The Costa del Sol
Probably the best known part of Malaga are the popular tourist resorts along the famous Costa del Sol. Southwest from the city with its charming old quarter, parks and sea promenade we drive west past the airport along the well developed mediterranean highway to the coastal resorts of Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Marbella and Estepona. The eastern part of the Costa del Sol is known as the Axarquia. Here there are more small coves and the appearance of nature is wilder, with many cliffs. Here are situated the towns of Rincon de la Victoria, Torre del Mar and Nerja with the famous caves.
The whole Costa del Sol is protected by up to 1.800 metres high mountains which protect the coast from the cold northern winds. Just a few kilometres inland we find fertile valleys, rivers and mediterranean forests. The main motorway from Malaga to the north is the A-92 connecting the capital of the Costa del Sol with Seville, Cordoba and Granada. The province of Malaga holds a large treasure of unspoilt natural reserves which are definitely worth a visit, such as the Serranía de Ronda with its charming white villages, the Sierra de las Nieves and the mountains of Malaga. In Malaga is situated as well the El Chorro Lake District with stunning gorges. North of Antequera we find a large Flamingo colony in Fuente de la Piedra salt water lagoon. Last not least the El Torcal Park is with its very unusual rock formations probably the most beautiful and impressive limestone landscapes in Europe.
All the before mentioned places are within a short distance from the Costa del Sol and are great spots for a day tour.
Malaga is the capital city of the province and of the Costa del Sol. Malaga is well connected by air, road, train and bus and is very often overlooked by the millions of tourists who arrive throughout the year at Malaga international airport situated just 6 km from the city centre, heading for the popular resorts along the Costa del Sol.
Nevertheless, Malaga is definitely worth a visit. Being the birthplace of painter Pablo Picasso, the city in recent years has made efforts to restore and retrieve its large cultural and historical patrimony and is nowadays an interesting capital for city breaks, conference, culture, museums and monuments, combined with the relaxed southern flair of a mediterranean city.
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