If you are looking for the perfect spot for an autumn escape, why not book a holiday to the Costa del Sol? With more than 320 days of sunshine and blue skies, this beautiful stretch of Spanish coast is so much more than a summer destination. Visiting out of season brings its own special perks and offers a chance to discover a different side to the Costa del Sol. Best places to experience away from the July and August crowds include championship golf courses, dramatic perched villages, local vineyards, and unique vintage shops – all within easy reach from the best resorts on the Costa del Sol.
Costa del Sol: best places for sports lovers
As the temperatures start to cool down across Europe, the action heats up on the 60+ fairways of the Costa del Sol. For golf lovers, September marks the start of the high season on the ‘Costa del Golf,’ as it is affectionately known, and the chance to tee off in cooler conditions. Four of Europe’s top 100 golf courses are located here, including Finca Cortesin, former venue of the Volvo World Matchplay Championship. Yet you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy a round or two and there are courses for all skill levels here.
Scenic villages all to yourself
The narrow, pedestrian streets of the historic villages of the Costa del Sol can be fairly crowded and difficult to navigate in the high season. Come late September, the tourists have returned home and you’re free to explore these picturesque destinations at your own pace. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ronda is the most spectacular of all, with its dramatic setting and the famous Puente Nuevo bridge, high above the El Tajo Gorge. As you meander through the alleyways of the majestic old town, past churches, museums, and even a palace that have witnessed centuries of Spanish history, be sure to take a moment to admire the view across the Serranía de Ronda Mountains.
Sample local wines
Grapes have been grown along the Costa del Sol since around 600 B.C and today there is a thriving local wine scene to discover, no matter the season! Along the coast, Málaga is renowned for its sweet wine, while up in the plains of Ronda you’ll taste dry wines of incredible quality. What’s more, September is the month of harvest and the end of another growing season is celebrated with traditional festivals and much merriment.
When it comes to shopping, you may be surprised to hear that for the fashion-conscious the Costa del Sol can be a real goldmine. Málaga is a treasure trove of vintage shops, designer outlets, independent boutiques, and of course, all your favourite high street labels. Autumn is the perfect time to visit the city, which is one of the Costa del Sol’s best places for shopping, as its mild sunny weather makes for easy exploring, without having to battle through hordes of tourists.
Best Family-Friendly Resorts
The Mediterranean-style residences of Club La Costa World are your home away from home on the Costa del Sol, no matter the season. Set among leafy sub-tropical gardens, guests at this family resort in Fuengirola have the Costa del Sol’s best locations on their doorstep all year round. As the weather starts to cool down, guests can enjoy an array of on-resort options too, including an indoor fitness centre, sauna, and kids’ club for ages