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Costa Del Sol Holidays

Costa Del Sol Holidays

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Destination highlights

  • Blessed with the best climate in Spain
  • Over 159km of coastline
  • More golf courses than anywhere else in Europe
  • Picasso’s birthplace
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    Beaches | Hotels | Food & drink | Nightlife | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Costa del Sol?

    Costa del Sol is known as Spain’s ‘sunshine coast,’ so it makes sense to soak up as much of the lovely coastline as possible, whether that’s with non-stop sports or a lazy beach day. When in Nerja, it has to be Playa Burriana - an 800m stretch of Blue Flag beach with a shop-lined promenade and plenty of sports, or - if you prefer a quieter setting - Playa de Maro’s charming pebbled cove is just the ticket. Looking for a family-friendly beach spot? Playa del Padron and Playa del Cristo in Estepona both offer shallow waters, a range of local dining venues and entertainment facilities to keep both you and the kids occupied.

    Other sand spots to keep on your radar include Playa Malapesquera - Benalmadena’s largest and most popular beach, and the protected dunes of Cabopino Beach in Marbella, with a boardwalk leading to a dedicated nudist area if you’re intent on avoiding those tan lines!

    Costa del Sol beach

    What are the top hotels in Costa del Sol?

    Costa del Sol’s hotel menu has something for every holidaymaker. If you’re looking for a laidback luxury holiday in the beautiful Puerto Banús region, then it has to be Iberostar Selection Marbella Coral Beach. With a beachfront location, relaxing spa facilities and a gorgeous pool complex, this hotel could be just the break you’re craving. Travelling with the kids? Globales Los Patos is the perfect hotel to keep the whole clan entertained - from its fabulous waterpark and lagoon-style pool, to the games room and kids club for the youngest members of the family.

    Prefer a kid-free zone? We’re not judging! Amare Marbella Beach Hotel is the ideal setting for your adults-only break. This hotel oozes elegance, located just steps from the powder-soft beach in Marbella with stylish guestrooms and an outdoor pool area that you won’t want to leave. Your dream getaway doesn’t have to cost the earth, either. Why not jet off on a budget-friendly holiday to Fuengirola Beach? You can spend your days lazing by the pool, surrounded by swaying palms and lush gardens, or - if you prefer a beach day - you’ll find the sandy coast just a five-minute walk away.



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    What's the food like in Costa del Sol?

    As a bustling coastal resort, visitors flock to Costa del Sol year after year, and we all know that the food can really make or break a holiday. Luckily, you’ve got nothing to worry about here. From typical Mediterranean meals bursting with flavour to Spanish tapas – there’s certainly something on offer for every taste bud. A chilled soup is the perfect way to cool down when temperatures are soaring (we know what you’re thinking, it’s much nicer than it sounds). Keep it classic with a nice bowl of gazpacho - a refreshing blend of cucumber, onions, peppers, tomatoes and plenty of garlic, often topped with crisp croutons and a drizzle of oil, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, treat yourself to some ajoblanco, which combines bread, crushed almonds, garlic, olive oil, salt, vinegar and water, usually paired with fresh grapes or melon. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

    If you’re craving something more filling, then Gambas al Pil-Pil is a signature dish for Andalusians. This dish is essentially prawns tossed in a spicy salsa sauce with paprika, garlic and chillies, served sizzling at your table. A trip to the sunshine coast wouldn’t be complete without some tasty seafood, so if you’re still wanting more, you won’t be disappointed. Espeto - sardine skewers - are big over here, particularly in Malaga, so you won’t have to search for long to get your hands on one of these grilled kebabs. And of course, would it even be a trip to Spain without sangria? Lili’s bar in Benahavis is well-known for serving up the perfect glass of this fruity goodness, alongside delicious local dishes to keep you satisfied.



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    Where’s the best nightlife in Costa del Sol?

    Costa del Sol might be famed for its coastline and golf courses, but the locals here know how to party hard. Bars and clubs don’t typically open until around 11pm, and most don’t close their doors until 6 or 7 in the morning, so you’re in for a long night! Malaga and Marbella are two of the party hotspots along this stretch of coast, packed with lively nightclubs and beach parties. Whilst Marbella is home to the ‘Golden Mile’ - a glamorous strip lined with swanky lounges and clubs, Malaga is where you’ll find Sala Gold - an action-packed nightclub with LED screens, VIP areas and themed events. You might also want to stop by Torremolinos - known for its LGBT-friendly atmosphere, or Benalmadena’s 24-hour square, which - yep, you guessed it - is open at all hours! If you prefer more of a laidback night scene, then Fuengirola’s British-style pubs and live music venues with jazz bands and DJs might be more up your alley.

