The Costa del Sol which can be translated to the Coast of the Sun is the most popular of all the Spanish coastal regions. It is set between less touristic Costa de la Luz to the West and Costa Tropical to the East and is part of the bigger autonomous community of Andalusia. It extends from the Algeciras bay and Gibraltar in the west to Nerja in the East. What was once a land of small quiet fishing settlements, became in the last century, one of the most known holiday destinations in the world. Indeed it has today become the home of major touristic hotels and resorts development, high rise apartments, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and many other touristic attractions.
The Costa del Sol has a very rich history dating back to the Bronze Age. It has been ruled by many different cultures including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and Moors, making it a truly unique destination.
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How to get to the Costa del Sol?
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Costa del Sol Top 5 best rated hotels
The following are the top-rated hotels based on guest votes:
- La Villa Marbella – 488 reviews
- Hotel La Casa – 62 reviews
- Hotel Los Castanos – 73 reviews
- The Marbella Heights Boutique Hotel – 102 reviews
- Hotel Palacio Blanco – 148 reviews
Costa del Sol top holiday destinations
Costa del Sol is Spain ideal region to enjoy a sun and sea holiday, with an abundance of various resorts and hotels and a variety of tourist attractions. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa del Sol or have a look at our top destinations:
Algeciras is the easternmost town located next to Gibraltar on the beautiful Algeciras Bay. The city is mostly known for being one of the busiest ports in Europe, making it an ideal place for a seafood meal with a variety of seafront restaurants. Although many travellers consider the city as a starting point to discover the wide region of Andalucia, it is still the perfect holiday destination. Indeed it offers breathtaking views of the African Coast and the nearby Rock of Gibraltar as well as having beautiful natural wonders such as the Rincolncillo beaches.
Algeciras is the perfect city for history enthusiast with plenty of cultural attractions, from the 13th century Arab baths to the medieval walls in the heart of the old town.
Those coming for a sun and sea holiday won’t be disappointed with the many kilometres long Blue Flag beach, azure blue water and with plenty of cafes and tapas bars on the bordering promenade.
Algeciras is the perfect mix of a beach holiday with the vibrant lifestyle of a port town, making it an exciting holiday destination.
Estepona is a popular resort on the Costa del Sol, famous for its many festivals, including the popular Feria taking place in August and providing with great fun and lively atmosphere. The city offers many attractions including historical monuments, museums, national parks as well as wonderful beaches. Some of the most sought after spots includes La Rada, El Cristo and Punta de Plata, each being the perfect place to sunbath and enjoy the clean blue waters.
Estepona is also a great place to find your perfect souvenir with a variety of shops and small boutiques around the city centre. There are many great restaurants, especially around the marina, serving a succulent local cuisine prepared using only fresh products. The local wines are also worth discovering offering remarkable taste at bargain prices.
If you are looking for a great atmosphere with great food then look no further, as Estepona is the place to have the perfect chill out holiday.
San Pedro Holidays
San Pedro is a beautifully town situated on the backdrop of the Sierra de Ronda mountain. The town’s main attraction is the central plaza surrounded with old narrow streets where the remarkable parish church and small cafes are located. There are various interesting sites around San Pedro to be discovered including the 3rd century Roman baths at Las Bovedas or the Basilica de Vega del Mar, a 4th century church.
Puerto Banus Holidays
Puerto Banus is one of the most luxurious town and marina on the western side of the Costa del Sol. First built in 1970 as a playground for the rich, it offers today great holiday deals, making it the perfect place if you are looking for the glamorous lifestyle. Indeed the area has a lot to offer, from various water activities to exotic zoos and the greatest theme park, passing by a variety of cultural attractions.
Puerto Banus has no less than three large scale entertainment parks including the Tivoli World, Arcadia Play Park and Selwo Adventure Park, making it the ideal place for a family vacation. The town is also home to the Crocodile Park and the ANCRAA park where various animal species can be found including giant donkeys.
With plenty of activities, especially for kids, Puerto Banus is the place to be for an exciting holiday foll of emotions.
