Top Places for Clubbing in the Costa del Sol

When I was younger, I used to go on regular clubbing holidays with 8 mates. We went virtually everywhere (in the Med) – Ayia Napa, Faliraki, Kavos, Malaga, Ibiza – all the most notorious, scummiest, debauched resorts you hear about. It’s easy to look down on this type of holiday as something exclusively done by drunken nobs and general idiots – but the fact is that most 18 year olds will jump at the chance to spend two weeks in the sun with their friends, drinking and chasing girls. There’s nothing wrong with that. Some of the best clubbing breaks we had were in the Costa del Sol, so here’s a quick run down on the best nightlife along that coast.

Malaga is probably the best known of the clubbing regions along the Costa del Sol.

The nightlife here is concentrated in several areas; ‘Puerto Marina’ (also known as Benalmadena) is one such area – an attractive harbour side with plenty of bars and taverns which makes a great place to start a night out.

There is an ice bar, where you can buy drinks in glasses made of ice and have to wear a thick coat to enter, and a fantastic Salsa bar called La Cubana, with scantily clad women dancing to Latino beats.

Torremolinos also has plenty of nightlife and a vibrant atmosphere, and has the benefit of being relatively cheap to stay compared to more ‘upmarket’ resorts such as Marbella. There are a huge selection of bars and clubs to choose from on a night out.

The Palladium is one of the most popular venues with a swimming pool, lasers and an impressive lighting system. It’s a three-floor club that opens from 3am-9am – so ideal for those looking to keep the party going when other clubs start to shut down. Also popular are Fun Beach, the salsa venue Atrevete, Voltage (popular with younger clubbers) and the quirky Pipers which hosts live music.


If you find resorts such as Torremolinos and Malaga a little tacky, it may well be that classy Marbella is more up your street.

Well-known as a playground of the rich and famous, Marbella is more expensive than its neighbours but decidedly more upmarket. You’ll find members of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family staying here, as well as numerous celebrities. As such, the clubs tend to be of the VIP, dress-to-impress variety.

Club Sleek is one such club; a fairly new venue, with a capacity of 1500, which regularly features top international DJ’s. It’s is Marbella’s only super-club. Other top venues include Nikki Beach, Olivia Valere (a chic after-club venue), the centrally located Scream, Pangea, Seven and Suite. And this is just the tip of the iceberg – there are also a raft of smaller boutique bars to enjoy some pre-club drinks at. Just remember to bring your wallet – none of them are cheap!