10 April 2019
Boasting 325 days of sun each year, a warm climate, 120 kilometres of beaches, impressive natural settings, monuments and a second-to-none hotel infrastructure, the Costa del Sol is perfect for a relaxing retreat. All of this is coupled with the charm of its white villages, outstanding cuisine, endless leisure activities, over 70 golf courses and, of course, the province’s traditions and customs.
In addition, excellent flight connections with major European cities, railway links, and high-speed trains connecting it to Madrid and Malaga mean the province is easily accessible, whether it’s for a weekend break or a two-week stay. Here are just a few of the reasons that we recommend visiting.
“The Costa del Sol is a great holiday location. Not too far from the UK, yet far enough to have guaranteed good weather. There is a lot to do, including amazing water parks, hiking in the hills, water sports, beautiful beaches, restaurants and bars. It can be as lively and active or as quiet and peaceful as you want.”
Michelle, Travel Counsellor
The diversity of Malaga’s beaches results in differing landscapes with stunning cliffs on the east coast and white sandy beaches on the west. All the coastal towns have well-equipped beaches with a wealth of facilities including restaurants, bars and watersports, and the Costa del Sol itself is home to 23 Blue Flag beaches.
The famous ‘chiringuitos’ (beach bars) and restaurants are one of the highlights of the Costa del Sol and provide some of the best examples of the province’s culture and cuisine. Many of these bars and restaurants serve delectable fish and seafood, and you shouldn’t miss the famous espetos – sardines chargrilled on bamboo. There are also a number of fun and relaxing beach clubs where you’ll find hammocks, Bali beds, music and beachside restaurant service.
“Along the entirety of the Costa del Sol, there is a variety of accommodation options to choose from. These range from serviced apartments and five-star hotels to all-inclusive resorts and villas with their own private pools.”
Laura, Travel Counsellor
Most of the Costa del Sol’s cultural heritage in concentrated in three cities: Ronda, Antequera and Malaga. Ronda is the home of the El Tajo gorge. From the impressive New Bridge, visitors can look across the incredible canyon the city is perched on from a height of almost 100 metres.
Antequera is a beautiful renaissance city and a stroll through the streets will reveal the years of splendour this town has enjoyed. The nearby El Caminito del Rey (The King's Path) is a pedestrian walkway almost three kilometres in length, running along the wall of a ravine. It is perfect for those looking to explore the local natural area and thrillseekers alike.
Malaga, Picasso’s birthplace, is home to a wealth of history, heritage and museums that don’t disappoint. A walk around the old town gives you the chance to gaze at fine churches and cultural spaces like the Pompidou Centre and the Centre for Contemporary Art.
Many of the courses across the Costa del Sol were designed by the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Tom Simpson and Cabell Robinson. Beautiful, yet technically challenging, these courses attract many well-known faces year-round, thanks to the pristine playing surfaces and climate.
There are monthly events across the province’s golf courses and, when the golf season draws to a close in other places across Europe, courses on the Costa Del Sol tend to remain open, keeping the game active throughout the year.
Every one of the Costa del Sol’s 103 villages has its own unique traditions - whether that's food festivals that celebrate local products, religious pilgrimages or festivals where the patron saints leave their temples to process through the streets in a whirlwind of colour.
However, there is one week in particular which deserves a special mention – Semana Santa, or Holy Week. During this seven-day celebration, there is so much to see with thrones carried by groups, images that sway amongst the scent of incense and the singing of the saeta sacred song. Most of the festivities take place in Malaga, although many other towns get involved. This time of year is perfect for those who want to get to the heart of the Costa del Sol’s fascinating culture.
The cuisine on offer on the Costa del Sol is varied and diverse. Global cooking can be found in many establishments, but the Costa del Sol has its own culinary roots with the products used in provincial dishes reflecting the excellent Mediterranean diet. Nothing typifies the Costa del Sol as its beach bars (chiringuitos) with classics such as pescaito frito (fried fish) and espeto de sandinas (chargrilled sardines).
Another typical dish across the Costa del Sol is tapas. Small portions of the tastiest local dishes allow visitors to sample a range of different types of food. In order to try the huge variety of dishes, the inland offers, customers should try to visit one of the local food fairs which are held throughout the year and give a taste of many types of typical cuisine.
If you would like to book your Costa Del Sol break, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.