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.
A Moorish medieval fortress beside the ruins of a Roman theatre. The name derives from the Arabic for ‘citadel’, and it is considered the best preserved ‘alcazaba’ in Spain.
The Nerja Caves
This cave system is home to one of the world’s largest stalagmites, a natural amphitheatre that regularly hosts concerts and cave paintings estimated to be more than 42,000 years old.
Soho de Malaga
An art district by the Guadalmedina river, El Soho is buzzing with life. Its walls are the canvas for work by international street artists including Space Invader and Obey.