Situated in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, the towns, beaches and leisure resorts of the Costa del Sol are the perfect place for some fun in the sun. Once a string of small fishing villages, the area has developed into one of the most iconic holiday destinations in the world, featuring picturesque beach-scapes, top restaurants and nightlife, incredible historic sites in addition to activities such as trekking and golf.
Historic Costa Del Sol: Málaga
Málaga is host to scores of fascinating cultural and architectural history. Look out for a variety of Roman, Islamic, and Catholic sites, each of which brings their own unique features to the province’s varied tapestry. Be sure to checkout the Alcazaba, a fortress built between the 11th and 14th centuries, sitting at the center of Málaga’s historic district. If possible, venture to the countryside and visit the Eagle Castle, a Roman hilltop castle with stunning views.
The Beaches of Costa del Sol
Along the coast from the town of Tarifa, Bolonia Beach is literally off the beaten track, lying at the end of a no-through road, and featuring everything from Roman ruins to juice bars and beachfront eateries. Playa del Cristo beach is just outside Estepona, and sits on a small bay with crystal-clear azure waters. It is easy to drive to and has two parking lots making it convenient for families and large groups. Travellers can also visit the Costa del Sol’s first ever resort, Torremolinos, which holds a kind of retro charm with its long rows of sunbeds, palm trees, and hotel-backed beaches. There is also Playa de los Genoveses in the beautiful Cabo de Gata National Park. This quiet beach has some enchanting views which allow you to spend time alone amongst nature.
More Fun in The Costa del Sol
With a whole host of beach activities, including everything from snorkeling and diving to jet skiing and parasailing, there is no short of fun to be had in the surf. But if you’re looking to get off the sand, then head out for a round of golf at Santana Golf Course, La Cala Golf, or any one of the picture perfect courses in Mijas.
If it’s something a little less tame that you’re after, than the Rio de la Miel features a riverside trek and swimming holes with multiple cascading waterfalls. Some trekking companies offer quad and bike rentals for more extreme off-roading.
Whatever destination you choose on the Costa de la Sol, you’re sure be amazed not just by the weather, but also by the plethora of fun activities so close at hand.