The Costa del Sol is the coast of the province of Málaga, an approximately 200 km long stretch that runs from Nerja in the east, to Manilva in the west. A total of 17 municipalities are included. These also include the inland municipality of Benahavís and two municipalities in the province of Cádiz, San Roque and La Linea de la Concepción. The area is home to close to 1.5 million inhabitants.
The Costa del Sol has an annual average temperature of 19 degrees and more than 300 days of sunshine per year. There climate is typical Mediterranean with hot dry summers and mild winters. If it rains, it mainly happens between November and May. The Costa del Sol is green and flowering for most of the year, with the beautiful bougainvillea as a common colorful element, other typical plants are lemon and orange trees, mimosa, jacaranda, palm trees and pine trees.
The Costa del Sol has been a favorite destination for a lot of people since the 1950s. Especially for the British, Scandinavians, Germans and French. The success story started about 70 years ago when celebrities such as Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, Brigitte Bardot and Frank Sinatra visited the Costa del Sol, which began to gain international fame.
Sardine skewers, "espetos de sardinas" and boquerones, which is also the nickname of the people of Málaga, are two of the most typical dishes. In general, much of the food revolves around seafood that is often eaten at one of the many beach restaurants, so-called chiringuitos. There you can sit with your toes in the sand, enjoying good food and drinks to the sound of the waves. During the hot summers, a cold gazpacho is recommended. Different varieties of tapas are available in most restaurants and among the favorites are of course the Spanish ham "jamón ibérico", goat cheese, olives, potato omelette "tortilla de patata" or ensaladilla rusa, the refreshing Andalusian salad pipirrana or cold shredded grilled peppers mixed with onions and olive oil. Also, do not miss eating fried churros dipped in hot chocolate or coffee. Or to try the local sweet wine Málaga Dulce.