Holidays in Costa Del Sol

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Costa Del Sol Overview

Visiting The Costa Del Sol

Looking for sunshine?  Well you’ve come to the right place.  This is the sunshine coast with more than 300 days of the stuff every year. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, you’ll find some beautiful countryside dotted with typical whitewashed villages, spectacular caves, exquisite art and architecture galore and plateloads of fried fish, seafood and other tasty morsels.

Feel The Costa Del Sol

Feel the sun on your face.  Cool down with a dip in the sea or in a shaded courtyard. Watch the world go by from a streetside café.  Clap out that flamenco rhythm. Work your way through all the tapas on the menu.  Join the party in the bars and restaurants and dip your churros into a hot chocolate as you make your way home in the early hours of the morning.

Explore The Costa Del Sol

The beaches are the stars of the show here – miles and miles of them, some full of life with beach bars and cafes, some peaceful and deserted - take your pick. Dotted all along the coast are seaside towns that come to life in the summer, each with its own character.  Marbella’s designer shops and upmarket bars attract visitors from all over world, while Malaga offers traditional architecture with a Moorish flavour in the Alcazaba citadel.

For some remarkable natural architecture, spend the day at the caves near Nerja which extend for more than 5km.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

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:

Malaga
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.

Nerja
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.

Estepona
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.

Fuengirola
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.

Mijas
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.

Benalmadena
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.

Great for younger kids

Biopark Fuengirola
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.

Great for older kids

Aqualand Torremolinos
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.

Cocodrilos Park
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.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Golf
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.

River Walking
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.

Horse riding
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.

Tennis
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.

Unmissable events on the Costa del Sol

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.

Malaga Fair
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.

Places to visit - Eating out

Considered the home of Tapas by many, Andalusia and the Costa Del Sol has a rich and fascinating cuisine, thanks to dishes like these:

  • Gazpacho – A spicy, chilled soup made with tomatoes that makes a delicious choice in the heat of a summer’s day.
  • Pescaito Frito – A variety of fish types fried together in the locally-produced olive oil, often served with a simple pepper salad.
  • Sopa Maimones – An old Moorish recipe for soup made with garlic, bread and olive oil.
  • Sherry – While there are many good wines here, particularly dessert wines, you really have to try the wonderful choice of sherries you will be offered in restaurants here.

Apartments in region

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Manilva | Manilva

Village life, Andalusian style, conjures up pastel-shaded houses, tumbling to the sea - sun-shaded terraces and bright bougainvillea. At Manilva, no conjuring tricks are needed - and you can add a generous swimming pool, swaying palms, and uninterrupted views out to sea.

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Location reviews

Costa del Sol reviews collected by Reevoo

Sights / Places to go
9.2
Night life
8.8
Overall rating
9.0
Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 6 reviews
9 out of 10

LINDSEY

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really lovely restaurants and bars
Expensive drinks, expensive taxi to Puerto Banus
Confirmed stay: 28 July 2013
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