Top 10: what to do on the Costa del Sol

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Last update: 20 January, 2020

If you’ve always dreamed about a getaway to southern Spain, you should keep reading about what to do on the Costa del Sol.

Sun and fun are waiting for you!

The Costa del Sol, belonging to Malaga province, is one of the most appealing tourist destinations in whole Spain. You can enjoy plenty of things while spending your holidays here, a chance you can’t miss for anything in the world, so take a look at some ideas with which to fill your free time.

1. Soak up the natural atmosphere

Breathe in the natural atmosphere in Costa del Sol - El Torcal

The Costa del Sol and the province of Malaga rely on fantastic natural parks, where plenty of paths are made available for visitors. You can either choose to visit the Sierra de las Nieves natural park in the nearby of Malaga, or “feel the adrenaline running through your skin” while taking a tour at the breathtaking Caminito del Rey.

And if old karstic formation and thousand-year-old history attract you, go and visit the Torcal de Antequera and the Dolmens. An injection of natural vibes will instantly improve your mood.

2. Enjoy the weather on magnificent beaches

Enjoy the beaches of Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is known for relying on more than 300 sunny days per year, something that makes it impossible not to enjoy the plenty of beaches with which it is provided. There are gold-sand beaches, pebbled ones, where you can enjoy nudism and where you can go with your four-legged friend. All of them are within a stone’s throw from Malaga city centre.

3. Visit the city of Malaga for free

Visit Malaga for free

The real thing, the real deal! You can discover Malaga city centre for free. You just have to plan your schedule to visit it all, and Malaga won’t have any more secrets. Enjoy the fascinating museums, the lush Jardín Botánico and give yourself the possibility to get to know the culture in Malaga without breaking the bank.

4. Take a tour around the most picturesque white towns 

Tour around the picturesque towns in Costa del Sol

Some indescribably picturesque white villages are spread all over the Costa del Sol. Discover their history, what they are famous for, and what their charm comes from. Choose to visit them all or spend your holidays relaxing in one of them. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!

5. Relax at the Hammam

Relax at the Hammam Al-Ándalus in Malaga
Photo by Hammam Al-Ándalus Malaga

After visiting many, many things in Costa del Sol, you deserve a moment of complete relaxation. And the Costa del Sol has got it covered, too! Apart from the numerous spas on the whole coast, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Hammam Al-Ándalus in the city centre of Malaga, and get hold of the special discount thought just for you!

6. Live the Semana Santa as a local

Live the Semana Santa as a local

The Holy Week is an incredibly heartfelt celebration that takes place during the last week of Lent, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Malaga and the whole Costa del Sol celebrate it in the most mesmerising ways, with thrones, nazareths, hombres de trono, and so on. The magnificence of this festivity is worldwide known, so you can’t miss attending it if you’re in Costa del Sol during Easter.

7. Eat churros and pitufos with nube

Espetos de sardinas in Costa del Sol

In Costa del Sol, the cuisine is one of the most appealing ways of getting to know the Andalusian culture. Specifically, in Malaga, you must try espetos de sardinas, delicious grilled sardines in a chiringuito, the typical restaurant on the beach. Have tea with chocolate and churros (a special long doughnut), and have breakfast with a pitufo (a small portion of bread you can eat in thousands of different ways).

Know that coffee always accompanies the pitufo. Learn how to ask for different kinds of coffee before getting to Malaga. This video can help you turn yourself into a coffee master 😉

Video by Café Central Málaga

8. Go shopping in the best shopping centres

Go shopping in Costa del Sol
Photo by Rosaleda

In the shopping centres in Malaga and Costa del Sol, you will find all the facilities you need extremely close to the city and the main towns of the famous Costa del Sol. Maybe you want to watch a movie in Spanish to improve your knowledge, or you fancy treating yourself to some specialities in the bars and restaurants, and then buy the most Spanish stuff in the countless shops provided. You can do it all in Costa del Sol.

9. Give yourself a treat in Marbella and Puerto Banús

Treat yourself to luxury in Marbella and Puerto Banus

And if you don’t feel satisfied with the treats yet, you can always tour around attractive Marbella and the luxury Puerto Banús. Here you can spot some shiny sports cars, eat in one of the most prestigious restaurants, and walk alongside the illustrious Paseo Muelle de Ribera. You will find that luxury is within everyone’s reach in Costa del Sol.

10. Spend your holidays at one of the best holiday homes

What to do in Costa del Sol - Rent a holiday home

To enjoy your holidays at best, you may want to rest at one of the most amazing holiday homes and villas in Costa del Sol. The closeness to the sea, the breathtaking views provided, the warm sun rays and the private pool are the most noteworthy features of this magnificent accommodations, which will welcome countless moments of relaxation as well as fun. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy an unforgettable holiday in a spectacular environment.

Choosing what to do on the Costa del Sol may be complicated, given all the overwhelming possibilities you are offered.

We hope this article has provided you with some interesting ideas!

Have you already been to Costa del Sol? Which are the activities you enjoyed the most? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • There are some absolute hidden gems in the Costa Del Sol, away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas. The white washed villages of Frigiliana and Mijas are so pretty and are a lovely way to spend the afternoon strolling through the winding and cobbled streets!

    1. We offer exclusive private tours of Ronda and Mijas Pueblo, Hotel pick up and drop off, your group only, in an air conditioned minibus, a fully guided walking tour with English guide, plus time on your own for lunch / shopping etc.