Costa Del Sol
Costa Del Sol
Costa Del Sol
Costa Del Sol
Costa del Sol
Featuring premier attractions, Blue Flag beaches, lavish provinces, great inter-city access and year-round warmth, Spain’s Costa del Sol is an appealing getaway for all ages.
Holidays in the Costa del Sol
Served by Malaga International Airport, Spain’s Costa del Sol is only a three-hour flight from the UK. This sought-after destination also receives 330 days of sunshine a year.
Naturally an appealing getaway out of season as well as during peak times, former small-scale fishing villages are barely recognisable nowadays with the coastline swarming with world-class golf courses, extensive family-friendly resorts and lively harbour precincts. Absorbing day trips into nearby Gibraltar and Malaga are great for couples to explore while Marbella is one of Europe’s foremost extravagant holiday experiences.
Take a panoramic cable car journey in Benalmadena, appreciate Moorish architecture in Torremolinos or peruse a collection of the world’s finest designer brands in Puerto Banus.
During your stay, you can hit the fairway in Marbella’s illustrious Golf Valley, take a traditional Spanish donkey ride in the pretty mountainous town of Mijas or laze on the pristine Hawaiian-style sands belonging to Fuengirola. For young and old, first time arrivals or seasoned returnees, the Costa del Sol is a charming break with plenty to discover on each and every visit.
Much of the Costa del Sol’s charm lies in the fact that the Mediterranean climate here means summers are hot while winters are mild. The region enjoys average temperatures of 22-26°C between June and August while average winter temperatures are 12-14°C between January and March.
The Costa del Sol experiences virtually no rainfall during peak season, with only ten days of rainfall taking place over the course of June, July and August. With the region also experiencing over ten hours of sunshine during this period, it’s not difficult to see how the ever-popular Costa del Sol draws in over 300,000 foreign visitors each year.
November and December are the Costa del Sol’s rainiest months, although temperatures of 13-15°C still ensure that the region is an attractive prospect even out of season.
Things to do on holiday in the Costa del Sol
From classic family-friendly experiences such as resort-based entertainment, theme parks and seaside water sports to mountainous walks, cultural sightseeing and beach club partying, all personalities can lose themselves on the Costa del Sol.
Given its position on the Mediterranean, seafood features heavily in local Andalusian cooking. Regional specialities include Huelva prawns, fried anchovies, clams, crayfish, lobster and more. When walking the extensive coastal promenade linking Benalmadena and Torremolinos, tourists should stop by one of the numerous stalls selling fresh sardines, recently caught from the ocean and grilled on an open fire.
Dining options are multiple and varied across the Costa del Sol, from Michelin-star restaurants in Marbella to snack bars, internationally-themed restaurants and tapas bars belonging to Nerja, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Benalmadena and so on.
Other Andalusian favourites to look out for and try during your stay include gazpacho (cold tomato and garlic-based soup), arroz con leche (Andalusian rice pudding), berza malagueña (cabbage stew) and migas (fried bread crumbs).
Given the Costa del Sol coastline stretches for a mighty 150km, there are an abundance of beach communities to suit all sorts of holidaymaker. For the archetypal Spanish beach holiday experience, Torremolinos’ Playa El Bajondillo boasts volleyball nets, children’s play areas, grassy picnic areas and a promenade full of amenities and high-rise hoteliers.
At the other end of the spectrum, underdeveloped beaches such as Playa de Maro near Nerja offer more of a secluded, detached experience. Nearby rugged cliffs, tiny coves and idyllic waterfalls are truly beautiful and make for a tranquil day trip.
Everybody knows Marbella and Puerto Banus are renowned for their trendy beach clubs, designer labels and exotic sports cars that roam the vicinity. However, the indulgent town also boasts five Blue Flag beaches of its own. One of the most spectacular is Playa Artola near Playa Cabopino with a picture postcard dune landscape and calm waters perfect for honeymooners to stroll at sunset, hand in hand.
The capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga is one of Spain’s biggest cities with an active port, shopping centres and several cultural monuments, but the Picasso Museum is one of its most visited attractions. Peruse 12 permanent exhibition galleries making up the complex and discover how Malaga’s favourite son spent his early years.
Under two hours west of the capital along the AP-7 motorway is the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The Rock is wholly unique and totally negotiable by foot. Enjoy a close encounter with barbary apes, enjoy tax free shopping around Casemates Square, tiptoe through the Great Siege Tunnels or obtain views of Africa from Europa Point.
See how the other half live in the glamorous resort of Marbella. No trip here is complete without sitting in a café belonging to the famous harbour of nearby Puerto Banus. Exotic Ferraris and Lamborghinis creep around the surrounding streets with the connecting Golden Mile a luxurious avenue of expensive mansions, villas and resorts.
Other great sightseeing ventures include riding Teleferico Benalmadena, the region’s premier cable car experience while Parque de la Paloma, Bioparc Fuengirola and Jardín Botánico Molino de Inca are some of the best natural experiences on the Costa del Sol.
Further underlining the region’s appeal, there are plenty of nightlife hotspots scattered throughout the Costa del Sol, most famously in Marbella and Puerto Banus. Glitzy and glamorous, international good time crowds descend on the town’s numerous super clubs throughout peak season, namely La Suite, Aqwa Mist and Pangea. The latter nightspot is particularly lavish given the incredible coastal views obtainable from the sky bar.
Puerto Marina in Benalmadena is another fantastic spot to visit at sundown. Having won the ‘Best Marina in the World’ award numerous times, the precinct truly comes alive in the evening with several restaurants, shops and lively bars such as Mombasa and Kaleido popular with locals and visitors alike.
For a truly all-night experience, we couldn’t help but mention The Palladium in Torremolinos, which is a three-storey nightclub that is open from 3am to 9am. A club like no other, the venue doesn’t simply host cabaret acts but also incorporates a swimming pool and lightshows that are regionally renowned.
Holidays are indulgent by nature so why not reinforce the theme by enjoying some retail therapy on the Costa del Sol?
For classic shopping mall experiences, Malaga boasts both Larios Centro Mall and Vialia Centro Comercial, which house recognisable high street names such as Bershka, H&M, Primark, Pull & Bear and Zara. By taking a short ride out of the city centre, visitors can stop by Factory Outlet Malaga which is a pleasant, contemporary complex featuring designer brands such as Desigual, Levi’s and Mango at more affordable prices.
For expensive tastes, Puerto Banus is a must visit. Some of the world’s foremost designer labels such as Dior, Gucci and Louis Vuitton boast boutiques here while a short distance away is Centro Comercial Marina Banús, a two-storey mall that sits across the road from El Corte Inglés - Spain’s favourite department store.
For those staying in either Benalmadena or Torremolinos, night time ambles down the coastal promenade invite visitors to stop by several independent vendors who stock a range of merchandise including handbags, sunglasses and other souvenirs. Haggle a bargain here or alternatively, take a look and move on as you see fit.
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