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Luxury Costa del Sol Holidays

Sultry southern charm

Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol curves around Spain's southern coast and is fringed with miles of golden sand. But although the beaches are a big draw here, the area has plenty more going for it  like its pueblos blancos, the pretty, whitewashed towns and villages that freckle the hillsides, or the rolling sierras that make great walking and cycling territory.

In the west, you’ll find glam Marbella and beachy Estepona, while the other end of the costa is home to Nerja’s tapas bars and whitewashed houses.

The Costa del Sol also offers plenty of day-trip opportunities. Cross the border into Gibraltar to see its cheeky Barbary apes, explore the sight-packed cities of Seville and Cordoba, or tour the impressive Alhambra Palace in Granada. The often-overlooked city of Malaga is also worth a look  it's had something of a renaissance over the past few years, and is now home to a slew of museums and cultural attractions. 


Helen Lippe

No trip to the Costa del Sol is complete without a visit to the amazing city of Malaga. The array of tapas bars and sherry bodegas is astounding. The most famous is El Pimpi near the Plaza Merced. Here you can find photographs of famous visitors to the bar, including Antonio Banderas and Tony Blair.

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Destinations in Costa Del Sol
Estepona is a portside resort with plenty of charm. A flowering old town and hole-in-the-wall tapas bars pair up with a polished marina and bar-lined sandy beaches.
Guestlist-only beach lounges, the Golden Mile, and tapas bars sponsored by Moët & Chandon – Marbella is where the jet-set crowd go to see and be seen.
Nerja is the easternmost town in the Costa del Sol. The coastline dishes up a sail-white old town and sandy beaches, plus a promenade with dramatic Mediterranean and mountain views.

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Our pick of the top hotels on the Costa del Sol
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Elba Estepona Gran Hotel and Thalasso Spa

Costa Del Sol, Estepona

Gran Meliá Don Pepe

Costa Del Sol, Marbella

Hotel Balcón de Europa

Costa Del Sol, Nerja

Hotel Fuerte Marbella

Costa Del Sol, Marbella

Iberostar Marbella Coral Beach

Costa Del Sol, Marbella

Puente Romano Beach Resort and Spa

Spain, Marbella
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Flight Information

Flights to the Costa del Sol take around 2 hours 30 minutes from the UK. 

When to go

With a name that translates as the Sunshine Coast, it’s no surprise that this slice of Spain gets over 300 days of sun a year. Things start to heat up in the spring, with temperatures nudging the 20s, while in the height of summer, the mercury often tops 30°C.

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.


Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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