Holidays to the Costa del Sol region of Southern Spain continue to appeal to tourists all year round offering warm weather, gorgeous glittering sandy beaches, shimmering blue waters of the Med and a unique diversity to its villages and towns. Boasting high-class rich and famous playgrounds, authentic white washed villages and modern lively towns, the Costa del Sol is a haven for all. Sun lovers, history buffs and even the most discerning travellers take delight in all that this Spanish region has to offer. With strong fishing roots still practised today and a wealth of architecture to admire, you are certain of a fantastic and diverse holiday.
Costa Del Sol holidays are immensely popular and highly entertaining. Costa del Sol boasts resorts such as Malaga, a high active, high impact, family holiday, Marbella a wealthy luxurious resort and Benalmadena a richly historic and picturesque old town. The choices of holiday are fantastic, offering great nightlife, excellent cuisine and a real cultural flavour. Spend lazy days on wonderful beaches, meander through narrow whitewashed streets or go backpacking through the mountainous regions. In fact the Costa del Sol has so much to delight, many people choose to retire or move here for that ever-continuous ‘good life’. Laid back yet fun, energetic yet serene, Spain has a wealth of attractions for all ages.
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As well as a beautiful beach area and endless restaurants and bars, visitors will also find a charming old town, vibrant commercial hub and an inviting marina. Add in the gorgeous weather, and Benalmadena is a sensational choice for a summer holiday on the Costa del Sol.
Here you can enjoy sun-drenched beach bliss, enriching cultural experiences and tantalising traditional cuisine. Plenty of activities are also on offer, ensuring holidays to Estepona can be enjoyed by couples and families alike.
Offering superb beaches, beautiful weather, activities galore, picturesque surroundings and bars and restaurants to suit absolutely every taste, this spectacular Spanish destination ticks all the boxes for a magical summer getaway.
A haven for the rich and famous, this glamourous resort offers a beach destination with superb restaurants, designer shops and chic bars.
You’ll also find a host of great nightlife venues, a number of fun attractions for children and an authentic old town.
A great choice for relaxation, this former fishing village still offers a quaint feel, along with plenty to discover in the way of culture. Down on the sand, visitors can enjoy a range of water sports, while the resort also boasts a variety of excellent restaurants and bars
This sophisticated Spanish destination oozes luxury, with lavish hotels, chic nightlife venues, high class shops and an elegant marina all waiting to be discovered.
A myriad of beaches ensures there’s plenty of space for relaxation, while an array of activities and dining options further enhance the appeal of this splendid resort.
Offering a relaxing atmosphere away from the crowds, this delightful destination is perfect for families and couples seeking a quieter escape in the Spanish sun.
Whether travelling with family, friends, as a couple, or solo, this colourful destination is sure to delight with its beaches, waterparks, nightlife, restaurants, street markets and more.
The sun-drenched beach provides a superb spot for relaxation, while Torrox town is well worth exploring for its white-washed buildings and pretty scenery.
Torrox also offers much in the way of history, with a number of ancient ruins to discover, while the more active of visitor may choose to sample the resort’s water sports provision.
With inviting restaurants and tapas bars also in abundance, this splendid destination is sure to provide a taste of Spain that will live long in the memory
When it comes to beaches, you really are spoilt for choice on the Costa del Sol.
This exceptional holiday destination has a glorious stretch of sand to please everyone, whether you’re seeking relaxation, water sports, great swimming spots, family-friendly fun, dining venues and more besides.
If you’re travelling as a family, you are extremely well catered for, with plenty of beaches to choose from and activities such as sandcastle building, beach volleyball and football to enjoy.
The beaches of the Costa del Sol also provide plenty of water sports options, with holidaymakers able to enjoy jet skiing, canoeing, windsurfing, scuba diving, banana boat rides, paragliding, snorkelling and pedal boat rides.
Benalmadena is a great pick for beach activities, with wind surfing and kite surfing on offer. You’ll also find a variety of shops and a splendid marina.
Estepona is another excellent beach holiday destination with options for both activities or sun-drenched relaxation.
For a more upmarket experience, head to Malaga. Here you will find a variety of sandy stretches, where you can enjoy fun-filled family time or sip a cocktail at a stylish beachfront bar, before heading out to sample the resort’s exclusive nightlife venues.
Fuengirola and Nerja are also excellent options for those seeking a lively beach holiday, while each and every destination along the Costa del Sol offers a variety of wonderful beachfront hotels.
Take a look at the accommodation on offer and book your dream Costa del Sol beach holiday today.
The Costa del Sol has so much to offer when it comes to culinary treats, with plenty of flavoursome fare waiting to be discovered during your holiday.
Like many of Spain’s costal destinations, fish and seafood dishes feature prominently on local menus across this the region and it’s well worth seeking out a few to try.
Gambas al Pil-Pil is a particularly tasty starter, comprising of prawns cooked in a delicious sauce made with chilli, garlic, paprika and white wine.
Other popular fish dishes to try include pescaito frito (deep-fried fish), roasted sardines and cuttlefish stew.
If none of these whet your appetite, you could try some of the Costa del Sol’s other specialities, such as suckling pig, or rabbit casserole.
