Literally translated as the Sun Coast, and with gorgeous rays the year round, it’s not tricky to guess how the Costa del Sol got its name! The weather in the Costa del Sol is a veritable feast of sunshine.
With a long history of British visitors, the Costa del Sol has been a honeypot destination for over 60 years, and still it continues to lure in new visitors with each passing year. So what’s the draw? Spend an evening with a bottle of fizz in one of the many beachside clubs, and keep on top of your game with a favourite Costa del Sol pastime - mini-golf - and you’ll begin to understand.
Leaving the glamour to one side for a moment, if you’re a lover of a good beach, the Costa del Sol is never going to let you down. The weather’s fantastic all year round, and there’s a great selection of family-friendly stretches, so tots can celebrate the sunshine alongside parents so relaxed they’re horizontal.
In short, what makes the Costa del Sol so fantastic? It’s the beaches, the sunshine, and the glitzy, holiday vibe that somehow always hits the spot and brings us back year after year. Costa del Sol, take a bow.
Fishing village? Fuengirola couldn’t be further away from that today. Now one of the largest resorts across the Costa del Sol, Fuengirola has plenty going for it. Such as the amazingly modern high-rise hotels that dot the Fuengirola coastline. And let’s not forget the top-drawer facilities they offer for those seeking hotel comforts at a comfortable price.
The beach here is also something worth shouting about. Fuengirola’s beach is super-sized, famed for its cleanliness, and just a couple of ice cream-fueled steps from countless tourist-friendly restaurants and atmospheric bars. Beach bliss? Sounds about right.
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A Costa del Sol staple, Benalmadena is modern comfort meets classic Spain. Fancy hotels and apartments and the sea pin the 10km of beach between them. And despite being a tourist favourite for literally decades, this resort has still managed to retain plenty of its Andalusian charm. In fact, your best bet is to witness that charm on a cable car ride to the summit of Calamorro Mountain.
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With 3.5 million visitors each year, you might expect, and indeed may have heard the odd whisper of Torremolinos resting on its laurels. But spend some time in this resort’s eclectic nightlife and increasingly modern facilities, and you certainly can’t accuse it of doing any laurel resting!
One of the oldest and most-loved resorts in the Costa del Sol, Torremolinos’ popularity goes all the way back to the 50s when Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra were among those basking in the sunshine. Despite a slight change in clientele today, the emphasis on amazing beaches and great nightlife is still exactly the same as it once was.
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Exploring the Costa del Sol…
Ronda and the Puente Nuevo Bridge
And now for something completely different. Simply can’t wait for the next season? Go fully Game of Thrones in the city of Ronda, which perches 800 metres among rocky peaks. The city’s stonking bridge stops the gap between the huge gorge, so if you’re not a fan of heights, Ronda and the Puente Nuevo Bridge probably aren’t for you. The city, which can be found under an hour's drive from Marbella, also produces some delicious Spanish wine. So find a café with a view to die for, and revel in a local glass of something delicious.
Parque de la Paloma
Animal lovers and families visiting the Costa del Sol should make a beeline for the Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena. With an array of ducks, chickens, and rabbits roaming the park, children’s play areas both in water and on land, and an abundance of gorgeous plantlife, it’s easy to see why this park is so popular with the locals as well as holiday-makers.
Marbella Old Quarter
Although Marbella has a bit of a reputation as a party resort, explorers will find something completely different in its Old Quarter. Narrow streets of bespoke souvenir shops and restaurants are all connected by beautiful cobbled stones. In fact, if you were to catch a glimpse of the quarter uninhabited, you could easily be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported to the 16th century. Don’t be fooled by the exterior though, quaint cobblestones, lively bars and flavour-packing restaurants, so there’s just as much to do here as on the luminous seafront.
Cuisine in the Costa del Sol
From coastal cooking to local produce from inland towns, the cuisine of the Costa del Sol is incredibly varied depending on where you are. One thing, however, remains the same throughout; the high quality of it all. Restaurants, beach bars, tapas bars and gastro-pubs open their doors and waft delicious aromas throughout the Sun Coast. Depending on what you’re in the mood to eat, the Costa del Sol will serve you something to please your rumbling tummies.
As the symbol of Spanish, and particularly Andalusian cuisine, tapas is salty, spicy, savoury flavours that pack a punch, but served in tiny dishes. So pull up a few beers, or a light Spanish wine, and order yourself some tapas – a selection, mind. When it comes to ordering tapas, the more variety you have on the table, the better. Traditional recipes like porra antequerana (a thick gazpacho soup), pipirrana (a finely chopped salad), callos (tripe) and migas (a dish based on fried breadcrumbs) are ones you need to try to say you’ve really sampled the intricacies of Costa del Sol tapas.
For an amazing holiday destination that’s been tried and tested for the past 6 decades, why not try a holiday in the Costa del Sol. With world famous beaches, restaurants and nightlife, your holiday to the Costa del Sol is sure to be a five star experience.