From children to senior citizens, for those who want to relax and others who are active, for culture vultures and night birds, when purchasing a property in Spain, the Costa del Sol is the place to choose.
Málaga province has every reason to boast of its attractions and these make it one of the most popular destinations for those seeking that dream Spanish property, whether they are looking for sunshine, sea and sand or the delights of beautiful rural surroundings. The Costa del Sol is ideal for culture vultures, sports lovers, foodies, photographers, walkers and bird watchers. In fact, this province has something for everyone.
It is a shame that many people arrive at Málaga Airport and head straight off to the coastal resorts or the countryside without paying any attention to the capital city of the province, because it is well worth a visit and those who do always want to return. Málaga packs many of its major attractions into its relatively small historic centre so they are close together and easily accessible by foot or on the hop on-hop off tour buses.
Popular places of interest for visitors are the cathedral, known as ‘La Manguita’, or the ‘little one-armed lady’ because one of its towers was never ﬁnished, the Gibralfaro castle and Alcazaba fortress, the Roman theatre, the port and the park, the house where Picasso was born and the city’s many lovely churches. Malaga is also home to thirty museums, including the famous Picasso Museum, the Contemporary Arts Centre and the Carmen Thyssen Museum. Those who are not interested in art, architecture or history, do not despair – head for Calle Larios or El Corte Inglés department store and spend a pleasurable day of retail therapy or indulge yourself in the myriad of trendy wine and tapas bars and chic eateries throughout the town centre.
Beaches and boats
The first visitors to Malaga province came for the sunshine and beaches and those are still major attractions today, Whether people are looking for family-friendly stretches of sand, Wild dunes where naturists can work on an all-over tan, or small tucked-away coves. In recent years, however, the tourism authorities and local councils have also been working hard to meet the demand for leisure ports and these can now be found in most of the coastal resorts. The most famous, of course, is Puerto José Banús in Marbella, where the rich and famous like to party at night. This is a great place for a day (or night) out, even for those whose budget doesn’t stretch to shopping in the exclusive designer shops or owning one of the mega-yachts, but all the leisure ports have a buzzing atmosphere and some good places to eat and drink.
It comes as a great surprise to many visitors that stunning countryside can be found just a short drive from the Malaga coastline. The mountains which form a backdrop to the coastal towns hold a multitude of treasures, from tiny White villages where the population may not exceed 100, to miles and miles of protected natural parks where you won’t see another vehicle but may have to give way to deer, cattle, horses or mountain goats and sheep who have priority on these roads.
Inland Malaga is a dream for walkers, birdwatchers, botanists, photographers and artists, or for anyone who wants to relax in a stunning natural environment and feel the stresses of everyday life seep away.
It isn’t necessary to go far to discover the delights of pretty villages, as those of Mijas, Benalmádena, Benahavís and Casares, for example, can be reached quickly and easily from the coast. These charming pueblos blancos’ invite visitors to wander through their narrow cobbled streets, admire the glow of geraniums against whitewashed walls, try the local dishes and choose some local handicrafts to take home as unusual souvenirs.
Perhaps one of Malaga’s most important attractions is that it offers so much for families. Apart from the famous beaches, there are water parks, wildlife parks, aquariums, and theme parks such as Tivoli World in Arroyo de la Miel, where youngsters of all ages can enjoy a Variety of rides, attractions and musical shows. Horse riding and equestrian exhibitions, water sports, sports centres… the words “I’m bored” are rarely heard here because Malaga province really does have something for everybody in the family.
It is no surprise that professional sportspeople come to Malaga to train, because the range and quality of sports facilities are fantastic and most can be enjoyed year round. In fact, golfers can even play at night at the Dame de Noche course.
In the Costa del Sol, they have thought of everything!