Spain is a large country, with a number of amazing towns, villages and coastal resorts that have lots to offer visitors from around the world. But when it comes to choosing an exciting destination for an unforgettable holiday in the sun, the Costa del Sol could be the perfect choice.
Found in southern Spain, the Costa del Sol boasts one of Europe’s best climates with sunshine found here for most of the year. Of course, many of the visitors who come here do so for the miles of stunning beaches and lively nightlife and if that is your idea of a great holiday, you won’t be disappointed. There are plenty of golden sands to choose from, from quiet hidden coves to popular beaches decked out with bustling beach bars where you might just spot a celebrity or two!
Getting out and about
The great weather means the destination is perfect for those who love the great outdoors and if enjoying the large amount of water and beach sports available isn’t enough to keep you occupied, it is possible to head out to one of the many national parks where you can hike, go caving, try some wild swimming, horse riding or even get behind the wheel of a 4 x 4. If you prefer the idea of something slower, the pastime of golf is extremely popular here, with more than 50 fantastic golf courses in the Costa del Sol alone. Alternatively, you can discover the unique Spanish history and culture by visiting one of the many stunning religious buildings, art galleries and museums found in the area.
Finding the perfect part of the Costa del Sol
It isn’t just the beaches and lively social scene that makes the Costa del Sol a must visit destination. The stunning rugged mountain landscapes acting as the perfect backdrop make the area popular for weddings and special occasions or events. The coastline itself is almost split into two halves with the cultural Malaga city caught in between. To the east of the city you will find a less developed coast that is quieter even during the high season, yet still offers a great mix of pretty villages, relaxing beaches and comfortable accommodation options. Here you will find the beautiful city of Nerja, home to the Nerja Caves which are a must see attraction if you’re in the area.
To the west of Malaga city you will discover the more well-known major resorts, such as Torremolinos and Marbella. Many British ex-pats live here, so there is a mix of styles, from the favourite cuisine and beverages found at home to the more traditional Spanish dishes. This side of the Costa del Sol is busy all year round, including a daily in-take of cruise travellers who come in to dock at Malaga Port, yet still makes for an unforgettable holiday in the sun.
Lillian Bovey is an accomplished travel writer who regularly visits the luxury holiday resorts found along southern Spain in the style of Club La Costa and others. When she’s not exploring Europe and the world, she writes for a number of travel related websites and blogs.
This look at the attractions of the Costa del Sol, researched with the aid of Club La Costa and others, was written by Jaye Staddon, a regular visitor to Spain.