much fun in the sun on the Costa del Sol in Spain
Traveling down the Costa
del Sol in southern Spain has never been more fun and exciting. New
attractions are popping up everywhere it seems, with something for everyone
(to use the ancient cliché). Of course the existing attractions
are great too. The following is a brief introduction into what is
on offer, but bear in mind there is so much more just waiting for you.
set yourself up comfortably with a Costa del Sol holiday
villa or apartment somewhere along this sunny coast, you are feeling
independent and at home with your surroundings. Now it’s time to
set out to explore the coastal highway and all the interesting options
available to you along the way.
Let’s start with Málaga
and while the city has endless attractions, probably the most interesting
includes Museo Picasso Málaga, or Picasso Museum, where you can
browse some of the iconic artist’s work, along with paintings by other
famous artists. While thinking Pablo Picasso, you can even visit
the house where he was born, right in the heart of the city.
For those with a penchant
for really great automobiles, Málaga boasts the amazing Museo Automovilístico
de Málaga (automobile museum) which is the stunning private collection
of one Joao Magalhaes, a Portuguese car fanatic. The collection is
reportedly worth around 25 million euros and includes vehicles from the
20s, 30s,40s and 50s. Among these vehicles are such famous names
as Hispano Suiza, Bugatti, Delage, Packard, Auburn, Rolls Royce, Bentley,
Jaguar, Mercedes and Ferrari, among others. You can read more and
see a video presentation here.
further along the coast, make sure you take a cable car up to the eagle
sanctuary on Calamorro
Mountain, just above Benalmádena Costa. Here you can enjoy
not only stunning views across the coastline and out to sea, but also exhibitions
of predatory birds, including hawks, eagles, owls and vultures and can
participate in mountain climbing and walks with footpaths leading to different
Costa has more options than are mentioned here, but let’s carry on further
down the coast to Fuengirola, a popular seaside resort frequented by locals
as well as British, German and Scandinavian visitors.
One of the town’s best attractions
is a lush, green and leafy oasis, right in the middle of town. Originally
called Fuengirola Zoo, this attraction went through a massive upgrade some
years ago and is now known as Bioparc
Fuengirola. Here we can visit some of the most iconic creatures
from Asia and Africa, all living in realistic and spacious enclosures and
many are actively breeding there. Bioparc Fuengirola is also active
in various projects to save endangered species worldwide.
on down the coast, all the way to Estepona, we find another animal paradise,
Aventura Estepona, where you can experience a safari adventure and
learn more about conservation of wildlife in Africa. The park is
also a photographer’s dream as you can capture images of rhinos, zebras,
giraffe, lions and hippos, all running loose in the beautiful Spanish countryside.
The newest additions to the
fun in the sun have recently popped up in Marbella, Puerto Banus and Fuengirola
and they are known as “CostaWaterPark.
“ To quote their website, this exciting new option includes a variety of
“water slides, trampolines, jumping cushions, climbing walls and many other
challenging attritions, in all shapes and sizes,” all grouped together
just off the beach for your summer fun.
So come and join the fun
on the Costa del Sol this summer, or any time of year for that matter,
and have a great time.
AND MIJAS COSTA FEATURED HOTELS, COSTA DEL SOL, ANDALUCIA, SPAIN
is located in the Spanish province of Malaga on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia.
The town consists of two separate areas - Mijas Pueblo - a traditional
Spanish white village - and Mijas Costa - a modern coastal beach resort.
Mijas Costa is typical of all the Costa del Sol beach resorts with restaurants
and bars near the beach. Mijas Pueblo is a typical Andaluz village
of whitewashed buildings, with winding narrow streets, and the proverbial
geranium strewn balconies, perched high on the mountainside with spectacular
views to the Mediterranean below and a scenic backdrop of mountains and
endless pine forests. On entering the village, it is possible to see the
ancient spring, which provides natural mineral water. Stroll the narrow,
cobbled streets and breathe in the atmosphere - stop for a coffee or a
glass of wine along the way and sit and watch the world go by.. then take
a trip around the village in the famous donkey-drawn taxis of Mijas.
