Places Of Interest In Costa Del Sol

Famed for its sunny climate and miles of spectacular coastline, it’s easy to see why visitors flock to Costa del Sol year after year. However, drag yourself away from the beautiful beaches or your own private pool and you will soon find so much more to explore! From charming villages lined with cobbled streets and historic cities filled with interesting architecture, to chic marinas and spectacular scenery, there truly is something for everyone.

La Basilica de Vega del Mar La Basilica de Vega del Mar was a Paleo-Christian church and necropolis (burial site). Nearly 200 tombs have been discovered here dating from Roman times to the early 8th century, making it one of the largest Roman burial sites in Spain. Many of the artefacts found on site are now exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid. Visits to the ruins can be organised via the tourist offices of San Pedro and Marbella.

Benahavis The picturesque village of Benahavis is well-known for its gastronomy, and it's charming narrow streets are lined with restaurant after restaurant. The village is best explored by foot so you can enjoy the mountain views while discovering small plazas, fountains and interesting shops. Don't miss La Aldea, which is a village within the village containing antique décor and handicraft shops.

Benalmadena Pueblo Away from the bustling coastal resort of Benalmadena lies the picturesque white village of Benalmadena Pueblo, set up in the hills with spectacular sea views. This Spanish village dates to the 8th century and retains its traditional charm, offering a relaxing escape from its coastal counterpart. Wander the cobbled streets, visit the 15th century church or enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the many cafes.  

Casares Legend has it that Julius Caesar bathed in the sulphurous waters of Casares, a picturesque white village with beautiful scenery. Reached by a narrow road, you will be greeted by a fabulous view of the Moorish village and its fortress. Stroll around and explore the steep cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, hilltop fortress, the 16th century church of the Encarnacion and the 17th century Church of San Sebastian.

Colmares Castle Located on the outskirts of Benalmadena Pueblo and set in lovely grounds, this castle was built to commemorate the achievements of Christopher Columbus and has remained a firm attraction ever since. In the same area is the Jardin de las Aguilas, the eagle garden where under the supervision of expert handlers, these majestic creatures and other birds of prey perform with regular displays throughout the day.

Fuengirola Castle High on a hill at the western end of Fuengirola is the Castillo Sohail, dating from the 10th century. When the Christians took the town during the Reconquest in 1485 it was destroyed and rebuilt in 1730. Extensive renovations have taken place over the past couple of centuries and the building you see today is used mainly for concerts and exhibitions. Gardens have been laid on the surrounding area and there are panoramic views out to sea and over Fuengirola town.

Gaucin Gaucin is a beautiful mountain village with outstanding views down to Gibraltar and the Rif Mountains. Of Roman and Moorish origins, there are many remnants of its turbulent history notably its magnificent Castillo del Aguila, an Arab fortress where the occasional concert is held. The baroque 18th century convent of the Carmelitas Descalzas and the 16th century renaissance temple should also be visited.

Gibraltar With a fascinating history and eclectic mix of Moorish, Spanish and British cultures, Gibraltar makes for a fantastic day trip. Enjoy the spectacular views from the cable car on your way to the top of the Rock, where you’ll find the only wild monkeys in Europe! Be sure to visit the Great Siege Tunnels, built to defend Gibraltar from the French and Spanish forces during the Great Siege of 1779 to 1783. Or, why not enjoy a spot of Duty Free shopping? There’s plenty on offer in Gibraltar – just be sure to take your passport!

Mijas Pueblo The charming hillside town of Mijas Pueblo offers spectacular views over the surrounding towns and sea. Oozing with traditional Spanish charm, the village has a relaxed atmosphere and is best explored on foot. Discover the narrow winding streets dotted boutique shops or dine alfresco in one of the many restaurants, enjoying the mountain backdrop. Be sure to stop off at the Muro Gardens or visit one of the museums – the Wine Museum is great for tastings!

Malaga From historic architecture to interesting museums, fantastic shopping and excellent restaurants, the bustling capital of Malaga has something for everyone. Many of the sights are centred around the old quarter, so the city can easily be explored on foot. Head to the Picasso Foundation, visit the 16th century Cathedral and explore the Castillo de Gibralfaro. Or, discover the history of the Alcazaba Fortress and Roman Theatre. Arrange a boat trip around the harbour or take a walk through the tropical Concepcion Gardens. Shop for local produce at the Ataranzas Market, or for souvenirs at one of the many boutique shops. With so much to offer, a trip Malaga is not to be missed.

Marbella The diverse town of Marbella has grown dramatically from the traditional fishing village it once was. Today upmarket boutiques and high-class restaurants line wide, elegant boulevards, ideal for strolling. The old town is a maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with whitewashed houses, shops and restaurants. At the centre is the Plaza de los Naranjos, named due to the orange trees shading the square. With fantastic nightlife, Marbella is also one of the most famous places in Europe for its glamorous and stylish bars and clubs.

Ojen  A winding road climbs through spectacular countryside with breathtaking views, arriving at the white village of Ojen. The whitewashed walls and steep narrow streets are evidence of the Moorish influence and with around 2000 inhabitants, it has retained its charm. Best explored on foot, visit the 17th century parish church of the Encarnacion in the Plaza de Andalucia, the remains of a 10th century castle and the caves located in Calle Cuevas.

Puerto Banus Centred around the glamourous marina, Puerto Banus is a popular destination for the rich and famous. It’s easy to while away an afternoon at one of the waterfront cafes, people watching and admiring the glitzy yachts. Home to some of the biggest names in fashion such as Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton, the high-end shopping opportunities are endless. You can also arrange boat trips to various destinations from the central promenade.

Ronda Ronda is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with its famous deep gorge and historical old town. The Puente Nuevo – new bridge – joins the old Moorish town and the newer El Mercadillo parts of the city, and is arguably one of Ronda’s most famous landmarks. Other top sights include the Plaza de Toros bullring, Arab Baths and the Mondragon Palace. Wine lovers will also appreciate a stop off at one of the wineries!  

Seville Seville, Andalucia’s capital, is famous for its flamenco, beautiful buildings and oranges. You can immerse yourself in culture or simply sample tapas in pleasant surroundings. There’s plenty of things to do and see. Its historic centre is a fabulous mix of palaces, baroque churches and winding medieval lanes to explore. Impressively, the Gothic Seville Cathedral houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Sotogrande Sotogrande is a luxury resort, popular with sport lovers. Here you'll find the Santa Maria Polo Club, as well as the famous Valderrama golf course, which hosts the Ryder Cup and Volvo Masters, plus the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande. There is also a picturesque marina with many fine restaurants, shops and bars where you can relax and watch the world go by.

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