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Exploring the Costa del Sol – Uncovering Secrets

Sep 16, 2015
Category: Europe, General

Discovering the Costa del Sol

Boasting over 150km of glorious golden coastline there is no shortage of incredible locations for holidaymakers to enjoy on the Costa Del Sol, many of which you may have visited before! Focusing on Estepona and Fuengirola we stepped back from the glitz and glamour Marbella to explore the rural hillside villages and intriguing traditional side to Spain’s sunshine coast.

Here we explore some wonderful attractions of the Costa Del Sol along with some gorgeous 360 panoramas and exact coordinates of these locations on Google Maps.

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El Caminito del Rey

Mountain landscape

Wind your way through the enchanting cliff tops trails of El Caminito Del Rey

Explore this exhilarating collection of cliff walks carved into the hillside in El Chorro to the North of Fuengirola. Opened by King Alfonso XIII in 1921 this series of hiking trails offer a tranquil experience away from the bustling beaches of the Costa Del Sol. Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence (2015) El Caminito del Rey is within easy reach from Marriott Marbella Beach Resort. You can find out more about the stunning cliffs of Caminito Del Rey by visiting their website. Geo Coordinates: 36.914554, -4.770986

Castillo Monumento Calomares

Castle

Discover an eclectic mix of architecture and designs at the monument dedicated to the life of Christopher Columbus

Affectionately known as Calomares Castle (Columbus Castle) the Castillo Monumento Calomares in Benalmadena is the largest monument dedicated to the great explorer Christopher Columbus. This intriguing display takes you on a journey through the life of the pioneer; however, you may just as easily be captivated by the unique architecture and floral gardens that greet you on arrival. A relatively modern structure (completed in the late 1980’s) it retains its attraction through the culmination of design styles that include: Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic and Mudejar eras. Geo Coordinates: 36.590580, -4.572726

Ronda

Bridge above gorge

The number 1 attraction of the Costa Del Sol – Ronda is truly breath-taking

Voted the Top Attraction on the Costa Del Sol (Out of 500) according to TripAdvisor the Puente Neuvo (New Bridge) in Ronda is a truly remarkable sight. Visitors flock here for the superb views over the Serrania de Ronda Mountains from atop the bridge rising above the El Tajo Gorge. Ronda preserves its Andalusian charm through the cobbled streets and traditional villas whilst the handsome Plaza Duquesa de Parcent is a beautiful location for some al fresco tapas. Geo Coordinates: 36.740563, -5.165725

El Muelle Restaurant in Arriate

restaurant and train

Settle down to traditional Spanish cuisine admiring the sunset through the valley

Discover the charming white-washed town of Arriate, to the North of Ronda, where alongside the train tracks you will find the Certificate of Excellence (2015) winning El Muelle restaurant. Settle down to an intimate meal admiring the sun set over the Sierra de Grazelama Mountains as the night sky slowly fills the valley below. Serving a mouth-watering collection of local dishes within a traditional setting this is dining at its finest. Don’t just take our word for it find out what TripAdvisor reviewers have to say. Geo Coordinates: 36.790098, -5.141353

La Cueva del Tesoro

Caves

Search for the hidden Arab treasures from the 12th Century in the Cuevas del Tosoro

Legend surrounds these fascinating sea caves in Malaga dating back to the Neolithic period (around 2,000- 10,000BC). Carved from the consistent tide lapping against the shoreline La Cueva del Tesoro are said to contain a hidden treasure from the past Arab era in the 12th Century. Discover the stories surrounding these caves from the Eagles shaped rock formation to the intriguing cave paintings. Reach these intriguing caves in less than an hour from the fantastic Alanda Club. Geo Coordinates: 36.719705, -4.297554

Kelipé Centro de Arte Flamenco

Spanish square

Experience true Flamenco passion at Kelipe – located in the historic centre of Malaga

A visit to Andalucia wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the passion of Flamenco! Come and discover an evening of truly authentic Flamenco at Kelipé Centro de Arte in Malaga. Located in the historic city centre of Malaga the Kelipe portrays the emotion involved with an intimate display right before your eyes. Voted number one in Theatre and Concerts in Malaga from TripAdvisor it also collected the Certificate of Excellence (2015) making it an opportunity not to miss! Find out more about this alluring traditional display by visiting their website. Geo Coordinates: 36.720805, -4.424712

Old town Estepona

narrow street white buildings

Stroll through the charming streets lined by white-washed villas in Old Town Estepona

Step back in time to the old town of Estepona where narrow streets are lined by hanging baskets and traditional villas, giving a real sense of traditional Andalucía. Wander through the rich pink of the Hibiscus flowers filling the Plaza de las Flores; admire the Clock Tower, completed in 1473 and the Castillo de San Luis dating back to the same era. The “Old Town Hall” is now a Archaeological Museum giving a true insight into times gone by whilst there are numerous tapas bars dotted around the town allowing you to taste the traditional life. Estepona is only around 20 minutes from Marriott Playa Andaluza. Geo Coordinates: 36.427048, -5.144244

Nerja

stream and gorge

Cool off along the Rio Chillar trails – great for families looking to escape the busy beaches

Take the family on an exciting guided sea kayaking excursion from Burriano Beach to Maro. Blessed with calm, clear sea water it is an experience you’ll never forget! Explore the caves and rock pools along the way whilst several streams from the rivers of the Sierra de Almijara flow out forming magnificent waterfalls. Geo Coordinates: 36.750226, -3.866865

Rio Chillar helps visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of the beaches and into the cool waters of the rivers and Gorges to the North of Nerja town centre. Along the way you’ll find numerous pools to cool off within as well as cascading waterfalls for a natural shower. Geo Coordinates: 36.767793, -3.877710

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