Costa del Sol is the Sun Coast of Spain
The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe due to an enviable location in Southern Spain.
The area is renowned for its blue flag beaches and a near-perfect year-round climate with over 300 days of sunshine.
The sun-coast is also famed for its relaxed atmosphere, first-class beaches, excellent food and a vibrant nightlife.
Famed for it's the unique coastline which extends for over 150 kilometers from Nerja at the Eastern end to Sotogrande close to Gibraltar at the far western end.
21 Things to do on the Costa del Sol
- Take an evening stroll around the famous Marina at Puerto Banus in Marbella.
- Play golf on one or more of the championship courses.
- Visit the amazing Selwo-Aventura animal reserve and park.
- Have fun at the Tivoli World Theme Park in Benalmadena.
- Dine out al fresco at the charming Plaza de los Naranjos - Orange Square - Marbella.
- Spend a day at the impressive Bio-Park in Fuengirola.
- Enjoy a cable car ride in Benalmadena.
- Cool off and have fun at the Aqualand Water Park in Torremolinos.
- Find some great holiday bargains at the Tuesday Open-Air Market Fuengirola.
- Visit the Selwo Marina Theme Park Benalmadena.
- Explore the Sohail Castle in Fuengirola
- Spend an evening of fun and food at the impressive Benalmadena Marina.
- See interesting plants at the Estepona Orchid House.
- Feast on the best fish and seafood at the Carihuela Street Torremolinos.
- Explore the old quarter and port area of Malaga City.
- Go trekking around the Sierre de Mijas mountains.
- Spend a day at the stunning mountain top village of Ronda.
- Be amazed at the wildlife at the Crocodile Park Torremolinos.
- Enjoy a family day out at the golden sandy Cabopino Beach near Marbella
- See over 1.500 species of butterfly at the Butterfly Park Benalmadena.
- Explore the cobbled streets of the picturesque whitewashed village of Mijas.
The region boasts an average temperature of 24°C with around 300 days of sunshine a year, enough to please the most hardened sun worshiper.
5 Interesting facts about the Costa del Sol
- Andalucia is one of Spain's premier wine-producing areas.
- Renowned artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga on the 25th of October 1881.
- Dolphins are a major feature of the waters along the Costa del Sol and there are many options to see these wonderful creatures.
- Malaga is home to Antonio Banderas, one of Hollywood's 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 Cities, Towns & Resorts
Popular towns along the Costa del Sol
Malaga is the second-largest city in Southern Spain, after Seville, and the capital of the world-renowned holiday hotspot, the Costa Del Sol, with a population of around 700.000 the city is recognised as having one of the best climates in Europe.
Malaga is the gateway to the Costa del Sol receiving millions of visitors each year, however, only a small percentage tend to venture into the City of Malaga itself, which is a great shame as the city has been transformed over the past few years especially the historic quarter and port area.
Marbella is well known as the playground for the rich and famous, offering a cosmopolitan vibe and a well preserved Andalucian history.
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, the opulent Puerto Banus marina as well as high-end restaurants and vibrant nightclubs are also a big drawer to holidaymakers.
So you can't fail to be impressed strolling along the quayside in the famous Puerto Banus Marina where million-dollar yachts bobbing in the harbour.
Fuengirola is a friendly town featuring a long promenade and beachfront, vibrant bars, excellent restaurants, tapas bars, trendy boutiques and eight beaches.
There are plenty of sun loungers and sunshades to rent on all the beaches, prices start from around €5 for the day.
This popular holiday destination is a firm favorite with families with its numerous beach bars and restaurants (chiringuitos ) located all alone the busy seafront.
The promenade is around 8 kilometers long from the eastern end of Carvajal to Sohail Castle at the western end.
The village of Mijas ( Mijas Pueblo) is truly one of the most picturesque of the whitewashed villages located on the Costa del Sol.
This historic town nestles comfortably in the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas mountains range some 600 meters above sea level and offers the visitor spectacular views over the Mediterranean coastline.
It is one of the most traditional mountain villages and so typically Andalucian with its cobbled streets, charming restaurants, historic church, and a large plaza.
Ther are a multitude of beaches ranging from secluded coves to the action-packed Blue Flag Santa Ana Beach with a bustling promenade.
Visit the Old Town ( Benalmadena Pueblo ) so you can explore the quiet streets, spectacular views and charming tapas bars.
You can also get your adrenaline pumping at the Tivoli World theme park or ride the cable car to the top of Calamorro Mountain.
Torremolinos is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol, much loved for its 9 kilometers of quality beaches.
For local fish restaurants head to the popular La Carihuela district which is packed with fish and seafood restaurants and beach bars.
The pedestrian shopping street, Calle San Miguel, is lined with trendy boutiques and chic shops with a variety of tapas bars and restaurants.
The coastal town of Estepona is located at the western end of the Costa del Sol at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja mountains, about 30km west of Marbella.
The area around Estepona has become very popular in the past few years with visitors from all over Europe as well as enjoying a thriving ex-pat community.
The area boasts a superb climate offering unbeatable Estepona holiday weather throughout the year. July and August can be very warm with temperatures regularly above 30 Celcius.
The Spring and winter temperatures are mild and sunny as you would expect from a town situated on the famous sunshine coast.
Estepona boasts a long promenade studded with flowers and palms and a sandy beach, away from the seafront, the old town is very pretty, with cobbled alleyways and two delightful plazas.
The pretty town of Nerja is located at the far eastern tip of the Costa del Sol close to the Costa de Almeria. It is around 50 km from Malaga city and the main international airport.
Once a small fishing village, Nerja has grown into a busy but tranquil resort which has been popular with holidaymakers for well over 40 years.
Situated at the base of the Sierra Almijara, Nerja is known for its old town centre which has remained largely unchanged offering narrow winding streets and whitewashed houses.
Top Costa del Sol activities
Because there is so much on offer for visitors to the Costa del Sol, planning your trip will help you make the most of all the attractions on offer.
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.
The most popular beaches include Maro Beach in Nerja, Artola Beach in Cabopino, Bajadilla Beach Marbella and Bajondillo Beach Torremolinos.
Immerse yourself in culture:
Spend a day in Malaga, Picasso’s birthplace, with an influential contemporary art scene, museums, and historic old town.
Go Celeb spotting in Puerto Banus Marbella:
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.
The Costa del Sol has become one of Spain's top golfing destinations due to a large number of golf courses and an enviable all-year-round climate.
With over 60 courses the possibilities are endless for couples and group golfing holidays so you are sure to find the right golf course to suit your taste and budget.
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.
Tours & Excursions
Recommended hotels on the Costa del Sol
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 positives. Reviewer Rating: 9.0
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. Reviewer Rating: 9.0
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! Reviewer Rating: 7.1