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The Costa del Sol is a region which comprises the coastal towns and communities in the western part of Málaga province in the south of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. The name translates to "Coast of the Sun" in English. Formerly a series of quiet fishing settlements, the region has been completely transformed since the latter part of the 20th century into a tourist destination of world renown, with a near-continuous urban agglomeration of settlements and resorts running along the length of the coastline.
It consists of the area west of the city of Málaga and east of the border with Cádiz province, along the Mediterranean coastline. It includes the towns of Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Vélez-Málaga, Nerja, Torrox, Puerto Banús and Estepona.
Settlement in the region dates back to the Bronze Age, and it has been alternatively ruled by many cultures such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and Moors, before the Reconquista.
Traditionally composed of fishing villages, the area was discovered for international tourism in the 1950s and has since been a popular destination for foreign tourists not only for its beaches, but also its tourist culture.
In recent years the Costa Del Sol has become known to golf enthusiasts as the 'Costa Del Golf' due to the vast number of high quality golf courses in the area. Attracting golfers from all over Europe and indeed the world, the area has benefitted from an increase in tourism and is seeing an increasing number of new complexes being developed to house the growing number of keen golfers in the area.
The area is heavily urbanised, with a thick ribbon of densely-packed buildings running along most of the coast. Architectural styles are a mixture of low-rise, whitewashed villas and much high-rise development, especially among the tourist resorts, much of it unsympathetic to the geography.
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The Costa del Sol stretches for over 150 km, for 54 km east of Malaga, and as far as the provincial border of Cadiz, some 100 km west of the city.
The eastern Costa is highly developed, but not nearly as much so as the western part, which has been constantly developed and redeveloped since the 1960s and is geared wholly towards international tourism.
The Costa del Sol is on the Mediterranean sea, and the average water temperature is 18ºC (24ºC in August).