Self Catering Holidas in Costa del Sol

Only a three-hour flight away, holidays on the Costa del Sol in Spain are as popular as ever with Irish holidaymakers, offering a seemingly infinite selection of sun-drenched beaches. You can reach this region of Spain by flying from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Belfast to Malaga airport.

The Costa del Sol is a region in the south of Spain, including the coastal towns and communities along the coastline of the Province of Málaga. The Costa del Sol is situated between two lesser known coastal regions, the Costa de la Luz and the Costa Tropical.

The region has stunning scenery, from magnificent mountain views to striking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Miles of golden sandy beaches and a year-round warm climate keeps holidaymakers returning to the Costa del Sol year after year. The Costa Del Sol enjoys an average year-round temperature of around 18 degrees with this rising significantly during the hot summer months and usually not dropping below 14 degrees in winter.

Activities and attractions are plentiful, with everything from safari and aqua parks, horse-riding, national parks, boat trips, museums, theatres and quaint old towns. This region is also a golfer’s paradise with a selection of world class golf courses, Costa del Sol is also known as the ‘Costa del Golf’.

For the night owls a plethora of bars and nightclubs in the larger resorts ensure you can party into the late hours.

Our Costa del Sol holiday villas and apartment scatter the beautiful southern coastline of Spain, from Estepona to Nerja and everywhere in between, start planning now and book yourself a Spanish holiday to today on our website.

Self Catering Holidays in Marbella in Costa del Sol

Marbella is a city and municipality in southern Spain, belonging to the province of Málaga, part of the Andalusia region. It is part of the Costa del Sol and situated on the Mediterranean Sea, between Málaga and the Strait of Gibraltar, in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca.

Most visitors to Malaga will fly directly into the Malaga International Airport, 54 km north of Marbella, the third largest in Spain. Many airlines run flights to Malaga, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Easyjet.

Marbella has become one of the most exciting holiday resorts along the Mediterranean coast. It is known as a glamorous resort town and is a favourite location with the rich and famous, boosted by foreign residents who are seduced by the lifestyle. Marbella is heaven for foodies, with plenty of Michelin stars shining on its eating establishments.

West of Marbella town, the Golden Mile of prestigious nightclubs and coastal estates leads to Puerto Banús marina, filled with luxury yachts, and surrounded by upmarket boutiques and bars.

Marbella offers beautiful beaches, parks, gardens, romantic narrow lanes in Moorish tradition, superb shopping, great entertainment, a huge selection of restaurants and trendy bars. All of this combines to make this chic resort an unforgettable experience.

Our Marbella holiday villas and apartment are ideally located along this beautiful coastline, start planning now and book yourself a Spanish holiday today on our website.

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Self Catering Holidays in Mijas Costa in Costa del Sol

Mijas Costa is a stretch of coastline on the Costa del Sol, nestled between Fuengirola and the east Marbella resort of Cabopino. Mijas Costa is well placed to explore Costa del Sol with Marbella only a 15-minute drive away and Malaga City which is around a 40-minute drive away.

Most visitors to Mijas Costa fly directly into the Malaga International Airport, 26 km north east, the third largest in Spain. Many airlines run flights to Malaga, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair and EasyJet.

The area encompasses the popular holiday resorts of Calahonda, Riviera del Sol and La Cala de Mijas. Mijas Costa is an ideal destination for both family and friend holidays, with safe beaches and local shops, bars, restaurants and golf on hand in each resort.

Car hire is recommended, but not essential if you book a holiday villa in Mijas Costa.

Our holiday villas and apartment in Fuengirola are ideally located and provide visitors to the area with an ideal base for exploring Costa del Sol, start planning now and book yourself a Spanish holiday today on our website.

Our holiday villas and apartment in Mijas are ideally located and provide visitors to the area with an ideal base for exploring Costa del Sol, start planning now and book yourself a Spanish holiday today on our website.

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Self Catering Holidays in Nerja in Costa del Sol

Nerja is situated on the eastern tip of the Costa Del Sol. A resort town and once a small traditional fishing village it has now grown into a very popular tourist resort. The transfer time from Malaga Airport to Nerja is approximately 50 mins.

With a dramatic backdrop of the Sierra de Tejeda mountains, picturesque beaches plus countless rocky coves, Nerja is one of the most beautiful regions of Andalucía. Its seafront promenade, Balcón de Europa with charm and genuine Spanish character, offers an array of views of the Mediterranean and surrounding mountains, while below it lies sandy beaches and cliffside coves. Scattered along the shoreline so you’ll never have to venture too far from your sun lounger to get something eat or drink.

