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.