101 Costa Del Sol Questions Answered

  1. Where is the Costa Del Sol?

    Costa del Sol, located in southern Spain’ – in the region of Andalusia. The region is one of the country’s largest autonomous communities.

  2. Where is the capital of the Costa Del Sol?

    Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol, the city has an interesting history and is an exciting city today.

  3. What resorts are on the Costa Del Sol?

    The popular beach resorts on the Costa Del Sol are: Estepona, San Pedro de Alcántara, Puerto Banus, Marbella, Fuengirola, Mijas Costa, Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Malaga Capital, Rincon de Victoria, Velez Malaga, Torrox, Nerja

  4. Which airport is for the Costa Del Sol?

    Málaga Airport is the most common airport to visit the Costa Del Sol – but other nearby airports include: Jerez Airport, Seville AirportCordoba Airport, and Gibraltar Airport.

  5. Which resort on the Costa Del Sol is nearest to Malaga airport?

    Torremolinos is the closest beach resort to Malaga airport. A car journey takes around 10 minutes or the train journey takes 11 minutes.

  6. Is the Costa Del Sol hot all year round?

    No it isn’t hot all year round. Winter, from December to March, is mild, and is characterized by sunny periods alternating with periods of bad weather, with wind and rain.There are however, still a good number of sunny days to be had, with daytime temperatures reaching 18/20 in winter! Read more about Costa Del Sol Weather

  7. When is the best time to travel to the Costa Del Sol?

    The best time to visit the Costa Del Sol is in July / August. Weather is at the hottest and it is when you will find the resorts lively with lots of festivals and outdoor activities.

  8. When is it “Beach Weather” on the Costa Del Sol?

    The sea is warm enough to swim in from end of May until the end of October. You may still find people on the beach outside of these dates and many of the “chiringuitos” (beach bars) will still be open.

  9. Which is the cheapest resort on the Costa Del Sol?

    Looking at overall cost (hotel, food out and activites) – Torremolinos is the cheapest resort on the Costa Del Sol. There are countless cheap places to eat and things to do. The hotel prices are very low outside of peak season too.

  10. What does Costa Del Sol mean?

    It literally translates to “Coast of the Sun” – interestingly, before the boom of tourism in the 50s, the Coast was known by locals as “Coast of the wind”!


    Malaga Airport

  11. How big is Malaga airport?

    It is the fourth largest airport in Spain in terms of air traffic with up to 19 million passengers in 2018. Malaga Airport has three terminals, two of which are currently in use. Terminal 2 is dedicated to budget airlines Ryanair and Easyjet, the rest of the airlines depart from Terminal 3.

  12. How long from Malaga airport to the Costa Del Sol Resorts by train?

    The RENFE trains from Malaga airport run every 20 minutes and they run from approx 0600 to 2330.

    Journey times to the train stations in the main resorts are as follows:

    Malaga Airport to Malaga Centre: 10 minutes
    Malaga Airport to Torremolinos : 21 minutes
    Malaga Airport to Benalmadena (Arroyo de la miel) : 18 minutes
    Malaga Airport to Fuengirola : 35 minutes

  13. Does the train go from Malaga airport to Marbella?

    No the closest train station to Marbella from the airport is Fuengirola. Some people opt to take the train to Fuengirola and then a bus from there to Marbella, whilst other take the bus direct from the airport to Marbella. A bus journey from Malaga airport to Marbella generally takes just over an hour.

  14. What restaurants are at Malaga Airport?

    Giraffe World Kitchen , Burger King , Restaurante los Bravos, Dehesa SantaMaría, Four Arrows Pub , O’Learys, BiBo Dani García Delibar, Gambrinus, Jamie’s Deli, Costa Coffee , Häagen-Dazs, Kirei, La boutique , La Manon, Café Pans , Seafood Bar, Cafe Ritazza, Upper Crust , Caffè di Fiore 2.4 , Sportsbar & Grill, Exploring The World

  15. Is there a lounge at Malaga airport?

    Yes there is a VIP lounge at Malaga airport. You can enjoy up to 3 hours of Wi-Fi, tempting snacks and free drinks, including alcoholic! Book entrance here.

