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The Costa Del Sol is the name of the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain. In former times, a variety of bumpy roads connected the region's sandy bays and remote fishing villages but today, its modern roads cater for mass tourism.
Almunecar is the main tourist centre on this section of the coast. Once a tranquil fishing village, it's now a busy coastal resort. A wide road separates clean, extensive beaches from huge apartment blocks that were constructed during an amazing transformation of the coastline.
Torrox is an Andalusian mountain village that has so far managed to remain off the tourist trail and in which village life continues as it always has done.
Since Phoenician times, Malaga has been a busy trading port that was defended by the Castillo De Gibralfaro, which is located on the summit of a mountain. The large bay, with its protective mountain range in the north, enjoys a mild climate throughout the entire year.
Around 10 kilometres south of Malaga is the modern coastal resort of Torremolinos, since the 1950s a centre of mass tourism. The city developed at a wild pace and soon had all the attributes of a modern holiday resort, with innumerable huge skyscrapers, bars and restaurants and also endless sandy beaches and exciting entertainment facilities.
Marbella is the prima donna of the Costa Del Sol and a marvelous rendezvous for the stars of both stage and screen, a leisure resort for the international jet set. The yachting harbor of Puerto Banus is the true symbol of Marbella and its quay has a colorful variety of bars, cafes, restaurants and exquisite shops.
The journey through fiery southern Spain ends with the Rock of Gibraltar. Dreamy harbor towns cultural metropolises with a Moorish past and Christian buildings and white villages. The Costa Del Sol is full of history and magical atmosphere. The sun is just a bonus!