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Why Holiday in Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is an ideal choice of holiday destination for those looking for a holiday rental in Spain accommodation. The sub-tropical Mediterranean climate is enviable with its warm, mostly dry, winters and hot summers. The Costa del Sol is known for its array of activities, beaches to sunbath and entertainment for all walks of life. When making the region your holiday destination renters will have a vast choice of holiday homes to choose from. There are villas with beach front views of the Med, luxury apartments in all of the main towns, inland villas with mountainous views and retreats in the small villages dotted all throughout the Costa del Sol. Akilar.com can assist you in finding the perfect villa and apartment for your family holiday in Spain.

The Costa de Sol is a golfer's paradise with over 50 golf courses, many of which have held world championships and brought top international professional golfers to the area. The Costa del Sol has become a renowned destination in Europe for both professionals wanting to practice or compete, amateurs wanting to learn at golf academies or a group of golfers enjoying the combination of outstanding courses and the almost guarantee of sunshine and a great social experience.

The beautiful sandy beaches of this coast, natural parks, mountains, marinas and unlimited tourist attractions, together with the variety of activities including water sports, mountain climbing, bird watching, culture, history and gastronomy are combined to allure the tourist to this unique destination. Renters choosing a beach front villa can see the coast of North Africa on a clear day across the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Cheap flight airlines operating in airports accessing the Costa del Sol offer a great incentive to visit this “Coast of Sun” to see first-hand what it has to offer, to walk through the golden sands, swim in the clear water, surf the waves or simply taste the local wine and tapas. Whether it's a budget holiday to Spain or a chance to mix with the local people, there is a destination for everyone. A Costa del Sol holiday offers the chance to experience the culture in the local fiestas, celebrate like only the Spanish do and to marvel at the hospitality and warmth shown towards visitors.

A holiday to the Costa del Sol can include a day trip or overnight stay by ferry across the Mediterranean to Morocco, a cable car ride to a mountain summit in Benalmadena or a day in one of the water parks, adventure parks, or theme parks in the area. The region offers beautiful seafood to be consumed in stunning surroundings, cabarets, flamenco shows or a real taste of the clubbing scene with a wide variety of venues. Whether it's the large selection of designer shops found in the elite part of the region, wonderful traditional gastronomy offered by the locals, stunning scenery, activities for all, golf like no other or simply just a relax on one of the many Mediterranean beaches, Costa del Sol holidays will cast a spell on you to return year after year for your holiday in Spain.

History of Costa del Sol

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Costa del Sol History

When on holiday in the Costa del Sol, tourist who are interested in history will have plenty to keep them occupied for days on end. Make sure to find out all of the historical sights to visit so you can choose a rental villa nearby to save time on travel.

Man has lived in this region of Spain known as the Costa del Sol for many thousands of years. There is evidence that Neanderthal man existed here in caves and open spaces throughout the area. Remnants from this era have been mainly found near to rivers in Axarquia and in caves near to Malaga, however as time passed the population increased and by the Bronze Age spread all over the Costa.

The attraction for the ancient people who lived here was much the same as it is today, beauty, natural surroundings, beautiful beaches and the mildest climate in Europe. The Phoenicans founded Malaga, however the Romans were the first to invade leading them to rule over what is now known as modern Spain. Malaga went on to become a major colony of great importance leading to the Romans developing the surrounding lands and building Aqueducts, bath houses, temples, fortifications and government structures, some of which can still be seen today.

Several important events took place here, all of which changed the area in some way or another – the touring of Spain by St. Paul in AD62 led to the spread of Christianity in the Costa del Sol and by 4th century AD it was widespread throughout the whole country. By 476AD the Roman Empire was failing and there was great pressure on Germanic tribes as the Mongol population expanded leading to increasing attacks on Roman territory. This pressure on the Romans continued for quite some time which eventually led to the area being invaded by the Vandals, Alani and Suevi people, they in turn were very swiftly overruled by the Visigoths who conquered Spain in 476AD.

