Things to do on holiday on the Costa del Sol
Discover some of the exciting things to experience on the Costa del Sol
The perennially sun-soaked Costa del Sol is celebrated throughout Europe for its warm temperatures, its glorious white-sand beaches, its distinctive cuisine and its picturesque villages. Filled with fascinating culture and beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder that the best places to stay on the Costa del Sol, such as the resorts of CLC World, attract holidaymakers from around the globe.
Whether you’re only able to pop over for a short break, or you have the luxury of a longer period of time to spend in this area of Southern Spain, here are some of the highlights of what you can find on the Costa del Sol. And, if you’ve decided to head over to this part of Andalucia, there are some wonderful resorts on the Costa del Sol, including CLC World’s superb properties, which you can use as your home-away-from-home.
Benalmadena Cable Car – Magnificent Vistas Beckon
If you’d like to feast your eyes on truly panoramic views of the entire Costa del Sol region and beyond, then you simply cannot miss the exciting ride to the top of Calamorro Mountain onboard the Benalmadena cable car. It’s only about 15 minutes by car from the top resorts on the Costa del Sol to Benalmadena/Arroyo de Miel, where you can start your thrilling ascent.
When you look out the windows of the Teleférico cable car, as it makes its sustained climb up to the 800-metre peak of Calamorro Mountain, you’ll have your breath taken away by the beautiful sights spread out before you. On a clear day, you’ll be greeted not only with sweeping vistas of the Andalucian coastline and the neighbouring Sierra Nevada mountains, but also the southern tip of Spain, the Strait of Gibraltar and Gibraltar itself, perched facing the northernmost edge of Africa.
If these spectacular 360-degree scenes aren’t exciting enough, there’s also a range of activities for you to participate in at the crest of the mountain. You can go hiking and ride on horseback on tracks that traverse the high-altitude terrain. And, watch eagles and falcons soaring high up in the cloudless Spanish sky.
Bioparc Fuengirola – Nature-Lovers’ Delight
Fans of nature will rejoice when they realise that a world-class immersion zoo, the Fuengirola Bioparc, sits within easy driving distance of many of the Costa del Sol’s best resorts. This incredible zoological park provides a new way to observe animals going about their lives within their own habitats. Bioparc Fuengirola has painstakingly and accurately recreated the same ecological conditions that exist in far flung spots, such as the plains of Africa and the rainforests of Madagascar or Asia, so that exotic wildlife can feel at home.
Because of these genuine bio-habitats, visitors to the Bioparc Fuengirola are able to truly witness animals in their natural surroundings. Wander past fast-flowing waterfalls in luxuriant jungles. Gaze at Sumatran tigers as they elegantly stretch in the sun. Catch a glimpse of the blue duiker, a small antelope native to eastern and southern Africa. Or contemplate the awe-inspiring sight of gorillas, cavorting and interacting. Every inch of this biological park offers you the unique chance to experience untamed nature up close and personal.
Malaga – Birthplace of Pablo Picasso
For those travellers who enjoy delving deeply into a holiday destination’s art, culture and history – the city of Malaga promises to be a revelation. Just a short jaunt from the Costa del Sol’s resorts and beaches, magical Malaga delivers a cornucopia of cultural options – from architecture that has survived the centuries to museums befitting the birthplace of one of Spain’s greatest artists, Pablo Picasso.
No trip to Malaga would be complete without a stop at the Pompidou Centre, or a visit to the Picasso, Carmen Thyssen or Centre for Contemporary Art museums. And, after you’ve marvelled at the amazing collections and exhibitions on display in these institutions, you can take in a multitude of other enchantments that Malaga showcases. Shop in chic boutiques that line the picturesquely curving streets. Have a cool drink and try some tapas in an authentic tavern. Or, capture a table in the city’s waterfront district and people-watch the day away as you sample local delicacies under the deliciously warm Spanish sun.
Golf – Play a Round in Paradise
Famed for the high quality of its golf courses, the Costa del Sol has become a favoured golfing destination for those that are passionate about the game, from budding pros to complete beginners. Boasting an impressive 60 courses – all within an hour’s drive from its stellar collection of resorts, the Costa del Sol offers something special to appeal to golfers of every skill and interest level.
Whether you’re a scratch golfer or you’re just starting out and could do with a few lessons from the resident pro – the links of the Costa del Sol won’t disappoint. Tee off on championship courses that will challenge you on every drive and green. Work on your handicap, as you play 18 holes on manicured fairways, many of them displaying gorgeous scenery, and some with views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.