As we enter the peak season, you're probably dreaming now more than ever of your ideal Spanish home. With location, property type and budget being just 3 of the main things to consider, we thought we'd give you a quick tour of the Costa del Sol coastline. Hopefully it will help make your decision that little bit easier and tick at least one of these 3 considerations off your list.

Benalmadenais an extremely popular town ideally located between Malaga and Marbella - itis undoubtedly one of the Costa del Sol's most prime locations. This area hasgrown immensely over the years due to the vast increase in tourism, and is oneof the more popular areas for Brits looking to relocate to the Costa del Sol.There is certainly something to suit all age ranges from the number of beachbars along the promenade to the likes of Tivoli World, the butterfly park andthe numerous golf courses that Benalmadena has to offer. 

Location Highlights

  • There are roughly 15 beaches to choose from
  • 15 minutes from Malaga airport
  • Plenty of cuisines along the seafront, especially sea food
  • The population of Benalmadena is - 67,245
  • Main attraction - Tivoli World
  • A huge ex-pat community so there's a great social scene

Mijas Costa is a modern resort that has been developed over the last 20 years, situated between Fuengirola and Marbella. It is extremely popular with holidaymakers looking to soak up the Spanish lifestyle and weather. You may need a form of transport if staying in Mijas, although it's not necessary if you just want to lounge by the pool for a week. If you are wanting to entertain younger family members then you can always head to Mijas Water Park or Bioparc Fuengirola, an extremely popular zoo which the whole family can enjoy.


  • There are 10 beaches to choose from
  • 25 minutes from Malaga airport
  • Plenty of bars, restaurants and traditional beach bars
  • The approximate population of Mijas is - 77,769
  • Main attraction - Mijas water park
  • Popular with British holiday makers and expats


Marbella is one of the more well-known areas of the Costa del Sol and comprises stunning, modern multi-million pound villas as well as beautiful traditional apartments in Marbella old town. Marbella attracts holidaymakers from all over the world due to some of the best golf courses in Europe being located here, as well as a number of Michelin star restaurants, world-class nightlife and international luxury shopping brands. One thing you definitely need to experience whilst in Marbella is the famous Plaza de Naranja (Orange Square), where you can relax and pass the day away whilst sipping sangria and just take in the beautiful surroundings. The local boutiques also offer the ultimate shopping experience. 

Location Highlights

  • There are over 20 beaches in the Marbella area
  • Approximately 40 minutes to Malaga airport 
  • A fantastic nightlife and social scene
  • The approximate population of Marbella is 140,744
  • Main attraction - Plaza de los Naranjos
  • A hotspot for Europeans wanting a holiday home 

Estepona is one of the more popular areas of the Costa del Sol for both tourists and foreign residents due to its authentic Andalusian charm. In Estepona you can find cute little Spanish cafes, shops and bodegas along the old cobbled streets, as well as the large modern port and marina closer to the seafront. Located just ten minutes from Estepona is the stunning La Duquesa Yacht Harbour where you can find a number of restaurants and bars, along with the La Duquesa golf course which sits within the mountain-side along the coastal road. Estepona is exceptional holiday destination if you fancy a few rounds of golf.

Location Highlights

  • There are 18 beaches in the Estepona area
  • 50 minutes from the airport
  • Plenty of traditional tapas bars and Spanish restaurants serving the local cuisine
  • The population of Estepona is - 66,683
  • Main attraction - golf courses
  • Extremely popular for golf holidays and those wanting to be close to the golf resorts


If you are looking for a stunning, traditional whitewashed Spanish village to buy your new home in, then Casares is the perfect destination. Set within the mountains and offering stunning panoramic views, the town of Casares is full of history and culture - perfect for those wanting a true Spanish lifestyle. About a 25 minute drive down the mountain side and along the coast, you will find a number of blue flag beaches where you can enjoy a stroll along the water's edge. Restaurants within this town are a little more traditional, with most restaurants serving seafood, rice and meat-on-the-grill style dishes, however there is also a selection of international restaurants. 

Location Highlights

  • There are 3 beaches in Casares that are extremely popular
  • Around 70 minutes from the airport
  • Renowned for traditional cuisine of seafood & meat-on-the-grill
  • The population of Casares is - 5,795
  • Main attraction - stunning views
  • Ideal for relocating to a traditional Spanish whitewashed village

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