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Costa del Sol Malaga, Andalusia
16th January 2021

The sunny coast of Malaga

Endless beaches to stroll along, hidden coves, white villages that appear like a mirage in the middle of the mountains, historical landmarks with centuries of culture, afternoons spent shopping and evenings dining by the sea. These are the main ingredients of this region of Andalusia, where the mountain and the Mediterranean sea combine to create idyllic landscapes.

The birthplace of geniuses such as painter Pablo Picasso, it is well worth discovering the revamped city of Málaga, exploring the local culture of nearby towns and villages, and enjoying the exclusive restaurants.

 

A journey along the sunny coast

 

On a car journey of around 180 kilometres, it is possible to discover at a gentle pace some of the loveliest places in the coastal area. One essential stopping point is the capital of the province, which in recent years has invested heavily in a culture which, in addition to the Picasso Route, offers an interesting variety of museums: Pompidou Centre, Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Collection of the Russian Museum

It is lovely to take a stroll around this increasingly fashionable city and discover how the Alcazaba, the Castle of Gibralfaro and the Cathedral blend in with alternative urban art neighborhoods such as Soho, with terraces where you can enjoy brunch, or with streets like the Calle Larios for those who love to shop.

 

The pleasant temperatures all year round and our happy and friendly people will make you feel at home

 

Other coastal tourist spots with beaches where you can relax are Nerja, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Estepona and Marbella. This last location and the nearby Puerto Banús are ideal places to find haute couture brands, prestigious restaurants and beach clubs where you can lay back on a Balinese bed and watch the sun set.

For travelers looking to recharge their batteries or disconnect, there are luxury accommodation options with nutrition programs or boats to hire in the marinas.

Slow travel through the interior

The Costa del Sol seduces visitors with its cliffs, beaches, and coves and also surprises them with its stunning interior, home to villages of whitewashed houses with narrow, winding streets adorned with flowers and which conserve centuries-old traditions. They are built in the middle of the mountain range and discovering them means fully disconnecting in the heart of nature.

Among the most beautiful of these villages are Frigilana and its charming old quarter, Antequera and its stunning prehistoric dolmens, and Ronda and its mythical bridge over the cliff which, in their day, captured the hearts of figures such as Hemingway, Orson Welles -whose ashes are buried here- and Rike.

In addition to visiting these villages, we recommend a visit to some of the region’s wineries and attending a wine tasting, admiring the landscapes along the Caminito del Rey path or visiting nature reserves such as the Sierra de las Nieves or Sierra de Grazalema, staying in a centuries-old traditional Andalusian farmhouse or a rural house that offers massages and natural therapies, relaxing at historical spas such as the one in Tolox or the Carratraca thermal baths, and of course sampling the local cuisine with its unmistakable rural flavours.

Discovering La Axarquía Almost constant sunshine and warm water beaches. Delicious fish, pretty hotels and great nightlife – this and much more awaits you on the well-known Costa del Sol in Malaga. But you will also find an unparalleled paradise close to the Costa del Sol: La Axarquía. La Axarquía is the region of Malaga with the greatest number of municipalities, towns and villages which have kept all their flavour and traditional character. Steep narrow streets, barred windows with colourful pots and geraniums. Towns of Moorish origin that still preserve their secluded squares and fountains, with viewpoints overlooking the mountains. La Axarquía, a place filled with light and colour with a uniquely varied landscape: mountains, valleys, cliffs and coast. Labyrinths of olive trees, almond trees and vines, which fill the mountain landscape with life. Valleys sheltering fertile plains of fruit trees and vegetables around the river Vélez. Lemon and orange groves that surround the villages up to the foot of the mountain range. Thanks to the local products from land and sea, La Axarquía boasts a rich cuisine, dishes cooked with traditional recipes and with the utmost care. From the Sierra you can make out the coast, landscapes dotted with cliffs and coves, watchtowers and beaches. View of the village of Nerja View of the village of Nerja Cómpeta, Casares, Frigiliana, Nerja… a total of 31 beautiful Mudejar villages, each with its own charm. La Axarquía can be found in the Nature Park of the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Mountains, where you can go hiking. From here you can start various routes such, for example, up to the top of La Maroma, the highest peak in La Axarquía at 2,068 metres, or enjoy the variety of recreational areas in an exceptional setting. To familiarise yourself with its traditions and customs, you can take various routes: the Mudejar Route, the Sun and Avocado Route, the Oil and Mountains Route, the Sun and Wine Route or the Raisin Route. In one of the towns of La Axarquía, Nerja, you will find one of the most visited natural monuments in Spain: the caves of Nerja. You can also visit places as curious as Baños de Vilo Spa, which came to be considered one of the most important in Andalusia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Peaceful villages where you can experience the traditions, ancient skills, and local festivals, surrounded by the charm of Andalusia.