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Things to do in the Costa del Sol
There are so many things to do in the Costa del Sol, that it would be impossible to mention them all in one article. From family fun to adult entertainment, the Costa del Sol, which is situated on the southern coast of Spain, has it all.
Stretching from Nerja in the east of the province of Malaga to Sotogrande in the west, the Costa del Sol is part of Andalusia, and most popular resorts include: Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Calahonda, Marbella, Puerto Banus, San Pedro, Estepona and Sotogrande, plus the inland towns of Mijas and Ronda, which bring thousands of people to the area each year.
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If you are planning to fly to Malaga Airport, the best way to get around the city and the Costa del Sol, is to hire a car from the airport before you fly. Car hire at Malaga Airport is easy to book and easy to pick up and drop off, and it works out much cheaper to book car rentals than to use public transport. Airport taxis at Malaga are available outside the terminal but they can prove expensive, particularly in the summer months. Most resorts on the Costa del Sol are within easy driving distance of Malaga Airport, and Marbella and Puerto Banus are only 30 minutes away by car. By booking car hire on this site, you can find car hire comparisons at Malaga Airport in just a few seconds, and all major car hire companies are represented at Malaga Airport, including Avis, Hertz and Helle Hollis, plus a range of smaller local car hire companies offering cheap airport car rentals. Secure payment is also guaranteed, and we can get you cheap car hire deals and promotions at Malaga Airport that you won´t find elsewhere. Book early to save money and avoid delays and disappointment when you land at Malaga Airport.
Costa del Sol Map
If you are planning to hire a car from Malaga Airport and drive around the Costa del Sol, or enjoy an inland driving excursion of Andalusia, you can pick up a free map from most tourist offices or at your holiday hotel in Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Malaga, Calahonda, Marbella, Estepona, San Pedro or Sotogrande. A range of excellent road maps of the Costa del Sol and Spain is also available from most service stations in Malaga, and some include top tourist attractions and things to see and do on the Costa del Sol, along with directions and clearly marked places of interest. Most car hire companies at Malaga Airport also give away free maps of the Costa del Sol to help you find your destination and travel around during your holiday. Most resorts in the Costa del Sol are situated along the N340 coast road, and most holiday destinations are within easy driving distance of Malaga Airport. If you are travelling to the western Costa del Sol, including Estepona or Sotogrande, you could also fly into Gibraltar and hire a car from Gibraltar Airport. A Costa del Sol map will highlight the best beaches and places of interest, plus it will help you to get from A-B with ease.
Golf Courses Costa del Sol
With over 70 golf courses, the Costa del Sol attracts golfers from all over the world. Championship courses include Valderrama on the western Costa del Sol near Sotogrande, where the Volvo Masters Tournament is still held each year, and which hosted the Ryder Cup in 1997. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced golfer, you will find courses to suit your needs all the way along the Costa del Sol, including Torrequbrada, near Benalmadena, Rio Real, Marbella, La Quinta, Marbella, Los Naranjos, Nueva Andalucia, Cabopino, Marbella, Miraflores at Rivera del Sol, Mijas-Costa, La Cala Golf and Resort, Mijas-Costa, San Roque, near Gibraltar and Estepona Golf. Some golf courses on the Costa del Sol are more challenging than others - Monte Mayor near Estepona and Alhaurin Golf near Alhaurin de la Torre are particularly worthy of note, but gentler courses include Mijas Golf, at Mijas-Costa and Miraflores at Riviera del Sol. For improvers and beginners, lessons can also be booked at most Costa del Sol golf courses with the resident professional. You don´t need to be a member of a golf club on the Costa del Sol in order to play the course, except at Valderrama where you need to be invited by a member to play.
Things to do in Marbella and Puerto Banus
If you are planning to visit Marbella and Puerto Banus during your stay on the Costa del Sol, you will find a wealth of things to see and do near your hotel or holiday accomodation. Known as jet set resorts, since stars of the small screen started to buy holiday homes in Marbella and Puerto Banus in the 60´s, this exclusive region of the Costa del Sol has more attractions and annual events than any other region of Andalusia. Puerto Banus beach clubs, Marbella nightclubs and a host of exclusive restaurants and bars make this one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain, and for golfers looking for some aprés golf entertainment, there are a host of gentlemen´s clubs situated in Puerto Banus and Marbella. The most famous place to stay in Marbella is the luxurious Marbella Club Hotel on the golden mile, between Marbella and Puerto Banus, and if you want to party into the night, the nearby Olivia Valere Club, is a legendary venue for great food, music and dancing till dawn. By day, visitors to Puerto Banus can stroll around the marina with its luxury yachts and waterside cafés, bars and restaurants, or relax on the beach, while by night, enjoy some of the best nightlife in Europe. Whatever you want to do in Marbella or Puerto Banus, you will find it.
