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Costa Del Sol Travel Information

Wide sandy beaches nudge crystal blue waters beneath palm-covered mountains. This attractive shelter almost guarantees day-long year-round sunshine on the popular ‘sun coast’ of Andalucia.

This is the original Spanish holiday destination for many Brits and the fact that we are still coming back here every year for more is reflected in its diverse range of resorts. There really is something for everyone - from high energy resorts to idyllic rural retreats.

There are the big busy resorts of Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Benalmadena with their enthusiastic nightlife and the quieter, more relaxed ambience of resorts like Nerja and nearby Frigiliana.

But there are also parts of this lovely region, the hidden Spain, which you may not be familiar with. Salobrena is a smallish coastal resort set amongst high cliffs and lush tropical plantations with a 10th century Moorish castle. Montejaque is a traditional rural village on the slopes of the Grazema National Park – complete with donkeys, sheep and rare birds. It is an ornithological and botanical paradise; and offers a real escape holiday complete with hot-air ballooning and caving.

In complete contrast, there are the playgrounds of the rich and famous; stylish Marbella and nearby Puerto Banus with an elegant marina, wonderful restaurants and bars, lots of golf courses, excellent shopping and sophisticated nightlife.

All the mainstream resorts are reasonably close to each other. Each has a unique atmosphere but they all have a good choice of restaurants, bars and cafes. Most offer excellent watersports and tennis.  

Of course, this is the golfing capital of Europe and there are many courses designed by golf professionals like Severiano Ballesteros and Gary Player. Should you wish to play with your own golf clubs – you can now pre-book this service with some holidays – so don’t forget to phone for more information.


For those who want to experience the traditional Spain, you don’t have to travel far to experience Andalucia, famous for bull-fighting, orange groves, Moorish towns, castles and sleepy villages.  Or a short trip will take you to Gibraltar where you can see the apes, visit St Michael’s Caves and enjoy tax-free shopping.

For history you could hardly be better placed with numerous historical cities and monuments on your doorstep. Granada with its ancient buildings set against the snowy blue-tinged peaks of the Sierra Nevada is a stunning city to explore. Discover its historic streets and the magnificent Alhambra Palace. The whole area is steeped in history - Malaga was the birthplace of Picasso, Cadiz home of the Armada and Huelva was the start of Columbus’s journey to discover the New World.  There’s a lot more to the Costas than just sunshine.


There are over 300 Blue Flag beaches in Spain. For more information, please see

Eating Out

There is a wonderful array of local delicacies like boucheros - little fried fish similar to whitebait,  gazpacho, tortilla and meaty stews of beef, rabbit and goats. The tapas include an incredible range of meats, hams and cheeses and superb seafood. There is a long tradition of wine making in Malaga and many of the local dishes in Nerja are cooked in sherry. And don’t forget the Spanish tend to walk along the promenade in the evenings and eat very late.


Leather and suede bags and boots, designer boutiques in the marinas, colourful local markets, souvenir shops. Local pottery, olives, sherry, wines and brandy are good buys.