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Andalucia and the Costa del Sol

Andalucia and the Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol still is the best holiday option available.

Despite the crisis and the property scandals Spain still retains its holiday appeal with all Northern Hemisphere European countries and in particular Britain.

I wonder how many still remember Freddie Laker back in the late 50s. His cheap chartered flights and packaged tours were a major contributor to making Spain one of the cheapest holiday resorts to aim for. The Costa Blanca was one of the favourites; it was the cheap holiday in the sun that most people could afford.

In some ways this has created a stigma for Spain and the mental association between cheap holidays and Spain is deeply rooted. While it is true to say that the cheap holiday packages still continue, the popularity of Andalucia and in particular the Costa del Sol did reach extraordinary proportions.

It is understandable when you consider that the temperature rarely drops below 18ºC, meaning that it will always be warmer than other places at the same time of year, the summer sunshine is guaranteed and the resorts within the Costa del Sol cover 150 kms. of coast line, with long stretches of sand leading into the warm Mediterranean Sea. Beautiful beaches with safe bathing for families with small children, water sports with varying degrees of excitement for the adults, magnificent golf courses, superb shopping and a vibrant nightlife, it is no surprise that so many people holiday here.

The difference is that the Costa del Sol, though cheap by comparison to other country’s resorts, it is not the cheapest in Spain, especially at peak times. The rapid growth of cheap airlines competing for business continues to make Spain one of the best holiday options available and it is not far from home, but the sheer volume of tourism has grossly contributed to the loss of exclusivity that the Costa del Sol, centred on Marbella and Puerto Banus, used to enjoy.

I believe Sean Connery leaving Marbella was the mark that changed the course of history. Although the Costa del Sol lost a lot of its attraction for the rich and famous, nevertheless its infrastructure is still inviting to the better and more affluent type of tourist, especially in centres like Marbella, Puerto Banus and Sotogrande.


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Sun and beaches are not the only attractions, the night life on Costa del Sol is very diverse and you can do anything from having a romantic meal in one of the many high quality restaurants to dancing into the early hours of the morning at a local disco.

There’s plenty to see on Costa del Sol, even outside the busy summer period, but if you’re looking for a cheaper holiday then you’ll want to visit in May or October for the best deals.

The climate makes the Costa del Sol and attractive proposition all year round, not forgetting that, although golf courses in Andalucia can be played all year round, spring, autumn and winter offer a more favourable climate.

Inland, the small towns and villages, often built on the sides of hills, are in complete contrast to the coastal strip. The whitewashed houses, with their tiled red roofs, nestle together along narrow winding streets. In the hills, the opportunities available are, among others, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and hang gliding.

In addition the Costa del Sol is host to many music, dance and theatre festivals particularly through the summer months. Flamenco dancing is especially popular as it is the traditional dance of the gypsies of Andalusia. Bull fighting remains part of Spanish culture and the Costa del Sol has its share of bull rings, even though the spectacle is no longer so popular among tourists.

The nightlife in the Costa del Sol is noted for its drive and vitality. With numerous bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants and casinos there is something for everyone. Where else in the world would you find all this just a short flight away from home?



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andalucia and the costa del sol

I have read your article with interest. First of all I would like to say it was very interesting reading. We moved here nine years ago to retire and enjoy what we thought would be a life pleasant living and good dining out, eating good Spanish cuisine and getting to know the Spanish way of life. The early days were great, and most enjoyable, things were good and we got to know many people. However, the Costa Del Sol is not the jewel in the crown. Over the years we have seen nothing but corruption in the town halls and some of our friends being ripped off to say the least. I have never seen so much rubbish dumped on the waste ground and in the streets around the Costa Del Sol in general. I think it is bad how things have turned,. We have had two lots of friends stay recently and they were amazed at the amount of rubbish dumped around the coast. We both lived in other counties which were described as third world counties, and they remarked how this part of Spain is not dissimilar to them, and I do have to agree. The Costa Del Sol need a kick up the backside to remove this image that people are adopting of the area. It certainly is not the jewel it is purported to be any longer. Probably to do with all the corruption that has been going on

Rated: 4/5 (22nd July 2009)

Editor's comments: Thank you for your comments. Let's hope the recession will get rid of some of the unwanted elements that have been plahuing the Costa over the last few years. There are some more articles on the matter in the last couple of editions.

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