and the Famous Puerto Banus Tour Marbella is deservedly one
of the Costa del Sol's prime destinations. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the
bay and its orange tree lined boulevards, and after the famous Puerto Banus
and its Marina...more...
There is no excuse for bored
children on holiday in the Costa del Sol, as there is enough to cater for
all age groups, even on the rare occasion when the sun doesn't shine!
For younger children who
still need to sit in a pushchair, the Zoo in Fuengirola is ideal. If you
don't hire a car, it is conveniently located just a two minutes walk away
from the bus and train station. It is easy to get around and split into
different areas of the world. The restaurant food is pretty good and reasonably
priced too. For older children, I would recommend Selwo Adventure Park,
on the Autovia Costa del Sol Km 162,5, Estepona. It is much bigger and
spread out with a real safari feel to it, but involves a lot of walking.
If it's animals you're after
then you might also want to check out Selwo Marina, the Sea Life Centre,
Benalmadena and the Crocodile Park in Torremolinos. If you're visiting
Gibraltar, there's more to the Rock than apes, there's dolphins too! Dolphin
World does a cruise around the bay, which gives you the chance to get close
to dolphins, flying fish and occasional whales.
For thrill seekers there
is Tivoli World amusement park, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena. You might
fancy squeezing a trip to Seville during your stay, in which case, you
could visit Isla Magica amusement park.
You can't visit the Costa
del Sol during the summer without a day at one of the water parks. There's
'Parque Acuatico' in Mijas, 'Aquapark' in Torremolinos and 'Bahia Park
Acuatico' in Algeciras.
If you are still bored after
all that, try a trip in the 'Telecabina' in Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena
or see the city of Malaga from one of the big open top buses, which picks
up at the bus station or outside the station at El Corte Ingles.
You don't need to spend
a lot of money to show the kids a good time. As well as the obvious day
at the beach (the best ones located towards and beyond Gibraltar), there
are many impressive playgrounds located along the coast. Estepona has an
enormous one along the promenade. Hunt around where you are staying, as
good quality playgrounds are in abundance.
If you are unfortunate enough
to be affected by bad weather during your stay, you don't need to lock
yourself up in your apartment with cable television. Estepona has a fantastic
garden centre, which boasts a huge pets corner, a few farmyard animals
outside and a great coffee shop with an infant's soft play area.
For older children, you might
want to try one of the 'Centro Comerciales' such as Miramar, Fuengirola,
La Canada, Marbella or Marina Banus in Puerto Banus. The shopping centres
have multi screen cinemas often showing films in English. La Canada has
an amusement arcade with video games and a ten-pin bowling alley. Marina
Banus is a small shopping centre with a fantastic indoor park, Camelot
Park catering for both younger and older children. All the shopping centres
have a vast selection of restaurants ranging from fast food to traditional
If you are into watersports,
you can't holiday in Andalucia without a trip to Tarifa, the surf capital
of Europe. Everyone is currently going mad over kite surfing there, with
loads of schools and 'surfy' shops on offer. Even if you're not into water
sports, you'll be 'blown away' by Tarifa's beaches; in fact you'll think
you've landed in heaven. It is the closes that you can get to beach paradise
in Europe and the sea is crystal clear. However, it does get pretty windy,
so be prepared. Although, it will feel a lot cooler than the Costa del
Sol, you can burn very quickly.
If its night life you're
after but you haven't brought your babysitter don't think you're doomed
to stay in every night with little ones. During the summer, every town
has a feria with a funfair, music, market, local food and a fantastic family
atmosphere. They don't really take off until very late and you see Spaniards
arriving with their babies at midnight!
Weather permitting, (which
it generally does) and with a little imagination and motivation to get
up early whilst on your hols you can never get bored on the Costa del Sol.
About the Author: Susan
Pedalino is Masters degree qualified in Intercultural Communication and
teaching English as a foreign language. Susan regularly writes for Eye
on Spain (www.eyeonspain.com). Having moved to Spain to set up a business
and buy property, she has gained invaluable experience in buying
off plan property in Spain.
Spain's Costa del Sol (Coast
of Sun) is situated in the south of the country and experiences around
320 days of sunshine every year. This is why it has become in recent years
one of the most popular holiday destinations for the British as well as
other europeans including the Germans and the French.
The Costa del Sol has a host
of towns a cities to explore such as its capital Malaga, Torremolinos,
Benalmadena, Mijas, Marbella and Estepona to name a few.
