Quick Guide to Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol in Spain is one of the most popular holiday destination with us Brits, and the huge number of expats shows that many of us have decided to make it a permanent home after visiting. That means you can expect plenty of home comforts from a Full English breakfast to roast dinners and more. The Costa del Sol reaches from Gibraltar in the west to Nerja in the east, and includes popular resorts such as Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos. Thanks to the huge variety of resorts, the Costa del Sol is a great place to look for a last minute bargain in the sun.
There are so many places to explore on a holiday on Spain's Costa del Sol that it's definitely worth getting your hands on car hire from Malaga Airport so that you can explore more of the fun sights, beautiful beaches and pretty villages.
Fab holidays for:
Sunbathing holidays, Food & wine tasting, Winter sunshine
Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport
Did you know?
It's not all about sunbathing once you step into Costa del Sol' borders - it boasts the most southern ski resort in Europe (and it's just an hour's drive from Marbella!).
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Where to stay in the Costa del Sol
There are so many different resorts to choose from along the Costa del Sol that choosing somewhere for your holiday can sometimes seem a little overwhelming! We've put together this speedy little guide to give you an idea or two to help you along the way.
Nerja has an astonishing 10 beaches as well as an up-and-coming nightlife and a whitewashed Old Town. This is going to be one of the Costa del Sol holiday destinations that gets more popular in 2016 and 2017 so get there early before the crowds discover it! Also visit the nearby caves.
Malaga is the gateway for all Costa del Sol holidays, so it often gets overlooked. It's not got that many beaches but offers plenty of great attractions like the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro, and a lovely Old Town.
Marbella is all about the marina, where expensive yachts congregate and celebrity-spotting is a popular pastime. Small beaches and plenty of places to hang out looking cool, as well as lots of places to indulge in shopping!
Benalmadena offers plenty to keep the whole family happy from the popular cable car to the Sealife Aquarium, as well as loads of beach space. A firm favourite for an all inclusive package holiday in the Costa del Sol, make time to explore Pueblo Benalmadena away from the sea front high-rises and restaurants.
Torremolinos is a great location if you're after value for money, as this long-standing resort has plenty of places ideal for a cheap holiday on the Costa del Sol. Expect plenty of beaches, great access to golf, and some cool hangouts too. It's also the most gay friendly of the resorts.
Fuengirola has a towering Moorish Castle looking over it, but past that it's a typical holiday resort with little of traditional Spain. Expect great facilities, a vibrant nightlife and plenty to do for families or groups of friends after fun in the sun. Fuengirola Zoo is a particular highlight.
Gibraltar doesn't offer beaches, as it's a huge rock as well as an outpost of the UK, so expect things to be more similar to home than anywhere else. See the monkeys that live at the top of the rock and enjoy the fine local food with its British influence.
Almunecar is all about the beaches, with over 20 which you can enjoy in the lovely warm and sunny weather that abounds in this sheltered spot. Don't expect loads of attractions, just beaches, nice places to eat, and a fair selection of hotels.
How to get to the Costa del Sol
Jumping on a flight to Malaga International Airport is the fastest and cheapest way to arrive, with flights to the Costa del Sol from the UK taking around three hours. Package holidays to the Costa del Sol are a popular and cheap way of getting to this sunny spot, but make sure that your transfers are also included - otherwise it may be worth looking for some cheap car hire.
Thanks to the internet, it's now also even easier than ever to arrange your own tailor-made Costa del Sol holiday in 2017, by booking your flight and hotel separately. Use our little guide to the major resorts below to get yourself the perfect spot for your holiday.
Onward travel to your resort may be by organised transfer coach, or by car hire, but there are plenty of other options too. There is an increasing amount of public transport with buses and trains too which run to Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos directly from the airport. Private transfers and taxis are also an option if you're happy to splash out a little extra!
Top 5 Things to Do in the Costa del Sol
One of the attractions of holidays in Costa del Sol is the great year-round weather and most visitors will spend a lot of time on one of the many beaches. If you enjoy the great outdoors, the Sierra Nevada mountain range offers some excellent hiking opportunities. Gibraltar, at the western edge of the Costa del Sol, makes a great day trip for all the family. Here are our top five attractions, in no particular order.
- Selwo Adventure Park
- This safari park in Estepona takes you on a 4x4 tour past lions, tiger and more! You can also ride a camel and even sleep overnight in the African Village.
- Benalmadena Cable Car
- The 15-minute ride to the top of Mount Calamorro affords you amazing views of the coastline. At the top, follow the nature trails to come out at even more viewpoints for more envy-inducing photos.
- Picasso Museum, Malaga
- Located in the heart of Old Malaga in the house where Picasso grew up, you can see the progression of the artist's work throughout the years through painting, sculpture, ceramics and engravings. Look out for regular guest exhibitions of his many famous works too.
- St Michael's Caves, Gibraltar
- Take the cable car to explore the caves, which were once thought to contain a secret route to Africa, which you'll be able to clearly see across the Straits of Gibraltar on most days!
- Aqualand Torremolinos
- The biggest water park on the Costa del Sol, there is fun for all the family here. Calm slides for kids and adrenaline rides for the adults are combined with gentle pastimes like mini golf - there's plenty of space to sunbathe too.