The Costa del Sol has everything for the perfect vacation: luxurious ports, sandy beaches, the sunshine, whitewashed villages and plenty of activities. There are even old Moorish ruins for the history and archaeology buffs. If golf is your thing, over 50 golf courses await you, with amazing mountain cliff-top vistas, offering views over the area’s landscapes and seascapes. While there are glitz and glamor along this lively stretch of the Spanish coastline, a trip to ‘The Sunshine Coast’ doesn’t have to break the bank.
Before hopping on a flight to Malaga to start your Andalucian adventure, be sure to do your research. Below are a few basic tips to ensure that your bargain break in the sun is as fun as it can be.
Packaged DealsThis might make better sense if you don’t want the hassle of planning accommodations and transportation. Sometimes packaged deals can be the cheapest way to enjoy Costa del Sol. Keep an eye out for last-minute package deals. Most of these can be a real bargain.
AccommodationFinding reasonably-priced accommodation in the Costa del Sol is easy, but be sure to check when local festivals are taking place they always cause prices to rise. Don’t be shy about haggling over the price of accommodation if you opt for something like a hostel, or even if you’re at a hotel, as they may be able to cut you a deal. You can also look into shared apartment housing if you’re with a group. This can make a real financial difference.
Wine and dineDining out on the Costa del Sol can be reasonable, and one of the most cost-effective ways of sampling local cuisine is to indulge in tapas(small snacks), a popular form of eating in Spain, not to mention a quintessentially Spanish way of dining. There are also various seafood restaurants offering fresh catch of the day. Most bars have a range of tapas dishes on display and order is a matter of pointing at what tickles your taste buds.
Another budget-friendly option is the menu del dia (menu of the day). Hearty and filling, these normally include three courses of soup, fish, and fruit with a drink and bread and are often on offer for less than 10 euros.
Take the bus
Bus and rail networks connect Andalucia but, although the prices are similar, coaches tend to be faster, run reliably and more frequently, especially those operating between major cities. Bus fares average at about 6 euros per 100 kilometers, which means a lot of ground can be covered for very little money.
Take the train
Should rail travel be preferable, look into getting a rail pass. RENFE, the Spanish rail company, has a wide range of services and ticket types that cater to all budgets, including the high-speed train (the AVE) that runs between Cordoba and Seville (and onto Madrid). The views on the way are spectacular!
The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular vacation spots in Europe, and a little planning can ensure the trip of a lifetime regardless of your vacation budget.