Costa del Sol means "The Sun Coast", and the name sticks - around here the summer lasts for approx 8 months a year and the sunshine is a pure as it gets! Costa del Sol is located in Andalusia, the largest province of Spain. The nature of Andalusia is a perfect blend of the glittering Mediterranean Sea and the high mountains, where the Sierra Nevada even splendours with snow on the top.
A place of breathtaking views and good fun
As the name suggests, sunshine is the epitome of Costa del Sol. Add the lovely beaches, impressive landmarks, quality hotels, inviting pools, good restaurants, hip bars, and you get the definite holiday spot. Further inland, Costa del Sol will welcome you with idyllic sights - olive groves, vineyards, occasional grazing cattle, sheep and white Andalusian horses. So head out and be amazed - Costa del Sol has it all!
Get enchanted by Seville and Malaga
The capital of Andalusia - Seville - is a charming and green city. You'll find beautiful and rich cityscapes from varying ages, fiery flamenco clubs and amazing tapas bars and many landmarks, including the city's big cathedral, which is definitely worth a visit.
Malaga is another jewel of Andalusia and manages to maintain its authentic local feel despite going hand-in-hand with modern day. You’ll see buzzing city life, cosy cafes and small local squares, where the locals play petanque, juxtaposed against exquisite shopping areas and up-scale restaurants.
If you feel like renting a car and exploring the area on your own, we recommend a visit to the artistic city of Granada, which is an experience in its own right. Here you will also find the beautiful 13th century palace Alhambra, a UNESCO's world heritage site.
Live out your golf dreams
If you are a passionate golfer, you should definitely take your gear along (or rent it on the spot) and try out the fabulous courses in Andalusia. The area has more than 50 golf clubs to choose from and the golf courses are in top condition. For instance, the legendary Miguel Ángel Jiménez's home course in Torrequebrad is known for its greens and uneven terrain. Or head to the new courses at Calanova Golf Club in Mijas Valley. With wonderful climate and a backdrop of sea and mountains, Andalusia offers an incredible golfing setting.
About Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol is located in Southern Spain, Andalusia, and has more than 300 sunny days a year. Throughout the ages Andalusia has been characterized by the Moorish (Arabian) period, which lasted for over 700 years, 711-1492. You can learn more about Andalucias rich history at such landmarks as the Alhambra Palace or the Giralda Tower in Seville.
Costa del Sol Facts
Flights land at Malaga International Airport.
Approx. 3 hrs
Transfer time is the time from the airport to the first hotel stop.
Fuengirola: approx. 25 minutes
Marbella: approx. 1 hour
Estepona: approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes
Benalmádena: approx. 25 minutes
Torremolinos: approx. 15 minutes
Sotogrande: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Malaga: approx. 25 minutes
Mijas: approx. 25 minutes
Playa Granada: approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes
Transfer time may increase in heavy traffic.
+1 hour difference with UK
With beaches all along the sunny coast, the options are virtually limitless. You could even pick them by sand grain size, if you wanted to, as they range from coarse to powdery fine. The top season for hitting beach is usually April to October.
Food and drinks
The Costa del Sol offers an extensive range of good restaurants. Be sure to try tapas, served both as dinner and snacks. There are also lots of delicious local seafood restaurants along the waterfront side by side with international restaurants serving specialties from around the world, so there's definitely quite some room for choice.
It is easy to get around Costa del Sol by either public transport or taxi.
220 volts. Adapter is not required.
If you want to experience Costa del Sol at your own pace, it's a good idea to rent a car.
Sports and activities
Keeping yourself active in Costa del Sol is easy. The area is especially known for its golf courses and good cycling routes. You can also go for water sports, tennis, scuba diving, snorkelling, horse riding, hiking, etc. The water theme parks here are great fun too - Aqualand in Torremolinos is the biggest in the region with slides ranging from nice and easy to daredevil fast. Or, if you prefer a relaxed stroll, visit the impressive botanical gardens.
Costa del Sol has a shopping angle too. You will find a wealth of souvenir shops, vendors and smaller supermarkets, as well as several brand stores. In the major cities, such as Malaga and Seville, you’ll easily find known brand stores.
Costa del Sol boasts of more than 70 excellent golf courses, all within 100 kilometres. These international level courses are perfectly made and maintained. Wherever you stay, you are close to a golf course, but if you happen to choose a hotel in Fuengirola, you will have 10 golf courses within a 10-15 minute drive. We recommend that you book your tee times before your trip, so you can get the best hours.