Costa del Sol is much more than just sunshine. There is crystal clear water you can see through all the way down to the seabed. There are waiters who speak German with an Andalusian accent; unusual Ferrari models driven by both famous and unknown faces; delicious breakfasts with toast with oil and tomato finished off with a black coffee. But there are also beautiful mountains with quaint Andalusian white villages, one of which is even a Smurf-village. Spanish families that gather around paella and watermelon on a beach they share with two ladies wearing burkinis. Flamenco festivals where Russian couples dance a Sevillana; terraces in the sun where Swedish and English tourists lap up a little more sun before it gets dark. Costa del Sol is where everything started. Sixty years ago, the rich and famous in Europe began to look at Marbella as an exclusive destination, where you could enjoy a beautiful climate while meeting up with likeminded people. Interest in the area has since spilled over from exclusive Marbella to resorts such as Torremolinos and Fuengirola with lower prices for the visitor with a lower budget. Today,Costa del Sol offers something for all wallets and tastes. You can choose to live in a luxury villa in Nueva Andalucía and Sotogrande or in a modern apartment complex in Fuengirola or Benalmádena at reasonable prices. Or maybe you want to live in an authentic Andalusian coastal town like Nerja or retire to Frigiliana or stay in Casares rural areas. No matter where you stop at Costa del Sol you can be sure of two things: wherever you choose to settle, you will enjoy a beautiful climate, with sun most of the year. You can also be sure of bumping into at least one fellow national during the course of the day.