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The Costa del Sol area guide

Things to do

The Costa del Sol, which sits on the south coast of Spain in Andalusia is steeped in sunshine, history and a dramatic landscape. It has transformed from a speckling of fishing villages to a collection of seaside resorts, including the renowned city of Málaga. The Mediterranean coastline, bays, cliffs, dunes, rivers, mountains and estuaries lend their rustic majesty to the region’s unique identity.

The warm, sunny climate, of course, is also a key trait that has solidified the Costa del Sol’s allure as a Spanish haven. Top class tapas bars and restaurants, Moorish ruins, deep historical roots and a large number of museums, including the Picasso Museum and Picasso’s house, have led to the region’s development as an icon of culture and gastronomy.

The Costa del Sol is also home to luxurious ports and marinas, as well as gold and white sand beaches. A bit further inland, wineries and bodegas are spread across the countryside amongst numerous natural parks. Málaga is flanked by a Moorish fortress, Alcazaba, and a 10th century Arab castle, Castillo de Gibralfaro. Performances are still held in the city’s Roman Theatre, built in the first century BC. The surroundings are particularly excellent for cycling and water sports enthusiasts.

Many towns, each with their own character, colour the region, including glitzy Marbella, vibrant Málaga, Torremolinos, Manilva, Rincón de la Victoria, Fuengirola, Estepona, Casares, Benalmádena, Mijas, and San Pedro de Alcántara.

Places to eat

Classic Spanish cuisine is the order of the day in the Andalusia region. And, in this particular region of Spain, Jewish and Arabic influences have also made their way into the cuisine.

The typical Mediterranean diet of fish, fruit, nuts, olive oil and red wine saturates the gastro scene, but all manner and nationality of eateries can be found. Málaga, naturally, is the most happening place for restaurants, with international renown for its innovative offerings.

Typical restaurants here will be in old houses with patios and courtyards, each with a unique dining experience. Some namely choices include the Andres Maricuchi restaurant and Café Central, an all-day diner.

Shopping

From farmers’ markets to shopping centres, the region is filled with shopping choices. The Muelle Uno in Málaga, which opened in 2011, is one of the most notable collections. The seafront shopping centre hosts a full range of retailers, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a monthly market for local handicrafts and organic produce.

The area is known to have one of the most diverse shopping climates, and finding anything and everything is easy. Asian and Arab markets, Scandinavian shops and German bakeries are neighbours to local mom-and-pops. Hypermarkets are also increasing in number for those who prefer a one-stop shop.

Getting there & around

Only 8 km from the city centre of Málaga is Málaga airport, with a huge UK timetable and plenty of international flights. From the airport, there are many transfer options, from bus to taxi and hire-car.

Once in sunny Costa del Sol, getting around is easy. Modern, extensive train services are available for inter-Spain transport, and well-priced bus services are also a great option for city and inter-city exploration. Car hire is readily available, so much so, in fact, that prices are cheaper than anywhere else in Europe due to the size of the competition. Taxis are costly, but they are a good option for short distances.

Málaga has a two-line metro system and a very efficient bus network. It is possible to walk in Málaga and certainly the other cities of the Costa del Sol, which is excellent for taking in the sights.

Cycling, however, is another popular and quicker alternative. For the cycling enthusiasts, getting from town to town by bike is definitely an option. Bike taxis, known as Trixis, are famous in Málaga, and segways are a growing transportation option. For a more romantic experience, you can even get around by horse and carriage.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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