5 Sights to see near the Costa del Sol26th September 2018
The Costa del Sol is famous for long, splendid beaches, crystal rolling tides, sumptuous food & drink and decadent nightlife. These are all good enough reasons to visit this popular section of the southern coast of Spain. However, if you want even more than the attractions listed above, you’ll be delighted to discover the dramatic vistas, eye-catching landmarks and rich history of the region. All of the sights we have compiled for this blog are within reasonable day trip distance from the Costa del Sol and remain within the Andalusia region.
1. Cross the Puente Nuevo, Ronda
Ronda – roughly 100km from Malaga – truly is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Spain. Surrounded by dramatic valleys, ethereally twinkling ravines and deeply luscious greenery, this is a place that has to be seen to be believed. For the best place to see the land of Ronda, no view beats that which can be gained from the Puente Nuevo.
The Puente Nuevo (which translates as ‘new bridge’ – despite being completed in 1793) stretches across the stunning El Tajo gorge. For the chance to see a sea of radiant wildflowers and constellations of jagged rocks, stand atop the bridge. The colours and outcrops cascading down the steep walls of the valley are a breath-taking natural spectacle.
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2. Wander around El Torcal, Antequera
If, after the highs of Puente Nuevo, you’re ready to have your feet planted firmly back on the ground then travel no further than El Torcal. It would be so easy to lose hours, just idly wandering around this beautiful nature reserve. Featuring fascinating natural limestone geological formations and constructs, as well as diverse flora and fauna, El Torcal is a feast for the senses. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some of the local wildlife, such as ibex and golden eagles.
Only a 45km hop from Malaga, El Torcal is the place to get your fill of nature whilst in Andalusia. The Costa del Sol is famous for its yellows and blues, but the greens and greys aren’t half bad either.
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3. Walk the Caminito del Rey, Malaga Province
When imagining walking trails in the Costa del Sol, you think peaceful strolls with the sun overhead and sand underfoot. You probably don’t conjure up images of a death-defying-thrill-walk. Perhaps you should. The Caminito del Rey was once known as ‘the most dangerous path in the world’. However, the 2015 renovations and reopening have thankfully made it much safer. Not that it’s now suitable for the faint hearted.
Since then the Caminito del Rey has become one of the most popular attractions of the Costa del Sol. What was once a trail for construction workers to follow (or fall from) is now an adrenaline-pumping holiday experience. You’ll get the end with a racing heart and beaming smile, having experienced some glorious views along the way.
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4. Visit the Museo Picasso, Malaga
Just beside the Costa del Sol sits the historic city of Malaga. There are countless things to do and see in Malaga, and it is a place with a fascinating past. Part of this city’s proud past is one of its most famous denizens, the genius artist, Pablo Picasso. As Malaga was Picasso’s town of birth, it is fitting that one of the finest museums dedicated to his life’s works resides there.
The Museo Picasso showcases many of Picasso’s finest works, and offers many insights into the artist’s life, mind and inspirations. Not only can masterpieces by Picasso be discovered here, but regular exhibitions featuring the work of other renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, are held at the Museo Picasso. There’s even some time for high culture by the Costa del Sol then.
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5. Explore the Nerja caves, Nerja
The weather of Costa del Sol is obviously wonderful, but now and then we all fancy a bit of shade. Well, you’ll find no more shade than in a cave. However, there are many more reasons you should pay the Nerja caves a visit, besides to cool down. For one, these caves are simply jaw dropping. Since being discovered by chance by a group of boys in 1959 they have been the wonder of thousands and are considered one of the natural wonders of Spain.
Another reason to visit the Nerja caves is to gaze upon what are believed to be the oldest known paintings in the world. These Neanderthal works were a revelation when discovered and looking upon them now sends a shiver down the spine as you consider the secrets and stories of the ages guarded and concealed by the stone.
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During your time on the Costa del Sol, between getting your fixes of sun, sea and sand, ensure that you seek out some of these spectacular sights.