The Costa del Sol is a fantastic
holiday resort for people of all ages. If you have children then there
are lots of places to visit such as Selwo Marina in Benalmadena
which has a variety of sealife to see including sea lions, dolphins, flamingos
Or if you are visiting Fuengirola
the zoo there is a must. Located pretty much within the hustle and
bustle of the town it has a great number of different animals from all
over the world to see and is great for the kids.
If golf is your thing then
the Costa del Sol is perfect for you as its one of the worlds golfing meccas.
There are around 50 courses to choose from and most are of a very high
standard. A particularly nice course is Santana Golf Course in La Cala
and is well worth 18 holes. Bear in mind though if you do play golf in
Spain try and avoid July and August as although the green fees will be
a lot less than the rest of the year, it can get very hot and is not ideal
for playing any sport.
If it is nightlife that you
are after then the Costa del Sol is definetely a good choice. With literally
hundreds of bars and clubs to tickle your fancy you will be spoilt for
choice on where to spend your evenings.
On the other hand if all
the above sounds like just a bit too much activity for you, why not settle
for a nice spot of sand on one of the many fine beaches that there are
on offer. Lay your towel down, chill out and feel that warm sun on your
The great thing about the
Costa del Sol is that there is something for everyone.
About the Author: Robert
Griggs lives on the costa del sol and is the owner of a www.directholidaylets.com
website. He is also the maintainer of the holiday lettings Spain website
which has lots of information on holidaying and living in Spain.
This article looks at the
anchorages, harbours and marinas a sailor will come across when sailing
off the Costa del Sol, the stretch of Andalucian coast commencing at theUnited
Kingdom colony of Gibraltar and running eastward as far as Cabo de Gata.
Also included is some general information on: Bureaucracy, the boat and
crew, currents, tides and the weather.
Spain is part of the European
Union and all EU and American nationals can visit the country for a period
of no longer than 90 days solely with a passport. EU national can apply
for a residency permit if they wish to extend their stay. Non EU nationals
can apply for a further 90 day extension. These regulations do not appear
to be enforced as far as the yachtsman living aboard is concerned. It is
advisable to clear customs if entering Spain for the first time. The vessel's
registration papers and the passports of crew members will be required.
A certificate of competence, evidence of the boat's VAT status, a crew
list with passport details, the radio license and a certificate of insurance
may also be required. A VAT (Value Added Tax) paid or exempt yacht can
apply for a "permiso aduanero" . This allows for an indefinite stay in
the country and can be helpful when importing yacht spares from other EU
Boats registered outside
the EU on which VAT has not been paid may be imported into the EU for a
period not exceeding six months in any twelve, after that VAT becomes due.
This period can often be extended by prior arrangement with the local custom
authorities. There is a legal requirement for foreign vessels to fly their
own national maritime flag together with the courtesy flag of Spain.
It is worth considering the
following equipment when cruising this area. An SSB radio is useful for
obtaining weather forecasts. It is very hot in the summer and ventilation
is important. It may be worth fitting extra hatches and a wind scoop over
the fore hatch will help a lot. An awning or biminy, covering the cockpit,
to provide shelter from the sun is a must. A cockpit table is useful as
eating outside during the summer months is one of the pleasures of cruising.
Mosquitoes can be a problem and many boats screen all openings while others
rely on mosquito coils, insecticides and repellents. Sunburn is the other
hazard cruisers should be aware of, the sun can be deceptively strong while
the boat is underway, plenty of cream and a hat will go along way to avoid
the misery of sunstroke.
There is a constant east
going current of between 1 and 2 knots flowing through the straight of
Gibraltar and between the Costa del Sol and the north African coast. There
is some tide to be considered at the western end of the region, Gibraltar
sees 1 metre at most. This diminishes the further east traveled. The weather
is affected by several systems and is consequently difficult to predict.
There is an old saying that in the summer months nine days of light winds
will be followed by a full blown gale that is inaccurate. A wind from the
northwest is known as the "tramotana". It can be dangerous because it can
arrive and reach gale force in as little as 15 minutes. It often lasts
for 3 days and can blow in excess of a week. The wind from the east, the
"levante" can also blow for several days at gale force. Annual rainfall
at Gibraltar is 760mm. The Costa del Sol will experience about 4 days a
month of fog. Summer temperatures can exceed 35 degrees C and the winter
months see around 15 degrees.