Stroll here and enjoy stunning views, street entertainers and irresistible ice cream or venture into the famous Cuevas de Nerja to see prehistoric cave paintings and the longest stalactites in the world – all 63 metres long, viewable by guided tour. One of the caverns has been transformed into a concert hall!

The old quarter of the town is still virtually unchanged with narrow streets, white washed buildings and pretty geraniums blossoming. The town’s monuments include many old churches and the beautiful gardens of El Capistrano Playa.

From small quiet secluded coves and approximately 15km of beaches you will be spoilt for choice. Playa Burriana is probably the most famous of Nerja’s beaches and is particularly popular with families. The clear waters are particularly good for snorkelling and diving.

Taxi ranks are scattered throughout the town and you can easily take a bus to Nerja’s neighbouring towns.

Our Nerja holiday villas and apartment are ideally located along this beautiful coastline, start planning now and book yourself a Spanish holiday in Nerja today on our website.

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Self Catering Holidays in Benahavís in Costa del Sol

Benahavís is a Spanish mountain village between Marbella, Estepona, and Ronda, 7 km from the coast. Situated on the southern face of La Serrania de Ronda mountain range, Benahavís is one of the most mountainous villages on the western Costa del Sol, near the resort beaches as well as the spectacular mountains of the Serrania de Ronda.

Most visitors to Benahavís fly directly into the Malaga International Airport, 73 km north east of Benahavís, the third largest in Spain. Many airlines run flights to Malaga, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Easyjet.

The town is surrounded by natural parkland filled with an abundance of flora and fauna. Benahavís is located inland midway between the coastal towns of Estepona, 20 km and Marbella 20 km near to the beautiful Sierra de las Nieves yet still close to the coast.

Its terrain is traversed by the Guadalmina, Guadaiza and Guadalmansa Rivers. Places of great natural and historic interest are to be found within its boundaries, such as El Cerro del Duque, Daidin and the Montemayor Castle.

Benahavís is a beautiful inland, whitewashed town in one of the most mountainous areas in the western Costa del Sol. It offers some of the most remarkable and picturesque views to be had in this region. Enjoy gentle strolls or rigorous hikes in the neighbouring area.

The town is typical of these Moorish routes, narrow and winding back streets ending in town squares.

The area around Benahavis is prestigious, largely due to its proximity to the coastal resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banús. Benahavís’ outlying area is home to nine golf courses and numerous restaurants, often cited as the dining room of the Costa del Sol.

Benahavís enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and warm winters. Cooling breezes from the sea make the summer heat manageable, temperatures are an average of 32 ºC in summer.

Our holiday villas and apartment in Benahavís are ideally located and offer wonderful views, start planning now and book yourself a Spanish holiday today on our website.

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Self Catering Holidays in Estepona in Costa del Sol

Estepona is a resort town on the Costa del Sol in Spain, one of the few coastal towns that has succeeded in maintaining its pueblo charm and character. Estepona is one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and foreign residents alike on the Costa del Sol.

Most visitors to Estepona fly directly into the Malaga International Airport, 84 km north east of Estepona the third largest in Spain and just a 50 minute drive away. Many airlines run flights to Malaga, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair and EasyJet.

In the 'old town' the steep, narrow streets are pedestrianised and decorated with different colour flower pots, a delight for photographers.

For many years Estepona’s main economic industries were fishing, agriculture and cattle, and even today, remain an important income for many in the area. Nevertheless for over a decade now tourism has become an important economic factor, due to the town’s redevelopment, wonderful climate, well-kept sandy beaches, such as La Rada and Cristo Beach.

A palm-lined promenade, the Paseo Marítimo, runs next to the Playa de la Rada beach. Nearby are the restaurants and water sports facilities of Puerto Deportivo, plus a fishing port and the cove of Playa del Cristo. The whitewashed old town centers on the flower-filled square of Plaza de las Flores, home to the eclectic artworks of the Colección Garó.

Estepona enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and warm winters. Cooling breezes from the sea make the summer heat manageable; temperatures average 32 ºC during the summer.

Our holiday villas and apartment in Estepona are ideally located and provide visitors to the area with an ideal base for exploring Costa del Sol, start planning now and book yourself a Spanish holiday today on our website.

