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Costa del Sol Holidays  

The Costa del Sol, on the coastline of Spain’s Malaga province, stretches for over 150km and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. The warm climate is the area’s biggest draw but it has other attractions too. Large resorts like this are never that far from the real Spain, and as well as having a beautiful mountainous landscape, on Costa del Sol holidays you can explore traditional villages and take a ride along one of the top scenic train routes in Europe. On the Costa del Sol you’ll have the best of both worlds, natural beauty and cultural landmarks.

26 °C

The hottest month is August when temperatures reach an average of 26°C, dropping to 12°C in January. Swimming is best in August when sea temperatures average 23°C.

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Malaga Airport: The main airport for the Costa del Sol, 8km from Malaga city centre.

Book a cheap flight to Costa del Sol with Airtours and explore the mountains and villages of traditional Spain as well as enjoy some of the best sandy beaches in the world. 

Featured holidays in Costa del Sol

Albir Garden Resort

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • On-site waterslides (May-Oct)
  • Close to Albir centre
  • Great for families

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Don Jorge Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • High-rise building
  • Next to the Palm Beach
  • Lively atmosphere

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Gran Hotel Bali

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Three outdoor pools
  • Great for families
  • Two beaches close by

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Rosamar Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Waterpark (May-Oct)
  • In the new town
  • Close to the beach

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Port Fiesta Park Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the Old Town
  • 10 minute walk to the beach
  • Rooftop pool

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Beach holidays in the Costa del Sol offer more than meets the eye. If you just want to chill by the pool or beach, this area is perfect for that, but you’ll find plenty of other options to keep you entertained too. Take a trip into Malaga to visit the birthplace of Picasso, visit the mountainous resort of Ronda or just try some water sports and activities closer to your hotel. 

The new Picasso Museum in Malaga is a good reason to spend a few hours here. It’s housed in the shell of a restored 16 th century palace in the Old City and comprised of small galleries, patios and gardens. The works on show include sculptures, drawings, paintings, graphics and ceramics. The main attraction of the museum is a sheet metal sculpture of a woman, but there are over 700 separate artworks to enjoy, providing a good overview of Picasso’s artistic development over his long lifetime. |A visit to this world-class museum should not be missed.

The railway journey from coastal Algeceras to Ronda in the mountains has been voted in the top ten of European rail journeys by Rail Europe. This 90 minute journey takes you over rivers and ravines, past forests of cork oak, rural villages and the impressive remains of Castellar de la Frontera, a 13 th century Moorish fortress. All the stations en-route have interesting local walks to the famous Cave of the Cat and other attractions. The train comes into Ronda over the stunning El Tajo gorge, which plunges to over 150 feet and makes a pretty awesome finale to an atmospheric ride. For an interesting and exciting day out with the kids, nothing compares to this rail journey across some of Spain’s most stunning countryside.

The Costa del Sol became famous in the late 20 th century because of its overdevelopment, which got rid of much of the traditional architecture and cultural attractions nearer the beaches. The good news is that the built up areas are confined to a narrow coastal strip, and has been largely reversed, with many of the inland settlements left unaffected. They include villages such as Istan, Gaucin, Tolox, Ojen and Monda, all fine examples of Pueblos Blancos, the famous white villages you might recognise from postcards. On beach holidays in Costa del Sol, Mijas makes a great destination for a day’s excursion from the coastal resorts.

Costa del Sol is best for

Nature lovers: Areas like the Los Alcornocales National Park are dedicated to wildlife conservation and make a great excursion destination. 

Families: In addition to the sandy beaches, sea and resort facilities, families can enjoy attractions like the famous coastal train ride from Algeciras to Ronda .

Snacking: Home to Tapas, the Costa del Sol is full of small bars serving to these tasty Spanish snacks, with over 70 choices on offer.

Fast facts

Language: Spanish is the official language, but others include English, German, French, Japanese, Italian and Norwegian. 

Currency: The Euro.

Local time: One hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Malaga Airport.

Flight time from the UK: Approximately three hours from London.

Weather and climate

Temperature: 26°C high in August, falling to 12°C in January. 

Best time to visit: Most holidaymakers on All Inclusive deals come in July and August for the heat and because of school holidays. If you have more flexibility you might want to take advantage of our deals in the autumn when temperatures are lower, although there are heavy showers from September to November and it can get chilly at night. In winter, the temperatures average 9°C because of the clearer skies. Regional festivals are held between June (Benalmadena) and October (Nerja) so you can usually catch at least one.

Getting Around

By train: Spain’s Renfe national train system operates along the Costa del Sol and maintains a good service throughout the region. 

By taxi: Taxis are common and relatively inexpensive, and can be found in all the bigger towns.

By hire car: Car hire is available in all towns and at the airport, where they can be booked ahead of arrival.

By bus: Buses from San Pedro and Marbella bus stations operate a regular service throughout the Costa del Sol.


For bonfires and colourful dolls: The Malaga Carnival is staged every year in the week leading up to Lent. Fireworks are set off and bonfires lit right across town, and dolls called juas are stuffed and set alight. 

For music and dance: In Marbella, the San Barnabe festival is held every June in honour of the town’s patron saint. There’s a week of dancing and music, and Flamenco shows in the plazas.

For hedonists: The Cadiz Carnival that takes place in February or March is one of the largest in Europe. One of the popular attractions is the chirigotas, trained singers who parody the news.

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