Other popular holidays in Spain
If you’re still on the hunt for more cheap holidays in the sun, check out our deals in hotspots like Costa Blanca, Costa Dorada, Tenerife and Menorca. But if you’re set on a cheap holiday to Costa del Sol, take a look at our travel guide for more information. And check out our three top Costa del Sol hotels below.
Cheap days out in Costa del Sol
Everywhere in Costa del Sol has beaches ready for you to flop down on, with Fuengirola and Benalmadena boasting 15 kilometres of sand between them, and Nerja serving up 10 different beaches. But aside from the beaches, there are plenty more cheap options for things to do.
Benalmadena is an interesting place to just walk around and take in the sights, particularly the glistening white marina, the old village quarter and the sprawling Parque de la Paloma complete with palm trees, bamboo, birds and rabbits to spot.
Similarly, Nerja has the beautiful viewing point dubbed the Balcon de Europa and you could wander around the Tuesday market to pick up some bargains. Plus kids will love a ride on the tourist train that leaves from near Plaza Cavana.
Walking along Fuengirola’s Paseo Maritimo Promenade is an activity in itself as it’s dotted with sculptures and old photographs of the area. There’s also a kids’ funfair and beach playground to stop off at. Walk further and you’ll reach Sohail Castle on a hill looking over the river estuary – it’s free to visit and the views are far-reaching.
Enjoy the warm Spanish sun and save some cash with cheap holidays to Costa del Sol
Flights to Malaga Airport take less than three hours and you’ll often get your transfer included. You can be in the popular holiday destinations of Benalmadena and Fuengirola to the west in around 35 minutes, or head an hour east to Nerja.
If you’re looking for a beach-laden holiday, opt for a stay in Nerja, where the 10 beaches cover just about every waterfront base, from volcanic to secluded, watersport-laden and classic beauties. While walks up to the Balcon de Europa – the ‘balcony of Europe’ – and down into the caves keep your holiday varied but affordable here.
Meanwhile, for culture, Benalmadena is split into three unique areas with three distinct faces – the old village, seafront and centre. Overall, it’s the perfect waterfront resort with a space to match every budget.
Finally, Fuengirola may look like a glitzy holiday hotspot on the outside, but it’s a budget-friendly resort at heart with a seven-kilometre stretch of sand, a Medieval Moorish fortress known as Sohail Castle and a waterfront promenade connecting it all.
Smaller but affordably-swanky spots like the Nerja Club Hotel, in all its relaxing poolside and solarium glory, make your time in Costa del Sol just that much sweeter. Tapas at the pool hit all right notes in this sunny Spanish hotel. Live music four nights a week, Happy Hour and a Flamenco show stack up in the evenings, and a buffet breakfast and dinner are available, plus an a la carte restaurant to keep things varied.
At this harbour-facing and surprisingly affordable Platinum hotel, a spa and wellness centre reign supreme. The beach is just across the road, so you won't have to worry about transportation when navigating the sites. There are four bars and two lounge areas, plus professional live shows. Massages and beauty treatments at the spa and wellness centre will fill up your days, though cycling and diving are also on the activities menu.
The Holiday Village Costa Del Sol is practically its own attraction, with an unmatched pool scene and range of kids' clubs included in the price, so you'll have a tough time pulling yourself away. Kids' clubs range from newborns to teenagers, with specially-tailored activities like a clown academy and DJ lessons. Three restaurants – a buffet, Italian restaurant and an American diner – will offer plenty of variety come eating time. And you don't just get a pool here but a full-blown waterpark with tube slides and a wave pool.