Discover the many highlights and attractions offered by the enchanting region of Andalucia in the south/southeast of Spain. Home to the sun-drenched beaches of the Costa del Sol and the charms of Malaga, Andalucia is a mecca for holidaymakers from all over the globe.
Spain’s sun-drenched Andalucia – site of Malaga province and the gorgeous Costa del Sol – is renowned for being a holiday mecca that attracts visitors from all across Europe, and the globe. With its blue-flag white-sand beaches, warm temperatures, delicious cuisine, fascinating culture, picturesque villages and glorious natural scenery, it’s no surprise that so many holidaymakers are drawn to experience all that this sublime region on Spain’s south-eastern coast has to offer.
One of the best ways to revel in Andalucia’s sun-soaked attractions is with a stay at one of CLC World’s Malaga resorts on the Costa del Sol. Just a brief, 20-minute drive from Malaga’s international airport, each of the many CLC World Malaga resorts on the Costa del Sol showcases sumptuous accommodation and a collection of first-rate amenities, such as fine dining establishments, resort activities for all the family and well-supervised, fun teen and kids’ clubs.
Whether you can only spare the time for a short break, or you’re able to escape for a longer getaway, here are some of the top highlights of what you can enjoy in Andalucia and the Costa del Sol on your CLC World holiday.
Bioparc Fuengirola – An Amazing Natural Habitat
For nature lovers, Andalucia’s Fuengirola Bioparc provides the opportunity to observe several species at work and play in their genuine bio-habitats. A state-of-the-art immersion zoo, Bioparc Fuengirola is located within easy driving distance of CLC World’s Andalucia resorts on the Costa del Sol. At this incredible zoological park exotic wildlife from far-flung spots – such as the plains of Africa and the rainforests of Madagascar – feel at home due to accurate recreations of the exact ecological conditions that exist in their native habitats.
Marvel at Sumatran tigers as they sleekly stretch in the sunshine. Grab a fleeting glimpse of the blue duiker, a small antelope native to eastern and southern Africa. Witness fast-flowing waterfalls in luxuriant jungles or gaze at gorillas, cavorting and playing in lush surroundings.
The ultimate goal of Bioparc is the preservation of wildlife and the planet, working to help the survival of endangered species.
Benalmadena Cable Car – Breathtaking Vistas
To take in truly awe-inspiring views of the entire region of Andalucia – incorporating all of the Costa del Sol and beyond – you’ll want to climb onboard the Benalmadena cable car. A mere 15-minute car ride from CLC World Malaga’s resorts on the Costa del Sol, the Benalmadena Cable Car provides a thrilling ascent to the 800-metre peak of Calamorro Mountain.
From the windows of the Teleférico cable car, you’ll have your breath taken away by the magnificent scenery unravelled before you. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the full sweep of the Andalucian coastline and the neighbouring Sierra Nevada Mountains, as well as the southernmost tip of Spain. You’ll even be likely to catch sight of Gibraltar, or the shores of Africa, across the narrow Strait of Gibraltar.
Ronda – Historical Andalucian Town
To gain an authentic sense of the vivid history and enduring spirit of Andalucia, you won’t want to pass up a day trip to the town of Ronda, which sits within comfortable driving distance of the Costa del Sol resorts of CLC World Malaga. Famed for its dramatic mountain scenery – particularly its views of the plunging El Tajo gorge, through which the Guadalevín River flows – the town of Ronda also gives visitors an unforgettable look at Andalucia’s storied past.
Survey majestic scenes of the Serrania de Ronda Mountains from your vantage point on the centuries-old Puente Nuevo (New Bridge), which spans a 100-metre-deep chasm.
Learn about the region’s unique, and particularly contentious tradition of bullfighting, as you take a tour through Ronda’s bullring, the Plaza de Toros, which today houses a museum. Wend your way through the town’s cobbled streets and discover well-preserved and magnificent architecture from as far back as the Middle Ages. Step back in time as you look at handsome mansions from a more genteel era, a cloistered 16th-century convent and the stately Palacio Mondragon, a former Moorish palace constructed during Ronda’s brief heyday in the Córdoban Caliphate of the 12th century.
Golf Courses Galore – Tee Off in Southern Spain
Andalucia boasts an astonishing 60 golf courses, many of which meet the highest standards. So, it’s not in the least surprising that this sunny region of Spain has become a magnet for avid golfers of all levels.
It doesn’t matter if you have a stellar handicap or you’ve just taken up the sport – the well-tended courses of the Costa del Sol have something to suit every aptitude and satisfy every taste. And most of these links are easily accessible from the Costa del Sol resorts of CLC World Malaga.
Play 18 challenging holes on emerald-hued championship courses. Tee off in paradise and spend hours working on your game, as you navigate perfectly manicured fairways, some with panoramic views of the sea shimmering in the distance.
Málaga – Cosmopolitan, Urbane Capital
Culture aficionados will rejoice in a visit to Andaucia’s elegant city of Málaga, which is set just a short distance away from CLC World Málaga’s Costa del Sol resorts. Vibrant, historical Málaga is not only the birthplace of one of the greatest Spanish artists of the 20th century – Pablo Picasso – it’s also the home of several world-class museums. In fact, for fans of art, a jaunt to Málaga would be incomplete without stops at the Pompidou Centre, the Picasso Museum, the Carmen Thyssen Museum or the Centre for Contemporary Art.
In addition to its artistic offerings, Malaga also displays an array of other entrancing things to see and do. Wander through winding streets filled with atmospheric taverns that nestle next to chic boutiques displaying the very latest fashions. Bask in the atmosphere of the city’s charming waterfront district. Share a meal of delectable local fare, such as freshly caught sardines, washed down with a glass or two of a palate-pleasing varietal, sourced from a nearby vineyard.
But that’s not all…
Of course we have only just scratched the surface of Andalucia here. This amazing and diverse region offers so much more.
Picture the “Pueblos Blancos” – hundreds of stunning whitewashed villages and towns including Mojácar, Jaen, Mijas, Nerja, Gaicin, Serón, Lubrín and Arcos de la Frontera that adorn valley sides and mountain trails from one end of the region to the other.
The history of Andalucia is still viewable in all its splendour here today with such historic sites as the Alhambra Palace in Granada city, the Alcazaba Fortress in Almería City, the Mezquita cathedral in Córdoba and the Rennaisance castle in Vélez-Blanco.
There are several mountainous natural parks with barrancos, mountains, forest trails, waterfalls and hidden treasures waiting for you to explore or enjoy a picnic. Braver souls may wish to attempt the Caminito del Rey, a popular walk along paths set hundreds of feet up the side of a gorge.
A vital ingredient to Andalucia’s “recipe for success” is its cuisine, which varies from succulent prawns cooked in oil with garlic and chilli, squid and grilled sardines on the coast so hearty meatballs and stews in the mountains.
It is impossible to enjoy everything that Andalucia has to offer in just one visit. However, we are confident that after just one trip to the area you’ll be wanting to return time and again.
Have you visited Andalucia yet? What have been the highlights for you?