The Costa del Sol has been welcoming holidaymakers to its shores since the 1970s. In that time, it has grown to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.
This part of Andalusia is dotted with timeless little white villages, some of which maintain a traditional way of life. So if you are looking at package holidays to the Costa del Sol, where should you go and what should you expect when you get there? Here is a lowdown on a few of the Costa del Sol’s most popular resorts.
Sitting in-between Torremolinos and Fuengirola, this resort draws many repeat visitors year after year. Quieter than its neighbours, it has a wide range of hotels and plenty of restaurants and tapas bars for those who want to eat out at night.
Benalmadena’s most well-known area is its marina. Anyone on a Benalmadena holiday will find themselves here at least once. This marina with its unique “islands” that are home to million Euro Moorish style apartments are claimed to be the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Here you can stroll around the marina, sip a cocktail, eat a meal and watch the day go by.
Why not take a boat trip out into the water, or board the little road train that will take you to other areas of the resort? Parque de Paloma is where the locals come out to enjoy the cool evening air.
Selwo Marina allows you to watch dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows in pretty surroundings. Selwo is the company that is also responsible for one of Benalmadena’s other main attractions: the cable car that glides silently up into the mountains high above the resort.
Nerja lies to the east of Malaga and is a very popular destination for those looking for a quiet holiday. The little streets and the main square are typically Andalusian and whiling the day away here is very pleasant.
This town does not have a main beach but rather a number of smaller coves and bays with Burriana being the most popular of the larger beaches. The Balcon de Europa is a well known viewing platform and offers spectacular views along the coastline.
This is a quaint traditional town with narrow streets and Andalusian squares, Marbella’s seafront is very typical of the Costa del Sol; however, a short trip will take you into the heart of Puerto Banus the domain of the wealthy and you could be amazed at the quality of the yachts and sports cars that lie around the marina.
Package holidays in Marbella are about good food and nightlife with the opportunity to spend a night or two in the casino and if you are interested in history, you will find many Roman ruins on display in the surrounding area.
Other attractions on the Costa del Sol
Selwo Safari Park: set in the mountains behind Estepona, this is a fun day out for all ages. This is a real safari park with animals roaming in large enclosures. The view from the top of the park is truly amazing, and on a clear day the shores of Africa can be seen.
Gibraltar: no trip to the Costa del Sol is complete without a border crossing into Gibraltar. Climb the rock and see the monkeys or visit St Michael’s Cave which sits 300 metres above sea level.
Travelling around the Costa del Sol is easy as there are regular buses and a train runs along the coast from Malaga. Driving is not too difficult here, the two main roads run parallel to the sea in both directions and the roads are wide and well signposted.
If you have never been to this coastline before, you will find that this ever sunny corner of Spain may not be what you expected and one visit may not be enough to take in all that the Costa del Sol has to offer.