More expensive but high in quality; Welcome to the Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol in the news this week. In a newspaper that is circulated free of charge around Andalucia, called the Sur in English. This widely-read periodical carries news reports, articles of interest and everything else that a normal paper would have, except that it is free and all about southern Spain.
This week, there is a great article about the Costa del Sol. A comparative study has been made of seven Spanish resorts and two popular foreign destinations. The destinations in the study are as follows
- Balearic Islands
- Costa Brava
- Algarve (Portugal)
- Costa Blanca
- Costa de la Luz
- Costa de Almeria
- Antalaya (Turkey)
Although hotels have raised their peak season room prices in recent years. the Costa del Sol still remains very competitive with tourists. That is according to the Tourismo Costa del Sol organisation which is part of the provincial government.
The report is the result of a competitive study of the Costa / Malaga and eight of its rival destinations, both here in Spain and abroad.
What the report showed, was that prices of hotel rooms on the Costa del Sol were the second highest, only less than the Balearic Islands, about 31€ on average between a double room on the Costa del Sol and a double room on the Balearic Islands.
However, even though the costs are higher than most all of the rival destinations, the Costa del Sol scores very high. Staff, Cleanliness, Location, Comfort, Services and Price and quality, in that order. The Costa gets an average score of 8.37 from a possible 10.
Antalaya, Turkey, gets the lowest score with just 7.53
Hotel Prices on the Costa del Sol
What the report did not do, was to show how hotel price rises had evolved, but other reports in recent months show how prices for hotel accommodation had risen. Bilboa saw the highest recent price rises in hotel accommodation, with Malaga and Marbella following in second and third place.
Arturo Benal the head of tourism, these recent rises show that the price rises have not yet hit a ceiling. But he is very confident, that recent efforts to improve the experiences for tourists has paid off. And, despite price rises, the numbers visiting the Malaga area are not being driven down.