Costa del Sol is no stranger to the holiday market, in fact this destination in southern Spain is one of the most visited spots during the summer break. With over 160 kilometres of shoreline, fantastic sea-view restaurants and plenty of fun family attractions, Costa del Sol is obviously a popular choice.
Its hotel scene is immense, with All Inclusive resorts and family-run villas and apartments dotting the coastline.
If you’re travelling to Costa del Sol for the first time, and need a little inspiration on where to stay, we’ve compiled a list of the top five most popular hotels.
Have a look through these Spanish favourites and see which one is calling your name.
Riu Monica Hotel, Nerja
Sometimes we all need a little breather from the kids, and what better way than to visit the adults-only Riu Monica Hotel.
You’ll be just a stone’s throw away from the ocean and have Nerja‘s sandy Playa de la Torrecilla beach right at your feet. The hotel also has a large pool scene overlooking the water with palm trees and parasols offering a shady escape.
You’ve got tons of choice for meals, with a massive breakfast buffet serving up classic British fry ups and a dinnertime international menu of Spanish and Western favourites, with eye-catching show cooking stations. During the day you can also grab a bite to eat in the poolside snack bar.
This hotel has a lot more going for it than just the beach, the pool and the buffet. It’s also in an ideal location for checking out the centre of Nerja and is surrounded by a handful of restaurants, tapas bars and pubs.
Riu Monica Hotel
Nerja, Costa Del Sol, Mainland Spain, Spain
Holiday Village Costa Del Sol, Benalmadena
Get ready to have a whale of a time at the family-friendly Holiday Village Costa Del Sol.
This Benalmadena-based resort is action packed from start to finish and has attractions and facilities that everyone in your family can enjoy. It really is all about the pool scene here, with several large pools interlinked and all with panoramic views of the ocean.
Kids will love the splash zones with elephant-shaped jet hoses, a life-size pirate ship, tube slides, and wave machines. You’ve got all the ingredients here for your very own waterpark.
If you’re feeling peckish after all that swimming there are plenty of good food options. Grab a seat in the buffet, American Diner, Italian restaurant or al fresco beach club joint. There are also several bars serving up refreshing cocktails and beers.
You’ll have more than enough to keep you occupied at this hotel, with open-air theatres and cabaret shows in the evening as well as tennis, circus skills workshops, snorkelling, and crazy golf.
Holiday Village Costa Del Sol
Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Mainland Spain, Spain
Yaramar Hotel, Fuengirola
Coastline lovers flock here to unwind on the picture perfect sands and catch a tan on one of the many sunloungers just outside your hotel. Everything here is centred around the beach, with sea view rooms and a large pool with a whirlpool bath looking out towards the water.
Plus you’ve got beachside restaurants and bars just a minute away on foot.
When dinner time rolls around you can choose to dine at the sea-view buffet or a la carte restaurant. There are also three bars around the hotel including a traditional chiringuito serving tapas and cocktails.
There’s lots on offer activity-wise and you can spend your time joining in with the aerobics and lawn games or being pampered with a Polynesian-style massage in the health and beauty spa. In the evenings you’ll find lively family entertainment including game shows, cabaret and live music.
Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol, Mainland Spain, Spain
Globales Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro De Alcantara
This traditional Andalucian hotel stands out from the crowd with picturesque courtyards, white-washed exteriors, tiled corridors and beautifully-kept gardens.
But there’s more than meets the eye at Globales Cortijo Blanco, this hotel also has three outdoor pools with a kids’ splash area and a fantastic evening entertainment team in their open-air terrace.
The Andalucian-style buffet restaurant is always a big hit here, and serves up authentic Spanish meals like omelette breakfasts and paella dinners. There’s also an outdoor bar to help quench your thirst in the Costa del Sol heat.
Not only does this hotel give you an authentic Spanish holiday atmosphere it also makes for an excellent base close to the centre of San Pedro de Alcantara. You’ll be just a 10-minute walk from the beach and even closer to the nearest souvenir shop and restaurant.
Of course, if you want to check out where the rich and famous mingle, a free shuttle bus will take you to Marbella‘s Puerto Banus marina, 12 kilometres away.
Globales Playa Estepona, Estepona
Set right on Estepona‘s Casasola Beach you’ll get epic views over the water at this modern and newly refurbished hotel.
Not only are you on the coastline but you’ll also have access to your own waterpark and splash pool within Globales Playa Estepona.
This recent addition is a big draw for families and has fun-tastic slides including kamikazes and aqua-racers that’ll keep you occupied all holiday long. Kids will love the multi-slide racers and water playground while adults will laugh or scream their way through black holes and a freefall slide.
This huge family complex has a whole host of other activities to enjoy during the day including a multitude of outdoor sports, pool games like aquagym and waterpolo and kitesurfing courses down at the beach.
After all that activity, fuel up by enjoying a meal at the large buffet or Globales Playa Estepona restaurant. You’ll have your pick from a menu covering Mediterranean dishes to international favourites.
Have you been to any of these five most popular hotels? Let us know where you’ve stayed and if any of these are on your next Costa del Sol holiday list.