9 Reasons to Fall in Love with Spain’s Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol

When you find a place in the world that literally translates to “Coast of the Sun” it won’t take much convincing to visit. However, we’ve fallen so in love with the Costa del Sol in Spain we couldn’t help but share!! Here are 9 reasons to explore this one of a kind coastline in the South of Spain.

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9 Reasons to Fall in Love with Costa Del Sol in Spain

1. Endless Sunshine

You’ll be happy to hear that Costa del Sol truly lives up to its name! This region of Spain gets the most sun in the country with over 320 sunny days per year. It provides a warm climate year-round which means it even serves as a holiday destination in the winter.

Costa Del Sol Spain Sun

2. Fresh Seafood

Costa del Sol in Spain has loads of amazing food but is known in particular for its delicious seafood. It’s common to see hungry travelers ordering whole fish plates for lunch and dinner!

The smaller fish dishes also make for some of the best tapas in Spain. Whatever the case, you’ll be eating plenty of seafood on the Costa del Sol!

Nerja Spain One Night Tapa Hopping Route

Costa Del Sol Spain Seafood

3. Beautiful Costa Del Sol Beaches

The biggest draw to Costa del Sol Spain is its gorgeous sands. From the towns of Sotogrande to Nerja, the beaches stretch over 150km along the southern coastline of the country.

They range from small sandy coves too long pebbly beaches, with epic cliffs that tower over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. This diversity makes for some of the most unique beaches in Europe, and some incredible scenery to go with it!

Oh, and did we mention the water is crystal clear? 

→ Nerja Beach Guide: 7 Best Beaches to Sun, Swim, & Explore in Spain

Costa Del Sol Spain

4. Stunning Mountain Towns

While the beaches on the Costa del Sol in Spain may get all the shine, there are also some hidden gems in the mountains. Here you’ll find white-washed houses and winding side streets so beautiful they can compete with anywhere in Europe.

Some of our favorite days on Costa del Sol were when we took a break from the beach and made our way up into the mountains. Two of our favorites would have to be Frigiliana and Mijas. Yet, there are many amazing mountain towns to find in this part of Spain!

Frigiliana Andalusia Spain

5. Costa del Sol Lifestyle

Spain is known for its laid back and relaxed culture, and there is no place better to do that than on the Costa del Sol!

Enjoy the beach, drinks, and food. After all that, why not a Siesta? We promise you’ll truly be living your best life on the Costa del Sol in Spain.

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6. Costa Del Sol Outdoor Activities

While you may be heading to Costa del Sol in Spain to relax, know that there is an abundance of outdoor activities, too! The awesome weather is perfect for boating, jet skiing, and other fun water sports.

There is also plenty of hiking, golfing, and more if you’d prefer to stay on land. Honestly, our favorite thing to do is simply walk along the boardwalk and take in the sunshine.

Costa Del Sol Beach

7. Amazing History

We should point out that all of Spain has incredible history to experience. However, this area is unique with its proximity to Africa.

You can even see Morocco on a clear day from some beach towns on Costa del Sol! The south of Spain was under Islamic rule for over 700 years and there is still architecture, food, and culture to prove it.

Since the Catholic monarchs took over in 1492, there have been a number of important churches and monasteries built that stand today. This blend of cultures makes for a unique history that every traveler will appreciate. 

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8. City of Malaga

The Costa del Sol is dotted with beach towns as far as the eye can see. Still, it does have its own big city to visit!

Malaga is a seaside metropolis of over 500,000 people and is definitely worth spending some time in before you take off down the coastline. Check out this article for more amazing places to visit in Southern Spain.

Malaga is also home to the Costa del Sol’s largest airport. This means you’ll likely be flying in or out of Malaga which will give you some days to explore the city! 

Costa del Sol Malaga

9. Andalusian Traditions

Make no mistake about it, Spain’s Costa del Sol is touristy. Yet, you will find that the local population still preserves its own traditions and customs. So even while it attracts many visitors from around the world, the Costa del Sol still has an overwhelming authentic feel to it.

In our opinion, the best way to experience Andalusia is through its food, history, and music. When you mix that with great weather and beaches you’re in for a spectacular vacation. So let yourself get lost in the magic of Spain and enjoy every moment! 

Costa Del Sol Andalusia

Have any questions on this article or want to share your own experience on the Costa del Sol in Spain? Leave us a comment below!

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake


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 Flights: We always find the best flights using Skyscanner. Sometimes it’s cheaper to fly between cities in Spain than driving or taking the train! 

 Accommodation: Compare multiple sites to get to the best deal such as Booking.com and Agoda! Also,  Hostelworld should be your go-to source if you’re traveling on a budget. 

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  1. sahil
    February 1, 2023 / 4:07 am

    Costa del sol is for those people who miss corcica.

    • Brigitte & Jake
      February 1, 2023 / 5:12 am

      Haha that’s a funny take. Corcica looks incredible though!

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