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2019. May 22.
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Andalusia - is Spain's southernmost autonomous community, and at the same time the southernmost point of Europe, separated from Africa by just a 14 kilometres wide straight at Gibraltar, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the west, and the Mediterranean Sea in the south and east.
Andalusia has a territory almost equal to that of Hungary, and with its 7.5 million inhabitants is Spain's most populated community
Andalusia is the world of the Flamenco, excellent wines, horses, bull-fights, at the same time it represents sunshine and sea.
Andalusia is the world of contradictions; it is modern and European, but at the same time it closely preserves its traditions. There are small villages hidden besides the armies of tourists invading the seaside and the large metropolis.
Moors ruled South-Spain for seven hundred years, and their heritage is still prominent. Besides the winding, tangled streets of the old town and the multitude of whitewashed houses most of the world-famous historic monuments of the community is part of their heritage (Alhambra, Alcazar, Mesquite, etc.). Andalusia is populated by cheerful, informal and leisurely but proud people, true-hearted and welcoming. They dress elegantly characteristically wearing white shirt and shoes that are always clean. Lively gesticulation and raised voice discussions are natural. Andalusians are always ready to celebrate; in these occasions grownups and children alike dress in colourful, expensive traditional garments and there is countless number of Ferias.
Costa del Sol is a more then 150 kilometres long stretch of the coast, running to the east-northeast of Gibraltar through Marbella and Malaga. Its centre and capital is Malaga, which with its international airport has become and organic part of the world's air traffic network being accessible within a few hours from most of Europe's important cities. The most popular part of Costa del Sol is the 70 kilometres long coast between Malaga and Estepona, where earlier settlements have merged completely, so that visitors driving along the seaside can only decide where they actually are by reading the town signs by the road. The long sand and small pebbles covered seaside is dotted with small bays, rocky coast sections, harbours and fishing areas. The villages and towns along the coast provide inexhaustible opportunities for those seeking leisure, rest or entertainment. Further away from the coast romantic and developing areas alternate on picturesque land dotted with hills and valleys, with orange groves, orchards and Mediterranean vegetation giving even more colour to the landscape. At a few kilometres from the coast a long range of mountains of varying height (1000-1700 meters high) separate Costa del Sol from the continental climate inner territories of Andalusia, and protect it from the northern winds; here in the original Spanish villages the visitors can find exceptional places of interest.

The centre is - Malaga. Malaga is the fifth biggest town in Spain and is situated practically in the centre of Costa del Sol and is also the tourist centre of Costa del Sol. As the whole costal area, Malaga too developed under the effect of different cultures which from time to time populated their territory during their history. Where Malaga is today the Phoenicians were the firsts to establish a settlement, followed later by the Romans who set up a municipality conquered first b the Moor and later by the Christians in 1487. The most characteristic sights in Malaga are the Fort of Alcazaba and the Cathedral built in the 11th century, but walking through the city you will also find beautiful Mediterranean gardens and parks.

Costa del Sol West

Every town in Costa del Sol has a different character and atmosphere depending on the historic age it flourished or declined. The 80 kilometres of coast to the west from Malaga to Estepona has virtually become fully merged. The first town on the route is Torremolinos, which twenty years ago, at the early development stage of Costa del Sol was the first town to build up a fine reputation. This is the town of discos, high-rises as well as the restaurants and range of shops that came to replace the old fishermen's quarters. Going further west we arrive at Benalmadena which is the extension of the old towns of Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmadena Pueblo towards the sea. Within these three you can find everything: wonderful seaside esplanade, harbour, modern costal area and even a typical white Spanish village. Mijas, located at 30 kilometres from Malaga has two distinct parts. Mijas Pueblo is an enchanting small Andalusian town 8 kilometres away from the beach, famous for its mule taxies. Mijas Costa with its 12 kilometres of fine sandy beach is one of Europe's cleanest coasts. Going further west you will soon find yourself in Fuengirola with its long seaside esplanade and old town quarter boasting with everything that might be needed for an excellent holyday.

The next settlement to the north is Marbella, a town with 80,000 residents, whose population triples every peak season. Contrary to many other settlements in Costa del Sol Marbella has never been a poor fishermen's village, but a flourishing commercial town. The beautifully maintained old town, finely paved seaside and its parks rich in Mediterranean vegetation and remarkably well maintained, and always bustling with life attract visitors all year round. Only the richest anchor their yachts in the Puerto Banus harbour and buy villas, apartments and holyday houses here and in Nueva Andalusia, and it is here that you will find the biggest casino in Costa del Sol.

In recent years the small town of Estepona underwent an extraordinary growth and with its exclusive developments has been very successful in attracting well-to-do guests. The town is located at the foot of a 1400 meters high mountain; tourists find its quaint yacht harbour and fisherman's harbour as well as the 20 kilometres long sandy coast very attractive. There are several golf clubs in the vicinity, and you will also find here Selwo Park Aventura, with many wild animals living in almost complete freedom.

Sabinillas and La Duquesa are almost new towns with nice little harbours and paved seaside favoured by the Spaniards. An incredible number of residential communities are being built on the slopes in the area and important investments have started for golf lovers. Sotogrnade is only at a distance of 20 kilometres from Gibraltar; with its 20 kilometres of fantastic coast and the atmosphere of a modern Venice it is the favourite harbour of well-to-do Brits. Though Gibraltar is not an organic part of Costa del Sol, and is not even part of Spain but an independent state, part of the British Commonwealth, it needs to be briefly mentioned. The country has a territory of just 6.5 square kilometres and comprises practically only of huge rocks and the connected coast. It has a very mixed population; Brits, Spaniards and Portuguese, Jews and Arabs, and even Indians live amicably together. A point of interest is that you can only enter Gibraltar on land either by car or on foot (passport required!!!) by crossing the airport's runaway. The sights in Gibraltar are the main square and main road, the Moorish castle the Europe point, the lighthouse, the modern mosque, and to go up the rocks populated by monkeys is an experience that you must not miss; part of the 65 kilometres long tunnel system built by the Brits is also open to visitors.

Costa del Sol East..

The eastern part of Costa del Sol has been developed to a lesser degree in the past years. Going east from Malaga first you will find Ricon de la Vistoria, Torre del Mar, then Torrox and Nerja and finally the small town of La Herredura at the end of Costa del Sol. Nerja is a charming small town surrounded by hills which ensure a protected climate and pure air. Its nicely built coast and the Europe terrace provide a splendid panorama for the visitors. You will also find here a nice stalactite cave and a golf course.

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