Average 2 hour flight
Time difference +1 hour(s)
Average temperature 23°C
HOW TO SPEND YOUR COSTA DEL SOL HOLIDAY
With a name that translates to the 'Sunshine Coast', it's no surprise that holidays to the Costa del Sol in Spain are all about one thing: glorious warm sun! However, there's so much more to Costa del Sol holidays than just basking on the beach; you’ll find a fabulous assortment of old towns, bars, restaurants, watersports, museums and shops here too.
The resorts of Torremolinos and Fuengirola are ideal for groups of friends and families with children, as you can take your pick from a vast choice of pristine, powdery beaches where you can splash around in the waves, or try your hand at watersports. Away from the beaches, Costa del Sol holidays offer an abundance of history and local culture to enjoy too, as well as a vibrant nightlife that includes family pubs, karaoke bars, and late night clubs that are strictly for the grown-ups!
In the resorts of Nerja and Malaga, you can experience the authentic Spanish charm with al fresco tapas dining, beautifully preserved old towns and incredible panoramic scenery, plus fascinating museums, galleries and monuments. Malaga is a famous Costa del Sol holiday because it’s the birthplace of Pablo Picasso; you'll see where he found his inspiration on the sun-drenched beaches and bustling streets.
Then there's Costa del Sol's most glamorous resort, Marbella, where you're likely to rub shoulders with the rich and famous! From the world-class restaurants to the exclusive boutiques and clubs, and the yacht-lined marina, Marbella holidays are fabulous for couples and groups of friends who want to experience the finer things.
As well as the Costa del Sol, we offer holidays across Spain, including holidays to Benidorm, Tenerife escapes and Gran Canaria holidays. With over 40 years of experience in booking wonderful holidays, there's no-one better to trust with planning your Costa del Sol holiday than Hays Travel. Speak to the UK's Best High Street Travel Agent today to begin booking your trip.
THINGS TO DO ON A COSTA DEL SOL HOLIDAY
Costa del Sol holidays revolve around carefree, sun-soaked beach life, whether you’re sunbathing, swimming, or trying out one of the coastline’s many watersports. 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.
You’ll find a fantastic choice of water parks and theme parks on holiday to Costa del Sol, which are perfect for family days out. For a spot of retail therapy, head to the designer shops of Marbella, or visit markets and souvenir shops nestled in the old towns. Popular excursions include the Rock of Gibraltar, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, or Ronda in Andalucia. Don't miss the cable car over Benalmadena, or the African themed Selwo Aventura Safari Park.
Nightlife on a Costa del Sol holiday 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 lower key. Most hotels offer inhouse entertainment, including cabaret, kid friendly shows and karaoke.
FOOD & DRINK IN THE COSTA DEL SOL
The Costa del Sol is a great place to dine out with a wide choice of restaurants, including Italian, Indian, Chinese and fast food. But don’t miss the delicious local cuisine! You’ll find an array of quaint Spanish restaurants serving up firm favourites like tapas, paella and sangria.
For great value, book an all inclusive hotel, where food and drink are usually thrown in. Costa del Sol holidays have a fantastic range of all inclusive, half board and self-catering hotels, so you’ll have no trouble finding something that suits your dining habits.