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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.

13-25 °C

Costa del Sol enjoys a Mediterranean climate with over 300 days of sunshine a year.


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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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.


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: 13-25 (°C)

If you’re planning on a beach holiday, visit Costa del Sol in the summer when you can expect glorious highs of 29 and up to 11 hours of sunshine a day. The weather is still warm enough for sunbathing during the late spring and early autumn, but drops to the mid-teens throughout the winter.  


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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