Andalusian food is a delight, and one of the best reasons to visit. Traditional Spanish restaurants and tapas bars all serve hearty provincial cuisine such as tortillas, paella, and pescalito frito – fish fried in breadcrumbs. Spanish wine also has a worldwide reputation and a drive along the coast will reveal acres of vineyards, orchards and orange groves.
Once you've had enough sun for the day, spend your nights partaking in some traditional Spanish entertainment like flamenco dancing or enjoying some tapas dishes at the bar; rock up and take a seat and rub shoulders with the locals. For those who are looking to party while on holidays in Costa del Sol, there are plenty of trendy bars and cool clubs to dance the night away.
Sunbathing and swimming are the most popular things to in Costa Del Sol, but if you've had your fill of both, there are always other options available. Bioparc Fuengirola, south of Torremolinos, is a reconstructed jungle full of interesting animals. The Mariposario de Benalmadena contains some 1500 butterflies and there is also a Sea Life aquarium nearby to keep animal lovers happy.
An afternoon in Malaga, Benalmadena or Marbella should be on the cards for shopaholics, with fashionable boutiques and designer brands around every corner. There are also some excellent bars and restaurants in Marbella to spend a refined evening in.
For some traditional Spanish culture, visit the Plaza de Toros bullring to get a feel for the pomp and ceremony that goes with the bullfighting show or wander through the streets of Casco Antiguo, the charming old town of the Costa Del Sol where the region truly comes to life.
There are a variety of choices when it comes to taking to the sea during a holiday in the Costa del Sol. From inexpensive trips to luxury voyages, there is plenty on offer; you can even climb aboard a luxury sail boat if you really want to travel in style. If you're not one for plunging into the depths of the Mediterranean, take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat and you can see the wonders of the underwater world without getting wet. You can also glimpse some beautiful sights on a whale and dolphin-watching safari.
The Costa del Sol is famous for its water parks, and there is no better way to spend a hot day than relaxing in the sun and taking a speedy trip down a water slide when you need cooling down. Torremolinos is home to the biggest in the region, Aqualand. Here you will find slides with breathtaking drops, mystery settings, slaloms, rapids and the biggest tummy-tumbling descent in Europe, at 22 metres high. The Cable Ski park in Marbella is a water park with a difference, and is the place to go if you want to hone your water-skiing technique.
There is an abundance of things to see and do during a holiday to the Costa del Sol, and with a blend of historic, artistic, and architectural culture, you are guaranteed to find something to suit any taste. Visit the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Museum and the Centre of Contemporary Arts for some artistic edge, or explore Malaga, one of the oldest cities in the world. The Cathedral of Malaga and La Alcazaba are two examples of the many architectural delights you will see. The region is famed for its culinary offerings, so be sure to try some traditional food during your stay.
Shopaholics will find it easy to indulge in one of their favourite pastimes while staying on the Costa del Sol. Malaga offers a range of shopping centres as well as some unique boutiques selling clothing, jewellery, art work and even antiques. If you're more high fashion than high street, Puerto Banus is the place to be. This chic and expensive area features the very best designer brands, and is a beautiful area for some window shopping if you don't dare entertain the idea of venturing from the high street prices.
There is a range of water sports to be found across the beaches. You can enjoy a day of rushing around on the water on a jet ski or in a speed boat or even climb aboard a banana boat for a bumpy ride in the sun. If you fancy trying something new, there's the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular view from above with parasailing, or you can try and keep your balance on some water skis. The warm and clear waters surrounding much of the region are perfect for scuba diving or snorkelling, so make sure you catch a glimpse of the underwater world during your stay.
The Costa del Sol is famous for its long stretches of sandy shores, so it is the perfect place to enjoy a beach holiday. With a coastline that stretches across over 150 kilometres, there is an abundance of choice when it comes to finding your own little sandy spot. You can relax on one of Nerja's or Malaga's beaches if you want water sports, beachside bars and restaurants, or find a more secluded spot in one of the lesser known bays, such as El Canuelo. This spot in particular is a world away from the crowded summer resorts, sitting on a secluded cove with crystal-clear waters where you can enjoy some snorkelling.
