If you haven’t booked your annual sunshine getaway yet, you might want to consider the Costa del Sol. Located in the south of Spain in Andalusia, this region is known as “Coast of the Sun” which is English translation for the Spanish “Costa del Sol”. The area used to be made up of a series of small fishing villages, but these days there is a great selection of resorts that cater to tourists from all around the world.
Living in the UK, we are lucky that locations such as this are only a couple of hours away by plane. And there are so many reasons to visit; the beaches, cliffs, estuaries, bays and dunes are just some of them. Of course, the Mediterranean is one of the greatest attractions in the area, and it isn’t hard to understand why groups of friends, couples, and families alike want to make the most of this gorgeous sea.
Now you know about some of the reasons to head to the Costa del Sol, you might want to figure out which resort is best for you, so here is a quick introduction of the most popular choices. Soon you will be able to get on with planning your holiday to the Costa del Sol…
If you want to make the most of the beautiful beaches in the area, Benalmadena might be just the ticket. There are 8km of long stretches of sand and small coves, so there is bound to be somewhere you can escape for a bit of peace and quiet. Although that isn’t the only thing worth seeing nearby, as the resort is the perfect base if you want to take a cable car to the heights of Calamorro Mountain (771m above sea level). There is a pretty amazing view from the top, as well as a chance for you to sit in the sunshine with a cup of Spanish coffee.
Home to some swanky hotels and high class eateries, Torremolinos is ideal if you want to be entertained during your stay. This resort caters to many different types of traveller, so could be your perfect match if you want to go on a bar crawl, as well as if you want to shop until you drop. There are many boutiques here so it might be hard for you to resist spending a few euros whilst you are out browsing.
There are 7km of sandy beaches in Fuengirola, and it is said to have one of the best climates in the area. This is also a good location for a spot of shopping, but there is also plenty of charm for you to take in whilst you are out and about. Places to visit include the Plaza de la Constitucion, the Church of Nuestra Senora, and the Castle of Sohail which boasts some amazing views of the surrounding countryside as well as the sea.
Finally, you might want to try Marbella out for size. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you busy, although you might find it hard to tear yourself away from the beach – after all there are around 300 days of sun here each year. For a holiday treat, make sure to take a tour of the sights in a horse drawn carriage; you’ll be able to take everything in without tiring out your legs, which means you will be fit for an evening out dancing.