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Self Catering Holidays in San Pedro de Alcántara in Costa del Sol

San Pedro de Alcántara is in an ideal situation, just 10 km west from all the glitz and glamour of Marbella, a few minutes’ drive from the natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range and 20 km from the town of Estepona.

Most visitors to San Pedro de Alcántara fly directly into the Malaga International Airport, 67 km north east of San Pedro de Alcántara, the third largest in Spain. Many airlines run flights to Malaga, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair and EasyJet.

The town has become increasingly popular in the last few years with both holidaymakers and foreign residents. A main road divides the area; on one side is the old quarter with its narrow-cobbled streets and tiny local stores, and on the beach, side are new urbanisations, long stretches of beach and a charming promenade, which stretches along the beach and is home to some excellent beach restaurants.

San Pedro enjoys a long golden, sandy beach, backed by a palm lined promenade and some great beach restaurants.

San Pedro has an excellent choice of bars and restaurants. For traditional and lively Spanish dining, head to Alfredo Restaurants in the old town. Well priced and cheerful, the atmosphere is fun and the food excellent.

San Pedro de Alcantara enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Cooling breezes from the sea make the summer heat manageable, temperatures average 32 ºC during the summer.

Our holiday villas and apartment in San Pedro de Alcántara are ideally located and provide visitors to the area with an ideal base for exploring Costa del Sol, start planning now and book yourself a Spanish holiday today on our website.

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Self Catering Holidays in Torrox in Costa del Sol

Torrox is a town in the province of Málaga in southern Spain, 65 km from Malaga airport. It is located in the Costa del Sol, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the foothills of the Sierra de Almijara.

Historically, Torrox reached the height of its prosperity during the Moorish period due to its pivotal role in the silk trade between Granada and Near Eastern cities such as Baghdad and Damascus.

The centre is very pretty with brilliant white-walled houses clinging to the steep slope on which the town is built.

Torrox Costa the sister town and coastal resort is also the site of the remains of a Roman necropolis and villa located immediately west of the lighthouse. It is a popular coastal strip, particularly with holidaymakers who flock here during the summer months. With an average year-round temperature of 18ºC, Torrox is a land of eternal spring and has become the jewel in the crown of the Costa del Sol by managing to always be warm. This fortunate climate is due to the Valley of the River Torrox, whose river limits temperature extremes as it opens up to the sea, whilst at the same time the surrounding mountains keep out strong winds.

With inland and coastal beauty spots only four kilometres apart, Torrox has a subtropical landscape where its mountains merge into its seven blue flag beaches such as El Morche, Torcasol, Ferrara or Peñoncillo.

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Self Catering Holidays in Frigiliana in Costa del Sol

Known for its narrow streets decorated with ceramic mosaics, Frigiliana is a town in southern Spain, 54 km from Malaga airport. Its located in the Natural Park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, so this holiday destination in ideal for lovers of nature and trekking. You can easily access the Natural Park from Frigiliana, and spot the spectacular mountains while relaxing in this picturesque white village.

Frigiliana, is the only town in the province of Málaga that is considered one of the most beautiful and has one of the best-preserved historic city centres. A walking through this village is delightful, discover thousands of coloured flowerpots on every corner, doors and shutters are painted a different tone of green and blue, which produces a gorgeous contrast against the white facades. You will also encounter symbols with Christian, Arab and Jewish origins, all part of the essence of Frigiliana.

The endless narrow streets are dotted with pretty small craft shops along with bars where you can take shade from the summer heat. There is a selection of restaurants where you can taste local products like the wine from Frigiliana.

While in Frigiliana you must try their sugar cane syrup, made in the old mill of Nuestra Señora del Carmen. It is the only sugar cane syrup factory in all of Europe. The syrup is made from mango, grown in the local area.

You can enjoy a refreshing swim at the beaches of Nerja 7 km away. On the last weekend of August, the whole town and thousands of visitor’s head to the streets to enjoy a medieval market, exhibits, performances and concerts to celebrate the Festival of Three Cultures of Frigiliana. During three days, Frigiliana gets filled with people dancing and singing.

Visiting Frigiliana is an experience you can’t miss, an ideal place to disconnect from your daily routine, our holiday villas and apartment are ideally located so start planning now and book yourself a Spanish holiday today on our website.

Family Friendly Attractions in Costa del Sol

Are you looking for fun activities and sightseeing things to do on your next holiday to Costa del Sol? We have selected some of the best family-friendly places to visit, a great way to keep the kids entertained on your holiday on the Costa del Sol.

