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Holidays to Costa del Sol

Acoastal paradise in the Andalucia region of southern Spain, the Costa del Sol has been a popular attraction for decades among beach lovers and houses some of the best golf courses in the world, a clue as to why two million holidaymakers a year go on holidays in Costa del Sol.


Wondering what activities to do on your holiday in Costa del Sol? Explore fabulous beaches, hidden coves, villages in the middle of the mountains and landmarks dating back centuries. You can also shop before spending the evenings sipping cocktails by the sea. As the Costa del Sol enjoys pleasant temperatures all year round, it makes a perfect destination for both summer and winter, although May through to September is an ideal time to head here if you want guaranteed sun.


Book your Costa Del Sol holiday today and enjoy one of the best beach destinations in Europe at affordable, budget-friendly prices.


Costa del Sol Highlights

Costa del Sol never fails to impress first-time visitors, which is why so many go back year after year. Let's look at what makes Costa del Sol such an excellent tourist spot!


  • Costa del Sol has a perfect mix of beautiful beaches, cultural attractions and mouth-watering cuisine.

  • Popular sandy spots such as Marbella, Torremolinos and Fuengirola are great resorts that have everything you could need for a Spain holiday. Soak up the sun and take part in beach activities, or watch the world go by down by the harbours.

  • Are you an adventure junkie? Try water sports such as jet skiing, paddleboarding, diving and yachting. Go on a boat trip and spot dolphins and whales.

  • Costa del Sol is heaven for foodies. Taste the traditional Spanish cuisine, such as paella, fresh seafood and tapas. Fashionistas will have a great time shopping throughout the region too.

When to go to Costa del Sol

The climate of Costa Del Sol is tropical, which is typical of the Mediterranean region. This means the days are long and hot and winters are mild. Visitors look forward to enjoying the sunshine and minimal rainfall, so planning holidays in Costa del Sol in May and September is ideal. You will witness clear blue skies, plenty of sunshine and minimal rain; making it the perfect time for outdoor activities.


On the other hand, the best time to enjoy the sun, sea and sand is between June and August. The temperature reaches its peak, ranging around 30°C. This makes the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean perfect for water sports like swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.

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Essential Information

Getting Around

Most flights to the Costa del Sol touch down in Malaga airport which has good public transport links to the main resorts. You can also get a taxi or hire a car here. In the resorts, most hotels are within walking distance of beaches, bars and restaurants but if you want to go further afield, taxis are in plentiful supply too. Organised tours and boat trips are also pleasant and popular ways of exploring.


Travelling by bus or car

All the main resorts are connected to each other and Malaga by a clean, reliable bus service, which makes bus travel an affordable and easy option for getting around the Costa del Sol.


Local drivers on the Costa del Sol are used to hordes of tourists joining them on their roads in the summer. As a result, if you stick to the right, you should find driving here fairly easy.


Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t require a visa to visit Spain but a valid passport is crucial. The most recent guidelines can be found at For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/


Health and Safety

Travel and medical insurance are essential for travel to Spain. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/health


Vaccinations

You don’t need vaccinations to holiday in Spain but your routine jabs should be up to date. See your GP before travel for any specific medical advice you may need.

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Places to go and things to do in Costa Del Sol

Top Things To Do in Costa del Sol

Top Things To Do in Costa del Sol

Below are some activities that must be on your bucket list during your Costa del Sol holidays.


  • Marbella Old Town. Marbella hosts numerous colourful cafés and restaurants as well as its beach and harbour area. Select from a massive selection of shops and bars around Old Town - you’ll never get bored trying them all.

  • Watch Dolphins in Fuengirola. Get an unforgettable luxury yacht experience along the Fuengirola coast. Grab this opportunity to witness dolphins in their natural environment. As you admire the views, munch on some snacks and relax with drinks.

  • Attend a Spanish Cooking Class. Book yourself onto a Spanish cooking workshop in Malaga and prepare traditional Spanish dishes as you sip your sangria. Do not miss this chance to cook in a modern kitchen accompanied by a chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu.

  • Enjoy a Live Flamenco Show. Experience a flamenco show at Flamenco Alegría. Have a great time enjoying traditional tapas and drinks. Surround yourself in an atmosphere filled with stunning singing and guitar playing.

  • Caminito del Rey Guided Tour. Go on a guided hiking day tour. Trek the path across the El Chorro Gorge along the Caminito del Rey. On your way to the hike, you will get amazing views for your Insta feed!
Best Beaches in Costa Del Sol

The Costa del Sol is home to some of the best beaches in the world, offering plenty of activities and fun. Take a look at our top picks.


  • Burriana Beach. Burriana Beach is a lovely 800-metre expanse of lush dark sand, with many shops nearby. Have lunch at a typical Spanish restaurant or sip cocktails in a beach bar. Pure heaven!

  • Cristo Beach. Cristo Beach is a family-sheltered cove where families will enjoy the easy-going atmosphere. Also, this Costa del Sol family holiday beach is quiet and hosts plenty of parks for the kids.

  • Viborilla Beach. This is a private island, ideal for couples who are seeking adventure. This little beach boasts stunning views and calm waters and is filled with budget-friendly rentals too.

  • Las Acacias Beach. Las Acacias Beach is a perfect nighttime beach where you can party at bars and clubs located next to the sand. The beach has plenty of restaurants and stalls serving fresh fish and seafood by day too.

  • Cala del Moral Beach. This is one of the most extensive, family-friendly beaches with a coastal path ideal for trekking. The beach is easily accessible and has plenty of activities to offer.
Food And Drink in Costa del Sol

A paradise for all foodies, Costa Del Sol boasts restaurants of all cuisines, and there are endless bars and pubs where you can grab some drinks.


