Costa del Sol Holidays
Few holiday regions are as famous or accessible as the Costa del Sol. Families enjoy the unspoilt coastline, as well as the areas numerous sports and activities. Flights are very regular from most destinations in the UK, making the region easy for all families to enjoy.
Package holidays in the Costa del Sol
Often the cheapest deals are family holiday packages, including some all inclusive breaks. Online tour operators are able to offer bargains to those travelling to the Costa del Sol including deals for those traveling with children. The Costa del Sol boasts some of Europe’s best beaches and foremost resorts, with activities and attractions to keep everyone entertained. Theme parks, marine attractions and excellent nightlife abound; and the cheap flights, easy accessibility of fast transfer times make family breaks to the Costa del Sol a perennial favourite.
What to see in the Costa del Sol
Many holidays in the Costa del Sol revolve around fun on the beach, and with miles of blue flag coastline it’s easy to see why so many enjoy the golden sands of the Spanish Costas. Time spent on the beach doesn’t just have to be about sunbathing or sipping cocktails however; water sports, surfing, volleyball and beach football are all popular pastimes on the shorelines of the Costa del Sol. Families are encouraged to be as relaxed or as active as they wish, with the friendly locals being happy to recommend local drinks specialities or boat trips dependent on the family’s mood. Many resorts offer children’s entertainment, so the family are able to tailor activities to meet the individual needs of each member – with young children enjoying kid’s clubs, older children frequenting the pool, teenagers learning to surf and adults sampling the local culture and cuisine.
Food and dining
As the resorts of the Costa del Sol are used to catering for the needs of tourists; the local restaurants, bars and cafés are diverse in their menu choices: offering Italian, traditional British foods, takeaway style menus, Chinese and North African dishes. The influence of the Moorish occupation on local Spanish food is evident; and for some authentic dishes, the local tapas style restaurants are difficult to beat. On the coastline fresh fish and seafood abound, with mussels being a particular local delicacy. Paella also remains popular in the Costa del Sol region, and this spiced rice dish is often cooked outside and available beachside.
Drinks in the Costa del Sol are generally much cheaper than in the UK, with many locally produced wines, aperitifs and spirits able to be sampled in the region’s bars and restaurants. Along the coastline there is a lot of competition between venues, and drinks deals and happy hours are commonplace. British bars and themed pubs abound, and live football and karaoke are popular crowd pleasers amongst the bustling seafront nightlife. Measures are generally much more generous than in the UK, and with beers being available for a couple of Euros, the Costa del Sol has become a party destination which attracts many stag and hen parties each year.
If you’re looking for something a little more sedate, the suburbs and inland villages are a great place to sample local tavernas which specialise in local produce and a relaxed atmosphere. Whilst tourist bars tend to congregate around the beaches, the backstreets of resorts are a welcome break from the overpowering atmosphere, and offer a more authentically Spanish experience for visitors who’re looking to ‘get away from it all’. The Costa del sol can sometimes have a reputation for being a bit brash, but there are many relaxed and understated traditional villages and towns away from the main resorts. These offer local farm produce, ‘in season’ meals and genuine Spanish cooking alongside the best regional wines.
Perhaps the most famous resort in the Costa del Sol, Malaga is likely to be the flight destination for many families planning their summer holiday. The resort is incredibly varied, with the beachfront developments offering a lively nightlife, great facilities and modern amenities. These apartment complexes are very popular with young couples and families, as well as with stag and hen parties. Many of these resorts offer groups and services aimed at keeping children entertained, and these can be a fantastic way for parents to relax and get some ‘adult time’ whilst on holiday.
Away from the main beachfront developments, nearby towns such as Nerja offer a more authentic experience for guests who would like a quieter break. Private rentals of villas and apartments are very popular further up the coast; and inland villages often offer family-run guesthouses, the opportunity to stay in working farms and boutique hotels. These could not be further away from the ‘package holiday’ stereotype, and allow guests to explore the fabulous local arts, crafts, dance and music scenes.