Spain’s southern coast also known as the Costa del Sol welcomes tourists all year long as the lowest winter temperatures hover around 16 – 20c, possibly dropping to 12c in its coldest month – January.

With an excess of 300 days of sunshine a year it really is the Costa del Sol, or the Coast of the Sun. It’s not only the coast of sun but of beaches too, with over 125 beaches and more than 160 km of coastline the choice can be overwhelming.

Let us introduce you to some of the main towns along this stretch of sandy beaches and rocky coves that is  Andalusia’s Mediterranean coast.

Costa del Sol

Benalmadena

Benalmadena Costa just a short drive from Malaga’s International airport offers long stretches of great beaches, ideal for sunworshippers and kids. The blue flag beach Playa Torrebermeja is one of the most popular and is ideal for paddlesurfing or kayaking.  There’s also a Sea World, Selwo and picturesque Port offering sea trips. If you’d rather stay on the beach the vast array of Chiringuitos or beach bars will feed you well on freshly caught fish and sardines cooked over coals as you watch.

If shopping is more your thing then a brief stroll will lead you to the heart of the town and good shops, the markets are good here too, don’t forget to check them out.

Estepona

Heading west from the airport Estepona, a smaller town, hasn’t quite reached the level of visitors that stay nearer the airport and so it retains a much more Spanish feel with some great hotels, quieter  but still great beaches and a lovely historical part of this smallish town. If you’re not in need of a pint of beer and fish and chips head here for lots of charm.

Estepona

Malaga

Malaga old city and the port are very close to the new Muelle Uno port with 14,000m2 designer shops, fabulous restaurants and bars from where you can admire the yachts anchored in the marina too. But also the beach Playa Malagueta is close-by.  A city centre with a beach! Malaga is a great location for everything, food, culture, history, shopping and sun!

Muelle Uno, Malaga

Marbella

Marbella actually means sea beautiful or beautiful sea and that sums it up very well, with 24 beaches many with blue flag awards. More upmarket than Benalmadena and Torremolinos and further west  it has family beaches, hip and trendy beaches complete with music. The historical centre of Marbella is a must with great restaurants, ancient narrow streets and fantastic shops.

Marbella

Mijas

There’s Mijas Costa or Cala de Mijas and also the quaint Mijas Pueblo or town which is worth a visit. Its located between Fuengirola and Marbella and tends to be a bit quieter with locals or second-home owners favouring its beaches. For less busyness and nightlife this is your beach holiday spot.

Nerja

The furthest town to the east Nerja has some lovely, little sandy coves, some of which are visible from the Balcon de Europa a long balcony jutting out into the sea with beautiful views. Playa Burriana is its most famous 800m long golden sandy beach with a promenade and plenty of watersports on offer. Nerja caves, a massive underground system has to be planned into your visit here.

Torremolinos

The nearest town to Malaga airport Torremolinos is a very popular spot with great nightlife. It’s most popular beach is Playa Carihuela which is long and spacious with shallow water making it ideal for little ones. There’s a lovely long promenade for an evening stroll all along its 2km stretch, perfect for watching the sun go down while strolling along to one of its beach bars.

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