Costa del Sol

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

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 $52 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
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 Excellent! (928 reviews)
"Had a lovely weeks stay here . Room was fine, beds were comfy, hubby loved the pillows. Towels changes daily if needed, we had a side view of sea but over looking pool . Never used pool prefer beach that is just across the road . Great location.check in was easy . If I had one gripe it was the noisy ..."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Hotel Apartamentos Bajondillo
Only YOU Hotel Malaga
Only YOU Hotel Malaga
5 out of 5
ALAMEDA PRINCIPAL , 1, Málaga, MALAGA
The price is $146 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in Málaga Centro, this luxury hotel is steps from Calle Larios and Port of Malaga. Málaga Cathedral and Carmen Thyssen Museum are also within 10 minutes. ...
Only YOU Hotel Malaga
Palacio Solecio
Palacio Solecio
4 out of 5
Calle Granada 61, Málaga, Málaga
The price is $184 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in Málaga Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Picasso Museum Malaga and Málaga Cathedral. Alcazaba and Centre Pompidou Málaga are also within ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (113 reviews)
"Right in the heart of all the shops and sites. The Roman Theater, Cathedral, Alcazaba, Port, etc. In spite of all of that, the room was very quiet. The quality of the hotel is top notch. We were very happy with our stay."

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Palacio Solecio
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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 $81 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Bioparc Fuengirola and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fuengirola Beach and Los Boliches Beach. Cabopino ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,078 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 Aug 5, 2021

Los Amigos Beach Club by Diamond Resorts
Pinar Apartments Málaga Centro
Pinar Apartments Málaga Centro
3.5 out of 5
Calle Carretería, 31, Málaga, Malaga
The price is $85 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Located in Málaga Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Museo del Vino Malaga and Málaga Cathedral. Port of Malaga and Calle Larios are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (354 reviews)
"Spacious 1 bedroom in the heart of Malaga Central!"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Pinar Apartments Málaga Centro
Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Crta de Cadiz, KM 193, Urb Marbella del Este, Marbella, Malaga
The price is $122 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
This Nikki Beach aparthotel is on the beach, 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Cabopino Golf Marbella, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Marbella Golf and Country Club and La Siesta ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (388 reviews)
"Very friendly staff and great service."

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort
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