Whether it’s Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Marbella or Malaga itself, there are *so many* fantastic places to visit along Spain’s famous Costa del Sol. Watch on for our complete guide on where to go and why! 🌞
We also have a cracking guide on the Top 22 Things To Do along the Costa del Sol coastline. Make sure you check it out before you jet-set off: https://youtu.be/gWWTm11l4xw
But it isn’t just mainland Spain that floats our customers’ boats, the Balearic and Canary Islands are incredibly popular too!
Check out our ultimate guide to Tenerife here: https://youtu.be/byGJp0EEj-I
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Welcome to the Costa del Sol. Coming up we have got some insight to Malaga, Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Nerja.
Malaga is the place to go for culture and history, with famous sites such as Alcazaba Fort and Malaga Cathedral spread across the city.
First stop for us out of Malaga is Torremolinos. It’s everything you’d expect from a Spanish beach resort; with a huge variety of beaches, hotels and activities. La Carihuela would be our pick of the beaches for families with young children, as it’s a bit smaller with lots of shade and there’s lots of restaurants right on the beach.
We found that many of the beaches in Torremolinos were huge and really wide open; none more so than Los Alamos beach, up near the airport. It gets really huge and a little bit sparse, which means that if you want to get away from the main crowds, you can just enjoy all of this space.
Just 3km along the coast, Benalmadena is the next town along from Torremolinos. What we really liked the most was the huge amount of activities you can do. Up first on our list was to visit the Marina.
Next up, beaches! The beaches in Benalmadena are similar to those in Torremolinos. Expect long stretches of sand with sun loungers, shops, restaurants and plenty of things to do. Away from the beaches, the cable car takes you 771m to the peak of Mount Calamorro, where you can look down on the whole of the Costa del Sol. Another reason to come to Benalmadena, Mariposario houses hundreds of butterflies and is a great place to take the family to learn all about their lifecycle and environments.
While in Benalmadena, we stayed at the super popular Holiday Palace Resort Hotel. We’re here at the Holiday Palace in Benalmadena. It overlooks the sea and you’ve got the gorgeous mountains right behind you but you’d never really need to leave this hotel because everything is here on hand. There’s a huge pool, mini golf, garden, kids play area, activities every day, shops and more. The rooms are huge and ours had mini kitchens and balconies. The only real downside for us was that the wifi was slow and really expensive.
Further west along the coast are Marbella and Puerto Banus. These resorts are where the rich and famous come to holiday, so it’s pricey down here, but you’ll find some of the Costa del Sol’s nicest beaches, clubs and hotels. Marbella has 17 miles of coastline, split into 24 different beaches, the most renowned of which is the 4-mile stretch famously referred to as the Golden Mile. Another thing to bear in mind if you plan to visit Marbella or Puerto Banus are the high prices. Food can be especially costly. For four of us to have 1 dish and a couple of soft drinks each, it came to 80 euros. It’s a pricey one here in Puerto Banus! But if you’re coming here, that’s what you need to expect.
We stayed at the Melia Marbella Banus, which is typical of the more high-end hotels you’ll find here. It’s really expensive but you do get what you paid for, as it’s a resort hotel in every sense of the word.
Nerja is the last stop on our guides to the Costa del Sol. About an hour’s drive east of Malaga, Nerja is where to come to get away from the tourist resorts and discover the secrets of the Andalusian countryside. The Balcon de Europa is one of the most popular tourist sites in Nerja. It’s a viewpoint that gives you some magnificent views of the coastline.
Hiking is a popular activity on this part of the Costa del Sol and for the authentic and safest experience, we recommend hiring a local guide. We took a tour with John Keo’s guided walking tours and it was worth every penny. He took us through secret paths, through canyons and along streams, and showed us sites that we’d never have seen without him, including some traditional goat-herding.