With excellent weather, beaches and villages, the 90 miles (150km) of Malaga known as the Costa del Sol is an enduring favorite. A trip inland deeper into Andalucia rewards with pretty villages and great scenery.
Day 1: Malaga and Western Costa del Sol
Malaga itself houses the Picasso Museum. Head west to Torremolinos, which has the widest and longest beaches on the coast, an aquarium and amusement park. Clubbers head to the marina Puerto Doportivo. Fuengirola is family friendly with a pretty old town. Glossy Marbella has good museums. Pop into Puerto Banus marina and pretty seaside Estepona, which also boasts a wildlife park. At the far west of the Costa is Alcaidesa, a village protected by a strict architectural code boasting a spectacular golf course.
Day 2: East of Malaga and Inland Andalucia
The fishing village of Nerja, with a clean beach backed by dramatic mountains, is a highlight of the eastern Costa del Sol. Just out of town are famous caves, Cueva de Nerja, with pre-historic paintings, site of an annual International Cave Festival. Inland, pretty little towns like Mijas have craft shops and restaurants in their historic centers. Casares is a lovely white sugar cube town overseen by a medieval fortress. Ronda is located amongst mountainous gorges and has a bullfighting museum. Granada boasts the Alhambra Palace, one of the world's architectural wonders. Seville retains much of its ancient and also has the largest cathedral in Spain.
Day 3: Further Afield
You could spend a day shopping in Gibraltar or take a trip to Tangier in Morocco - only an hour by fast catamaran. Visit the incredible bazaars and explore the old quarter: the Medina. Or take a longer look at Morocco and visit the cities of Rabat, Fex, and Meknes.