Holidays to the Costa del Sol can be tailor-made to suit you. Sandy beaches, glitzy towns, historical villages and lively theme parks are just a few of the things Spain’s Sunshine Coast has to offer.
Costa del Sol
Andalucia's famous sunshine coast, the Costa del Sol, has remained ever popular for the past 60 years. Everything you could want from a Cruise & Stay holiday can be found on the 'Sunshine Coast'.
Beaches, beaches, beaches
Costa del Sol is a coastline that stretches over 160 kilometres. So, it’s a sure bet that there are some pretty amazing beaches in the area. Try Marbella for golden sand with plenty of beach bars, restaurants and high-end clubs along the way. Benalmadena has a 10-kilometre seafront and is packed with all the facilities you need for long days at the beach. Fuengirola, tucked between Marbella and Torremolinos, offers shaded interludes between sunbathing with its upmarket shops and quality tapas restaurants.
Golfers are drawn to Costa del Sol’s enviable selection of golf courses, set in idyllic weather conditions that ensure rain will almost never spoil play. But nature provides a wealth of opportunities, too, if you want to sample new pursuits by visiting Cueva del Tesoro for caving or canyoning. Of course, most of the beaches along the coast have a range of watersports to try. For high-energy thrills, you can give banana boating or paragliding a go – for a more relaxed experience, take pedalos or kayaks for a leisurely spin.
Food for all tastes
If it’s a home from home you’re looking for before or after your cruise, you won’t be disappointed with Costa del Sol’s British inspired pubs and restaurants. But that doesn’t mean you'll miss out on quality international dining. The explosion in popularity of the towns and resorts on the Costa del Sol mean everyone’s tastes are catered for, whether you prefer sampling high-end Champagne and oysters or trying traditional tapas to discover your favourite dish.
The Costa del Sol's exciting nightlife may be the perfect start (or end) to your Cruise & Stay break, but it's a fun-packed place for kids, too. Local hotels boast child-friendly facilities and the sandy beaches that gently graduate into the sea are ideal for paddling tots. Several leisure parks throughout the area will keep all ages entertained for hours, from Tivoli World to Aqualand Torremolinos. Or visit Bioparc Fuengirola for a zoo experience with a difference – the animals have no cages.
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Sandwiched between Torremolinos and Marbella, the former fishing village of Fuengirola is now one of the Costa del Sol’s biggest players. It’s got the high-rise hotels, buzzing bars and tourist-friendly restaurants to prove it, but there are also side streets and squares crammed with upmarket tapas places and chic boutiques. And a Moorish castle adds a bit of history. The real draw, though, is the super-sized sandy beach.
Teetering on the rocks on the southern tip of Andalusia – about 40 minutes from Malàga – is Nerja, AKA the jewel of the Costa del Sol. You’re in classic Costa territory here, with sandy beaches and an all-night bar scene. There’s tumultuous history to explore, too – the centrepiece is the Balcon de Europa, a viewing platform that was once part of a battle-torn castle. No wonder King Alfonso XII made Nerja his holiday home back in the 1880s.
Torremolinos’ next door neighbour is a gracious and well-loved resort on Spain’s Costa del Sol. It lines up modern hotel complexes and apartment blocks along the 10-kilometre seafront area called Benalmadena Costa, but also packs in plenty of Andalusian appeal in the Spanish part of town.
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Pop a cork on Puerto Banus' east beach
A manicure, an oversized pair of designer sunglasses and a kaftan will make you feel at home on this nipped and tucked stretch…
Front crawl on La Carihuela Beach
Just five minutes from the centre of Torremolinos, La Carihuela is an example of beach best practice in the Costa del Sol.…
Get there first at Torre del Mar Beach
This beach, half an hour’s drive from Malaga, is one to watch. At the moment, the footfall on the long sandy beach and seaside…
Paddle at El Cristo Beach
The sea just off Estepona’s shore is paddling-pool shallow, which makes it popular with families. The sand has been awarded…
Take a hamper to Las Yucas Beach
Approximately four kilometres from Benalmadena Port, Las Yucas Beach is a picnic hotspot. The 700-metre ribbon of sand and…
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