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People from the UK have been holidaying on Spain southern coast for more than sixty years now. These days, thousands of tourists flock there every year, and around 300,000 have set up their permanent homes there.

‘Costa del Sol’ means ‘sunshine coast’ and here lies the secret of the regions great popularity with us Brits. This coast boasts around 320 sunny days every year, making it the perfect year round holiday destination.

Additionally, this beautiful 161-kilometre coastline offers absolutely everything you could wish for too make your holiday a success. In Marbella alone there are around 20 kilometres of wonderful beaches, dotted with luxury hotels and beach clubs. Torremolinos’ beaches are ideally located near to a selection of shops, tapas bars and ice cream parlours. For a dose of real Spanish old school charm, head to Benalmadena, where you will discover a charming whitewashed village with a school and harbour area.

Sitting between Torremolinos and Marbella is the former fishing community of Fuengirola. This is now a key destination on the Costa del Sol and offers plenty of hotels, bars and restaurants both traditional and modern to suit all budgets and tastes. A Moorish castle adds a dash of mystery and the huge beach seals the deal.

Benalmadena is situated just up the coast from Torremolinos. This is an elegant and much loved resort packed with quintessential Andalusian charm, yet it also offers all the amenities a modern holiday maker could possibly wish for.

Torremolinos itself is as popular as even amongst visitors form the UK.

This in one of the longest established holiday destinations on the entire Costa del Sol, and has a pedigree dating back to the halcyon days of the early Fifties. Back then, it was a popular with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly; today, the gorgeous beach is still the centre of attention, but there is also a famous night scene and lots of good shopping too.

For those wishing to explore this part of Spain further, you could not be more ideally placed. The Costa del Sol is known as the ‘gateway’ to Andalucia, where you will find a multitude of ‘pueblo blancos’ - the pretty whitewashed villages built on the steep hillsides. Two must see towns are Seville and Granada.

During the summer months, the temperature in the daytime on the Costa del Sol rarely falls beneath 30 degrees. During the spring and autumn, you can confidently expect average temperatures of around 18-20 degrees.

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