Villas in Costa del Sol

Stretching along the south coast of Spain's beautiful Andalusia region, the sun-soaked Costa del Sol boasts a delightful combination of pristine sandy shores and majestic mountains. The name "Costa del Sol" itself translates to "Coast of the Sun," and it's easy to see why once you witness the year-round sunshine that graces this ever-enchanting destination.

From the cosmopolitan city of Malaga to the charming coastal towns of Marbella, Frigiliana, and Nerja, the Costa del Sol presents a diverse array of attractions and activities that cater to all tastes. Whether you're seeking a relaxing beach retreat, a thrilling water sports adventure, or a cultural exploration of historic sites and museums, this region has something for everyone.

Browse our fabulous collection of over 130 luxury villas on the Costa del Sol and get away to sunny southern Spain for a holiday to remember.

Why Visit?

  • This world-renowned coastline is home to stunning beaches with golden sands and clear waters. Whether you prefer bustling urban beaches with lively promenades or secluded coves tucked away along the coast, there is a choice of 125 beaches to suit every preference.
  • The Costa del Sol is steeped in history and offers a wealth of cultural treasures - vibrant cities like Malaga, the birthplace of the renowned artist Pablo Picasso, where you can visit his birth house-turned-museum and explore the vibrant art scene.
  • Take a break from the beaches and head inland. Nature enthusiasts can venture into the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park or El Torcal de Antequera, both offering breathtaking hiking trails through rugged mountains and unique geological formations.

Read the Costa del Sol Travel Guide

Why stay with us?

Style and character are everything at Oliver’s Travels, and our collection of handpicked villas on the Costa del Sol have this in spades.

We have destination experts who know the ins and outs of all our regions, picking villas that aren’t only unique but are also in the best locations. What's more, our villas are 100% family-friendly and have the ‘wow’ factor.

Our helpful concierge team are on-hand to make your stay extra special. Whether you want a fully-stocked fridge, a local in-house chef to cook your meals, housekeeping or any other extra service – consider them your holiday genie, who will happily grant your wishes.

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Costa del Sol Travel Guide

Why visit Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol truly is a year-round destination.Taking place in August, the Feria de Malaga is one of the biggest summer festivals on the Costa del Sol. The city transforms into a lively fairground, with decorated streets, vibrant costumes, flamenco music, and dancing. Enjoy traditional food and drink, ride amusement park attractions, and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere.

Film enthusiasts should mark their calendars for the Marbella International Film Festival, usually held in October. This prestigious event showcases independent films from around the world and attracts international filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals. Enjoy film screenings, red-carpet events, and glamorous parties in the beautiful setting of Marbella.

The Nerja Caves Festival is an annual summer music and dance event held in the stunning natural caves of Nerja. This extraordinary venue sets the stage for captivating performances ranging from classical music concerts to flamenco shows. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the caves and the power of the performances.

The natural caves of Nerja

Food and drink

This is the perfect place to experience the flavours of Andalusia at its finest! The region's gastronomy is heavily influenced by its proximity to the sea, resulting in an abundance of fresh seafood dishes. From succulent grilled sardines to mouthwatering fried fish, you'll find an array of traditional pescaíto frito (fried fish) that are a true delight for seafood enthusiasts.

The Costa del Sol is also known for its tapas culture, where you can indulge in small plates of local specialities like gazpacho (a cold tomato soup that is the perfect antidote to the heat), boquerones en vinagre (marinated anchovies), and albóndigas (meatballs in a sauce with almonds that is typical of Andalusia). Don't miss the opportunity to savour the rich and aromatic flavours of gambas al pil-pil (spicy and zesty prawns in white wine) and of course, you can find fantastic paella here too.

To complement your meals, sample the region's excellent wines, including the sweet Malaga wine and the refreshing vintages produced in the nearby Axarquía region. Finish off your gastronomic adventure with a taste of a refreshing glass of tinto de verano (red wine with lemon soda) as you soak up the lively atmosphere of the Costa del Sol's charming bars and restaurants.

Grilled sardines on La Malagueta beach

Why the Costa del Sol is a Perfect Holiday:

  • Great for babies: The warm Mediterranean waters are generally calm and safe for babies to paddle in with lots of amenities along the edge of the sand, so parents can keep their minds at ease.
  • Great for kids: Little kids and big kids alike will have a blast in the region's fantastic water parks, such as Aqualand Torremolinos and Aquamijas, which feature thrilling slides, lazy rivers, wave pools, and dedicated children's areas.
  • Great for teens: Teenagers seeking thrills can engage in exciting water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, or surfing along the coast. There are also adventure parks that offer activities like zip-lining and tree-top adventures.

Top tips

  • The Costa del Sol is well-located for day trips to other destinations in Andalusia. Consider visiting Granada to see the Alhambra, Seville for its vibrant culture, and Gibraltar to explore the famous rock and meet the Barbary macaques.
  • The Costa del Sol is steeped in a fascinating cultural heritage that reflects its history of diverse influences. The region showcases a blend of Moorish, Roman, and Andalusian traditions, from the impressive Alcazaba fortress in Malaga to the historic Alhaurín de la Torre and the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia near Tarifa, there are countless historical and cultural sites to explore.

What Oliver loves

With 300 days of sunshine, the Costa del Sol can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The pleasant climate also allows for a wide array of outdoor activities beyond the beach. You can explore scenic hiking trails in the nearby mountains, go golfing on world-class courses, and explore historic sites too.

Best beaches in Costa del Sol

The beaches of the Costa del Sol are known around the world for their soft sand and beautiful vistas. With over 150 kilometres of coastline, this region offers a beach lover's paradise. The sandy shores of the Costa del Sol cater to every preference, from lively and vibrant beaches with buzzing beach bars and water sports activities to secluded and tranquil coves where you can bask in the serenity of nature.

