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Costa del Sol - The classic Spanish ‘Costa’

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.

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Mijas Golf Resort

Located in the notorious golf valley, the peaceful Mijas Golf Resort is situated just a 30 minute drive from Malaga airport. The resort itself has two fantastic courses - Los Lagos and Los Olivos, both providing an enjoyable challenge to golfers of all abilities. There is an excellent selection of restaurants and bars within Mijas, whilst the nearby town of Fuengirola also offers a range of restaurants, along with a cinema and various shops. Within just a ten minute drive lies some of the best blue flag, golden beaches imaginable, providing the ideal setting for some peace and relaxation.

  • 30mins fromMalaga

Sotogrande

Sotogrande is the ultimate Holiday Resort, and is 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, including the Almenara Mountains which lead down to the Mediterranean Sea at the mouth of the Guadiaro river. Here you will find multiple golf courses, sports facilities which range from tennis, to polo, to horse-riding, not forgetting its wonderful spa facilities and numerous restaurants. There is also a magnificent marina and a beautiful beach, yet despite all the facilities, the resort remains relatively unspoilt and traditional. Only 20 minutes away you will find the fabulous Gibraltar Rock which makes a fantastic day out, as well as the nearby attractions such as "La Alhambra de Granada" and the cities of Jerez, Seville and Ronda, or you can even take a ferry over to Morocco.

  • 1hr 20mins fromMalaga

Colina del Paraiso

Colina del Paraiso is a fantastic resort near the enchanting location of Benahavis, located up in the hills with views of the sparkling Mediterranean in the distance, and the stunning golf courses surrounding the resort. Colina del Paraiso endeavours to offer the ultimate experience in comfort, leisure and relaxation, with unlimited access to the delightful complex pools, tennis courts, practice driving range, paddle tennis and a fully equipped gymnasium. Colina del Paraiso is the ideal base to enjoy the best of the golf courses that the region has to offer, whilst also within close proximity are long stretches of striking coastline and among the best beaches in Europe. Accommodation at the resort comes in the form of apartments with large terraces, townhouses complete with their own private Jacuzzi, or penthouses with private rooftop splash pools. Colina del Paraiso therefore comes highly recommended for your holiday to the Costa del Sol.

  • 1hr fromMalaga

Mijas

Mijas is a white-washed ‘pueblo’, nestled in the Sierra Blanca lowlands and maintains the quaint charm of a typical Spanish village. Here 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. Here you can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful holiday, but with a range of activities and amenities not far away, including numerous golf courses and family orientated attractions including the local zoo, theme parks and various aqua parks.

  • 30mins fromMalaga

Calahonda

This coastal area provides beautiful sandy beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Mediterranean and on a clear day, you can see Gibraltar from here. The lively main ‘strip’ in Calahonda has a very British feel to it, with plentiful bars and restaurants. The area also offers golf and shopping, particularly in the El Zoco centre. For a more traditional Spanish experience, Puerto Capobino, a beautiful port, offers delightful seafood restaurants, just a few minutes' drive from Calahonda. The busy resort of Marbella, with all of it's glamour, can also be found within a 15 minute drive.

  • 35mins fromMalaga

Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus is widely regarded as the jewel of the Costa del Sol. This is the ideal place to watch the world go by, especially on the Marina where the rich and famous moor their spectacular yachts. You can also treat yourself in one of the world famous fashion houses and boutiques. The Puerto Banus nightlife is wonderful, with alfresco bars, piano clubs and discos open from dusk until dawn. Puerto Banus also boasts beautiful sun drenched beaches, perfect for those looking to relax.

  • 50mins fromMalaga

Marbesa

Ideal for families, Marbesa is a quiet urbanization located on the coast between the popular resorts of Marbella and Calahonda. Boasting a long sandy beach as well as a handful of delectable beach bars and restaurants, this really is the ideal base for a beach holiday on the Costa del Sol. Lush and green, the resort slopes downwards from the main road towards the beach and makes a peaceful retreat. A walk along the beach will take you to the wonderful port of Cabopino on one side, and the lively Nikki beach club in Elviria on the other.

  • 40mins fromMalaga

El Paraiso

El Paraiso is a popular urbanisation which is only 5 minutes from the popular resort of San Pedro de Alcantara. Hosting numerous bars, restaurants and shops to suit all tastes, this relatively unknown part of the Costa del Sol easily caters for all. There are numerous golf courses within a short drive, as well as beautiful sandy beaches for which the Costa del Sol is renowned.

  • 50mins fromMalaga

Elviria

Located 15 minutes east from the centre of Marbella is the community of Elviria. This lively urbanisation is well equipped with services, amenities and entertainment facilities, which can be found in the popular ‘Eviria Square’ or at the ‘Plaza de Chile’. Elviria is also well situated for sports, with both the Greenlife and Santa Maria golf courses on your door step. Alternatively, head down to the beach, where you will also find the infamous Nikki Beach Club. Nearby Cabopino port offers nearby moorage to Elviria residents as well as a further selection of great restaurants and beaches.