The Moors (Arabs) induced the next major change in the history of the Costa del Sol and most of Southern Spain. The Moors invaded the region after they had defeated the Visigoths army of Theodomir and at this time Malaga became the main port for the kingdom of the Granada. There was a lot of progress made under Islamic rule and they brought with them advances things such as art and architecture, they also imported oranges, palms and rice together with the irrigation techniques required to change the dry landscape into fertile agricultural land. There are many beautiful buildings and monuments in Spain and a lot of these were left behind by the Moors. Although the Moors enjoyed many years of successful leadership in Spain, civil trouble began to ware them down and although they were mostly tolerated by the Christian population, they eventually lost power when Granada was taken in 1492 and the Moorish empire vanished.

Spain fell under the control of Catholic sovereigns – Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, and Moors and Jews were expelled. The 16th century was known as the golden age of Spain, under ruler Charles I, however in the years that followed the toll of religious wars had drained Spain and the once “invincible” Spanish Armada was defeated by England.

The entire area of the Costa del Sol fell fate to many conquerors during its time until the 1800’s when it became a thriving area again. Ports and farming were the main stay of the economy until the 1960’s when tourism took over supporting the region. Today tourism is still the main source of income for the coastal regions of Andalucia.

The name 'Costa del Sol' is thought to have been given to this beautiful coast by an Austrian Consul who lived in Cadiz but regularly visited Almeria travelling through Malaga and Granada on route. He was impressed by how sunny the region was and gave it the name 'Costa del Sol' which translates literally as 'Coast of Sun".

Costa del Sol Holiday Rentals Information

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When you have chosen to take your holiday in the Costa del Sol and you want to stay in a holiday rental accommodation and Costa del Sol has a great selection available to you. Whether you are a small family, a couple or a large group there will be a villa or apartment that will suit your needs and budget. The beaches in the Costa del Sol are absolutely stunning and if you're a beach dweller you will be able to find accommodation nearby so that you have easy access. If nightlife is a big part of your holidays, there is an abundance of apartments in the towns of the area so that you can party all night long at the venues that will be right on your doorstep.

The different holiday rentals in the Costa del Sol include – luxurious villas with terraces perfect for barbecues and private pools that will keep the kids entertained, smaller villas and apartments have balconies or terraces and apartments with sun terraces or balconies perfect for couples and small groups.

All accommodation is fully equipped with kitchens which will allow you to prepare a family meal or just a snack and also linen and towels so that you can be completely comfortable and relaxed during your stay. Most holiday rentals come with beautiful views, whether it is of the beautiful coast or the countryside of this pretty area of Spain.

Whatever you are looking for in a holiday to the Costa del Sol, you are guaranteed to find the perfect accommodation to ensure you have an enjoyable and stress free stay. Akilar helps you selecting a suitable holiday rental apartment in Costa del Sol for you and your family or travel group .

Special Information for Booking Holiday Rentals in Costa del Sol

Check the adverts for special discount rates when choosing your RENTALS IN SPAIN. Most COSTA DEL SOL RENTAL PROPERTIES will offer a discount based on either early booking or even a last minute booking. Some also offer long term rental prices if this is your requirement. Check the winter rates as this is considered the low season.

Must See Sights and Attractions in Costa del Sol

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So Much to do in the Costa del Sol

Choosing the Costa del Sol as your holiday destination will offer many opportunities for fun and excitement during your time in Spain. Apart from the cultural and historical monuments, art galleries and museums found across the Costa del Sol, there are plenty of other attractions for tourists taking a holiday villa in this region.

Tivoli World - Tivoli World is an Amusement Park near Benalmadena which can be accessed by bus, train or car from many local resorts. The biggest amusement park on this coast, Tivoli World has a selection of rides for all ages and even puts on shows for visitors such as a Wild West and Flamenco show. For young children, there is Tivolandia, which is specially designed for the little ones. Opening times vary throughout the year.

