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Costa del Sol

From sun, sea, and sangria at Marbella to culture and cave art at Nerja, at Co-operative Travel we offer a variety of deals for Costa del Sol holidays to suit everyone.

Costa del Sol package holidays truly have something or everyone. With famously beautiful beaches, quaint marinas, bustling nightlife, cuisine to delight all taste buds, incredible watersports, and steeped in culture.

British tourists have embraced the Costa del Sol for over 60 years, enjoying the 320 days of sunshine each year, along it’s flourishing coastline. Whether you’re looking for a self-catering holiday or going on an All Inclusive deal, a Costa del Sol holiday is always a great choice.

Great for…

Familes – So much to do for both young and older visitors.

Party animals – The nightlife is world-renowned, especially in Marbella.

Beach lovers – Pristine beaches and 320 days of sunshine.

Flight time:

About 3 hours

Average high temperature:

15°C (January) – 29°C (August)

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This cosmopolitan town near Malaga is packed with things to do and places to see. It’s easy to see why this is one of the many people’s first choice in the Costa del Sol, offering fun-filled places to stay that are central to the resort’s summery action. Whether you’re looking for boutique shopping or cultural day trips, Blue Flag beaches to sunbathe on, or the array of bars to party in, Fuengirola has it all. You can take a Gibraltar day trip from here too!


Benalmadena is one of Costa del Sol’s higher-end resorts, where you can spend your days relishing a more sophisticated Spanish experience than some of the region’s more party-oriented areas. That’s not to say that there aren’t fantastic nights out to be had here – you’ll just also find an upmarket marina and a wider range of choices for days out, children’s and adult attractions, and delicious places to eat.


Marbella is your perfect Costa del Sol holiday if you are looking for excitement with the option for buzzing nights out. Beyond the clubs, Marbella’s gorgeous Old Town is a maze of cobbles and historic buildings where you’ll discover art galleries and fine restaurants to satisfy the culture vulture in you. Family fun is also easy to find in Marbella, where zip wires at Aventura Amazonia and trampolines at Costa Jump provide entertainment for energetic kids and teens.


This traditional whitewashed village is nestled in the mountains and looks out across the glittering Mediterranean Sea. A Mijas holiday takes you to a more typically Spanish location, where you are more likely to see donkey taxis trotting along cobbled streets than Brits heading out for a wild night on the tiles. There’s a 15th century castle, a beautiful church, 12km of coastline, and unbeatable views of the ocean, helping to make your trip to Mijas a truly tranquil holiday. 


Originally a serene fishing village, Nerja is a Costa del Sol holiday spot that has kept some of its historic charm. While hiking, the spectacular beaches, and Nerja’s many natural attractions are 3 great reasons to head to the area, it is also home to almost 300 restaurants which mean that it’s a top choice for foodies and lovers of the Spanish cuisine.


As one of the best-known resorts in Spain, Torremolinos is an exciting holiday prospect. It’s a resort with a fun atmosphere that runs across its golden beaches, lively bars, and delicious restaurants. This colourful town has both Spanish and international entertainment on offer, as well as a range of excellent golfing opportunities, art galleries, and an energetic nightlife.

Must visit – The top “must do” during a Costa del Sol holiday has to be visiting the beach, with its lush sand, year-round sunshine, and inviting ocean for watersports. There is also the Aqualand Waterpark in Torremolinos for the kids, which you can enjoy as a family before spending your evening being entertained in your hotel or at a family-friendly bar. If you are visiting for the nightlife, don’t miss an evening out in Marbella, where the nightclubs and thrilling parties run through to the early morning.

Family fun – Costa del Sol is a fantastic place to take the kids! The waterparks, theme parks, beaches, fun attractions, and natural spaces all combine to create a Spanish wonderland for children. The list is almost endless: underground caves in Nerja, go karting in Fuengirola, Aqualand Waterpark in Torremolinos, the Sea Life Aquarium in Benalmadena, and the Aquamijas Waterpark in Mijas are just a few examples from the amazing range of things for the family to enjoy. Many of the hotels have kids’ clubs too, letting the parents relax while knowing that their children are having the time of their lives.

Natural attractions – The beaches may be the most famous natural attractions in Costa del Sol, but nestled along the coast there are also coves and inlets perfect for exploring. If you fancy going further out to sea, an unforgettable adventure for both kids and adults is going dolphin- and whale-watching with an eco-friendly company, in the hope of spotting some of the ocean’s most breath-taking creatures. Back on land, you’ll find idyllic nature reserves and national parks such as Sierra Torremolinos and Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja.

Culture and history – The history of Costa del Sol stretches back about 2,800 years, but its past as a tourist destination is quite brief, only running back to the 1950s when Hollywood’s elite began to visit. This picturesque strip of coastline hasn’t always been thought of as an area of culture, but there are plenty of museums and art galleries for those looking for a taste of sophistication. Ones to consider include the Museo de Malaga which is a popular free museum set in a beautiful building, while the Municipal Museum of Antequera has both beautiful art and historic exhibits.

Food and drink – Plenty of eateries line the coastline and marinas, catering for food lovers looking for both typically Spanish bites as well as reassuringly familiar steak, seafood, and everything in between. Bars called chiringuitos offer cuttlefish stew, clams and noodles, or the Costa del Sol speciality, sardine skewers. If seafood isn’t your thing, perhaps you’ll prefer the flavoursome rabbit casserole, the pork loin, or the gazpacho soup. The climate complements the production of lush local wines that are perfect for washing down these tasty dishes. From charming local eateries to Michelin-starred restaurants, there’s everything to love about the food in Costa del Sol.

Night life – With some of the most renowned nightlife in Spain, Costa del Sol has a night out suited to just about anyone. Marbella is perhaps the resort to head to if you are looking for laser shows and electrifying DJ sets, while Nerja is better for late-night pubs and live music. There are also beach clubs and parties, boat parties, cocktail bars, LGBT-friendly clubs, wine bars. But it isn’t all drinking and DJs, of course – there are plenty of places for the family to enjoy, both in hotels and at the many family friendly places to eat.

Need to know


Holidays in Costa del Sol:

Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Marbella, Mijas, Nerja, Torremolinos

Popular Destinations:

Turkey, Benidorm, Canaries, Lanzarote, Mexico, Florida, Tenerife, Orlando, Ibiza, New York,

Majorca, Costa Blanca, Costa Dorada, Portugal, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria

Type of Holidays                                                               

Family holidays, All Inclusive holidays, School holidays, Luxury



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