There is a lot more than just plenty of sun over here! Choose Costa del Sol and you get everything from fine dining and historic sites to pumping nightlife and sandy beaches! Here are the first ten things to do here…
1. Don’t pass on Malaga
Visit this gorgeous coastal city for its cosmopolitan ambiance: plenty of museums, great shopping scene and of course, loads of restaurants and bars. The attractions in Malaga include a stunning baroque cathedral, a Roman theatre and the Gibralfaro Castle…
2. …but also: the Picasso museum
The birthplace of Picasso, Malaga boasts a fantastic museum dedicated to the famous artist. Head straight here for a hefty dose of modern art and a comprehensive understanding of Picasso’s art.
3. Visit glamorous Marbella
Head to Marbella for fine dining, vibrant nightlife and its pretty Old Town. From gastronomic delights to glitzy shopping boutiques and 26km of golden sandy beaches, it is easy to see why Marbella is so popular among the rich and famous…
4. Nerja Caves
One of Spain’s most spectacular sites, the Nerja Caves are a must visit when in Andalucía. Stretching for almost five kilometres, the caves are home to the world’s largest stalagmite – pretty impressive and worthy of a visit.
5. …and visit the Nerja beaches too
And while you are in Nerja, make sure to visit those sandy beaches too! Think crystal clear waters, tranquil coves, long stretches of sands and plenty of opportunities for scuba diving. Nerja’s beaches are truly some of the best in the area…
6. Sample the delicious seafood
Spanish cuisine is famous for a reason so you can’t go wrong there, but when in Costa del Sol do try and sample the seafood. Fresh catch of the day from the Mediterranean is almost unbeaten, so from pescaíto frito (deep-fried fish) to gambas al pil-pil (prawns with spicy sauce) you are in for a treat. But of course, this is Andalucía – so don’t miss out on the Gazpacho either…
If you are more adventurous and don’t want to keep lounging around on the beach all day long, then do some hiking instead. Stunning El Cielo (Heaven) is the highest coastal mountain in the area and thus boasts breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside and all of Costa del Sol (on a clear day!).
8. Visit little Frigiliana
For a more tranquil experience, totally the opposite of sparkling Marbella, visit the picturesque little village of Frigiliana. A traditional Andalusian village, Frigiliana is full of narrow cobbled streets and white-washed houses covered in flowers. Charming doesn’t begin to cover it.
9. Roman architecture
See the ancient Roman sites for your cultural fix – the Eagle Castle in the village of Gaucin, the Lighthouse Factory and the Necropolis in Torros are among the highlights but there is much more. Definitely spoilt for choice!
Last but certainly not least – hit the night scene in Costa del Sol like a pro! Marbella, Benalmadena and Fuengirola are party hot spots hard to miss. Beachfront bars, pumping clubs and lively pubs will keep you occupied well into the early hours of the morning. And you will love it…