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 Costa del Sol

The bustling resorts of Spain’s famed Costa del Sol are one of Europe's most popular destinations. With tons of local character, beautiful coastlines and authentic Spanish flavour, a family holiday in the Costa del Sol has something for everyone. See deals on family holidays to the Costa del Sol below.

Holidays to Costa Del Sol

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The bustling resorts and charming towns of Spain’s famed Costa del Sol have come a long way since their days as humble fishing villages. They’ve grown into some of Europe’s top tourist hotspots, with tons of local character, beautiful coastlines and authentic Spanish flavour just waiting to be discovered.

Sun and sea, sand and surf – you’ll experience the perfect family holidays in Spain by choosing the Costa del, Sol whether you’re looking for a family friendly resort or or a sleepy seaside village. From lazy days by the beachside and enthralling tours through historic locations to fun-packed days in waterparks and amusements, there’s plenty to do for everyone in this bustling destination.

Your Costa del Sol holidays can come in whatever shape or form you prefer. At Cassidy Travel, we understand that no two families are the same. So why should their holidays be? With 35 years of expertise in helping Irish holidaymakers plan family holidays from Ireland, our travel experts have recommended the best family resorts for quality and value to help you book hassle free & look forward to a great time abroad. We can advise you on the best place to stay in Costa del Sol and track down cheap flights too. See cheap family holidays to Costa del Sol below.

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Quick Facts:

Local Time: 21:32

Transfer Time: 0.30

Currency: Euro

Fly From: Dublin, Belfast, Shannon

Average flight time: 3hrs 15mins

Language: Spanish - English widely spoken




Beach bums should go during the warmer months – you’ll find peak temperatures of about 26°C making the seas a pleasant 23°C and just perfect for taking a dip. If your preference is for the cooler weather, time your trip anywhere from October to April when temperatures can range from 12°C to 19°C.

When to go

This destination is a true summer paradise but offers tons of attractions for other times of the year. Go off-peak for lower prices and a milder version of that great Costa del Sol weather. Winter is a fantastic time to visit too – the region of Andalucía boasts some of Europe’s best skiing from December to late April. Why not hit the slopes and the sands on the same trip?

Family holidays in Costa del SolFamilies

With endless entertainment for adults and kids of all ages, you couldn’t find a more family-friendly destination than the Costa del Sol. Loungeby the seaside and feel the sand between your toes, get the adrenaline pumping with quad-biking, or jeep safaris in the National Parks, enjoy go-karting and waterparks or any of fun-filled family days on offer on this sun-soaked coast. Younger kids will love the kiddies parks scattered around the Costa del Sol, like Kidz Kingdom in Estepona or Sould Park in Fuengirola. You’ll also find tons of parks with green areas and playgrounds like La Bateria Park in Torremolinos. There's a good reason family holidays to the Costa del Sol are so popular!

Costa del Sol family activities theme parksTheme Parks, Waterparks and More

Family holidays on the Costa del Sol are popular for many reasons. One of them is the region’s large number of amusement parks, theme parks, zoos and aquariums. Family fun is practically guaranteed thanks to the range of options on offer. First off, there’s the iconic Tivoli World theme park just 20 minutes south of Malaga, the family entertainment Mecca of the Costa del Sol. After that, visit the tapirs, tigers, orangutans and more at the eco-friendly Bioparc Fuengirola. Splash around the Parque Acuático Mijas in Mijas-Costa, brave the Crocodile Park in Torremolinos, the Selwo safari park in Estepona or the Butterfly Farm in Benalmádena.

Things to do

Start by exploring the best beaches in the Costa del Sol! There’s well over 100 to choose from, like the magnificent Algarrobo Costa or Torrevigia in Benalmádena –, meaning that wherever you choose to stay you’ll find a great beach nearby. Enjoy thrilling water sports like paragliding, kitesurfing or even rafting. Soak up history with the iconic Sohail Castle in Fuengirola, or Malaga’s glorious Roman Theatre. Go spelunking in the breathtaking Nerja Caves or relax in the Botanical Gardens of Torremolinos. And why not take a day trip to beautiful Gibraltar? Despite the tourism boom, there are plenty of smaller towns that retain their authentic Spanish charm like the unspoilt village of Mijas Pueblo – always worth a visit!

Costa del Sol dining out | spanish cuisineDining out

The Costa del Sol is a smorgasbord of appetising options from fine dining to affordable family favourites. As well as a range of family-friendly restaurants and diners, you will find plenty of small-scale local Spanish fare for that truly authentic experience. You’ll encounter more local delicacies than you can savour in just one trip. There’s tapas on tap and no family holiday to the Costa del Sol is complete without experiencing the beachfront bars known as chiringuitos. Here, you’ll get famous Andalusian seafood dishes like Espetos. And, grownups can enjoy the coast’s incredible wines made locally in some of the region’s finest vineyards.