What to do in Costa del Sol?

Beyond beaches, what is there to see and do in Costa Del Sol

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Things to see and do in Costa Del Sol

Depends on where you’re staying, there are plenty of things to do in Costa Del Sol. Some of the posts discuss on specific ideas. For example, like this one is on what to do in Marbella while this one discusses things to see and do in Benalmadena and this post talks about things to do in Malaga

In general, following will be a good idea

  • Take a day trip to Gibraltar to see the monkeys and to take a boat ride to see the dolphins.
  • I definitely recommend going to the Caves of Nerja and trying the paella in Ayo.
  • In Marbella, you can visit the old part of town, enjoy its famous beaches like Playa de la Venus or Puente Romano, as well as visiting Puerto Banús.
  • In Málaga you can go to museums, you can see the Roman amphitheater
    and go inside the Moorish castle of la Alcazaba, go on the Ferris wheel, visit the gardens of La Concepció.

There are many other towns along the coast that you can visit like Frigiliana, Benalmádena, Mijas, Fuengirola… You can visit beautiful beaches in almost every town. Or you could visit water parks like Aquamijas (in mijas) or Aquavelis (Torre del Mar).

What to do when it rains?

If it rains (which is not very usual), your options would be like going to museums, exhibitions, shopping centers or indoor things like that. If you’re staying in Málaga, I’d recommend Pompidou or Museo Ruso, as well as an interactive music museum called MIMMA. Another option could be to go to the butterfly park in Benalmádena, or maybe go bowling or to the cinema. Spain dubs movies, so if you’re looking for movies in their original language, your options in Málaga are Plaza Mayor or Cine Albéniz.

Free things to do in Costa Del Sol

Costa Del Sol has an image of being an expensive destination. There are many free things to do in Costa Del Sol. To start with, All of the beaches are free! There might be the rare beach that’s exclusive to hotels, but the main attraction of Costa del Sol are its beaches, so take advantage of that. I’d say the best beaches are in Marbella and in Nerja. Nerja has playa de Burriana, a very popular tourist site, and Playa de Maro, which is a bit more secluded and has the best scenery.

Some free things you can do in Málaga are going up to Gibralfaro to see the views from up there, or you can try to go up the AC Málaga Palacio hotel, which usually lets people go up to the terrace for free and the views from up there are very beautiful. You can also take a walk through Muelle Uno or the old part of Málaga.

There are some museums that are free. You can start with CAC, a contemporary art museum which is always free for everyone. You can go in free to the Museo de Málaga if you’re a member of the UE. The Pompidou and Museo Ruso are free for under 18’s or if you have the European Youth Card. If that’s not the case, they are free on Sundays from 16:00 until closing time. You can also go in free to the Thyssen Museum on Sundays after 17:00 and in the museo Picasso on Sundays for the last two hours of opening time. The museums will likely be packed during those last hours, so I’d recommend looking into the reduced fees if there’s a museum you’re particularly interested in. For example, some museums will give a discount if you have the European Youth Card, for students, or if you’re over 65.

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