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Costa del Sol holidays

Some of Spain’s favourite resorts are on the Costa del Sol, so pick your place and get ready for all the sea and sand you could dream of. With miles of sun-drenched coast and a laid-back atmosphere, it’s a total classic for beachside lounging and relaxing.

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

from €1 a bottle

3 course meal

usually a set menu for around €12

Flight times

3-3.5hrs

Beach paradise

There’s 160km of coastline to play around with here. That means beaches of every shape and size, from spacious stretches to quieter coves. And if you want to get active, you’ve got all kinds of wild watersports, from parasailing to wakeboarding and waterskiing. Get ready to make a splash!

Resorts to suit your taste

The three resorts in the centre of the Costa del Sol – Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Fuengirola – offer everything from shimmering marinas linked with canals, to theme parks and buzzing bar-lined streets. Scenic backgrounds tick all the boxes for nature-seekers, while there are club-filled squares ready to steal the night.

Inland treats

It’s worth heading right into the middle of the Costa to fully explore. Discover towns high up in the mountains split by huge gorges and bridges, as well as pretty whitewashed old towns to wander around. You’ll get some magnificent views from all around these divine resorts.

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Competa

This surprisingly large town is a sprawl of low-rise, whitewashed buildings spread across an idyllic hillside location.

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Estepona

This traditional Spanish town is a gorgeous spot for a seaside getaway, with more beach than you could possibly need right on your doorstep!

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Alcaidesa

This relatively new resort along the Costa del Sol is made up of plush villas and townhouses, and really attracts the sun.

Beaches

For sheer fun in the sun, you’ll find plenty of extensive stretches of Blue Flag beach all across the Costa. But if you want to get away from it all, there are cooler, lesser-known shingle patches to sprawl out on, too. Palm-fringed pathways line these gorgeous seaside spots.

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Arroyo Hondo Beach

Arroyo Hondo Beach

Benalmadena, Costa del Sol

Set between the beaches of Las Viborillas and Torremuelle, Arroyo Hondo is named after the stream that flows on to the beach. This stretch of sand takes in the area known as the Hotel Costa Azul Beach. It's...
Benalmadena Marina Beach

Benalmadena Marina Beach

Benalmadena, Costa del Sol

At the eastern end of the marina, towards Torremolinos, you can hire sunbeds and parasols to relax on the pristine beach. When you're done catching some rays you can take a stroll through the port, do some...

Sights

Castles, chapels, traditional towns and more classic Spanish features dot this coastal region. There are loads of epic sights to see in the resorts, while statues and palaces full of mosaics, hidden courtyards and gently playing fountains make for wonderful day trips, should you prefer to venture further out.

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Alameda Park

Alameda Park

Marbella, Costa del Sol

An oasis of tranquillity, Alameda Park is festooned with tropical plants, palm trees, fountains and colourful tiled seats. It has lots of shaded areas if you want to get out of the sun for a while, and is...
Avenida del Mar

Avenida del Mar

Marbella, Costa del Sol

Get some culture on your way to the beach with a stroll down Avenida del Mar. The street has been transformed into an open air sculpture garden featuring works by Spanish artists Salvador Dali and Eduardo...

Activities

Make sure you save time for water and theme parks! Aqualand in Torremolinos is the biggest around here, with hair-raising slides to suit adrenaline junkies as well as calmer versions for little ones. Botanical gardens are ideal for strolling around, while immaculate golf courses offer an active side for sportspeople.

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Aloha Golf Course

Aloha Golf Course

Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is often referred to by the golfing community as the Costa del Golf thanks to the sheer number of courses on offer. One of the most prestigious is Aloha Golf Course, which flaunts some of the...
Aqualand Torremolinos

Aqualand Torremolinos

Torremolinos, Costa del Sol

Do you dare take on the highest waterslide in Europe? The 22-metre Kamikaze isn't the only attraction for daredevils at Aqualand, the biggest waterpark on the Costa del Sol. Plunge down the Black Hole, with...

Eating and drinking

Cool down the Costa del Sol way with refreshing cold soup. You could try some of the white garlic recipe made with almonds, or a typical gazpacho. Seafood and international dishes are real winners too – especially if you fancy tucking in along the harbour or in the usual Brit-friendly pubs.

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Astral Cocktail Bar

Astral Cocktail Bar

Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol

For a taste of the life on the seven seas, head to Astral Cocktail Bar. Shaped like a pirate’s ship, this unmissable bar serves up spectacular concoctions that are the talk of the town. The atmosphere is warm...
Fisherman's District

Fisherman's District

Torremolinos, Costa del Sol

Savour a seafood platter, traditional Torremolinos fried fish, or paella at one of the many restaurants sitting proudly on the waterfront. The harbour takes deliveries of fresh snapper, whitebait and...

Shopping

You’ll find malls, stores and souvenir shops all around the Costal del Sol, but for chic boutiques, Marbella and Puerto Banús are the places to go. Fuengirola has a brilliant complex housing all of your favourite chains, while local markets are great for buying fresh goods and trying out your haggling.

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Calle San Miguel

Calle San Miguel

Torremolinos, Costa del Sol

The main shopping area is the pedestrianised Calle San Miguel. It has an abundance of souvenirs, from flamenco dolls and hand-painted dishes to leather handbags. It's located on top of a hill, with 178 steps to...
CC Laguna Village

CC Laguna Village

Estepona, Costa del Sol

Laguna Village takes shopping to another level. With 28 designer stores, a spa and four luxury restaurants it has everything you need for a truly indulgent day. You can swim, shop, eat, relax - whatever you...

Nightlife

Torremolinos wears the Costa del Sol nightlife crown, but you won’t be short of neon-lit joints and pint-pulling pubs wherever you go. Head to the centre of town in Torremolinos for an array of clubs, live acts, discos and bars, or get dolled up for party nights in the glitzier resorts.

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Aqwa Mist

Aqwa Mist

Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol

You’ll make your entrance to Aqwa Mist by passing under a waterfall, and this sets the tone for the rest of your night at this sophisticated club. The décor is all glitz and glam, while the famous DJs and live...
Bars around Puerta Marina

Bars around Puerta Marina

Fuengirola, Costa del Sol

The port area has a real buzzy vibe at night. It's packed with bars, pubs, cafes and discos where you can drink or dance until dawn. Shaggy's music bar has themed nights, live bands and comedians, while...
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