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.