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Holidays in Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol lives up to its name of the Sunshine Coast – the original home of the sun, sea, sand and sangria holiday. Miles of golden beaches stretch along the Andalucian coast, where family-friendly resorts like Benalmadena rub shoulders with lively Torremolinos. Look out for celebrities in glitzy Marbella, or explore the cobbled streets of Málaga’s old town during your Costa del Sol holiday.

20s to 30s °C

The best time to visit Costa del Sol is late spring and early autumn when temperatures are still in the 20s (°C)

2.5 hours

The Costa del Sol has one airport, which is 11km south-west of Málaga.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to the Costa del Sol for the ultimate sun-filled holiday on golden beaches backed by dramatic mountains.

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Don Paquito Hotel

Torremolinos, Torremolinos

The lively resort town of Torremolinos, on the Costa del Sol of southern Spain, is home to the 3-star Don Paquito Hotel which offers affordable accommodation to couples and families in search of a fun holiday in the sun. There are 66 comfortable rooms available at the modern Don Paquito Hotel, complemented by a restaurant for breakfast and evening dinner and a bar service. The essential holiday requirement of sparkling swimming pool and solarium greets you and you will appreciate the easy reach of the town facilities, beach with water sports, attractions and theme parks. Be kind to your budget without compromising on comfort and book into the 3-star Don Paquito Hotel for all the fun of Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol of Spain. Getting to the hotel: 8km from Malaga International Airport. Local tips: The hotel is only 100m from the beach, 500m from the renowned promenade, La Carihuela, a...



Head west of Málaga for some of the best-known resorts in Spain. Bustling Torremolinos and its family-friendly neighbour Benalmadena share some of the most exceptional beaches in the Costa del Sol. Further west is Fuengirola with its Blue Flag beaches and ancient castle. Chichi Marbella attracts the wealthy and famous to its beautiful beaches and upscale port. Estepona combines fun on the beach with a delightful old town of cobbled streets and narrow lanes. The Costa del Sol’s capital, Málaga, has an elegant traffic-free old town and seafront lined with some of the Costa del Sol’s top restaurants.

Ride through the clouds on a cable car up to Monte Calamorro overlooking Benalmadena. On a clear day you can see the coast of Africa. Relax in Marbella’s whitewashed old town before checking out the eye-wateringly expensive yachts in the marina. Cobbled alleyways and pretty squares fill Estepona’s charming old quarter. Head to the foothills of the Almijara mountain range to the neighbouring resorts of Nerja and Almuñécar with their long beaches and palm-shaded promenades. After a day at the beach at Torremolinos, drive into the hills to visit some of the Costa del Sol’s picturesque "white towns".

The glittering shores of Andalucia have some of the best places in the Costa del Sol for a relaxing beach holiday. All of Fuerngirola’s beaches have the coveted Blue Flag label, the only municipality in Spain to do so. For fun water-based activities in the Costa del Sol, head to the powdery sands of Playa La Carihuela in Torremolinos. Marbella’s three sandy beaches are as groomed as the resort’s celebrity visitors. Sprawl along the 5km of palm-fringed beaches at San Pedro de Alcantara, home to a popular weekly food market and one of the few places in the Costa del Sol to have Roman ruins.

It’s very easy to keep the children entertained, as there so many exciting things for kids to do in the Costa del Sol. They’ll be enthralled by the creatures on display at Sea Life in Benalmadena as they walk through the underwater tunnel. Give them a glimpse of the jungles of Africa and Asia as they get close to the exotic animals at Bioparc in Fuengirola. Crocodiles are the stars of the show at Cocodrilos Park, one of the most fascinating attractions in the Costa del Sol. Tivoli World is one of the best places in the Costa del Sol for an exhilarating day on daredevil rides

Head into the hills north of Málaga to explore one of the most extraordinary natural attractions in the Costa del Sol. As you hike past the limestone rocks and peaks of El Torcal nature reserve, you’ll think you’ve landed in an episode of Star Trek. What’s thought to be the world’s longest stalactite hangs in the Nerja Caves, one of the most popular natural attractions in the Costa del Sol and a cool place to escape the heat. In Nerja itself is the high platform of Balcón de Europa, one of the best places in the Costa del Sol to take in fantastic views.

