For the best beaches, you may want to go to Marbella (beaches like Puente Romano or Playa de Venus), Cala de Mijas, or Playa de Burriana in Nerja. Marbella also has good nightlife (popular nightclubs like Lemmon, Seven, Funky Buddha)
I will also recommend spending a night or two in the city of Málaga. Some chill places to go out in Málaga can be bars like Metro Copas, La Guardia or Morrissey's Irish Pub, but you can walk around the streets near Plaza Uncibay and go into the places with the vibe that you’re looking for. I also recommend Sala Premier in Malaga because of its fantastic decorations (film memorabilia, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones...). Aside from beaches and the nightlife, you can go the many museums in Málaga (Pompidou or Picasso are some examples).
Where you want to go in Costa Del Sol depends on what you want in your holiday. Common themes that tourists to Costa Del Sol indulge are
- Family holiday
Where to go in Costa del Sol for a beach holiday?
On the Western Costa del Sol, you can consider following towns
All the above towns are blessed with spectacular beaches. Two standout beaches on the western Costa Del Sol are Playa Malaspequera (also called Playa Torrebermeja) in Benalmadena and Cabopino Beach in Marbella. Playa Malaspequera beach is scenic with ample facilities for watersports. Cabopino Beach is popular with those on a family vacation. Apart from these two beaches, you will find amazing beaches in every town that I have listed above.
On the eastern end, following are popular beach towns
- Rincón de la Victoria
- Torre del Mar
In general, beaches on the eastern side are little less developed but more picturesque than their western counterparts. In my opinion, the best beach is Playa de Maro, just east of Nerja. Playa de Maro boasts of crystal clear water and excellent small alcoves. You can go kayaking and snorkeling. Snorkeling is particularly recommended as the calm and clear waters mean plenty of opportunities to see and admire fish.
Access to the beach involves a fair bit of walking. Parking is an issue unless you reach the beach quite early.
Where to go in Costa del Sol for an active nightlife?
The Costa del Sol coast is famous for its nightlife. Party hubs include Puerto Banus, Marbella, and Benalmadena. Marbella, in particular, is known for its glitzy demeanor and lively nightlife. If you are a culture vulture and a night owl, it has to be Malaga for you. Malaga offers over thirty museums, the Alcazaba Fortress and the La Manquita Renaissance Cathedral. By night, Malaga transforms into a nightlife hub. Teeming with students nights at Malaga are intense, loud and unpredictable.
Where to go in Costa Del Sol for a golf holiday?
Costa Del Sol with sunshine for more than 300 days and over 70 golf courses is a perfect destination for golfing holiday. Popular golf courses in Costa Del Sol includes Sotogrande, Valderrama, Finca Cortesin and Torrequebrada.
Where to go in Costa Del Sol for a family holiday?
Costa Del Sol is not just hedonistic nightlife destination. It is a popular destination for a family vacation. This post offers a detailed Costa del Sol itinerary when travelling with kids.
Although Marbella and Malaga might be the most well-known places on the Costa Del Sol, don’t be afraid to stray off the beaten path and explore some other, smaller coastal towns, you won’t regret it and you will discover some of the more authentic places in the region.
Benalmádena Costa is the perfect half way house between the cosmopolitan Marbella and the smaller fishing towns along the coast. Although it isn’t as popular, it still has a thriving tourist community and the means to entertain you for as long as you want to spend there. The city has plenty of golden beaches with fantastic bars and restaurants facing out to the glistening ocean all with fresh fish and Spanish cuisine that you won’t forget in a hurry. The Marina offers a touch of glitz and glamour with the occasional famous face thrown in from time to time, and the Sea Life Centre offers fun for all the family.
Torremolinos is another city that should be on any travelers list whilst exploring the Costa Del Sol. It has an almost unrivaled seven kilometers of beautiful beach, all lined with some spectacular promenades, perfect for picture taking. If you are looking for a way to spend your day, why not check out the nearby water park, or for the adrenaline lovers, there is a crocodile park nearby. Just don’t go swimming there!
However, if you are craving something a little slower paced, a bit more authentic than many of the towns along the coastal region, head to Estepona. Yes, it is no stranger to tourism, but it does maintain its historical charm with some fabulous architecture and the fact that it has 21 kilometers of coast within the city limits, means that there are some picture-perfect beaches, with water that is begging to swim in. Estepona also has some delicious local cuisine with the fried fish platter being a particular local favorite that you just have to try.