Costa Del Sol - Malaga, Marbella, and Torremolinos
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Top Things To Do in Costa Del Sol
Indulge in a bit of luxury and glamour on Marbella’s Nikki Beach, probably the most famous beach in the area – if not the country. This is the place to be if you want to party on the beach through the day or night!
For more family-oriented beach time, you’re spoilt for choice in Torremolinos. La Carihuela, Playamar and Bajondilo beaches are perfect for kids of all ages, with cafés, sunbeds, play areas and loads of opportunities to get out on the sea on a sailboat or pedalo.
As well as fabulous beaches, things to do in Torremolinos for families include Aqualand, the Costa Del Sol’s biggest water park. Kids can enjoy a day filled with adventure on the rides and slides, while grown-ups relax in the sun or join in the fun!
If it’s nightlife you want, you’ve come to the right place! Marbella or “Marbs” as it’s now famously known is a favourite get-away of the rich and famous, so expect high-glamour bars and clubs and sumptuous fine dining (often with prices to match)
Torremolinos was the first developed Costa Del Sol resort, and as such has become a bit of a clubbers’ haven with top international DJs frequenting the huge clubs.
Culture & History
Malaga is definitely worth a day trip if you’re staying in the Costa Del Sol. As one of the oldest cities in the world, you won’t be short of things to do in Malaga when it comes to culture and history – don’t miss the historic city centre with its majestic, unfinished Gothic cathedral, narrow pedestrian streets and some of the best tapas bars in the area!.
Break for the Border!
Cross into British territory on a day trip to Gibraltar, where you can spend British money, see British policemen and visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar with its Barbary Apes!
Or why not get a taste of Africa and visit the Kasbah, go inside a souk, see snake charmers and more on a day trip to Tangier in Morocco!
Costa Del Sol – Quick Facts
- Flight Time from UK:
- Approx. 2h 40min
- Costa del Sol is served by Malaga’s “Pablo Ruíz Picasso” airport
- Temperatures in the Costa Del Sol average 24°C in July and August, and 17°C in January.
- Country code: +34
- Emergency Services Number: 112
- EU standard, 220 V
Getting Around in Costa Del Sol
- From the Airport
- Malaga airport has good transport links with the entire Costa del Sol. You can get to Malaga on the frequent trains or buses which depart from the airport - trains take about 10 minutes and buses about half an hour.
- Buses run from Malaga’s bus station at Paseo de los Tilos to Marbella, Estepona, Granada, Córdoba, and Seville (among others).
- You can find bus timetables at www.estabus.emtsam.es
- Malaga’s train station is next door to the bus station. Trains from Malaga run from the city along the coast to Fuengirola, via Torremolinos and Marbella.
- You can find train timetables at www.renfe.es.
- Taxis can be flagged down in the street or found at taxi ranks around the Costa Del Sol resorts.
- When a taxi is available, it will display a sign on the windscreen reading “Libre” or a green light on top of the roof.
- Hiring a car is a great way to explore the Costa del Sol more independently and at your own pace!
- There are loads of car rental agencies, both at Malaga airport and in the main resorts.
- The N340 motorway travels across the coast, making it easy to find your way around even if you’re not familiar with the area. Most of the Costa Del Sol resorts are within a 2-hour drive, or even less.
This region of Spain enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year - no wonder its name translates as the “coast of the sun”! Three of the main destinations on the Costa Del Sol are:
Malaga: One of the oldest cities in the world, packed full of traditional Spanish attractions, with a mixture of ancient history, folklore and modern culture.
Marbella: Spain's answer to St Tropez, “Marbs” is the place see and be seen! Perfect for celebrity-spotting and glamour on the beach and in the bars.
Torremolinos: The party capital of the Costa del Sol and famous for its wild, hedonistic party culture, with miles of pristine beaches and plenty of watersports.