Puerto Banus Beach
The densely populated coast of Andalusia, stretching
from Almeria to Tarifa, is Europe's favoured, all-year-round
holiday destination and is commonly known as the Costa del Sol. It
consists of a string of fine sandy beaches, where the average water
temperature is 64ºF (18ºC).
Picturesque towns have abundant tourist amenities,
resorts, and high-rise hotels. Attractions include zoos,
bullfights, water parks, casinos, and amusement parks, like the
renowned Parque de Attracciones Tivoli, or Tivoli
A huge beach resort itself and the birthplace of
Picasso, the energetic city of Malaga is the capital of Andalusia
and the gateway to the Costa del Sol. The most popular resort town
on the Costa del Sol is Torremolinos, which retains some elements
of traditional Spain, although most main streets are now pedestrian
thoroughfares filled with souvenir shops and ice-cream parlours.
Torremolinos is a popular party resort, perfect for all kinds of
hedonistic fun in the sun.
Marbella is another favourite, although it is a more
elegant, upmarket resort, something of a playground for the elite.
Those in the Costa del Sol yearning for some cultural sightseeing
should venture to nearby Granada and its iconic Alhambra
Tourists can also visit the quaint and scenic
villages of Nerja and Mijas to experience some authentic local
flavour. Ronda also offers holidaymakers some respite from the
revelry of the resort towns thanks to its beautiful natural scenery
and wealth of cultural attractions.
The airport is situated between Malaga and the large
resort of Torremolinos on the national road N340, which connects
all towns and resorts along the coast. Trains can be caught from
the airport into Malaga City and to Fuengirola. Bus services link
the coastal towns as well as the inland towns of Ronda and Granada
to each other, and there is also a train between Malaga and
Fuengirola and a train connecting Ronda to Malaga.
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