The remainder of this article
looks principally at the harbours of the Costa del Sol. There are also
numerous anchorages bbut only a few of the notable ones are mentioned here.
Marina Bay is largest of
Gibraltar's three marinas with 350 berths. Most berthing is stern/bow to.
Larger yachts can lie alongside. Water and electricity on the pontoons.
Within the complex you will find a chandlers, launderette and a good selection
of restaurants and bars. There is an indoor market less than 5 minutes
walk from the marina. Queensway Marina is much quieter than Gibraltar's
other two marinas. Security is excellent with all the pontoons being gated.
Within the complex you will find several restaurants and bars. Gibraltar
itself was ceded from the Spanish to the British in the early 18th century
and for most of it's history since that time Spain has been trying to get
it back. There is evidence of this wherever you go on the rock. The rock
itself is honeycombed with tunnels constructed at one time or another for
the purposes of adding to the defences of Gibraltar. Many of the older
tunnels are open to the public and feature exhibitions of how life was
for the soldiers of the day. Many of the tunnels are most definitely not
open to the public and there is considerable speculation as to what might
be seen in these. You can see Rosia Bay where Admiral Lord Nelson's body
was bought ashore from HMS Victory following his famous victory over a
combined French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. Nelson's
body was returned to Britain for a hero's funeral but many of the seamen
who died alongside him in the battle are buried on the rock at the Trafalgar
cemetery. Take a cable car ride to the top of the rock, stunning views
of Spain and across the straights to Morocco. Up here you will also find
the famous colony of Barbary apes. Rumor has it that only when the apes
are no more will the British leave the Rock. A rumor taken seriously by
Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of Britain during the Second World
War, who on learning of their dwindling population ordered more to be bought
to the Rock from Africa.
Puerto de Sotogrande is an
attractive marina complex surrounded by apartments, shops, bars and restaurants.
The overall design has been inspired by Portofino. There are sandy beaches
to either side of the marina and golf, riding, tennis and squash courts
nearby. One of the most expensive marinas on this part of the coast.
One of my favorites is Puerto
de la Duquesa. Not too big and not to noisy. The marina is surrounded by
apartments, shops, restaurants and bars. The marina offers free medical
care to it's users. There are sandy beaches either side of the marina.
The village of Sabinillas is 5 minutes walk to the north. Another bus will
take you to the village of Casares which clings to the side of a mountain.
Marbella, popular with the rich and famous is another bus journey away.
Don't expect to see the famous on the bus though, they are the ones in
the Ferraris. Hire a car and drive up to the picturesque town of Ronda.
Puerto de Estepona is a medium
sized marina with the usual development of restaurants and bars.
Puerto de Jose Banus, the
marina of the rich and famous and the prices reflect this. Whitewashed,
Andalucian style building surround the marina, hosting boutiques, bars,
restaurants and night clubs. There are several Yacht Charter and Yacht
Brokerage operations within the marina complex. Marbella is 15 minutes
away by car or bus. Good beach to the west of the marina which belongs
to the hotel and allows berth holders access. This can be arranged at the
control tower. Many golf courses in the area.
The small marina at Puerto
de Marbella is surrounded by tourist developments. The marina can be noisy
at night during the summer months. Wind from the east, south and southwest
can produce a heavy swell within the harbour. Be prepared to double up
on lines. Beaches on either side of the marina but these get very crowded
during the summer months. The town itself is well worth exploring. Don't
miss the famous Orange Square which can be found at the heart of the city
Puerto de Cabopino is a pleasant,
small harbour surrounded by Andalucian style houses which makes a nice
change from the normal high rise developments. Good shelter within the
harbour. Limited space for transient yachts and it is recommended that
you call ahead to confirm there is a berth available. Marina charges are
on the high side. Cabopino beach, with it's fine sand is reckoned to be
one of the best on the Costa del Sol
Good shelter can be found
at Puerto de Fuengirola. The nearby town is both noisy and very busy during
the summer months. All provisions can be obtained in the town. There are
good beaches on either side of the marina but these get very crowded during
the summer months.
Puerto de Benalmadena is
a huge marina with over 150,000 square metres of water. There is good shelter
with the only swell being experienced in a W gale. Whilst the surrounding
area is the usual overpowering high rise blacks the marina itself is quite
attractive. It was named best marina in the world in both 1995 and 1998.
