Let’s be honest here: The main reason people come to the Costa del Sol in Spain is for the beaches and golf courses.
And there’s no doubt that these are better and more plentiful than almost any holiday region in Europe.
But for the curious the Málaga Province has a world of choices for days out and activities.
You can descend into a gigantic cave that was forgotten for thousands of years, drive up to the mountains to scramble past fantastical karst rock formations and cross the Puente Nuevo into the dreamlike city of Ronda, which straddles a canyon 150 metres-deep.
Here’s the best things to do in Costa del Sol:
In 2016 22 of the Costa del Sol’s beaches were awarded the Blue Flag.
This is the gold standard for hygiene and public facilities, so wherever you go you’ll always be close to a first-class beach.
The climate helps too, as the Costa del Sol has the longest beach season in Iberian Spain, with consistent warmth from as early as April through to late-October.
Even in the low season it’s normally sunny, and daily highs will graze the high-teens.
As for the very best ones? If you’d like peace and seclusion, then the shingle cove at Playa del Cañuelo near Nerja is for you.
If you need a bit more life then Torremolinos is just as good today as it was when the first tourists started arriving in the 50s.