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Camping Holidays in Costa del Sol

Quite literally meaning the ‘Coast of the Sun’ this coastal area, in the Spanish province of Andalucía, is a renowned and popular holiday destination for people all over the world. Once you arrive it’s easy to see why. The beautiful year round Mediterranean climate almost guarantees a sun filled holiday. But if in summer that sun becomes too hot then the beach is always within easy reach.

It doesn’t have to be just about the sun, sea and sand though. Often little is said about the other gems waiting to be discovered in this region. There are many cultural treats in store in the towns and cities. But if you prefer natural wonders then nature trails on coastal paths or up in the hills are waiting for those who want to revel in the flora and fauna this area beholds.

costa del sol

As a family holiday destination the Costa del Sol has it all. From sunbathing on beaches to walking in the hills there’s certainly more to discover in this area than you might think.

The Costa del Sol is steeped in culture and history. Whilst most people don’t stop for long in the city of Malaga it has some historical treasures to visit. From numerous museums, galleries and monuments to the lovely Cathedral all set within narrow ancient streets this place is worth spending some time in.

As for the nature lovers then the diversity of the landscape offers plenty. Coastal dunes and bays, cliffs and estuaries all harbour a multitude of species to be sought out.

If you’re looking for outdoor activities then there’s an abundance of options and you can be pretty much guaranteed good weather for it! Why not hike up Mount Calamorro, or take the cable car if you’re feeling a little less energetic. There’s hiking, biking, horse riding, water sports, waterparks, golf and loads more fun to be found, there’s certainly going to be no end of opportunity to keep the kids entertained!

Campsites in Costa Del Sol

With the climate as pleasant as it is then camping is the perfect way to holiday in this region. Whether you want to be five minutes from the beach or tucked away in a rural idyll then there’s a campsite to be found.

Generally most of the sites offer good family friendly facilities with onsite pools, restaurants, laundry facilities and even supermarkets at the larger ones. Never to be out done in the tourist stakes, the area also offers camping for the more pampered campers with comfortable yurts or grand tents so you can have the best of both worlds!

Holiday Parks in Costa Del Sol

Things to do

Aqualand, Torremolinos

The largest waterpark in the Costa del Sol has plenty to shout about. A multitude of different water rides and slides, rapids, a wave pool and a tropical lagoon, you’ll certainly be having fun in the sun here! For the younger children there is also a mini park with plenty there for them to enjoy too.

Bioparc, Fuengirola

A definite must for nature lovers. This zoological parc has a strong sentiment for the respect and preservation of natural species. It aims to create a natural environment for the species it houses. The tropical woodland they have created makes you feel like you are in your very own nature documentary! In July and August they are open until midnight to let you see the woodland come alive at night.

Gibralfaro Castle

The magnificent Gibralfaro castle sits high up on the hill top overlooking Malaga city. With the incredible views on offer it is easy to see why this was an important coastal lookout post for past inhabitants of the area. Dating back to the 10th century this is a true cultural relic of the region.

Nerja Cave

The mesmerising cave at Nerja is described as being of geological, biological and archaeological significance. Once you have arrived and started to descend its steps it’s easy to see why. The towering stalagmites and the imposing stalactites have taken thousands of years to form and these wonderful structures are truly breath taking. With a children’s playground, picnic area and restaurant facilities it offers a great family day out.

Getting there

As a popular holiday destination cheap flights are readily available to Malaga from most regional airports in the UK. Car hire at the other end is an easy way of getting to your final destination.

If you prefer to travel overland then ferries leave to Spain from Portsmouth and stop in either Santander or Bilbao. It’s a long journey down to the coast (over 600 miles) so plenty of stops would be required along the way.

When driving is not an option the train still can be. Malaga can be reached from London St Pancras via Paris and Madrid. It’s about a 24 hour journey so again stopovers may be required.

Once there, getting around the Costa del Sol itself is relatively easy as there are good bus and train links to most of the major towns and cities.

Written by of Family Camping Reviews

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