Costa Del Sol Holidays 2014

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Spain’s Sunny Strip

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The Costa del Sol is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, capitalising on the treasures of the Mediterranean Sea. Embarking on Costa del Sol holidays is something that many families choose to do during the peak summer months. Heading to an area of guaranteed sunshine, a lively atmosphere and fantastic infrastructure; this is a destination that will cater to all manner of holidaymakers.

You’ll uncover countless restaurants, bars, activities and adventures aimed at older and younger crowds during your holidays in the Costa del Sol. You’ll have a wide choice of beach resorts to lounge around in, including Torremolinos, Benalmadenaand Marbella, while away from the sand you can embrace culture and history in Malaga or mountains and nature in Mijas.

Wherever you choose to settle and whatever activities you end up embracing, you’ll find endless enjoyment in all that this beautiful corner of Spain has to offer.

A Myriad of Resorts

The first thing you’ll have to decide before the start of your Costa del Sol holidays is which resort or resorts you want to visit. The entire region is fairly condensed, so day trips are an easy option to take. Therefore, basing yourself around one of the central beach resorts may be your best bet.

Many of the beach resorts offer the same deal - a great culinary and drinking scene, pristine beaches, water-filled fun and delightful sunshine. Some of the more centrally-located resorts include Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Marbella. All three are conveniently located, offering you the opportunity to stray further west to destinations like Esteponaor east to Torre del Mar and Nerja.

The accommodation options in these resorts vary widely in price and class, with many 5-star hotels available to those wanting some luxury and also a plethora of apartments and self-catering accommodation options for families or those in bigger groups.

Once you’ve settled in your base, you’ll want to sound out the food scene. Along the beachfronts you’ll find various little snack bars and restaurants known locally as chiringuitos, serving up tasty seafood like boquerones and cold beer, providing a great way of keeping refreshed and fed during a day on the beach.

Beyond the Beach

If you find yourself tiring of the jet skiing, windsurfing, banana boating and parasailing along the beaches of the Costa del Sol, then perhaps you’d like to experience some culture or alternatively a different type of natural landscape?

Costa del Sol’s inland to the beautiful area of Mijas, boasting wonderful valleys and mountainous terrain. Here you can engage in activities like hiking and biking, allowing you to absorb the dramatic coastline back towards the ocean. This area is also a great climbing location for a mixture of experiences, with qualified instructors available to lead you on your ascent.

If you’d rather swap the great outdoors for a dose of history, head to Malaga, the oldest city in Spain. The city boasts some great architecture, found in its most impressive in the fabulous cathedral. Malaga is also home to the best preserved Moorish castle in the whole of the Spain. The Alcazaba was built in the 11th century and today offers a great way to learn more about this site and the people that inhabited it.

The weather is sunny year-round in the Costa del Sol, though most people flock to the beach resorts in July and August to capitalise on the highest temperatures. This means that the months of June and September are a great time to visit the region, with smaller crowds but just as much sunshine.

Out and About in Costa del Sol

Your holidays to the Costa del Sol don’t necessarily have to be a beach holiday. Many keen golfers flock to this region of Spain to take to the countless top quality golf courses that adorn the area. Some of the most famous clubs include Santa Clara and Calanova.

You’ll find numerous attractions around the region and the various resorts that cater perfectly for those on family holidays. If you have the little ones with you, look no further than Tivoli World, a theme park based in Benalmadena. There are many rides to be enjoyed here, aimed at varying ages and levels of bravery.

An equally exciting place to visit with the kids is the fantastic Aqualand water park near Torremolinos. The plethora of slides, rides and pools will keep the entire family occupied for a day in the sunshine.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Spanish (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hour
Local airport: Malaga
Flight time: 2 hours 55 minutes

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Doramar Apartments

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Hotel Vista De Rey

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Hotel Kristal Torremolinos

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Mediterraneo Apartments

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Nerja, Costa Del Sol

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Apartments Jabega

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Boat Trips

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.

Water Parks

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.