Costa del Sol Attractions, Spain

If you are planning a trip to the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to attractions, events and year-round sunshine.

Malaga´s coastal towns attract thousands of visitors each year and include: Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella, Mijas-Costa and Estepona. Average summer temperatures on the Costa del Sol top 28ºC, and many beaches have been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness and amenities.

Torremolinos has evolved from a fishing village in the 1960´s into a cosmopolitan town that offers excellent beaches, seafood restaurants and bars. Benalmadena has an award-winning Marina and a host of things for the kids to see and do including The Sea Life Centre in the middle of town. Fuengirola is the perfect holiday town for all ages. This family resort has one of the longest promenades in Europe, lined with bars, restaurants and street cafés.

Marbella is the most upmarket resort on the Costa del Sol, and is home to the rich kid´s playground of Puerto Banus. For a special treat, try the buffet lunch at the Marbella Club Hotel, or stroll along to the Ocean Club in Puerto Banus, with its elegant surroundings and luxurious sun loungers.

Estepona is a quieter resort which has retained its Spanish charm. Whitewashed houses nestle side by side in the narrow streets of the town, and the beaches are sandy and safe. Typical Spanish restaurants jostle for position next to English bars, street cafés and some fabulous tapas restaurants. The Marina is the place to go if you want some serious nightlife, or simply to sit and watch the word go by during the long, hot summer days.

Moving inland, Granada is one of Andalucia´s most historical and interesting cities. Home to the Alhambra Palace, built by the Moors in the 1300´s, this intriguing city attracts thousands of visitors every year. In addition to the amazing monuments an architecture, the city boasts many fine restaurants and is also the ´home of the tapa.´ Granada is well known for serving free tapas with every drink.

Seville is a vibrant, passionate city which hosts one of the most famous annual ferias in Spain. The Feria de Abril is not to be missed. If you want to take part in the processions, dance the night away in one of the casetas (marquees) or join in the fun at the fairground, book accommodation as early as possible.

A quick glance at a map of Seville will show you a city divided practically right down the middle by the Guadalquivir River. You’ll find the majority of the action on the eastern bank in the districts of La Macarena, El Arenal, the Centro, Santa Cruz, and María Luisa. However, don’t miss the western bank barrios, especially Triana, as they offer up a less-touristy, unique atmosphere of their own.

Seville Cathedral, the Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede, is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The cathedral was completed in the early 16th century, and it is the burial ground of explorer and founder of the Americas, Christopher Columbus.

If you are planning a trip to Spain’s Costa del Sol, book a guided tour to make the most of your stay. Choose from hop-on, hop, off buses in Malaga, gastronomic tours in Seville, walking tours in Marbella and Alhambra tours in Granada.

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