1 - Acebuchal
Also known as the "lost town", this beautiful town, located just five kilometers from the beaches of Nerja and located in the Natural Park of Sierra Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, is one of the most picturesque hidden treasures of the region.
Scene of some terrible episodes of Franco's repression in Andalusia, the small town, abandoned at the end of the 1940s of the last century, has come back to life in recent years, to offer those who decide to visit it a splendid natural setting and a fascinating example of typical Andalusian village where time has stopped.
2 - Frigiliana
A few kilometers from Acebuchal, another splendid town awaits you. Frigiliana is one of the most famous white villages in Andalusia; Located on a small hill overlooking a dreamlike landscape, it is one of the favorite destinations for those who are willing to leave for a few hours the wonderful and very close Nerja beaches to enjoy the gastronomy, landscapes and history of the center and its surroundings.
Frigiliana is located within the beautiful Comarca de la Axarquía, a rural area characterized by numerous mountains and rural landscapes, known as one of the few places in the region where the economy is still based on the exploitation of natural resources and with benefits technicians ancient for millennia.
3 - Ronda
History, nature, gastronomy and art. The splendid Ronda has a rich historical and artistic heritage, important monuments of Roman and Moorish origin, a lush natural environment, some of the most sought after and appreciated Spanish wines, and a place that has nothing picturesque; All the elements that contribute to make it one of the most visited and photographed cities in Andalusia.
Located less than an hour's drive from Marbella, this picturesque city is built on a rocky summit almost 800 meters high, overlooking a valley and offering spectacular views over the Serranía de Ronda, a rural area with white villages. And an interesting natural environment.
4 - El Torcal
El Torcal is one of the most unique and important nature reserves in Andalusia. Located a few kilometers from Antequera, in the province of Malaga, it has fascinating rock formations, among the oldest in Europe, which give the landscape a surreal atmosphere.
The reserve also hosts many species of flora and fauna (among which the ibex, the golden eagle and the griffin), important archaeological sites (which preserve interesting cave paintings and groups of dolmens), an astronomical observatory and spectacular trails for the Lovers. of trekking and nature.
5 - Granada
Simply unmissable. Just over an hour by car from the sun and the beaches of the Costa del Sol, you can visit one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in Spain, the wonderful Granada.
In addition to the famous Alhambra, the Albaycin district, flamenco and rock-carved houses of the Sacromonte district await you, as well as art and culture on every corner, and the fascinating Sierra Nevada mountains.
6 - Caminito del Rey
Known until recently as the "most dangerous road in the world", the Caminito del Rey has been recently renovated and secured, to become in a few months one of the most visited attractions in the province of Malaga.
Built at the beginning of the 20th century as a service road for the workers of the power plant under construction in the El Chorro gorge area, the Caminito today offers much less danger than in the past, but adrenaline and a truly incredible sight. An emotion that should not be missed!
7 - Mijas Pueblo
Mijas Costa is a well-known tourist center on the Costa del Sol; A few kilometers from its beaches, on a steep hill that offers a spectacular panorama of the coast, the original nucleus of the city is developed: Mijas Pueblo, one of the best preserved white villages in the area.
Do not miss a visit to the Arab walls and gardens, which offer one of the most evocative views of the Costa del Sol, as well as the unique sanctuary of the Virgen de la Roca. The mountainous surroundings of the resort also offer different options for active tourism enthusiasts, but, of course, there are more relaxing and tempting options for those who prefer a holiday of rest and gastronomy.
8 - Comares
If you are looking for nature and strong emotions, Comares may be the place for you. In this village in the mountains of Malaga, you will find several Via Ferratas, numerous trekking and hiking routes and what until recently was the longest zip line in Europe, from the historic center to fly over the small valley dominated by the town...
The offer is completed with a gastronomy to remember (the most famous local specialties are migas and sweet wine), suggestive natural landscapes and an interesting historical heritage; The city was probably founded around the 7th century BC, and from the 8th century AD it was the seat of an Arab fortress, and even today it transmits the atmosphere of the traditional life of the old Andalusian rural towns.
9 - Grotte di Nerja
The caves of Nerja are one of the most impressive natural attractions in Spain. Discovered by chance in 1959 by a group of children, over the years they have revealed wonders to scholars with few comparisons.
From the longest limestone column in the world, to cave paintings made by the Neanderthals who inhabited the system more than 42,000 years ago, the caves hide impressive archaeological and geological treasures.
A visit that should not be missed!
10 - Parco Naturale de Los Alcornocales
A splendid park that takes its name from its most numerous and recognizable "inhabitants", the cork oaks (in Spanish, cork oaks).
Rich in biodiversity (home to more than eighty different species of plants, as well as hawks, eagles, vultures and numerous species of mammals), the Parco de los Alcornocales hosts numerous archaeological sites from the Palolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age. and it contains splendid villages of Moorish origin, such as the incredible Castellar de la Frontera.
Its most characteristic aspect is surely the landscape, exuberant in all seasons thanks to the constant flow of humid breezes coming from the Atlantic. A spectacular park, perfect for a day dedicated to the observation of animals, for walks on foot, by bicycle or on horseback or for guided tours in search of fine local mushrooms.
11 - Setenil de las Bodegas
The country that holds a mountain! The beautiful white village of Setenil de las Bodegas has a characteristic that has made it famous throughout Spain: many of the houses in its old town (the old town) have been carved directly on the rocky side of a mountain.
In the region there are other centers with houses excavated in the rock (such as Guadix or the district of Sacromonte, in Granada), but none exploits the natural environment so spectacularly.
If you want to take pictures of postcards, Setenil is the place for you. Do not forget to organize a walk around, enjoy the scenery and nature of the area, and do not leave without visiting one of the city's restaurants and taste the local homemade specialties.
If you feel excited reading about these places and want to come to Costa del Sol, contact me immediately!
20.05.2019,Unforgettable excursions of the Costa del Sol.