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Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol officially extends from Tarifa in the southwest to Cabo de Gata, east of Almeria; post-industrial Malaga lies smack in the middle. To the north-east, coastal hills dip straight into the ocean, where rocky beaches help preserve some of the shore´s natural beauty. To the southwest, however, waves seem to wash up onto more concrete than sand. That said, nothing can take away from the coast´s major attraction: eight months of spring and four months of summer. News of Costa del Sol´s fantastic weather has spread far and wide, and July and August bring swarms of pale-skinned northern Europeans; along much of the coast English is heard as commonly as Spanish. Reservations are almost essential in the summer anywhere along the coast, especially at sparse budget hotels. June is the best time to visit, when summer has already hit the beach but tourists haven´t. Private bus lines offer connections along the coast itself, trains go only as far as Malaga and Fuengirola.
Malaga is the largest Andalusian city of the coast and the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. While Malaga´s beaches are better known for bars than sand, the city has much to offer. Sidewalk cafes for beer and tapas, exuberant nighlife, and all the requisite historical monuments. The city´s charming casco antiguo is the cultural, historical, and culinary heart of the city and should not be missed. Neightboring Marbella, Estepona, Puerto Banus, Calahonda and Torremolinos attracts package tourists with their beaches and nightlife.
Malaga cruise Port and coast view.
- Malaga gastronomy
Beachfront restaurants specialize in fresh seafood; for anything else, stick to the restaurants and tapas bars.
- Malaga attractions
Towering high above the city, the Alcazaba is Malaga´s most imposing sight, offering great views of the harbor, and capturing a medieval tranquility within its brick and stone walls. Guarding the east end of Paseo del parque, this 11th-century structure was originally built and used as both military fortress and royal palave for Moorish kings.
- CATEDRAL DE MALAGA
Malaga´s breathtaking cathedral blends Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. The incredibly intricate structure, complete with detailes columns, beautiful stained glass windows, and more than 15 side chapels, was built on the site of a former mosque; the courtyard outside is all that remains of the mosque. Although work on the cathedral began in 1527 and continued for centuries thanks to a hefty harbor tax, the cathedral´s second tower, under construction from the 16th to 19th century, was never completed.
- CASTILLO DE GIBRALFARO
An arab lighthouse was built in this Phoenician castle, wich offers sweeping views of Malaga and the Mediterranean.
- CASA NATAL AND MUSEO PICASSO
Museum dedicated to the life and works of Pablo Picasso.
- Malaga nightlife
Malagueños like to party in zones, the most popular of wich is smack in the middle of old Malaga. In general, the night doesn´t get going until nearly 1am on weekends, earlier during the week. Many of the city's restaurants morph into popular bars late at night as well. On weekends crowds invade the bars and pubs closer to Malaga´s center.
- Malaga hotels
There are hotels in Malaga city center, old town and next to Malaga train Station. Malaga hotels use to be cheaper and there is a nice and cheap selection of hotels and family hotels in Malaga.
Puerto Marina (Benalmadena)
Torremolinos and Benalmadena
12 Km. west from Malaga capital and being part of its bay with a coastline of almost 7 kms, Torremolinos is located in the heart of the Costa del Sol. Due to its location between the Bay of Malaga and the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas, which protects it from the nothern winds, Torremolinos enjoys a privileged position , with a typically Mediterranean climate all year its offers warm temperatures, reaching 19 degrees Celsius average in the daytime winter months.
- Torremolinos beaches
For nearly twelve months of the year, Torremolinos offers visitors the opportunity to dive into the warm and clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, while enjoying the facilities of the beaches that stretch along its newly opened Paseo Marítimo. The old Punta de Castillo of Torremolinos and the Castillo del ingles are historical elements that separate the west and east beaches .Torremolinos beaches are Los Alamos, Playamar, Bajondillo, La Carihuela, Montemar and El Saltillo
- Torremolinos hotels
Torremolinos would not be such as world famous cosmopolitan city, beautiful and eminently tourist place without a big hotel infrastructure. The apartments and hotels with approximately 50,000 beds concentrated at present by 40 per cent of the total accommodation on the Costa del Sol, not to mention the more than 500 places for camping.
Dominated by three and four stars hotels that show the excellent price-quality accommodation that exists in Torremolinos. Torremolinos hotels have been renovated and modernized in the last three years, all backed by extensive experience and professionalism of over 30 years receiving visitors.
