Holidays in Costa del Sol 🇪🇸

Back in the 1960s and ‘70s, the Costa del Sol (‘Sun Coast’) was the destination du jour, with bargain holiday package deals providing cheap holidays to sun-starved foreigners.
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An Introduction

Since its heyday as a mass tourism magnet, the Costa del Sol has broadened its scope, adding string after string to its melodious Mediterranean bow.

Yes, sun and sand are still the stars of the show, but culture, history and golf are playing increasingly key supporting roles.

Local Language

Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language in Costa del Sol.

Average Flight Time

The average flight time from the UK is 2.5 hrs.


The official currency in Costa del Sol is the euro (€).

Local Time

Costa del Sol is 1-hour ahead of the UK (CET).

Holidays to Costa del Sol are for everyone…

During the area’s fast development, the Costa del Sol’s tiny coastal fishing villages were transformed by an explosion of beachfront apartment blocks and hotel complexes.

The Sun Coast was now open for business, offering cheap holidays and luxury all-inclusive deals to sun-deprived Northern Europeans.

Without wasting precious time, flocks of older British expats migrated here to live out their retirement years on the sun coast.

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Cheap holidays to Costa del Sol

All-inclusive resorts are still widely popular (look for holiday package deals in resorts such as Benalmádena, Nerja and Torremolinos) but they are no longer the only option for tourists.

Start planning your trip here today and you can choose from all kinds of lodgings, from luxury boutique hotels and rustic-chic fincas to world-class golf resorts.

If you are looking for a ‘not your average’ luxury Costa del Sol holiday, head for Puerto Banús. Don’t be surprised to see some deluxe superyachts anchored in the marina and supercars roam the streets.

For a family holiday in the Costa del Sol, the convenience of a resort stay is second to none: kids’ clubs, swimming pools, play areas and evening entertainment can make all the difference for harried parents.

Genuine Andalusian villages

Even with an abundance of tourist-focused, all-inclusive Costa del Sol resorts, visitors are never far from the authentic Spain of old. Just a short journey inland is a smattering of unspoiled pueblos blancos (white villages).

Due to their lack of direct coastal access, these places managed to somewhat escape the eye of the developers and keep their charm and authenticity.

Many of the Costa del Sol’s main towns and villages, including Fuengirola, Marbella and Málaga, have retained their photogenic, well-preserved old towns.

When is the best time to go to Costa Del Sol?

Costa del Sol sports more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it a true year-round destination. High season is summer, and the beaches and pools are filled with oiled-up, scantily dressed tourists who roast their shoulders and backs to a worrying shade of red as the temperature reaches up as high as 40C.

If you’re planning to go on holiday to the Costa del Sol during winter, don’t get your hopes up of returning with a tan too much. Temperatures can and often do drop to single digits.

If you’re after a bargain deal, you may want to consider late spring for your 2020/21 Costa del Sol package holidays. Everything gets a little cheaper, yet the long hours of sunshine, enjoyable daytime temperatures and pleasant evenings are a world away from the often dull spring days of the UK.

Autumn is also a good season for bargain lovers on the lookout for cheap package holidays, but consider that you’re more likely to have to put up with the odd rain shower.

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