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Be captivated by holidays in Costa del Sol!

Holidays in Costa del Sol pack in plenty across more than 150 miles of glistening coastline. As the most southern region in Spain, the resorts here enjoy plenty of sunshine, and the beautifully scenic surroundings to go with it. You’ll also come by more astounding attractions than you could ever imagine, from modern theme parks to ancient Roman ruins. Plus, if you’ve ever had dreams of golfing greatness, holidays in the Costa del Sol make your wishes come true with over 70 courses in the area.

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Sandy shores, stylish shops and family activities all within reach

 

The most popular resort for holidays in Costa del Sol is Benalmadena, and it deserves this much-loved status. Its long arches of sand stretch for miles, whilst theme parks and buzzing bars ensure the resort is exciting whether its day or night. Its conveniently clustered into a trio of resorts, with the famed Fuengirola and Torremolinos on either side.

 

In fact, all it takes to visit Torremolinos from Benalmadena is a quick stroll along the seafront, where you’ll start at what is often voted as ‘the best marina in the world’ and end up But beyond the marina, the resort has lots more to offer the form of a waterpark, serene beachfront restaurants and 5 miles of coastline. The nightlife is incredibly vibrant here too! Whilst the furthest south of the three main resorts for holidays in Costa del Sol, Fuengirola has ancient attractions, long golden beaches and one of the best zoos in the whole of Spain.

 

When it comes to style, holidays in Costa del Sol have it in abundance, especially at the glamorous resorts of Marbella and its harbour Puerto Banus. Here designer boutiques and classy cocktail bars align with radiant beaches and trim golf courses - it’s no wonder the main road between the two resorts is called ‘The Golden Mile.’ Head west from Puerto Banus and you’ll end up in Estepona, a peaceful resort with cotton-soft white sands and many great golf courses nearby.

 

Offering yet another change of pace, Nerja, the easternmost resort in the Costa del Sol has some simply incredible attractions, ranging from prehistoric caves to unforgettable beauty spots. As you can see, with such a wide range of resorts in Costa del Sol, holidays here are what you make it!

Make the most of must sees in Costa del Sol

 

Within the waving southern coastline of Costa del Sol you’ll come across every kind of attraction, from ancient wonders to scenic sights, perfectly landscaped parks to professionally developed golf courses. Starting in the east, Nerja has the kind of sites it’s well worth travelling the distance for, even if you’re staying in the more built up resorts of Torremolinos or Benalmadena in the centre of the Costa del Sol.

 

The Nerja Caves were only re-discovered in 1959 and yet there’s evidence that humans lived here a staggering 27,000 years ago. As you enter the cave, the first thing you’ll notice is its unusual stalactites and stalagmites, long fang-shaped structures that look like molten wax dripping from the ceiling and rising from the floor. Inside, you’ll also see some fascinating exhibits in the galleries, including 20,000 year-old skeletons and what may be the world’s oldest Neanderthal paintings.

 

Nerja has yet more stunning synthesis between humanity and nature at the Balcon de Europa. This high viewing platform was built into the very edge of a rocky part of coastline overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The name of the beauty spot is said to derive from the King Alfonso XII of Spain, who upon looking out from the point said: “This is the Balcony of Europe.” A glistening bronze statue of the King has since been erected at the site to honour his statement.

 

Continue west and you’ll arrive in Malaga, the city where it’s likely you’ll touchdown for holidays in Costa del Sol, as the main airport is based here. But don’t dismiss Malaga as a mere gateway city – it actually has some of the best historical sites in the whole region. Rising upon a dusky sun-baked hill, Alcazaba is one of the best preserved Moorish forts in Spain, and dates back from the middle of the 11th century.  It’s a sprawling site, consisting of cobbled stone watchtowers, elaborately arched windows and a peaceful courtyard complete with a small pond. Sitting just below the Alcazaba, you’ll see the 1st Century AD Roman Theatre (some of its stone was used to construct the Moorish fortress), whilst the centre also features the Museo Picasso located in the house where the famous artist was actually born.

 

South along the coast from the city will take you to the trio of Costa del Sol’s most popular resorts – Benalmadena, Torremolinos, and Fuengirola. There’s plenty to take your interest at these towns that have been catering to tourists for more than 50 years now. It also means it’s easy to find fun activities for families here, including the Aqualand water park in Torremolinos, which features ten colourful slides, a wave pool and a Jacuzzi. Also in the area is the Bioparc Fuengirola, often lauded as one of the best zoos in Spain, if not the world. The animals are kept behind glass walls in large, spacious enclosures, meaning you can get up close to tigers and crocodiles with no bars blocking you. While perhaps the best fun in Benalmadena is be had at Tivoli World, a large theme park with river plumes, go-karts and flamenco shows.

 

Sporty types won’t be bored either, especially those who love a round of golf or two. Estepona offers the greatest riches here, as alongside San Pedro de Alcantara, the whole area is known as ‘Golf Valley.’ There are 12 golf courses nearby, including the famed Club Guadalmina, which has seen PGA Tournaments played across its 18-hole courses of open, wide fairways that arc around the sea.

 

 If you’re in need of some retail therapy after all that action, the shopping centres in Marbella and Puerto Banus will more than serve your needs. La Canada boasts all the international brands you’ll see on British High Streets while Centro Comercial Benabola and Centro Comercial Marina Banus have gleaming designer boutiques.

 

One attraction also deserves special mention – the Alhambra in Granada. It’ll probably take you around a two-hour journey inland to get there but it’s worth it to see the intricately carved Arabesque stonework and palm tree lined ponds, and fountain soaked porticos.

