Costa del Sol

Probably one of the most famous coasts in Spain is that of the Costa del Sol (which literally translates as Coast of the sun). Located on the southernmost tip of the peninsula, the coastline enjoys a near perfect Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers softened by a light sea breeze during the summer months followed by pleasant, warm winters when rain is uncommon. The coastal towns of Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Marbella and Nerja as well as the city of Malaga line this particular stretch of Andalusian shoreline and have developed into tourist-friendly holiday destinations whilst simultaneously preserving their traditional southern Spanish charm.

One of the reasons why the Costa del Sol is so popular lies in the fact that it provides everything a typical holidaymaker would want as a perfect destination, and more! Not only do its seaside towns provide copious numbers of Spanish restaurants, hotels and attractions but the region is also steeped in a rich cultural history which is difficult to find elsewhere. From Bullrings to Moorish castles, there are many unmissable examples of traditional Andalusian heritage dotted along the Costa del Sol and the white-washed villages provide the perfect backdrop.

In terms of beaches, the Costa del Sol is home to hundreds, many of them more widely known and therefore busier than others, but it's suffice to say that each one radiates beauty in embodying their own particular features and stands alone as a perfect example of what Spain has to offer. Here are some of the more well-known ones, although it's also recommended to wander along the coast as it's very likely that you will stumble across a hidden cove or a perfect, quiet stretch of sand.


  • La Carihuela, Torremolinos - one of the hotspots for tourists, but don't be put off by the stories, Torremolinos is home to a recently renovated promenade and beach providing everything the typical sunbather needs on holiday.
  • Calahonda & Nerja - Nerja is the picturesque backdrop to its resident white, sandy beaches located in the eastern area of the Costa del Sol. Not only is the traditional white-wash town the perfect size for a walk or stroll, but its breathtaking expanse of coastline provides the ideal location for a relaxing sunbathe. In comparison with other beaches on the Costa del Sol, Nerja has escaped the high-rise jungle and stands as one of the most beautiful of the coasts towns.
  • Playa Nueva Andalucia - continuing the trendy ambience of Puerto Banus, Playa Nueva is located to the east of the main marina area yet still has its fair share of swanky bars and beach restaurants. Mistral beach is probably the most well-known in this area due to its completely relaxing atmosphere and classy backdrop.
  • La Cala Beach (Las Doradas) - winner of the E.U. Blue Flag award in 2002, La Cala Beach has everything you would need to enjoy a day in the Costa del Sol sun; restaurants, beach bars, shops and even showers and changing facilities as well as lifeguard service during the summer.
  • Puerto Banus - known as a playground for the rich and famous, Puerto Banus is a sophisticated, classy and modern marina with a beach located to the east.
  • Playa El Cristo, Estepona - a great beach for families, Playa el Cristo is a perfect location for enjoying maximum sunbathing hours.
  • San Pedro - This relatively quiet esplanade provides the perfect backdrop for an afternoon at the seaside, home to both a sandy beach and promenade lined with beach bars and cafés.

The Costa del Sol will always be recognised as one of the most well-known of Spain's coastlines, not only because of its southerly location and therefore perfect Mediterranean climate but also due to its variety in terms of its culture (from the glitzy marina at Puerto Banus to the tourist haven of Torremolinos) as well as its proximity to historic in-land cities. Whether you're a history buff or just looking for the perfect sunbathing spot then the Costa del Sol has it all, now all that's left to do is book those flights!