There are over 200 commercial premises including boutiques, night clubs
and the usual numerous restaurants and bars. There is also a sea life centre.
There are good beaches on either side of the marina. Malaga airport is
just 8 km away.
Puerto de Malaga is the major
commercial and fishing port of the Costa del Sol. The only facilities for
yachts are at the Real Club Mediterraneo de Malaga and there is little
room for visitors. Malaga, known as the "City of Flowers" is both interesting
and charming. It can be reached on foot from the port.
The small harbour of Puerto
del Candado is found 3.5 miles E of Malaga. Suitable for vessels drawing
2m or less. With strong winds from the W - SW considerable swell builds
up and the harbour becomes uncomfortable. Harbour charges are low
Puerto de Puerto Caleta de
Velez is a quiet fishing harbour 22 miles to east of Malaga. There are
beaches on either side of the marina.
The anchorages of Fondeadero
de Neja and Cala de Miel are both worth a visit. Cala de Miel has a fresh
Marina del Este is a purpose
built marina set amongst a huge housing development in a beautiful area.
Wind from NE - E produces a limited amount of swell within the marina.
Harbour charges are high in the summer months. There is a small beach close
to the harbour and a pool at the yacht club. There are prehistoric caves
to be seen at Nerja. The city of Granada and the famous Alhambra can be
seen in a days trip. As can the Alpahurras valley, with it's charming villages,
towered over by the magnificent Sierra Nevada.
Once a small fishing port,
Puerto de Motril has developed into a commercial port serving the inland
city of Granada. Beaches on either side of the harbour.
The harbour of Puerto de
Adra was founded by the Phoenicians and has been in use ever since. Today
it is both a commercial and fishing port. The continual movement of the
fishing boats makes for much disturbance. Facilities are limited. Harbour
charges are high. Beaches on either side of the harbour. Adra town is small
and has little in the way of development for tourism.
Puerto de Almerimar, a very
large marina with the capacity for over 1,000 boats. Excellent shelter
from everything but strong SW winds when some swell can build up towards
the entrance of the harbour. Prices are low. Astonishingly so compared
to some other marinas on the Costa del Sol. Sandy beaches on either side
of the marina. This part of the coast is covered with plastic greenhouses,
it has to be seen to be appreciated both for the vast number of acres under
cover and it's ugliness.
Puerto de Roquetas del Mar
is a small fishing harbour. Strong winds from the SE - NE make the harbour
Good shelter can be found
at Puerto de del Aguadulce except with wind from the ESE which can cause
some swell making conditions uncomfortable. The marina can cater for some
150 boats. The complex includes a swimming pool and squash court. Sandy
beaches to the S with waters clean enough to merit a blue CE flag. Two
18 hole golf courses.
The Puerto de Almeria is
a commercial & fishing port. Yachts use the Club de Mar del Almeria.
There are several large rusty industrial structures close by a dominating
the view and giving the place a rather grim feel. Overall the shelter is
good but strong winds from the E produce swell that makes it uncomfortable
within the marina. The Alcazaba inAlmeria, a Moorish castle, is well worth
More information about Cruising
can be found here To find other Marine Services on the Costa del Sol visit
the Marine Directory.
You might have already visited
Fuengirola in summer - too many people, burning summer heat? Time to replan
your Spanish holiday!
The ideal time to visit
this vibrant coastal city is during autumn and spring. Mild and pleasant
temperatures, glorious sunshine, and quieter streets and beaches make for
a really enjoyable holiday! You will find people smile just that little
bit easier, shopping and dining are an absolute pleasure, and you can enjoy
all the attractions this city has to offer in comfort.
Wonderful sandy beaches,
relatively empty out of season, stretch along the coast with many restaurants,
bars and chiringuitos (beach cafes) to choose from. Plenty of good shops
including fashion, food, shoes, etc. and some excellent new shopping centres
have opened up on the border of Fuengirola and Mijas.
Fuengirola is very convenient
to Malaga airport - a short drive or train ride away, and is also close
to Marbella and other attractions on the Costa del Sol (also known as the
Costa del Golf for golfing fans!)
Other major attractions
in Fuengirola include:
The Fuengirola Zoo:
Right in the middle of town
is an oasis of calm, a world class zoo with wonderful animals in very natural
enclosures. Appropriate regional sounds play as you walk around the various
areas of the zoo. Of particular interest are the Sumatra Tigers, the gorillas,
and also the Lemur enclosure, with many of these fascinating creatures
from Magagascar. This enclosure is open with a tour guide at certain times
of the day - ask when you arrive at the zoo for a close up experience with
magical lemurs. Best time to visit is either early morning (zoo opens at
10 am) or late afternoon.
