What do you think of when you think of the Costa del Sol? Beaches teeming with British travellers? Sun, sand and a full English breakfast? It doesn’t have to be that way! The Costa del Sol has a lot more to offer than the stereotypical images you might have in your head and with a little effort and planning, you can experience some of what the real Spain has to offer.
The region of Andalucía boasts some stunning natural scenery and some intriguing towns and cities to visit. You can experience different climates – from the chill of Grenada in the winter to the scorching hot city of Seville in the summer. You’ll find a number of historic links across the region, being influenced across thousands of years by a variety of religions and cultures.
We’ll summarise a few of the best places to visit below;
Grenada is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, so you’ll enjoy some fantastic views on your drive here. It is best known for being the home of the Alhambra, widely considered to be one of the modern wonders of the world. This huge citadel and palace complex dates back from the 14th century, with its original history as a fortress dating all the back to AD 889.
Seville is a lively inland city, which attracts visitors from all over the world to see its immense cathedral and historic streets. You’ll find a wonderful mixture of new and old here – and be able to sample some of the finest food that Spain has to offer.
A pretty mountain town, Ronda provides some spectacular views both within the town and whilst you ascend further up the mountain road that leads here. Steeped in history, it’s easy to get lost in your thoughts just wandering around this town and there a number of attractions to see here, including one of the oldest Bull Rings in Spain.
Estepona is perfect for those looking for a more traditional beach holiday, with the main beach here providing excellent opportunities for water sports and relaxation. Estepona is an intriguing mix of Spanish and English – if you head away from the main town area towards the harbour, particularly in the off-season, you’ll find some charming Spanish frequented bars and restaurants that provides excellent food and drink.