Imagine a place where the year-round average temperature is over 65 degrees Fahrenheit. A land where the sun shines bright and beautiful over 300 days a year. Visit Costa del Sol this summer and discover this amazing destination for yourself.
The life-changing adventures you’ll experience when you visit Costa del Sol will bring you and your family lasting memories.
Few places in the world showcase the level of beauty, history and complete enjoyment than this near-perfect corner in the southern region of Spain.
While entire books could be written on the history and culture of Costa del Sol, we’ve taken the time to break down 12 reasons to visit Costa del Sol this summer.
It will be a vacation you’ll never forget.
Now let’s explore the region.
1. The Best Climate in Europe — Hands Down
Boasting the mildest winters in all of Europe, Costa del Sol is a popular “snowbird” destination for thousands of people living in the rest of Europe.
The summers are just as good — or even better.
While inland Europe is baking in the summer heat, Costa del Sol averages a comfortable temperature of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Summer is also the driest season in the region, averaging only about 10 days of rain from June through August.
Even better, the median cloud cover is only 19% during the summer. What better way to soak up those golden rays and work on a tan?
2. Visit Costa Del Sol to See the Birth Place of Pablo Picasso
We all recognize Pablo Picasso as one of the most famous artists in the history of the world.
But did you know he was from the Costa del Sol region of Spain? You do now.
Born in 1881, Picasso went on to pioneer the art world by introducing the Cuban movement.
Make a stop at the Museo Picasso Malaga to view 285 of Picasso’s finest works that were donated by the family.
No summer vacation is complete without exploring the art culture of the region you’re visiting. This stop is a must on your trip to Costa del Sol.
3. The Amazing Rock of Gibraltar
When it comes to breathtaking natural land masses, there are few locations in the world that can compare to the Rock of Gibraltar.
This small British colony has an unparalleled identity as it towers above the Straights of Gibraltar.
The various cultures living here have been peacefully co-existing for many thousands of years.
When you visit the Rock of Gibraltar you can visit caves from prehistoric times gone by. You can also follow the tunnels that Winston Churchill used during World War 2.
The most popular attractions, however, are the top-dwelling Barbary Apes.
4. Party with the Superstars
Marbella is known as Costa del Sol’s “Hollywood.”
Everybody from sports stars, famous musicians and movie personalities can be found in the streets and clubs of Marbella.
Enjoy a few high-end cocktails at ritzy bars that will rival any bars in Hollywood.
Spend the rest of your nights (and into the early morning hours) dancing in legendary clubs suitable for VIPs and vacationers alike.
Want to know how the other half vacations? Marbella’s beach parties and 5-star golf resorts will give you the experience you’ve always wanted to have.
5. Visit Costa Del Sol for Some of the Best Golf in the World
In fact, Cadiz and Malaga have more courses per square mile than any other city in all of Europe.
If you can only visit one golf course while you’re in Costa del Sol, make sure it’s the Valderrama Golf Club in the Sotogrande resort. This course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and is one of the finest courses in Europe.
Looking for another golf outing during your trip? Located near Casares is the Finca Cortesis Golf Club.
Finca Cortesis boasts a world-class golfing experience. When your 18 holes are complete, enjoy award-winning 5-star dining in what can loosely be called the clubhouse.
6. Explore Great Little Towns and Cities While You Visit Costa Del Sol
Want to win a bar bet? Challenge your bar neighbor on what the oldest village in Europe is. No Googling!
The answer is Cadiz in Costa del Sol. Believe it or not, this village was founded in 1104 B.C. and is still thriving.
Are you a fan of Old Western movies? You probably didn’t know that Almeria was a popular movie set location for films starring Clint Eastwood and John Wayne.
For the history buffs, head over to Hueva and see the exact location where Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World.
If you’re afraid of heights, Ronda — the city on top of a mountain sitting high on a gorge — may not be for you. But if breathtaking scenery is what you’re after, check this city out.