The Sohail Castle:
On a hilltop, close to the
centre of town is the Sohail Castle. Makes a pleasant stroll (if a bit
uphill), with wonderful sea views from the top.
The port of Fuengirola
consists of two sections:
1. A working fishing port
where it is fascinating to watch the fishermen offloading their catches
from the boats - you can also take a pleasant stroll around the port from
this point and look at the many boats moored in the port, and also magnificent
2. A leisure boat marina,
with many attractive yachts and other boats. In this area are several pubs
and restaurants, and also enjoyable boat trips are on offer, including
sailing boats and glass bottomed boats for viewing the dolphins.
So come and visit Fuengirola
and enjoy our city in the so called "off season"! You won't regret it,
and will have a wonderful holiday!
Malaga on the south coast
of Spain is part of the Costa del Sol region in Andalusia
The port city is surrounded
by mountains, lying in the southern base of the Axarquía hills,
and two rivers, the Guadalmedina and the Guadalhorce. Malaga has had a
rich history having been ruled under various empires until being taken
over by Spain in the fifteenth century. Malaga has become a popular location
for British holiday makers thanks to its comfortably warm climate and luxurious
When air travel became affordable
to the masses in the 1960's British people began to seek something different
for their annual holiday. A visit to the Costa del Sol offered Britons
an alternative culture, hot weather and golden beaches. As the Costa del
Sol's main airport is located in Malaga the city became an obvious choice
for spending a holiday.
With the development of cheap
flights many visitors took the decision to purchase their own holiday villa
which they can rent out to other tourists when they aren't in Malaga themselves.
The lower Spanish property prices mean that a villa or apartment in the
Costa del Sol is affordable to a wider range of British visitors. Due to
the cheap prices buyers could afford the sorts of luxuries not available
to them in the UK such as swimming pools, sea views, balconies and huge
gardens and patios great for barbeques and evenings by the pool.
Malaga has good transport
links, as well as the cities airport the city has the Malaga-Renfe train
station making Madrid just 2.5 hours away. Malaga also has a good bus service
which runs regular routes around the area.
Malaga has some popular tourist
attractions including the Gibralfaro Castle, the name comes from the Moorish
Jebel meaning hill and Faro meaning lighthouse. The Castle is just a short
walk from the centre of Malaga and from the top offers some fantastic views
over the city. Some other places worth a visit include the Cathedral, the
Bullring, the Picaso museum and the Roman Theatre. So if you are looking
for a destination with a hot climate, a good variety of attractions and
some of the worlds finest bars and restaurants consider a visit to Malaga
in the Costa del Sol.
It's that time of the year
when you pack your bags and leave on a family vacation: but you would rather
golf. Make life easier for you by combining the two in Marbella, decidedly
the best spot on the globe where golfing lends itself easily to a family
outing. Here you have some of the best courses in the Costa del Sol area,
in addition to sunny skies, golden beaches, and stunning landscapes, with
all the associated pleasures.
Golfing for the family
man - Places like the Atalaya Golf & Resorts take the strain out
of vacationing with family and golfing at the same time. Here they have
the perfect proposition that combines two fabulous 18-hole courses, with
provisions for adventure activities like kayaking, rock climbing and water
sports that should keep older kids engaged. You can concentrate on a good
game of golf while they can probably hear your "fore." However, this may
not always work as perfectly as it sounds.
What are we supposed to
do when you go golfing?!!! Now you knew that was going to come up.
Not to worry, Marbella accommodates all types, not just golfers. Funny
Beach is where young children get a piece of action with Go-Karts, Mini-motorbikes,
trampolines and water sports.
Or they might prefer bowling
at the Mega Bowl Sports Bar, which caters to all levels from professionals
to the drop-ball-on-own-foot beginners; after which one might choose to
limp to the Video games centre to soothe an aching ego. Another Marbella
speciality is jet-skiing using cables rather than a motor-boat.
