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How to visit the Costa del Sol by car?

March 19, 2019

The Costa del Sol, with its world-famous cities of Malaga and Marbella, has become a desired destination for travellers from all over the world. Every day it is more fashionable to car rentals in malaga, to enjoy the area by car at your own pace.

These are some of the destinations you should not miss on your visit:

The well-connected Málaga, both by AVE train and air transport, has become a cultural destination with a wide variety of museums such as the impressive Museo del Automóvil, the Carmen Thyssen Museum or the Picasso Museum. This last one I recommend to visit it with guide because it contains little known works, although very linked to the life of Picasso reason why in my opinion, it is a very interesting visit.

How to visit the Costa del Sol by car?
How to visit the Costa del Sol by car?

Nerja is a town with thirteen kilometres of beach and a good destination with clear waters for diving and snorkelling. Around here, it is home to its wide range of moonfish and dolphins. You can also do routes on horseback, cycle tourism and of course, other water activities such as canoeing.

As for its traditions, it keeps alive its festivities such as Carnival, Holy Week, San Isidro Pilgrimage, San Juan, Carmen’s Day or the International Festival of Music and Dance of the Cave of Nerja. I recommend to visit it because it is a cave of great geological and anthropological value. Deposits have been discovered since the Palaeolithic and the visit is a festival of karst formations such as stalagmites, stalagmites, curtains and columns.

Torremolinos is a multicultural destination. People of up to 130 nationalities live here. No matter who you talk to, everyone will tell you that their partner is a foreigner, or their nephews… or practically a quarter of their family. This locality has a curious history because while Spain was experiencing the repression of a dictatorship, here the first gay-friendly bars were opened and in the 50 was filled with world-class celebrities such as Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles or Frank Sinatra. The latter had an altercation at the Hotel Pez Espada from where his famous phrase “I’ll never come back to this fucking country” came out. This is a matter that is obvious, because even in the hotel they dedicate a bar to it.

Returning to the present, here you can visit the Albergue de la Música, an interesting project in which several artists are awarded Emergen-T scholarships. It’s really interesting what they do, especially when it’s explained to you by people with so much art. We can also take a walk through the beautiful botanical garden Molino de Inca, do a course in espetos at the chiringuito de los Leones, or go for a walk in traditional seabeds.

The king’s little way, o Caminito del Rey, is so called because it was inaugurated in 1921 by King Alfonso XIII and was considered the most dangerous path in the world. Today, after a strong investment, the footbridges are totally safe, always protected by barriers and with a floor of slats that do not even require special footwear so it is suitable for all ages and physical conditions. The total route of the Caminito del Rey is 7’7 km of which 4’8 km is access and 2’9 km of footbridges. There is one more than 100 meters high!

The estimated time for the tour is about 3 to 4 hours. Bear in mind that the route of the Caminito del Rey is linear, not circular, so you must ensure your return to the starting point by your own methods. However, there is a shuttle bus service between the north access (Ardales) and the south (El Chorro, Alora) or vice versa for a modest price. If you want to do it on weekends, you will have to book well in advance, but on weekdays a few days are enough. The price varies depending on whether or not it is done with a guide.

Ronda is an inland town in the Serranía, which perfectly preserves the charm of its streets and alleys with whitewashed houses. So much so that its old quarter has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. A typical Andalusian village where you can get lost on either side of the river Tagus that divides it into a gorge more than 150 meters deep creating an image that is unreal. It seems to be a lie that such a construction can remain in time before the stupefied gaze of tourists from all over the world and the inhabitants of their hanging houses.