Other tourist attractions on the Costa del Sol include taking a trip across to Tangier in Morroco by ferry or the Benalmadena Cable car which travels up to the top of Monte Calamorro for incredible views of the Costa del Sol and Gibraltar can be enjoyed by tourists. At the summit there are donkey rides, horse riding and birds of prey exhibitions which are covered by the cable car ticket price and a cafe for refreshments while sitting on the terrace enjoying the views.

Aqualand - Also in Costa del Sol close to Torremolinos is Aqualand, the largest aqua park on the Costa del Sol. Accessible by car, bus or train, the park has many exiting rides including Boomerang, a recent addition along with the Kamikazee Twister, Black Hole and raids. A small area has been set aside for children and there are wave pools, plenty of green areas an 18 hole mini golf course and a selection of restaurants. The water park is open from May to September but opening hours vary. Next to the Aqualand is the Torremolinos Crocodile Park, open all year round.

The Marina in Benalmadena is the location for the Sea Life Aquarium which is on the main bus route from most resorts on the Costa del Sol. Sea Snakes, Shark Reef, the Tank of Rays are included in the displays and visitors are allowed to assist at feeding times.

Selwo Adventure Park – This adventure park is located near Estepona and is a combination of nature, adventure and safari all rolled into one wilderness. Over 2,000 animals live in this park including elephants and tigers who can be observed either by travelling through the park in 4x4 jeeps or by availing to the purpose built overhead walkways. Archery, camel back rides and a huge aviary are among the attractions offered in this amazing place.

Selwo Marina – Selwo Marina is situated opposite Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena offering visitors the chance to observe South American Marine life. Dophins, sea lions, penquins and a variety of other sea life are housed here and the Amazonia section displays the marine life in a tropical jungle. Other areas include a touch and explore pool and a playground for the younger visitors.

Note: A special offer is available to visit the 2 Selwo parks and the Cable car, ie the Selwo Pack which is a better value than buying individual tickets for these 3 attractions.

Natura Aventura – This is an adventure park for all ages offering rock climbing, kayaking, paintballing, and archery amongst its many activities and is situated 7km from Marbella in San Pedro de la Alantara.

Fuengirola Zoo is in in the centre of Fuengirola city opposite Mijas aquapark. Spend a few minutes looking through all of the things to do in Costa del Sol

Villages around Costa del Sol

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Visit a Costa del Sol Village

Although Ibiza has an international reputation as the clubbing capital of the islands, as well you will find many beautiful little rural villages which are both charming and scenic. So if the hustle and bustle of the island does not appeal to you, there are plenty of options for visiting smaller quiet villages around the island on your Holidays to Ibiza.

San Rafael is a small rural village which is located on the main road between Ibiza town and San Antonio, as with most villages it has a quaint late 18th century church with amazing views where you can see all the way to the busy harbour. Santa Ines is another small village which is to the north of San Antonio, here you will find a church and also a supermarket and a few bars, there is not much else in the village which adds to the quiet rural charm there. The village of San Carlos is where the hippy markets are held on a Saturday, it is a very small but well known village and quite often it is a meeting place for foreign residents of the island who meet over a coffee there.

All the little rural villages which are inhabited mostly by locals around Ibiza have their own charm and beauty making them well worth a visit and experiencing some of the local culture along the way. So when making that all important choice of which VILLA FOR RENT SPAIN to call home during your holiday, take into account the villages along the way and their locations. Akilar.com has put together a whole list of villages to plan your holiday around

Golfing in Costa del Sol

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Costa del Sol Championship Golf Courses

With over half the total golf courses in Andalucia situated in the Costa del Sol, four of these courses are in the top ten in Europe with golfers flocking to the region which is often nicknamed “Costa del Golf”. If choosing the Costa del Sol for your golfing holiday, take a self catering villa in any of the main areas and be within a few minutes of a wide choice of professional courses to play. Most villas are laqrge enough to be home to a large family or golfing group so make sure to take advantage of this as staying in a local hotel will cost you much more plus not be like home!