- Torremolinos and Benalmadena nightlife
Undoubtedly the middle of the night life of Benalmadena and Costa del sol is Puerto Marina. Different environments, a multitude of pubs and nightclubs (including one installed on a real ship known as Misisispi).
The town of Mijas on the Costa del Sol is only 30 Km. west from Malaga international airport and 30 Km. from the province capital, spreading from the mountains of the same name to the sea, through a landscape of hills and ridges.
Washed by the Mediterranean, bordered by the towns of Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Alhaurin de la Torre, Alhaurin el Grande, Marbella, Ojén and Coín.
- Donkey Taxi in Mijas
In Mijas, early 60s, some workers returned to their homes by donkey,they were asked by visitors to take a drive or be photographed. Almost always, tips exceeded their salaries and because of this, this became one of the biggest attractions of Mijas for tourists
- Hotels in Mijas
Mijas offers a wide variety of hotels to meet their needs. Offering high quality accommodation, and includessome of the best hotels on the Costa del Sol. Also, if you want you can also access a wide range of apartments in Mijas.
- Typical andalusian products
In Mijas you will find real shopping for typical products. Mijas offers more than the whole province at this point. If you are going to spend a few days in Malaga, visiting Mijas is worth it for shopping. On a walk through the town of Mijas you will discover many shops specializing in food and artisans products. Look, compare prices and choose what you want.
Calahonda, a small town between Malaga & Fuengirola on the coast, approximately 35 minutes west from Malaga airport, and about an hour driving to Gibraltar.
- Calahonda beaches
Doña Lola and Elviria beach are the most popular,with their algaes, sea urchins and rocks around the coastline. To the west, however, the beach becomes fine-grained and more oriented to tourism, with hammocks, showers and kiosks.
From the sunrise until late night you can find strollers, because the road to the west communicates without interruption until the Cala de Mijas, located three kilometers away. In summer, these beaches are not overcrowded because of the number of small coves that have existed from Fuengirola to Marbella, and distributed to the swimmers.
Puerto Banus - Marbella
Marbella and Puerto Banus
With gorgeous beaches that stretch along the coastline, Marbella serves primarily as an elegant beachside retreat for a wealthy international crowd. Because of the mountains nearby, Marbella´s winter temperatures tend to be warmer than Malaga´s, and beach season leasts at least 10 months, so don´t even think about leaving your solar protection at home.
- How to get to Marbella
Marbella,56km south from Malaga, can be reached only by bus.
- Marbella hotels
Marbella has become renowned throughout the world as a high-class tourist destination. Apart from its hotel infraestructure, an unrivalled concentration of four and five star hotels in Marbella, the municipality is also blessed with a privileged natural enviroment and furthermore, an unsurpassed micro climate, one of the main reasons tourist choose hotels in Puerto Banus and Marbella.
- Puerto Banus hotels
The most luxury resorts for your accommodation in Malaga.
- Marbella nightlife
Nightlife in Marbella begins and ends late and is very much scattered troughout town. Except for the busiest weeks of the summer, bars in the casco antiguo (old town) and along waterfront only get packed on weekend nights; the expensive bars and clubs in Puerto Banus are busy all the time.
- Marbella beaches
If you like to walk, the 7km stroll from Marbella center to Puerto Banus, almost entirely along a boardwalk, is one of the most beautiful ways to spend an hour and a half; stop in the middle at one of the many secluded beaches to cool off. If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the ride, city buses (destination San Pedro or Hipercor) bring you to chic and trendy Puerto Banus, where brilliant beaches, white yachts and row upon row of boutiques and restaurants. On excepcionally clear days, the Moroccan coast is barely visible.
Its location between sea and mountains makes it possible to enjoy an attractive highly differentiated, counting among them with magnificent beaches along its 21 km of coastline.
- Estepona beaches
The beaches in Estepona are low and sandy, extends over more than 21 km. offering a total of 17 beaches with varying degrees of use and enjoyment.
La Playa de la Rada beach opposite the town center is awarded with the Blue Flag, and it is the most crowded. The Playa del Cristo beach, which is a pretty cove, is ideal at any time of year so that is sheltered from the winds. The beaches of Galera and Bahia Dorada are beautiful marine landscapes. Playa de Costa Natura, the first nudist beach from Costa del Sol, offers an alternative very popular to naturalists from all over Europe.
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