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How to save money while travelling in the Costa del Sol

If beautiful beaches, fabulous hotels and plenty of sunshine are high on your holiday agenda, you’ve probably considered a break in the Costa del Sol. But with the cost of travelling being at an all-time high, is such luxury out of your budget? Despite what you may think, it doesn’t have to be.

There are many ways in which you can slash the costs of travelling in the Costa del Sol. These handy hints and tips will help you to make your cash go further during your next visit.

Don’t fork out for organised trips

There are trips available for almost any taste. But don’t be fooled into thinking that they’re the only way to see what the Costa del Sol has to offer.

For cheaper days out, plan your own itinerary. All churches in the area are free to enter, with the exception of the Cathedral in Malaga, which is just 3 Euros. If you climb to the top of the Alcazaba Fortress, you can enjoy spectacular views across the city, and of course, it’s absolutely free to spend an afternoon wandering through the cobbled streets. Getting away from the typically tourist areas is not just a good way to save money, but it will also allow you to explore a more authentic side of the Costa del Sol.

Carefully plan your travels

Luckily for tourists, getting around in the Costa del Sol is remarkably easy, and there are excellent buses and taxi services in operation.

To save money on this aspect of your trip, book bus tickets in advance, as you can often save up to a third. If you’d rather travel by taxi, make sure that you ask how much the fare will be before setting off, and agree a fixed price.

Choose a secret hotel

Do you want to stay in a luxury hotel, but think that you can’t afford it? Secret hotels might just prove you wrong. There are many top hotels that are offering rooms for a fraction of their usual cost. The only catch is that you won’t know the name of the property before you book. You will however receive the details of the official star rating and the facilities available, so you can be sure that you’re booking a hotel with the luxuries that you’re accustomed to.

There are properties offering these deals throughout the Costa del Sol, so make sure you do some research before booking anywhere else. It can be a great way to save some serious money.

Dine like the locals

Eating out can be one of the most memorable experiences of your holiday, but it can also be costly. If you steer away from the tourist restaurants though, you could cut the costs whilst also enjoying some great quality food.

To find hidden gems, ask for local recommendations and don’t be afraid to venture out of the big resort areas. Meals in your hotel will typically be quite expensive, and you can find much cheaper (and often much better) options if you look for nearby cafes and restaurants.

Also, don’t be fooled into thinking that you must leave a big tip. If you really enjoy a meal and receive great service, you might want to leave something as a token of your gratitude, but this need never be more than ten percent.

There’s no denying that holidaying can be expensive, but if you make some clever choices and plan in advance, you really can save a considerable amount in the Costa del Sol. For more advice on making your money go further whilst travelling, visit