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 8.3 out of 10based on 163 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10
Malaga Marbella Puerto Banus
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Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 18 August 2019 1 out of 10
Buckley Family (the eldest child is at school)
Costa del sol is lovely and once you had the nightmare of getting out of the villa area it was good
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Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 18 August 2019 10 out of 10
Sotogrande is a luxurious and interesting place with a glimpse into how the other half live/ holiday on the yachts that are part of the marina. There is a children’s play area for a fee and lots of gorgeous restaurants to eat in. The Sotogrande beach is often quite quiet and perfect for children to play, paddle and swim and for their adults to relax. It is also close enough to the villa that you can just pop there for part of the day if you wanted to. There are lots of gorgeous beach clubs that you can also pay to be at which also feels like a little treat. They offer children’s activities and pools as well as being on the edge of the beach so you have the best of everything. There are opportunities for hires riding, watching polo, shop, paddle boarding and other activities in Sotogrande too.
Everything extra that you do does cost quite a lot. All worth it but worth knowing!
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 18 August 2019 9 out of 10
Leigh on sea Family (the eldest child is at school)
Great for a perfect family holiday . Lots of local restaurants and shops a short drive from the townhouses
Only issue was to go out in evenings 5 seater taxis are not available from Benahavís ( we are a family of 5) so we had to get 2 taxis to local restaurants. 5 seaters were often available for the return journey though .
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 18 August 2019 8 out of 10
Chipperfield Family (the eldest child is at school)
Able to stay in villa until late on final day. Very relaxing week.
Having to move villas due to possible structural problem.
Confirmed stay: 16 August 2019 Published on: 17 August 2019 9 out of 10
Family all adults
Nice restaurants and bars, beach nearby and private pool
Confirmed stay: 15 August 2019 Published on: 18 August 2019 9 out of 10
Newcastle Family (the eldest child is at school)
Lovely residential area, near beach, supermarket and huge amount of bars and restaurants which was ideal as we didn’t want to hire a car.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 15 August 2019 Published on: 16 August 2019 6 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Beaches all easily accessible
Everything costs. After high entry fees paid then more money needed to exchange hands to fully enjoy places
Confirmed stay: 15 August 2019 Published on: 16 August 2019 7 out of 10
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 15 August 2019 Published on: 16 August 2019 10 out of 10
Birmingham Family (the eldest child is at school)
Loved BBQ loved the pool loved going to bed at night having air con
Confirmed stay: 10 August 2019 Published on: 11 August 2019
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