Steeped in history and beauty wherever you look. The beautiful majestic beaches stretch for miles, and the colloquial spanish towns have hundreds of stories to tell.
The promenade extends right along Fuengirola’s seafront and there are over 6kms of beaches. The best known is Carvajal, Las Gaviotas, El Castillo, San Francisco, Santa Amalia and Los Boliches. There is also an old fishing village – sardines and anchovies are plentiful on this part of the coastline. Fun for all the family can be had at the “Parque Acuatico”, or Water Park. This is open daily during high season.
Fuengirola has a large selection of bars and restaurants to choose from and is good for shopping. For the bargain hunter, you will find the largest market on the coast held in Fuengirola every Tuesday morning and a smaller market on Sundays, by the port.
Mijas is located in the Spanish province of Malaga on the Costa del Sol. This charming resort is divided into two distinct areas – Mijas Costa which is a bustling beachfront resort and Mijas Pueblo, which must rate as one of the prettiest villages in Spain.
Tourism and the expat resident population have made their mark on Mijas, which has a distinctly cosmopolitan flavour with international restaurants, clubs and bars. Yet the municipality has managed to retain its old world charm and has a reputation as a holiday spot for the more discerning tourist. You won’t find any major boulevards and main thoroughfares here – Mijas is a delightful maze of narrow cobbled streets and archways with picture postcard houses, red tile roofs and balconies ablaze with red geraniums.
In Benalmadena Costa you will find a delightful promenade bordering the beaches, an ideal place for an afternoon stroll. The Puerto has a new marina with stylish bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as the luxury yachts you will find moored there. The well-known Sea World nearby, with its fascinating display of marine life, can make an interesting visit for old and young alike. Benalmadena Costa also has a small selection of tourist shops, most of which are to found either along the promenade or near the area know as the “24-hour square”. It is also here where the late bars and discos are situated.
For those of you who have an evening departure from Malaga airport, a day trip into the city is an ideal way of passing the time on your last day.
Located at the mouth of the Guadalmedina River, in one of the most climatically favoured parts of Spain, the city of Malaga dates back to the Phonecians who named it Malaka, a word derived from malac, meaning to salt fish. Throughout history, Malaga has always been an important trading port, exporting minerals and agricultural produce from the interior.
The town of Marbella has a long history, at one time having been the most important Moorish town between Malaga and Gibraltar. Some historians believe that Marbella was a fortified town with a wall some two metres thick including sixteen towers and gates to Ronda, Malaga and the sea. The ¨Christians, who took the town in 1485, started to remodel the fortress layout, but much of the Moorish street plan remains today.
From the main square and having enjoyed a freshly squeezed orange juice, you could head towards Cale Trinidad to visit the Moorish walls of the town and towards the western end of the street, an original tower built by the Moors in the ninth century.
Next door to Marbella is Puerto Banus, with a feel all of its own and definitely worth experiencing. In addition to some superb yachts the port offers a real mixture of restaurants and excellent potential for watching the world go by. Make of it what you will!!! Also in Puerto Banus is a branch of the Spanish department store “El Corte Ingles”. When you visit the port, park along the road to the side of El Corte Ingles or if you can’t get a space, choose one of the Port’s underground car parks.
Standing at an altitude of 744m and with a current population of 34,000, Ronda is a charming historic town just 55km inland from the coast. Ronda sits astride the spectacular El Tajo Gorge on a plain in the Serrania de Ronda and is perfect to explore in a day. I have suggested a walking route, which will take you around the monuments of this fascinating Pueblo Blanco.
A good place to begin is at the main bridge, the Puente Nuevo. Move north-west into the Plaza de Espana. Note the Parador on your left, which opened in 1994, occupying the shell of the old town hall. At the far end of the Plaza, is the Tourist Office where a town plan can be obtained.
It is an easy drive to Gibraltar from locations on or near the coast. You will find many familiar retail outlets such as Marks and Spencer, Morrison’s and Mothercare etc.
Once you are over the border you can catch a bus into the centre of the town – Main Street. Alternatively, you might like to take a taxi tour of the island. But you should negotiate with the taxi driver before you set out. Minibus tours are also available. All tours will take in most of the main sights of Gibraltar – the summit of the rock with stunning views over Africa and the Rif Mountains on a clear day – the famous Apes – St. Michael’s Caves, the Siege Tunnels and the Moorish Castle.