The Costa del Sol enjoys around 300 days of sunshine every year, and with its name of the sun coast it is hardly surprising that sunbathing is one of the most popular pastimes to those staying in the area. For the devoted sun seekers, the area is best enjoyed during the summer, when you can top up the tan in temperatures of around 28 centigrade. Nevertheless, sun seekers are seen on the beaches, in parks and around pools from May until late September, when the sun is still shining and the temperatures are still very warm.
With such a wealth of cities, towns, villages and resorts, there are plenty of hotels to suit every type of holiday. If you wish to see the city, a stay in Malaga will let you explore the history and the culture of one of the oldest cities in the world. The Molina Lario offers a central location as well as a variety of family suites where you can stay together. For a fun-fuelled beach holiday there are also a variety of destinations, from Nerja to Torremolinos and Fuengirola. For a cheaper stay try the Aparthotel Roc El Pinar, within easy access to Torremolinos' beaches.
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The Costa del Sol is famed for its long stretch of sandy coastline, and with a name that literally translates as coast of the sun, it's no surprise that it is a great destination for a beach break. You can choose from over 150 kilometres of sands, extending through towns, cities, villages and resorts. If you want to find a quiet spot in the sun, Estepona is where you will find Playa del Saladillo, a relaxed, naturally beautiful beach sheltered by sand dunes and peppered with cactus plants. One of the liveliest beaches is Playa Carihuela, found in Torremolinos, where you can be entertained on the sand or in the sea.
This region is the perfect destination to enjoy as a family, with a wealth of child-friendly resorts along its sunny coastline. Nerja is an historic town with beautiful beaches and plenty of activities to keep the children entertained, and is a world away from the typical Costa del Sol resorts. If you wish to be somewhere lively, Torremolinos offers a stretch of sandy coastline as well as a wealth of entertainment such as water sports, shopping and Aqualand, the biggest waterpark in the region. Mijas, at the other end of the scale, is a quaint Spanish village with lovely cobbled streets and a quiet beach.
Whether you wish to spend your days on the beach playing in the sand and paddling in the sea, or venturing across the region to see some sights, you will not find a shortage of things to do. Have some animal fun at the wildlife centre, glide down one of the many slides in the aqua parks or even get up close and friendly with a crocodile at the crocodile park. There is fun for all the family at Tivoli World, an amusement park in Benalmadena with rides ranging from old favourites to white knuckle new additions.
Entertainment exists by the bucket load and comes in a variety of different forms. Whether you want to revel in the party atmosphere of the clubs and bars, spend indulgent nights in some of the fine restaurants or take a gamble in one of the casinos, join the many visitors from across Europe in experiencing some of the best nightlife in the country. Malaga boasts a collection of stylish restaurants and the greatest concentration of bars on the continent, and Benalmadena and Torremolinossol are famed for their dynamic night life and late-night revellers.
This area of Spain is known for its late-night culture, making it a great destination for those looking for some lively nights while on holiday. Malaga is the best place for some late-night revelry, with beachside bars providing drinks and music so you can dance on the sands until the sun comes up. You can also enjoy the party atmosphere of the city centre, and just wandering the streets will show you the mass of bars. Nerja’s famous Tutti Frutti Square is also a great destination for some smaller bars, offering karaoke, dancing, game playing and, of course, plenty of drinking.
The region boasts an eclectic Andalusian cuisine, owed to its blend of cultures and nationalities. With such a warm climate, the area is able to provide some richly-flavoured, fresh ingredients that help produce some memorable dishes. For some fine dining, seek out the sumptuous restaurants in Marbella or Puerto Banús and you will be spoiled with some fantastically cooked food. The coast is the best place to enjoy some freshly caught seafood, most likely complemented by a stunning beach view. If you wish to explore inland, head to Pueblos Blancos or La Axarquía for some mountain foods, which often find influence in Arab cuisine.
Once the sun sets the Costa del Sol glitters with a nightlife for everyone to enjoy. You can dance under the stars on the beach or find an all-night club that will keep going until the sun comes up again. Puerto Banus’ Golden Mile is the place to be if you want to explore some chic clubs, with plush settings surrounded by fashionable crowds. Benalmadena offers a more casual vibe, with clubs lining the marina and the fittingly named 24 Hour Square. Malaga is also a great place for clubs, with some trendy clubs hiding in its streets.