A few of the main golf courses in Costa del Sol:

Hailed as having the finest fairways in Europe, Valderrama Golf in San Roque has been host to the Ryder Cup, the 20th anniversary of the Volvo Masters and is considered the most prestigious golf club in Spain. Privately owned with no more than 9 visitors tee times per day, the course offers a challenge at every hole to give, both the avid golfer and the professional, food for thought before taking that first shot. With magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and the Mediterranean, the club has many hazards including cork trees that have been standing for over 150 years for which the building of the course was adapted to. This 18 hole par 71 course was designed by leading architect Robert Trent Jones Sr in 1974 and redesigned 10 years later when additional land was bought to bring it to its present potential.

A links course in San Roque Cadiz was designed by Peter Aliss and Clive Clark in 1992 on the most western part of Costa del Sol with the tranquility of its alignment to the beach enhancing four holes of the course. Perfect greens, wide fairways with heather and gorse waiting to swallow stray golf balls, combine with the challenge of the higher ground where the wind sweeps across the course to create an interesting game in a beautiful setting. Views of Morocco and Gibraltar across the beautiful Mediterranean Sea complete the ambience of this 18 hole, Par 72 course. A second 18 holes can be played on the Alcaidesa Golf Heathland course making up a 36 hole game. The Alcaidesa Club house offers a bar and restaurant with large terraces to enjoy the stunning views.

Twenty minutes inland from Marbella, between Malaga and Fuengirola in the Sierra de Mijas mountains, is Alhaurin Golf. This 18 hole, par 72 golf course was designed by Severiano Ballesteros using the natural landscape to create the course with many of the hazards of this course, including 150 year old cork trees and gorse bushes, but also enhanced by the beautiful Mediterranean plants and the stunning views. With hills and valleys throughout the course, there are a few surprises along the way. Among them is the tee off for the sixth hole where there is practically a vertical drop on the fairway where the shot must be judged well to prevent losing the ball. Visitors are advised to use a buggy when playing this course.

A five minute drive from Puerta Banus in Marbella, La Quinta Golf and Country Club is a 27 hole golf course originally built as an 18 hole course with another 9 holes later added on. Designed by Manolo Pinero in 1989, La Quinta is divided into 3 nine hole courses, San Pedro, Ronda and Guadaiza and a mixture of combinations can be used to play a game. While the San Pedro course is quite short with wide fairways, the Ronda Course is more difficult with narrow fairways, more challenging greens and an elevation through the Ronda Mountains. The Guadiza is less challenging but has a few surprises. The combination of the mountains and the views of the Mediterranean encompass all that the land and the sea have to offer to this popular game. You can view most of the Costa del Sol golf courses and their details here.

Costa del Sol Fiesta's

Costa del Sol Holidays and Fiestas
Costa del Sol Fiestas are Fantastic

The sunny coast of the Costa del Sol in Spain celebrates fiestas with great enthusiasm bringing colour, music and dancing together, with fireworks food and drink to bring hordes of people together in celebration at different times of the year. Renters can choose the perfect holiday apartment to stay in so they can participate in one of the many fiestas the region offers. Make sure to check out the dates so you can take your holiday during this period and enjoy the fun a Spanish fiesta will give!

In Cadiz, the oldest city of the west coast of Spain, the fiesta of Carnival is celebrated in February where residents and tourists are invited to join in the fun. Finding a fancy dress costume is paramount as this fair is all about colour and fun. Everyone gathers at La Plaza Mercado to hear the singing groups and drink a “Manzanilla de Sanlucar” then off to “La Vina” where there is singing and dancing until late when fireworks in “La Caleta” are set off from the beach area. The celebrations go on for 10 days.

In Seville, fiestas are most common with bullfighting and flamenco playing a big part, but the Feria de Abril, celebrated 2 weeks after Easter, is the most popular when people pour onto the streets throughout the whole week to party party party.

