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Costa Del Sol

Nightlife in Costa del Sol

As one of Europe's top tourist hotspots – and popular with Brits abroad for the best part of 50 years – it's no surprise Costa del Sol has a wide array of bars, pubs and clubs to cater for night owls and party-minded travellers. Don't worry though, it's not all 24-hour raves and strobe lights – the coast genuinely has a wide variety of different venues to suit all tastes and budgets.

Live the high life at Natural VIPs & Club, Malaga

Live the life of the rich and famous at affordable prices in this elegant and upmarket club. The music is varied, the atmosphere is lively and the dancefloor packed with revellers that come to experience VIP treatment and table service in one of Malaga's best clubs.

Play air guitar at Louie Louie R'n'R Club, Estepona

Forget rest and relaxation – the R'n'R here stands for good old-fashioned rock'n'roll! Catering to all types of rock aficionados, this bar lets its hair down until the wee hours of the morning with friendly staff, great live music and free bar snacks. Pool and darts also available.

Flemish flavours at Bar Elements, Fuengirola

Beer fanatics, prepare to be wowed. This family-run Belgian bar has been going for almost 20 years and offers a great selection of Belgian beers in bottles and on tap – 72 in total! The owners will be more than happy to recommend their favourite brew especially for you, and if you're feeling peckish, they do serve food – although liquid lunches dominate the menu.

Lively nights at Legends Bar, Cala de Mijas

Love a tribute band? Then get yourself down to Legends, where talented singers and musicians pay homage to the gods of pop, rock and disco every night of the week from 8.30pm to 2am. The owners work tirelessly to make your experience a thrilling one and drinks are reasonably priced. Be warned – no food is served on the premises, so fill up at one of the nearby eateries before you go in!

Get social at Buddy's Bar, Benalmadena

This bustling bar on Plaza Ole is THE place to meet others and party in Benalmadena. An absence of music or live acts and the close proximity of the seating arrangements means that you'll be rubbing elbows with your neighbours and getting on like a house on fire in no time. The friendly atmosphere is only accentuated by the welcoming owner – this is one bar that lives up to its name.

You'll come back to Boomerang, Torremolinos

The quaint location of this relaxed bar provides half the attraction. With a hub of candlelit tables positioned around a picturesque fountain, the bar is a romantic spot for love-struck couples to share an intimate drink or chatty travellers to make new friends in a cosy setting. Reasonably priced drinks and a warm welcome from owner Gill round off Boomerang's appeal.

Mystery and intrigue at Chamber of Secrets, Torremolinos

And now for something completely different! This cabaret and magic show is a great option for fans of tricks and illusions – or even those who normally steer clear of such places. Unlimited beer, sangria and soft drinks come as standard with the price of entry, so you won't go thirsty. Suitable for children as well.