Whether it is authentic Spanish culture, secluded beaches, or mountainside villages, the Costa Del Sol has everything you could want from a holiday. On the other hand, if you want to hop around an endless strip of cocktail bars and clubs, then there’s plenty of that too. Many visitors enjoy a mix of both. Holidays to the Costa Del Sol have something for everyone.
Popular Costa Del Sol Resorts
Try Benalmadena, with its 8 km of beautiful beaches and small coves, or escape the beaches completely for a while and take the cable car (not for the faint hearted!) from opposite the Tivoli Park entrance in Arroyo de la Miel up to the top of the Calamorro Mountain 771 m above sea level. Once up there you’ll enjoy some magnificent sights out across the Mediterranean and all way out to the Sierra Nevada, or maybe you’ll spot Gibraltar, and even the coasts of Africa on a clear day. You’ll be pleased to know there’s a cafe at the top so you can enjoy a cup of authentic Spanish coffee while you gaze at the breathtaking scenery.
Although much of the resort was built some years ago with, to put it tactfully, very free and easy planning regulations, these days the regulations have tightened up considerably and the emphasis is now firmly on good taste and style. This is clearly in evidence in and the marina which forms the focus of the town’s social scene with its stylish bars and restaurants. From the marina, there’s a pleasant walk all the way into Torremolinos, and this route has its fair share of bars and restaurants along the way too.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, then head for more authentic Benalmadena Pueblo with its old style white washed buildings and little cobbled streets. Whatever preferences you have regarding food and drink, you’ll find all palates catered for here, from tapas to fish and chips, from Sangria to Guinness.
Torremolinos was once a sleepy little fishing village, and it too has had to shake off the image of a somewhat overdeveloped resort. It has largely succeeded, and now has a wide range of upmarket quality hotels and fine dining restaurants, as well as an endless array of entertainment options for visitors. Depending on whether you want a hectic holiday full of bars and clubs during the peak season, or a more relaxed stay out of season when the resort adopts a more Spanish and authentic feel, this place can cater to both. You may like to take a walk down the exclusively pedestrian Calle Can Miguel with its many shops and boutiques, not to mention the restaurants. The steady flow of people from all corners of the globe gives this place a vibrancy that you’ll no doubt be infected by as you peruse the shops and amble along. You may eventually reach the Cuesta del Trajo, and descend a steep flight of steps to the picturesque fishing village of El Bajondillo with its restaurants and little shops and market stalls.
Another former fishing village, Fuengirola, is now a vibrant city with 7 km of sandy beaches and with one of the best climates on the Costa. The Plaza de la Constitucion is a desirable spot for many visitors with its stylish shops and boutiques. It also is home to the Church of Nuestra Senora that was largely destroyed during the Spanish Civil War but was reconstructed in 1946. The square takes on a particularly magical quality during Christmas time with the illuminations and decorations. You may find that a spontaneous wander through the little winding streets branching off from the square takes you to some interesting places. Although the plaza has undergone some changes in recent years, it still retains its charm.
If you want to soak up some history, head for the Castle of Sohail, situated 38 m above sea level. From this historic vantage point you can enjoy some spectacular views of the Mediterranean and surrounding countryside, including the mountainside village of Mijas. Incidentally, Mijas is another gem of the Costa well worth a visit, with its brilliant whitewashed buildings, winding streets, and fragrant smells of pine forests permeating the air.
With around 300 days of sun a year and a grand stretch of beaches, Marbella is going to attract anyone who is here for the sun. Whether you want to just get a tan, have a swim in the sea, or maybe try out some water sports, this place is sure to satisfy. Of course, there is also nearby Peurto Banus, a great place for yacht spotting while you enjoy a drink or two in one of the bars situated around the marina, which really comes to life in the evening and stays that way until the early hours. Back in Marbella, you’ll find every conceivable type of entertainment, and there are enough bars and clubs to satisfy anyone. Along the sea front, the Paseo de Maritemo runs the length of the beach and offers an endless choice of restaurants from the fresh sea food variety and Spanish restaurants, to Mexican and Indian, and a whole host of stylish cocktail bars and everything in between. What could be better than sitting and enjoying your favourite cocktail while sitting and watching the sun sink into the Mediterranean! Easily done along the Paseo de Mariteomo.
One great way to see the sights here is by a horse drawn carriage which will take you at a leisurely pace around the city centre. At some point you might like to take in the fragrance around the the Plaza de los Naranjos or Orange Square as you amble around and consider which restaurant to dine in. Sit and enjoy a sangria as you watch the people go by in a somewhat less hectic fashion to the frenetic main town centre.
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Wherever you decide to go on the Costa Del Sol for your holidays, there are some great deals on cheap holidays providing you go at the right time, and the fact you can be there in a few hours from the UK is a definite bonus. Whether you decide to stay in an all inclusive with everything laid on, or you book apartments in one of the many hotels available that cater to all tastes, you are sure of a great time without the hassle of long haul flights and all the associated stresses of flying half way across the globe to get to your destination. The Costa Del Sol is practically on your doorstep by comparison. Whether you’re looking for authentic Spain and some Andalusian culture, or you just want to relax on the beach and chill in the bars and clubs, or even a bit of both, you can have it all in the Costa del Sol.