Malaga has its fair share of festivals every year. The Film Festival in March and the International Jazz festival at the start of November are very popular ones. Most of these are held in the Teatro Cervantes, a beautiful theatre where many music and theatre events are held throughout the year. More traditional fiestas in Malaga include Semana Santa which is Holy Week at Easter with incredible parades and processions based around the epiphany. In August, the biggest fiesta is held with the Feria de Malaga combining colour, flamenco, fantastic activities, incredible costumes, music, dancing, food and drink drawing people from all over the world to join in the festivities.

Marbella's patron saint is San Bernabe who we know as Saint Bernard with the celebrations going on for a week. The fair is run in true Andalucian style, plenty of food, drink, entertainment and dancing. San Bernabe Day is celebrated on 11th June and the fair is usually organised around this date, either in the first or second week of the month so each year it is best to confirm exactly when it takes place. A list of Costa del Sol fiesta's is available so you can plan your holiday to enjoy at least one.

Dining and Nightlife in Costa del Sol

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Sea Side Dining in Costa del Sol

Your holiday to the Costa del Sol would not be complete without sampling the beautiful cuisine that is available in the many restaurants and bars in the area. There are so many different options for dining here that you will be spoiled for choice and are guaranteed to find the perfect place to dine each and every night of your holiday. Whether you want to enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine or prefer the comforts of home, there is a restaurant to suit everybody from traditional to Chinese takeaways, American food, Italian food and much more.

A few Costa del Sol restaurants to visit:

Restaurant Figon de Juan is located on Pasaje Esperanto in Malaga, it opened in 1989 and is listed in the esteemed Guide Michelin. The restaurant uses only the freshest local ingredients in the traditional dishes it serves including Bay fish, meats from Burgos and fresh vegetables. This lovely old-style Spanish restaurant has a lovely relaxing atmosphere which makes all diners feel at home within stunning decor.

La Tirana Restaurant in Marbella is a very unique restaurant set in a 1940's Andalucian house and surrounded by beautiful Moorish gardens and with a wonderfully inviting decor inside. Diners will enjoy the cosy surroundings and feel very relaxed while enjoying the delicious traditional dishes on offer here. Some of the most popular options are Gazpacho served with slices of avocado, Ajo Blanco a la Malaguena (almond soup) and for main course oven-baked lamb served with Moroccan -style couscous or fresh Tuna served in tangy tomato sauce.

Olivia Restaurant in Nerja is a beautiful restaurant which serves modern creative Andalucian cuisine, the dishes all have a solid traditional base but the chefs are constantly experimenting with new tastes, texture and techniques to produce beautiful mouthwatering meals. Fine dining here is not limited to evening meals as they are also open for breakfast and lunch.

Bunters Lounge Restaurant is perfect for anyone who is not very adventurous as the restaurant serves a very good selection of international dishes. For connoisseurs of fine food and those who love elegant dining this is the place to be, diners will enjoy top class cuisine served in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Specialities range from Stilton and Guinness pate to magret of duck in a peach brandy and demerara sauce.

Although you may choose a Self Catering Holiday Rentals home for your Holidays in the Costa del Sol, you will never run out of choices to have if dining out is on the cards.

Shopping in Costa del Sol

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Costa del Sol High Street Shopping

From designer shops to market stalls, shopping comes in all forms on the Costa del Sol. Malaga's central shopping area is near the port on Calle Marques de Larios, a pedestrianised upmarket area with a selection of designer shops, boutiques, yuppy cafes and all set in the beautiful surroundings of restored buildings steeped in history. The narrow streets that spread from Calle Larios hold tearooms, tapas bars and small shops offering a variety of interesting goods while there are several indoor shopping malls and department store’s including the popular Spanish El Corte Ingles. Most of the shops in this city are open all day with the smaller ones usually conceding to traditional Spanish opening hours.

Marbella offers a leisurely stroll through its streets filled with designer boutiques, food stores and interior designer stores while the town also has large shopping centres including La Canada housing 150 stores including many high street names such as H & M, Mango, Dorothy Perkins, Springfield, Zara and many more.

