With over 150km of stunning coastline stretching along the Mediterranean Sea, it’s no great secret why the Costa del Sol is so popular with Irish holidaymakers. If you’ve been considering a holiday to the Costa del Sol but aren’t sure which resort is right for you, we’ve picked out some of our favourite places to get you started.
Once a small fishing village, Torremolinos expanded in the 1960s as hotels began popping up along the beachfront and was cemented as a tourist hotspot when the famous Frank Sinatra paid a visit. Since then, places like Playamar have become extremely popular and now offer a great nightlife, with plenty of lively bars and clubs at your disposal.
With its fishing village roots, you’d be correct in thinking Torremolinos serves delicious seafood. Be sure to take a stroll down to one of La Carihuela’s charming ‘chiringuitos’; beachside cafes which serve grilled seafood and drinks as you watch the sunset.
Benalmadena is a real family favourite, with activities and sights to enjoy for kids and big kids alike. Soak up the sun on any of its three Blue Flag beaches: Torrevigia, Fuente de la Salud and Torrebermeja-Santa Ana. Alternatively, cool down along the fantastic Puerto Marina area which boasts shopping malls, bars and restaurants in its floating complexes.
One place that should be top of your list is Tivoli World. The theme park is a great day out for the whole family, with rides to thrill all ages and plenty of restaurants and ice cream stands to refuel throughout the day.
With more than 7km of sandy beaches up for grabs, Fuengirola is perfect for beach lovers. You will find lots to do in this popular tourist town, whether your thing is jet skiing, sailing or simply sipping cocktails under a parasol.
Then there is the Moorish Sohail Castle, iconic to Fuengirola and showcasing the ancient history behind the town. Built over a thousand years ago as a fortress to defend the coastline, it has since been turned into a tourist attraction for concerts, festivals and tourist visits.
Most people associate Marbella as being a party hotspot, and whilst it does boast a lively nightlife, it also has a quieter side too. Head to the Old Town to soak up a more authentic atmosphere and learn about Marbella’s history which dates back thousands of years; the Old Town can seem very different away from the bustling seafront and modern shopfronts.
The locals take pride in the beauty of their town, and uphold it by lining their balconies and terraces with flowerpots and painting their walls all types of pastel colours. So, if you can bring yourself to leave your sunbed on one of the many peaceful beaches in the area, don’t miss this idyllic spot.