Costa Del Sol literally translates in English as the “Coast of the Sun”, a perfect name for this sunny region in Andalucía in Southern Spain.

As one of the favourite winter sun destinations in Europe, Costa del Sol offers a great variety of activities and points of interest that will surely make your winter sun holiday a memorable one. Costa del Sol weather offers almost an all year round warm sunny weather for the tourists and locals to enjoy.

This trip to Costa Del Sol with Jet2holidays was just in time for my birthday celebration in mid- September!

How can I say no to a very inviting destination in Southern Spain and a perfect excuse to escape the bitter cold autumn wind in the UK. I bet you would not say no to either!

The Costa Del Sol winter sun holidays began in Manchester where I met a few fellow bloggers whom I would be travelling with on this trip. We all went aboard the flights from Manchester airport to Malaga with Jet2.

You can check other Manchester flights to Costa del Sol of Jet2 here to your favourite winter sun destinations in Europe. I would like to share with our itinerary to Malaga, Costa Del Sol as we explore around the region’s best things to do and places to visit.

Day 1: Ola Spain, Touchdown Málaga! 

The warm breeze of Spain welcomes us after a few hours direct flight from the UK. After all the meet and greet at the airport, our first stop is at the local wine and tapas bar, one of the popular things to do in Malaga.

Of course, it would be rude to skip this great local wine and tapas experience in Antigua Casa de Guardia (Show on Map) followed by a lovely Spanish dinner at Taberna Uvedoble (Show on Map), one of the high street restaurants in Málaga town centre.

Tapas and Wine in Malaga
After stuffing our faces with lovely Spanish cuisine and wine, we checked-in the modern and trendy Barcelo Malaga Hotel arranged by Jet2Holidays.  Barcelo Málaga Hotel, one of the best places to stay in Malaga will be our home base while roaming the Costa Del Sol region. Exciting few days ahead!
Barcelo Hotel in Malaga Spain
Bedroom in Barcelo Hotel in Malaga
Slide at Barcelo Hotel in Malaga

DAY 2: Discovering El Torcal and Antequera

We ventured on to the mountains and the inland Andalusian region.  Our first stop of the day was to visit the El Torcal de Antequera National Park.

The vast rocky landscape of this national park is something that any adventure and nature lover would absolutely enjoy.  There are various routes around the El Torcal National Park. The routes have varied terrain, hike time and difficulty, so depending on your choice you have plenty of options.

El Torcal de Antequera
We took one of the quick hiking routes to get to the top of a great vantage point to see the magnificent view of the El Torcal de Antequera. On a clear day, you can see Africa from here!

Fossil in El Torcal National Park in Costa Del Sol

Along the hiking route, El Torcal is flourishing with different flora and fauna that makes the unique topography of the land their home.

After our morning hike in El Torcal, we ventured to the main historical town of Antequera.


Antequera is one of the oldest towns in the province of Malaga and in Andalucía. Due to its location within the centre of the region, it became a very good strategic area during the Muslim occupation for more than 500 hundred years.

Antequera Costa Del Sol

With great historical past, Antequera has been one of the main highlights when you visit Malaga. You will surely enjoy the beautiful landscapes and the historical architecture around the city.

Santa Maria La Mayor Church in Antequera Costa Del Sol

After our historical walk around the city, we had our late lunch at the Arte de Tapas.