Top 9 Resort Towns In Costa del Sol, Spain - Updated 2024

Jennifer
Jennifer 
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Costa del Sol, situated in the southern part of Spain, is a well-known tourist destination. A trip here gives you the opportunity to explore the famous Marbella Old Town, where you can take leisure strolls. The destination also has stunning beaches, including Playa Burriana and Playa del Cristo, making it the perfect vacation spot for beach lovers. Additionally, tourists can visit the famous Fundación Cueva de Nerja to witness thrilling music festivals held during the summer months. Whether you plan on visiting this destination for vacation or business, you will certainly have an unforgettable experience. For your next trip, check out the top resort towns in Costa del Sol, Spain, with some excellent accommodation options.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 31, 2024.

1. Marbella

Arco de Marbella
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Tyk used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Marbella sits at the foot of the Sierra Blanca and is about a 45-minute drive from Costa del Sol. While in this destination, you can spend a day at Cortijo Miraflores Cultural Centre, which houses several exhibitions and an art gallery.

Alternatively, take walking tours at The Ralli Museum or visit the Plaza de los Naranjos to see the Hermitage of Santiago. After an adventurous day of exploring all the fascinating attractions here, relax at Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort, Boho Club, or an elegant frontline penthouse.

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Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort

Wifi Available

Address: Carretera de Cádiz, Km 193, Urbanización Marbella del Este
13.66 km (8.5 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Restaurant Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Garden


Boho Club

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Urb. Lomas de Rio Verde 144
28.56 km (17.8 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

Marbella, AL, Spain
23.01 km (14.3 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola
Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille
Apartment 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
internet and tv facilities are amongst the best we have experienced in spain
internet and tv facilities are amongst the best we have experienced in spain
the two bedrooms and two bathrooms are well-appointed with a realistic lounge area to support
the two bedrooms and two bathrooms are well-appointed with a realistic lounge area to support
Cleanliness:
beds very comfortable well kitted out kitchen and nice clean bathrooms
beds very comfortable well kitted out kitchen and nice clean bathrooms
immaculately clean spacious lovely crisp white cotton sheets garage included a great bonus
it is a beautiful spacious place to stay we could not have found anything better
Host:
cathy the owner and peter the property manager were very responsive
cath ( owner) is so accommodating and sincere and peter (local agent) is an absolute gent
Location:
nice penthouse in a perfect location
felt very safe staying in the penthouse it's in a nice quiet location yet right close to everything
this property was in a lovely central position with all the amenities one could wish for
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2. Estepona

Mercadillo puerto - Estepona Garden of the Costa del Sol
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Turista Inglesa used under CC BY-SA 4.0

This resort town is one of the most attractive places in Andalusia. It is a perfect destination for those who are interested in natural history. On your next visit, head to the Museo Paleontológico de Estepona to view fossils and dinosaur replicas. Nature lovers can explore the Orchidarium Estepona House to learn about different species of orchids.

Looking for a place to stay after an eventful day touring this town? Book a room at Hotel Estepona Plaza or Hotel Silken El Pilar Andalucia. You can also opt to stay in any comfortable accommodation downtown.

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Hotel Estepona Plaza

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 8 Plaza Ortiz
47.46 km (29.5 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Ironing service


Hotel El Pilar Andalucia

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 10 Plaza de las Flores
47.92 km (29.8 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry

3. Benalmádena

Vista de Benalmádena
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user monstermunch99 used under CC BY-SA 2.0

You will never get bored throughout your time in Benalmádena. This resort town has all the attractions to give you an unforgettable experience. You can start by touring the famous church of Santo Domingo, Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán. From here, stop at the Felipe Orlando Pre-Columbian Art Museum to view all the interesting artifacts. Then, end the day by chilling or going for a swim at Malapesquera Beach.

For a good night’s rest, stay at Vincci Selección Aleysa, Medplaya Hotel Riviera - Adults Recommended, or a luxurious apartment near the beach.

