How To Make the Most Out of Your Trip to Costa del Sol
If you are planning a trip to this beautiful part of Spain, a little preparation goes a long way! There are so many different places to go, things to do, and things to see that without a plan, you can easily be overwhelmed. We’ve assembled a quick guide so that you get the most out of your trip to the stunning Costa del Sol!
The Costa del Sol enjoys up to 320 sunny days a year and 165 km of coastline in the south of Spain – no wonder many people travel just for the beaches! Playa del Canuelo is often considered one of the best beaches along the coast because of its unique grey sand which allows for very clear water. You find this coastal paradise on the eastern edge of the Costa del Sol at the foot of the Maro cliffs within a nature reserve, so expect amazing views as well. Other beaches to check out along the coast include Playa del Cristo, Torremolinos and El Gobernador Beach, which has calm waters, a rocky backdrop and a picturesque cove called Cala de las Sardinas.
This region of Spain is home to much more than just beaches. It also has a number of spots ripe with natural beauty and adventure for outdoorsy visitors. Don’t miss the Cuevas de Nerja on the eastern end of the Costa del Sol, where an underground cave full of stalagmites and stalactites has such great acoustics that it plays host to the International Festival of Music and Dance every summer! Also check out El Torcal Natural Park in Antequera which is home to amazing rock formations. Finally the Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena features a cactus garden, lots of animals (including emus, goats and peacocks) and a tree park.
Malaga has been touched by influences from a series of different civilizations throughout the centuries, and as such there is no shortage of intriguing historical sites to visit. Whether you choose to visit remnants of Roman architecture in the form of the Roman theater in Malaga city and the Castle Cemetery or churches and Islamic architecture, the Malaga province has a lot to offer historically.
Although culture often falls under the same category as history, there are some more offbeat things to do throughout Malaga which show various sides of Andalucian culture. For instance, the Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga shows the history of crystal in the region, while the Museo Automovilistico de Malaga features a collection of amazing old cars. If museums aren’t your thing, explore the music, clubs and bars dotted along the Costa del Sol to get a feel for the local people.
Looking for foodie heaven on the Costa del Sol? The luxury resort of Marbella is home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, Skina, which offers up local seafood and Mediterranean style dishes. Throughout the Costa del Sol you’ll find restaurants featuring everything from traditional local recipes like those at Casa Paco Restaurant in Coin to dazzling international cuisine in Restaurante Palangreros in Fuengirola.
The Costa del Sol is far more than just a beach destination – try a few of these things and enjoy your time away.
Have you been to Costa del Sol? If so, what was your favorite thing about Costa del Sol?