Holidays In Costa Del Sol
Costa Del Sol Holidays at a glance
Book your holidays to the Costa Del Sol with Olympic Holidays and you will discover resort of many contrasts. Droves of British visitors take Coast Del Sol holidays year after year drawn by the sandy beaches, excellent climate, contrasting landscapes and array if tourist facilities. Costa Del Sol is located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain and offers outstanding value for money as well as good quality facilities.
Who goes to Costa Del Sol?
Holidays to the Costa Del Sol offer true variety, so whether your looking for a relaxing family holiday or a lively break filled with vibrant sophisticated nightlife. For those seeking active Costa Del Sol holidays there is plenty to do including hiking and golf.
Key Facts - Costa Del Sol
- Time Difference+1 - 2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK2hrs 15mins (approx.)
- Nearest AirportMalaga (AGP)
Costa Del Sol Holidays - Destination Profile
Book Costa Del Sol holidays and you will arrive at Spain's most popular holiday destination, lying on the southern coast of Andalusia and benefiting from glorious weather. Costa Del Sol holidays have excellent facilities including great hotels, beautiful beaches, 60 golf courses to name a few. So its easy to see why millions of people book Costa Del Sol holidays each year.
The Costa Del Sol has a number of resorts including Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Marbella & Fuengirola, all with a variety of hotels, villas and apartments. The Costa Del Sol offers an opportunity to sample the culture and tradition of Spain in the small inland towns and villages. Many of the houses were built int to hill side and are in complete contrast to the buildings on the coast. The hills provide a perfect opportunity to pit yourselves against the elements with activities such as hiking, rock climbing and hang gliding.
Costa Del Sol holidays continued popularity for package holidays we offer holidays from a wide range of UK airports including London Gatwick and Manchester. Flights to the Costa Del Sol arrive at Malaga Airport providing easy access to popular resorts. As well as package holidays to the Costa Del Sol, Olympic Holidays has great range of cheap flights to Malaga, Costa Del Sol.
Holidays in Costa Del Sol - Things to see
Benalmadena Cable Car: Located right next to Tivoli World the Benalmadena cable car runs to the top of Monte Calamorro where you will enjoy the spectacular views of Costa Del Sol, Sierra Nevada, Gibraltar and North Africa.
Selwo: Selwo Adventure Park is situated near Estepona, it is mix of nature & safari park with huge grounds housing over 2,000 miles including elephants, tigers and lions that roam in large enclosed areas. The park can be explored by jeep or using the overhead walkways but both offer an the opportunity to see the animals at close quarters. As well as land based animals there are many birds over a 1000 in fact and the park regularly arranges exhibitions showcasing birds of prey.
Selwo Marina: Book Costa Del Sol holidays and visit Selwo Marina located near the sea front in Benalmadena. The marina gives visitors an opportunity to experience and interact with marine life normally only found in South America. The marina has an impressive dolphinarium home to dolphins and sea lions with overhead walkways and a viewing area that gives a first had view of their underwater behaviours. The marina has an area called 'Ice Island', home to a number of species of penguin.
Things to do on a Holiday in Costa Del Sol
Tivoli World: Tivoli World Amusement Park is situated in Arroyo, 2 kms from the Benalmadena and can be reached by train or bus. A must during Costa Del Sol holidays, this is the areas largest amusement park and is great fun for the entire family. There is an area specifically for younger children called Tivolandia and will keep them entertained for hours.
Aqualand Torremolinos: For those taking Costa Del Sol holidays with children this is a fantastic day out. Located just 10 minutes fro the Torremolinos centre, this water park covers more than 70,000 square metres with Adrenalin filled rides for older children and wave pools for smaller children.
Eating/Drinking During Costa Del Sol Holidays
During your holidays in mainland Spain you will discover a excellent choice of Mediterranean style cuisine as you would expect from any Spanish holiday. Restaurants in mainland Spain have a range of influences from Spain but has also taken on many British favourites to cater for tourist industry.
Getting Around on Costa Del Sol Holidays
Getting around Spain is relatively easy and transport links are as you'd expect from any developed European country. Public transport is generally very good in Spanish cities, most of which have efficient bus and rail systems. If you plan to remain within the principal Spanish cities, public transportation will likely prove far more convenient and pleasant than driving.
Intercity Rail: The Spanish rail network is operated by a state owned company called Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Espanoles (RENFE). They operate a wide range of services and fares. Their fastest trains, the AVE, are among Europe's best with their slowest travelling about the same speed as a bus. The RENFE provides a service to all major cities, although it doesn't run to many small towns, and is supplemented by networks such as the FFCC city lines in Barcelona and private railways.
Buses: The local bus services in Spanish cities run from around 0600 until between 22:00 and midnight, when a more expensive night system comes into operation. Most buses don't have a lot of seats, opting instead for maximum standing room. Urban buses are quite slow although some major cities provide dedicated bus lanes.
Most towns have a bus terminal. Keep in mind that when waiting at a bus stop, the bus may not always stop for you unless you indicate you wish it to.
Taxis: You should only use taxis that display a special licence. They are of a very high standard as they are governed by strict legislation. They display a green light when they are free (libre). They can be flagged down or found at a taxi rank and are metered but have a set price for certain journeys. Tipping is a customary 5-10%.
Costa Del Sol Holidays Shopping
Shopping in Spain remains a personal experience, the majority of Spanish stores are small family run businesses although many more hypermarkets and supermarkets have begun to spring up in recent years. The hypermarkets tend to lie in the rapidly expanding Spanish suburbs, while the older city neighbourhoods hold fast to traditional shopping patterns.
The Spanish often don't seem to believe in queueing and people often push and shove their way to the front. Shop assistants will not always serve customers in order; so if it is your turn - speak up! The last person in line is called La Ultima and you may ask or be asked who is La Ultima. Some foreigners complain that Spanish service people can be surly, but the great majority of them tend to be friendly and pleasant.
Shopping hours: These can vary considerably between region, city, town and type of shop. Small shops open from between 0830 and 0930 (or earlier for food shops) until between 1300 and 1400 and from around 1700 until between 1930 and 2100, Monday to Friday, then from 0930 until 1400 on Saturdays. In some areas shops are closed on Monday mornings. In south Spain, the siesta lasts from 1330 or 1400 until 1700. Department stores, hypermarkets and many supermarkets are open without a break for a siesta from around 0930 or 1000, until between 2000 and 2200 from Monday to Saturday. Most stores are closed on Sunday.
Markets: You have indoor markets, called mercados, permanent street markets and travelling open air street markets that move from area to area. Often prices can be 20% lower than in shops! Markets sell a variety of goods such as food, flowers, clothes, shoes, crockery, cookware, linen, ceramics, CD's, arts & crafts, household wares, carpets, jewellery, etc. Watch out for well name brands though, as they are usually fakes.
Spanish specialities: The best products to buy in Spain are handmade items such as ceramics, pottery, woodwork, embroidery and paintings. Spanish leather goods are also good quality and good value for money but not cheap. Arts and crafts have survived better in Spain than in other Western European countries and this is reflected in their goods.
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