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Vincci Selección Aleysa

Wifi Available

Address: Avenida Antonio Machado, 57
11.42 km (7.1 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre


Medplaya Hotel Riviera - Adults Recommended

Wifi Available

Address: Avenida Antonio Machado, 49
11.52 km (7.2 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

Benalmadena, Andalusia, Spain
12.01 km (7.5 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola
Apartment 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

4. Mijas

Mijas Spain
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ato ARAKI used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Situated in the province of Malaga, Mijas offers unique attractions to tourists. While here, visit and take leisure walks at the Parque La Muralla (Parque Botánico de La Muralla). You may even be lucky enough to get a glimpse of Gibraltar and the coast of Africa from this destination.

If you are interested in arts, consider stopping at the CAC Mijas (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo) to view the Picasso ceramics and pieces by Dali. Furthermore, book a room at TRH Mijas or OPUNTIA Hotel Boutique if you want to stay overnight. Alternatively, opt for a luxury apartment with stunning views for a unique experience.

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TRH Mijas

Wifi Available

Address: Tamisa, 2
6.87 km (4.3 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Garden


OPUNTIA Hotel Boutique

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Plaza de la Constitución 17
6.49 km (4.1 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Restaurant Room service Bar Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Facilities for disabled guests

Mijas, Malaga, Spain
6.43 km (4.0 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola
Apartment 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful apartment stunning views and tasteful decor
the balcony has sun loungers as well as table and chairs so you can enjoy outside space
the apartment is an excellent well equipped and well proportioned flat on the second floor with lovely views
the apartment itself is modern and spacious with large balcony furnished both for eating and relaxing
the interior is tastefully decorated has a really well equipped kitchen and a fantastic master suite
Cleanliness:
ian’s apartment was very clean and tidy
Host:
ian and maite very helpful hosts
you will have good communication with your host who is very helpful
fantastic check in from maite and all communication with owner was super too
Location:
great location perfect holiday
location was great with the amenities of mijas a 5 min walk away
this is a fantastic property to enjoy a restful holiday in a truly idyllic location
spotless apartment perfect location at the edge of village
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5. Fuengirola

Fuengirola Playa 01
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Olaf Tausch used under CC BY 3.0

Explore this resort town and see all it has to offer. Visit Castillo Sohail to attend various concerts and cultural events or the Promenade of Fuengirola, where you can take walking tours while admiring the picturesque environment. History buffs can stop by Yacimiento Arqueologico Romano to see the ruins of the ancient Roman buildings.

Are you looking for a place to stay while you explore this charming town? Consider Higuerón Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton or Casa Consistorial. A comfortable apartment with a spectacular view is also a good choice.

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Higuerón Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Avenida del Higuerón, 48
5.66 km (3.6 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Sauna


Casa Consistorial

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Plaza Reyes Católicos s/n, Plaza del Ayuntamiento
254 meters (0.2 ft) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Terrace

Fuengirola, Fuengirola, Spain
4.02 km (2.5 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola
Apartment 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it is well equipped comfortable and the views from the terrace are outstanding
everyday we enjoyed our breakfast lunch and evening meal on the balcony
everyday we enjoyed our breakfast lunch and evening meal on the balcony
we had a very enjoyable stay in this fuengirola apartment
Host:
martin is definitely the best host we have ever met
the apartment is superb the service offered by the owner is equally good
martin (the owner) was wonderful and helpful for anything you need
we spend a wonderful family holiday here during august and cannot praise the apartment or the owner enough
we spend a wonderful family holiday here during august and cannot praise the apartment or the owner enough
Location:
the local train station is 10 minutes away and very easy to use
perfect location to explore fuengirola benalmadena and surrounding areas
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6. Torremolinos

29620 Torremolinos, Málaga, Spain - panoramio (4)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user ianpudsey used under CC BY 3.0

Situated in the heart of Costa del Sol, this resort town is perfect for your next vacation. Spend the day rejuvenating and unwinding at Montemar or Playa de la Carihuela. Shopaholics can stop by Plaza de Andalucia to buy different goodies and souvenirs. A visit to Torremolinos is incomplete without visiting its top restaurants, such as Il Pescatore Torremolinos and Restaurante El Bodegón, to enjoy delicious dishes.

