What's so special about the Costa del Sol?
By Mitch Horst
The Costa del Sol is justifiably called ‘The Sun Coast’. Located Málaga, Spain’s southernmost province, this seaside region is one of the warmest and sunniest in Europe – but with the clean, cool sea wind to keep the afternoons comfortable (even for no-locals).
This region has a rich culture and a history stretching back more than 2,800 years. Málaga (Then called Malaka) was founded by the Phoenicians in 770 BC. It was ruled from Carthage and then eventually Rome. By 1026 AD it was an independent Muslim kingdom, and then became part of Spain proper only in the 15th century! The ruins of all of these cultures abound in the area, and all have left indelible influences on the art, cuisine and culture of the region.
The Costa del Sol’s history as a major tourism center goes back more than 100 years, when the first public beaches, golf courses and luxury hotels were developed in the region. However, it didn’t really explode as a destination for Western tourists until the 1960s. The post-war boom in tourism coincided with the economic recovery of ‘the Spanish Miracle’. The result was massive investment in the region, and the re-development of the truly world-class beaches, golf courses, and modern 4-star resorts which make the Costa del Sol what it is today. When the Málaga airport was rebuilt in the 1970s, there was nothing holding the region back!
The Costa del Sol today is an amazing mix of the ancient and the post-modern. There are the massive temples, churches and ruins of the past preserved in all their glory, but at the same time there are vibrant contemporary cultural centers like ‘the Soho of Malaga’ and the CAC. It features some of the most respected museums in the world, but also abounds with music venues, alternative art centers and a strong youth culture.
The night-life is nothing to sneeze at either! Everyone knows what Ibiza has to offer, but Marbella, Puerto Banus, Benalmadena and Torremolinos all have amazing things in store for tourists and residents alike. Of course, Málaga itself is a thoroughly modern, cosmopolitan metropolis, with all the bars, restaurants, night clubs, and shopping anyone could want.
With all that in mind, it’s no wonder that the resort property market in the Costa del Sol is hotter than ever, and never even slowed down for the recessions that rocked the rest of the world. The wealthy will always need somewhere to play, and the Costa del Sol will always be there to provide exactly that!
If you would like to know more about the last few units available at the Coto Real tourist resort – and the amazing return on investment they offer – contact me at the number below, or return the reservation form I sent you earlier. We can schedule a viewing at a time of your convenience. The weather is beautiful there at the moment – but then again it usually is.