The beach and the sun are without a doubt the two most valuable assets of this important tourist destination. So much so, that even the name Costa del Sol cannot help but to include them.
The success of the Costa del Sol has always been associated with exceptional facilities and a complete range of services. All this, plus the benign climate and the richness of the extensive coastline has turned this destination into a favourite holiday region.
The Costa del Sol is an area in the south of Spain that benefits from exceptionally good Mediterranean weather, with average summer temperatures exceeding 25 degrees. The coastline, full of natural splendour, extends for 161 kilometres and its various beaches range from huge expanses of golden sand to hidden coves with secluded beaches.
With an average of more than three hundred cloudless days a year, there are endless hours to enjoy the beaches during the summer. It is never too cold for a swim as the sea has a medium temperature of eighteen degrees, which in August can often rise to above twenty-four. Therefore, the summer season on the Costa del Sol is much longer than just the months of July, August and September. The sun coast offers many beaches, and all of them are of a high standard and have extensive services, which have been recognised by the European Union under the blue flag system.
The majority of the beaches feature small open-air bars or these typical Spanish beach restaurants called 'chiringuitos'. The menu typically contains a selection of fresh fish and is usually good value. As a rule, the beaches with the best services are close to urban or residential areas. These services may include deck chairs, showers and toilets, lifeguards or beach security. All kind of water sports equipment can be hired on the beaches or in one of the many leisure ports along the coast.
As you would expect, beaches that are more secluded do not offer all of these services. These quiet places however spoil the visitor with tranquillity and intimacy. The practice of going 'topless' is acceptable on all beaches in Spain, however there are four private nudist beaches in Estepona, Benalmádena, Guadalmar and Torre del Mar.
In conclusion, you can rest assured that there are many different kinds of beaches to suit all kinds of people.