The Costa del Sol is in the southern region of Spain, literally known as Coast of the Sun. There are many towns and villages dotting the Mediterranean coastline and are popular summertime destinations for those wanting to get just get away to relax in the wonderful climate. With the influx of tourist, these towns have transformed from quiet fishing villages to playgrounds.
The region once had the reputation of being called the 'Costa del Crime'. It was a haven for British gangsters to flee to and use their illegal funds to live in luxury. They remained there untouched for fear of straining the already shaky relations between Britain and Spain over the ownership of Gibraltar.
Location: Costa de Sol
As you drive through the hilly regions of the Costa del Sol you will see an enormous amount of new building going on. Huge resorts and complexes are springing up everywhere, as are golf courses. This whole region lies within the Malaga Province.
Behind Torremolinos are hills and mountains which tend to shelter the town. The mountain range takes in Blanca, Alpujata, Canucha and the Mijas Sierras. There are a number of hiking trails to enjoy as well as just being able to ramble through the forests or be more adventurous and hike along the crags and steep peaks. One of the treks from the town will take you up to the cable car station.
The main commercial area in town is the pedestrian street of san Miguel and the same name square, dominated by the church. It is a Neo-classical simple structure, with the typical white walls as used in Andaluzia.
We had quite a few new experiences on our big Europe holiday like our first canal boat trip in Gent, first horse & buggy ride in Marrakech and first camel ride in the Sahara Desert. Now came the time to experience our first convertible car drive. And what better place to do this than in the Spanish countryside! :o)
So my tip to you is just do it! It's not that expensive and we drove the car to Granada one day to see La Alhambra and then the next day we drove south to see Mijas and Ronda.
Check out my travelogues for the whole story :o)
We booked our tickets and tour to La Alhambra with bookyourtour.com. Because we were not staying in Granada but drove our hire car there, we arranged to be picked up at Hotel Abades Nevada as it was easy to find and parking was no problem in a side street close by. This worked out well.
La Alhambra is definately worth a visit. The only dissapointing bit is that you felt like a herd of cattle being steered here and there and adhering to strict time frames. Well that is because they have so many people visit every day. The fully story is on my Alhambra page.
My advice is that you definately need to pre-book for the best experience.
After being herded like cattle around La Alhambra the previous day, we wanted to experience something free and easy. So we hit the road south in our convertible VW hire car and headed towards Mijas and Ronda.
I had heard about these places from lovely LoriPori here on vt and her awesome photos. Well Mijas was very crowded and we could not find a parking spot. Shame because I really liked the look of Mijas. So I guess you need to get here early.
Ronda was fabulous. We still had trouble with parking - check out my travelogue. But I can guarantee that you will just love this place! Hubby and I did. So I can fully recommend that you visit too!