and one of our property experts will assist you straight away.

The New Golden Mile

Not to be confused with the Golden Mile, this area stretches from San Pedro to Estepona, and was coined by marketing hype in the boom years for real estate prior to 2008. However, saying that this is lovely area of the Costa del Sol and has a mix of private urbanisations and commercial centres with a sprinkle of Equestrian Centre’s. The New Golden Mile is home to some important Equestrian events as well has having a strong Golfing community.


Renowned for its restaurants Benahavís is often referred to as the dining room of the Costa del Sol, it is situated in the mountains near Estepona, Marbella and Ronda, about seven kilometers from the coast. This area is known for its privacy attracts the rich and famous who want the quieter life, its status is enhanced by the very exclusive luxurious development of La Zagaleta. Benahavís is surrounded by nine golf courses, which are expected to increase to fifteen in the next decade.



Estepona known as the Garden City of the Costa del Sol, this wonderful place has amazing beaches that stretch for 21km’s, a beautiful place mixing old world charm with modern developments. Estepona has a lot to offer, and has an unusual micro-climate that gives 325 days of sunshine per year. Estepona still has a working port and fresh fish are caught daily and served in the many restaurants to be found throughout the city.


Duquesa Port comes under the region of Manilva and is considered to be one of the prettiest ports on the coast. Duquesa is a great port for boating enthusiasts; its charm is the peaceful area that still retains beautiful unspoilt countryside, which is home to the Muscatel grapes, for production of the fine wines in the region. Surrounded by Golf courses this area gives a wide variety of activities, in the evenings the excellent bars and restaurants surrounding the Port allow you to relax of a hard day of boating or golfing.


Sotogrande is spread over 20 square kilometers and is the largest privately owned development on the Costa del Sol. Sotogrande is renowned for its sporting activities, it has 5 Championship golf courses and 6 world class Polo fields, and in addition other activities include tennis, rugby and equestrian. Sotogrande is well known for its architectural styles from Moors to modern day designs and is a showcase for the different designs. The busy marina is flanked by beautiful beaches and in the summer operates a water taxi.


This historic coastal town is split into three distinct areas; Benalmádena Pueblo this is the original village, Benalmádena Costa this is the modern urban area and has many attractions including the marina and lastly Arroyo de la Miel (Honey Stream) which was originally a village in between the two Benalmádena’s. The whole area is steeped in history and dates back to the prehistoric times, mainly occupied by the Moor’s the name is said to originate from Arabic translations. Benalmádena’s claim to fame is it has the largest Buddhist Stupa in the Western world and the only real ice skating rink on the Costa del Sol.


Fuengirola is steeped in history originally called Suel and then Suhayl, Sohail Castle, was built by the Arabs and has been fully restored and now holds festivals each year. With 8km’s of beach Fuengirola is a popular tourist destination for all the family from a Biopark Zoo to massive water parks, plaza’s and food from all round the world. The Feria ground is host each year to the multi culture fair where different nationalities display their countries and cuisine for people to experience.

La Cala de Mijas

This must be one of the very few towns on the Costa del Sol that still retains a village feel, they have some amazing fish dishes and sardines are still grilled on the beach. The town has an international flavour and has a quiet opulence, with modern and old architecture merging seamlessly together. La Cala de Mijas (the bay of Mijas) still retains its historical roots which can been seen in the old watch tower, in its ancient history La Cala de Mijas was one of the defence towns and has one of the four towers set along the coast dating back to the 16th century.


After the Second World War Marbella was just a small jasmine-lined village and was discovered by Ricardo Soriano who brought all his rich friends with him and started a new era in the tourist area, his cousin opened the Marbella Club and the 1980’s saw Marbella as the popular destination for the ‘jet set’ and over the decades it has continued to attract the wealthy. Nowadays the Old town is a popular destination for good food and tranquil plazas, whilst the Marina showcases yachts and speedboats.

Mijas Pueblo

This traditional White Andalusian village nestled in the mountains, has the most stunning views over the coast and out to sea. As you wonder around the streets you will come across several attractions that make it a lovely day out. Mijas Pueblo has the smallest chocolate factory in the world which they are very proud of and you can actually make your own chocolate bars in the little factory, great fun for all the family. In addition to the fabulous views Mijas Pueblo has a very old church carved in to the rock dating back to the 12th century, lovely restaurants and whilst you dine in the evenings you can listen to live music in the main plaza and dance the night away.

Nueva Andalucia

Nueva Andalucía is just tucked in behind Puerto Banus and ten minutes away from Marbella, as the name suggests it is new part of the coast, you enter the area just past the Bull Ring and the area has been developed to reflect the traditional Andalusian architecture. Also referred to as Golf Valley, Nueva Andalucía is surrounded by world class golf courses to suit all levels. A ten minute drive gives you access to the beaches and restaurants of Puerto Banus and Marbella.

Puerto Banús

Puerto Banús compared to the rest of the coast is a new comer to the scene; the land was originally bought by José Banús in 1970 hence the name, he built a luxury marina and shopping complex and it has since become one of the largest entertainment centres in the Costa del Sol and very popular with international celebrities. Puerto Banús is renowned for its expensive designer shops and luxury cars parked in the streets during the summer months.

San Pedro de Alcantara

This is still the most typical Spanish town left on the Costa del Sol, but over the last few years San Pedro de Alcántara has benefited from investment and many parks and natural environments have been developed. Surrounded by rugged hills San Pedro de Alcántara is situated on a fertile agriculture plain, which the produce from this is reflected in the local cuisine. San Pedro de Alcántara has beautiful wide beaches and a newly constructed promenade.

The Golden Mile

This is actually called Marbella’s Golden Mile and is in reality four miles long (6.4km) and joins Marbella with Puerto Banus. The term for this could also be millionaires row, due to the fact this stretch of land is populated with Marbella’s luxurious Villa’s and Estates, Michelin star Restaurants and five star hotels. The Golden Mile was developed during the tourist boom of the 60’s and has amazing sea and mountain views.

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