The Western Costa del Sol Town Council Association made up of the townships of Benahavís, Benalmádena, Casares, Estepona, Fuengirola, Istán, Manilva, Marbella, Mijas, Ojén and Torremolinos, is meant to gather the efforts and financial resources of member townships for the operation and maintenance of services in the interest of its members. In particular, the Association focuses on the services described in the articles of Association: water, environment and tourism.

Water

The water service is one of the most important of those offered by the Western Costa del Sol Town Council Association. The differential factor is the integral use of this resource, increasingly important in citizens life. 

Environment

Caring for the environment is one of the priorities. Its epicenter is located in the Environmental Complex of Costa del Sol, situated in Casares. This plant is responsible for receiving the waste from the 11 townships to treat and separate them depending of their composition.

Tourism 

Costa del Sol is one of the most important tourist destination in Andalusia, and one of the most important nationally. The municipal councils do great job in the management of this sector. The Town Council Association focuses on complementing this work through innovation in a consolidated destination.


Benahavís

Its privileged situation, surrounded by peaks, on the slopes of the Sierra Blanca, in the foothills of the Serrania of Ronda and a few kilometers from Marbella and Estepona, with wich borders its municipal term, make Benahavis a true artistic and tourist treasure. From its mountains can be seen more than 100 kilometers of the Spanish coast and a big part of the north of Africa. Three rivers cross the town, which are born in the Ronda mountains and flow into the Mediterranean: Guadalmina, Guadalmansa, and Guadaiza. Guadalmina river fits into the ground forming a canyon. There are high peaks on both sides. The road sits on the left bank, and to the right and below appears a viaduct known as "the Angosturas", being one of the most beautiful landscapes in Benahavís. It is therefore a paradise for nature lovers, ideal for hiking or cycling, and enjoy a unique landscape.

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Benalmádena

There is no doubt that this town offers tourists everything they need to enjoy themselves, including: one of the most extensive leisure offerings on the entire Costa del Sol with the Tivoli Amusement Park, Selwo Marina, the Cable Car, the Casino and golf courses; a typical Andalusian town; along with a wide range of night-time bars to have a really good time. This town also has one of the most complete sailing complexes you will find in the Mediterranean thanks to its Marina. All of this, is combined with the people who live in and enjoy this corner of the province of Malaga, where natives and people from many other nationalities live in perfect harmony, to make a unique cocktail which will liven up your visit.

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Casares

Visiting Casares means taking in the pure essence of Andalusia. It is no coincidence that this town has the privilege of being the birthplace of Blas Infante, widely known as the "founding father of Andalusian identity". Its town centre, which has been declared a historic-artistic site, leads us into a labyrinth of whitewashed streets laid out in Moorish style, where truly unique corners can be seen. An Arab Castle crowns the town with excellent panoramic views of the village and the coastline. It is very near an important natural site with truly spectacular karst formations, where one can go hiking along beautiful paths. The Hedionda Baths can be found on the outskirts of town, which, according to tradition, were ordered to be built by the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar to give thanks for being cured of the skin disease he suffered. If you prefer, you can spend a day on the beach. There is nothing better than enjoying Casares Mediterranean coastline, which is fully equipped with all the services you may need.

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Estepona

The Sierra Bermeja acts like a backdrop that presides this spectacular twenty-one kilometre stretch of coastline within Estepona's municipal boundaries. History has chosen this corner of the province of Malaga to be enjoyed by natives and visitors alike. The large number of Roman, Phoenician and Muslim remains, as well as other important monuments like the Torre del Reloj (the Clocktower), San Luis Castle, the Church of Los Remedios and numerous beacons and watchtowers along the coast bear witness to the different civilisations that have settled in this area. Today, this small paradise has become a perfectly equipped little oasis of peace and relaxation, as is evidenced by its extensive network of luxury hotel complexes and thalasso & spa centres.

