Costa del Sol: world-famous for beach holidays
Seaside resort:
Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol in brief


Visit the Costa del Sol for long beaches, lively nightlife, water sports, sightseeing in Malaga, spa relaxation and great food.


Southern Spain

Nearest airport:


Key resorts & areas:

Malaga, Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Estepona

Major sights & activities:

Bioparc Fuengirola, Picasso Museum, Sierra Bermeja Royals Nature Park, spas, theme parks, golf, swimming, snorkelling

Best time to go

May to October; July and August is the peak season

Did you know?

Torremolinos shot to fame in the 1950s thanks to high-profile visitors such as Marlon Brando, Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra.


Beach holidays in the Costa del Sol


Not much can be said about the Costa del Sol that most people don’t already know. This section of Spain’s southern coast is the most popular holiday destination in the country thanks to its hot climate, huge expanses of sand, plentiful accommodation and clear blue seas.

The most famous resorts in the Costa del Sol are now highly developed and attract hordes of holidaymakers each summer, but there are still some relatively quiet spots along the coast, especially outside of July and August.

These are some of the main destinations to consider in the Costa del Sol:



This city is the first part of the Costa del Sol that most visitors experience thanks to the airport here. It’s also a great destination to begin with before heading to the bigger beach resorts to the west.

Malaga has lots of great attractions to explore, as well as several urban beaches. Malagueta and La Caleta are the most popular, while El Palo and Las Acacias-Pedralejo are ideal for families. One of the top draws for visitors is the Picasso Museum, along with the 16th century cathedral.



This hugely popular resort boasts 25 beaches, 16 golf courses and 20 spas. giving you some idea of the sheer scale of the facilities in the area. Among all of these modern amenities is a historic centre with interesting buildings dating as far back as the 15th century.

Popular beaches include the 1 km long Fontanilla and Nueva Andalucia beaches, as well as more exclusive beaches like Nagueles and family beaches such as Cabopino. Marbella offers lots of scope for activities such as bike tours and day trips to Malaga and Ronda.



Torremolinos first became famous when glamorous film stars and singers started visiting the resort in the 1950s. It is now one of the most developed resorts on the Costa del Sol and is renowned for its gay-friendly nightlife, as well as for having the biggest water park on the Costa del Sol, Aqualand.

The 7 km stretch of coastline here includes popular beaches such as Los Alamos, Playamar, Montemar, Bajondillo, La Carihuela and El Saltillo. It’s possible to walk the entire 7 km end to end via the promenade - or you could simply go and lie on the beach!



Benalmadena is the more family-friendly counterpart to lively Torremolinos and has 20 km of coastline containing 15 beaches. Some of the main beaches include Carvajal, Malapesquera, Arroyo and Torro Bermeja.

Other attractions include the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, the Felipe Orlando Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and 3 historic watchtowers. The Tivoli World amusement park is a popular destination for families, while you can also take the Benalmadena cable car up Calamorro Mountain for some amazing views.



Fuengirola is a popular resort ideal for all kinds of holidaymakers, especially families. It has 8 km of beaches and 20 green spaces, along with a promenade that runs all the way along the coast - making it one of Spain’s longest waterfront promenades.

Key beaches in Fuengirola include El Ejido/El Castillo near the castle, away from the town. This beach is 1 km long and popular among both the locals and foreign visitors. Santa Amalia is more central and is very well-equipped for families and sports.



Estepona was one of the first towns on the Costa del Sol to draw tourists from overseas, and has developed over time into a popular resort. Surprisingly, it’s not quite as built up as the likes of Marbella and Torremolinos, meaning that it still retains a traditional feel.

La Rada is the most popular beach thanks to its close proximity to the town. Other beaches include Playa El Padron and Playa El Cristo, which is particularly notable for being sheltered and perfect for families with children.





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