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The Changing Face of the Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol Featured Hotels

The Costa de Sol has long been a popular holiday resort but it has changed and moved with the times and now rates as one of the best and most reliable holiday destinations in Europe.

The Costa del Sol experienced its first rush of popularity with British holiday makers in the 1960´s with the advent of the "package holiday."

The intoxicating mix of guaranteed sunshine, cheap beer, safe, sandy beaches combined with the opportunity to go abroad for the first time in many people's lives not to mention to fly, was just too good to be resisted. Add to this the chance to stay in a hotel instead of a boarding house in Blackpool and the result was a forgone conclusion with hoards of British holidaymakers burning themselves on the beaches by day and throwing up in the discos by night.

Fuengirola Beach
This love affair with package tours to the Costa del Sol continued unabated for nearly thirty years with holidaymakers sticking strictly to the coast, very rarely being seen to venture into the hinterland of Andalucia. Car Hire was not a consideration, after all nobody wanted to drive on the wrong side of the road. But then things started to change.

Eventually a few of the more enterprising visitors began to explore the countryside and even began to take advantage of the incredibly cheap property prices as the locals, who for generations had eked out a poor living from the land, decided to sell up and live more comfortable lives in the pueblos.

Taking full advantage of the lack of building regulations it was possible to build your dream house on a fantastic sunny hillside surrounded by peace, tranquility and nature with some stunning views thrown in, at a fraction of the cost of a similar property back home in dreary old blighty.

Once these homes were completed and the coffers running a bit low these enterprising individuals started to look around for ways to replenish them. Realizing that there were plenty of Brits who did not belong to the sun, sea and sangria brigade but who expected from their holidays rest, relaxation, the chance to recharge their batteries and experience something of the true nature of Spain they decided to open up their homes and thus rural tourism in Spain was born.

Rustic villas in the most idyllic settings imaginable were rented out to eager tourists wanting to get away from it all and experience the "real Spain." What a revelation this was. To be able to rent a beautiful property with a pool surrounded by nothing but nature and perhaps a few goats. The peace, the sunshine - it was a winning combination.

For a few years these pioneers had the stage to themselves but it did not take long for the developers to catch on and move in.

Apartments on the coast started to go up at a rate of knots with the next stage in the Costa del Sol tourist industry being residential tourism. Mortgages with very favourable interest rates were offered to foreigners for the first time and it became increasingly easy for EU nationals to reside in Spain. Pensions could be paid into Spanish banks and the health care on offer was deemed to be as good, if not better, than back in the U.K.

The result was the purchase of thousands of second homes on the Costa del Sol. Some being bought with the intention of renting as holidaymakers makers began to have the confidence to move away from the security and all inclusiveness of the package tours and decided to go it alone by renting an apartment and shopping around on the "net" for cheap flights.

In tandem with this was the promotion of golf tourism with the construction of many first class golf courses and the renaming of the Costa del Sol to the Costa del Golf.

All this development has obviously bought incredible change to the area, some of it good and some of it bad. The roads and all infrastructure have improved beyond bounds. There are many more and varied attractions for visitors now from 2 fabulous aqua parks, to Selwo wildlife Park and Selwo Marina, The Picasso Museum, Mijas Race Course, Sea World, the list goes on. The town's and city's streets and parks are always beautifully kept with exotic plants and plenty of colour. The original attraction, the beaches, have not been left out either as many of them now have lovely long, clean promenades, they are all kept immaculate and have their share of coveted blue flags.

And so the Brit's love affair with Spain continues unabated and for very good reason. The Spanish are a friendly, obliging nation, we get on well together with no underlying historical frictions. The weather is reliable, the language not difficult, the cost of living still reasonable and the distance from home and the cost of travel quite acceptable. To make things even more attractive the recent modernizing and up grading of the Costa del Sol has resulted in some very attractive and luxurious developments, albeit perhaps one or two too many, along with much improved town planning, banking, shopping and all general facilities. Foreign and national and EU investment in the area has made all this possible and it not only has much to offer all types of tourists but also the many foreign residents who have chose to make it their second home.

