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Often referred to as the “Britain of the Mediterranean”, Costa del Sol is by far one of the most popular holiday destinations within Spain (and indeed all of Europe). This stretch of coastline is known for its endless beaches, a host of urban attractions and of course, its year-round balmy climate. There is also a wide spectrum of natural attractions found alongside all of the modern urban conveniences that we have come to expect. Costa del Sol is also a great option for those who are looking for a combination of cheap flights and last-minute holiday deals. What are some of the benefits that this amazing location has to offer? Let us examine Costa del Sol in a bit more detail.
The major airport serving this region is the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport. While this airport is located 83 kilometres away, a timely train service (that is provided in English) and bus routes are always available. The entire trip will normally take just over one hour.
There is always something to see within this region, for Costa del Sol is actually comprised of a number of towns and villages. Some of the most popular and notable are Mijas, Marbella, Torremolinos, Estepona, Fuengirola and Benalmadena.
Costa del Sol is known for its array of beaches. All of these are kept quite clean and even during the winter months, the sun hangs high overhead. A handful of the most popular include Bolonia, Playa del Cristo, Torremolinos Beach and Play de los Genoveses. What is perhaps even better is that all beaches are found only a stone's throw away from most hotels and restaurants. Therefore, dining within an extraordinary atmosphere is always a reality. Traditional English cuisine is available alongside sumptuous specialities from Andalusia. Anyone who desires a cold beer or a tasty cocktail under the sun will likewise be pleased to learn that Costa del Sol provides a number of English pubs along the coast.
Outdoor activities likewise abound. Notwithstanding the beaches, be sure to check out such opportunities as hiking alone the ridges at Nerja, scaling the cliffs at Sima del Diablo and enjoying the panoramic views of La Viñuela Reservoir.
Due to the wide range of visitors here, there are numerous hotels to suit nearly any budget. Some of the best properties include Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa, H10 Andalucia Plaza and Gran Hotel Cervantes by Blue Sea. However, budget options such as Sunset Beach Club Hotel Apartments are also possibilities. The service at any of these locations is said to be spectacular and the majority of workers speak fluent English.
Finally, always remember that there are a number of cheap flights to and from this region and many providers are able to offer package holidays which include room, board and even local tours. Onee point to mention here is that during the summer months, Costa del Sol can become quite crowded with tourists from the United Kingdom and northern Europe. Many will therefore choose to visit during the off-season. The best times to avoid crowds are generally between September and December and once again from February to May. If you are looking for fun, sun and a sense of true relaxation, Costa del Sol is always a wise choice. Be sure to plan ahead and make reservations early in order to enjoy bargain discounts and to make certain that only the most appropriate hotels are available.