The Costa del Sol in Southern Spain offers a vast choice of resorts from upmarket Marbella (Marbs as they say on the TV) to charming Nerja with its clifftop Parador. Resorts like Torremolinos and Fuengirola have been popular with British travellers since the 1960 but the resorts have remained fresh due to constant investment. Up in the hills towns like Mijas Pueblo offer whitewashed houses, cobbled streets, and a thriving artists community. Take a ride on a donkey taxi and for a lovely meal in the evening go to the secret garden which serves Authentic Iberian and Argentinian Cuisine in the most surprising setting imaginable.- Steak and BBQ meats are a speciality (Calle San Sebastian, 8, 29650, Mijas). Further inland Ronda has a beautiful old bullring and the incredible Puente Nuevo Bridge – a must-do excursion – look over the side of the Ravine if you dare!

These days Torremolinos has much more to offer its visitors than its reputation of fish n chips and buckets and spades. Yes there is still the great nightlife and entertainment but not just that this cosmopolitan resort has superb clean beaches lined by an attractive promenade which stretches the coastline from Playamar to Benalmadena. For a taste of 'old Spain' head to the old part of the town, known as El Calvario, where the narrow streets are quieter and the bars more sedate. Torremolinos is a resort that has something to offer everyone - all seasons and all ages.

Fuengirola is a popular holiday destination and a lively resort that boasts over 6 kilometres of fine sandy beach and a colourful weekly market. With its beautiful palm lined promenade, pretty harbour and numerous bars, restaurants and cafes, this resort attracts a wide range of holidaymakers. Ideal for fun in the sun, there is also a great waterpark and golf in the area.

Benalmadena is a charming resort with the main focal points being the small, sandy beaches and the beautiful Arabic style marina and modern promenade. Benalmadena offers unrivalled nightlife, many shops and a great choice of restaurants serving fine cuisine. Benalmadena has something for everyone and is a firm favourite with holidaymakers.

Malaga is located in Andalusia of southern Spain. This city is the capital of Costa del Sol, founded by Phoenicians. This came under the rule of The Romans, The Carthaginians and The Moors. This is the birth place of famous artist Pablo Picasso. Today his house is popular tourist destination. Malaga was conquered by Reyes Católicos (Catholic Kings) in 1487. The interesting area of this city still carries the mark of 800 years of Moorish rule, which is old historic quarter. The new splendid Picasso Museum has increased the city’s growth in tourist numbers. The old centre features many remarkable and impressive streets, plazas and several renowned historic landmarks which would mesmerise any European metropolis. This city is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Spain. A handful of magnificent museums, historic sites and churches can easily fill a couple of days of sightseeing, the city’s best clubs, theatres and some great restaurants will take care of the evenings.

Marbella is a cosmopolitan and sophisticated that boasts first class shops, superb restaurants, energetic nightlife and many excellent sports facilities, including golf. Marbella is the ideal choice for the traveller and couples. The dazzling Puerto Banús marina, with its luxurious yachts and trendy eateries, is a great place to see how the other half live and to be seen! This sophisticated resort with well-groomed beaches and world-class golf courses is an ideal choice for holidays.

 

Insider tip

The Cable car in Benalmadena which takes you to the peak of Mount Calamorro. There are fabulous views and there's a cafe and daily exhibitions with birds of prey!

Events and festivals

The Moors and Christians Festival, declared an Andalusian Festival of National Tourist Interest takes place during the first week of August in Benalaur

Popular things to do and see and unmissable experiences

The Marina in Benalmadena is beautiful to walk round, lovely restaurants and yachts to look at. There is a Sealife centre and Dolphinarium just next door and its on the flat as some areas can be quite hilly. Public transport between Torremolinos and Fuengirola dirt cheap too. Buses or theres a train that run along the back of the resorts. There is an Aquapark in Torremolinos and a butterfly park which is Europes largest.

Climate

Typical Highs of 20-25 in Winter to 25-30 in Summer

Other information

  • Best time of year to travel: With over 300 days of Sun many come here in Winter to enjoy balmy days and a relaxed pace of life while Summer is the busiest time with almost guaranteed sun. We recently held our Conference in Torremolinos in late October and had three glorious days of
  • Currency: Euro
  • Flight time from UK: 2.5-3.5 Hours
  • Visa and passport information: N/A

Getting out and about

Full Day Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour from £42 per person

During this unmissable full-day coach tour from the Costa del Sol to Gibraltar, you’ll see all the famous sites that ‘The Rock’ has to offer including St Michaels Caves and the famous Barbary apes! You’ll also have free time to enjoy a spot of duty-free shopping or people-watching from a street cafĂ© in the vast main square.

Full Day Granada Tour - Including Alhambra Palace from £73 per person

Discover the wonderful city of Granada on this full day tour departing from Estepona and Marbella. You’ll visit the city’s most significant sights and landmarks including the world-famous Alhambra, as well as free time to explore Granada for yourself. Places are limited on this popular tour so book now to guarantee your place!

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