Charming Costa del Sol Holidays 2020
The Costa del Sol, translated literally to the Coast of the Sun, is one of the world's most renowned holiday destinations.
What type of holiday does the Costa del Sol offer?
With a perfect balance of sandy beaches and glitzy resorts, the Costa del Sol makes an excellent year-round holiday destination thanks to its impressive 325 days of sunshine a year.
Although, if you're looking for a super hot holiday, the Costa del Sol is a top pick for a summer getaway.
The Costa del Sol is great for:
- All inclusive holidays - Some of the most popular destinations for package holidays in the Costa del Sol include Malaga, Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Puerto Banus.
- Family holidays - The Costa del Sol is a popular location for families looking for a cheap summer holiday. Kids love the huge amount of beaches in the region, and most of the hotels have kids' pools and entertainment to keep the little ones entertained.
- Cheap holidays - The Brits have a special relationship with the Costa del Sol - over 300,000 expats call the region home, and thanks to the cheap flights and hotel deals, it doesn't take much for you to find out why we think it's one of our favourite holiday destinations.
Costa del Sol at a glance
Discover the best beaches
Stunning golden sands and and bright sunny days
Bioparc Fuengirola and Aqualand Torremolinos make for great days out
Sample the local food
Go out for traditional tapas and ice cold sangria
Explore the city
Head into the centre of Malaga for shopping, museums and sights
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Experience the unforgettable day parties and nights out in Marbella
Rest & relaxation
Sunshine all year round is good cause for relaxation
Top resorts in Costa del Sol
A large town of bright lights and vibrant nights, holidays to Benalmadena in 2020 will catapult you into the heart …from £118 pp
The beach resort of Torremolinos is one of the Costa del Sol’s holiday hotspots. Golden stretches of sand, tapas bars …from £123 pp
Fuengirola is famous for its abundance of sun, sea and sandy beaches. Sun worshipers and beach babies unite because we …from £156 pp
Located in Malaga along Spain’s Costa del Sol, Marbella holidays offer sunshine and warm temperatures throughout the year. Marbella is best-known …from £160 pp
The Costa del Sol has a well-earned reputation for being Spain’s most popular tourist destination, but it’s also home to …from £107 pp
-->--> Nerja holidays encompass the typical beauty of a Spanish beach getaway, with white powdery sands …from £100 pp
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Best Costa del Sol resorts
There are a lot of resorts in the Costa del Sol. We're going to have keep it short and snappy to fit them all in. Here goes.
First on the list in Benalmadena. Home to the Tivoli World Theme Park, the fancy Puerto Marina and over 6 miles of beaches to choose from, plus just a short journey from Malaga airport, it's really no surprise that Benalmadena is such a popular spot. Benalmadena is the best pick for a family holiday.
Next is Torremolinos, which lies just west of the city of Malaga and north of Benalmadena. Known for the sandy beaches El Bajondillo and La Carihuela, Torremolinos has grown into an attractive, clean and family-friendly resort with plenty of hotels, restaurants and beachfront chiringuitos still serving fresh fish from the days of its sleepy fishing village past.
Puerto Banus is the most glamorous spot on the whole Costa del Sol, home to Marbella's millionaires, casinos and mega-yachts. Think cocktails, designer shops and champagne parties on the beach and you'll be close to the level of luxury on show in Puerto Banus. It's easy to get caught up, but for a taste of the more traditional, head to Mistral Beach.
You'll start to notice a trend with Fuengirola. Another stunning stretch of beaches, 5 miles in total, stretches along the front of this buzzing, cosmopolitan resort north of Marbella and south of Torremolinos. Fuengirola has more of a Mediterannean vibe than its neighbours, and the tradtional square and surrounding streets gives you a glimpse of the past.
Wonderful things to do on the Costa del Sol include:
- Alcazaba de Malaga
- El Castillo de Gibralfaro
- Bioparc Fuengirola
- Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park
- Puerto Banus
- Port of Malaga
- Sea Life Benalmadena
- Aqualand Torremolino
Best Costa del sol beaches
Gorgeous sandy beaches are the hallmark of a Costa del Sol holiday. We'll work our way through some of our favourites.
Carvajal Beach in Benalmadena is a favourite for a family day out on the sand and is generally pretty busy. Luckily, rather than being a nuisance, this thriving beach has a magic atmosphere. Dominating high-rise buildings, so many restaurants you'll find it hard to pick and watersports facilities galore. Malapesquera Beach is right next to the Benalmadena Marina and is where the Festival of the 'Virgen del Carmen' is held each July (holiday planning idea?). Both beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag.
Further north, past Malaga and Torre del Mar, lies the rugged Nerja. Characterised by rocky outcroppings, El Playazo Beach is over a mile long and because of its size, and distance from Malaga, means this beach stays quiet even in peak summer months. La Torrecilla is a smaller beach on the western end of Nerja which is accessible by foot. Both beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag.
Estepona is located south of Marbella and offers a staggering 17 beaches over a stretch of 12 miles of coastline. With a mix of sandy, golden and volcanic beaches, Estepona is one of the top picks for a beach holiday in the Costa del Sol. The main beach is located just outside of the town of Estepona and is called Playa el Cristo. Located in a sheltered cove the beach is great for children, Playa el Cristo also offers two beachfront restaurants (chiringuitos) and of course, a Blue Flag award.
That's just a sample of the beaches on offer on a Costa del Sol holiday. All of the resorts, from Fuengirola to Torremolinos, offer stunning beaches. All 100 miles of them.
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