Checking up on the holidays available to Spain in September (as the pound steadies around the €1.15 mark) I thought that I would offer some reasons why you should shut your front door and head down to the railway station as your first stop on your autumn break to the Costa Del Sol. After all, it has easy access from St Albans and will satisfy your need for vitamin D (sunshine!) before the long, hard, cold winter sets in around St Peter’s Street!

Getting to the Costa Del Sol from St Albans

Whether you want to head south or north on the Bed-Pan line you will find an airport with direct flights to the Costa Del Sol. I prefer flying from Luton on the basis that it is closer and the town has got to be good for something!

But, if you need a particular flight time, Gatwick is not too far away either. NOTE: I always find Stansted a bit of a pain to get to, but I know that is just me being fussy: it is an excellent extra choice!

So here are some ideas to start you off on your Costa Del Sol break from St Albans. Whether it is with friends, partners or just on your own.

Breaks on the Costa Del Sol

Costa Del Sol Hotels

St Albans to the Costa Del Sol - Hydros

Of course there are hundreds, if not thousands! Plump for the Holiday Hydros Hotel and you wont go far wrong. It is a boutique spa hotel with a strong accent on Wellness. This small (28 rooms) hotel is perfect for a relaxing short break with girlfriends or as somewhere to go and relax as a couple or on your own. More info is at www.holidayvillage- but if you prefer a larger hotel then check out the Palace or the Polynesia. You will find all three in Benalmádena, just along the coast from Malaga

Costa Del Sol Activities

If you’ve been listening to the radio recently, you may have heard an advert from a travel insurance company mentioning the fascinating town of Ronda – split between two sides of a huge ravine. Well it is just one of the great day trips you can take from the Costa Del Sol

Costa Del Sol Events

From Bullfights to Flamenco, the Malaga Fair is in full swing as I write: which means that you have probably missed it for this year, but it is worth remembering for 2017.

So in 2016, why not drown your sorrows and help the region celebrate it grape harvest at the Fiesta de la Vendimia in Manilva.

Alternatively enjoy the renowned gastronomic celebration that is known as Fiesta del Ajoblanco de Almáchar which each year attracts thousands of visitors to taste this rich dish.

Both events take place on the first Saturday in September.

It doesn’t matter where you stay

Of course it doesn’t really matter where you stay, or what you do. Ultimately the Costa Del Sol, like the Hydros Hotel, is designed for relaxing in the sun.

And, whilst we are talking about making the most of the last of the summer sun, if you want to soak up as much as possible then, just a 30 minute stroll up the coast from the Hydros Hotel, is the naturist beach at Benalnatura It manages to get a desert island vibe going between the hotel blocks and the beach (sand) is spotlessly clean.

It also offers great facilities including a beach restaurant offering a daily menu to its unclad patrons.

Autumn on the Costa Del Sol

So once the families have returned to St Albans and the pace starts to slow, the Costa Del Sol is a great place to visit at the end of the season – and easy to get to.