For a 2021 holiday that promises sun, sea and sand, it has to be the Costa del Sol. For decades, Spain's 'Sun Coast' has been the go-to destination for vitamin D-deficient visitors looking for some fun in the sun. 300,000 ex-pats have moved to the area from Ireland and the UK, so there’s plenty of familiar faces mingling in the bars and on the beaches. The region’s appeal is obvious the minute the plane lands. After just a three hour flight, you can relax on the beach or by the pool before heading out in search of Spanish culture.
With road trips giving you the option to explore the coast or head inland to soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere in Seville, holidays on the Costa del Sol are a great opportunity to see some of Spain’s best sights. Go on winding drives along the coast. Explore the tasty treats on offer in the tapas bars. Or hit the beach to get to work on that all-important golden tan. Whatever you’re expecting from a Costa del Sol holiday, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. This Spanish treasure’s best gems are waiting to delight you.
Top resorts in Costa del Sol
Southern Spain is home to some of the most striking stretches of coastline in the entire country, so why not …From €172 per person
One of the most sought-after holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol, Torremolinos getaways have been thrilling Spanish and foreign visitors …From €180 per person
Fancy a break in the ‘Jewel of the Costa del Sol’? This is the nickname for Nerja, which is a …From €166 per person
Fuengirola is famous for having plenty of sun, sea and sand, making it a popular choice of Costa del Sol …From €220 per person
With a sprawling coastline of over 12km, it’s no surprise that this vast area is famed for its sun-drenched beaches …From €210 per person
The Costa del Sol strikes a great balance between feeling familiar whilst retaining the elegance of a Spanish holiday destination. …From €247 per person
Your guide to Costa Del Sol holidays
Taking a holiday to the Costa del Sol is a chance to explore some of Spain’s very best coastal towns and villages. From the rich and diverse culture of Malaga to the smaller villages, such as the picturesque Nerja, every stop-off has its own unique appeal. Glitzy Marbella is the region’s playground for the rich and famous, but thankfully you won’t need a bulging bank account or yacht to visit.
With national parks, beautiful beaches and welcoming waters, the Costa del Sol’s real beauty can be found in its natural scenery. And with waterparks, amusement parks and wildlife attractions, there’s also plenty of days out to enjoy alongside hiking, biking and driving around this beautiful Spanish region. Adventurous visitors will love the range of extreme sports, water sports and activities on offer. With all that and more, the Costa del Sol offers so much more than a fortnight by the hotel pool.
Spain’s sunshine coast has built its reputation on its beaches, and a holiday to the Costa del Sol offers beach fun by the bucketload. With so many different coastal landscapes to explore, there’s a huge variety of scenic spots to build a sandcastle or enjoy a lazy day on the shore.
On the western side of the Costa del Sol, the beaches are renowned for their fantastic facilities and provide everything you need for a fun-filled day on the beach. To the east, things get more rugged. While the west lays on the hospitality, the east’s beaches are more secluded, offering a chance to avoid the crowds and bag a spot on the sands all to yourself.
Malaga’s central beaches are close to the city centre, meaning you’re never too far away from the convenient amenities. With some of the regions best beach bars here, you can also enjoy a cocktail on the sands and the local speciality, espeto de sardinas - chargrilled sardines cooked fresh on the shore.
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Prices last checked at 8:26 AM January 27, 2021