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Costa Del Sol Hotels and Apartments
Costa Del Sol Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in the Costa Del Sol
Taking in popular resort towns such as Marbella, Benalmádena and Malaga, this 161-kilometre stretch of coastline is one of the most idyllic parts of Spain. Beach lovers, sun worshippers and partiers will love the range of accommodation on offer, with cheap family friendly resorts and luxury chic hotels sitting alongside each other at most destinations.
Over 300 days of sunshine a year (and temperatures that rarely enter single digits), make the Costa Del Sol a year-round treat. Whether you’re looking for a buzzing summer holiday, or a more relaxing trip out for some winter sun, the Costa Del Sol is ready to open you with open arms.
Where to stay
Malaga’s well known for its beaches and thriving nightlife, but many are surprised it’s also got striking skyscrapers and countless historical buildings up its sleeve. There’s a variety of accommodation spread around the city, from luxury accommodation to family resorts for all holiday types. For a central city location, many choose to stay around the Marqués de Larios, a popular shopping street close to clubs, bars and restaurants. Alternatively, try staying around the Soho art district for a bohemian atmosphere, complete with street art, cafes and art galleries. If you want to be near the beach, though, it’s best to stick to the Playa de la Malagueta area.
One of the most popular resort areas along the Costa Del Sol, Marbella attracts everyone from young families to celebrities and partygoers. A portal city to stunning beaches, golf courses and world-class nightlife, Marbella has personality in abundance. The colourful cobbled streets of the Old Town are slap bang in the middle of everything: boutique shops, beaches, and restaurants with cuisine from all over the world. Puerto Banús, a 13-minute drive out of the centre, is also a popular area for nightlife fans. With high-end stores selling designer items, it’s also on the doorstep of the marina and the beach.
Situated on the coast between Malaga and Marbella, Benalmádena has become a Costa Del Sol must-see. It’s got everything you want from a Spanish seaside getaway, with sandy beaches, beach bars and family friendly attractions. Romantic hotels and homely villas can be found in the quaint Old Town, while those after something a little more swinging on your holiday should head for Benalmádena Costa. This seafront area brings you right into the heart of the action, with beaches, nightlife and a variety of restaurants on your doorstep.
A 20-minute drive out of Malaga, Torremolinos blends together all the features of a bustling tourist town with a traditional Andalusian village. There’s 7km of coastline to keep you busy, which explains why much of the action happens down by the seafront. The Los Alamos area is close to beachfront bars, many of which stay open until the early hours of the morning, while La Carihuela beach boasts multiple family resorts.
What to see
The Costa Del Sol is famous with holidaymakers for its beaches and its after-dark activities, but that’s not all there is to do. Just outside Torremolinos is Aqualand and the Crocodile Park, both of which keep big and small kids entertained for hours. Aqualand is somewhere the whole family will love, thanks to its surf beach area, wave machine and slides. Another popular place to visit is Tivoli World, which features multiple rides and open gardens.
Elsewhere, visitors to the Costa Del Sol often take in the beauty of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. As well as various mountain towns, it’s also home to protected species including the golden eagle and the wild cat. And those staying in Benalmadena should definitely head up to the peak of Mount Calamorro via the cable car. Taking visitors up to almost 800 metres altitude above sea level, the platform gives intrepid travelers a 360-degree view out across the Costa Del Sol.
You’re not short of nightlife opportunities in the Costa Del Sol. In fact, there are multiple nightlife options to suit all kinds of evening entertainment preferences! Malaga caters for all partiers, from those who enjoy a chic night out at a cocktail bar, to clubbers who like their night to last until the early hours of the morning. Torremolinos has a leading LGBT scene, with El Gato Lounge being one of the town’s premier nighttime destinations.
With an area called the ‘Golden Mile’, it’s hardly surprising that Marbella has got the nightlife sussed. It’s home to numerous bars and clubs, while Nikki beach resort and club is the go-to place for anyone looking for a night to remember.
What to eat
Costa Del Sol visitors will find a mix of international cuisine, with supermarkets and restaurants catering for all dietary preferences. It’s not hard to find somewhere that serves a good old English fry up, or a plate of fish and chips, but for something traditionally Andalusian while holidaying, seek out some gazpacho during the summer. It’s a cold refreshing soup that leaves you feeling refreshed. If you’re after something sweeter, try arroz con leche. It’s a cold dessert not too unlike a rice pudding, which is made with cinnamon for an extra kick.
Whether it’s large-scale shopping centres or small-town markets you’re after, the Costa Del Sol has a range of shopping options. Plaza Mayor Shopping Centre in Malaga and Miramar Centro Comercial in Fuengirola are for serious shoppers who want multiple shops all under the one roof. For something a little more laid-back though, have a wander around some of the area’s frequent street markets. Monday morning is when Marbella’s popular market kicks off in the main fairground, while Benalmadena Costa has a car boot sale-style market on Wednesdays at the fairground behind Paloma Park.
Fast facts about the Costa Del Sol
- Direct flight time: 2 hours 50 minutes from London
- Transfer time from Malaga airport: From 25 minutes
- Time zone: GMT +1
- Currency: Euros
- Language: Spanish
- Average price of a domestic beer: 2 euros
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 4 euros