Costa del Sol is home to all sorts of attractions that draw in locals and visitors alike. It’s blessed with great weather all year long, beautiful beaches and golf courses, wide open parks, and its people are friendly and great to interact with. To help you get to the very best that this Andalusian paradise has to offer, here are some of the best things to do and see.
Water sports and cruises
Most visitors to Costa del Sol find it hard to ignore the allure of the Mediterranean sea and end up indulging in one of the many water sports and cruises on offer. You can find a water sports centre at virtually every beach. Whether you are a pro or a newbie, these centres will provide you with both lessons and gear so you can enjoy surfing, parasailing, jet-skiing, or whatever the adventurer in you desires.
Costa del Sol is also called Costa del Golf and that’s for a good reason. It’s got over 70 luxurious golf courses that are all perched on the coast. This endows them with stunning views of the ever blue Mediterranean sea as well as the concave Littoral Mountains.
Culture in Málaga
If for some reason you are not satisfied with the natural sun, sand and sea that Costa del Sol has to offer, a few minutes’ drive will get you to Malaga, where you can bask in the delightful culture of this Andalusian paradise. Malaga was the birthplace of Picasso so you have all sorts of art to immerse yourself in. These are housed in two museums.
You cannot claim to have sampled Andalusian cuisine if you have not had a bite of this local delicacy. Espetos are the culinary pride of Costa del Sol. They are sardines that have been skewered and roasted to delight any palate. To make them even extra delicious, you can add a little lemon and have some local white wine along with them.
The peak of Mount Cloharo calls and those that accept this invitation will be treated to some unforgettable scenery. No, you do not need any mountain climbing skills. The Teleférico Benalmádena cable ride takes you up, and while at it, you can enjoy some of the most amazing views that Costa del Sol has to offer. Other perks of getting to the mountain include star gazing, falconry demonstrations, as well as views of Sierra Nevada Mountains and the coasts of Africa.
Towns and Villages
One beautiful part about Costa del Sol is that it is dotted with towns and villages, each with its own unique attractions to offer. There is a variety of cultures from town to town, too.
Malaga: This is a city of over 600,000 people. They are a friendly bunch who will really entertain you with their extroverted nature.
Marbella: Marbella is the favourite go-to spot for most visitors of Costa del Sol. That’s partly because it is within the vicinity of Malaga Airport, but mainly because of its luxurious infrastructure, yachts, beautiful golf courses, and an exciting live nightlife.
Fuengirola: Nested between Malaga city and Marbella is the town of Fuengirola. It is a great choice for those on family holiday because of its great facilities, beaches, and the sheer load of activities to enjoy.
Estepona: If you are looking to experience old Andalucian charm in its preserved glory, get to Estepona. It is found towards the western end of Costa del Sol, right at the foot of Sierra Bermeja mountains
Fun for Kids in Costa De Sol
Costa del Sol has something for everyone, including the little ones. There are endless zoos and parks to choose from. Or, if they so wish, you could let them enjoy an array of cultural activities, outdoor adventures, and exhilarating water sports.
Some of the fun things to do and see include:
Zoo de Castellar: A special zoo where you get to interact with animals such as tigers, monkeys, rabbits, ostriches, emus, and more.
Sealife Aquarium: A chance for your kids to have an educational tour on sharks, jellyfish, turtles, and other aquatic animals.
Paloma Park: A large park where your kids get to run around, climb frames and slides, and even get to meet peacocks, hares, rabbit, and other roaming animals.
Crocodile Park: Get your kids to watch over 200 crocodiles. They will learn about the different species and even have a chance to hold and play with the younger reptiles.
Jardin de las Aguilas: Not just the kids, but the whole family will enjoy spectacular golden eagle performances. There are over 160 species of birds of prey that your kids will experience up close.
If you plan to visit this sunny patch of heaven from June to October, make sure you make hotel reservations weeks in advance. During this time, thousands of tourists mob the destination.