When you can count Marbella, Malaga, and Mijas amongst a region's top cities and towns, then you know that it'll be worth every second of your visit. The Costa del Sol is, quite simply, packed with attractions which pull in tourists from across the world. Here's ten of the best...
1. BioParc Zoo, Fuengirola
Get back to nature and spend an afternoon with tigers and gorillas in Fuengirola's much-loved zoo. There's even a kids area, which is great if you want to drop the little ones off for a few hours while you explore further.
2. Picasso Museum, Malaga
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Pablo Picasso is one of Malaga's best known exports, and 285 of his paintings reside in this fine museum. Escape from the heat of the Costa del Sol sun for a few cultured hours losing yourself to the Spaniard's abstract shapes.
3. Alameda Park, Marbella
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Alemada Park is, perhaps, one of Marbella's most calming spots. Its tiled benches and fountains are the perfect for snapping up some holiday photos, so bring your camera!
4. Dolphin Spotting, Fuengirola
Chance your luck, and embark on a dolphin spotting trip. Fuengirola's surrounding waters are home to a few different breeds. If you're lucky, they might even swim alongside your boat!
5. Jet skiing, Mistral Beach, Marbella
Mistral Beach is Marbella's biggest beach, and with that comes a lively atmosphere which'll makes water-sport fans feel right at home. Jet skiing lessons cater for all skills levels, so hop on and try your hand at this thrilling modern sport.
6. Tivoli World, Benalmadena
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Back inland, Tivoli World is one of Costa del Sol's most popular theme parks. Race go-karts, fill your boots with pizza, or take it easy and watch a dance show.
7. Selwo Marina, Benalmadena
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Selwo Marina is a small marine park in Benalmadena, but its range of attractions is more like that of one far bigger. Watch dolphins jump playfully out of the water, or swim with sealions and make memories that are worth holidaying for alone.
8. Parasailing, Fuengirola
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Some of Costa del Sol's most beautiful sights are best seen airborne, or even better, from the sea. Parasailing tours can be found from Fuengirola's marina, and if you're feeling daring, are a great way to experience its coastline and surrounding waters.
9. Sea kayaking, Malaga
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Few things are more refreshing than a sea breeze and the flicker of the waves as you paddle around them. Take a sea kayaking trip from Malaga's harbour - it's a sure-fire way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, whilst also letting you discover the region at your own pace.
10. Castillo de Colomares, Benalmadena
From afar, this castle could be ripped straight from medieval times. It's a similar case from the inside, making it an excellent cultural hotspot to spend a morning soaking up Spanish history and grabbing a few photos as a memento of your time here.
There you have it, ten of the best holiday activities in the Costa del Sol. If you've got the chance to do even one, you'll leave the region with a fierce hunger to return.