Costa del Sol

Travel Guide
Nerja which includes a coastal town, general coastal views and rugged coastline

A globally famous tourist hotspot, this Spanish region is home to several bustling resorts, numerous sandy beaches and lively nightlife.

Costa del Sol (Sun Coast) is a renowned destination in southern Spain’s Andalucía, becoming popular among international tourists around the 1950s. Since then it’s been a favorite choice for travelers from Britain, Germany, Scandinavia, France and elsewhere. Enjoy Costa del Sol’s warm Mediterranean climate, sunny beaches, lovely coastal towns and resorts, shops and restaurants.

Start in Málaga, Costa del Sol’s capital city. Enjoy wandering in its beautiful Centro Histórico (Old Quarter) and along its famous avenue La Alameda Principal. See the majestic cathedral Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación, considered a true architectural gem. Swim and sunbathe on its lovely beaches. Walk along the elegant garden Jardín Botánico Histórico La Concepción and the famous Parque de la Alameda, with tropical and subtropical plants.

Visit the upscale port Puerto Banús, located in Nueva Andalucía district in the province of Málaga. This popular entertainment area in Costa del Sol has many luxury hotels and exclusive designer shops including Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. Walk along the famous Boulevard de la Fama de Puerto Banús and marvel at the sculpture Rinoceronte vestido con puntillas (Rhinoceros dressed in lace) by the famous artist Salvador Dalí.

Stop at the many picturesque coastal towns, such as Nerja. Spend a day at the beach and discover beautiful natural areas, including the ancient cave Cueva de Nerja and the impressive views of the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo. Have fun at the amusement park Tivoli World and the aquarium Sea Life Benalmádena, both located in Benalmádena.

Taste the traditional cuisine of Costa del Sol. Start the day enjoying a typical Spanish breakfast with churros (deep fried dough pastries) dipped in hot chocolate. For lunch and dinner choose some of the most popular dishes of pescaíto frito (small fish fried in olive oil), tortilla (Spanish omelet made with potatoes) and delicious gazpacho (a refreshing cold tomato soup). Have some tapas (small savory dishes) and relax in the many chiringuitos (open-air beachside cafés).

Where to stay in Costa del Sol

Hotel Apartamentos Bajondillo
Hotel Apartamentos Bajondillo
4 out of 5
Paseo Maritimo s/n, Torremolinos, Malaga
The price is AU$86 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Torremolinos hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Costa del Sol Square and Crocodile Park. La Bateria ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (944 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2021

Hotel Apartamentos Bajondillo
Petit Palace Plaza Malaga Hotel
Petit Palace Plaza Malaga Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is AU$151 per night from 14 Nov. to 14 Nov.
Located in Málaga Centro, this hotel is steps away from Plaza de la Constitucion, Fuente de Genova and Palacio Episcopal. Málaga Cathedral and Carmen Thyssen ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (947 reviews)
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Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2021

Petit Palace Plaza Malaga Hotel
Hotel Isabel
Hotel Isabel
4 out of 5
Paseo Maritimo,47, Torremolinos, Malaga
The price is AU$113 per night from 8 Nov. to 8 Nov.
Located in Torremolinos, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Los Alamos Beach and Playamar Beach. Bajondillo and Calle San Miguel ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (977 reviews)
"The location is amazing, just cross the road and your at the beach. The staff are very friendly and helpful and they clean everything very well."

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2021

Hotel Isabel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Apartamentos Princesa Playa
Apartamentos Princesa Playa
4 out of 5
Paseo Maritimo, s/n, Marbella, Malaga
The price is AU$95 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
Located in Marbella City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Marbella Old Town, Venus Beach and Fuente Virgen del Rocio. Bajadilla Beach and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,212 reviews)
"Great property would fully recommend, we stayed for a week couldn’t be happier. However it was a little disappointing that the pool was closed, they say due to covid restrictions but I didn’t see anywhere else with that issue. Didn’t spoil the trip as the ocean is right beside the hotel!"

Reviewed on 9 Sep. 2021

Apartamentos Princesa Playa
Sahara Sunset Club by Diamond Resorts
Sahara Sunset Club by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Rocio Jurado, Benalmadena Costa, Benalmádena
The price is AU$172 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Situated in Benalmádena, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bil-Bil Castle, Paloma Park, and Selwo Marina. Malapesquera Beach and House of the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,364 reviews)
"Very clean property, fantastic pool area"

Reviewed on 23 Sep. 2021

Sahara Sunset Club by Diamond Resorts
Los Amigos Beach Club by Diamond Resorts
Los Amigos Beach Club by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
Urb Playamarina, Carretera de Cadiz, km 204, Mijas
The price is AU$125 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Playa Del Faro, Playa del Charcón and Playa del Charcón - Playa Marina. Playa El Chaparral ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,069 reviews)
"The apartment had everything you could possibly need to cook, to wash your clothing, to maintain the cleaning as no one else would do it for you. This didn't bothered me as it was pretty easy and quick to do."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2021

Los Amigos Beach Club by Diamond Resorts
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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