Costa del Sol Travel and Holiday Guide

Costa del Sol is the Sun Coast in southern Spain

Marbella - Costa del Sol

Southern Spain’s Costa del Sol (Sun Coast) is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. The area is famous for hundreds of golden beaches, a perfect climate with 300 days of sun shine each year, the tranquil Mediterranean Sea, a relaxed atmosphere and excellent food.

Boasting being home to the  most golf courses in one area in the whole of Europe, golf holidays on the Costa del Sol have become increasingly popular over the last 20 years. With over 60 top class golf courses in the area to choose from, golfers have a great time here and the apres golf activities are second to none.

There are five major resorts on the Costa del Sol Sun Coast; Fuengirola, Torremolinos,  Benalmadena, Estepona and the luxury sun kissed resort of Marbella.



Fuengirola Port

Fuengirola Port


This friendly town  features a long beach front, vibrant bars, excellent restaurants, top class tapas bars, trendy boutiques and eight beaches. There are plenty of sun loungers and sun shades to relax as well as plenty of water sports.

Fuengirola has  numerous beach bars and restaurants (chiringuitos ) located all alone the busy sea front ( Paseo Maritimo)  which is around 8 kilometres long is now walkable from the eastern end of Carvajal to Sohail  Castle ( Castillo ) at the western end.



Benalmadena Costa

Benalmadena Costa

Offers  a multitude of beaches ranging from secluded coves to the action packed Blue Flag Santa Ana Beach with a bustling promenade. Visit Benalmadena Pueblo’s quiet streets and marvel at the old town vibe, shop and dine in the Arroyo de la Miel area.

You can also get your adrenaline pumping at Tivoli World theme park or ride the cable car to the top of Calamorro Mountain. The nightlife scene is also popular in Benalmadena as it is filled with pubs, bars and clubs.





Torremolinos is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol. Most loved for its 9 km of beaches, the popular Playa La Carihuela is packed with beach bars, sun loungers and water sports.

The pedestrian shopping street, Calle San Miguel, is lined with trendy boutiques and chic shops with a variety of restaurants and a favourite of international travellers.



Marbella - Costa del Sol



Marbella is well known as the playground for the rich and famous, Marbella has a cosmopolitan vibe and a well preserved Andalucian history along the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

This chic resort is a favourite among the wealthy who frequent the world-class restaurants, luxury hotels, championship Costa del Sol golf courses, fashionable boutiques, opulent marina and vibrant clubs.

Be impressed when you stroll along the quayside in the famous Puerto Banus Marina where million dollar yachts bob in the harbour.


5 Interesting facts about the area

»   Andalucia is one of the world’s premier wine producing areas and to add to all that great  vino there is a choice of food like you will find nowhere else.

»  Dolphins are a major feature of the waters along the Costa del Sol and there are many options to see these wonderful creatures from going out on a boat to heading out to the end of one of the areas many piers.

»  Malaga is home to Antonio Banderas, one of Hollywoods top movie stars.

»  Fashionistas will have the chance to shop ’til they drop in the Costa del Sol thanks to a huge choice of designer outlets in some of the best shopping malls in Spain.


Top Costa del Sol activities

Malaga City

Malaga City

Soak up the rays

Relax at one of the many top beaches with soft, golden sand stretching for miles backed by promenades full of bars, restaurants and shopping. Immerse yourself in culture.

Spend a day in Malaga, Picasso’s birthplace, with an influential contemporary arts scene, museums, and historic old town.

Spot Celebs in Puerto Banus: Wine, dine, and celebrity watch at the Costa’s most luxurious port, filled with million-dollar yachts, world-class restaurants, energetic bars and high fashion boutiques.


Get in touch with nature

There are the many national parks around Malaga province where visitors can go hiking, caving, wild swimming, ATV driving and horseback riding.

On the Costa del Sol, golf can be enjoyed year round amid views of the Mediterranean Sea and mountains on some of Europe’s most celebrated Costa del Sol golf courses. La Quinta, Marbella Golf, the Parador de Malaga Golf, Los Naranjos, Santa Clara and many more, each offer excellent golfing possibilities.


Party all night

The Costa del Sol has a huge selection of bars and clubs with a vast and varied night-life scene. Each town has its own flavour ranging from laid back and fun, to chic and sophisticated. Regardless of your idea of a night on the town, you will find the right venue on the Costa del Sol.

Boasting a wide range of world class activities and drawing the attention of international jet setters and family holidaymakers alike, there is truly something for everyone on the Costa del Sol.



Driving in Spain

Driving in Spain


Driving in Spain – Eye on the Costa del Sol

Driving on the Costa del Sol  is a great way to experience all the wonderful but hidden Andalucian villages that may be difficult to reach any other way. Public transport can be sometimes unreliable inland so driving is always a good option.

Driving just ten minutes inland from the coast will mean experiencing a beautiful view of both the hills and a backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea.

There are so many different little towns to explore, each one offering their own unique character.

It would be easy to spend a whole day discovering a little town, and it would be much easier if public transport doesn’t have to be relied on in order to get back down again.

Car Hire on the Costa del Sol is easy to book and affordable and will give you complete freedom to discover the wonders of this beautiful area of Andalucia.

The unbeatable climate of the Costa del Sol

Infographic of the Costa del Sol WeatherThe Costa del Sol is an amazing coastline and includes some of the most beautiful beaches that Spain has to offer.

The region extends along 150 kilometres of the Mediterranean coastline, but has lots more to offer than simply sunbathing, although if that is what you are after, this is the place to do it.

Tourism is one of the primary industries in the Costa del Sol with 10.6 million people visiting the region last year in 2015.

The Costa del Sol gets some of the hottest weather in the nation with an average temperature of 26°C in August for example.

Of course there is no controlling the weather, so tourists travelling to the region should check the monthly weather averages to help them plan ahead and choose the best month for their visit that suits their expectations.

Have a look at this cool infographic which gives a snapshot of the weather in the region, of for a more detailed breakdown, read this guide which has been produced by Sunsearch Holidays.


Looking for a hotel on the Costa del Sol?

Luxury Hotel:

Try the amazing 5*  Hotel Bahia Kempinski located in Estepona around a 10 minuted drive from Marbella. Situated right on the beach this world renowned hotel looks after its clients very well indeed. Large comfy rooms and a stunning spa and wellness centre plus amazing food are just some of the possitives.


Mid Range

The 4* Hotel Fuerte Marbella is a popular choice hotel in this range. Located just a two minute walk from Marbella’s old town and situated right next to the beach with superb views looking across the bay and the town. Close to lots of bars, cafeterias and eateries to suit everyone.


Budget Friendly

For a budget stay on the Costa del Sol try the 3* Hotel Itaca in Fuengirola.  The rooms at around £35 are well worth every penny, or Euro in this case. Located the the western end of Fuengirola just a 3 minute walk to the beach. Plenty of shops, bars and restaurants close by, so many in fact you are definitely spoilt for choice. This hotel is also very secure, situated right next to the main national guard police station!


Check out this video of the renowned Holiday World All Inclusive Resort in Benalmadena.



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