Whatever your age, you will find plenty to see and do in the Costa del Sol. Whether it’s just relaxing in the sun or enjoying a safari jeep excursion, forward planning will ensure that your time in the Costa del Sol is filled with memorable experiences.
The Costa del Sol is famous for its beaches and boasts over 300 days of sunshine each year, so it is hardly surprising that many holidaymakers head straight for the beach. There are plenty of wide beaches with pale golden sand where you can enjoy water sports activities such as banana boats, jet skiing, paragliding and scuba diving. The area is really well equipped for tourists and you will find clean tidy beaches with showers and toilets as well as plenty of parasols and sun loungers. The beach restaurants and bars offer a wide range of refreshments and the fish dishes are excellent. As well as sandy beaches, you will find sheltered coves set in rugged picturesque surroundings where you can enjoy the warm waters of the Mediterranean.
Many visitors to the Costa del Sol enjoy playing golf on one of the well-kept courses that cater for all levels of experience. Individuals and groups can play and tee times usually need to be booked in advance. The high season for golf is winter, when it is not too hot and the courses tend to be busier. Green fees are reduced in the summer and golf courses open at dawn and close late at night so golfers can avoid the heat of the midday sun.
There are many activities for families to enjoy away from the beach in the Costa del Sol. A visit to Fuengirola Zoo offers plenty to enjoy, from crocodiles to lemurs. In the summer it stays open until midnight, allowing visitors to watch the animals’ nocturnal activity. Tivoli World theme park offers a totally different experience, with over 30 exciting rides, live entertainment and themed restaurants and bars to enjoy. The Selwo adventure park is a safari park where you can see wild animals such as giraffes, elephants and lions roaming in their giant enclosures.
The Costa del Sol is a wonderful base for visiting many historical sites such as the beautiful city of Granada, where you can see the oldest Moorish palace in Spain, the Alhambra, as well as experience the old Arab quarter. It is also quite easy to visit Gibraltar with its famous Rock and the Apes’ Den via hire car whilst you are staying in the Costa del Sol. There are many other cities such as Ronda and Seville and towns such as Nerja and Marbella that are also well worth visiting.
Food and Drink
There is a wide variety of cuisine on offer in the Costa del Sol, from traditional Spanish food such as estofados to Mexican tacos and Japanese sushi. There are restaurants and bars to suit everyone, from simple beach bars, or chiringuitos, to sophisticated restaurants. Wherever you go in the Costa del Sol you will find that the quality of the food is second to none.
Margaret Pilling is a seasoned travel writer. She writes for websites and blogs on holiday beach resorts and accommodation and recently used Club La Costa to find some new travel resorts in the Costa del Sol.