Ideal for families

The three resorts in the centre of the Costa del Sol, TorremolinosBenalmadena and Fuengirola are all fantastic for families. Between them they have enough zoos, water parks and theme parks to keep everyone occupied.

 

Ideal for friends

Torremonlinos is known for having the liveliest nightlife of all holidays in Costa del Sol. Its clubs stay open right into the next morning for 24-hour partying, whilst Marbella and Puerto Banus have an exclusive selection of stylish cocktail bars.

 

Ideal for couples

One of the most idyllic resorts in the Costa del Sol is Nerja. Its old town has beautiful low-rise whitewashed buildings and there are several authentic Andalusian restaurants nearby.

Benalmadena

Benalmadena

For family beach holidays to the Costa Del Sol, Benalmedena is fast becoming the premier holiday resort on the Costa Del Sol, close to Malaga and a little more upmarket than neighbouring Torremolinos.

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Torremolinos

Torremolinos

If partying is on the agenda for your holiday, Torremolinos, which is less than 10 miles from Malaga airport, is one of Spain's original, largest and liveliest holiday hotspots, most famous as the good-time capital of the Costa del Sol.

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Marbella

Marbella

When it comes to glitz and glamour, Marbella is the queen of holidays in the Costa del Sol and has long been a favourite playground for the rich and famous. Blessed with sunny, warm weather virtually all year round, Marbella certainly makes for an attractive holiday destination at any time.

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Fuengirola

Fuengirola

The type of holiday you’re looking for is in Fuengirola. How do we know this already? Well, simply because it offers every type of holiday to every type of tourist.

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Nerja

Nerja

The thriving holiday resort  Nerja has preserved much of the charm and atmosphere of an attractive Spanish village and makes an excellent choice for holidays in the Costa Del Sol for both families and couples.

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Fuengirola

Fuengirola Beach

With a friendly atmosphere and plenty of activities these well known apartments are a popular choice for family holidays. Spend days lazing on the beach across the road or by the huge pool area and if the kids still have energy they will love the mini-disco (summer only). With bright and modern apa...

East Midlands

7-nights Self Catering

from £269pp

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Torremolinos

Bajondillo Apartments

The popular Bajondillo Apartments complex was one of the first to be established in Costa del Sol and enjoys a superb location right on the beachfront. The apartments will appeal to families with its focus on facilities and entertainment.

Leeds Bradford

7-nights Self Catering

from £287pp

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Fuengirola

Nuriasol Apartments

These well kept apartments boast a central location making them an excellent base to enjoy both the beach and resort centre. Ideal for couples, friends and families the Nuriasol Apartments have comfortable furnishings and plenty of facilities making them ideal whether you choose self catering or to...

Belfast

7-nights Self Catering

from £293pp

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Torremolinos

Sol Timor

Sol Timor Apartments have direct access to the fabulous La Carihuela Beach which is lined with numerous beach side restaurants. At the apartments you will find a magnificent outdoor pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by lush gardens. Families will never be stuck for anything to ...

East Midlands

7-nights Room Only

from £296pp

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Fuengirola

Fuengirola Beach

With a friendly atmosphere and plenty of activities these well known apartments are a popular choice for family holidays. Spend days lazing on the beach across the road or by the huge pool area and if the kids still have energy they will love the mini-disco (summer only). With bright and modern apa...

East Midlands

7-nights Self Catering

from £269pp

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Benalmadena

Hotel Polynesia

Part of the impressive ‘Holiday World Resort’, the Polynesia is one of four hotels within the Holiday World Resort which boasts plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained. As soon as you step inside this hotel you are transported to the Polynesian Islands. This unique hotel welcomes y...

East Midlands

7-nights Self Catering

from £320pp

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Benalmadena

Hotel Playabonita

This family orientated hotel is set a great beachfront location and boasts wonderful views out across the Mediterranean Sea. Hotel Playabonita welcomes you with a friendly atmosphere, a great choice of facilities and comfortable rooms all with sea views, making this the perfect choice for families l...

Belfast

7-nights Bed and Breakfast

from £321pp

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Torremolinos

Sol Principe

The fantastic Sol Principe is a great family friendly hotel, located opposite the beach in spacious gardens with a huge lagoon-style swimming pool it is ideal for a fun family holiday. The kids will love the excellent Flinstones land including their own Flintstones theme kids club and playground (su...

East Midlands

7-nights Room Only

from £324pp

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Fuengirola

Hotel IPV Palace & Spa

With a great location on the beachfront in Fuengirola all rooms here benefit from a sea view. Days can be spent relaxing on the beach, visiting the 12th Century Sohail Castle next door or strolling to discover the nearby restaurants and bars. Alternatively the hotel has a lovely pool area looking ou...

Leeds Bradford

7-nights Bed and Breakfast

from £425pp

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Puerto Banus

H10 Andalucia Plaza

The H10 Andalucia Plaza is a sophisticated, comfortable hotel offering a wide range of amenities with a modern Andalucian atmosphere in the heart of Puerto Banus. Perfect for couples and friends this adult only property is a great place to relax whilst also being a great base to enjoy the shops, bar...

Manchester

7-nights Bed and Breakfast

from £430pp

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Marbella

IBEROSTAR Marbella Coral Beach

This elegant Mediterranean style hotel combines a high level of service and quality with lovely sea views. Beautiful gardens, lots of lovely Andalucian features and a peaceful setting make this ideal for couples and families seeking a relaxing holiday.

Belfast

7-nights Bed and Breakfast

from £477pp

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