Sun, Sea and Cocktails! Welcome to the Costa Del Sol!

by Jules on July 10, 2012

What I love about being so close to all that Europe has to offer, is that if I feel the need, I can jump on a plane and be in the thick of the action within hours. Thanks to low-cost airlines, this is made much easier on my pocket!

Malaga is the gateway to all the fun of the Costa Del Sol, as well as being a fantastic destination in its own right. Travel links are good and frequent, meaning a great chance to get out and explore. I always like to jump on a bus or train and have a look around the area I’m visiting.

Of course, the Costa Del Sol is well known for being quite British, in a sunny Spanish atmosphere, perfect for those looking for home comforts in the sun. Beer is relatively cheap, English breakfasts are plentiful and you can catch yourself a suntan with ease.

A tip I would suggest, to cut down on stress levels pre-travel, is to book an airport hotel. Give Hilton Gatwick with parking a try for great rates. I always use this service, as it means I begin my travel day refreshed and really chilled. I would definitely recommend looking into this, with great deals available, check out the directions to the Hilton Gatwick and see for yourself just how close to the airport it is!

A chilled-out start is what you will need too, as there’s plenty to see and do in this sunny part of the world.

I’d really recommend Malaga and the surrounding area for families, purely for the huge amount to keep the kids occupied. The beaches are sandy, golden, and fantastic for sunbathing or watersports, with a huge array available. Give parasailing a go if you can, I recently did this and would definitely recommend it. Alternatively, the Parque Acuatico Mijas, a fun waterpark, is close to Marbella and a great way to cool down in the summer heat.

I’m a huge fan of shopping, so after a few days on the beach, I’d be heading to Calle Marques de Lanos, the main shopping area of Malaga, for a few hours’ retail therapy – what could be better? However, if shopping isn’t your thing, then the city has many museums, art galleries and golfing opportunities to keep even the most restless person occupied.

Evenings are no less varied and hectic, with nightlife bright and lively. There is something for everyone, with a great range of bars and restaurants. Alternatively, if you want to party, Malaga is renowned for its party atmosphere, getting started late into the night and lasting until early morning.

For something a little more Spanish and traditional, I’d recommend trying some local cuisine, and visiting one of the many tapas bars around the city.

There is simply too much to put into this article, however Malaga and its surrounding area is bustling with activities and experiences to be had, all at a low cost, thanks to cheap flights, and a great range of accommodation to suit every budget. Treat yourself to a flying holiday start with an airport hotel, with great deals to be had. Check out Gatwick Airport hotels and see for yourself.

Viva Espana?!

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