Costa del Sol (コスタ・デル・ソル, Kosuta Deru Soru?) is a coastal resort town that also serves as the main port on the western continent in Final Fantasy VII. It also appears in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- and Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-.
Because it is close to Mt. Corel, which is filled with petrification-inflicting monsters, the town specializes in making Softs. The player can purchase President Shinra's summer cottage, the Villa Cloud, for 300,000 gil. It serves no purpose except being a place to sleep. Even if the player purchases the villa with Tifa or Cid as party leader, the house will still be named Villa Cloud.
Following the rash of AVALANCHE attacks, the player Turk is sent, along with Reno and Rude (and Cloud as a regular Shinra grunt), to Costa del Sol in Chapter 4 to "recruit" SOLDIER candidates by forcibly kidnapping them and locking them up on a ship bound for Midgar. The player Turk goes to Club Duel, a fighting club run by a man named King.
The Turk has to fight through Club Duel's best thugs to fight King, so that the Turk can take control of the Club. When the Turk wins, he or she orders the Club members to join SOLDIER. Back on the ship, one of the SOLDIER candidates Rude grabbed is a giant beast-man named Azul. When Azul tries to escape, the Turk must defeat him in battle, but Rude jumps in and defeats Azul with a single punch.
AVALANCHE arrives lead by Shears to release the SOLDIER candidates and ruin Shinra's plans. Shears beats Rude and lets the captives loose. The Turk has to go into Costa del Sol and retake the prisoners and fight Azul again, who decides to join SOLDIER after losing to become stronger. Shears arrives but is beaten by a combined attack by Reno and Rude. The missions ends in success.
Zack Fair, after defeating the rogue SOLDIERs Genesis Rhapsodos and Angeal Hewley, spends a short time at Costa del Sol on a holiday. His stay is filled with boredom and constant surveillance by the Turks, especially Cissnei. His vacation is cut short when a group of Genesis Copies attacks from the surf. Zack defeats them using an umbrella for a weapon, after which he is sent to Junon to defend the city from an invasion by Genesis's army.
Five years later, Cloud Strife and his party come to Costa Del Sol hiding as stowaways on Rufus Shinra's cargo ship. Their stay is brief, but they can use the opportunity to rest and relax and find Professor Hojo on the beach. Hojo has fled the Shinra Company and mentions Sephiroth can be found past North Corel. Johnny now lives in a house in Costa Del Sol, and has recently become engaged.
This is where the ship from Junon pulls in. Various holidaymakers can be seen lounging on the nearby planes. A helipad serves as a base for Presidential transport.
- Town Centre
Here Cloud can visit Butch's Materia shop, an Item shop, find out more about Costa del Sol from the tourist centre near the bridge, and access the beach.
Mukki and his friends can be found enjoying themselves in the bar, and Cloud can buy from a merchant desperate to make ends meet.
The Inn's owner can be found playing pool, and in disc 3 will be lounging upon a bed, despairing. The inn is free after Meteor has been summoned.
- Villa Cloud
Villa Cloud can be bought at any time for 300,000 gil. As well as having luxury furnishings, it also boasts a basement containing various items. The villa can be slept in for free after purchasing.
- Johnny's House
After leaving Midgar, Johnny settled down in Costa del Sol with a new girlfriend. During the party's first visit to the town, Tifa can be found catching up with her old friend.
Holidaymakers can be found sunbathing and swimming on the beach. Hojo retired to Costa del Sol after resigning from Shinra, and enjoys himself on the beach, surrounded by admiring girls.
Costa del Sol is located to the East on Gaia's Western continent.
Final Fantasy VIIEdit
The first time visiting characters who aren't in Cloud's current party can be found around the town: Aeris and Tifa are on the beach, and after the scene with Hojo, Aeris can be met in the inn and Tifa at Johnny's place; Barret can be found in the inn's bathroom, Red XIII "plays" ball with the kids on the street, and Yuffie gets a part-time job at the Materia Shop. None of the interactions affect Cloud's date mechanics for the Gold Saucer scene later.
Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit
Zack is given the choice of coming in Costa Del Sol as in a mission: Fun in the Sun, and is given at least three invitations by Lazard or SOLDIER. Particular enemies that appear in the beach during missions are Sahagins, Genesis copies, and Worms.
|"Costa del Sol" from Final Fantasy VII|
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The music track that plays in Costa del Sol in Final Fantasy VII is the eponymous track, "Costa del Sol" (太陽の海岸, Taiyō no Kaigan?).
Costa del Sol, meaning "Coast of the Sun" in Spanish, is a region in the autonomous community of Málaga, Andalucía, in the European country of Spain, situated on the Mediterranean coastline. Like the Final Fantasy VII location, it is a popular tourist destination.
- One of the Cactuar enemies in Final Fantasy XIV is called Sabotender Del Sol.