  • Astral cocktail bar. This popular bar hosts the most impressive and delicious fresh fruit cocktails with signature brand liquors. Vibe to live entertainment during both the day and night.

  • Picasso’s. If you are really into fresh seafood, this is the best place to visit. Savour Spanish-style dishes, which are popular with both tourists and locals.

  • Plaza Espana Benalmadena. The authentic Spanish square hosts some lovely bars and restaurants. Also, the famous haunted Fountain Bar is located here.

  • La Escollera Restaurant. If you love seafood, the Costa del Sol is a great place to satisfy your craving. La Escollera Restaurant in Estepona ranks as having one of the best seafood outlets in the area.
NightLife In Costa del Sol

Having the opportunity to explore a vibrant nightlife scene is attractive to many holidaymakers. Let's take a dive into the nightlife of Costa Del Sol and uncover some gems.


  • Torremolinos. Torremolinos ranks as one of the leading nightspots on Malaga's coastline. Witness an open-air clubbing experience which always attracts the young crowd.

  • Benalmadena. This resort is another top place to party in the Costa del Sol. It has Kiu nightclub, the most prominent and well-known nightspot in the resort. It also hosts many other clubs, pubs and cocktail bars.

  • Theatro Club Malaga. Theatro Club Malaga offers a wide range of Spanish shows and entertainment. All this takes place in a unique retro-themed club setting.

Places to go and things to do in Costa Del Sol

Top Things To Do in Costa del Sol

Top Things To Do in Costa del Sol

Below are some activities that must be on your bucket list during your Costa del Sol holidays.


  • Marbella Old Town. Marbella hosts numerous colourful cafés and restaurants as well as its beach and harbour area. Select from a massive selection of shops and bars around Old Town - you’ll never get bored trying them all.

  • Watch Dolphins in Fuengirola. Get an unforgettable luxury yacht experience along the Fuengirola coast. Grab this opportunity to witness dolphins in their natural environment. As you admire the views, munch on some snacks and relax with drinks.

  • Attend a Spanish Cooking Class. Book yourself onto a Spanish cooking workshop in Malaga and prepare traditional Spanish dishes as you sip your sangria. Do not miss this chance to cook in a modern kitchen accompanied by a chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu.

  • Enjoy a Live Flamenco Show. Experience a flamenco show at Flamenco Alegría. Have a great time enjoying traditional tapas and drinks. Surround yourself in an atmosphere filled with stunning singing and guitar playing.

  • Caminito del Rey Guided Tour. Go on a guided hiking day tour. Trek the path across the El Chorro Gorge along the Caminito del Rey. On your way to the hike, you will get amazing views for your Insta feed!
Read More
Best Beaches in Costa Del Sol

Best Beaches in Costa Del Sol

The Costa del Sol is home to some of the best beaches in the world, offering plenty of activities and fun. Take a look at our top picks.


  • Burriana Beach. Burriana Beach is a lovely 800-metre expanse of lush dark sand, with many shops nearby. Have lunch at a typical Spanish restaurant or sip cocktails in a beach bar. Pure heaven!

  • Cristo Beach. Cristo Beach is a family-sheltered cove where families will enjoy the easy-going atmosphere. Also, this Costa del Sol family holiday beach is quiet and hosts plenty of parks for the kids.

  • Viborilla Beach. This is a private island, ideal for couples who are seeking adventure. This little beach boasts stunning views and calm waters and is filled with budget-friendly rentals too.

  • Las Acacias Beach. Las Acacias Beach is a perfect nighttime beach where you can party at bars and clubs located next to the sand. The beach has plenty of restaurants and stalls serving fresh fish and seafood by day too.

  • Cala del Moral Beach. This is one of the most extensive, family-friendly beaches with a coastal path ideal for trekking. The beach is easily accessible and has plenty of activities to offer.
Read More
Food And Drink in Costa del Sol

Food And Drink in Costa del Sol

A paradise for all foodies, Costa Del Sol boasts restaurants of all cuisines, and there are endless bars and pubs where you can grab some drinks.


  • Astral cocktail bar. This popular bar hosts the most impressive and delicious fresh fruit cocktails with signature brand liquors. Vibe to live entertainment during both the day and night.

  • Picasso’s. If you are really into fresh seafood, this is the best place to visit. Savour Spanish-style dishes, which are popular with both tourists and locals.

  • Plaza Espana Benalmadena. The authentic Spanish square hosts some lovely bars and restaurants. Also, the famous haunted Fountain Bar is located here.

  • La Escollera Restaurant. If you love seafood, the Costa del Sol is a great place to satisfy your craving. La Escollera Restaurant in Estepona ranks as having one of the best seafood outlets in the area.
Read More
NightLife In Costa del Sol

NightLife In Costa del Sol

Having the opportunity to explore a vibrant nightlife scene is attractive to many holidaymakers. Let's take a dive into the nightlife of Costa Del Sol and uncover some gems.


  • Torremolinos. Torremolinos ranks as one of the leading nightspots on Malaga's coastline. Witness an open-air clubbing experience which always attracts the young crowd.

  • Benalmadena. This resort is another top place to party in the Costa del Sol. It has Kiu nightclub, the most prominent and well-known nightspot in the resort. It also hosts many other clubs, pubs and cocktail bars.

  • Theatro Club Malaga. Theatro Club Malaga offers a wide range of Spanish shows and entertainment. All this takes place in a unique retro-themed club setting.
Read More

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