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Daytrips along the Costa del Sol

Date Added: July 20, 2010 09:56:11 PM
Author: Malaga
Category: Travel and holidays: Guides

The Costa del Sol enjoys a pleasant climate, with an annual average temperature of 19 ° C and more than 300 days of sunshine. There are a wide range of hotels and leisure, both sun and beach and rural areas, many golf courses, zoos and amusement parks, conference centers and some of the most beautiful marinas worldwide.

The coastline of the Costa del Sol stretches from the border with the province of Granada to the east and the border with the province of Cadiz to the west, along 161 km of Mediterranean coastline, from the town of Nerja to Manilva. Traditionally, the Costa del Sol is divided into two zones: the "western Costa del Sol” and the “eastern Costa del Sol”, being the capital and center of both the city of Malaga.

In the narrow strip between the mountains and the sea there is great diversity of landscapes: beaches, cliffs, estuaries, beaches and dunes.
The Costa del Sol make up the following municipalities, listed from east to west, being each of them great for a day trip as they can easily be reached by car:

Nerja is the most renowned city of the eastern Costa del Sol. Among its tourist attractions are the Balcon de Europa, the Nerja Caves and the Sierra Tejeda Natural Park and the cliffs of Maro. Nerja's beaches are rather small coves and are not so crowded as the beaches of the western Costa del Sol.

Torrox: The valleys of this municipality are covered by orchards providing a strong contrast to the slopes with olive trees and vines. Thanks to its beaches and tourist infrastructure Torrox is a very busy place during the summer months. The agricultural land is highly productive due to the subtropical microclimate of the area, which allows the cultivation of tropical fruits.

Algarrobo: The village of Algarrobo with a Moorish outline is located three kilometers from the booming coastal village Algarrobo-Costa. Among the interesting monuments in the old village are the parish church of Santa Ana, the hermitage of San Sebastian, the watchtowers and the archaeological remains of Trayamar.

Velez-Malaga is the capital of the Axarquia to which belong seaside resorts such as Torre del Mar and Benajarafe. The city invites you to take a stroll and visit the large number of monuments.

Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and the province and centre of communications in the area, with its international airport 8 kilometres from downtown, a large cruise port and a modern train station.

A little further west is located in Torremolinos which became in the 50s one of the first resorts on the Costa del Sol and is enjoying a great popularity.

The municipality of Benalmádena has a huge range of leisure and tourism with golf courses, amusement park, an award-winning marina, aquarium, casino, exhibition centre and pre-Columbian art museum and a cable car to the top of the Calamorro Mountain.

Fuengirola is another popular municipality especially among families. In addition to the longest promenade in Spain, Fuengirola has an Arab castle and a large variety of pubs and disco pubs and good cuisine.

The municipality of Mijas is one of the largest municipalities in the province, extending from the Sierra de Mijas to the sea through a landscape of hills. Mijas Pueblo, located at an altitude of 428 meters above sea level, keeps the charm of a typical white Andalusian village, while La Cala de Mijas on the coast has many neighborhoods and a great entertainment offer.

The mountain village Ojen is located eight kilometres northeast of Marbella. The proximity of the sea gives Ojén a temperate climate, despite being a typical mountain village. The mountains of Ojen have a large Mediterranean forest which invites for walks in the countryside.

Marbella is the centre of luxury tourism in the Costa. In the centre of Marbella you can still enjoy the old city, while a few kilometers away lies the glitzy marina of Puerto Banús with exclusive shops, restaurants and clubs.

Istan, about 15 km inland, is the prototype of a white Andalusian village. Like in many mountain villages, the streets in Istan are narrow and steep, designed when the only means of transportation were the mules.

Benahavis is a mountain village located about 7 km from the beach with spectacular views of the Costa del Sol and has become due to the nine golf courses located in the municipality, the centre of the Costa del Golf.

West of Marbella is located the town of Estepona, with nearly 21 km of beaches. This municipality has elements of both leisure and tourist infrastructure, with a beautiful marina and plenty of nightlife, as well as elements of a traditional old town and the typical local festivities and thatfore this town has retained a certain charm.

The picturesque mountain village of Casares is certainly worth a visit, with its intricate and steep streets and white houses, crowned by an ancient castle.

Manilva is a municipality located further southwest of the Costa del Sol, adjacent to the province of Cadiz. Manilva has an 8-km coastline that runs from rocky inlets to sandy beaches and which has recently been discovered by more exclusive tourism, thus also offering excellent golf courses and a beautiful marina, without the typical massive construction like the rest of the Costa del Sol.

You can reach each of the mentioned municipalities easily on the mediterranean highway A-7. The indicated mountain villages are situated just a few kilometres from this highway. for moving in Malaga, car hire Malaga airport is the recommended choice.

 
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