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Marbella is famous for being the Costa del Sol’s playground for the rich and known for offering a variety of high end accommodations, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from. It is also a great location for golf lovers with some of the best golf courses in Europe.
It’s key attraction is the two lovely beaches, ideal for sunbathing and relaxation or to dive into the excitement of a new water sport. The wide seafront boolevard is another of the key places of Marbella offering a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from.
Marbella’s marina known as the Puerto Banus is another remarkable place to enjoy yourself especially in the evening where you may enjoy a drink with friends while glimpsing at the glamorous yachts and sea boats. This port is also the place where you might come across a celebrity in one of the upbeat nightclubs.
For a bit less glamour and more charm, then the old town of Marbella is the place to be. It is where you will find numerous small squares, outdoor cafes and boutiques surrounded by palms and orange trees.
With a 320 day average of sunshine and year-round temperature Marbella is the perfect place for a stress free holiday. From nightclubs to golf, it has everything to spoil you with luxury.
Mijas Costa Holidays
The Mijas Costa consist of over 12 kilometres of beautiful coastline in the central part of Costa del Sol. It is best known for its breathtaking views with amazing mountains in the backdrop.
La Cala de Mijas is one of the most popular destination in the heart of the Mijas Costa. Blessed with amazing natural beauty including wonderful and amazing Blue Flag waters, it is the perfect place to enjoy a beach holiday. It is also the place where you can try various water sports from water skiing, jet skiing and even parasailing.
For nature enthusiast the Sierra de Mijas Natural Park is definitely worth discovering, making it the perfect day out away from the coast.
If you are looking for a typical Andalucian jewel on the Mijas Costa then the small town of Mijas is the perfect choice. Indeed it is blessed with a variety of sightseeing locations from Roman remains to Moorish architecture. It is the perfect place to get lost in the narrow streets with plenty of cafés with terraces to choose from.
From natural beauty to small villages, passing by wonderful beaches, the Mijas Costa has it all and makes it the perfect holiday destination.
Fuengirola is one of the Costa de Sol most popular holiday destination with great beaches, an easygoing atmosphere and a vibrant nightlife. It has over eight kilometres of coastline with wonderful sand, sun beds and parasols to hire, making it the perfect relaxation spot. The coast is bordered with the Costa del Sol promenade, a wonderful palm tree boardwalk offering vacationers all that is needed including restaurants, cafes, bars and some excellent ice cream shops.
There are plenty other activities in Fuengirola to entertain your friends and family including the local zoo and various golf courses.
For a great location, succulent food and plenty of entertainment, Fuengirola is the place to be.
Torremolinos is the biggest holiday destination on Costa del Sol offering 9-kilometres of coastline with not less than 6 sandy beaches and numerous apartment and hotels to choose from. The city is mostly know for its abundance of theme parks including the Tivoli World, the Aquapark waterpark and Sea Life aquarium, making it a top destination for families with kids.
For grownups, Torremolinos offers a variety of beach bars on the seafront promenade, ideal for a nice cold pitcher of Sangria while sunbathing. It also has a vibrant nightlife with an abundance of bars, cabaret acts and swimming pool discos.
As for the food, you can’t go wrong either with plenty of restaurants serving fresh seafood specialities as well as grilled meats and other international cuisines.
Having all sort of exciting attractions both for kids and grownups, makes Torremolinos a top place to enjoy a sun filled holiday.
Malaga is Andalucia’s second largest city after Seville and the primary tourist hub in Costa del Sol, with millions of people arriving at the International airport annually. It is an amazing place to visit with plenty of cultural sites, wonderful beaches, excellent golf courses and a variety of other attractions both for children and grownups.
Perhaps the best known site of the city is the astonishing Moorish palace of Alcazaba situated on top of a hill and offering amazing views of the city. Other key attractions include the magnificent Renaissance cathedral and the Picasso Museum with a collection of over 150 of the artist paintings.
