The Costa del Sol can offer a great variety of activities more so than any other Costa region in Spain. With such a large population of international residents living on the Costa del Sol, demand for recreational activities and education is very high. We have highlighted a few of the activities available on the Costa del Sol but these listings only represent a few of many. If you are thinking about moving to the Costa del Sol permantly, and have children who need to be in schools or further education, then this wonderful region of Spain can offer you the broadest range of International schools in Spain.

Costa del Sol

White village on the Costa Del SolCosta del Sol known to many as “the bridge between two continents”, “the gateway to Europe”, “a melting pot of cultures” or “a meeting point of two seas” fits perfectly within any of these definitions

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A direct link between Europe and Africa, and the place where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean, Andalucia has been fought over by numerous cultures since the earliest times of civilization, being one of the areas of settlement of our prehistoric ancestors.

Andalucian white villageAndalucia covers 17.3% of Spanish territory, 87, 268 km² in total, making it the largest single region, with an area greater than countries such as Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland.

In Andalucia and the Costa del Sol, contrasts are the norm. The diversity of the landscapes which make up the region provides an entire spectrum: from the warm Guadalquivir valley, to leafy low mountain areas, from volcanic landscapes such as the Tabernas Desert to the White village in Spainwhite peaks of Sierra Nevada.

Andalucia’s main river, the Guadalquivir, from the Arabic, meaning “Great River”, together with its tributary, the Genil, forms a fertile valley which constitutes the fundamental geographical axis of Andalucia. From its beginnings in eastern Andalucia, in the Sierra de Cazorla, to its outlet into the sea in the west, next to the marshes of Doñana National Park, the Guadalquivir is a source of life all along its journey across Andalucian territory.

Sunset in the Betico Mountains

Costa del Sol – The Bético Mountains.

Numerous tributaries, springing from the mountain areas along its banks, pour the excess water from the reservoirs in Sierra Morena or the Betico Mountains into the Guadalquivir. Such water takes on an important role in regulating the water supply, not only for human consumption, but also in the case of heavy rains and the consequent river floods.

Ski lift in the Sierra Nevada mountains

Costa del Sol – The Sierra Nevada mountains. Fancy skiing in the morning and being on the beach in the afternoon?

Despite the importance of the Guadalquivir, fifty per cent of the region is mountainous. A third of the territory stands above 600 metres, with many high plains areas, and there are 46 peaks above 1000 metres.

The queen of heights is undoubtedly the Sierra Nevada, in the heart of the Penibético System, where summits above 3, 400 m, such as el Mulhacén and El Veleta, preside majestically over the rest of the nearby ranges.

Within forty kilometres it is possible to travel from this alpine landscape to the tropical shores of the Mediterranean and the Costa del Sol. The Andalucian coast, almost 900 km long, is home to a large number of towns and beaches, the delight of those who visit them. In recent years, Andalucia has made great efforts to improve the quality of its coastal area to suit the increasingly demanding tourist market.

Within this diverse landscape live more than seven million inhabitants, spread out among the diverse habitats which abound. The majority live in the big cities – the eight provincial capitals (Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville) and Jerez de la Frontera head the list with regards to population growth – while many others prefer to live in towns, small mountain villages, country estates and farmsteads.

Costa Del Sol beach

Costa del Sol –

A typical beach in Marbella.

This collection of environments forms a blend of tourist offers, which range from the monumental glory of the big towns to the traditional nature of small villages, a continual source of inspiration for all types of artists.

Indoor arena

 ” Costa del Sol”

Nowadays, Andalucia is a modern community, equipped with a great infrastructure that knows how to welcome its visitors, and which, despite being conscious of moving with the times, takes great pains to maintain its roots and to look after its important cultural and monumental patrimony.

Andalucia has also made a great effort to back sports, not only due to the growing interest among its people for this healthy way of caring for the body, but also in response to the importance that sport has amongst the visitors to this community. Apart from the great variety of sporting events held in this region, ranging from the most simple to high-level sports events, there are always world class competitions on the horizon to keep hopes high for the future.

People who read this page on the Costa del Sol in Spain, were also interested in the following Spanish towns and information pages:

Benalmadena – Calahonda – Estepona – Fuengirola – Manilva – Marbella – Mijas  – Puerto Banus – Puerto Duquesa – San Pedro -Spanish Towns – Costa del Sol – Sotogrande