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Diving in Costa Del Sol (Andalucia)

Costa del Sol is a world renowned stretch of coastline found in the south of Spain. Dotted with several seaside towns and communities, the “Sun Coast” has long been a desirable locale.

Diving in Costa Del Sol (Andalucia)

Quick facts

As you can imagine, shipwrecks are common in this rocky, narrow region of the Mediterranean. Near Gibraltar there are several excellent boats to see, ranging in age from more recent to hundreds of years old. There are even Spanish Galleons offshore, still holding onto their scattered cargo for all this time.

Get up close and personal with some astounding marine life at Tres Picos Almunecar, where the dive begins with a jump into the sea from the rocky shoreline. Offshore rise three pillars, rising up from the sea floor. These interesting peaks make the perfect home for octopi and tentative fish.

For a more industrial sort of dive, head to the Tower in Marbella, where an abandoned metal tower had been overtaken by the sea. There is a wrecked crane arm where eels have made their homes.

When to go

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What to see

The Costa del Sol is at the mouth of the Mediterranean, just beyond the Strait of Gibraltar, the narrow passageway that connects the Sea to the Atlantic. This natural funnel, greatly condenses marine life, giving visitors some of the best chances to run into plentiful creatures.

Dolphins and pilot whales are among the larger creatures you can run across in the Costa del Sol. There are also hundreds of species of fish and plant life to become familiar with, from colorful gobies to flickering whiting.


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You can visit the city of Málaga as well as a handful of breathtaking villages, all situated along the Mediterranean coast. The cliffs of Maro mark the beginning of the Costa del Sol, and the Punta Chullera forms the final boundary. Along this diverse expanse of coastline you can find soaring cliffs, brackish estuaries, sculpted dunes, and quietly rolling beaches.

In ancient times, this region was a huge player in Spanish foreign policy and the expansive mercantile system that spider webbed across the globe. The tourism industry began picking up its pace in the early 1900’s, stilted only by the Spanish Civil War in the 1930’s. It was not until the 1960’s that the region gained its famous identity as an unmissable destination.

Other attractions

One of the most highly anticipated treats in the area is the range of fantastic seafood. Fresh, lightly seasoned fish is a regional specialty. Be sure to stop into a Chiringuitos to pick up some of the local fare, whether churros or a refreshing cup of gazpacho is calling your name. Aside from the food you should most certainly spend some time in Málaga, a cultural hotspot.

Getting there

As a highly developed region, there are countless options for getting around. Riding a bike is a great way to get short distances, and the busses are sure to get you to anywhere you crave that’s farther out of town.


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