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Costa Del Sol

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.

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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.

Where to stay in Costa Del Sol

BenalmadenaView on Map

This terrific coastal town has everything you could want from a Spanish resort and more. Ten kilometres of coastline offer several great beaches and a large marina area that is packed with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Families will want to spend time at the Tivoli World theme park, the aquarium or the large natural gardens that features delightful wildlife within. The old town is a great area to walk around too with many old buildings still standing amongst the modern hotels.

The 24 Hour Square is where party animals want to visit though with a massive selection of bars and nightclubs to enjoy at any time of day and night.

EsteponaView on Map

A classic Spanish resort that remains pleasantly traditional rather than obviously touristy. This versatile resort can offer culture and charm in abundance from the old town to the terrific beaches but then provides fantastic night spots that get the party started.

The attractions in this town keep things calm with botanical gardens to wander through, several museums and ancient relics from Spain's long history.

On an evening though both locals and tourists enjoy a great time between the bars of the Calle Real area and the nightclubs by the marina.

FuengirolaView on Map

European Blue Flag beaches await you if you choose to experience a holiday in Fuengirola. There is something for everyone here with family attractions, superb marina restaurants and some exciting nightclubs to try.

Explore the jungle temple theme at the Fuengirola Zoo and also meet and greet some of the cutest bids and animals around.

With two weekly markets and a shopping centre that hosts over 160 different stores, Fuengirola is one of Costa Del Sol's best shopping resorts. There is also a wide-ranging, delicious and price varying selection of restaurants on offer.

MarbellaView on Map

Costa Del Sol's most famous resort holds a classy, luxurious and upmarket reputation and it is easy to see why. Fortunately you no longer have to break the bank to enjoy a holiday in Marbella with a great selection of hotels to choose from.

There are fun attractions dotted all around the cosmopolitan town and the area outside of the resort is a beautiful forested mountain range that is just waiting to be explored.

Marbella prides itself on offering the best services around and the choice of bars and restaurants are really unrivalled by anywhere else in Costa Del Sol.

NerjaView on Map

A major Costa Del Sol resort that is the epitome of Spain's natural beauty. Watch the sun go down over the ocean and the cliffs from the charming Balcony of Europe before enjoying traditional meals and entertainment in the area.

There are 10 beaches spread across Nerja's 16km coastline. Some are wide spaces for tourists and some are hidden in coves. This rocky region is also home to the Nerja Caves which are delightfully eerie and make for a great tour.

The nightlife is a vibrant selection of bars and nightclubs that stay open until very late. This resort literally has something for everyone.

TorremolinosView on Map

Torremolinos's development marked the start of Costa Del Sol's tourism boom and this resort is still going strong today.

A town that has been developed so much over the years, Torremolinos has something for everybody. From major and minor attractions for families to the exciting nightlife for young partygoers, this resort caters for all needs and wishes.

Something to be enjoyed by all and the only consistent over the years is the six phenomenal beaches that hug the Torremolinos coastline. This area remains as attractive as ever and is the main draw for bringing tourists back year after year.


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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.