Costa Del Sol

Family-friendly Benalmadena

Whoever said you can't have it all hasn't been to the Costa del Sol. Skirting Spain's southern coast, it packs in the full spectrum of beach holidays. Take Benalmadena, for example. What families can’t do in here isn’t worth mentioning. The super-sized stretch of sand is the big draw, and then there’s the Sea Life Centre and theme park to think about. There’s no shortage of bars, shops and restaurants, either. And you can go traditional in its cobbled old town, Benalmadena Pueblo.

Up-tempo Torremolinos

Torremolinos is another classic beach resort. Its sandy sweeps are dotted with ‘chiringuito’ bars, and the town itself is choc-full of shops and restaurants. The place really comes alive at night. For something a little more slow-paced, head for the old district, El Calvario, and you’ll find traditional markets and countless tapas bars.

Authentic Spain and City Life

If traditional Spain is high on your agenda, try the seaside town of Estepona. It’s still a pretty big resort, but it’s held tight to its whitewashed, Andalusian charm. Wander its steep cobbled streets and you’ll come across no end of unusual shops, pavement cafés and tapas bars. The original fish market is still going strong, too. And if you’re up for venturing away from the coastline, Andalusia’s big three – Granada, Seville and Cordoba – are all within daytripping distance.

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Set on the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain, Torremolinos was one of the first holiday resorts to draw sun-hungry Brits back in the Sixties. Today, around 3.5 million holidaymakers come here for their annual blast of warmth, whether it’s in the summer or the winter. As a result, the town has quite a British slant, with familiar places serving pints, roasts and fry-ups.


Benalmadena has carved itself a big slice of the Costa del Sol, with a whopping 20 kilometres of coastline to its name. And it’s divvied up its spoils well. Up in the old town it’s all whitewashed houses and narrow streets, while the main centre packs in the bars and restaurants. And down on the seafront, you’ve got back-to-back beaches and a marina that looks so hot it’s won awards.


Estepona is the most westerly resort on the Costa del Sol. Backed by the Sierra Bermeja mountains, this smart spot gets its own microclimate, with 325 days of sunshine a year – and its Blue Flag beaches make the most of it. The place mixes things up nicely – you’ve got modern bars and boutiques plus an old town packed with Andalusian charm.

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