This stunning area of Spanish shoreline has its name for a reason – Costa del Sol means “the coast of the sun”. The most famous of its seaside towns are Malaga and Marbella, but Estepona, Fuengirola and Torremolinos are also excellent destinations. Originally made up of small fishing communities, the area still retains a great deal of the ancient architecture and artisan charm of its past, which can be found in the form of little hidden gems after only a little exploration. The beautiful square white buildings - typical of southern Spain with its touch of Moroccan influence – reflect the golden sunlight, giving the local towns a wonderful glow.
Often considered a capital of hedonism, residents of the Costa del Sol celebrate a culture of good food and good times. Akin to the British “pub crawl”, Andalusian locals often enjoy what is called “Ir de Tapas”, travelling between their favourite spots to enjoy drinks and tapas snacks with their close friends, thus supporting local businesses and maintaining a strong sense of community. If the arts and culture are your thing, be sure to time your visit to coincide with the Malaga Flamenco biennial celebrations, where you can watch specialists in Spanish national dance perform with astonishing flair throughout the months of June and July. To escape from the urban bustle, pay a visit to Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja – a site of astonishing natural beauty just above Estepona – where you can experience stunning flora and fauna as well as fascinating volcanic rock formations. We have a selection of the very best hotels in Costa del Sol for you to choose from – so please take a look below.
Their tourist board’s tagline is “Always Warm” – and that is no word of a lie! During heatwaves at the height of summer – particularly in August - temperatures are known to approach 40 degrees Celsius. As a result, the most popular season to visit is March through to May, when temperatures sit around the early 20s. There is still the potential of light rainfall, but this rarely lasts long!