Costa del Sol holidays major in relaxation. The region gets approximately 320 days of sun a year, and has 160 kilometres of coast to lay your towel on.
Holiday types for all
Whether you’re after a family break, a cheap getaway or an All Inclusive holiday, the Costa del Sol has it all. We’ve got family-friednly resorts, like Holiday Villages, and luxury hotels in every corner of this area of Spain. Marbella dishes up lots of activity-heavy beach clubs, and in Torremolinos, tapas bars line the streets.
Big nights out in the Costa del Sol
Malaga’s nightlife is some of the best in all of Spain. We’re talking flashy cocktail bars, Irish and English pubs, live music venues and clubs that never sleep. More party zones include cosmopolitan Torremolinos, where the nightclubs are called discotecas, and Fuengirola, which puts on a large scale beach party every June.
Best beaches in Spain
Even the Costa del Sol’s name reflects how much sun this coastline gets, and luckily the region’s got some of Spain’s finest sandy beaches to toast yourself on. Playamar Beach in Torremolinos is straight out of the top drawer, with its gingerbread-coloured sand. Burriana Beach in Nerja is golden, too. And Playa Malapesquera in Benalmadena is a great choice for watersports.
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Marbella waved goodbye to its fishing village roots decades ago – now this Costa del Sol goliath is home to 300,000 Spaniards and Brits, as well as one of the world’s highest concentrations of Rolls Royce cars. The glitz factor is high on the seafront Golden Mile, which throbs with bars and clubs. But there’s a traditional side, too, in the calm oasis of the old town.
Estepona is tucked between Marbella and Manilva on Spain’s Costa del Sol. This Andalusian town comes with whitewashed houses lining the narrow cobbled streets and a mountain backdrop. It’s got a great mix – it’s the kind of place where you get Spanish tapas and flamenco dancing alongside sophisticated shops, cocktail bars and a pretty marina. And the Blue Flag beach stacks up pretty well, too.
Torremolinos’ next door neighbour is a gracious and well-loved resort on Spain’s Costa del Sol. It lines up modern hotel complexes and apartment blocks along the 10-kilometre seafront area called Benalmadena Costa, but also packs in plenty of Andalusian appeal in the Spanish part of town.
Torremolinos is a bit of a dab hand when it comes to holidays – and it’s got 3.5 million yearly visitors to prove it. This is one of the oldest and best-loved holiday places on the Costa del Sol, with a pedigree going back to the early Fifties. Back then, it was a haunt of Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Nowadays things still revolve around the sandy beach, but there’s party nightlife and great shopping in the mix, too.
Teetering on the rocks on the southern tip of Andalusia – about 40 minutes from Malàga – is Nerja, AKA the jewel of the Costa del Sol. You’re in classic Costa territory here, with sandy beaches and an all-night bar scene. There’s tumultuous history to explore, too – the centrepiece is the Balcon de Europa, a viewing platform that was once part of a battle-torn castle. No wonder King Alfonso XII made Nerja his holiday home back in the 1880s.
San Pedro De Alcantara
San Pedro de Alcantara – or San Pedro, for short – is anchored in the west of the Costa del Sol, in Andalucia, about 10 kilometres from Marbella. It’s got a bit of a split personality – along the beachfront, it’s all hotels, cafés and souvenir shops, while the town centre is more like traditional Spain, with sieasta, tapas bars lining narrow backstreets and a big weekly market.
Sandwiched between Torremolinos and Marbella, the former fishing village of Fuengirola is now one of the Costa del Sol’s biggest players. It’s got the high-rise hotels, buzzing bars and tourist-friendly restaurants to prove it, but there are also side streets and squares crammed with upmarket tapas places and chic boutiques. And a Moorish castle adds a bit of history. The real draw, though, is the super-sized sandy beach.
Puerto Banus is Marbella’s world-famous port, right in the heart of Spain’s Costa del Sol. It’s a millionaire’s playground with beach clubs, super-yachts moored in the marina, and a long strip of bars, clubs and designer boutiques along the water. There’s another side to this firecracker of a spot, though – head away from the sea and there are quieter bars and authentic Spanish tapas.
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