Torremolinos has excellent shopping facilities to offer to its visiting tourists with the main area being around Calle San Miguel, a pedestrianised street with speciality stores, small cafes and restaurants. An alternative to this is the Elvario with a traditional buzzy market every Thursday morning offering a large range of goods. As in other large towns in Costa del Sol, Torremolinos also has large shopping centres but its most popular department store Cortefiel, is along Avenida Palma de Mallorca.

While some large towns will have more of a selection of shops than others, what they do all have in common is a central shopping district where shoppers seem to start, plenty of bars and cafes, a local weekly market and a selection of shopping centres offering everything from fashion to food. While Costa del Sol is a very trendy shopping part of Spain, there are also many traditional shops offering local handmade items and craft, together with an abundance of gift shops for tourist to take some of Andalucia back home. Shopping could not be easier as by looking here.

Best Times to Visit Costa del Sol

While Costa del Sol experiences its most comfortable climate in September to October and May to June, this is a part of Spain that has draws renters all year round. With mild winters, it has an appeal for both tourists escaping the harsher climates of neighbouring European countries and golfers flocking to championship golf courses from as far as away as the U.S.A taking advantage of the perfect golfing conditions for a quick getaway.

The summer months are very popular with the younger generation with plenty going on day and night. Families who have young children to entertain will be fine as there are numerous attractions to keep everyone happy. These months are also great for water sports and the many beautiful marinas in the Costa del Sol provide a range of outdoor activities for tourists of all ages. With architecture, culture, history and museums to be visited, the cooler months can attract the more culturally minded though often the balmy summer evenings can be a good time for this. The less humid months of September to June also appeal to mountain climbers, hill walkers and those partaking in more energetic outdoor activities.

Cheaper flights to local airports in the off peak season mean that this is a good time to visit for the best value for money, as food and drink also tend to be cheaper during the winter and spring. This is a good time to get a more personal experience in Costa del Sol as restaurant and bar owners have time to give clients more attention as the pressure of the summer season is off. This is also a perfect time to mix with the locals who also have more time on their hands to interact with visitors.

For sun worshippers, the months from March to November are ideal sunbathing weather, while swimmers will find the clear waters of the Mediterranean enjoyable from March to late October. Sun bathing is possible all year round with sun traps easy enough to find during the winter months to grab a few rays, usually between 11 am and 3 pm.

Climate for Costa del Sol

Warm winters and hot summers make up the sub-tropical Mediterranean climate of the Costa del Sol with cool breezes coming in from the Mediterranean sea in the summer months to reduce the temperature somewhat making it more bearable. Tourist flock to the Costa del Sol during this period to rent their chosen holiday rental villa to soak up the sun, enjoy the fun and join in all of the action on the Costa del Sol.

The Spanish siesta time is most prominent in the summer with working hours being from early morning until late evening with a break of at least 3 hours in the afternoon when the weather is at its hottest. The climate controls the way of life at this time of year as many people choose to shop in the cool evening and nightlife starts later when it is cooling down creating longer working hours.

There is little or no rain between the months of June and September but when it does come, it is usually short, lived and torrential. During the winter months there are plenty of sunny days interspersed with the odd rainy ones and the temperatures are warm during the day averaging 19 degrees and cooling down significantly at night but rarely below 10 degrees.

Spring and autumn are similar with temperatures cooling down from the summer in autumn and heating up from the winter in spring averaging in the mid 20s at this time of year.

Getting To and Around Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol is accessible by a number of airports, Malaga, Granada, Seville and Almeria. Each airport is serviced by an airport bus which brings passengers to the city where they can connect by bus or train to their holiday villa destination. Malaga airport also has a metro system direct from the airport. All of the airports have car hire facilities and taxi ranks to facilitate tourists in their onward journey.

