Take a holiday to the Costa del Sol and you’ll be rewarded with exactly what it says on the tin: an Insta-worthy time on the ‘coast of the sun’. The area tracks a dazzling 150 kilometres of sapphire seas, Hollywood-worthy palm trees, and beaches that’ll have you reaching for your camera. This would be more than enough for most sun-seekers, but a Costa del Sol holiday has plenty more to pull out of the bag for culture vultures, hiking enthusiasts, and anyone who just wants to top up their tan under cloud-free skies.
When we said culture, we weren’t joking. Art fans should definitely consider a Costa del Sol holiday: there are galleries and museums for photography buffs, archaeology lovers, and modern art fiends. And if they don’t leave you inspired to create your own masterpiece, a hike in the region’s mountains and ravines, a wander through the verdant botanic garden, or a visit to the tranquil mosques might. Adrenaline nuts are also catered for. Are watersports your thing? Kayaking, snorkelling, parasailing – tick, tick, tick. Canyoning? You bet. Biking? Take your pick from loads of tours – with or without wine stops depending on how you feel after the night before.
Whatever you do, make sure you work up an appetite – the Costa del Sol’s cuisine is to die for. Blend Spanish, Jewish, and Arabic traditions with a hefty amount of seafood and you’ll get the idea. We’re talking everything you love about tapas: cured meats, juicy prawns, and deep-fried squid, with decadent pastries and sweet wines to finish. Then it’s up to you how you continue your evening. Find a secluded beach to watch a technicolour sun set, or head to one of the larger towns to party ‘til it rises again.