Best place to stay in Costa del Sol

Apr 22nd, 2014, 03:50 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 12
Best place to stay in Costa del Sol

As part of a 3 months trip around Spain and France we want to spend a few nights (4 or 5 nights) in Costa del Sol in early June somewhere in between Marbella to Nerja. What would be the best town for nice beach, great restaurants but authentic at the same time (i.e. Not overly touristically developed).
We have 2 young kids (2 and 4 years old).
Many thanks, appreciate any tips
lucateam is offline  
Apr 22nd, 2014, 04:42 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 403
Nerja, and isn't even a contest. The rest of Costa del Sol is nothing but high rise developments. Nerja is still a decent town. But if you want place that isn't "touristically developed" forget Costa del Sol. Also Paris, Rome, London, etc.
lmhornet is offline  
Apr 22nd, 2014, 04:55 AM
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 1,710
Couldn't argue with that.

The Costa Del Sol is dire.

Malaga is a lovely city but has a developed poor beach.

Nerja is a nice enough place.
Dickie_Gr is offline  
Apr 22nd, 2014, 05:32 AM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 5,934
Agree that Nerja is an excellent option, has retained much of its Andalusian small town charm, several excellent and genuine restaurants and nine small and large beaches among the cliffs etc.

But the town is also the only one along the Costa del Sol without a working sewage plant, and even though people swim here all the time, it might be a problem, especially with kids at 2 and 4 playing in the water all the time. I'll go to Nerja in June and swim as always, but you might consider elsewhere if you don't stay in a hotel with a pool (plenty of such places in all categories, though).

But you might also consider Torre del Mar (Roman "Maenoba") a little closer to Málaga city, and miles away in all respects from the tourist machines west of Málaga city. Popular with Spanish tourists (they come later in the summer) and not very well known by foreign tourists.

Fabulous, miles long beach and many excellent traditional seafood restaurants - as good as they get in all of Andalucía. Torre del Mar is also the seaside part of absolutely non-touristy medium sized Vélez-Málaga 10-15 minutes inland with bus.

Torre del Mar:

Restaurante La Cueva (1948) in Torre del Mar is one of the best and most well known, no fuss, typical seafood freidurías in all of the Costa del Sol. Several similar places around in Torre del Mar.

Great, local atmosphere cafés and tapas bars close to La Cueva. Café Bar Centro and vis a vis Cafetería Andalucía are so typical and local feel as they come:

Vélez-Málaga with the 13th century Moorish castle and fabulous views over the region and the sea is 3 miles and 10-15 minutes inland from Torre del Mar. Buses all the time:
kimhe is offline  
Apr 22nd, 2014, 08:50 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 8,827
Inland Costa del Sol in nice, but outside of spending a few nights in Málaga, and maybe a day or two in Nerja, I would head for the Costa de la Luz.
Robert2533 is offline  
Apr 22nd, 2014, 09:15 AM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 5,934
As Robert says, Costa de la Luz is of course the best idea for nice beaches, authentic restaurants and not overly touristically developed.
kimhe is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Sep 1st, 2011 07:10 AM
Jul 20th, 2004 03:02 PM
Apr 2nd, 2003 11:02 AM
Carol Reuter
Jun 17th, 1999 06:32 AM
Karen I.
Jun 24th, 1997 02:33 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:08 PM.