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Costa del Sol: One Of The Most Popular Tourist Destinations In Spain

Mar 2, 2008
Due to breathtaking endless stretches of beautiful beaches, phenomenal cliff walks, and 300 plus days a year of sun, the Costa del Sol provides a perfect get away all seasons of the year.

The Costa del Sol can roughly be divided into the eastern section and the western. The eastern section is the area lying to the east of Malaga City and runs for 54 kilometers, covering 200 meter high cliffs and runs all the way to the Nerja with the spectacular Nerja Caves where dance and music festivals are hosted within the natural caverns.

The Western section makes up the 100 km to the west of Malaga city until the border with the Cadiz province. More developed than the eastern portion, it is this western part that attracts the bulk of holiday traffic, being home to the Malaga airport and the central highway, N340, that runs along the coast.

One of the biggest draws to this coastal region is specialized tourism, and amongst this field golfing stands out proudly as the leader of the sports. There are dozens of courses across the Costa del Sol, but the Miraflores Golf course is arguably the gem in the glistening crown. In beautiful grounds with 18 challenging holes, it is situated in between the main tourist towns of Fuengirola and Marbella. The Miraflores Golf club offers not just the course but also an academy fully equipped with a driving range, a restaurant with nightly entertainment and day time bar where drinks, snacks, and full meals are served.

This is just one of the many golf courses in the Costa del Sol area and there is really something for every level and every taste. For example the Baviera golf club in the eastern part of the coast is suitable for every playing level and provides its players with spectacular views over the sea and mountains whilst they hit their way around the 18 hole, 72 par course.

Alternatively, in the west, you may wish to check out the Guadalhorce Golf Club, where the course starts off in beautiful parkland only to return to more traditional elevated greens for the 9 holes back to club house. This course is famed for its family friendly atmosphere, and offers in addition to the golf course, paddling pools, swimming pools, and tennis courts. Malaga Parador del Golf was founded in 1925 making it the veteran of the areas golf course, also a 72 par.

It is the western part of the Costa Del Sol that provides the most accommodation options and resorts with the towns of Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella, and Estopona being very popular. But one must be aware when booking a holiday that there are many different types of accommodation to cater for many different tastes, and booking the wrong hotel can spell holiday disaster; for this reason it is very important to research well the hotel you are considering and specifically pay attention to customer reviews, and the facilities listed: a hotel with 5 bars and a disco will not be appropriate for a family holiday, just as a hotel with bingo twice a week won't be right for students. In terms of the types of accommodation themselves they range from budget hostels, to self catering apartments to 5 start casino hotels, and the prices range equally. For a golfing holiday it is worthwhile to book through a dedicated golf holiday site or agent.
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