  16. Are there taxis waiting at Malaga airport?

    Yes there are taxis waiting at the taxi rank. It is located in the Arrivals area of terminal T3. The rank is connected to the railway station by a pedestrian walkway, and both the rank and the connection are covered.

  17. Is Malaga airport open 24 hours?

    Yes the main terminal is open at Malaga airport 24 hours a day.

  18. Is there an airport hotel at Malaga airport?

    Yes the most convenient Malaga airport hotel is here.

  19. Does Malaga airport have an official website?

    Yes this is the official website for Malaga airport. Here you can view life departures and arrivals, as well as find out other useful Malaga airport information.

  20. Is Malaga airport busy?

    Yes Malaga airport is a busy airport – the fourth busiest airport in Spain. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport a good 2 hours before your flight, even if you have checked in online.


    Best Resorts on the Costa Del Sol – obviously this is subjective but this is our experienced love Costa Del Sol opinion:

  21. Which is the best Costa Del Sol Resort for Families?

    Torremolinos is hugely popular due to the very quick transfer time, but some of the best family hotels are in other resorts. Here are some of the best hotels for families on the Costa Del Sol (click for rates).


    Torremolinos: Sol Principe or Riu Costa Del Sol
    Benalmadena: Sunset Beach Club or Los Patos Park
    Fuengirola: Las Palmeras or Ilunion Fuengirola
    Marbella: Marriott Marbella Beach resort or Don Carlos Marbella

  22. Which is the best Costa Del Sol Resort for Couples?

    If you’re looking for a romantic getaway on the Costa Del Sol, we recommend taking a look at the resort of Marbella. The Nobu Hotel Marbella is an Ultra Hip hotel that is massively popular for young couples wanting a romantic getaway.

  23. Which is the best resort for LGBT on the Costa Del Sol?

    Without any shadow of a doubt, the best resort for LGBT travellers on the Costa Del Sol is Torremolinos. It has a vibrant gay scene centred around La Nogalera, as well as several gay / gay friendly beach bars and restaurants.

    Gay travellers to the Costa Del Sol love to stay at Ritual Hotel Torremolinos – but be warned, it sells out early so advanced booking is always recommended.

  24. Which is the best resort on the Costa Del Sol for a quiet holiday?

    If you’re looking for a chilled out break to the Costa Del Sol, then we recommend taking a look at either the resorts of Nerja or Mijas Costa. Both of these resorts are more laid back and offering a relaxing break. Here are our hotel recommendations for a quiet break in these resorts.

    Nerja: Villa Flamenca or Parador de Nerja
    Mijas Costa: TRH Mijas

  25. Which is the best resort on the Costa Del Sol for a lively holiday?

    Most of the main resorts on the Costa Del Sol get quite lively, so it really depends on what kind of nightlife scene you are hoping for. Here is a quick reference guide to which resort is best for a lively holiday, dependent on what kind of nightlife you like!

    Lively music bars: Benalmadena.
    Underground music / hard house / club scene: Fuengirola
    Gay scene / Drag bars: Torremolinos
    Karaoke bars: Torremolinos
    Live Music: Malaga Centre
    Upmarket: Marbella
    Hiphop / RnB Music: Marbella (Banus)
    Funky Beach bars: Torremolinos (Los Alamos end)
    Spanish music: Malaga Centre

    If you want a lively holiday all round we recommend taking a look at Sol House Costa Del Sol.

  26. Which is the best resort on the Costa Del Sol for a more authentic Spanish experience?

    If you want to visit the Costa Del Sol to have a more authentic Spanish experience, we recommend either staying in Malaga Centre or El Rincon De La Victoria. Despite being the capital of the Costa Del Sol, Malaga retains a lot of Spanish charm and is not overrun with tacky tourist attractions. Rincon De La Victoria is a typical seaside resort however it attracts a predominantly Spanish crowd.

