Destination of the Week: Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol is just what the doctor ordered for your summer holiday this year. From the tip of wind surfing mecca, Tarifa, to the Costa Tropical near Granada, this stretch of Andalusian coastline is one of the most cosmopolitan, vibrant beach resort areas in the world. You can swim, ski, dance and relax in a climate that’s almost always turning on the sun!
What to do
The Costa del Sol is known for fantastic beaches, lively nightlife and impressive resorts, so you might just find yourself wanting to spend your holiday lazing on the sand or sipping cocktails by the pool. But, if sights and adventure are on your agenda, there’s plenty to do.
The eastern end of the Costa del Sol is home to Nerja, where you’ll find the Cueva de Nerja grotto with wall paintings and archaeological finds, as well as the world’s largest stalactite. Head to the birthplace of Picasso in Malaga to visit the cathedral, the Museo Picasso and the bustling harbour.
Marbella is the place to go for glamour, prestigious hotels, a charming old town and a marina full of luxurious water crafts. Visit Torremolinos and nearby Benalmadena for bars, theme parks and beachside restaurants or head out on a daytrip to explore chocolate-box pretty, white hinterland villages.
Where to stay
The Costa del Sol offers a fantastic array of great-value resort package deals, but some of the best places to stay also include trendy boutique hotels, charming guesthouses and eco-friendly options. Malaga and Marbella are among the most popular towns to base your sun-filled holiday.
With direct beach access and only a short walk to Marbella’s glamorous Puerto Banus, the Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus is a top luxury choice for 5-star accommodation. For ultimate relaxation, you can enjoy an outdoor pool, a sauna, a beach club and a chic sunbaking terrace.
Located in Torremolino, steps from the beach and the seafront promenade, the Tropicana has everything you need for a summer holiday at great-value rates, including a swimming pool, an onsite restaurant and a club that’s smack bang on the beach with music and the all-important cocktails.
Right in the heart of the charming town of San Pedro, the Hostel Plaza San Pedro is friendly, relaxed and has a roof terrace with mountain and sea views, so you can chill out after a day of exploring. There are double, twin, triple and 4 bed dorms available, all with en suites, plus bed linen and towels are provided.
What to eat
If you absolutely love tapas, fried fish and wonderful wines, you’ll be in foodie heaven in the Costa del Sol. There’s also a wide variety of international restaurants, if you want a taste of home, and plenty of easy, cheap options for the whole family.
TikiTano restaurant sits on the beachfront, boasting views of Gibraltar and Africa, which alone makes it worth a visit. It’s elegant and cosmopolitan and you can try a mix of European cuisine, including mint-infused lobster bisque.
Casa Juan (££)
In the perfect people watching spot of La Carihuela square in Torremolinos, Café Juan is the place to go for succulent, fresh seafood. As well as the delights of the sea, the restaurant specialises in traditional paella, so you can choose from lobster, vegetable and seafood dishes with rice.
El Meson de Julio (£)
For budget meals and delicious tapas, you can’t go wrong with El Meson de Julio in Nerja. Along with a menu including fish, paella, meat balls and cold beer and wine, it’s in a shady location with ample people watching opportunities.
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