The sun always seems to shine a little more brightly on the Costa del Sol – a beachside paradise located in the south of Spain. The region’s striking beaches have made Costa del Sol holidays famous, but there’s much more on offer beyond its sparkling sky and sea. The port city of Malaga, for instance, offers modernity and a burgeoning cultural scene that attracts artists from around the world as well as their admirers.
Elsewhere, quintessentially Andalucian white villages are scattered across the landscape, and with architecture left behind after the Moorish occupation, holidays to the Costa del Sol can be a feast for the eyes. Boasting a cuisine that is still influenced by Jewish and Arabic traditions, there’s plenty of opportunity to try new things. Being by the sea, freshly-caught seafood is the star ingredient in many dishes and features heavily on most menus. Specialities like ‘pescaito frito’ – small fish breaded and fried in olive oil – and gazpacho, a refreshing cold soup, are popular in the region. So whether you love culture, food and ancient architecture, or just a bucket, a spade and an ice cream on the sand, the Costa del Sol is the perfect holiday destination to soak up the sun and enjoy.
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* Average time from London Gatwick to Calle Costa del Sol