Famous for a Mediterranean climate, endless sandy beaches and lively resorts, Costa del Sol has been a popular holiday destination for years. This 'sunshine coast' area of Andalucía is the perfect place for a family-friendly getaway or enjoying the nightlife with friends. Further inland from the seaside resorts are historic villages and towns dotted with whitewashed buildings and cultural attractions. The Costa del Sol also suits adrenaline junkies as it's packed with theme parks.
Just 50m from beautiful Los Boliches Beach, you can go from swimming in the infinity pool at Angela Hotel to taking a dip in the sea in mere minutes. The hotel is also just over 20 minutes away from Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. There are 261 rooms, a heated indoor pool, buffet restaurant with a la carte options and a café/restaurant for lighter meals and snacks. Also on offer are a full entertainment schedule and wellness centre.
Globales Cortijo Blanco has the exterior appearance of a typical Andalucian whitewashed villa and a contemporary look with vibrant splashes of orange inside. This is a family-friendly hotel with 311 rooms, a total of three pools and a playhouse for the kids. After an afternoon at the beach, which is just a 10-minute walk away, enjoy dinner at the Andalucian-style buffet restaurant. An outdoor bar overlooks the entertainment stage where a variety of live shows are held.
Perfect for families, Holiday Village Costa del Sol is a huge, modern hotel with fun activities around every corner. The beach at Fuengirola is just under a mile away. There are three pools at the hotel, including one at the exciting Beach Club next door that features a wave machine and pirate ship. Everything is on a big scale here, with a total of 360 rooms, four restaurants and four bars. There's also a spa and health club.
This hotel was totally refurbished in 2017 when two hotels were turned into what is now Club Riu Costa del Sol. Walk to Torremolinos Beach in just five minutes and drive a short distance into town. With a total of 621 rooms, it's a lively hotel that caters well for kids. It's also in a convenient location, being just over 10 minutes from Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. Keeping everyone happy are four pools, three restaurants and six bars.
The adults-only Riviera Hotel oozes style and refinement and its contemporary style extends to all 189 rooms with their cool grey-and-white colour scheme. It's right on the beach – and as it's in such a central location, there are plenty of amenities close by. There are two restaurants; one buffet-style and one a la carte. An outdoor pool and a hydro-massage indoor pool within the spa cater for all needs.
With an inventive Polynesian theme that sees tropical features inside and out, this 328-roomed luxury hotel is an experience in itself. It sits upon a hill within a gated complex and overlooks Caravajal Beach, which can be reached on foot within 15 minutes. There's a huge range of sports and activities, as well as several pools and the summer Beach Club. Also available over summer are three restaurants, with a fourth buffet restaurant open all year round.
This hillside hotel offers peace and tranquillity and has fantastic views over the resort of Nerja and the sea from most of the 102 rooms. Equally, enjoy the views from the outdoor pool or as you eat lunch on the terrace. There's also an indoor pool available and a buffet restaurant that serves international dishes and has regular live cooking shows in the evenings. You can reach Burriana Beach in about 15 minutes on a downhill walk from the hotel.
Comfortable Florida Hotel has 184 rooms and enjoys a prime location at the heart of Fuengirola where it overlooks the harbour and is just moments from the beach. You also don't have to go far for shops and other amenities as they're right next to the hotel. The attractive restaurant offers both buffet and a la carte dining and a number of bars are dotted around the hotel and by the pool. There's also an indoor pool within the spa.
Smart and stylish, Riu Monica Hotel has an enviable position right on Torrecilla Beach in Nerja and offers 234 rooms. The resort centre, shops, bars and restaurants are all within convenient walking distance. Probably the most striking feature of this adults-only hotel is the outdoor pool that's set within beautiful gardens and provides stunning sea views. There's also an indoor pool available in winter. Enjoy buffet dining in the main restaurant or eat at the Spanish-themed restaurant.
For first-class sea views, Yaramar Hotel's location is hard to beat. Sitting on the promenade that's opposite the beach, the 242 rooms offer stunning views from their balconies. Shops, bars and restaurants are right next to the hotel, with the centre of Fuengirola just under a mile away. Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport is also just a 20-minute drive. Serving the hotel is a buffet restaurant, with an Italian a la carte restaurant next door.