Costa del Sol – head for the sun this winter

Couple in afternoon at beach

Keep warm this winter on the Costa del Sol.

Winter on the Costa del Sol is all about chilling … without the chill bit. Warm days, deserted beaches and lower prices – this is the Spain we love.

Fly direct to Malaga and you’re in the perfect position to take advantage of a break from the icy British winter. It’s so easy then to head for one of the many great resorts along the Andalucian coast including Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Nerja and Malaga itself.

This time of the year, it’s the perfect place to head for. The climate is mild, with temperatures warm but never oppressively hot. Shirt sleeves and shorts and flip flops are definitely the order of the day.

Winter on the Cost del Sol is also less crowded – add to that the less expensive prices during the winter season and the savings you can make are quite substantial.

No wonder for many people, a few weeks wintering here and not having the expense of heating bills back home makes economic sense. For some people, it can actually be cheaper to spend a month in Malaga than stay at home!

The city centre of Malaga is a spectacular one with many parks and green spaces, wide boulevards and stunning architecture and monuments.

The historic quarter is where you’ll get to see the most important historic buildings in the city. For a rewarding walk through the pages of Malaga’s history follow the Calle Larios through the Plaza de la Constitución on to the Calle Molina Lario, Calle Cister and Calle Alcantarilla before arriving at the Plaza de la Merced.

The Marina Plaza is located in the modern part of the city. The surrounding streets were designed and built when the old city wall was demolished, opening up the city to the sea. Here you can gaze with envy at the millionaires on their megayachts and do a bit of celeb-spotting. There’s always a famous face in one of the many bars and restaurants – especially in winter when they’ve got the same idea as you and want to keep that showbiz tan topped up.

Malaga is also famous as the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and evidence of the painter’s life is everywhere in the city.

What’s more, as you walk around the streets of Malaga, you will come across some of the great man’s favourite boyhood haunts – like the Plaza de la Merced square, which contains the house where he was born and where he got so much of his inspiration, the Church of Santiago where he was baptised, and the la Malagueta bullring, where he used to go with his father, and which had such an influence on his bullfight paintings. You feel a real connection with him as you walk around.

Of course, he’s not the only Malaga-born son the city is proud of – this is also the birthplace of Hollywood star Antonio Banderas.

Elsewhere on the Costa del Sol, Marbella has 25km of great beaches, marinas and fishing harbours.

It has real star quality, brimming with multi-million euro yachts, designer boutiques and beautiful people, but you don’t need to splash the cash to enjoy a holiday here.

The nearby cosmopolitan resorts of Torremolinos and Benalmadena have Blue Flag beaches, and are buzzing day and night thanks to their huge selection of attractions, nightlife and accommodation. Their attractive promenades are ideal for strolling and people watching, while there are still Old town areas where you can find quaint buildings and enjoy a taste of the real Spain.

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