Costa Del Sol Holidays

Costa Del Sol Holidays

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Pure beauty and a year’s supply of sunshine, there’s no other place like the Sunshine Coast – more commonly known as the Costa del Sol. This coastal region in the south of Spain offers stunning views, sparkling blue waters and a host of upbeat areas. Why not dine in amazing restaurants and indulge in some of the freshest fish you could feast your eyes on? You can also take in the historic landmarks, gaze at the beautiful marinas or feed the adrenaline junkie in you at one of the many theme parks in the area. The Costa del Sol has it all! And with an average of 320 days of sunshine each year, this majestic Spanish region is the place to be for an exciting adventure for couples and families.

Beaches
Relax on the sun-kissed sands and embrace the glistening waters at one of the many beaches that make up the 161km coastline. There are more than 125 beaches, each unique and picturesque in their own way – that’s what makes the Costa del Sol an incredible place to visit. If you’re all for the city life the beach can come with you! Malaga is home to a beachy beauty spot La Malagueta which is just a stone’s throw away from the city centre. The golden sands reach as far as the eyes can see making it a hot spot for lounging in the sun (or shade, under the many palm trees).

Food & Drink
Indulge in some culinary delights, both Spanish and international during your stay. As a bustling coastal resort, visitors flock here to try the vast array of tasty dishes. From typical Mediterranean meals bursting with flavour, to Spanish tapas – there’s certainly something on offer for everyone! Treat your taste buds to the exciting savoury mix of ajoblanco, a soup which combines bread, crushed almonds, garlic, olive oil, salt, vinegar and water. As strange as it may seem, it’s often accompanied with grapes or a melon, mainly for garnish but also to show the excellent locally-grown fruits of the region. The dish makes a tasty sweet and savoury starter and you certainly shouldn’t end your trip without giving it a try!

If you’re looking for something more filling, Gambas al Pil-Pil is a signature dish for Andalusians. The dish is made up of prawns served in a spicy salsa sauce created with a combination of flavours including paprika, garlic and chillies which is served sizzling at your table. A trip to the Costa del Sol wouldn’t be complete without a tasty seafood dish and sardine skewers (espeto) are big here, very big. The name really is what to expect, you’ll be served with several delicious grilled sardines on a stick. You don’t have to search for too long before you come across this sensational delight as most beach bars cook them up. After a busy day spent in the sun, there’s nothing better than sipping a refreshing ice cold glass of Sangria! Lili’s bar in Benahavis is well-known for serving up the perfect glass of this fruity goodness alongside delicious local dishes.

Culture
The Costa del Sol has something for everyone – popular tourist resorts, historic villages and scenic mountains. Culture here has been shaped by the Phoenicians, who established the historic city of Malaga. The Romans also played an important role as they built baths and roads (some of which are still visible today) along this southern stretch of Spain. This beautiful region is the birthplace of the famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, and a visit to his birthplace gives the opportunity to learn more about what sparked the magnificent work he produced. For those looking to unleash themselves in the history of Andalusian heritage, there are many museums and religious sites scattered throughout the province, including the Arab Public Baths and the Castillo de Gibralfaro – a castle in the Malaga hillside which offers spectacular views of the province.

Nightlife
It may be mostly known for the beauty spots, however, for those who like to party until dawn, there are still a lot of bars and clubs in the main cities, Malaga and Marbella. If you’re after something different for a night out, head to Sala Opium in the city of Malaga for an exotic and atmospheric bar experience. The bar is designed around the city’s Arabic history, which is clear to see as the building is decorated with luxurious cushions and decorations. Whether you’re looking for a few drinks with some mates or fancy taking part in one of the weekly theme nights, Sala Opium is the ideal place to experience Malaga’s trendy culture.

Important Information
Flight Time: 3h
Time difference: +1hr
Currency: Euro
Official Language: Spanish

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Top Costa Del Sol Hotels

Los Patos Park

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Puente Real

Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Hotel Alay - Adults Only

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Hotel Palia La Roca

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Senator Marbella Spa Hotel

Marbella, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Monarque El Rodeo

Marbella, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Best Benalmadena

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Globales Gardenia

Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Medplaya Hotel Bali

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Torrequebrada

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Mac Puerto Marina Benalmadena

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

H10 Andalucia Plaza - Adults Only

Puerto Banus, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Best Triton

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Roc Costa Park

Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Sol House Costa del Sol

Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Elba Estepona Gran Hotel & Thalasso Spa

Estepona, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Marconfort Griego Hotel

Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Pyr Marbella

Puerto Banus, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Sol Principe

Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa

Marbella, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Best Siroco

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Bluebay Banus

Puerto Banus, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Amare Marbella Beach Hotel - Adult Only

Marbella, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Sol Marbella Atalaya

Estepona, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Myramar Fuengirola

Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Medplaya Hotel Balmoral

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Pierre & Vacances Benalmadena Principe

Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Gran Hotel Blue Sea Cervantes

Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Occidental Fuengirola

Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Playacalida Hotel Spa

Almunecar, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Costa Del Sol Weather

