Costa del Sol

Marbella Beach
If you're planning a trip to Spain, you shouldn't leave until you've taken a few days to relax in Costa del Sol. It's a gorgeous region in southern Spain that consists of several small villages scattered across the Mediterranean. The region was settled in the Bronze Age, and the villages were all small fishing villages until the area was built up in the 20th century and became an attraction for tourists.

One of the most exciting things to do in Costa del Sol are Malaga bike tours. Any outdoorsman would enjoy the 9 day jaunt through lovely Malaga in Costa del Sol. You'll get to try out good food, learn a little about the city's history, and get some exercise while you're at it. If you are more interested in relaxing o­n vacation and not as interested in cycling, you wouldn't want to miss out o­n a trip to La Carihuela. It's a small, historic fishing village filled with friendly people, tasty food, and amazing scenery.

If your children are coming with you to Costa del Sol, be sure to take them to Zoo Fuengirola. It's right in the middle of town so it's very accessible, and the animals exist in a natural environment. The landscaping is lovely, and visitors will feel much closer to the wildlife than you do at most zoos due to the way the animals are housed. The zoo also has an hourly bird show that is a must see if you're fortunate enough to visit.