Accommodation in the Costa del Sol
If you are planning a holiday in the Costa del Sol, there is accommodation to suit all budgets and requirements. Costa del Sol boutique hotels, small hotels, all-inclusive hotels, Spanish fincas, Andalusian guesthouses and even campsites are within easy reach of most resorts, including Marbella, Fuengirola, Cabopino and Benalmadena, and if you hire a car when you arrive at Malaga Airport you can take your time to explore the region. Whether you are looking for 5 star luxury hotels in Puerto Banus, bed and breakfast accomodation in Benalmadena or a small hotel in Fuengirola, you can find it with ease, when you book online. Cheap accommodation is also available in the Costa del Sol, and you can find inland apartments, villas and fincas in Andalucia for much less than you might expect to pay on the coast. Small hotels, which are not part of a package tour often offer the best accommodation on the Costa del Sol, and if you take advantage of cheap budget flights from the UK, combined with cheap airport car hire from Malaga Airport with a special offer in a small hotel on the Costa del Sol, then you can arrange your own ´package tour´ much more cheaply than by using a tour operator.
Ronda and inland Andalucia
Ronda is one of the most historic and fascinating towns in Andalucia, and is just an hour´s drive from Marbella on the Costa del Sol. Famous for its spectacular gorge, Ronda is third to Cordoba and Seville as one of the most popular Andalusian attractions. Visitors flock to the old town and the Puente Nuevo, which straddles the 100 metre deep gorge over the Rio Guadelevin. Bullfighting is also famous in Ronda and visitors can look around the bullring and the bullfighting museum in the centre of town, or visit the spectacular Feria Goyesca, which is held every September, and includes a weekend of bullfighting. The historic city of Ronda is easy to reach by hire car from Malaga Airport, and you can find a host of charming small hotels and boutique hotels situated in and around this old Spanish town. Take a trip to the Bandit Museum and don´t forget to visit the tapas bars off the main church square, which serve up delicious local specialities such as oxtail, gazpacho and Spanish omelette.
Costa del Sol Weather
With over 320 average days of sunshine a year, the Costa del Sol enjoys some of the best weather in Spain. Summer temperatures often top 35ºC, when thousands of visitors flock to the beaches in Marbella, Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Malaga, Fuengirola, Puerto Banus and Estepona to top up their tans and enjoy a wealth of watersports and beach clubs on the Costa del Sol. During Spring and Autumn, temperatures can drop to around 20ºC, and can go as low as 15-18ºC in winter, although it remains relatively mild all year round. If you want to take advantage of the ski resort of Sierra Nevada beween November and March each year, hire a car from Malaga or Granada Airport and you can be on the slopes in under 2 hours. The weather in the Costa del Sol is one of the major attractions of southern Spain, and visitors can enjoy a range of events, festivals and annual ferias during the year.
Flights to Malaga and the Costa del Sol
The vast majority of visitors to the Costa del Sol fly into Malaga Airport, and resorts from east to west include: Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Calahonda, Elviria, Marbella, Puerto Banus, San Pedro, Estepona and Sotogrande. If you are planning to stay inland from the Costa del Sol, you can also fly into Seville Airport or Granada Airport, and car hire is available at all major airports in Spain if you need to travel when you arrive. All budget airlines fly to Malaga from the UK including Jet 2, Easyjet, BMI Baby, Ryanair, Whizz Air and Zoom, and you can get some amazingly low-priced flights to Malaga if you are flexible with your dates, and particularly if you can fly outside of the school summer holidays. Once you arrive at Malaga Airport, which is about a 2 hour flight from London, you can pick up a hire car directly from the offices in the airport building, when pre-booked, and be on the way to your Costa del Sol hotel within minutes of landing. You can fly to Malaga Airport from most UK airports including: London Gatwick, London Luton, Liverpool, East Midlands, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds/Bradford, plus Cardiff and Glasgow.
Costa del Sol property
Over a million Britons live on Spain´s Costa del Sol and millions more own holiday homes in the region. If you have enjoyed holidays on the Costa del Sol and are thinking of buying a property on the coast, now is a good time to do it. Property in the Costa del Sol is cheaper than it has been for years, and you can look at hundreds of properties online to give you an idea of current prices. Property prices boomed on the Costa del Sol between 2000 and 2004, and have now dropped significantly, so there are plenty of properties for sale at bargain prices in Marbella, Fuengirola, Estepona, Benalmadena, Puerto Banus, Torremolinos and Sotogrande.
Costa del Sol events
Wherever you travel on the Costa del Sol you will find a list of events, festivals and fairs to keep you entertained throughout the year. Some of the best events and annual town fairs on the Costa del Sol include: Fuengirola Feria in October, Marbella Feria in June, San Pedro Feria in October, Malaga Feria in August and several smaller events, parades and processions throughout the area at Easter, Christmas and during most religious holidays. Spaniards enjoy nothing more than enjoying themselves, and if you want to join in the local festivities in a town near you on the Costa del Sol, pick up an itinerary from the local tourist office or check out the festivals on our events page.
Wherever you travel on the Costa del Sol you will find plenty to see and do. Family fun, sports events, festivals, parades, beaches and some of the best restaurants and nightlife in Spain combine to make the Costa del Sol one of the most popular holiday resorts in Europe.