The Costa del Sol is aptly named, offering a seemingly infinite selection of sun drenched beaches. The region has stunning scenery, from impressive outlooks of the Mediterranean Sea to fabulous mountain views. The culture in the area varies from the glamorous, modern way of life in Marbella, to beautifully unspoilt, traditional havens with a slower pace of life - a reminder of how Spanish life used to be. Activities and attractions are plentiful, with everything from aqua parks, boat trips and ample golf courses, to museums, theatres and quaint old towns - to name just a few.
Our Costa del Sol villas scatter the sun-kissed southern coastline. Few places are more à la mode and its beaches are its national treasure. Choose from protected natural beauties or lively resorts, where an assortment of attractions have sprung up in complement of their chic locale.
Costa del Sol Beaches
With many of the beaches awarded the blue flag status, the Costa del Sol sets a high standard. Golden sands and pure clear waters are the trademark of the coastline. With a variety of beaches to choose from, activities such as swimming, snorkelling and many types of water sports are on offer, as well as simply relaxing and topping up a tan. Local amenities include beach bars and restaurants, catering for families and couples alike.
Costa del Sol Food
With many restaurants dotted along the coast line, there is no shortage of places to eat. Local delicacies include sumptuous seafood, freshly caught in the area, whilst most restaurants will offer traditional Spanish tapas as well. Away from the coast, the mountain villages pride themselves on their gastronomy talents, whereas the bigger resorts will cater with more international cuisine, providing something for everyone. No matter the resort, expect to find plentiful portions and prepare to eat at a leisurely pace in the true Spanish manner.
Costa del Sol Attractions
Tourist attractions are plentiful in the Costa del Sol. Choose from aqua parks, boat and ferry trips, natural caves and spectacular marinas. For those interested in a more sporting holiday, there are ample golf courses to play. The Costa del Sol is locally nicknamed as the Costa del Golf, such is the array of courses. Along the coastline, water sports can be found, as can various day trip excursions. Travelling between the resorts is very simple, with one major road connecting them all.
Costa del Sol Nightlife
Nightlife in the Costa del Sol can vary from being fast paced to a more relaxing amble depending on the resort. With internationally renowned discos and bars, the bigger resorts are very popular with tourists and locals alike. Here, you will be able to dance the night away. Aside from the busier resorts, the mountain villages offer quieter retreats. The bars and restaurants prefer to offer local delights with a more leisurely feel.
Costa del Sol Holidays - Points of Interest
Visit some beautiful, traditional Spanish cities such as; Granada, Seville, Cordoba or Ronda. Alternatively, experience a little Northern African charm by visiting Morocco by boat for the day.
Take a trip to Puerto Banus and revel in the glamorous designer shops and the fabulous marina. Indulge in a bit of people watching and see how many celebrities can be spotted.
Enjoy a round of golf at one of the many courses scattered through the ‘Costa del Golf’.
Make a splash at one of the many water parks in and around Mijas.
Spend the night watching a flamenco show. Experience the passion and flamboyance of a typical Spanish spectacle.
Mijas is a white-washed ‘pueblo’, where you can sample the wide array of tapas bars and restaurants alongside the local gift shops, as well as stunning views across to the blue flag beaches of the Mijas Costa.
Southern Spain’s equivalent of St Tropez, Marbella is traditionally the playground of the rich and famous. It is also a favourite location with those wishing to discover the cultural aspects of this town.
Sotogrande is the ultimate Holiday Resort, situated in the province of Cadiz on the southwest coast of Spain. Covering an area of over 4000 acres, the resort boasts beautiful Andalusian countryside views.
With restaurants and bars aplenty, the lively resort of Benalmadena in Costa del Sol has nightlife and entertainment to suit all. And, if a bit of relaxation is what you need, the golden beaches are ideal for unwinding in the warm Spanish sun. Explore more of Benalmadena with us.
You'll find a peaceful resort ripe for relaxation in Mijas Costa. With waves lapping the shore on 12km of spectacular beaches. Boasting a number of family friendly restaurants, even the fussiest eaters among you will be pleased. Find out more about Mijas Costa.
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Scores 7.9 out of 10based on 144 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10
Weather Nearby restaurants Nearby facilities Positive assistance from the villa manager when I needed a document printed
Area too busy Too difficult to park in any of the towns
Confirmed stay: 09 February 2019 Published on: 10 February 2019 10 out of 10
Being with good friends, having a great time, in a fab villa
Confirmed stay: 10 November 2018 Published on: 11 November 2018 10 out of 10
Aberdeenshire Family (the eldest child is at school)
Great to be able to walk to the golf club and hotel for lunch or dinner. Also great location to play golf.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 29 October 2018 Published on: 03 November 2018 10 out of 10
Friendly locals. Costa del Sol has Something to suit everyone’s interest.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 27 October 2018 Published on: 01 November 2018 7 out of 10
Newcastle upon tyne Family (the eldest child is at school)
Villa was really spacious and home from home
too far out from beach area and bars and restaurants 40 minute walk. pool area really needs attending too sunbeds were really worn and dirty looking
Confirmed stay: 27 October 2018 Published on: 08 November 2018 8 out of 10
Close to a lot of different area
Shops close by
Near to airport
Good local restaraunts
Resort and area was very dated
Confirmed stay: 27 October 2018 Published on: 30 October 2018 9 out of 10
Kingston upon Thames Couple
Spoilt for choice regarding beaches, places to eat and drink. Everyone very friendly and there are so many places to visit especially if you have a car.
It is very built up and some places can be crowded.
Confirmed stay: 26 October 2018 Published on: 27 October 2018 8 out of 10
Maryport Family (the eldest child is at school)
Great spot to go big days out to Gibraltar and Tangier. Lots to do for the kids even when it’s raining
Bet it’s busy in high season
Confirmed stay: 26 October 2018 Published on: 27 October 2018 6 out of 10
Bonnybridge, Falkirk Mix of family, friends
We didn't travel much as we stayed in the villa most of the time. We left the villa one night for a special occasion for a dinner at Slow Boat to China. The restaurant was fantastic and we liked the area.
There was an issue with taxis upon return from the restaurant. We needed 3 taxis and all left from the same rank at the same time but 1 returned to the villa a lot later than the other 2, costing €15 more than the other 2 aswell.
Confirmed stay: 20 October 2018 Published on: 21 October 2018 9 out of 10
Glasgow Family (the eldest child is at school)
Great area. Well equipped villa close to beach and amenities.
Poor privacy. Being visited by representative of Heritage Resorts who I believe own this villa trying to sell us timeshare membership.
Confirmed stay: 20 October 2018 Published on: 21 October 2018
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