Set between the mountains and the Med, with more than 320 days of glorious sunshine each year; the Costa del Sol is a dreamy destination. Alongside its balmy shores and rugged mountains are golf courses galore and characterful towns; it’s little wonder guests return on repeat. This picturesque part of Andalucía has plenty of surprises in store, too. Hop from Marbella to Puerto Banus to Benalmadena to Fuengirola, discovering the region’s traditional charms as you wander around sleepy fishing villages, admire age-old monuments and take pitstops to sample Andalucían delicacies.
costa del sol fast facts
13 – 28ºC – Average temperature
ESPAÑOL – The language spoken on the Costa del Sol is Spanish
Timezone – The Costa del Sol is 1 hour ahead of the UK
Tourist Info – Head to the Costa del Sol website for further information.
2.5 hrs – Average flight time from UK
Currency – The currency used on the Costa del Sol is the Euro (€)
Fly to – Malaga Costa del Sol (AGP) is the main airport for the region
Visa & Health – Visit the Gov.uk website for advice
THE BEACH LIFE
Picture yourself with sand between your toes and the gentle Mediterranean breeze on your face as you peruse the menu at a chiringuito (beach bar). Will it be paella, grilled sardines or gazpacho? Its string of sun-drenched beaches is Costa del Sol’s big draw, from family-friendly stretches and vibrant beach-bar-lined sands to tranquil bays with a local vibe. The western region comprises towns to the west of the capital Málaga; city-beach favourites include Malapesquera in Benalmádena and Los Boliches in Fuengirola. While over to the eastern part of Costa del Sol, in the region of Axarquía, the beaches are more dramatic and wilder, many with fantastic views over mountains, cliffs and craggy coves. If you are looking for family-friendly beaches or stretches of sand that are close to some lively beach clubs, you will be catered for on the Costa del Sol.
FOOD & DRINK ON THE COSTA DEL SOL
The Costa del Sol is home to some of the freshest and tastiest food in Spain – and that’s saying something. Savour the flavours of this bountiful region, renowned for its fruits and seafood, at our Resorts’ welcoming restaurants. They celebrate the abundance of local ingredients while offering a varied selection of national and international dishes to please every palate. Get into the local spirit and bar hop for tapas, it’s a brilliant way to taste your way around the region’s varied cuisine. Or seek out some of the coastline’s celebrated culinary hotspots for a blowout meal. Whatever you opt for, be sure to pair it with a bottle of the wonderful local wine.
ACTIVITIES ON THE COSTA DEL SOL
The Costa del Sol boasts some incredible water parks and theme parks. Aqualand in Torremolinos is the largest water park around here and there are hair-raising slides for the adrenaline junkies in the family or lazy rivers if you want a slightly calmer experience. From diving and snorkelling to parasailing and paddleboarding, the Costa del Sol is a mecca for water sports enthusiasts as there are so many activities you can enjoy. With a plethora of historic resort towns, you can delve into the fascinating history of the region, and the eye-catching botanical gardens are ideal for strolling around. There are plenty of immaculate golf courses you can play on too.
SELF-CATERING HOTELS ON THE COSTA DEL SOL
Are your holidays all about slowing down and spending time with your family? Or do you like to be active and socialise? There’s no need to choose between the two at our self-catering hotels on the Costa del Sol. You’ll have your own spacious suite or apartment to retreat to where you can relax on the terrace, chill with a film or gather for home-cooked meals. But you’ll also have pools to splash about in, cocktail bars for sundowners and restaurants with live entertainment for a fun night out. Not to mention a host of free onsite activities and kids’ clubs. We have a collection of other resorts in Spain that you can choose from, so make sure to check them out too!
- Stepping back in time at Alcazaba, Spain’s best-preserved Moorish fortress
- Enjoying the historic glamour of Marbella Old Town (go shopping, too)
- Admiring the sparkling yachts at Puerto Marina Benalmadena
- Going underground at Cueva de Nerja
- Getting up into the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range
- A morning ski run on Pradollano’s pistes (be back on the beach by lunch)
- Exploring white-washed villages with orange-tree-filled plazas and labyrinthine cobbled streets
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