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The Costa del Sol is situated in the south of Spain and is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. The weather here is warm with a yearly average of 18 degrees thanks to its Mediterranean climate. The Costa del Sol has over 125 beaches on its coastline which stretches over 160 kilometres. The beautiful beaches and Mediterranean climate is one of the main reasons why thousands of tourists flock here every year.
There are many reasons why the Costa del Sol is such a popular holiday destination. The year-round sunshine is a big factor in attracting tourists; with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year it is classed as one of the sunniest regions in Europe. There is also a wide range of things to see and do in the region, so there's plenty to keep you busy on your holiday.
The Costa del Sol is suitable for every kind of traveller, from singles to couples and families. Whether you want to fill your day sitting by the pool relaxing or going to water parks and playing golf this destination has so much to offer to help entertain every type of traveller.
Ryanair and Aer Lingus have regular flights departing from Dublin and Cork airport to Malaga airport, with an estimated flight time is 3 hours.
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There are lots of lively nightlife areas in the Costa del Sol so you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing what bustling bar you want to spend your night in. Many bars and clubs don’t get busy until after 11pm due to the later Spanish nightlife culture, however most nightclubs stay open until 6am which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the music and dance the night away. Some of the hotspots for nightlife are Malaga city, Marbella, Benalmadena and Fuengirola.
From restaurants to beach bars and tapas nights there is no end to the choices available when it comes to eating out. Whether you’re into some cheap and cheerful dinners or romantic rooftop bars there are many dining options available which will surely not disappoint.
There are so many family-friendly beaches, resorts and activities in the Costa del Sol. Torremolinos is known to have some great activity-packed beaches for families where kids can participate in a number of watersport activities. Benalmadena is also a popular spot for those who have young kids as there are lots of family-friendly resorts and activities available there and close by.
If you are a beach lover, then this destination is a great spot for you as there are so many beautiful sandy beaches to choose from. If you are staying in Nerja, Playa Burriana is a great beach to visit with fantastic watersports and child-friendly facilities. Carvajal beach, located between Benalmadena and Fuengirola, is another fabulous beach which is extremely popular with tourists and families.
There are so many shopping opportunities in the Costa del Sol. Whether you are looking to buy some classic holiday souvenirs, pick up some bargains in a vintage shop or spend your day at a shopping centre doing some high-end shopping, the Costa del Sol has it all. If you are visiting Malaga spend your morning down at the street markets, where you can usually find a mix of food, clothes, jewellery and art pieces.
Carnival typically takes place in the run-up to Lent. During this festival, the streets are filled with parades, people in costumes, music, singing and dancing. Carnival is a massive celebration not to be missed.
The best time to visit the Costa del Sol is in the summer months from May to August. During this time, many people from around Europe flock to this destination to enjoy the tropical weather. The beaches are busy, and the bars and entertainment are in full swing. Prices for flights and accommodation will be most expensive during this time so if you are looking for a quieter and less costly time to visit, spring or late autumn is a great alternative.
The currency used in the Costa del Sol is the Euro.
The Costa del Sol is 1 hour ahead of Ireland.
There are many ways to get around the Costa del Sol. Many tourists travel short distances by foot and choose to travel by car or train for longer distances.