    Costa del Sol nightlife

    Things to do in Costa del Sol

    Take a swing at one of the golf courses

    With over 70 golf courses, you'll have plenty of choice when it comes to taking your clubs for a day out in Costa del Sol. Most of the courses are nestled near the coast too, so you can enjoy relaxing views of the Mediterranean while you play.

    Take a walk through Paloma Park

    This scenic park in Benalmadena is the perfect place to take a wander, with plenty of greenery to admire, a children's play area, a cafeteria and a large lake where you might spot some natural wildlife.

    Admire the view from The Balcony of Europe

    A breathtaking lookout point nestled on a clifftop in pretty Nerja, serving the best views of the Mediterranean Sea that the region has to offer.

    Walk the fine line at Caminito del Rey

    This unique pathway is suspended 100m into the air, following the sheer cliff face of the surrounding canyon. The route has been fully restored to make it safe, and it takes around 3-4 hours in total to complete, but it's more than worth it for the sweeping views along the way. Keep in mind that the trail is one way, so you'll need to plan your route back.

    Spot the animals at Bioparc in Fuengirola

    This animal park challenges the norms of zoos as we know it. With sustainability at its heart, rescued animals here live side by side in an atmosphere that replicates their natural habitat, making for the perfect day out with the kids.

    Shop 'til you drop in Malaga

    Grab your euros and head for El Corte Ingles - a giant department store with over 1000 brands to choose from, so whether you're on the hunt for gifts for loved ones or some treats for yourself, you'll be sure to find it here.

    What's the weather like in Costa del Sol?

    Known as the sunshine coast for a reason, Costa del Sol more than delivers when it comes to sun, with warm, dry summers and mild autumn months that make for a relaxing swim whatever time of year you travel.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 12 °c 16 °c 5 h
    Feb 13 °c 15 °c 7 h
    Mar 14 °c 15 °c 8 h
    Apr 16 °c 16 °c 9 h
    May 19 °c 17 °c 8 h
    Jun 22 °c 20 °c 10 h
    Jul 25 °c 22 °c 11 h
    Aug 26 °c 23 °c 10 h
    Sep 23 °c 22 °c 8 h
    Oct 19 °c 20 °c 7 h
    Nov 15 °c 18 °c 6 h
    Dec 13 °c 16 °c 5 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Costa del Sol

    How long does it take to fly to Costa del Sol?

    It takes about 3 hours to fly from the UK to Costa del Sol.

    What currency do they use in Costa del Sol?

    The local currency in Costa del Sol is the Euro.

    What's the time difference between the UK and Costa del Sol?

    The time in Costa del Sol is one hour ahead of the UK.

    What language do they speak in Costa del Sol?

    The official language spoken in Costa del Sol is Spanish.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Costa del Sol?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Costa del Sol?

    There is currently no tourist tax in Costa del Sol.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Costa del Sol?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Spain on the FCDO website.

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    Top Costa Del Sol Hotels

    Sol Principe

    Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

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    Gran Costa del Sol

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    Monarque Torreblanca

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    Best Benalmadena

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    Globales Gardenia

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    Senator Marbella Spa Hotel

    Marbella, Costa Del Sol, Spain

    Hotel Gran Cervantes by Blue Sea

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    Parasol Garden

    Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

    Puente Real

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    Sol Marbella Atalaya

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    Best Siroco

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    Doramar

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    NH Marbella

    Marbella, Costa Del Sol, Spain

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    Marconfort Costa del Sol

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    Meliá Marbella Banús

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    Exe Estepona Thalasso & Spa - Adults Only

    Estepona, Costa Del Sol, Spain

    Fuengirola Beach

    Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol, Spain

    Sunset Beach Club

    Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

    Marconfort Griego Hotel

    Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

    Vincci Seleccion Estrella del Mar

    Elviria, Costa Del Sol, Spain

    Holiday World Polynesia

    Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain

    Fercomar Apartments

    Nerja, Costa Del Sol, Spain

    Toboso apar-turis

    Nerja, 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

    Destination HighlightsA beautiful city by the beachGreat for couples or friendsPlenty of cultureNightlife options for everyoneJump to...Beaches | Hote…

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    Marbella

    Marbella

    Destination highlightsOver 18 miles of sandy beachesStylish and trendy resortGreat for nightlifeWorld-class restaurantsJump to...Beaches | Hotels | Ni…

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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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