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Fuengirola

Fuengirola has not stopped growing since Roman times. Vestiges of the Roman's presence in the town are still preserved in the Finca El Secretario site, while the Sohail Castle, which dominates a hillside next to a river, bears witness to its Muslim past. The town's development has been done sensibly and respecting the environment, as is evidenced by its extensive network of urban parks stretching out across the town. Today, tourists will find a modern city offering all the services they could possibly need (sports facilities, shopping centres, leisure parks, etc.), along with a rich cultural offering, which is always accompanied by the gentle sound of the Mediterranean Sea. Seven beaches along Fuengirola's eight-kilometre coastline have been awarded the prestigious blue flag.

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Istán

This township of Málaga province is halfway between Costa del Sol and Sierra de las Nieves, and enters into the Natural Park of the same name, declared Biosphere Reserve. For its territory runs the Green River, which before reaching La Concepción Reservoir crosses exceptional places. In the middle of this paradise, the village is surrounded by fountains, viewpoints and picturesque corners. The church of San Miguel and the Tower of Escalante are the main monuments of Istán, known with the nickname of 'Spring of the Costa del Sol'.

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Manilva

The town of Manilva runs adjacent to the province of Cadiz. Its pleasant temperatures throughout the year invite visitors to fully enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to its extensive coastline, this town boasts of La Duquesa Marina, which will enthral lovers of sailing and anyone who simply wishes to enjoy the good culinary arts of this town. If one wishes to wash down a meal with the very best wine, there is nothing better than the wines made in the area, where extensive muscatel vineyards surround its whitewashed historic centre. This area is full of history, as is evidenced by the Phoenician remains in Castillejos de Alcorrín and in the Castle, located next to an ancient Roman villa equipped with baths and a necropolis, which has been declared an Archaeological Site of Cultural Interest.

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Marbella

The unmistakable silhouette of the Sierra Blanca, which is visible from any point of the area, makes Marbella a privileged site located between the sea and the mountains. Today the town has become a point of reference for world-wide tourism, without having lost an iota of its typically Andalusian flavour or its historical essence. Tradition and modernity come together in this city on the Mediterranean to provide visitors with a nuance-rich, multicultural and cosmopolitan environment, which is open to progress and a way of life based on coexistence and the welcoming nature of its people. The exclusiveness of its tourist offering is without doubt Marbella's strong point. It includes elite sports, outstanding golf clubs, luxury hotels, health and wellness centres, top international boutiques and numerous places to taste the best cuisine, enjoy the night-life, relax or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of Marbella's outstanding surroundings.

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Mijas

Mijas maintains all of a traditional Mediterranean village. Set on the slopes of a mountain, its bright whitewashed houses invite visitors to discover its town centre. The peculiar places of interest hidden within its irregular centre of winding streets, like the Bullring or its Mudejar-style churches, are best observed on a "burro taxi", one of the town's most unique tourist attractions. Mijas, however, also has an extensive coastline, where one can enjoy small coves and large sandy beaches. Other urban centres are dotted along the shoreline, where one can relax in top-quality luxury resorts or play golf on magnificent golf courses.

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Ojén

Ojén is located in the Biosphere Reserve of the Sierra de las Nieves, awarded with the international awards EDEN and SKAL to sustainable tourism. Share in its municipal term: Sierra Blanca, Sierra Parda, Sierra Alpujata; full of aquifers, rivers, fountains and water that fed his famous brandy. It is located between the sea and the mountains, between Costa del Sol and Sierra de las Nieves, and contains the best of both landscapes. On the one hand, the reflection of the Mediterranean, and on the other hand, the exceptional natural environment of the Sierra de las Nieves Biosphere Reserve. It offers the visitor an authentic Andalusian experience, 10 minutes from the bustling Costa del Sol.

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Torremolinos

There can be no doubt that Torremolinos is one of Spain's most important tourist destinations. An infinite number of leisure possibilities are offered to visitors to complement its offering of sun and beaches. The continuous urban improvements carried out in the town in order to attain environmental sustainability and the large number of sports complexes and cultural amenities make this place a pleasant destination to spend a holiday. Its unique ambience filled with the folklore of its feasts and fairs, along with places where one can breathe in tradition – like La Carihuela, a fishermen's neighbourhood where the best "pescaíto frito" can be tasted – combine with modern facilities where top-quality shows of all kinds can be seen.

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