Holidays in the Costa del Sol are all about fun in the sun. 'Costa del Sol' translates to 'Sunshine Coast' – so it's no surprise this stretch of Spanish coastline is so popular with the British. The Costa del Sol lives up to its name, with over 320 days of sunshine each year. The shoreline is dotted with beach resorts, from the family friendly Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola, to sophisticated Marbella and Puerto Banus and picturesque Nerja. Away from the coast, inland villages of Mijas and Frigliana offer scenic spots, while the cities of Seville, Malaga, Granada and Ronda ae all within easy reach. Whether you're looking for great entertainment, sandy beaches, shopping, golf, water parks or water sports, there's a Costa del Sol resort to suit you. There's a huge choice of accommodation in the area, from self-catering apartments and half board hotels to rural spa retreats. And with flights to the Costa del Sol only taking around two and a half hours from the UK, the Costa del Sol is easy to reach for holidays all year round.
Costa del Sol holidays centre around the beach life whether its sunbathing or swimming and water sports. The area boasts the highest density of golf courses in Europe, making it a mecca for fans of the sport. Other available sports include tennis and horse riding. A good choice of water parks and theme parks make great family days out. Indulge in some serious retail therapy in the designer shops of Marbella, or visit markets and souvenir shops. Popular excursions the Rock of Gibraltar, the Alhambra Palace in Granada or Ronda and Andalucia. Don't miss the cable car over Benalmadena, or the African themed Selwo Aventura Safari Park.
Nightlife on the Costa del Sol is varied, depending on the resort you choose to stay in. In the summer, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Benalmadena offer a wide choice of late night bars and discos. Marbella and Puerto Banus are home to sophisticated bars and nightclubs, often frequented by the rich and famous. For laid back evenings, head to Frigliana or Estepona. Nerja has a good mix of quiet restaurants and lively bars. During the winter months, Costa del Sol resorts stay open, but the entertainment is a little lowerkey. Most hotels offer inhouse entertainment, including cabaret, kidfriendly shows and karaoke.
The Costa del Sol is a great place to dine out with a wide choice of restaurants, including Italian, Indian, Chinese and fast food. Don't miss the local cuisine though tapas, paella and sangria are all old Spanish favourites. For great value, book an all inclusive hotel, where food and drink are usually thrown in.
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