For golf enthusiast, Malaga is the place to be. It is often dubbed as the “The Costa de Golf” offering some of the world’s best 18 hole courses, some with amazing views of the coast.
It is also a perfect place for kids offering various attractions from theme parks and safaris to go-carting centres, in and around the city.
Malaga remains the perfect location mainly because of its international airport but also for the quality of its beaches, world class golf courses, exciting theme parks as well as offering a variety of historical sites.
Torre Del Mar Holidays
Torre Del Mar is a great holiday destination on the eastern side of the Costa del Sol somewhere between busy Malaga and charming Nerja. It offers wonderful beaches, exciting Water Parks and plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. The city is vibrant by day as well as by night with a selection of night clubs along the seafront known as “El Copo” where the party goes on until the morning hours.
Whatever you are looking for in your perfect holiday, Torre Del Mar has it all , from beautiful beaches to a vibrant party scene .
Torrox Costa Holidays
Torrox Costa is the perfect place for sun worshippers as it is known for having the best climate in Europe. It is a much more peaceful and tranquil region compare to other Costa del Sol destinations, making it the ideal place to relax and enjoy an un-crowded and un-spoilt beach. Indeed Torrox Costa has miles of golden beaches with all the necessary facilities.
The town itself has plenty to offer with white washed buildings and an Arabic inspired architecture. Some of the key sites include the old fortresses and watch towers, as well as ruins of a Roman villa.
Nerja is one of the easternmost resort town on the Costa del Sol set in a beautiful location around the Sierra de Almijara Mountains. It is often considered the sun coast jewel as it has plenty of amazing natural beauty and an inspiring old world charm, not found in other resort towns.
Nerja is the ideal place for the history buff, with plenty of amazing sightseeing such as the famous Nerja caves dating back to more than 4000 years, or remains of the grandiose Roman architecture. The whitewashed houses of this once small fishing village offers picture perfect views especially from the famous Balcony of Europe built into a rock.
The wonderful coast is another of Nerja key attractions with no less than 9 km of award winning Blue Flag beaches from the tourist packed one with seafront cafes to the more seclusive ones.
Natural beauty aside, Nerja is great place to have fun with no less than 400 bars, cafes and restaurants in and around town. The spots near the Plaza Tutti Frutti are especially exciting with an abundance of fresh seafood and a variety of tapas.
Nerja holidays is the perfect place to get away from the crowds but still enjoy an exciting vacation with plenty of activities and attractions to choose from.
Benalmadena is the easternmost resort town in Costa del Sol blessed with more than 8 kilometres of blue flag beach from sandy coves to busy resort spots with various facilities such as lifeguards. It is an elegant resort town, offering great walks along the promenade and an exciting marina where up to a thousands yachts and sea boats can be seen.
Benalmadena is an excellent place if you are looking to try some water sports from jet skiing, snorkelling and surfing passing by parasailing.
The Benalmadena Pueblo or old town is also a great place to be discovered to get a good feel of the typical old Andalucian lifestyle.
Costa del Sol weather
The Costa del Sol has between 300 and 320 days of sunshine a year depending on the area, making it one of the top holiday destinations in Europe all year round.
About Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol is one of Spain’s most popular holiday destination especially with north European tourists. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it has more than its fair share of cultural sites to be explored, from roman amphitheatres to Moorish castles.
Some of the top places in Costa del Sol includes Estepona, Marbella , Malaga, Torrox and Nerja, each with a distinctive charm and beauty. Malaga, considered one of the world’s oldest cities, is rich in cultural heritage. Marbella and its Porto Banus it is famous for its night-life and luxury. As for the city of Nerja it is famous for its charm and peaceful beaches.
With various amusement parks, water parks, safaris, zoo and other theme parks all around the Costa del Sol, it is the perfect place for a exciting vacation with the children. The coast is home to some of the finest beaches with clean waters and various activities to keep the whole family occupied.
Costa del Sol is the perfect place for a family vacation as well as for a party holiday. It offers wonderful beaches, many water sports and excellent golf courses, making it an absolute must on your top holiday destinations.