Costa del Sol Featured Hotels

Ruth Polak is the owner of www.costadelsol-vacationrentals.com, a web site specializing in holiday villas and apartments on the Costa del Sol and in Rural Andalucia. You will also find lots of information about Spain and Andalucia, in particular. 

Estepona - Quiet Gem on the Costa del Sol in Spain 
Estepona is a wonderful little town - relatively unspoiled by tourism - and located on the Costa del Sol, about 30 minutes from Marbella, and only a short drive to Gibraltar.

Unlike the busy towns of Marbella and Fuengirola, Estepona is relatively quiet - and the centre of town is still very traditionally Spanish.  The winding narrow streets are lined with older houses, with balconies decorated with bright geraniums, and the sound of pet birds singing in their cages makes a lovely musical background as you stroll along.  Relax in the Plaza de las Flores (pictured right) - a beautiful town square lined with flowers and several excellent cafes and bars. 

There's a coffee bar on virtually every corner of town and you will never go short on somewhere different to eat dinner, or have a light snack, or "tapas".  On the beach you will find the famous beach "chiringuitos" serving excellent sea food and other dishes, or just an ice cold drink when you need one... read more

Plaza de las Flores, Estepona
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AGH Estepona, Estepona, Costa del Sol
AGH Estepona is located along Paraiso Beach, near the Mediterranean coastline in Estepona, Spain. The beach beckons from only 200 meters away and offers an array of water sports. The area is also famous for pristine golf courses. The nearest golf course lies only 500 meters from AGH Estepona.  Five kilometers from the hotel, Marbella, the famous upscale coastal town, attracts luxury-seeking vacationers from Europe and beyond.  Six pools dot the grounds of AGH Estepona. A seventh pool is located inside the hotel.  Promoting rejuvenation for weary travelers, the hotel operates a 2,500-square-meter spa centre with a full menu of holistic wellness treatments...
Atalaya Park Golf Hotel & Resort, Costa del Sol
The Atalaya Park Golf Hotel and Resort is located on the Spanish Coast, surrounded by landscaped gardens, three kilometres from the resort of San Pedro.  Guests can swim in four outdoor pools and two indoor pools, with separate children's areas. Children can join the kids' club, or amuse themselves in the game room, and there is a daily entertainment programme and night time flamenco shows.  The Health Club offers a hot tub, sauna, massage treatments, steam room, fitness room, and hair and beauty salon.  The hotel has a range of dining options.   Many of the restaurants have garden terraces for outdoor dining, and guests can also enjoy live music at the piano bar, or cocktails at Candiles Round Pool Bar. 
Crowne Plaza Estepona Costa, Estepona
The Crowne Plaza Hotel Estepona is surrounded by lush subtropical gardens, four kilometres from the beach on the Costa del Sol, just outside of Estepona, Spain.  Selwo Adventure Park is five kilometres from the hotel, and Estepona town centre is 11 kilometres away.  This hotel features a futuristic design and is surrounded by swaying palm trees. Guests can use the sauna, steam room, gym, and aromatherapy showers in the spa and wellness centre, and eight treatment cabins offer massages, flotation beds, and a Katarsis bioclimatic cabin.  A variety of dining options are available at the Crowne Plaza Estepona.The Crowne Plaza Hotel Estepona has 146 air-conditioned guestrooms with a modern black, white, and brown decor and wood floors.
Diana Park Hotel, Estepona
