Dripping with sun and possessing a palette of various personalities, Spain’s Costa del Sol (“Sun Coast”) is a wildly popular destination for those seeking sun, surf, fun, and luxury.

Costa del Sol is a chain of resort towns located in southern Spain’s region of Andalucia. Miles of picturesque coastline are framed by turquoise Mediterranean waters and vibrant blue skies.

Each town has a unique characteristic that draws visitors looking to indulge in luxury, sport, and a little frivolity. Costa del Sol isn’t for the faint of heart; it is for the adventurous of spirit!

Lodging options along the Costa del Sol are plentiful. There is something for every taste and budget, from luxury resorts to charming boutique hotels to charming bed and breakfast inns. You will never be far from the action or the beach, no matter where you choose to lay your head each night.

La Villa Mirabella wins high marks for its outstanding service to its customers. Located in Old Town in Marbella, this 150 year-old house has been lovingly refurbished to feature beautifully appointed and comfortable guest rooms. From nearly every vantage point you will find a rustic and pleasant view of Old Town, the castle walls, and of the Sierra Blanca. The hotel is conveniently located near restaurants, clubs, and local points of interest, yet offers peace and tranquility to its guests.

If you are looking for affordable luxury, look no further than Vincci Seleccion Aleysa Hotel Boutique and Spa, located in Benalmadena. The staff goes out of its way to ensure that guests are not only comfortable, but taken care of. Superior rooms are worth the extra money, providing spectacular ocean views from a roomy balcony. Breakfast is included in the rate, and features both buffet and menu selections. The beach is nearby, and the on-site spa is outstanding.

Hotel La Casa is the perfect setting of you are looking for a charming and affordable place to stay during your Costa del Sol adventure. This family operated boutique hotel only has 9 rooms, including 1 suite, so you will really feel like you are at home. Located in the whitewashed Andalucian town of Torrox, the hotel is close to local attractions, restaurants, and bars, and features lovely mountain views. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and stylish.

Dining along the Costa del Sol is both easy and difficult all at once. While there is no shortage of selection when it comes to high quality cuisines, both local and international, the problem is that there is no shortage of selection.

Traditional Spanish cuisine can be found all around, but there is also plenty of Italian, Indian, British, and more to choose from.Erase Una Vez is located in Benalmadena, and is renowned from not only for the execution of its outstanding menu, but for the flawless service it provides its customers. The traditional Mediterranean menu features local ingredients expertly prepared. The bar prepares wonderful cocktails, and the decor is modern and cozy.

Specializing in traditional – and not-so-traditional – Spanish tapas, Mo’s Gastrotapas is a must-do if you are staying in or near Nerja. The owners have taken traditional tapas recipes and modernized and stylized them, creating edible works of art on every plate. The warm service makes the experience just perfect.

It might seem strange to visit Spain and stumble upon the best Indian and Nepalese food around, but that is exactly what you will find at The Kathmandu Nepali Indian Restaurant, located in Torremolinos. Excellent service caps off a wonderful culinary experience, where you can feast on hot and spicy traditional Indian and Nepalese cuisine. the portions are generous, the decor is pleasant, and the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable.

Costa del Sol is literally a oceanside playground. There is a huge variety of activities to enjoy in any of the destinations along the coast. From outdoor adventures to cultural pursuits to luxurious pampering, Costa del Sol has it all!

Tarifa is a popular destination for those who enjoy water sports and activities such as kite surfing. Cadiz is home to arguably the most gorgeous beaches in Spain. There, you can sunbathe, swim, and enjoy the relaxing sound of crashing waves.

Visit amazing towns like Malaga, Picasso’s birthplace. There, you can visit the Museo Picasso, the still unfinished Cathedral of Malaga (begun in the 16th century), and the Moorish fortress Alcazaba.

Ronda is a world-famous center of bullfighting, which attracted the likes of Ernest Hemingway. Enjoy the grandeur and raw realism of the bullfight.

Along the Straits of Gibraltar, you can visit the ancient Roman town of Baelo Claudia, still nicely preserved.

The sun is always shining and the water is always warm along Costa del Sol. There is never a bad time to visit.

Northern Europeans love to visit in the Autumn and Winter months, in an effort to escape the chilly winters at home. Spring is temperate and beautiful, while summer is hot and sunny.