spanish-holiday.com :: Costa del Sol
This is the 54 km (34 miles) of Coast to the east of Malaga. Though highly developed from a tourist point of view, it is not anything like the western side. Most hotel accommodation is centred around the area of Nerja.
From Malaga eastwards there are cliffs of up to 200 m (656 ft) where the Sierra Almijara joins the sea. This section ends at Mara on a coastal plain. It has an urban landscape surrounded by traditional agriculture. in the limestone hills is Nerja cave. Nerja is the most important centre on the coast and has grown rapidly. it is surrounded with tourist pueblos. At the foot of Nerja a winding footpath joins several coves.
The 100 km (62 miles) of coastline westward from Malaga to the Cadiz provincial border. The coast is highly developed from the point of view of international tourism. Communications revolve around Malaga International Airport (8 km / 5 miles west of the city) and the N340 backbone coastal highway. In the middle of the Costa the greatly improved district road from San Pedro de Alcantara inland to the historic town of Ronda is the most important inland connection.
There is so much away from the beach. Miles of unspoiled and protected countryside peppered with white villages. The mountains back the coast. Montes de Malaga, Serania de Ronda, Sierra Blanca, Sierra Bermeja, Concha Mountain. They are covered with a diverse range of flora. Here you can enjoy nature, the hospitality of the White villages. Learn an art or craft or skill in one of the many specialist courses that take place in the unique environment of rural tourism.
The rich history of Andalucia with many ancient civilisations has left behind a legacy of ruins and historical sites. Examples are; Acinipo in Ronda, Bobastro near Alora, Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro in the City of Malaga. Visitors can travel along the Mudejar route in La Axarquia, see the dolmens of Menga and the figure of Efebro in Antequera. There are cultural attractions. Museums of Bellas Artes, Arte Popular, Diocesano, the house of Picasso, the teatro Cervantes, the old Cathedrals and Castles and many other monuments.
The most all year round tourist destination in Europe, the Costa del Sol has numerous magnificent well kept beaches. The average water temperature is 18°C / 64°F (24°C / 75°F in August).
Adventure beacons, in the air; Paragliding at Ronda la Vieja or Valle de Abdalajis, ballooning over Ronda with Avacion del Sol (as a passenger or as a pupil on a flying course), potholing in the cueva del gato, water parascending in Puerto Banus, diving, windsurfing and off road adventures on the trails through the mountains.
The abundance of facilities, the wonderful climate and the hospitality of the people make this area absolutely ideal for sport lovers. You can enjoy water sports - swimming, sailing, boating, jet skiing, and also track and field sports. There are sports complexes, football fields gyms all over the coast. open all year round. Tennis deserves a special mention home to champions' clubs such as Manuel Santana in Marbella and Lew Hoad in Mijas.
The fact that the Costa del Sol was chosen to host the 1997 Ryder Cup, the single most important event in the golfing calendar which pits the top European players against the top Americans every two years, has focused worldwide attention on the Costa del Sol's superb Golf Courses.
From the renowned Parque de Attractions Tivoli to the two gambling casinos - plus water funparks, a zoo, bullfights. There is no shortage of places to enjoy yourself on the Costa del Sol.
There are few other places with such a concentration of restaurants - of all categories. The Costa has everything from oriental cuisine, international food to the exotic tastes of Southern Spain. The costas typical dishes are seafood, particularly the "el pescaito frito" famous in the Carihuela area of Torremolinos.
When the sun goes down a whole new world wake up. Visitors are amazed by the Andalucian culture and desire to dance until dawn. There are casinos, flamenco shows, Salsa Discos, top shows clubs and thousands of bars and terraces to while away the night.
Here are some of the best villages to explore that are are only a half days car ride from the Costa del Sol.
Leave the coast road west of Estepona for Casares and Gaucin.
Leave the coast road west of San Pedro for Benahavis.
Leave the coast road west of Marbella for Istan.
Leave the coast road at Marbella for Ojen, Monda, Coín and Tolox.
Leave the coast road at Fuengirola for Mijas.
Leave the coast road at Nerja for Frigiliana.
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