Strewn along the seaboard from Málaga almost to Gibraltar, the Costa del Sol stretches like a wall of wedding cakes. Its recipe for success is sunshine, convenient beaches (of gray-brown sand), warm sea, cheap package deals and plenty of nightlife and entertainment.
Spain's Costa del Sol is great for sport lovers, with nearly 40 golf clubs, several busy marinas, tennis courts, riding schools, swimming pools, gyms and beaches offering every imaginable water sport. In July and August it's a very good idea to ring ahead for a room. Outside these peak months, many room rates drop sharply.