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TOP 5 SIGHTS IN COSTA DEL SOL
Endless beaches, crystal-clear water and 325 days of sunshine a year – the Costa del Sol, Spanish for “sunny coast”, belongs to the Andalusian province of Málaga in southern Spain and offers wonderful destinations. In addition to beach visits and hiking trails, there are some fantastic places to be seen – from castles to bridges to parks. Here are our top 5 sights in Costa del Sol.
1. CASTILLO DE COLOMARES
Picturesque little turrets rise above the sand-coloured walls of the fairytale-like castle Castillo de Colomares in Benalmádena. This architectural masterwork is the perfect destination in Costa del Sol for anyone who loves castles, history, and architecture. It unites several architectural styles: Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque and Moorish. The castle is full of mythical details that point to the history of the Spanish Middle Ages. However, it was only built in the previous century and completed in 1994. In addition to a tour of the castle, it’s worth taking a stroll in the idyllic gardens.
2. BUTTERFLY PARK OF BENALMÁDENA
The Butterfly Park of Benalmádena is one of the most popular theme parks in Andalusia and a unique attraction in Costa del Sol. Around 1,500 different species from all over the world live in the park and impress visitors with their bright and unusual colours. Unlike in the wild, these tamer butterflies might fly right onto your shoulder, making for a colourful photo motif. The park itself is impressive as well with its lush flowers and tropical plants. Due to its size, the tropical park invites you to take a break during your stay to enjoy a snack or a cup of coffee.
3. PUENTE NUEVO IN RONDA
The Route of White Villages (Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos) takes you to Ronda. This city to the west of Costa del Sol is well known for its attraction Puente Nuevo, the “new bridge” that was built in the 18th century. Several metres above ground, the Puente Nuevo spans the about 100 metres deep ravine El Tajo de Ronda and the river Río Guadalevín.
The best view of the Puente Nuevo, the ravine, the waterfall, and the rock formation and old town of Rondo can be had from the Plaza de María Auxiliadora.
4. ALCAZABA PALACE AND CASTILLO DEL GIBRALFARO CASTLE
Anyone visiting the Costa del Sol cannot miss the lively city of Málaga. High above the city rises the expansive fortress and palace complex Alcazaba (Arabic for “citadel”). It offers a wonderful view of the city and its harbour. This imposing landmark of Málaga was built in the 11th century and served as a residence for Arab rulers. To the east you will find the very well-preserved castle Castillo del Gibralfaro, built about three centuries later, which also offers a spectacular view of Málaga and the sea.
5. THE NERJA CAVES
The Nerja Caves can be found approximately 75 km from Costa del Sol, in Nerja. The cavern makes for one of the most important sights in Andalusia and was declared a Spanish Asset of Cultural Interest in 2006. The 4km-long cave system boasts impressively large grottos, archaeological remains and the largest column in the world, which rises 32 metres above sea level. The artefacts, paintings and skeletons bear witness to human settlement more than 25,000 years ago. The best way to discover this so-called “natural cathedral” from prehistoric times is on a guided tour.