Costa del Sol
Trip to the Costa del Sol
It was in the second half of the last century that the fame of the Costa del Sol began to blossom. At a time when paid holidays and the beginning of mass tourism have decided a sophisticated clientele to look for new resorts.
In Torremolinos to the south of Malaga, it was” El Ingles” Georges Langworthy, who first had the idea to acquire the castle of Santa Clara, which he transformed into a residence for rich foreigners. This was followed by the opening of several establishments, including the Pez Espada Hotel in 1959, which definitively confirmed the tourist destination of Torremolinos for many stars and celebrities.
Since then, this part of Andalusia has been dotted with golf courses and discotheques, nautical clubs and marinas, making the Costa del Sol one of the most sought-after places in the Mediterranean.
The urban beaches of Malapesquera in Benalmádena and Los Boliches in Fuengirola are among these new seaside resorts. On the other hand, for nature lovers, the Axarquía region offers beaches and coves, cliffs and sierras.
To the east of it, the Cueva de Nerja, where every year in July a festival of flamenco music and dances takes place, is a must. The huge Nerja cave, surrounded by cliffs, is situated between sea and mountain at the foot of the Sierras de Tejada y Alhama park. You can admire rock paintings dating from the Palaeolithic period.
Very urbanized, the coast, bordered by a motorway, has several important ports providing maritime links with Morocco and, further east, Algeria too.
Stages of the Costa del Sol
To the west of Marbella, Estepona is a popular seaside resort on the Costa del Sol, dominated by the Sierra Bermeja mountains to the north.
The palm trees line up on the seafront along the paseo maritimo and the numerous beaches that stretch over 21 km. West of the city centre, Costa Natura is one of the few naturist beaches in the area.
The marina is pleasant, the city centre, with its white houses and cobbled streets, makes us discover some monuments such as the tower of the old parish church, the 18th century Calvario hermitage, the castle of San Luis.
The marina is open to the practice of water sports and offers a wide range of bars and restaurants.
Marbella is a luxurious destination on the Costa del Sol with its prestigious palaces, prestigious shops, golf courses and boats moored at the marina of Puerto Banús.
Withdrawn, the alleyways and small squares of the white village are less flashy and offer pleasant walks during your stay in Marbella.
The beaches of Fuengirola, which welcome a large number of tourists during the summer months, extend over 8 km.
The tourist infrastructures, leisure parks or hotel complexes are adjacent to the ancient vestiges, situated further back, including the Roman villas and baths, the Arab castle of Sohail…
Benalmadena, near Torremolinos, offers beaches of grey sand. Formerly a mountain village, the city has developed into a seaside and tourist town with its own amusement parks, a casino and a marina, from where sea excursions to the dolphins begin.
The cable car leads to the summit of Mount Calamorro at 717 m. Starting point for hikes and offering a panoramic view of the Costa del Sol beaches…
The Torremolinos seaside resort alone accounts for almost 40% of the Costa del Sol’s hotel capacity. An infrastructure for mass tourism, the beaches are taken over in summer when it is sometimes difficult to find a place. Namely that Guadalmar beach is naturist.
Málaga is the provincial capital and is a well-known seaside destination. Exiting the beaches, the city is quite steep. The old town is pleasant…
At the foot of the Sierra de Almijara, which marks the border between the provinces of Málaga and Granada, Nerja is a charming colourful village with pleasant beaches and small coves.
We discover the Mora aqueduct in a beautiful natural environment. From the top of a small cliff, the’ Balcony of Europe’ offers a panoramic view of the coastline…
Costa de Alméria
Continuing its path towards the east we continue the course for the Costa de Alméria which extends up to Cabo de Gata