Whether you seek sun-soaked relaxation, exhilarating water sports, or family-friendly fun you can find your ideal sandy stretch here. We’ve compiled our favourites in a blog that you can read right here.

Located in the heart of Malaga, this popular urban beach offers golden sands, clear waters, and a vibrant atmosphere. It is easily accessible and offers various amenities, including beach bars, restaurants, and water sports.

This Blue Flag beach in Nerja is known for its pristine beauty and family-friendly atmosphere. With its crystal-clear waters, soft sand, and excellent facilities, it's a perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying water activities.

Estepona's main beach, Playa de la Rada, stretches for almost three kilometres along the coast. With its wide sandy shore, calm waters, and palm-lined promenade, it offers a relaxed and picturesque setting for beachgoers.

Tucked away in a natural setting, Playa de Cabopino is known for its tranquil ambience and beautiful dunes. The beach offers a serene escape, and the nearby marina provides an opportunity for boat trips and water sports.

This lively and well-maintained beach in Fuengirola is perfect for those seeking a vibrant coastal experience. It offers a wide range of amenities, including beach bars, water sports, and a buzzing promenade lined with shops and restaurants.

For a more secluded and unspoiled beach experience, head to Playa El Canuelo. This hidden gem, nestled in the Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Park, boasts pristine waters, dramatic cliffs, and a peaceful atmosphere.

Towns and villages in Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol is home to several charming towns that offer a mix of history, culture, and picturesque beauty. Each town and village has its own unique character and allure, offering visitors a diverse range of experiences. From the vibrant city of Malaga with its bustling atmosphere, historic landmarks, and lively nightlife to the glamorous resort town of Marbella with its luxurious yachts, high-end boutiques, and beautiful promenade, there is no shortage of excitement and sophistication.

Here’s our pick of some of the best towns to explore in the region.

Oliver’s Hidden Gem

Benahavís, nestled in the hills just a short drive from the bustling tourist hub of Marbella, offers a peaceful and picturesque escape and is known as the ‘dining room of the Costa del Sol’ due to its delightful selection of restaurants and tapas bars.

This enchanting city is the region’s capital and seamlessly blends history, culture, and modernity, offering a myriad of experiences for every traveller. Nestled along the Mediterranean coast, Malaga is renowned as the birthplace of legendary artist Pablo Picasso, and its artistic legacy can be felt throughout the city.

Known for its glamorous vibe and luxury resorts, Marbella is a popular destination on the Costa del Sol. Its old town, Casco Antiguo, boasts narrow cobblestone streets, colourful buildings adorned with flowers, and delightful squares filled with cafés and boutiques. Don't miss a visit to Puerto Banus, a prestigious marina filled with high-end shops and restaurants.

With its stunning beaches and dramatic cliffs, Nerja has a unique charm. Visit the Balcony of Europe, a scenic viewpoint offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean, and explore the famous Nerja Caves, a natural wonder with impressive stalactite formations. The town also boasts a lively atmosphere with plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops.

Nestled in the mountainside, Mijas Pueblo offers breathtaking views of the coastline and a traditional Andalusian atmosphere. The town features whitewashed houses, charming streets, and quaint courtyards. Take a stroll through the picturesque village, explore the artisan shops, and enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful town.

A stone’s throw down the hillside from Mijas Pueblo, Mijas Costa is a seaside town renowned for its endless stretches of sandy beaches and vibrant beachfront promenade. This bustling resort town offers a lively atmosphere with an array of restaurants, bars, and shops to explore.

Frigiliana enchants visitors with its pretty white-washed houses, narrow cobblestone streets, and vibrant bursts of bougainvillea. This quaint hilltop village offers a delightful escape from the bustling coastal towns.

Costa del Sol travel: getting there and around

There are direct flights from various airports in the UK to Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport, which serves as the main gateway to the region. Several airlines operate flights between the UK and Malaga, including budget carriers. Flight durations vary depending on the departure airport but typically range from 2 to 3 hours.

By car

Renting a car provides flexibility and convenience for exploring the region. Costa del Sol has an expansive road network, making it easy to navigate between towns with the added benefit of scenic coastal views. With a car, you have the freedom to discover hidden gems and venture off the beaten path at your own pace.

By boat

Experience the beauty of Costa del Sol from the water by taking a boat excursion. Boat tours are available for coastal sightseeing, including dolphin and whale watching where you can really appreciate the breathtaking views of the coastline and discover hidden coves and secluded beaches.

By public transport

The Costa del Sol has a reliable and cost-effective public transport system. Buses connect major towns and attractions, making it easy to get around and train services, including the Cercanias trains, provide access to principal destinations within the region.

By bike

The Costa del Sol offers an extensive network of bike paths and scenic routes. You can rent a bike in various towns along the coast and then set off cycling along the coastline, taking in the stunning views and refreshing sea breeze.

By foot

Walking is a fantastic way to soak up the coastal charm of this region. Take leisurely strolls along promenades, through natural parks, and in picturesque villages, exploring winding streets, and stumbling upon local shops, eateries, and cultural landmarks.

Top tips

  • The summer months, particularly July and August, can be quite crowded and prices tend to be higher. If possible, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) when the weather is still pleasant, but the crowds are smaller.
  • While the beaches are undoubtedly a major draw, don't limit yourself to just coastal areas. Venture inland and explore the charming white-washed villages (pueblos blancos) nestled in the mountains. It feels like a world away from the glitz of the coast, but it absolutely worth it.

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