To enhance your experience, lodge in Essence Hotel Boutique by Don Paquito. You can also book a stay at Medplaya Hotel Pez Espada or a sun-kissed apartment with an ocean view.

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Essence Hotel Boutique by Don Paquito

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Avenida del Lido, s/n
15.63 km (9.8 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Restaurant Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace


Medplaya Hotel Pez Espada

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Calle Salvador Allende 11
13.2 km (8.3 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden

Torremolinos, AL, Spain
14.58 km (9.1 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola
Apartment 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
large tv with satellite and internet large comfortable sofa
absolutely stunning apartment with fabulous view
contained a good quality pull out sofa bed if required and nice modern furnishings
the apartment is very well equipped too if you want to cater for yourselves
only thing that would make it better and more cozy would be more blankets
Cleanliness:
juan was a great host the apartment was clean beautiful and the views were amazing
Host:
host juan always helpful
juan the owner is very helpful and attentive
juan the owner was very helpful and was just a message away if we ever needed anything
an excellent host and would fully recommend to friends and family
Location:
location is the best you will get in torremolinos
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7. Casares

Casares vista
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user jaycross used under CC BY 2.0

There’s a lot to do in this resort town. Visitors get to explore the Baños romanos de la Hedionda, Casares (Rincón Singular), which is a place of cultural interest. If you love visiting historic museums, tour the Museo Ethno-Cultural and view different Roman artifacts. Furthermore, it is also a good idea to try some mouthwatering dishes at Restaurante Venta Victoria. After an adventurous day, stay in Hotel Rural Casares or an accommodation with a private pool for extra indulgence.

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Hotel Rural Casares

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Coperas 52
58.5 km (36.4 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Bar Golf course (within 3 km) Terrace Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Breakfast in the room Free parking

Casares, Andalucia, Spain
58.63 km (36.5 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

8. Manilva

Manilva, Málaga, Spain - panoramio
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user logopop used under CC BY-SA 3.0

History buffs will have a great time in Manilva. There are several monuments to view here, such as El Castillo de la Duquesa, which was built to defend the towns against pirate attacks. Alternatively, visit Museo Arqueológico de Manilva to see ancient ornaments and coins. Make your stay in Manilva even better by booking a Duquesa Village apartment. Nilva Mountain - Manilva Villa is also a highly recommended accommodation.

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Manilva, Costa del sol, Spain
58.91 km (36.7 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola
Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille
Apartment 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good views over the golf course peaceful and quiet excellent pools
several excellent pools greatest terrasse with seating for 8 and well stocked kitchen
like home from home good beds good tv internet two patios with many little extras that make it exceptional
the bed is very comfortable and guaranteed good nights sleep
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Manilva, Andalusia, Spain
58.03 km (36.1 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

9. San Pedro de Alcantara

San pedro alcantara platz
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Klaus Graf used under CC BY-SA 2.5

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit San Pedro de Alcantara on your next trip to Costa del Sol. While here, make sure to tour the Plaza de la Iglesia. You will also enjoy sampling the tasty local food available in cafes and restaurants here. Additionally, visit the famous Los Tres Jardines Park, where visitors get to feed ducks and swans.

It is best to book comfortable accommodation if you intend on staying for a few days. NH San Pedro and Hotel Doña Catalina are good options. For those with a family, consider an elegant two-bedroom apartment.

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NH San Pedro

Wifi Available

Address: Jerez, 1
32.86 km (20.5 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Business centre


Hotel Doña Catalina

Wifi Available

Address: Avenida Oriental 14
32.69 km (20.4 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola

24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Lift Safety deposit box Heating

San Pedro de Alcántara, Andalucia, Spain
32.82 km (20.4 mi) from Bioparc Fuengirola
Apartment 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Host:
great host great apartment & perfect location
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Explore the beauty of Costa del Sol

With different choices of picturesque resort towns to explore, Costa del Sol will exceed your expectations on your next visit. So, plan a trip and book a stay in one of the recommended accommodations for a memorable time.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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