Costa del Sol, one of the the most important leisure destinations in Spain: Things to do on Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol is becoming one of the most important leisure destinations in Spain, and one proof of this is the large number of projects that get underway year after year and that are providing the province with numerous recreational options. Plaza Mayor expansion makes the shopping centre Guadalmar the primary focus of Andalusia commerce. The Bahía Malaga district expects to receive fifteen million visitors per year and has a total area of 120,000 square meters.
After this expansion 59 shops from the main fashion chains Plaza Mayor in Malaga has a total commercial area of 53,150 square meters and foresees receipts of 107 million euro per year. It has become the most important leisure park in Andalusia and has a number of unusual features, such as liquid crystal screens that offer entertaining projections and a 36-ray laser piano for lighting effects, in its more than 9,500 square meters of bars and terraces distributed among plazas filled with fountains and light, a large park for children, twenty bowling lanes, cinemas, a spectacular discotheque and a gymnasium.
Among other commercial and leisure projects those of Malaga Nostrum, Vialia and Bahía Azul have gotten underway in Malaga, and elsewhere in the province Miramar in Fuengirola, La Trocha in Coín, La Veronica in Antequera, Benalmar and Puerto Marina Shopping in Benalmadena, La Cañada in Marbella and the Rincon de la Victoria Shopping Centre, among others, continue their activities.
Malaga assuredly possesses one of the most extensive recreational and entertainment offers in Spain, with something for every sort of public. The Tívoli World Amusement Park, the three water parks distributed along the coast (Mijas, Torremolinos and Vélez-Malaga), Sea Life Undersea Park, Selwo Marina, and the Fuengirola Zoo, Selwo Aventura in Estepona, horse racing in the Costa del Sol Hippodrome within the municipal boundaries of Mijas, Crocodile Park in the municipality of Torremolinos, the Benalmádena Cable Car and an endless number of other attractions make up a recreational offer that can hardly be surpassed.
In addition to the leisure offer there is the cultural offer. The Miguel de Cervantes Municipal Theatre in the city of Malaga presents the best of the cultural offer through its schedule of plays, operas, “zarzuela”, recitals and concerts of the most varied types, and in addition is the home of the City of Malaga Symphonic Orchestra. The Malaga Festival of Spanish Cinema, now in its twelfth year of existence, has achieved international prestige (There are also important film festivals in other cities on Costa del Sol as as Benalmadena, Marbella and Estepona).
And not mention the more than 2,400 restaurants and nearly 9,000 cafés and bars on Costa del Sol, the hundreds of “flamenco tablaos” (flamenco theatres), bowling alleys, scuba diving centers, paragliding and hang gliding schools, etc.
If that is not enough just add all the night life, clubs and bars in Puerto Banús, the party nights in the Benalmadena Leisure Port, the cultural visits in the historical district of Malaga City and the "Jet Set" Beaches like Nikky Beach, Los Monteros, Puente Romano, Las Cuchies or Marbella Club it becomes quite clear that on the Costa del Sol “Fun never stops”.