The Costa del Sol is situated between two lesser known coastal regions, the Costa de la Luz and the Costa Tropical. Formerly made up only of a series of small fishing settlements, today the region is a world renowned tourist destination.
The Costa del Sol includes the city of Málaga and also the towns of Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Estepona, Manilva, Casares, Rincón de la Victoria, Vélez-Málaga, Nerja, Frigiliana and Torrox.
This shoreline region extends from the cliffs at Maro in the East to Punta Chullera in the west. It occupies a narrow coastal strip delimited by some ranges of the Penibaetic System, including the Sierra de Mijas, Sierra Alpujata, Sierra Blanca, Sierra Bermeja, Sierra Crestallina and Montes de Málaga to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The coast shows a diversity of landscapes: beaches, cliffs, estuaries, bays and dunes. The rivers are short and seasonal, while the agriculture is hampered by the lee effect caused by the Baetic System.
Malaga international airport services the Costa del Sol. Buses and trains run very frequently from here to every destination along the Costa. Trains are operated by Renfe, buses to Malaga by EMT and to most cities elsewhere in the region by Avanzabus. Tickets for the intercity buses can be bought online or at the booth right outside the arrivals terminal exit but not on the bus. You may need to stand in a long line for buying tickets if it's a busy day. From the ticket booth, continue straight ahead to the bus stop.
The A7 (nicknamed the "road of death" due to the high number of accidents that occur on it each year) runs the length of Spain's south coast.
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