7. The Stars of El Chorro
There are few things in the world more peaceful than a night under the El Chorro stars.
Many say this is the “real Costa del Sol”.
Three stunning turquoise lakes converge in this region — also known as Malaga’s Lake District.
Bring your camping gear or rent some locally. Lay outside and gaze on the bright constellations that fill the night sky.
View the Garganta del Chorro — a large river gorge providing unforgettable views.
8. Chefchaouen and Morocco
Go to where the Mediterranean meets the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. From Cap Spartel, Morocco to Hydrofoil is where this magical place lives.
In this region you can shop the Souk market for handmade fabrics, carpets, and delicious spices. Spend a night and take a memorable journey to the Rif mountains into the village of Chefchaouen.
Want to know what life was like 500 years ago? This is the place to be.
9. Take an Unforgettable Road Trip
When you visit Costa del Sol, a slow and well-paced road trip is in order.
Begin your road trip in Malaga and make your way to Gibraltar. Along the way you’ll want to make stops in such towns as Fuengirola, Estepona, Marbella, and Torremolinos.
These stops are absolute staples in your trip.
You’ll also want to stop in some of the more obscure villages and take in the culture of the people living there.
Take your time and don’t try to keep to a pre-set schedule. The journey is the destination.
10. Drink in the Views on Top of Mount Calamorro
If you’re ready to see all the glory when you visit Costa del Sol, head to Benalmadena and get a ride on the cable car that climbs all the way to the peak of Mount Calamorro.
This is a very short drive from the town of Torremolinos and is the highest altitude you’ll find in the immediate area, at over 2,600 feet above sea level.
From the top of Mount Calamorro you can see all the way to Gibraltar and on clear days can even gaze upon the African coast.
In the Valley of the Eagles, you can watch majestic birds hunt for their prey as they effortlessly glide above the Mediterranean landscape.
11. The Unforgettable Caves of Nerja
These caves, known as Cuevas de Nerja (Caves of Nerja) are almost from another world.
When you’re ready to leave behind the bars and beaches as you visit Costa del Sol and experience a living and breathing natural wonder, this is where to head.
The tranquility of these caves is second to none. Listen to the soft flow of relaxing water while gazing upon unbelievably large stalagmites and stalactites.
Have you ever heard of a music amphitheater within a cave? In the caves of Nerja that’s what you’ll find. One of the caves’ chambers houses an area where you’ll hear recitals that perfectly echo through all of the caves.
You will not forget these beautiful sounds and scenery.
12. A Bird Watcher’s Dream Come True
When you’re ready to do some serious bird watching, head to the Straits of Gibraltar.
This area is a popular migratory point between Africa and Europe for many species of birds.
You can witness countless species heading north as late as June, while the southern routes begin in July and end in early November.
Have you even seen a Griffon vulture? If not, you should. With wingspans of over 9 feet, these birds are majestic.
Head to Sierra Crestellina Nature Park to see the Griffon vulture colony that resides there.
There are even 13 species of resident raptors in Andalucia.
Costa del Sol is a haven for the avid bird water.
13. Summer Fiestas
When you visit Costa del Sol in the summer you’ll want to check out the fiestas.
In June head to the International Festival of Music and Dance which takes place in Granada.
When July rolls around, there’s no fiesta like Cordoba’s International Guitar Festival. This takes place in the Alcazar gardens.
Come August it’s time for the Feria in Casares. This yearly fiesta is celebrated by the entire town. You don’t want to miss it.
After you Visit Costa Del Sol, You Just May Want to Move There
After visiting Costa Del Sol you may decide you want to permanently live in the best climate in Europe.
Who wouldn’t? There are few places in the world that offer what this region in the south of Spain does.
Even if you don’t plan on moving to Costa del Sol, these 12 reasons to visit this summer are just the tip of the iceberg on the experiences that await you.
Make sure to enjoy it all!