Sultry southern charm
The Costa del Sol has a reputation as a busy, tourist-laden stretch of coast in the south of Spain, and in some places it certainly is. However, extending around 70 kilometres, from vibrant, urban Malaga to the narrow streets of the quaint Estapona, Costa del Sol holidays are as diverse as the terrain and ambience you’ll find there. A world away from the busy beaches full of water sports and tavernas and large hotel complexes with activities for everyone in Torremolinos, there are opulent hotels and villas; exclusive, sandy beaches; smart seafood restaurants, and Spanish tapas bars.
Inland from the coast, sparsely populated, scenic mountains are dotted with small villages, their white-washed houses contrasting with the colourful bougainvillea and providing an insight into traditional culture and crafts. Sightseers will love the views from the lofty town of Ronda, overlooking its awesome deep ravine, and appreciate the fascinating history of the Alhambra in Granada. Ideal for couples, families, and those seeking activity, a luxury holiday to Costa del Sol can be many things. If you’re looking for days off the beach, walk, cycle or horse ride along the mountain tracks and into the pine forests, enjoying views of the sea and the snow capped peaks of Sierra Nevada.
If you’re looking for luxury holidays in Costa del Sol, look no further than Marbella. Its “golden mile” of palm lined, sun drenched beaches stretch from exclusive Marbella to upmarket, trendy Puerto Banus. Numerous beach clubs and restaurants offer long lunches overlooking the sea, romantic cocktails and tapas and outstanding service and quality. Here you can enjoy the ultimate beach club experience with every desirable amenity.
Luxury holidays in Costa del Sol don’t just centre around Marbella. Simply pitch your swimming towels along one of the coast’s public beaches where the sand is still soft, the water warm and amenities available. If you’re looking for water sports, just ask. A wander along the sand and you’ll find invitation-only beach clubs where celebrities and the very wealthy hang out, attracted to Costa del Sol by its beauty and opulence.
Nightlife along the Costa del Sol is varied, with plenty of cosmopolitan bars to enjoy, and restaurants staying open until late. Find a table overlooking one of the marinas, admiring the many and varied yachts moored there. Stroll around the old town, dip into shops selling chic brands or others with more reasonable price tags, before settling down to a cocktail in one of the bars. Still not sure which destination is best for your luxury Costa del Sol holidays? Speak to one of our expert Trusted Advisers today.
Flights to the Costa del Sol take around 2 hours 30 minutes from the UK.
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.
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.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.