For the golf-widow -
The Contemporary Spanish Engravings Museum houses works by Picasso, Dali
and others. If art is not really your thing, you can proceed to the Bonsai
Museum situated in the Arroyo de la Repressa Park. If architecture is what
fascinates you, head down to the Orange Square where you can gaze at the
Town Hall, Magistrate's House, and the Santiago Chapel, all dating back
to the 15th century or so. If it's a Monday make sure you drop in on the
street market, which runs from 9.00a.m to 2 p.m. next to the Recinto Ferial
Marbella, where you might find ancient treasures at bargain prices. If
you are in a particularly daring mood you might even sign up for flamenco
dancing classes at the Escuelas de Flamenco en Marbella.
How to move around Marbella
-While local transport is available and well-connected, you would find
it more convenient and time-saving to hire a car for the duration of your
stay. It beats having to wait in long queues and wasting precious time
that could be spent in more pleasurable activities like, say at a golf
course. You could hire a car of your choice in advance, so it will be waiting
for you at the airport on arrival. It would also make sense to reserve
child car seats if you are travelling with small children. You can do all
this online at Your-Carhire.com - specialists in Spain car rental services
to ensure a happy vacation.
Adventure Theme Parks all
along the Costa del Sol in Andalucia - there are many adventure theme parks
to choose from, each providing entertainment for adults and children alike.
Many of the parks are located near holiday resorts that mean they are within
easy reach, and many charge a fixed payment for unlimited usage of the
fairground rides throughout the day. This makes them great value for the
Isla Magica in Seville
is an exciting and modern amusement park, which is divided into seven themed
areas centred on a lake. Each of the areas represents a different episode
in Spanish 16th century history, and all offer some fantastic rides and
attractions. The seven areas are Gate to the Americas, Port of the Indies,
Amazonia, Pirates Cove, Fountain of Youth, El Dorado and the Fury of the
Tivoli World is a
large theme park in Benalmadena, and offers the opportunity for the whole
family to enjoy a fantastic day out on the Costa del Sol. Tivoli offers
a world of magic to enjoy for all the family. You will enjoy exciting rides
and a large and varied program of shows in different squares. Within the
park can be found a large range of bars and theme restaurants for refreshments
as you enjoy the fabulous park atmosphere.
Water Parks - Water
parks are an excellent alternative to spending the day at the beach and
offer a fun day out for the whole family. There are two aqua parks near
Nerja, one in Torre del Mar and the other in Almunecar. Both provide numerous
water slides for adults and children of all ages, including pure adrenaline-rush
slides for the more adventurous.
Aqua Tropic Water Park
be found next to Velilla beach in the town of Almunecar, on the Costa Tropical.
The park offers a wide array of water slides including firm favourites
like the kamikaze & ring-rapids. There are also a range of swimming
pools with wave machine, waterfall, inflatable and revolving current to
choose from. There are also plenty of green areas and eateries to relax.
Aqua Velis Water Park
can be found opposite El Ingenio shopping mall in Torre del Mar. It has
over 20 different rides for all ages including some super-fast slides for
the more adventurous. There is an inflatable ring ride and wave machine
along with a large sun terrace for sunbathers and a cafeteria serving food
and drinks all day.
About the Author: Eclipse
Vacations is a well-established property rentals and sales company in the
centre of Nerja headed by Lisa Tupman. You are invited to visit eclipsevacations.com
for Costa del Sol villas and apartments.
- Quiet Gem on the Costa del Sol in Spain by Anne Sewell
Estepona is a wonderful little
town - relatively unspoiled by tourism - and located on the Costa del Sol,
about 30 minutes from Marbella, and only a short drive to Gibraltar.
Unlike the busy towns of
Marbella and Fuengirola, Estepona is relatively quiet - and the centre
of town is still very traditionally Spanish. The winding narrow streets
are lined with older houses, with balconies decorated with bright geraniums,
and the sound of pet birds singing in their cages makes a lovely sound
as you stroll along. Relax in the Plaza de las Flores - a beautiful
town square lined with flowers and several excellent cafes and bars.
There's a coffee bar on virtually
every corner of town and you will never go short on somewhere different
to eat dinner, or have a light snack, or "tapas". On the beach you
will find the famous beach "chiringuitos" serving excellent sea food and
other dishes, or just an ice cold drink when you need one.
The outskirts are developing,
however, and there are many huge apartment blocks sprouting up, but luckily
this doesn't luckily interfere with the atmosphere and attractions of the
town itself. New supermarkets and shopping centres have also been
built on the outskirts, giving more shopping options for both residents
and holidaymakers including the famous Carrefour and the ubiquitous McDonalds!
