Costa del Sol – A paradise
Yes, we belive that Costa del Sol is a paradise, here you can find everything. A fantastic nature with long beatiful beaches, mountains and wilderness, cities with the best shops and restaurants, outdoor cafes and nightclubs with a vibrant nightlife. Whatever you are interested in, from the art, fashions, sports, food, wine, everything can be found here on the Costa del Sol.
What most of us think about when we hear the name, Costa del Sol, is the sun. On the Costa del Sol, the sun shines over 300 days a year, the coastal sub-tropical climate is unique to Europe. Something that makes it even more amazing is the possibility of skiing in glorious Pradollano, Sierra Nevadas ski resort, which lies 2100 meters above sea level, is just a few hours drive away from the coast. From there you can take the cabin lift up to numerous slopes, highest peak of Veleta is 3470 meters above sea level, here you can ski right up in May.
Costa del Sol, known worldwide, is a 160 km long costline from Nerja in the east to Manilva in the west. In addition to the provincial capital of Málaga, includes the well-known names as Torremolinos, Benamádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella and San Pedro Alcántara.
The basis for the coast fame was built by Prince Alfonso, when he formed the Marbella Club in the mid 50s. With his worldwide contacts Marbella Club was well attended by the barons, directors and movie-stars. When José Banús then began the construction of the world-famous harbor, Puerto Banús, Marbella became a name that spread over Europe and the world.
The tourism that began in the early 60s, mainly in Torremolinos, exploded and quickly spread to nearby towns of Benalmádena, Mijas and Fuengirola. The main reason why more and more people discovered the Costa del Sol, is obviously due to the climate, the gentle sea with long sandy beaches. For those seeking other values, the coast offers a rich cultural history to explore, wich is hard to beat for the rest of Europe.
The Spanish cuisine is rich, today there are more Spanish restaurants in the Michelin guide´s top ten list than any other country. Most of us know an d have eaten tapas, various side dishes made from any specialty.
The main charcteristic cuisine of the Costa del Sol is food from the sea, fish and shellfish. But also all kinds of meat dishes are very well prepared, such as lamb, beef and pork. Their air-dried ham, Jamón Ibérico, is world famous. There are different grades of ham, the best is Jamón IbéricoBellota, from free-range iberian pigs fed on acorns. Spanish cuisine also includes a variety of soups and stews, the cold soup Gaspacho is a pleasure to eat, especially in the summer. A lot of vegetables are used, because they have access to fresh vegetables all year round. Most of us know and have eaten Paella, which is a dish invented higher up, along the coast of Valencia. Paella is popular throughout of Spain, varied with different ingredients depending on where in Spain you are.
At last but not least, we can only agree that the Costa del Sol is a paradise for golfers. The many golf courses offer a diverse golfing for all, difficult to easier courses. Most courses are of high standard, and of course the Costa del Sol has hosted many major competitions, like the Ryder Cup, the SpanishOpen, Volvo Masters and others.
Malaga, capital of the Costa del Sol, is a very old city, founded already for almost 3000 years ago. There are both historical remains from the Roman Empire and the later period when the Moors ruled. Today Málaga is a modern city with preservation of the old city and it´s history. Malaga has applied to be appointed as “Europe´s cultural capital” for 2016. The artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, and since 2003 is the Picasso Museum a tourist attraction.
Malaga is today an accessible city, the airport is Spain´s fourth largest and may, from 2011 serving up to 30 million passengers. Málaga´s port has been expanded and is one of Spain´s largest port, today on of the most important for the big cruising ships. To go to Madrid, it only takes two and a half hours by high speed trains, which means that many people who live in Madrid, spend their holidays in Málaga and the surrounding areas. Málaga´s infrastructure is very good, commuter trains, Cercania, are serving the airport and the coast to Fuengirola. The subway in Málaga will be expanded with more stations and there is a well-planned bus network that reaches throughout the city.
Málaga has much to offer, there is plenty to see and experience for everyone. The town is divided by the river Guadalmina, the old city to the east and the new part to the west. The old town is favorite, boutiques, restaurants and many attractions. Something not to be missed is to visit the Alcazaba, the Arab fort from the 1200s and Gibralfaro, the Moorish castle. These are built high on the hills and from there you have a fantastic view over Málaga city and port. Malaga´s cathedral, La Manquita, which it took 250 years to build, is also a must. Round off the tour by visiting the Picasso Museum, and it´s certainly time to sit down and enjoy something good to eat and drink at any of the many restaurants available.
The old town of Malaga is now largely restored, retaining the old facades, wich make it so beautiful. The main pedestrian street, Marqués de Larios, wich goes straight down towards the harbor is a major shopping street, with crowds of people and shops offering the latest in fashion. On its side streets and alleys, there are plenty of popular restaurants and bars. Marqués de Larios culminates in the main square Plaza de Constitution, the heart of the old Malaga, and turns into Calle Granada. This part of Malaga never rests, it´s full speed all day to early morning. You need not go further than this, there is always something to see and do, day or night.
In Malaga they celebrates many religious ceremonies with magnificent processions trough the streets, the largest and most spectacular takes place during Easter, Semana Santa.
Are you interested in seeing something unusual, take the opportunity to visit Malaga at Easter, we can promise a great experience.
If you want to visit a 9 days-long party, then you should visit Malaga in August. Feria de Malaga is a great music and cultural festival, which all take part in. Just outside the city is a particular area, as people flock to. Malaga locals like to dress up in typical clothing from Andalucia and dance and sing along the streets. The festival begins with opening speech of the city´s mayor and a powerful 30-minutes long fireworks display. Streets are decorated, and various performance conducted everywhere,Flamenco music is flowing and people are dancing. The atmosphere is hard to describe, it must be experienced. Take this opportunity to visit Malaga in August and have fun with people from all over the world.
In Malaga you are close to the beach, east of the port you will find the beach, La Malagueta. There are plenty of beach reaturants, Chiringuitos, enjoy some delicous tapas and why not wash it down with sangría. A little further east is the beach,La Caleta, which is a favorite of local people. To the west of the harbour you will find the beach of San Andrés, it goes all the way to Guadalhorce river. Along this beach runs the pedestrian boulevard, the Paseo Marítimo Antonio Banderas, named after Malaga´s movie star.
There is a very old tradition to make wine in Malaga, one of the oldest in Europe. You can still find genuinely old wine bars in some places in town that serves wine directly from the oak barrels. It is a very special experience to visit such a bar, which Malaga residents want to preserve. The traditional wine of Malaga, Malaga Dulce, is sweet and strong, made from Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel grapes. Perhaps the most famous wine today, is Lagrima, made from grapes Pedro Ximenez.