Situated on Spain’s south coast, the Costa del Sol is a major travel destination attracting over 12 million visitors every year.

300 days of annual sunshine make it a firm favourite for anyone seeking to escape colder climates.

As Spain’s most popular costa, the Costa del Sol is arguably best known for its golden beaches, abundance of hotels, and clear blue sea.

But the area has much more to offer than simply beach holidays in resorts like Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Fuengirola, and Marbella.

Below, we feature 10 must-see destinations for anyone visiting the Costa del Sol.

Puerto Banús Marina

A playground for the rich and famous, Puerto Banús boasts an impressive upscale marina, plus designer clothing stores, fish and grill restaurants, boutique hotels, bars and clubs. The oceanfront and golden sand beach is a popular choice for coastal walks and attracts sun worshippers looking for peace and tranquillity.

Fuengirola Street Market

The bustling Fuengirola street market comes to town on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is popular with residents and tourists alike. It is a great place to find fresh fruit and veg, leather goods like bags, wallets and belts, electrical accessories, low-cost clothing, and jewellery. All are available at reasonable prices.

Mijas Village

The charming village of Mijas is located in the hills just 20 minutes drive from Benalmádena and Fuengirola. Famous for its traditional white architecture, quirky shops and narrow alleyways, this ‘pueblo blanco’ village is a must-visit for traditional Spanish culture, souvenirs, and authentic food and drink.

Golf Torrequebrada

The Costa del Sol has an abundance of popular golf courses, one of the largest being Golf Torrequebrada. Situated just 20 minutes drive from Malaga airport in Benalmádena, the 18-hole course has stunning fairways with freshly cut grass, palm trees, lakes, and wonderful views across the ocean.

Sea Life Benalmádena

A great option for a family day out, Sea Life Benalmádena is an indoor aquarium that showcases the wonders of the ocean. Visit here to see seahorses, starfish, rays, tropical fish, and even Mediterranean sharks. Or check out the nearby Benalmádena marina for boating trips, fishing, and excursions.

Aqualand Torremolinos

Aqualand waterpark located in Torremolinos is the largest in the area and just minutes away from Malaga airport. For an action-packed and adrenaline-filled day out for family and friends, Aqualand has plenty to offer. Find scary slides, a wave pool, rapids, jacuzzis, plus plenty of areas for relaxation.

Malaga Old Town

Head to Malaga Old Town for an eclectic mix of traditional architecture, museums, historic churches, and superb Spanish cuisine like paella and tapas. The Plaza de la Constitución square is a key focal point and houses cafes, restaurants, and shops. Other notable venues include Mercado Atarazanas and Museo de Malaga.

Nerja

East of Malaga is Nerja, a municipality known for its stretches of golden sand, watersports, sailing, and scuba diving. Balcón de Europa provides fantastic views across the Mediterranean Sea while the beaches offer plenty of sun, sea, and sand. The nearby Nerja cave complex is worth visiting and hosts guided tours and concerts. Nerja’s famous outdoor paella restaurants are also a must-see for foodies wanting to sample traditional Spanish cuisine. In fact, the giant paella pans are an attraction themselves and provide great photo opportunities!

Puente Nuevo, Ronda

El Tajo gorge and the historic Puente Nuevo or ‘new bridge’ is one of Spain’s most-visited sightseeing destinations, situated one hour from Marbella. The nearby Sierra de las Nieves national park is equally popular for its walking and cycling trails. Many white villages, known as ‘pueblos blancos’, are scattered around the area.

Tivoli World

A traditional funfair and amusement park in central Benalmádena. Tivoli World provides attractions for all the family, guaranteeing a great day out. Enjoy roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, carousels, and more. There is also a theatre with regular performances and a selection of themed restaurants and bars.

Experience the Costa del Sol by hire car

The best way to experience this exciting region is to hire a car. Car rental is a convenient, flexible, and affordable way to travel in Spain.

Book a hire car today with Paragon Rent A Car. We make it easy for you to collect a rental car at Malaga airport and drive to your chosen location in style!