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.
Costa Del Sol
At a Glance
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 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.
Tuck into the local speciality, pescado frito, a tasty dish of freshly caught fried fish and sea food. There are also hundreds of different tapas to try – each a couple of mouthfuls of local flavour – or perhaps some ice cold gazpacho soup made of tomatoes and cucumber or a garlicky ajoblanco soup with raisins and almonds.
Famous for its new approach to conservation, keepers at this flagship zoo have gone to great lengths to recreate the animals’ natural habitats. During the summer the park is open until midnight so you can make a moonlit visit – don’t get too spooked by all those eyes staring at you through the darkness.
Estepona has all the ingredients for a great day out. There’s plenty to see in this working fishing port with a modern marina, white walled town centre with shops, pretty squares with great bars and restaurants, and amazing views out towards the Atlas Mountains in Africa.
There’s plenty of bling in this town, especially around the marina - a great place to watch the world go by, or to enjoy the vibrant nightlife. You can while away your days on the beach (there are 12) or, if you still have an energy left, wandering around the quaint old town.
A truly remarkable geological wonder, these caves boast the world’s largest stalagmite - more than 32 metres high. They seem to extend forever and come in all shapes and sizes – some are decorated with prehistoric paintings and one is a natural amphitheatre used to stage concerts.
For a truly entertaining day out head for the marina where you can make take a closer look at the penguins, enjoy a sea lion show or make friends with the dolphins.