Tapas is also incredibly popular with a variety of dishes to try including salmorejo (a cold soup), revuelto (scrambled egg with different fillings), patatas bravas (fried potato in a spicy sauce) and albondigas (meatballs).
For dessert, look out for tarta malaguena, a cake made with almonds and sweet wine, or maybe arroz con leche, a version of rice pudding with added cinnamon.
With so much mouthwatering cuisine to choose from, you’re sure to have a feast of fun sampling it all.
Get set for a day of thrills and excitement with a visit to Tivoli World, in Benalmadena. This sensational theme park offers fun for all the family with a myriad of attractions, rides and live shows to enjoy. Visitors to Tivoli World will also find a variety of dining venues, gift shops and gaming arcades.
If it’s action and adventure you’re after, head to Aventura Amazonia, in Marbella. Here you can take to the trees for a fabulous day of high ropes and ziplines, with six exhilarating circuits to choose from.
Go wild during your Costa del Sol holiday with a visit to Bioparc Fuengirola. This incredible animal parc is home to a spectrum of weird and wonderful spices from the island of Madagascar, Equatorial Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific islands.
Hamman Al Andalus
Enjoy a day of pure relaxation and rejuvenation at the Arab Baths of Al Andalus, in Malaga. As well as featuring five thermal baths, all at different temperatures, the venue also offers steam, massage and resting rooms.
Serrania de Ronda
A visit to the Serrania de Ronda mountain range is a must for any wine lover, with the town of Ronda being home to a number of wineries. Travellers can enjoy guided tours of some of the vineyards, sample the different wines and even take part in wine-tasting courses.
Experience the colour and passion of live flamenco at one of the Costa del Sol’s tablaos. The best place to see a professional show, they can be found in resorts including Malaga, Torremolinos and Marbella.
The Costa del Sol is a great destination for water sports, with endless options for aquatic activities in resorts including Benalmadena, Marbella, Estepona, Malaga and Nerja. Introductory courses are also available for those looking to take the plunge for the first time.
When it comes to golfing getaways with your pals, the Costa del Sol is hard to beat. With the highest concentration of golf courses in all of Europe, it is the ideal destination to tee off in the sun.
Dance the night away
If partying tops your holiday plans, then the Costa del Sol will be right up your street. Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Malaga provide plenty of choice when it comes to nightlife venues. For a classier evening out with a touch of star appeal, make Marbella your destination of choice.
Hit the markets
Seek out a special souvenir of your holiday by paying a visit to one of the Costa del Sol’s many markets. Running every Sunday in the port of Malaga, the Souk of Muelle Uno, offers fashion and food, while Fuengirola hosts markets every Tuesday and Saturday, with stalls selling a spectrum of collectables. A variety of bargains are also available at Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Nerja and Cala de Mijas markets.
Step to it
One of the cheapest ways to explore the Costa del Sol is on foot, with a number of cities, villages and natural attractions to discover. For stunning scenery, why not take a trek along part of the Malaga Costal Path, a 200km route from Nerja to Manilva. You may, however, prefer a more urban experience with the white-washed old towns of Marbella, Nerja and Mijas great options for a scenic stroll.
The Costa del Sol is a great place for art lovers, with Malaga, in particular, offering a choice of superb galleries. The Picasso Museum is the perfect place to admire some of the artist’s finest works, while the Malaga Pompidou Centre features art by Picasso again, along with Frida Kahlo and Miro. Other galleries to visit include the Malaga Centre for Contemporary Art, The Mijas Centre for Contemporary Art and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Velez-Malaga.
For those looking for particularly active Costa Del Sol holidays then trekking in the Spanish high regions is a thoroughly enjoyable activity boasting magnificent views of the scenic villages and towns not to mention the breathtaking landscapes and seascapes. Offering scenes equally as stunning are the boat trips along the coast where wreck sites and marine life can be explored from one of the many scuba diving trips available. For those looking for adventure above water then windsurfing and jet skiing offer exciting thrills and spills for all and the Costa Del Sol is the perfect place to pursue these thrills.
A main draw of Costa Del Sol holidays is to get a taste of authentic Spanish culinary delights and culture. Its position on the coast means that the seafood is exceptional and combined with fresh and tasty breads, baked meats and tapas visitors to the region should sit back, enjoy the excellent food and take in the laid back atmosphere of dining that you only get in Spain. For those interested in history and architecture Costa Del Sol holidays offer excellent examples of architecture dating from centuries ago. With influences from as far back as Moorish and Roman times as well as more modern designs there are points of interest scattered throughout the region.
For those on family holidays to Costa Del Sol the region offers a variety of theme parks and attractions that offer fun for all the family. All in all Costa Del Sol offers something for everyone.
Flights to Malaga from UK take approximately 2 hours 40 minutes.
UK departure airports that fly to Malaga include: London Gatwick, London Stansted, London City, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Belfast, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Bristol, Bournemouth, Blackpool, Leeds/Bradford, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield & Liverpool. So no matter where you live in the UK the chances are your local airport will offer flights to Malaga.
As with the rest of Spain the currency used in Costa Del Sol is the Euro.