Destination guide

Discover holiday homes in the Costa del Sol

Seaside villas with panoramic terraces overlooking the white-capped waves combine with rustic mountain boltholes in the Spanish sierras and modern apartments in buzzing resort cities to give travellers a whole plethora of different Costa del Sol holiday lettings to pick from. Whatever sort of stay you're searching for, you can look forward to exploring one of the most iconic stretches of coast in the world. From the yacht-filled harbours of Puerto Banus to the palm-topped promenades of Marbella, the carved Moorish cathedrals of Malaga to the whitewashed villas of Mijas and Nerja, there's simply loads to get through…


Activities and attractions in and around Costa del Sol

Are you searching for top things to see and do in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that Costa del Sol has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Benalmadena Cable Car (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Tivoli World (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Selwo Marina (1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Benalmadena Golf (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Sea-Life (1.3 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Torrequebrada Golf Club (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
Outdoor activities

Water sports and hikes near Costa del Sol villa rentals

Don't worry – all the lazing, dancing and sunbathing you're planning on doing in that Costa del Sol holiday cottage can easily be balanced out with something a little more active. With the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean Sea on 1 side and the rising massifs of Andalusia on the other, there's always room for a little exploration. Pull on the walking boots and hit the dusty trails that weave into the Sierra de las Nieves. You'll spy gleaming pueblos blancos, rugged gorges and olive groves, as you go. Alternatively, there's adventure to be had in the water. Jet skiing and kitesurfing, scuba diving and sailing are ubiquitous pursuits, from Nerja to Estepona and beyond.


Seasonal weather averages in Costa del Sol

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, July, September and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 30°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Costa del Sol

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Costa del Sol is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Paloma Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Playa de Santa Ana (1.3 mi / 2 km)
  • Malapesquera Beach (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Playa de Bil Bil (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Arroyo de la Miel Beach (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • El Saltillo Beach (1.6 mi / 2.5 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Costa del Sol

The nearest airport is in Malaga (AGP), located 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Gibraltar (GIB), which is 55 mi (88.5 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, El Pinillo Station, Torremolinos Station and Fuengirola Boliches Station are the main stations in the area. You can see more of Costa del Sol by jumping on the metro at Palaciio de los Deportes Station, Puerta Blanca Station or La Luz - La Paz Station.

How to get around

Travelling through the Costa del Sol

Car is the transport of choice for most travellers hitting the Costa del Sol. Not only are rental wheels easy to come by in the airports and resort towns that dot the coast, but they also offer oodles more freedom to break away from the more crowded beaches and head to secluded Costa del Sol villa rentals outside of the sleepless resorts. However, having a vehicle certainly isn't essential. Regular trains connect Malaga Airport directly to hotspots like Fuengirola and Benalmadena, while local buses and private transfer companies serve smaller destinations that don't have a rail station, from charming Estepona to cool and collected Nerja.

Food & drink 

Local foods when staying in Costa del Sol holiday homes

Costa del Sol holiday rentals have plenty up their sleeve for foodies, too. The resort towns that string along this section of Spain's coast are laden with places to try traditional Andalusian cuisine. That means a fusion of North African spices and rustic Iberian flavours. Tapas reigns supreme in the bars of Malaga's old town. Head there to order medleys of chorizo sausage, fried tortilla omelettes, marinated olives and chili-covered prawns. Talking of prawns, the seafood is also top-notch. Old fishing towns, like Nerja and Estepona, still have taverns where you can pick the catch of the day. Pair them with a dry Rioja Tempranillo or a local Spanish craft beer to get the authentic experience.

Essential info

Travel facts and tips for the Costa del Sol

  • Book your Costa del Sol holiday let early, if you plan on coming during the busy summer season, between May and September
  • The currency on the Costa del Sol is the euro
  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in the Costa del Sol
  • Malaga Airport is the main arrival point for flights coming into the Costa del Sol
  • Choose your destination wisely – every resort has its own flavour and array of Costa del Sol holiday rentals

How many holiday rentals are available around Costa del Sol?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 19,029 holiday lettings around Costa del Sol. From 3,221 villas to 6,779 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Costa del Sol?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Costa del Sol. From Vrbo UK travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Benalmádena: 5,715 holiday homes
  • Nerja: 4,189 holiday homes
  • La Cala de Mijas: 1,438 holiday homes
  • Marbella: 7,594 holiday homes
  • Mijas: 7,194 holiday homes

Vrbo UK offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Costa del Sol! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Costa del Sol?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Costa del Sol with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Benalmádena: 5,715 holiday lettings
  • Nerja: 4,189 holiday lettings
  • Marbella: 7,594 holiday lettings
  • Mijas: 7,194 holiday lettings
  • Estepona: 4,876 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Costa del Sol?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Costa del Sol. From Vrbo UK travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Benalmadena Marina: 9,164 holiday rentals
  • Málaga Cathedral: 7,673 holiday rentals
  • Fuengirola (FGR-Fuengirola Train Station): 10,315 holiday rentals
  • Torremolinos (UTL-Torremolinos Train Station): 9,097 holiday rentals
  • Mijas Golf Course: 10,856 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Costa del Sol listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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