If you are travelling from overseas
The Costa del Sol boasts more than 320 days of sun each year and an average temperature of 18 degrees. If you travel to the coastal area, you will not need warm clothes, even in winter. Nevertheless, if you want to travel inland within the province of Málaga and visit some of its mountain villages, the temperatures are lower in winter.
Below, we provide all the information you require if you are travelling to the Costa del Sol from another country:
Information on visas
Citizens of countries that are members of the European Union and citizens of Andorra, Austria, Monaco and Switzerland can use their own identity documents to enter Spain. Citizens from all other countries must ensure that their passports remain valid 6 months subsequent to entering the country.
Citizens from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require visas if they are staying for less than three months. Visitors from other countries must contact their embassy or consulate to obtain information on visas. Below you will find the full details of the consulates on the Costa del Sol.
Currency: the euro
Spain's currency is the euro. For out-of-pocket expenses we recommend not using notes of more than 50 euros. There is an extensive network of ATMs that accept all nature of credit cards, ensuring that you will have no problems accessing cash.
Official language: Spanish
The official language of the Costa del Sol is Spanish, although English, now the province's second language, is widely spoken, particularly in tourist areas. French and German are also normally spoken in tourist offices.
Spain provides universal and free healthcare. If you are travelling from a European country you must be in possession of the European Health Insurance Card, although you will still receive any necessary emergency treatment if you don't have one. In addition to public health, the Costa del Sol is home to numerous private hospitals and clinics that offer all nature of services where you will be attended in several languages.
In the event of an emergency, you can call 061, or 112, the European emergency telephone number where you will be attended 24 hours a day in Spanish, English, French or German.