Attractions on the Costa del Sol

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There’s really no need to be bored on the Costa del Sol!

With so many attractions for both holiday makers and residents alike and so many places to visit, this part of the world has something for everyone.  From the splendour of some of the most historic cities to fun for the family at the many water parks, adventure parks and theme parks.  The Costa del Sol has it all!

During the pandemic, some of the attractions listed may be operating with reduced opening hours. Please contact them directly before your visit.

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Alcazaba Malaga
Alcazaba Malaga was built between 1057 and 1063, this is probably the most important military fortification remaining from the Hispanic-Arabic period.  Enjoy historic walks around the area. Find Alcazaba at C Alcazabilla s/n, 29015 Malaga
Avenida Del Mar, Marbella
A pleasant walk with fantastic views of the ocean and beach, with the famous Dali sculptures to view.  Enjoy a drink at one of the famous café bars, and see if you can spot Africa on the horizon.  The Avenida Del Mar is a well known local landmark, popular with tourists and locals alike.
Balcon de Europa
The Balcon de Europa  is  situated on a rocky promontory and was formerly a fortress designed to keep out British pirates and privateers in Nerja. The Balcón de Europa is the location for various concerts and ‘fiestas’ throughout the year, including the ‘not to be missed’ New Year celebrations with firework displays, music and dancing until ...
Benalmadena Birds Of Prey
The Jardin De Las Aguilas is on the Calamorro Mountain beside the cable car station, and is home to over 160 rare birds of prey.
Benalmadena Cable Car
The Benalmadena Cable Car is beside the Tivoli Park in Arroyo de la Miel. It goes up the Calamorro Mountain, which is 771 meters above sea level.  There are spectacular views of the coast and on clear days one can see the coasts of Africa. The cable is 5565 meters long and rises 635 meters at a ...
Benalmadena Marina
Benalmadena Marina has won the title of “Best Marina in the World” several times. It has 1,000 moorings for boats from 6 to 30m in length. It has very unusual and modern architecture with artificial islands that contain many apartments, so that people can live near their boats. The islands are connected with small bridges ...
Benalmadena Pueblo
Benalmadena pueblo, or old town, is located on the upper portion of the city. The old town is a white town, where everything is painted white. It is quiet and it has its narrow streets paved with cobblestones. There is a beautiful town square planted with trees, shrubs, and flowers, with a beautiful fountain. The ...
Bioparc Fuengirola Zoo
Bioparc Fuengirola Zoo The Bioparc Fuengirola Zoo calls itself another kind of zoo, and it is. First of all its location is completely unexpected because it is very close to downtown Fuengirola. The zoo is quite compact but beautifully laid out. It resembles an island because there is an abundant use of trees and plants, and ...
Botanical Gardens, Malaga
Jorge Loring Oyarzabal and Amalia Heredia Livermore came from the richest families of Malaga and they bought the land on which the La Concepcion Gardens stand in 1855. Beside the gardens is a mansion that the Lorings built, that has recently been restored. In this house, the Lorings entertained the cream of European society. The Botanical Gardens, ...
Butterfly Park
Come and feel the experience of more than 1,500 butterflies from all over the world,  flying free around you in a tropical environment. The Butterfly Park Benalmádena is over 2,000 m2, the largest climate controlled space dedicated to butterflies, in Europe. Open everyday from 10 til 7.30pm Find out more here
Caminito Del Rey
Caminito del Rey is one of the most impressive and dangerous mountain trails in the world. Caminito del Rey is a path built into the walls of the Gaitanes Gorge of Spain, in the province of Malaga on the Costa Del Sol. It starts in the municipal district of Ardales, goes to Antequera ...
Car Museum of Malaga
Museo Automovilistico De Malaga The old Tobacco factory called Tabacalera dates from 1927.  Now it contains the Automobile Museum of Malaga, which has 85 vintage cars on exhibition in a space of 6000 square meters. They are displayed in thematic groups by the years they were produced. These groups are the Belle Epoque, The 20’s, Art ...
Church of El Salvador, Nerja
The Church of El Salvador, Nerja was built in 1697 and later was made bigger in 1776. In 1792 there was another addition to the church, and the plans were revised by the famous Spanish architect of that time Ventura Rodriguez. This project was coordinated by the Maestro Antonio Ramos. The last restoration was in 1997. ...
Crocodile Park
A visit to the crocodile park in Torremolinos will take just over two hours. Find out more about their seasonal opening times and prices here
Dolmen De Menga
The Dolmen De Menga is a megalithic burial mound, called a tumulus, dating from the 3rd millennium BCE. It is located near Antequera, Málaga, Spain. Interior of the chamber It is considered to be the largest such structure in Europe. It is twenty-five metres long, five metres wide and four metres high, and was built with thirty-two megaliths, the ...