Running alongside the town
is a beautiful Blue Flag beach, which is surprisingly quiet even in the
summer months, lined by a stunning flower-strewn promenade. Estepona's
beaches are in actual fact 21 kms long in total! Walk along
the promenade from town to the end of the beach (a comfortable stroll),
and you will find first the lighthouse, and then the Port of Estepona.
The port is a traditional working fishing port, but there is also the addition
of a modern marina, with lovely yachts, and a selection of fine restaurants
serving international and Spanish cuisine and also a Yacht Club.
Definitely the place to "hang out" in the evenings, with bars and nightclubs
to entertain all ages.
For history buffs, there
are interesting museums to visit including the archaeological museum, the
Ethnic museum and also the museum at the bull ring. Quite a few interesting
historical ruins in the town too. Selwo Aventura, close to Estepona, is
the only Adventure, Animal and Nature Park in Europe - enjoy a safari drive
in the warm Spanish sunshine. 200 species of animals can be viewed,
The town retains its original
bull ring which hosts not only bull fighting, but also international music
Golfers will be happy with
the selection of courses, including Atalaya Golf & Country Club, El
Paraiso Golf Club (designed by Gary Player), Estepona Golf, Los Almendros
and Golf SotoSerena,
Plenty of attractions close
by too… you can easily visit Ronda, a fascinating mountain top city, or
Ojen, a beautiful traditional white village, both reasonably close by,
or pop down the coast to Marbella one way, or Gibraltar in the other direction,
In town, you will find small
hotels and hostals to accommodate you in comfort, or you could go for the
larger and more luxurious resort hotels on the outskirts of town.
There are many wonderful holiday apartments on offer in the town - either
along the beachfront, or above the marina, giving options to suit all.
Transport-wise, the town
has an efficient bus service and many taxis, but you might find that you
need a hire car to travel further afield. As for language, many workers
in restaurants and shops do speak a certain amount of English, but it would
be good to have your Spanish phrase book handy.
All in all, Estepona is the
ideal destination for families, couples, golfers and the young. While
retaining its traditional Spanish features, it offers everything one could
want for the perfect holiday, and gives you a chance to relax without the
Torremolinos mixes the modern
with the quaint in some style. It is a holiday haunt popular with the young
and mature alike, and for golfers it is the gateway to the Costa del Sol's
forty or so golf courses.
The Old Torremolinos
– La Carihuela is the old fisherman’s quarters in Torremolinos. Seemingly
untouched by time it encourages visitors to bask in the aura of Spanish
old-world charm. Just take a walk along the narrow lanes lined with original
cottages, and you'll see what I mean. The old sea-faring atmosphere is
palpable, and defines this little village even though a few of the cottages
have been turned into shops and bars for the paying public. El Calvario
and El Bajondillo are two other traditional neighbourhoods untouched by
urban development, so much so that you could forget that modern-day Torremolinos
A Piece of History –
If you head down to the historic part of town, prepare to be amazed by
the architectural wonders that await you. The parish church of Nuestra
Senora del Carmen, the Casa de los Navaja, and the Torre de Pimentel also
known as the Torre de los Molinos from which the city takes its name, are
all wonders made of stone. It might also interest you to note that archaeological
discoveries belonging to the Neolithic age have been uncovered in Cortijo
When hunger strikes –
Its seafood all the way! That’s the magic of the Mediterranean cuisine.
You just can’t pass up on pescaito frito, and fish cooked any way you care
to take it! Besides local fare, almost all kinds of international cuisine
are available here. What more could you ask for?
A Day at the Beach –
Is the perfect way to wind down and just relax on vacation in Spain. Torremolinos
has some of the best-loved and cleanest beaches on the Costa del Sol coastline.
El Canuelo, Montemar, Playamar, and El Lido are just some of the beautiful
beaches that await your presence.
Getting around Torremolinos
- Hiring a car is essential if you are to fully appreciate everything
that Torremolinos and the surrounding area has to offer. If you plant on
visiting several golf courses on the Costa del Sol, a car that is large
enough to take your golfing equipment is vital. To avoid the hassles of
trying to arrange car hire at the airport, why not visit Your-Carhire.com
- specialists in Spain car rental services where you can book your hire
car in advance for pick up at the airport. It's quick to do and it'll save
you a lot of trouble when you arrive in Spain.