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.
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.
San Pedro De Alcantara
San Pedro de Alcantara – or San Pedro, for short – is anchored in the west of the Costa del Sol, about 10 kilometres from Marbella. It’s got a bit of a split personality – along the beachfront, it’s all hotels, cafés and souvenir shops, while the town centre is more like traditional Spain, with sieasta, tapas bars lining narrow backstreets and a big weekly market.
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.