Monday, 16 August 2010

Costa Del Sol - A taste of the real Spain




The Costa Del Sol has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world as it offers something for the whole family. The beautiful sandy beaches and lively resorts draw holiday makers in every year, and with more than 300 days of sun a year it really does live up to its name – Sunny Coast.

There are plenty of great places to visit on the Costa Del Sol where you can relax on the beach or enjoy a round of golf. However, if you’re looking for a more traditional Spanish experience why not head off the beaten track a bit.

Mijas


Mijas itself is split into two areas – Mijas Pueblo and Mijas Costa. The beautiful old town of Mijas Pueblo is located in the mountains and overlooks the Mediterranean coast. It is made up of picturesque cobbled streets, ornate craft shops and whitewashed Andalusian buildings and is an exciting place to explore.

A tranquil way of life is clearly evident in Mijas Pueblo and the distinct lack of cars indicates how far removed from typical Spanish holiday destinations it is. Most of the narrow streets are one-way and horse drawn carriages are the main mode of transport. Tourism does still play a big part of the villager’s lives however (despite the peaceful appearance) and attractions such as horse drawn carriage rides are very popular.

The town boasts a number of bars and restaurants serving traditional Spanish cuisine, and evening entertainment can be found at the weekly flamenco shows held in the main square. Festivals and processions are also held though out the year providing a taste of Spain that most people don’t get to see.

Estepona

Estepona is another interesting town in Costa Del Sol. Not only does it have beautiful sandy beaches which are ideal for a relaxing Costa Del Sol holiday, but it is also host to the famous Estepona Bullring and many other cultural attractions.

The town has managed to keep its charm and authentic Spanish roots despite its growth in tourism and is a great destination if you want all the tradition of an old Spanish town mixed with a great range of quality hotels, restaurants and facilities.

While on your Costa Del Sol holiday a visit to Estepona’s town market and tourist market are a must. Fresh fruit and veg can be found at these as well as many other products like leather, jewellery and art. Barter with the stall owners and find yourself a bargain.


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