Costa del Sol

Travel Guide
Nerja which includes general coastal views, rocky coastline 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

Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Hotel
Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Hotel
5 out of 5
The price is €160 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Málaga Centro, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Carmen Thyssen Museum, Port of Malaga and Gibralfaro Castle. Central Market of Atarazanas ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (966 reviews)
"The room was comfortable and big. The air conditioning could have been cooler. Breakfast was good. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The hotel is very well located. I would recomend Vincci hotel."

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2021

Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Hotel
Alanda Marbella Hotel
Alanda Marbella Hotel
5 out of 5
Blvd. Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella, Malaga
The price is €167 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in Golden Mile, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from King Abdul Aziz Mosque and within 3 miles (5 km) of Puerto Banus Beach and Puerto Banus Marina. ...
4/5Very Good! (503 reviews)
"Great hotel & breakfast Sadly the bar was not open & no alcohol available in the restaurant during the evening"

Reviewed on 1 May 2021

Alanda Marbella Hotel
Palacio Solecio
Palacio Solecio
4 out of 5
Calle Granada 61, Málaga, Málaga
The price is €188 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
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 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2021

Palacio Solecio
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Apartamentos Spa del Palacete
Apartamentos Spa del Palacete
4 out of 5
Calle Pozos Dulces 11, Málaga, Málaga
The price is €81 per night from 14 Oct to 14 Oct
Located in Málaga Centro, this spa apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Carmen Thyssen Museum and Calle Larios. Picasso Museum Malaga and Málaga Cathedral ...
3.9/5Good! (9 reviews)
"It was a great location. Amenities were very useful at the apartment. Check in was very easy and accommodating but communication after check in was difficult. Our air conditioner was not working and we reported and after two hours outside we had to call again because was not working yet. The bidet ..."

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2021

Apartamentos Spa del Palacete
Sunset Beach Club
Sunset Beach Club
4 out of 5
The price is €99 per night from 19 Sep to 19 Sep
This family-friendly Benalmádena aparthotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Selwo Marina, Tivoli World and Benalmadena Marina. La Carihuela ...
4.1/5Very Good! (658 reviews)
Junior suite.
"Very good hotel, nicely situated with very helpful and friendly staff. Would definately return again."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Sunset Beach Club
Park Plaza Suites Apartamentos
Park Plaza Suites Apartamentos
4 out of 5
Pasaje Marítimo de Benabola, s/n, Marbella
The price is €92 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in Puerto Banus, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Playas del Duque and El Corte Ingles Shopping Center. Puerto Banus Marina and Playa de ...
3.9/5Good! (40 reviews)
"The apartment is great location wise in the heart of of Marbella, is in excellent condition and clean just that the furniture need to be update. I would rent it again Thank you"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Park Plaza Suites Apartamentos
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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