As the name suggests, the Costa del Sol offers endless sunshine, making it an ideal choice for those whose idea of the perfect holiday is to laze in the sun and splash in the sea, as they enjoy sunshine here on an average of 300 days a year.
The best-known resort on the Costa del Sol is Malaga, at the heart of the coast, which neatly divides the region into its western part, and includes such famous resorts as Estepona, Fuengirola, Marnella and Torremolinos.
To the east of Malaga, you will find seaside resorts including Torre de Mar and Nerja, though Nerja is also worth visiting for its spectacular caves. These astonishing caverns extend for almost 5km, creating endless galleries of illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, as well as a natural ampitheatre, which is used to stage concerts.
If you are looking for culture, you will find it all over the Costa del Sol, and particularly in Malaga the 11th century Moorish citadel of Alcazaba is extremely beautiful, and the Picasso Museum takes a fascinating look at the life and work of one of the 20th century’s greatest painters. The Cathedral and Obispo Square are also popular tourist attractions here.
While traditional Spanish cuisine is found all over the Costa del Sol, they have a particular fondness for ‘pescaíto’ here, which is a fried dish made with all sorts of fish and seafood, including anchovies, mullet, hake, mackerel, small squid and cuttlefish. Cold Gazpacho soup is also a popular dish here, as is Ajoblanco, which is another type of cold soup, with the tomatoes replaced by ground almonds and raisins.
Also, take a look at our holidays in Spain section for details of Eurocamp's other Spanish campsites.
While this is obviously a sun-lover’s paradise, apartment holidays on the Costa Del Sol offer plenty of places to explore and discover too:
While Malaga is best-known for sand and sangria holidays, visitors here should make sure to visit the Malaga Picasso Museum while they are here, not to mention La Alcazaba, the thousand-year-old Moorish fortress that overlooks the city.
Torre del Mar
Less heavily touristed than many parts of the Costa Del Sol, Torre del Mar is nonetheless an attractive working port from where you can enjoy sea cruises and the chance to see dolphins, as well as a very lively nightlife.
This attractive seaside resort lies in the shadow of the Sierra de Almijara mountains and offers a number of sites of interest, including the Balcony of Europe, a fortress designed to keep our British pirates, as well as a truly lovely promenade.
The Caves of Nerja
These pre-historic caves make a stunning place to visit, with a series of vast halls filled with stalactites and stalagmites, including one that is now used as a concert auditorium. 20,000 year-old cave drawings can also be seen here.
Perhaps the most traditional of the Costa Del Sol’s seaside resort, as well as chic shopping arcades and the glitzy marina, Estepona has retained much of its history, with a mixture of Roman, Arabic and Phoenician influences to be found here.
Once a tiny fishing village, today’s Fuengirola is a bustling resort. Yet for all its modern day popularity, it contains numerous charming reminders of its fascinating history, in structures such as the Roman Temple façade and the impressive Castle Sohail.
To appreciate the charm of old Andalusia, simply drive up in the mountains to the ‘white village’ of Mijas. It is endlessly picturesque, with narrow cobbled streets that you could stroll around forever, and a number of very good art and craft shops to explore.
One of the lesser-known resorts on the Costa del Sol, Benalmadena offers a host of charming attractions, including the lovely landscaped gardens of Paloma Park and the nearby cable car that opens up the summit of Mount Calamorro.
This delightful zoo aims to be a whole new kind of zoo experience, for the animals as well as for visitors. Great thought has been given to creating an immersive experience here, with animals enjoying extremely natural habitats.
Sea Life Banalmadena
An enjoyable aquarium experience that lets young visitors learn about the species they see here, from the great sea sharks to turtles and urchins. They can also learn about – and touch – the gentler inhabitants such as starfish and crabs.
The largest aqua park on the entire coast, Aqualand combines a range of pools with numerous high adventure rapids and slides, including the terrifying Black Hole and the unique Boomerang. Also offers an 18-hole mini-golf course.
With more than 300 crocodiles spread across eight lakes, this is one of the most spectacular crocodile parks in Europe. Have your picture taken with a baby croc, or simply enjoy seeing Big Daddy, the largest croc in Europe, from a very safe distance.
The ancient game is almost synonymous with the Costa Del Sol, which is hardly surprising when you consider the 70 courses and endless sunshine you will find here. Just make sure you pack the sun cream along with your sand wedge.
While there are many places to walk and hike here, river walking at Ronda is highly recommended, as it enables you to discover many of the deep gorges and river caves that abound here.
There are equestrian centres all across the Costa del Sol, particularly in the Marbella and Estepona areas, where you can opt for horse riding courses, or the chance to join organised treks out in the wonderful countryside.
They love tennis here just as much as they love golf, so you will find numerous tennis clubs here, where you can take lessons or simply hire a court. Estepona Tennis Club and Benalmadena Racquet Club are considered among the finest.
Granada Music Festival
Running from late June till mid-July for more than half a century now, this is one of Spain’s most venerable festivals, offering everything from symphony orchestras to ballet and flamenco performances.
Jerez Horse Fair
For more than 500 years. Andalusians have met in Jerez to trade horses in this spectacular festival of horse trading, flamenco dancing, dressage events and sherry drinking. Usually held in mid to late May.
Held for ten days every August, this ten-day festival commemorates the city’s liberation by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1487, with a flurry of flamenco dancing, castanets, fireworks and fino sherry.
Moors and Christian Festivals
Taking place across the region throughout the summer months, these festivals include costumed parades by Moors and Christians, followed by skirmishes and re-enactments of the re-conquest of Spain. Colourful and unmissable.
Considered the home of Tapas by many, Andalusia and the Costa Del Sol has a rich and fascinating cuisine, thanks to dishes like these:
Located on the famous 'Costa del Sol', this lovely resort has been developed around an 'Andalusian' village centre.
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