The Costa del Sol is one of Europe’s top holiday detinations with over 9 million annual visitors. The coast stretches from Gibraltar in the west to Nerja in the east. The most popular resorts lie west of Malaga international airport beginning with Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Further along the coast lies Marbella, Estepona and Sotogrande.
There is accommodation available to suit all tastes ranging from exclusive villas to simple apartments. Below we’ve provided direct links to hotels and other accommodation in these main resorts.
Torremolinos is the longest established of the Costa del Sol’s large tourist resorts. It lies just a few minutes from Malaga airport and is large enough to be able to offer hotels and apartments to suit all tastes and budgets.
Benalmadena is the nearby neighbour of Torremolinos with a wide range of hotels you would expect to find in any major Spanish holiday resort. There are plenty budget options as well as luxury apartments on purpose built urbanisations and 5 star hotels with Casino.
Further west comes Fuengirola which has experienced huge development such that today the resort extends for some 10km along the coastine with intensive developments of hotels and apartments creating one of Spain’s mega-resorts.
Marbella was one of Europe’s first playgrounds for the rich and famous. Today it is less exclusive but still remains a better class of resort town. The central area offers a great number of hotels and apartments near excellent beaches whilst the quaint old town remains intact.
Estepona is 75km from Malaga airport and is the most westerly of the Costa del Sol’s main resorts. Accommodation is plentiful but the town has managed to avoid the worst of large scale property development with less high rise hotels and apartments than further east.
Malaga has long been the stepping stone to the Costa del Sol as millions of annual visitors arrive at the international airport there. The city itself is slowly getting itself on the map of Andalucia’s top city destinations especially since the recent opening of the Picasso Museum.
Nerja is the most easterly of the Costa del Sol resorts and is quite distinctive having prevented high rise property developments. It is a very pleasant, upmarket destination with a good selection of accommodation including some fine hotels and modern apartments.
For a comprehensive list of available hotels all over the Costa del Sol take a look at Booking.com’s listing.