If the heat is for you, the best time to visit the Costa del Sol is June to September with average temperatures at a very toasty 22°C to 25°C. May and October are still warm months to visit with averages ranging from 19°C to 20°C. The remainder of the year sees cooler temperatures of 13°C to 16°C.
Jan 13ºC
Feb 14ºC
Mar 16ºC
Apr 18ºC
May 22ºC
Jun 23ºC
Jul 26ºC
Aug 26ºC
Sep 24ºC
Oct 21ºC
Nov 17ºC
Dec 14ºC

Things To Do on Costa Del Sol Holidays

Tivoli World
Whether you’re a thrill seeker or just wanting a fun-filled day in the sun with your friends or family, Tivoli World ticks all those boxes. Not only is it one of the best places to visit for rides and entertainment, there’s also a great range of places to eat. Attractions at the theme park include an epic rollercoaster, free-fall tower, a giant Ferris wheel and water rides – there really is so much to do.

Ronda
This mountaintop city is a spectacular place to visit with its small streets and charming buildings. Scattered around the city are remains of prehistoric settlements – one of the most prolific sights include the three bridges which span the breathtaking 100m El Tajo canyon which the city overlooks.

Malaga City
Malaga is a sun trap and one of the oldest cities in the world. It’s ideal for those who enjoy a typical Mediterranean life, with grand buildings, cafés every corner you turn and the beach just a stone’s throw away. Simply amazing.

Castillo Gibralfaro
Situated on top of the Montes de Malaga mountain range, the Castillo Gibrafaro overlooks Malaga city and the port. The castle dates back to the 10th century and the name means ‘rock of the lighthouse’ – famous for the four-month Siege of Malaga which took place during 1487 where the Catholics battled to regain control and take Malaga back from the Muslims. It’s also significant because this was the first conflict where ambulances were used to carry those injured.Today, the castle is popular for the scenic walk up the cobbled path, the view from the top of the castle and its solid ramparts which you can walk around.

Culture

The Costa del Sol had benefited hugely from its beautifully mild climate, from the tourism it enjoys today right back to its primary settlements. The Phoenicians were the first to realise the potential in the Costa del Sol, and it was under their rule the city of Malaga was established. The area fell eventually and inevitably to Roman rule along with the rest of Spain. It was under their domination that this southern stretch of Spain enjoyed its first major spell of development - baths, roads and government buildings were all introduced and built by the Romans and many ruins are still visible today.

In the 5th century, Christianity became much more widespread across the region, and even managed to live alongside the Moorish rule which capitalised on the areas coastal location by using it as a trade centre. However, conversion to Christianity increased and it wasn't long before Arab rule had disintegrated completely. More recently, the Costa del Sol benefited tremendously along with the rest of Europe from the development of tourism in the 1950s, during which time celebrities such as Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly were known to frequent the area.

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Costa Del Sol Resorts

Algeciras

Algeciras

Located on the southern coast of Spain, Algeciras is the largest urban area on the Bay of Gibraltar, and is steeped in history. A richly cultural area…

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Benahavis

Benahavis

Benahavis is, quite literally, the best-kept secret of the Costa del Sol. Boasting magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and many excellent…

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Benalmadena

Benalmadena

Just eleven miles from Malaga lies the charming resort of Benalmadena, at the foot of the breathtaking Sierra de Mejis mountains range. Offering an id…

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Estepona

Estepona

Estepona is a popular tourist resort that has kept its old-world Andalusian charms intact. Located on the Costa del Sol, you’ll find pretty beaches, b…

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Fuengirola

Fuengirola

The former fishing village of Fuengirola is situated between Torremolinos and Marbella and is fast becoming the Costa del Sol’s number one holiday hot…

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Guadalmina

Guadalmina

Guadalmina is a small, beachside community located just ten minutes from Marbella’s Puerto Banus and the nearby city of Estepona. Considered by many t…

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Malaga

Malaga

The beautiful, historic city of Malaga is often referred to as the capital of the Costa del Sol. Birthplace of the great artist Pablo Picasso and popu…

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Marbella

Marbella

Long renowned as a playground for the rich and famous, Marbella remains a chic, cosmopolitan yet accessible destination for those considering holidays…

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Mijas

Mijas

The charming village of Mijas is often separated into two distinct areas – Mijas Pueblo, which sits amongst the Sierra Mijas Mountains four hundred an…

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Nerja

Nerja

Nerja is a thriving tourist resort in the east of the Costa del Sol region, around thirty miles from Malaga airport – which itself a short flight from…

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Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus

Known locally as 'The Port', Puerto Banus is one of the most exclusive resorts in the entirety of the Costa del Sol. A short distance away from the gl…

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Ronda

Ronda

Famous for being the birthplace of modern bullfighting, the charming and historical town of Ronda lies about sixty miles from Malaga. Ronda is home to…

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San Pedro

San Pedro

The charming, untouched pueblo of San Pedro is conveniently located about five miles west of the cosmopolitan sophistication of Marbella, and a short…

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Torremolinos

Torremolinos

The original Costa del Sol holiday resort, Torremolinos has become one of the most well-developed and appealing destinations for those considering hol…

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