Tips & ideas: What to do at the Costa del Sol?
Have you planned a holiday to the sunny south of Spain and are you curious about what there is to do at the Costa del Sol? Then be sure to take a look at the tips and ideas below to make it an unforgettable holiday.
Discover the beautiful nature
A walk on La Concha
There is no better view on the Costa del Sol, on Sierra de las Nieves, and on a clear day on Gibraltar in North Africa. For the more adventurous it is a wonderful place to experience the sunrise.
La Concha is with 1,200 m above sea level the highest point in the Marbella region. Concha means “shell” in Spanish, because of the shape of the mountain. La Concha is located in the southernmost part of the Sierra Blanca mountain range, which is an extension of the beautiful Sierra de las Nieves and the natural park of the same name.
Charca del Canalon – Istán
La Charca del Canalon is certainly not on the usual tourist route. It is also for this reason that it has remained a local, almost hidden secret pearl.
Charca del Canalon is simply a paradise: crystal clear water, waterfalls and hidden rock pools. If you are looking for a beautiful location in the middle of nature near Marbella (La Charca is located 8 km from Istán), then a visit to la Charca del Canalon is really worth it. The perfect place for a family afternoon with a picnic!
The best beaches in the region
The Costa del Sol is a well-known holiday destination that welcomes millions of international tourists every year. With more than 325 sunny days a year, the Costa del Sol is a great destination all year round. Below you can find some examples of the best beaches in this region.
Playa de Cabopino, Marbella
The popularity of Playa de Cabopino has increased significantly in recent decades. The fine, golden sand and calm, clean water make it the perfect family destination. This beach is 1,500 meters long and 25 meters wide.
Playa Nagueles, Marbella
Are you looking for a luxurious setting? Then Playa Nagueles in Marbella is the right place for you, as it is one of the most exclusive beaches in the area and the favourite location of the richest. The beach is about 800 meters long and 40 meters wide, the sand is fine and golden. The beach is cleaned every day. You can rent a luxury yacht, but also beach beds and umbrellas.
Playa de la Rada, Estepona
Playa de la Rada is the centrally located and most popular beach in Estepona. With a length of 2.630 meters, you will always find a place to put your towel. The range of activities in the area is enormous. For example, you can taste the typical fried fish (pescaíto frito) or explore the town of Estepona.
Playa del Padrón, Estepona
Playa del Padrón, or El Padrón Beach, is a popular beach in Estepona. Its green vegetation and marine life make it a famous destination for fishermen. However, it is also perfect for a relaxing day with the family.
Discover Andalusian cuisine on the Costa del Sol
The gastronomy on the Costa del Sol is very varied. If you are in Malaga you should not miss the traditional sardines (espetos de sardinas). These are grilled sardines on a skewer which are prepared in the typical beach restaurants (chiringuitos).
Tapas are popular all over Spain, but especially in the south of Spain. Enjoy these delicious snacks with a fresh beer or with a delicious wine from Malaga in the company of friends and family! Discover here the top 10 of the best tapas bars in Malaga.
Enjoy the sunshine in the most exclusive beach clubs
Located on the Costa del Sol, Marbella is an ideal location if you want to enjoy the best beach clubs. Perfect if you like to relax during the day, but also if you want to enjoy the best nightlife of the region. The choice of beach clubs in Marbella is very large: Nikki Beach, Ocean Club, La Cabane, Funky Buddha Beach. A little further, close to Estepona, located in Laguna Village, you can enjoy the beautiful views and trendy setting of Puro Beach.
Feria de Malaga
The Feria of Malaga is a traditional festival that is celebrated every year in mid-August. Besides Semana Santa, the Feria de Malaga is seen as the biggest event of the year. Ten warm days, with an abundance of music, dance, joy and fun, all day long. Some of the locals like to go to the fiestas in style. Women are dressed in beautiful flamenco dresses and men wear typical costumes and a hat.
Malaga has been celebrating for ten years with a drink that invariably accompanies the Feria. The distinctive pink bottle with white dots is passed from hand to hand. The chilled white wine is drunk from typical fuchsia cups and there is no end to toasting and laughing. For the inhabitants of Malaga, Cartojal has been part of the festivities of the Feria for years.