Which Part of Costa del Sol is Best?
If you are looking to see which part of Costa del Sol is Best this is really down to what type of holiday you are looking for when visiting Spain.
You could be a beach lover, culture buff, foodie, explorer and the beauty of the Costa del Sol is that it caters for everyone!
Here we take a look at 5 different parts of the Costa del Sol to give you a guide of what to expect.
The largest city on the Costa Del Sol and famous for being Picasso’s birthplace, Malaga is pleasant all year-round.
Less rushed than Madrid or Barcelona, it is often seen as an escape rather than a stop off on a Contiki or Grand Tour.
Aside from art (there are plenty of galleries, including the Picasso Museum and Centro De Arte Contemporaneo), Malaga is famous for its bullring.
The best way to get around Malaga is hiring a bike for the day and cruising around this thoroughly Mediterranean city.
Located high on a mountainside, Mijas is a beautiful white beacon of a town – providing amazing views of the African coastline, the Atlas Mountains, and the Strait of Gibraltar.
With 12km (7.5 miles) of coastline, Mijas is close to nine separate beaches.
The recent influx of affluent tourist Euros to this often overlooked location means that several golf courses have sprung up in recent years.
Yet the town of Mijas Pueblo provides the biggest attraction within the region, with small artisan workshops and tapas bars lining streets.
Composed of three separate districts, the most popular (and rightfully so) is Benalmadena Costa del Sol, with healthy beaches and a healthier nightlife.
The Ha'penny Bridge is an ‘authentic’ Irish pub, set up to catch the best of world football and the best of the coastal beauty.
But if you can tear yourself away from the Guinness and the lager glasses, the best way to explore Benalmadena is by boat, with many extravagant houses (both new and old) lining the foreshore.
To get a better view of the surrounding countryside, the Tivoli World Cable Car is as cheap as it is worthwhile – with a steep peak and exceptional views.
The local bird life is not to be missed, and you’re likely to see eagles and vultures in their natural habitats if you take the time to look up!
Nestled on the foothills of the Sierra Almijara, Nerja is a new kind of resort town – taking its time in finding its footing and its niche rather than rushing into developing as high and as fast as possible.
The town manages to maintain most of its Spanish village charm as the tourists who visit are usually Northern Spanish rather than Brits.
The Balcon De Europa is built into the natural headland, providing incredible views of the coast and the interior.
The Nuestra Senora de las Angustias Hermitage and El Salvador Church are two of the nicest churches on the Costa del Sol and are well worth investigating.
The interiors will make believers out of the staunchest atheist (believers in good interior design that is!).
Something of a victim of the mass appeal of the Costa del Sol, the city has been taken over by tourism.
During the low season its population is 45,000, but during the height of summer it increases to 250,000 – made up mostly British and French tourists.
Torremolinos is also Spain’s top LGBT holiday destination, and the Nogalera Complex is a comfortable haven filled with bars, exclusive restaurants and trendy shops.
The city offers a lot of touristy activities, including windsurfing and water skiing, as well as the biggest water park in Andalusia, Aqualand.
To avoid the rush, venture into La Carihuela, which is the traditional home of the local fishing culture.
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