Recommended offers in Costa del Sol

Doramar Apartments

Costa Del Sol, Costa Del Sol

Enjoy a break away in Spain by booking your family holiday at the Doramar Apartments. The Doramar Apartments are located in the centre of Benalmadena, just 150 metres from the beach. The accommodation is of a good standard and well maintained. Shops, restaurants, cafes, bars as well at the Puerto Marina, Tivoli Amusement Park, Granada, Sevilla, Ronda and many other interesting places are close to the Doramar Apartments. Getting to the hotel: Malaga Airport is 10km from the Doramar Apartments. Please note a refundable breakage/key deposit of EUR100 is payable upon arrival (cash only). Due to the location on a slope this hotel may not be suitable for people relying on a wheelchair or with walking difficulties. The hotel has a ramp access. FACILITIES: Food, drink and entertainment: Self Catering accommodation. There is a restaurant in the complex featuring Mediterranean cuisine and also a b...



Hotel Chaparil

Nerja, Nerja

The Chaparil Hotel is a quiet property offering great value for money from a central location just 300 metres from La Torrecilla Beach and five minutes from the Balcon de Europa. The shops, bars and restaurants in the centre of Nerja are just 200 metres away. This small family-run hotel has just 26 guestrooms, all of which are air conditioned and have a balcony or terrace. There is also a breakfast room, a luggage room, room service and easy parking outside. All have - bathroom/shower - WC - air conditioning/heating - satellite TV - telephone ¿ safe - (certain amenities may be payable locally)Please note that cots in the hotel Chaparil have to be paid directly to the hotel, the price is 8,00 ¿ per cot and day.



Club La Costa World

Mijas Costa, Mijas Costa

Club La Costa World, a CLC World Resort is located on the Mijas coast and is almost an Andalusian village in itself, nestled in splendid surroundings on the Costa del Sol in Spain. The complex is perfect for couples and families with spacious studio, one and two bedroom apartments set in lush gardens and equipped with modern conveniences. Guests to Club La Costa World can use all the facilities of this vast resort and go further to visit nearby Marbella and Puerto Banus to mix with the jet set in probably the world's best known Marina. Other places of interest within easy striking distance include Fuengirola, Ronda, Marbella, Mijas, and many of the 'white villages'. Getting to the hotel: Malaga Airport is 32 km from the Club La Costa World. Local Tips: This area is truly a haven for golf enthusiasts close to the exclusive golf courses of El Chaparral, and Miraflores, as well as 10 more c...




Families: Give the kids an exotic and fun-filled day out at the Bioparc zoo at Fuengirola.

Golfers: Practise your swing at Valderrama, rated one of the best golf courses in the world.

Celebrity spotters: Be dazzled by the enormous yachts in Puerto Banús near Marbella.


Language: The language spoken in the Costa del Sol is Spanish.

Currency: The currency used in the Costa del Sol is Euro (€).

Local time: Costa del Sol is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: The Costa del Sol has one airport, which is 11km south-west of Málaga.

Flight time from UK: About 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Tourist Information: Further Costa del Sol tourist information can be found at

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Costa del Sol.


Temperatures: High 20s to 30s (°C)

Best time to visit Costa del Sol: Late spring and early autumn when temperatures are still in the 20s (°C).

The weather on the Costa del Sol promises more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Even in winter it averages about 15°C. Summers in the Costa de Sol are hot and dry.


By train/bus: Getting around in the Costa del Sol is simple thanks to a network of trains and buses that connects Málaga with the main resorts.

By taxi: Taxis are plentiful and can be flagged in the street. Just look out for the word “libre” or a green light.

By car hire: The most practical way of seeing the best places in the Costa del Sol, including the nialnd villages, is to hire a car.


Carnival: February is carnival time in the Costa del Sol, when most cities have one big bash before Lent.

Semana Santa: Easter’s traditional celebrations during “Semana Santa”, or Holy Week, fill the streets with parades and processions.

Santa's Day: Throughout the year, towns and villages honour their patron saint in exuberant Andalucian style. Marbella goes wild every June as it celebrates San Bernabe with a week of dancing and entertainment.

Flamenco:  Fireworks herald the start of five days of feasting and flamenco during Málaga Feria every August. In September and October, it’s the turn of Fuengirola and Nerja to join the fiesta frenzy.

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