The Hotel Diana Park is a first class property located 65 kilometers south of the Malaga Airport. Inaugurated in 1996, the national road 340 situates this hotel between Estepona and Marbella, only 7 kilometers from the famous harbor of "Puerto Banus", in a residential, secluded area.  The beach is only minutes away by car and the hotel is surrounded by several fine golf courses.  The enjoyment of the magnificent installations with the ambience of a friendly and modern hotel is ideally indicated for families and couples. The hotel is beautifully constructed in the best Andalusian style, surround by a total of 4.5 square meters of gardens, exuberant vegetation and Andalusian patios.
Gran Hotel Elba Estepona Thalasso & Spa, Estepona
This luxurious oceanfront hotel, with its wooden balconies, is just three kilometers from the fishing village of Estepona.  Set amongst beautiful gardens, the resort has been designed to reflect the traditional style of architecture of the area.  It features a Thalassotherapy Spa Centre, which offers a variety of thalasso beauty and health treatments, using pure seawater to regenerate tired travelers.  Situated on the beach, all the guest rooms, terraces and public areas offer stunning Mediterranean views.  The resort has two full-sized swimming pool, and a children's pool, as well, and there is also a poolside bar. There are three different specialty restaurants onsite, serving everything from Mediterranean to Asian cuisine. 
Hotel Selenza Estepona Thalasso & Spa, Estepona
Located in the Golden Mile of the Costa del Sol, the Selenza Thalasso Wellness Hotel is situated between the Marbella and the Estepona. The hotel offers 89 guest rooms that are decorated in a contemporary style and offer views of the garden or the pool. Enjoying the first rays of the morning sun, guests can start the day with a tempting breakfast in the breakfast room. The hotel also features a restaurant, serving the best creative cuisine, a coffee shop, offering snacks as well as a piano-bar providing fine drinks along with music. Further more, you can discover the on-site Thalassotherapy Centre, providing health, beauty or relaxation treatments.
Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Estepona
Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona is a beachfront resort complex built in an Andalusian Style and set in lush landscaped grounds of 45,000 square metres, by the Mediterranean sea. It is 19 kilometres from the city of Malaga, and Estepona's old town is just 900 metres away.  There are three lagoon-like swimming pools in the luxuriant sub-tropical gardens, the onsite spa offers a range of organic treatments, including detoxification programmes, and there is a hair salon.  The Pirate Island Kids' Club provides a full range of activities, and a wide variety of water sports are available at the adjacent beach.  Wireless internet access (surcharge) is offered in the air-conditioned public areas.
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Fuengirola - Popular Beach Resort on the Costa del Sol in Spain
You might have already visited Fuengirola in summer (July/August) - too many people, burning summer heat? Time to replan your Spanish holiday! The ideal time to visit this vibrant coastal city is during autumn and spring. Mild and pleasant temperatures, glorious sunshine, and quieter streets and beaches make for a really enjoyable holiday! You will find people smile just that little bit easier, shopping and dining are an absolute pleasure, and you can enjoy all the attractions this city has to offer in comfort.  At the time of writing, it is almost mid December, and the sun is warm and pleasant outside!

