Some of Spain’s best-loved resorts, like Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Marbella, are on the Costa del Sol. With miles of sun-drenched coast and a laid-back atmosphere, it’s an ideal place for a classic beach holiday.
There’s 160 km of coastline to play around with here. That means beaches of every shape and size, from the spacious stretches at Nerja and Torremolinos to quieter coves. And if you want to get active, you’ve got watersports from parasailing to wakeboarding and waterskiing.
The three resorts in the centre of the Costa del Sol – Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Fuengiorola – offer everything from shimmering marinas linked with canals, to theme parks and buzzing bar-lined streets. Nerja’s scenic backdrop makes it great for nature lovers, while for a touch of glamour, head to Marbella or Puerto Banus.
It’s worth heading inland to explore. Ronda, a town high up in the mountains split by a huge gorge, has a pretty whitewashed old town to wander around. You’ll get some magnificent views from the bridge over the gorge.
For sheer holiday fun, the long straight stretch of Blue Flag beach at Torremolinos can’t be beaten. If you want to get away from it all, there’s the shingle Playa de Canuelo near Nerja.
The Alhambra in Granada, a beautiful Moorish palace full of mosaics, hidden courtyards and gently playing fountains, makes a wonderful day trip.
Make sure you make it to a waterpark. Aqualand in Torremolinos is the biggest around here, with hair-raising slides to suit adrenaline junkies as well as gentler versions for little ones.
Cool down the Costa del Sol way with some refreshing cold soup. You could try some of the white garlic soup made with almonds, or the classic Gazpacho Andaluz.
For chic boutiques, Marbella and Puerto Banus are the places to go. Parque Miramar in Fuengirola has familiar chains like Zara, H&M and Mango, as well as cinemas and a playground.
Torremolinos wears the Costa del Sol nightlife crown. Head to La Nogalera in the centre of town for an array of clubs, live acts, discos and bars. The music doesn’t stop until the early hours.
The Costa del Sol is in Andalucía in Southern Spain. Malaga is the major city, and also the location of the main international airport.
Time differenceGMT +1 hour
Beerfrom €1 a bottle
3 course mealusually a set menu for around €12