  • 40mins fromMalaga

Alhaurin Golf Resort

We have a couple of villas situated in a quiet urbanisation on the Alhaurín Golf Resort, surrounded by a magnificent mountainous landscape, overlooking the 18-hole golf course designed by golfer, Severiano Ballesteros. The nearest local Spanish town of Alhaurin El Grande is a five minutes’ drive away, which is steeped in history and boasts stunning views across the Costa del Sol. Other scenic towns are within easy reach, including the picturesque town of Mijas which can be found within a ten minutes’ drive. Alhaurín also has easy access to Malaga airport and Marbella or Fuengirola can also be reached within 30 minutes’.

  • 35mins fromMalaga

Flamingos Golf Resort

Set in natural surroundings, Flamingos Golf Resort currently has two courses, 'Flamingos Golf', and the 'Gran Flamingo Golf Club'. There will be new golf courses opening in the future, 'Flamingos Executive Golf Club' and the 'Flamingo Norte'. The Flamingos Golf Resort has already attained well-deserved international renown for the high level of quality it offers.

  • 1hr fromMalaga

Fuengirola

Famed for its miles of sandy Blue Flag beaches and magnificent views of the Mediterranean, Fuengirola is a lively seaside resort. Fuengirola offers something for everyone, with traditional tapas restaurants interspersed with more familiar British cuisine. Shops are plentiful and offer much more than just typical souvenirs. For traditional Spanish culture, there is a vibrant street market once a week. Water sports are very popular on the coast - the aqua park provides fun for all the family, as does the local zoo, so there are no shortages of activities to participate in.

  • 30mins fromMalaga

San Pedro de Alcantara

San Pedro de Alcantara is the perfect resort for those looking for tourist facilities, whilst still enjoying the traditional Spanish charm. The resort is not as glitzy as nearby Marbella and Puerto Banus and certainly not as fast-paced as some of the Costa del Sol’s livelier resorts such as Torremolinos, but San Pedro de Alcantara offers an attractive combination of beaches, a charming Old Town and some of the Costa’s best golf courses.

  • 50mins fromMalaga

Torremuelle

Conveniently situated between Benalmadena and Fuengirola, Torremuelle makes an excellent base for your holiday to the Costa del Sol. This seaside resort boasts wonderful views across the Mediterranean and boasts wonderful sandy beaches with shallow sea waters. In close proximity to many attractions in Benalmadena such as a theme park, butterfly park and marine park, it really does make a great base for families, particularly as its neighbouring resorts are so well connected by the local train line.

  • 25mins fromMalaga

Alhaurin El Grande

Traditional Spanish town of Alhaurin El Grande is a peaceful retreat only a five minute drive away from the popular Alhaurin Golf Resort. Steeped in history and boasting stunning mountain views across the Costa del Sol. Other scenic towns are within easy reach, including the picturesque town of Mijas which can be found within a ten minute drive. Alhaurín also has easy access to Malaga airport and Marbella or Fuengirola can also be reached within 30 minutes. Alhaurin El Grande makes a good base to access the Alhaurin Golf Resort and surrounding well known resorts in the sunny Costa del Sol.

Benahavis

Benahavis is a charming mountain village, situated inland from the coast. With spectacular mountain and sea views, this village provides scenery to admire. Many courses can be reached within a few minutes' drive, making this area the ideal destination for keen golfers. Gastronomy is the pride of the village and it is celebrated for its multitude of fabulous restaurants. Prepare to spend relaxing evenings trying out some delicious local dishes.

  • 1hr fromMalaga

Benalmadena

A lively resort, located just 19 kilometres from the airport, Benalmadena offers a laid back atmosphere, perfect for those on holiday. At night, the area comes to life and there are an abundance of restaurants, bars and entertainment to keep you out til late. Benalmadena is renowned as having some of the best nightlife in the whole of the Costa del Sol, with varying tastes to suit all. During the day the Marina area offers plenty for all the family, including water parks and the opportunity to view the sea life, or alternatively you can simply relax on the golden beaches nearby.

  • 35mins fromMalaga

El Rosario

Located on the outskirts of Marbella, El Rosario is a quiet, peaceful urbanisation, with plenty of amenities including bars and restaurants. Sandy beaches are just a few minutes' drive away, and the Santa Clara golf course is right on the resort doorstep. With the centre of Marbella only a short drive away, El Rosario is close to the hub of activity.

  • 40mins fromMalaga

Estepona

Estepona is a delightful town situated on the coast. This quaint town has resisted the surge of commercial tourism and remains very traditional. Bars, cafes and restaurants are plentiful and the majority will serve local delicacies. The streets are also lined with conventional Spanish shops where you will be able to purchase authentic Spanish gifts. Estepona is also just a 10 minute drive from the busier resorts of Puerto Banus and Marbella.

