Costa del Sol
Torre del Mar is the beach resort of Vélez-Málaga, capital of the Axarquia region. There are four kilometres of sandy beaches lined with a promenade and gardens with many restaurants, cafes and bars. In the summer months there are craft stalls open in the evening to browse after dinner.
One of the resort's most pleasant features is the extended esplanade which follows the coast to reach the Marina of Caleta de Vélez which has over 200 berths and offers sailing and a variety of other water-sports. There is a dedicated cycle way along the promenade.
Rincon de la Victoria Located just 15 minutes from Malaga airport. Rincon de La Victoria is the western most resort along the Axarquia coastline and a modern beach resort with one of the regions widest and sandiest beaches. The beach and promenade stretch for approximately six kilometres, ideal for cycling, jogging or strolling. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Rincon including a good choice of beach side restaurants and cafes along the promenade. It's most prominent monument is the 18th century Casa Fuerte de Bezmiliana located on the coast road. Built in 1766 the fortification was part of the area's coastal defence system against Dutch and British pirates. Recent renovations have now turned the garrison buildings into an arts exhibition centre where works of international artists are regularly shown. Located to the north of the town is the Cueva del Tesoro or Treasure Caves. So named as legend has it that the 7th century emperor Tauslin Ibn Al hid all his treasure here from the invading Christians. However nothing other than a few artefacts have ever been discovered, so you never know you might just be lucky! During the summer months music concerts are held in the chambers of the caves.
Local fiestas include Fiesta de la Tapa, a gastronomic celebration of the local varieties of "Tapas" held in June. Also there is the colourful Festival of Flamenco (beginning of August in 2013 but dates vary),Virgin del Carmen (7/7 to 15/7 in 2012) and La Candelaria (first week of February).
A trip to Andalucía would not be complete without a visit to the Nerja Caves, one of Spain’s most popular and spectacular historical sites. Every June there is a Festival of Music and Dance held in the auditorium in the first cave which provides a magical backdrop to ballet, classical music and singing. Top names perform and the seating is limited so enquire about tickets well in advance.
Anoreta Golf is an 18 hole, par 72 course with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea as it is just a kilometre from the coast.
Also a championship designed course, par 71, welcoming visitors all year round.
Water park - Torre del Mar
Great day out for all the family.
Water park Torremolinos
A larger, themed water park. Great for families, as the rides are bigger, longer & faster than Aquavelis.
You can also swim & meet the dolphins. Full details on their website.
Crocodile Park, Torremolinos
Dedicated to the much misunderstood crocodile and alligator. With educational exhibits and a chance to feed the crocs! Great fun too.
Why not also visit Malaga city. Often overlooked, it is a great day out with a Moorish castle, Roman ruins, Catholic Cathedral, new marina and extensive parks and gardens.
Calle Larios in the city centre offers modern luxury and famous chain store shopping with a tapas bar and cafe on every corner.
Try to visit the historic Bodega El Pimpi, well worth a visit and a classic tapas bar of old Spain still going strong!
Picasso Museum, Malaga
A fascinating insight into the life and work of one of Malaga's most famous sons.
Andalucia offers some of Spain's most spectacular bird life. Magnificent Golden and Bonelli´s Eagles are joined by large numbers of Booted and Short-toed Eagles as they return from their wintering grounds in Africa in the spring. Migrant Lesser Kestrels too breed locally and Egyptian Vultures visit early in the year, and towards the end of summer spectacular Griffon Vultures can be found soaring over the hillsides. Southern Grey Shrikes and Hoopoes can be seen all year, with migrant Woodchat Shrikes and beautiful Golden Orioles nesting each year near to Lanjaron. Noisy flocks of Bee Eaters add a tropical splash of colour throughout the season and with Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear and Black-eared Wheatear all seen regularly in the Sierra, here is some of the best bird watching in Europe.
The Sierra Nevada ski resort has numerous runs of varying difficulties to satisfy all levels of skiers. Natural snow is supplemented by snow cannons on some runs, and many skiers are pleasantly surprised to find that, because of its southerly position, the air temperature is usually warmer than other resorts.
The water temperature varies throughout the year, from 14 º to 28 º. The average is around 22 degrees in summer and 17 degrees in winter. The season extends activities throughout the year with no winter break forced on the majority of dive destinations. Even with rough seas, there are a whole series of protected bays that allow continuous diving.
Dive schools in the local area
Nerja - www.nerjadiving.com
Torremolinos - www.simplydiving.com
Almunecar - www.scubasur.com
The Alhambra and Granada
The Alhambra Palace is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and its name originates from Arabic roots meaning red or crimson castle. It is very easy to find by car. Take the Granada road (fast motorway) from Motril. At Granada look for ”Ronda Sur” (the city's ring road), following the direction of Sierra Nevada and then the signposts for the Alhambra. You may leave your car at one of the two car parks in the Genera life while visiting the Alhambra. There are many bars and restaurants near the car parks where you can find refreshment, or you can walk down the hill to the modern city and explore the beautiful Christian monuments, including the Cathedral and resting place of the Catholic Monarchs who re took Granada from the moors, Fernando and Isabella.
Visitor numbers are limited. You can buy tickets at the gate on the day, however it is strongly recommended to buy your tickets in advance.
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