Temperatures: 17°C - 31°C
If you’re planning on hitting the beach and topping up your tan, book your holidays to Costa del Sol between May and September. During these months, the mercury hovers between the high twenties and the low thirties °C, with up to 12 hours of sunshine a day. Spring and autumn offer slightly cooler conditions, with temperatures in the low-to-mid-twenties. Even the winters are warm, with the temperatures only going as low as the mid-teens.
Families: The Bioparc zoo at Fuengirola has faithfully recreated a series of environments, so wild animals can live in habitats that are as close to the originals as possible. Take the kids to see a wide variety of exotic beasties.
Golfers: Practice 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. Celebs, such as Hugh Grant, Mel Gibson and Eva Longoria have all been spotted in the area.
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Language: While the official language spoken here is Spanish, the locals have a good command of English. However, an attempt at the basics is always appreciated, so pack your phrasebook or download our useful language app and try out a few simple phrases for yourself.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your pounds and pence for Euros before heading off on your Costa del Sol holidays.
Local time: Costa del Sol is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Malaga Airport. Transfers to Torremolinos take 30 minutes, to Benalmadena it's 45 minutes, to Nerja and Fuengirola it's 1 hour, and it takes 1 hour 15 minutes to Marbella.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Costa del Sol is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitcostadelsol.com
Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Costa del Sol.
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By train/bus: Getting around 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 here, including the inland villages, is to hire a car.
Carnival: With Lent on the horizon, the Andalusians like to cut loose with the biggest party in the country: Carnival! Depending on where you’ve booked your Costa del Sol holidays, the celebrations will last either for a weekend or an entire week! Expect colourful costumes, flamboyant floats and plenty of drinking and dancing.
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 typical Andalusian 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.
For up to date advice on travelling to the Costa Del Sol, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/safety-and-security