Aquamijas in Mijas

This waterpark is ideally suited to families with smaller children. You can almost sit in the middle of the park and keep an eye on them while they go on all the attractions. Situated in Mijas, just off the Fuengirola bypass.

Colomares Castle in Benalmádena

The Colomares Castle known locally as 'Castillo de Colomares’, in Benalmadena, is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions in the region. The castle was built between 1987 and 1994 by Dr Esteban Martín Martín, a medical practitioner from the United States. Dr Esteban, amazed by the lack of homage and information afforded to this great explorer, set about creating a castle that would represent a suitable honour to the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Colombus.

Crocodile Park in Torremolinos

Located next to the popular water park in Torremolinos, the Crocodile Park is home to more than 200 crocodiles. The visit to the park lasts approximately 2 hours and includes guided tours and live demonstrations. The park’s experienced guides show you how they handle these fascinating creatures and explain the intricate details of the croc’s lifestyle.

BioParc Zoo in Fuengirola

A new model of zoo based on respect for nature and the preservation of natural species, a model which has already established itself as a flagship for Europe.

What Bioparc Fuengirola represents is a different concept of zoo. A zoological park where animals live side-by-side, recreating their natural habitat and so fostering their development at all levels. Visitors are stepping inside a true documentary of the deepest tropical woodlands.

Jardín de las Águilas in Benalmádena

A wonderful Birds of Prey Centre clearly signposted from Benalmádena pueblo. The centre is dedicated to raising and protecting many different species of birds of prey. In this fabulous zoological garden overlooking the Mediterranean at 250m above sea level, you can see the majestic raptors spread their wings in flight under the supervision of multi-lingual expert handlers. There are displays throughout the day, giving each of the 160+ birds a turn.

Mariposario de Benalmádena

Located in the heart of the Costa del Sol and only 20 minutes from Malaga in this spectacular Butterfly Park. Next to the Thai temple, you can walk amongst more than 1,500 exotic butterflies from around the world. Flying freely in a tropical paradise between waterfalls and flowers. Observe how they are born, how they reproduce and enjoy learning many things about these wonderful insects.

Cable Car in Benalmádena

From Benalmádena Cable Cars you be able to enjoy a spectacular journey that will take you to the peak of Mount Calamorro at more than 771 metres, where you can explore many hiking routes. Both the cable car journey and the peak of Mount Calamorro provide a unique Mediterranean mountain environment and the opportunity to observe diverse indigenous species. Benalmádena Cable Car provides a spectacular flight of bird’s demonstrations every day in the peak’s arena, located in a natural setting of exceptional beauty with unique views of the Bay of Málaga and the Costa del Sol.

Local Tourist Attractions in Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol is known for its stunning stretches of sea, sand and guaranteed sunshine, however there is more to Spain’s southern coast than simply beach bars and cheap beer. For something a little different ditch, the packed beaches and discover a new side of Costa del Sol.

Rock of Gibraltar

Gibraltar is 5 km long and 1.2 km wide and is connected to Spain by a low, sandy link that is 1.6 km long. Gibraltar is a heavily fortified British air and naval base that guards the Strait of Gibraltar, which is the only entrance to the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. Since the 18th century, Gibraltar has been a symbol of British naval strength, and it is commonly known in that context as “the Rock.”

Travel to the famous British territory by air-conditioned coach, and discover its main attractions, including the legendary Rock of Gibraltar or head inside St Michael’s Cave, meet the cheeky Barbary monkeys and visit Europa Point, where a lighthouse marks the gateway of the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Gibraltar is also well-known for its VAT-free shopping, with a wide variety of stores to choose from.

White Towns of Andalusia

The White Towns of Andalusia, or Pueblos Blancos, are a series of towns and large villages in the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga in southern Spain, mostly within the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. Throughout the Andalusian hills you’ll spot a spattering of white-washed villages with red or brown tiled roofs. Best explored by car, these tiny towns are where you’ll find the region’s most authentic tapas bars. Visit peaceful hamlets, such as Pujerra, Faraján, and Cartajima.


Take a full-day excursion from Costa del Sol to Seville. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and architectural tapestry of the city and explore colourful neighbourhoods like Santa Cruz and Triana. Stroll along the picturesque banks of the Guadalquivir River and marvel at UNESCO World Heritage-listed attractions like the Cathedral of Seville.

