If you want to look after your health and relax, the Costa del Sol is the place to come. In Málaga's beauty centres, spas and health resorts you will find beauty and wellness treatments that will leave you as good as new. If you need to recover from a particular health problem, undergo surgery or receive specialist health care, the Costa del Sol's numerous prestigious clinics boast the finest healthcare professionals and the best possible treatment.
Half of all Andalusia's private hospital beds can be found in Málaga, and the hotels are specifically adapted to the needs of visitors interested in health and beauty services. 90% of five-star and 50% of four-star hotels include health resort services, spas and other facilities focused on relaxation and well-being.
Málaga and the Costa del Sol have a deep-rooted culture of well-being that dates back to the early 19th century when Doctor Gálvez Ginachero founded Andalusia's first private clinic in Málaga.
Facilities geared towards well-being, a warm climate all year round with an average annual temperature of around 20ºC, 325 days of sunshine and a sea that is in itself a source of health, all contribute to improving physical and emotional well-being. All these factors have made the Costa del Sol one of Spain's main destinations for health tourism.
The Costa del Sol's infrastructure and services make it an appealing medical tourism destination for foreign patients: an international airport connects the province with Germany, the United Kingdom and Northern European countries in less than four hours; it has a high-speed train service (AVE) and a wealth of complementary activities including top class golf courses, sporting and cultural activities, beaches etc.