The village is a fascinating place to visit. Many bars and restaurants,
attractive shops, and astounding views all around... read
more accommodation in Mijas - Mijas
Resorts Club Marbella, Calahonda, Mijas
is a collection of apartment complexes consisting of white, low-rise buildings
set in gardens with swimming pools and sports facilities, two kilometers
from the beaches of the Costa del Sol. Guests can take advantage of the
resort's full service heath spa, which features a heated indoor swimming
pool, a jetted tub, sauna and a fully equipped gym, or enjoy a game of
tennis or squash. Sun seekers can relax on the terraces around the large
outdoor pool with a cool drink from the poolside bar and children are well
catered for with their own pool, play area, video games room and mini club
offering a full program of activities.
Porton, Sitio de Calahonda, Mijas
El Porton is
a Mediterranean-style hilltop apartment complex situated among the heights
of Sitio de Calahonda in Mijas Costa, 15 kilometres from Fuengirola. Guests
can soak up the sun in the garden, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the outdoor
swimming pool. There is also complimentary use of all facilities
at Club Marbella/Crown Resorts
where guests check-in, two kilometres from the apartments, which include
a fitness centre, squash court, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, bowls,
miniclub, crèche, playground, games room and a bar with regular
live entertainment. This three-floor complex features 38 apartments with
simple, light decor and provincial pine furnishings.
RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER
Carmen, La Cala de Mijas
is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Set in the heart of the Costa del Sol
in La Cala de Mijas and only 100 m from the beach, Hotel Carmen features
air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi and a café bar. Rooms feature
modern décor and offer plenty of natural light. Some of them have
a private terrace overlooking the sea. Each room includes a flat-screen
TV and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is served in the property's
café bar. Numerous bars and restaurants can be found nearby. There
are also several Golf Courses less than 10 minutes’ drive of the hotel.
Fuengirola is 10 km away and Málaga Airport is 30 minutes’ drive
from Hotel Carmen.
Hacienda Puerta del Sol, Mijas
Hacienda Puerta del Sol is a modern hotel built in a typically Andalusian
style, with archways and whitewashed walls, and is located on a hill overlooking
the sea, four kilometres from the beach and the centre of Mijas Pueblo
(village). Guests can enjoy a few sets on the two tennis courts,
relax with a sauna and swim or tone up with a workout at the gym.
A separate splash pool is provided for children. In the evenings, guests
can unwind over drinks in the bar, and the restaurant offers a buffet of
traditional Spanish and international dishes in an informal setting. Those
wishing to check their e-mail can do so via complimentary internet access,
and newspapers are provided free of charge in the lobby.
Cala Resort, la Cala de Mijas
With a five
star rating, Hotel La Cala is one of the top hotels in Spain. It commands
a central position between the golf courses. Built in a traditional Andalusian
style, it offers exquisite dining and entertainment to the discerning visitor.
For just a quiet drink or nightcap you can relax in the Lobby Bar or if
you wish to use the internet, look at satellite TV or play interactive
games you can choose Bar Califa on the ground floor. The resort is
the ideal base for enjoying your holiday. Just minutes from the coast and
the towns of Mijas Costa, Marbella and Fuengirola, the estate is however
totally removed from the bustle and hustle associated with the attractions
of the coast. It is totally private allowing you to relax in one of our
luxurious refurbished hotel rooms.
Gran Hotel Costa del Sol, La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa
The hotel is
situated 30km from Malaga airport in the heart of the Costa Del Sol, in
Playa la Butibamba, Mijas Costa. Here there is something for everyone to
do. Plenty of beautiful sandy beaches for the sun worshipers and
plenty of watersports and activities for the more active. Bars and restaurants
are plentiful. Situated on the beach, between Fuengirola and Marbella,
approx 10kms from each. The hotel has a main swimming pool,
gardens and a big terrace with bar Chiringuito with sunbeds and umbrellas.
All-inclusive amenities and resort fees are determined by the property
and are subject to change.
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