Playa del Cañuelo

Continuously referred to as the best beach on the Costa del Sol due to its unusual greyish sands, the sea is exceptionally clear – you’ll be able to see the fish swimming around your feet.


Malaga is a fantastic coastal city with bundles of Andalusian charm. An easy city to navigate, with all the main attractions just a short stroll away. Highlights include the imposing Alcazaba, a Medieval Moorish palace with sea views, and lush, fountain-filled gardens. The Picasso Museum, that pays homage to the city’s most famous resident Pablo Picasso. The museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist. An must see attraction is the Roman Amphitheatre, a contemporary museum at an ancient Roman theatre with artefacts & educational information.


One of the most beautiful and impressive towns in Spain in Ronda. It’s the third most visited town in Andalusia. Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province that’s set dramatically above a deep gorge. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. New town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

Whether you seek a family holiday, beach break or country escape, we have a wide selection of holiday apartments, beach villas and homes in Costa del Sol ideally located so you can explore Costa del Sol and the surrounding regions of Spain.

How to travel to and around Costa del Sol

How to reach Málaga Airport from Ireland?

Málaga Airport, officially Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport, is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after Madrid–Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. It is an important airport for Spanish tourism as it is the main international airport serving the Costa del Sol.

Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock, Kerry and Shannon airports all have non-stop flights to Málaga. The flight takes 3 hours and covering a distance of 1868 km.

The airlines that fly the most frequently between Ireland and Málaga are Aer Lingus, British Airways and Ryanair on this route. Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights, the two main airlines both arrive and depart from Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 respectively.

Málaga Airport is situated 11 km south west of Malaga, 5 km north of Torremolinos and it is well connected with Costa del Sol.

Traveling around Costa del Sol, Málaga

Málaga province boasts an extensive and diverse transport network that provides services all along the Costa del Sol, making it easy to travel around.

Getting to and from Málaga Airport

It is very easy to travel to the centre of Málaga from the airport. Taxis, bus and commuter train services are readily available. The commuter train is one of the most recommended forms of transport, as it is only about a 10-minute journey from the airport to the centre of Málaga. It is also a similar journey time from the airport to Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola.

Bus from Málaga Airport

A number of bus routes connect Malaga Airport with the rest of the Costa Del Sol. The main route is the Line A Express which goes from Malaga Airport to Malaga City Centre. Depending on traffic, the journey takes between 15 and 25 minutes. Tickets cost €3, and you can purchase your tickets on the bus. Buses run every 20-25 minutes between 7am and midnight.

Any of the towns in Málaga province can be reached by bus from the capital. Buses depart from Málaga Bus Station next to the train station and Muelle Heredia Bus Station.

Train from Málaga Airport

Commuter trains are another fast and comfortable option for moving around the Costa del Sol. rains leave Málaga Airport every 20 minutes, heading to Málaga and Fuengirola. Those travelling to Torremolinos or Benalmádena should take the train in the direction of Fuengirola. Tickets are available from machines on the platform. The train ride from the airport to the city centre takes 11 minutes and costs €1.80.

In addition, there is the Málaga-Álora line, which connects the capital with the Guadalhorce Valley and stops in the towns of Cártama and Pizarra.

If you want to go that little bit further and visit other cities in Andalucía, the Costa del Sol has a strategic location. For example, in just one hour you can be in Granada, and in a little over two hours you can reach Seville or Cordoba.

Taxi from Málaga Airport

Taxis are available from outside of Malaga Airport. Taxis are metered, but it’s worth noticing that additional charges such as an airport pickup fee can apply.

Car Hire from Málaga Airport

Renting a car or vehicle is another highly recommended option for travel around the Costa del Sol. You will have the added advantage of flexibility and the freedom to move around at your own pace without having to worry local transport.

There are ten car hire companies with desks at Malaga Airport: Malagacar, Sixt and Auriga Cown are located in the terminal building while Centauro, Rent a Car Transauto, Caramba, First Car, Fetajo and Alba Cars are located in the area surrounding the airport.

Malaga Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads and the local area. The elevated access road from the airport leads directly to the MA-20 which is the new number for the section of the A7 motorway that goes right to Malaga city and to the south. It also connects to the E15 which links the north of the country.

Málaga Airport’s address for your Sat Nav is; Malaga Airport, Avenida Comandante García Morato, s/n, 29004 Málaga, Spain

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