Donkey Dreamland Mijas
A sanctuary for abandoned and rescued donkeys on the Costa Del Sol.
El Tajo Ronda
The bridge spanning the gorge in Ronda is one of southern Spain’s most spectacular sights.
El Torcal Natural Park, Antequera
El Torcal is a karstic or calcareous landscape, the most amazing in Europe. It occupies an area of about 20 square kilometers and includes the Sierra Pelada. There are towers, walls, spires, passages, and capriciously shaped rocks. They were formed by the water and the wind over a period of thousands of years. This area ...
Estepona Old Town
The historic old town in Estepona offer white washed buildings, decorated balconies, traditional tapas restaurants and bars, and a Spanish market.  Find Estepona Old Town at Calle Bermudez, Estepona, Spain
Fish Alley Fuengirola
Fish Alley Fuengirola or to give it its official name, Calle Moncayo, is a kilometer-long pedestrian street that runs almost parallel to the Fuengirola Promenade. It is a collection of every imaginable type of bar and restaurant. It’s not altogether clear where it begins and ends and many of the establishments just off the main street ...
Fuengirola Beach BBQ
Purpose built wooden boats moored in the sand near the castle which you can reserve for a BBQ. 
Guadalhorce Bridge
The longest wooden bridge in Spain with spectacular views of the ocean and mountains.
Hedionda Baths
Historic Roman baths near Casares which are free to visit and use.
La Carihuela
A historic area which was a fisherman´s town and beach, now bustling with boutique shops, beach bars and restaurants, lovely old buildings and sights. Find La Carihuela between Benalmadena and Torremolinos at Avenida Carlotta Alessandri 33, Torremolinos
La Plaza de los Chinorros
If you are looking for a taste of traditional Spain in Fuengirola, La Plaza de los Chinorros is the place to visit.  Busy all year round, the restaurants and bars offer great food and heated terrace areas, whilst local entertainers perform in the square.  The square is popular with locals and tourists.
Malaga Lake District
The Malaga Lake District is an area of stunning beauty in the same area as the famous Caminito Del Rey at El Chorro, with breath taking mountains and rock formations and the cleanest blue water you will ever see in Spain.  There are several lakes which you could visit, though the most popular seems to be ...
Malaga Port
Malaga Port is very modern and has some stunning private yachts moored up, and also has a terminal for ocean going cruise liners.   Boat trips around the harbour and into the Med are available, and are a good way to pass to time. The harbour has a good selection of designer style shops and plenty of ...
Marbella Old Town
A true taste of Spain with winding cobbled streets, beautiful squares, churches, and shops.
Molino De Inca
Beautiful botanical gardens and a bird sanctuary with a historical museum in Torremolinos.
Nerja Caves
The magnificent Nerja Caves – Cuevas de Nerja – are a series of huge caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and home to the world’s largest stalagmite, a 32 metre high column measuring 13 metres by 7 metres at its base. There are three Galleries – Show Gallery, Upper Gallery and New Gallery – with each ...
Old City, Ronda
The Old City,  Ronda is a beautiful flurry of narrow winding streets with lots of culture, food, drink, and shops.  The sights are spectacular.
Paloma Park, Benalmadena
Paloma Park covers 200,000 square meters and is located about 200 meters from the main coastal road. There is a rectangular lake with a high jet of water and many paved walkways around this lake and the surrounding hills where one can take a walk. The park is full of birds and there are hundreds of ...
Parque La Bateria Torremolinos
The Parque La Bateria Torremolinos has to be seen to be believed. It is off the beaten track, overlooking the coastline at the Carahuela end of Torremolinos. This park is an old military fortress that has been completely restored into a botanical oasis .This really is a piece of “Heaven on Earth”. The views are spectacular, whistling ...
Plaza de Espana, Benalmadena
A beautiful square with a picturesque fountain, lined with bars and restaurants.  On Sunday evenings you will often find a craft market with children´s entertainment and activities. The Plaza de Espana, Benalmadena is lovely place to sit and watch the world go by.
Zoo De Castellar
An exotic animal rescue centre where you can meet the animals and learn about their rehabilitation and rehoming. 

Costa del Sol Attractions

Obviously, the summer is the busiest time of year, with tens of thousands of tourists flocking to the Costa del Sol and everyone involved in the tourist industry clambering to cater for them.  But if you’re here permanently or during the low season, there’s still a thousand attractions to keep you busy.

Water parks, adventure parks, animal parks, museums, live music and LOADS more.  On this page, we’re hoping to let you know about something new, something that you maybe haven’t seen before.  The Costa del Sol is packed with attractions for holiday-makers, part-time residents and ex-pats alike.

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