  • 1hr fromMalaga

Golden Mile

The Golden Mile is a prestigious mile long area situated between glamorous Marbella and sophisticated Puerto Banus. Here you will find an array of upmarket boutiques and restaurants, as well as some of the best beaches on the coast.

  • 40mins fromMalaga

Guadalmina

Guadalmina is a classy residential urbanisation situated just west of San Pedro de Alcantara, which is renowned for its lush green surroundings. Split into two areas, there is Guadalmina ‘Baja’ which is the lower part of the urbanisation located closer to the beach and Guadalmina ‘Alta’ which is the area located between the main road and the mountains. Guadalmina is well-known for its central area which hosts many great shops, bars, restaurants and a supermarket, whilst the excellent Guadalmina Golf course is also close by.

  • 50mins fromMalaga

La Cala Golf Resort

La Cala Resort is one of the biggest golf complexes in Spain, featuring four great golf courses as well as various sporting activites. The nearest tourist resort to La Cala Golf Resort is La Cala de Mijas, just seven kilometres away. You will find numerous shops and restaurants and a beautiful long, sandy beach here, which offers watersports activities and many beach bars. The prestigious resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus are also just a short drive along the coast.

  • 40mins fromMalaga

La Cala de Mijas

La Cala is a pretty Spanish village unspoiled by mass tourism and located in the heart of the Costa del Sol on the Mijas Costa. Offering numerous shops and restaurants and a beautiful long, sandy beach, which offers water sports activities and many beach bars, you will love the charm of this old fishing pueblo. The prestigious resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus are also just a short drive along the coast.

  • 40mins fromMalaga

Las Chapas

Surrounded by sweet-smelling pine trees, Las Chapas is a pretty and prestigious area, located only a 10 minute drive into the centre of Marbella. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, but everything you need within a stone’s throw, Las Chapas is ideal. Crossing over the main road you will find Marbesa and its beautiful beach and some great restaurants, or less than 5 minutes down the road, you can marvel at the yachts at the wonderful Cabopino Port, which hosts a great selection of further eateries.

  • 35mins fromMalaga

Mijas Costa

Situated a short drive from Marbella and Puerto Banus, Mijas Costa is a peaceful resort set along a 12 kilometre stretch of golden beach, offering water sports activities and many beach bars. During the day, you can enjoy challenging golf courses in the surrounding area, whilst there is plenty to do in the evenings with pubs and a variety of restaurants.

  • 35mins fromMalaga

Nueva Andalucia

Ideally situated within walking distance of the famous Puerto Banus and within a 10 minute drive of both Marbella and San Pedro de Alcantara on the Costa del Sol, Nueva Andalucia is where the rich and the famous really live. Humongous villas, exclusive gated communities and swathes of luxurious apartment complexes characterise its makeup, creating a community that enjoys all the benefits of Costa del Sol This Marbella urbanization has all the facilities and amenities of a town with plenty of small commercial centres and restaurants. The area is also perfect for golfers because of the four top golf courses that are right on your doorstep, including Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, Aloha Golf and La Dama de Noche. Nueva Andalucia has the perfect balance, set far enough back from the bustle of Puerto Banus to feel peaceful amidst the Sierra de Ronda mountain range and close enough to walk into the port as and when necessary.

Riviera del Sol

Neighbouring the resort of Calahonda, Riviera del Sol is a growing urbanisation close to the Mediterranean coast. Riviera del Sol is set in a fantastic location close to beaches, golf courses, bars and restaurants, and is just a 10 minute drive from Marbella and Fuengirola. Riviera del Sol is perfect for those wishing to have a more peaceful stay, whilst still being within easy reach of the busier resorts.

  • 40mins fromMalaga

Torrenueva

Just a few minutes' drive from the beach, Torrenueva is an excellent, small urbanisation. Views of the nearby golden sandy beaches and the sparking Mediterranean can be enjoyed from many areas of the resort. Within the urbanisation you will find a small selection of shops and a tennis court for the more active while golf courses are also available in abundance around the area. This location is ideal for those wishing for a peaceful retreat, and also makes a fantastic base for a more active holiday with the resorts of Marbella and Fuengirola within a 10 minute drive.

  • 35mins fromMalaga

Your Costa del Sol Villa holiday

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On the beach in Costa del Sol

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.

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Local cuisine in Costa del Sol

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.

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Fun packed days in Costa del Sol

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.

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Upbeat nights in Costa del Sol

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.

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Not to be missed...

  • 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.

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Costa del Sol reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Sights / Places to go
8.1
Night life
7.2
Overall rating
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Scores 8.4 out of 10 based on 246 reviews
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7 out of 10

Hilary

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Facilities within walking distance.
Really good weather.
Lots of fast, busy road networks and built up resorts.
Confirmed stay: 09 July 2016
Published on: 13 October 2016
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