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Costa del Sol Travel Guide
One of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain, the Costa del Sol, is synonymous with the sparkling Mediterranean and kilometres of wonderful beaches in the province of Málaga. Extending from Almería to Tarifa along the south eastern coast of Spain, the Costa del Sol is blessed with plenty of sunshine, warm summer temperatures and clear blue waters.
Driving around the Costa del Sol is easy. The Autopista AP-7 (a toll road) runs along the Mediterranean coast of Spain, from Málaga to Guadiaro. The coastline is shaped by extensive beaches and perfect coves surrounded by high cliffs. Quaint fishing villages have been transformed into thriving holiday resorts, the most popular including chic Marbella, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Nerja and Torremolinos. The Costa del Sol caters to all kinds of holidaymakers, from beachgoers to golf enthusiasts. Children will love the water and animal parks, while boat trips, fishing and watersports are also popular activities.
Málaga is one of the most welcoming and cosmopolitan cities in Spain, the birthplace of Picasso and the capital of the Costa del Sol. The Museo Picasso Málaga in Palacio de Buenavista offers a superb collection of his works, including paintings, drawings and sculpture. Overlooking the town and port are the formidable Moorish fortresses of Alcazaba and the Castillo de Gibralfaro. The old part of Málaga is the most interesting area to explore, the streets lined with excellent restaurants and tapas bars. The local gastronomic specialities include pescaíto frito (fried fish) and the classic Andalucian gaspacho, accompanied by excellent local wines. In the summer, the streets and beaches are packed with bars and discos.
About a 30-minute drive north of Málaga are the El Torcal Mountains, offering stunning views and fantastic rock formations for keen hikers. An hour east of Málaga, the spectacular Cueva de Nerja caves are a series of caverns extending for about 5 km, home to the world’s largest stalagmite and a natural concert hall where an annual festival of music and dance takes place in the summer.