Cheap Holidays to Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol has an attractive stretch of coastline with many fishing villages and towns, which have now become holiday resorts. Much of the coastline has mountains close by, creating some dramatic views.

With sandy beaches, lively resorts, over 40 golf courses and over 100km of spectacular coastline, there is something for everyone here is Costa Del Sol.

A lot of the resorts here do have lots to offer with plenty of activities as well as plenty of opportunities to relax.

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How Hot?

With more than 320 days of sunshine a year the Costa del Sol is a year round destination; it just depends on what you plan to do during your visit.

The spring and autumn months (late April to June and September to October) see great weather with temperatures between 71ºF and 78ºF, and also benefit from being off season so less crowded.

The peak season is July and August when the climate is hot and dry with temperatures in the high-eighties.

The winter months average highs of 62ºF, though these are the wettest months it's still a great time to play on the many golf courses in the area.

Out and About

Dominating the south eastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, the Costa del Sol offers mile upon mile of golden sands and glittering beach resorts set against the backdrop of the beautiful Andalucian countryside.

From the ever popular major beach magnets of Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and the chic glamour of Marbella and Puerto Banus to the beautiful and cultural city of Malaga, the characterful town of Nerja and the mountain villages of Benavis and Mijas; sun, sand, golf and traditional Spanish culture can be found in abundance.

The Costa del Sol is a golfer's paradise with around 40 courses to choose from with beautiful landscapes overlooking the Mediterranean, the surrounding countryside or the mountains. Water-sports can be enjoyed at all the main beaches and there are marinas in Marbella, Benalmadena, Malaga and Velez-Malaga, Estepona, Fuengirola, Puerto Banus and La Duqesa-Manilva.

Leisure attractions to visit include the Adventura Amazonia in Marbella and the fabulous Aqualand Torremolinos. There is a further water park at Parque Aquatico in Mijas Costa and there is no shortage of animal parks either. Visit the Bioparc Fuengirola which has been beautifully designed, allowing you to see the animals living in faithfully reproduced natural habitats. Selwo Adventure Park in Estepona has an adventure park with zip wires and camel rides as well as a wildlife park with over 2000 animals. In Benalmadena you can visit the Sealife Centre or the dolphinarium and the penguinarium at the Selwo Marina marine life park. In Torremolinos, Cocodrilos Park is set around 8 lakes and has an African village, a children's play area and a huge collection of crocodiles.

Historic attractions abound, from the Sohail Castle in Fuengirola to La Duquesa Castle in Manilva and the Arab Fortress and Palace of Najera at Antequera. Malaga alone features endless historic and cultural attractions including Malaga Cathedral, the Alcazaba, the Picasso Museum and the Roman Theatre. At Nerja, stand under the arches of the famous Balcony of Europe and admire panoramic sea views and for spectacular views over the city of Malaga, head for the 14th century Gibralfaro Castle.

Natural attractions range from the Caves of Nerja and the Calamorro Mountain at Benalmadena which have general appeal as well as opportunities for caving and paragliding for those seeking higher levels of adventure; to the wide open spaces, forests of oak and pine trees and the impressive gorges and mountains of the region's many national parks.

Out for Lunch!

Costa del Sol has an Andalucian cuisine which is a mixture of different cultures. Its famous dishes include Ajo Blanco, Huevos a la Flamenca and Gazpacho. The cuisine has a great influence of former cultures like the Arab culture for the garden products and the Roman culture for the oils and garlic.

Dine anywhere from the high class restaurants in Marbella and Puerto Banus to the cafes on the beaches and mountains of La Axarquia and Pueblos Blancos. There are many festivals in Costa del Sol therefore perfect for trying out the great choice of cuisine and traditional local food.

Quick Facts

Flight Time - From London 2 hrs 50 mins, From Manchester 3 hrs, From Glasgow 3 hrs 20 mins

Currency - Euro

Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs and Cafes - mixed and very varied.

Best Time to Visit: May to October, also offers a year round destination.

Top Hotels In Costa del Sol

Here's a list of our top accommodations in Costa del Sol, ranked by our customer ratings and reviews.

Amare Marbella Beach Hotel Photo of Amare Marbella Beach Hotel
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Marbella
Modern Spa hotel offering first class accommodation and amenities, with the added advantage of being set directly on the beach front....

4.9 / 5 from 18 reviews

Las Arenas Hotel Photo of Las Arenas Hotel
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Benalmadena
The Las Arenas Hotel is located in front of Benalmadena's Bil Bil Castle and Santa Ana beach and just a short walk from shops, bars, restaurants and Puerto marina. This hotel is ideal for families and...

4.6 / 5 from 50 reviews

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Benalmadena
Surrounded by gardens, the hotel has modern dining and social areas, on-site entertainment and is just 200m from the beach. New additions to the hotel include an on-site Water Park and Pirate Themed K...

4.5 / 5 from 77 reviews

Benalmadena
A Spa hotel with a good selection of amenities together with quality service and accommodation to suit everybody....

4.4 / 5 from 53 reviews

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Fuengirola
Well equipped 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in the Los Boliches area, with on-site swimming pools and leisure facilities, just 350 metres from the beach...

4.4 / 5 from 20 reviews

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Torremolinos
Perfect for self catering, these central apartments offer comfortable accommodation and a good pool area making them ideal for those who like to relax and be close to the beach and local amenities....

4.4 / 5 from 40 reviews

Fuerte Marbella Hotel Photo of Fuerte Marbella Hotel
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Marbella
Offering a good location, this hotel offers a range of facilities to suit the whole family....

4.7 / 5 from 17 reviews

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Fuengirola
Spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments ideal for families that are looking for a hotel with leisure facilities and close to the beach....

4.6 / 5 from 64 reviews

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Benalmadena
The Playa Bonita is only a short walk down to the beach, as well as having two pools including one for kids. The hotel has daytime and evening entertainment for both children and adults making it an i...

4.2 / 5 from 29 reviews

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Benalmadena
The perfect hotel for those seeking plenty to do ! A fantastic family friendly hotel offering an entertainment programme for all adults, kids and teenagers, good accommodation and a fabulous beach fr...

4.5 / 5 from 50 reviews

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