All too often, Spain’s Costa del Sol is dismissed as an area with nothing more to offer than sunny weather, golden beaches, crystal clear oceans, and trendy clubs and bars. While it’s true that it’s an ideal destination and one of the nicest coastal stretches within Andalusia it also has a lot more to offer to holidaymakers. From rich culture and history, excellent shopping, beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine to hiking, water parks, snorkeling and water sports for all the family, young and old, the Costa del Sol is packed with attractions. If you’re yet to be convinced, here are five reasons why you might want to choose the beautiful Costa del Sol for your next holiday.
1. Stay in First Class Accommodation
Spain has been such a popular holiday destination (and also a top emigration choice for British and German ex-pats) that the accommodation options there are second to none. There are plenty of hotels to suit every budget, but often the most luxurious choice is to book one of the stunning villas in Costa del Sol. Whether you choose to be in the town, countryside or by the beach, families, couples and groups will be able to find a home from home.
2. Explore Rich Culture and Heritage
The Costa del Sol is home to the birthplace of one of the most famous painter’s in the world, Pablo Picasso. Specifically, in the city of Malaga, you will find museums about his life and work such as the Museo Picasso, but also on several other iconic aspects of Spanish history and culture. There are museums that delve into wine, glass, archaeology, bullfighting, and crystal to name just a few.
3. Experience Traditional Spanish Villages and Towns
The Costa del Sol is home to beautiful white-washed villages (Pueblos Blancos) and medieval towns that still retain their historic charm. One of the areas most famous is Ronda which is located on top of a mountain and is split into two parts by the Tajo Canyon and connected by an impressive stone bridge called Puente Nuevo. You can enjoy incredible views of the surrounding landscape from Ronda as well as exploring the history of the city. Antequera – the ‘Crossroads of Andalusia’ – is another city that is worth visiting as there are more than 50 archaeological sites and monuments.
4. Explore Stunning Natural Scenery
The beaches of Costa del Sol are certainly a big attraction, but there is plenty of beauty to be found inland in the rolling hills and countryside of Andalusia. There is a wide range of footpaths and hiking trails that enable you to explore the diversity that the landscape has to offer. The Caminito del Rey or The King’s Path is famous but not for the fainthearted as it travels up the sheer walls of the El Chorro Gorge and is 100 metres above the Guadalhorce River.
5. Relaxation, Shopping and Nightlife
Some people go on holiday to relax in peace and tranquility while others go to let off steam and enjoy new experiences. Luckily, whatever you’re looking for, Costa del Sol has the answer. Shopping fans can enjoy handmade crafts, local markets, designer boutiques and modern department stores. The nightlife is varied and exciting with traditional Spanish restaurants by the sea or harbor, as well as lively clubs and bars. For a more upmarket dining experience you’ll also find Michelin starred restaurants. For active holidays, there are plenty of waters sports to enjoy either on the beach or at one of the Costa del Sol water parks, hiking trails and gold at one of the 70+ world-class courses.