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Costa Del Sol Holidays

Long renowned as the most popular holiday destination in all of Spain, it is not hard to see why from the terrific resorts on offer. From the luxury of Marbella through to the charm of Nerja, there are memorable experiences to be had on every Costa Del Sol holiday.

The most popular Costa

With miles of beautiful mountains, a long stunning coastline and a consistently fantastic climate, it is obvious to see why Costa Del Sol is Spain's most popular holiday destination.

The resorts on offer vary from traditional Spanish villages like Ronda to classic tourism hotspots like Torremolinos, there seems to be a resort to suit all tastes in this southern region of Spain.

With an array of fun family attractions, thousands of superb restaurants and exciting collections of lively bars and nightclubs, holidays to Costa Del Sol can be enjoyed by everyone.

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Coast of the Sun

While much of Costa Del Sol has changed considerably since the start of Spain's tourism boom, the beaches and mountains have remained a spectacular space of phenomenal beauty.

There are miles upon miles of golden sand spread across the coastline that provide perfect locations to enjoy a day out on the beach. The only interruption to the sand is the occasional harbour area in the likes of Marbella, Torremolinos and Fuengirola as well as the cliffs of Nerja. Otherwise there are dozens of beaches where families can play, sun worshippers can tan and thrill seekers can try out fun water sports.

Mother Nature didn't just bless Costa Del Sol with terrific beaches though, the beauty continues inland with vast areas of rolling hills and forests with some glorious resorts based within the mountains. Ronda, Mijas and Ojen are just some of the unique villages that tourists are welcome to try if they want a change of scenery from the usual beach getaways.

Benefitting from the boom

Sitting in a part of Spain known as Andalusia, Costa Del Sol shows evidence of Andalusian influences as well as Roman and Moorish history. There are still castle ruins and ancient artefacts to discover in many parts of the region in resorts like Ronda and Nerja.

In the 50s and 60s, Costa Del Sol became the place to go for international celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelley and Marlon Brando. This was the start of the exclusive Marbella Club reputation that still stands today. Nowhere in Spain benefited more from the tourism boom than Costa Del Sol and even the region's name was created to appeal to tourists.

Fun throughout

Thanks to the increasing development of the tourism industry you are never too far away from an exciting attraction designed with you in mind. Torremolinos and Benalmadena host a great collection of water, theme and animal parks including Tivoli World, Aqualand and Crocodile Park but there is even more to enjoy in these resorts and others.

This region's second name to British tourists is the Costa Del Golf and there are dozens of amazing courses for players to try. The majority are 18-holers that offer spectacular views of the surrounding forests and mountains while you play.

Nightlife in Costa Del Sol rivals any other part of mainland Spain with a varying selection of tones to discover. There are plenty of traditional Spanish music bars to enjoy where on any given night there is no doubt a Flamenco dancer or a Spanish guitar player entertaining the audience.

Many people head to this region to enjoy the late night clubs and fantastic parties that are thrown throughout the summer. Some of the most sought after collections of clubs include the Golden Mile in Marbella, 24 Hour Square in Benalmadena and San Miguel in Torremolinos.

Andalusian cuisine

Many resorts in Costa Del Sol are geared towards tourists' tastes and therefore provide an array of international flavours to keep everyone happy.

There is a prominence of Andalusian cuisine within the Spanish restaurants here and the specialities of this region include foods dried in flour and fried in olive oil, many seafood dishes including white shrimp and cuttlefish, and the Gazpachuelo soup that originates from the fishermen of Malaga.

This region of Spain loves their wines too and there is a massive selection of locally produced drinks on offer as well as the anise liquor Aguardiente made in Ojen.

An array of retail

The larger resorts provide the best selections of shopping facilities with streets and malls lined with great stores and boutiques. Torremolinos and Fuengirola provide modern retail opportunities while any resort with an old town has unique souvenirs available for purchase. Marbella and Puerto Banus are the places to really splash the cash with exclusive designer brands and jewellery on offer.

There are also many markets held on different days of the week within Costa Del Sol. Check out the resort pages on Holiday Hypermarket to see when your favourite resort's market day is.

Getting there

It should take three hours or slightly more to fly from a UK airport to Malaga. From here the transfer time to your accommodation will depend on your resort.

Many are close and should take no more than half an hour to places as far reaching as Marbella and Puerto Banus. Nerja takes close to 50 minutes to reach while the inland village of Ronda will take around an hour and a half.

Many resorts, including the distant Ronda, have a train station so it is easy to get around the coast and visit other areas. Car hire is readily available too and this is sometimes seen as essential within a few resorts.

Where to stay in Costa Del Sol


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Best time of year to visit

Holidays to Costa Del Sol are so popular primarily due to the phenomenal climate that the area enjoys. With well over 300 days of sunshine a year and winter temperatures that remain warm, there is never a bad time to visit.

The summer temperatures hit an average of 25C which keeps the nights warm but during the day the thermostat will regularly pass 30C.

There are many fiestas held in Costa Del Sol and almost every resort throws regular summer events that are fun for both locals and tourists. Summer is peak tourism season which means busier visitor numbers but also more restaurants, entertainment and attractions on offer.

Places to Visit

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