The Costa del Sol is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, and with its 100-mile stretch of stunning coastline and reliably warm climate – its name literally translates to ‘sun coast’ – it’s not hard to see why. But there’s much more to do in the Costa del Sol than just laze the day away on the beach. With a rich culture and a diversely-beautiful landscape, there really is something for everyone, whether you’re a young traveller or visiting the area as a family. If you’re thinking of visiting the Costa del Sol, there’s also a great variety of travel companies providing stunning accommodation in the region such as Villa Plus – one of the UK’s largest villa operators. To inspire your trip, here’s our pick of the top three things to do in the Costa del Sol – we guarantee you’ll have an unforgettable holiday.
Visit the home-town of a world-famous artist
No trip to the Andalucian region would be complete without a visit to the birthplace of Malaga’s most famous export and one of the world’s most well-known artists: Pablo Picasso. Located right in the heart of the historic centre of the city you’ll find the ‘Casa Natal’, or birthplace of the great artist, which has been open to the public since 1988. The house includes exhibition rooms as well as pictures of Picasso and information on his early life in Malaga. Just a couple of minutes away you’ll also find the Museo Picasso Malaga, where you can view over 200 of the artist’s works in the stunning setting of the sixteenth-century Buenavista Palace.
Explore an ancient treasure cave
The breath-taking La Cueva del Tesoro is endlessly popular with those who have been seduced by the twelfth-century legend of hidden treasure that gives the cave its name, but there are plenty of other things that make it well worth a visit. Formed in the Jurassic Age over thousands of years, the cave has been the site of a myriad of archaeological discoveries in recent years, such as the Neolithic paintings of animals that can be seen on its walls. It’s also the only cave of sea origin known in Europe – there being only two others in Asia and Central America. With plenty of tour operators regularly providing day trips to the site, which is located just 12 kilometres from Malaga in Rincon de la Victoria, it’s easy to make your own expedition to try and find the lost treasure.
Stroll through a picturesque mountain village
You’ll recognise the scene of buildings that look like sugar cubes heaped on a peaceful mountainside from any Spanish postcard, but nothing compares to seeing the view first hand. There are many such towns and villages in Spain, but one particular gem is Casares, a mountain village located in the west of the Costa del Sol region. There’s plenty to see and do here, such as the ruins of an Arabic fortress, prehistoric caves, and many picturesque mountain walks. It is hard to believe that this enchanting village is only a few miles from the coast, but a few minutes travel will take you to some of the best beaches in the region. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Casares is that if you head up to the fortress you’ll be able to see stunning views of the shores of Morocco.