    Our hotel recommendation would be Gran Hotel Miramar in Malaga Centre or Hotel Rincon Sol in Rincon de la Victoria.

  27. Which is the best resort on the Costa Del Sol for solo travel?

    If you want to travel on your own to the Costa Del Sol and make new friends, Torremolinos is probably the best resort to travel to. It gets many solo travellers as well as having a large single expat crowd that are open and friendly. The hotel Los Jazmines is especially popular with solo travellers thanks to its’ excellent location and great rates on single rooms.

  28. Which is the best resort for naturists on the Costa Del Sol?

    Costa Natura is a full scale family naturist resort. Whilst there are no hotels within the resort, many of the apartment owners do rent them out as holiday lets. There is also a hotel next door to the resort that naturists stay in called Gran Elba. There are also many other naturist beaches on the Costa Del Sol.

  29. Which is the best resort for older / retired travellers on the Costa Del Sol?

    The most popular resort for older travellers on the Costa Del Sol is Fuengirola. It is an easy walkable town (flatter than the likes of Torremolinos and Benalmadena) – and it caters very well for older travellers.

    The most popular hotel for older and retired travellers to the Costa Del Sol is the Hotel Yaramar in Fuengirola.

  30. Which is the best resort for group travel on the Costa Del Sol?

    Large groups tend to book the resort of Torremolinos. This is due to the resort having something to please everyone, and also as it has the best selection of hotels that accept and can accommodate group bookings. A poplular option for group bookings is BLUESEA gran cervantes. The hotel is All Inclusive and in the centre of Torremolinos.


    Transportation on the Costa Del Sol

  31. Do I need a car for a holiday on the Costa Del Sol?

    Public transport is fantastic on the Costa Del Sol so a car is not essential at all. The exception to this would be if you are staying in a smaller village inland. Also some people who are staying in resorts such as Marbella, that are far from the airport and not on the train network, often tend to hire a car. Car hire can sometimes work out cheaper than a return taxi.

  32. Where can I hire a car on the Costa Del Sol?

    There are several car hire companies at Malaga airport including: Malaga Airport Car Hire, Herz and SIXT

    It is generally much cheaper to pre-book your car in advance. We recommend searching on TravelSuperMarket – advanced rates are generally 30% less and you don’t run the risk of the cars being fully booked (it does happen in peak season).

    You will also find many car hire rental offers locally in all of the major resorts or be able to get one delivered to your hotel. This is a good option if you do not need a car for the full duration of your trip.

  33. Is public transport cheap on the Costa Del Sol?

    Public transport is reasonably cheap on the Costa Del Sol, especially compared to major cities in places like the UK.

    There are over 50 bus lines and the fare is just 1.30 euros. All of the bus lines are ran by just the one company, EMT – and they offer a discount if you buy 10 tickets at once on an EMT card (available at tobacco shops only).

    The Underground cost depends on how many zones you need to cover. For example; a return ticket from Malaga to Fuengirola would cover 4 zones and cost 5.40 euros. Again, for the underground, you can buy a multi ticket and save. The ticket machines at the stations have the option to change the language to English. More info on Metro ticket prices here.

  34. Are taxis expensive on the Costa Del Sol?

    Taxis are reasonably priced and cheap to get about. Not all taxis will have a meter so you may need to agree a fare in advance (the taxi will have a booklet with set fares that are set from the town hall.

  35. Are there Ubers on the Costa Del Sol?

    Yes Uber does operate on the Costa Del Sol. They are not massively cheaper than taxis, however, the drivers do tend to drive very luxury modern vehicles compared to taxis. They can also be handy if you haven’t got local currency or if you are not quite sure how to explain where you want to go in Spanish. Uber will pick you up from the airport, but will not be cheaper than the taxis already waiting.

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