Wonderful sandy beaches, relatively empty out of season, stretch along the coast with many restaurants, bars and chiringuitos (beach cafes) to choose from. Plenty of good shops including fashion, food, shoes, etc. and some excellent new shopping centres have opened up on the border of Fuengirola and Mijas... read more

Sohail Castle Fuengirola
More reading - Fuengirola Zoo - An Oasis of Calm in the Centre of Town
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Confortel Fuengirola Hotel, Fuengirola
Set on the beach promenade, the modern, chic Confortel Fuengirola Hotel has more than 30 golf courses within a 40 kilometre radius of its prime location. The 180 contemporary guestrooms feature warm-toned decor. All offer furnished balconies, some with sea views. All rooms also include satellite television, direct-dial phones, minibars, safes and hair dryers. The half-board room rate incorporates buffet breakfast and dinner each day.  Lavish hot and cold buffets are served in the spacious main restaurant, which overlooks the beach; while lighter meals are served in the informal lobby bar. Guests can relax and take in the panoramic sea views from sunloungers alongside the pool, and order drinks and snacks from the poolside bar.
Hotel Gardenia Park Fuengirola
The Gardenia Park Hotel occupies a prime beachfront location overlooking the sweeping Mediterranean coastline. This is a popular destination with families as its away from bustle the resort centre however close transport links make Fuengirola’s shops and entertainment easily accessible.  The Gardenia Park caters for all the family providing daytime and evening activities including archery, games room and a playground for the little ones. The restaurant offers ‘all-you-can-eat’ options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, other options include a snack bar and two bars for the adults. The rooms are clean, spacious and fully air conditioned featuring a balcony for relaxation after a long days sunbathing.
Hotel Beatriz Palace & Spa, Fuengirola
A fantastic hotel located right on the beach, boasting superb facilities including a relaxing spa and on-site entertainment, ideal for a revitalizing and fun-filled holiday.  The attractive complex, situated next to Fuengirola’s 12th-century Sohail Castle, has a 300 metre stretch of beach right on its doorstep, and a 15 minute walk along the beach front will take you to the centre of Fuengirola. In addition the hotel is located within the Costa del Sol’s Golf Valley, just a few km from Marbella, a 20 minute drive from Malaga airport and 5 minutes from the train station. Amongst the outstanding amenities there is a spa centre with thermal pools, a tennis court and great gastronomic diversity with 2 restaurants, a tapas bar, a lobby bar and music bar and in the summer there are restaurants open by the pool.  285 superior rooms all with sea view, 3 restaurants, bars, plus a modern Thalassotherapy and Spa Centre.
Hotel El Puerto Fuengirola
The Hotel El Puerto is a sixteen storey modern resort complex with coastline views, situated right on the seafront in the centre of Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.  The architecture of this hotel is fascinating - both interior and exterior.  This hotel features 300 guestrooms distributed between two blocks, one with eight floors and the other with 16. All rooms open onto furnished balconies, and come equipped with air conditioning, satellite television, and direct-dial phones.  After breakfast, guests can head up to the 8th floor and spend the morning lounging around the circular rooftop pool, and enjoying panoramic views of the coastline. During the summer months there is a daytime activity programme for children aged 5-12 as well as evening entertainment for adults. There are two bars, including including the air-conditioned lobby lounge bar.
Hotel Torreblanca, Fuengirola
The Hotel Torreblanca is a modern property set in a residential area, located 200 metres from the beach and 2.5 kilometres from Fuengirola Town Centre. The 189 guestrooms feature light, modern decor with patterned fabrics and wood furnishings. All include air conditioning, satellite television, telephones and minibars. The half-board room rate incorporates buffet breakfast and dinner each day.  The Hotel restaurant serves a wide range of local and international dishes from an extensive buffet in a relaxed setting. Guests can stroll through the private gardens, go for a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, and pamper themselves in the hair salon. The hotel also offers table tennis, billiards and a children's playground.  There is a disco bar open till late, while practical amenities include luggage storage and complimentary parking nearby for those arriving by car.
Las Palmeras Hotel Fuengirola
Enjoy your holidays in one of the most beautiful hotels in Fuengirola, Costa del Sol, Spain.  The Hotel Las Palmeras is situated in the centre of Fuengirola, overlooking the harbour and the beach which is 200 meters away. Well connected by motorway with Malaga airport (25 kms).  5 minutes from bus and railway.  Great sports facilities in the area, golf, tennis, aquatic sports, horse riding. Weekly market for local crafts and bargains. Nightlife centered around the harbour area.  Ideal location for excursions to many interesting places.  The Hotel Las Palmeras offersa total of 400 twin rooms, 10 junior suites, and 6 rooms for disabled guests.  Restaurant OASIS, with capacity for 700 persons, offers you an International Buffet with breakfast, lunch and dinner with assorted hot and cold dishes. 
Las Piramides Hotel, Fuengirola
The beachfront Hotel Las Piramides is located in the heart of the Costa del Sol, 500 metres from the city centre of Fuengirola. Malaga Airport (agp) is approximately 30 kilometres, or a 20-minute drive, from the hotel.  The hotel features a large beachfront swimming pool (open seasonally) with a swim-up bar and poolside dining; the indoor, heated pool is open year round. The hotel provides complimentary towels, lounge chairs, and sunshades. Guests can workout in the gym with weights and cardiovascular machines, reserve a professional massage or use the sauna or spa tub. The coffee shop offers indoor and outdoor seating with a Mediterranean menu.  Windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, boating and fishing are available nearby. Golfers are spoilt for choice with more than 30 golf courses in the vicinity.
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Quick links for Costa del Sol Hotels:
Benalmadena Costa - Estepona - Fuengirola - Málaga - Marbella / Puerto Banus - Mijas - Nerja  - 
San Pedro de Alcántara  - Torremolinos

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