A beginner’s guide to the Costa del Sol
If you’re looking for a destination that delivers some quality beach time and great weather, then it’s hard to beat Spain’s Costa del Sol.
The term Costa del Sol refers to the stretch of coastline surrounding the city of Malaga - this region is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.
The weather and the beaches are the key attractions, and there’s been extensive development along the coastline to cater for the influx of international tourism.
Beyond the coast, is the region of Andalucia. Much of the iconic symbols of Spanish culture can be found in Andalucia - the bullfights, the flamenco, the sherry, and the remnants of the rule of the Moors. You can easily spend days exploring the small villages nestled within the hills.
To explore the region’s Moorish heritage there are three main centres - Cordoba, Seville, and Granada. Granada’s Alhambra palace is the best known and is definitely worth a visit - you can do it as a day-trip if staying near Malaga. Make sure you book ahead so that you have an entry time and can then spend the day wandering the gardens, admiring the architecture, and soaking up the views of this spectacular slice of history.
Whatever your interests, there’ll be plenty to entertain you during your visit to the Costa del Sol - or you can choose to just sit on the beach, soak up the sun, and watch the waves of the Mediterranean roll gently in.
How to get there
- Fly to Malaga airport. This is a modern, efficient airport that is serviced by all the major airlines across Europe.
- From the airport, it’s sensible to collect a hire car so that you can easily reach your accommodation and be able to explore everything that this region has to offer during your stay.
Where to stay
Choosing the right accommodation for your Costa del Sol holiday is essential to ensure that your vacation is memorable for all the right reasons. There’s a huge range of accommodation options in this region - everything from cheap-and-cheerful hotels, to private villas, and high-end resorts.
Here are three options to consider as part of your planning:
- High-end: Gran Hotel Miramar - A five-star, beach-front hotel with outdoor pool and terrace, as well as an in-house spa centre.
- Mid-range: Picasso Suites - In the historic centre of Malaga, this hotel takes its name from the adjacent Picasso Museum. This is apartment-style accommodation so you can feel like you’re living like a local.
- Budget: Hotel Miami - An adults-only hotel in the Carretera de Cadiz district of Málaga.