Getting around the Costa del Sol is relatively easy with a good train service run by RENFE with 15 stops between Malaga and Fuengirola operating every half hour. The buses are regular and cheap and the main bus station in Malaga is located beside the train station. This is serviced by Estabus and runs through the towns and villages of the Costa del Sol in conjunction with the national coach companies. Taxis are available at the airports and local taxi ranks can be found in towns and villages in the region.

Car Hire is often the ideal form of transport to get the best out of a holiday on the Costa del Sol. This enables tourists to explore the area at leisure and making outlying places of interest more accessible. Car hire is available at all of the airports and there are car hire companies in all of the resorts and town if tourists decide to hire a car in the middle of the holiday. Bicycle hire is readily available and has in fact become a popular mode of transport with bicycle lanes more common than ever before and most resorts have a mini tourist train which, for a small charge, transports tourists throughout the resort. Some towns and resorts even have horse drawn carriages for those who want a totally different transport experience.

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Things to Do on the Costa del SolOne of the biggest celebrations in Villanueva de la Concepción is the summer feria which takes place around the15th of August. This celebration is in honour of the patron saint of the village, the Virgin Mary. This is the best time to visit the village as they put on concerts, parties and decorate the village to its utmost, all of this merrymaking starts on Friday.
Things to Do on the Costa del SolThe area around Villanueva de la Concepción on the Costa del Sol is probably one of the best examples of biodiversity and discerning landscapes which is part of a network that includes the Protected Natural Areas. This area a great place for tourist interested in an active holiday as they will find plenty to do with reference to their selected sport.
Things to Do on the Costa del SolTorremolinos is home to the huge Aqualand Water Park situated 10 minutes form the town centre. There is enough to do in this 70,000 square metre park to keep the whole family busy for the entire day. The water slides include the Niagra & Twister, Kamikazi and the Black Hole which
Things to Do on the Costa del SolThe Benalmadena Sea Life Centre is just around the corner from Torremolinos. This sea life centre offers an experience that the whole family will not forget for some time to come. This is the place where you can explore the wonder of sea creatures from the marine world. There are seahorses and colourful tropical fish in tanks for your enjoyment.
Things to Do on the Costa del SolThe Andalucian town of Ronda celebrates the Goyesque Fair during the first week of September. If you're into bullfighting then this is the place to come. This is when all the participants dress in traditional 18th and 19th century costumes as seen in the bullring. If you don't want to watch a bullfight there are parades around town with plenty to see and do.
Things to Do on the Costa del SolThe Municipal Museum of Ronda is located in the historic Mondragon Palace. This museum is dedicated to the history of Ronda from the stone age to its present time. There are some interesting reconstruction exhibits such as the Pileta Cave, a stone age hut and iron age technology including sword making.
Things to Do on the Costa del SolThey named the bridge Puente Nuevo because it was the last one built across the El Tajo gorge. Actually there are three bridges in Ronda, the first one is Puente Romano (Roman Bridge) or as it later became known Puente San Miguel. The second one was built during the Arab occupation and was aptly named Puente Viejo (Old Bridge) or Puente Arab (Arab Bridge).
Things to Do on the Costa del SolRonda is one of a few cities divided by a gorge known as the El Tajo, but the city has a bridge connecting the two halves known as Puente Nuevo or the new bridge. The El Tajo gorge was created by constant erosion from the Rio Guadalevín River which is kept flowing by mountain streams and melting snow emanating from the Sierra de las Nieves.
Things to Do on the Costa del SolTorre Vieja is an old 16th century watch tower used to warn the inhabitants of the local village and surrounding areas of an impending raid by the Barbary Pirates. This is when the pirates would come ashore pillage the village capturing or killing as many of the population as possible only to take them back to Africa and sold at slave markets..
Things to Do on the Costa del SolSitio de Calahonda belongs to the municipality of Mijas even though it could be a town on its own. It is the largest development between Marbella and Fuengirola. The two best things about Sitio de Calahonda is its rural flavour and a coastal lifestyle.
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