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Three courses, 9 holeseach, set in outstanding countryside andconsidered to be relatively easy. Tel: 95 23 90Website: www. Las Brisas. Tel: 95 08 75 - 95 30 Address: Nueva Andalucia, Marbella Website: www. For golfbookings — Email info lasbrisasgolf. West of Marbella turn off the N coastroad into Nueva Andalucia. Follow signs. Los Naranjos. Considered a typicallyAmerican-style course. Tel: 95 24 Address: NuevaAndalucia, Marbella, Malaga.
Email: teetimes losnaranjos. Rio Real. A pleasant course with lovelysea and mountain views. For golf bookings - Email:info rioreal.
One of the best clubs on thecoast with two stunning courses in theheart of the Sierra Mijas. Tel: 95 90 For golf bookings - Email:golf lacala.
Mijas Golf. Urbanizacion Mijas Golf, Fuengirola, Malaga. Los Olivos is fairly level while thesecond course Los Lagos is on more hillyterrain.
Miraflores Golf. Pleasantly located inthe hills of Mijas Costa with fantasticcountryside and sea views. Forgolf bookings - Email: info miraflores-golf. One of the most beautifulgolfing complexes in Spain. Address: Paseo del Parque, ,Sotogrande, Cadiz. Tel: 78 50 For golf bookings - Email: recepcion golfsotogrande. Address: Paseo del Parque, , Sotogrande, Cadiz. Location: Close to the village of Guadiaroexit at km from N betweenSotogrande and San Roque and followsigns on coast side.
For the experienced player. Novicesare really not welcome. Directions: In theSotogrande urbanisation exiting at kmfrom the N on the inland side. About your holiday20 Fun and thrills with over 25exciting rides as well as Tivolilandia for thetiny tots. With live western and flamencoshows a visit to Tivoli World is a must.
Go Karting, Malaga. Great for bothadults and children, youngsters canenjoy the junior circuit or the metrecompetition circuit can be enjoyed by olderchildren and adults. Dolphin Watching. Watch theseendearing creatures play alongside theboats. Some letyou swim with the dolphins. Selwo Nature Reserve, Estepona. Home to over animals from 5continents living in their own recreatedenvironment.
Explore on foot and by allterrain trucks. Water Parks Aquavelis. In Torre del Mar,15 minutes drive from Nerja. Excitingrides from the intrepid Kamikaze feature,foam ride, river rapids and the twister tothe mini park for the little ones. Mijas Aquapark. One of the mostpopular water parks on the coast wherethe Adventure River ride; a ft windingraft slide awaits you.
Try surfing the wavepool or the huge kamikaze slide. For youngchildren Aqualandia has water playgroundsand a shallow activity pool. ShoppingThe Costa del Sol offers a wealth of shopping opportunitiesincluding crafted goods, ceramics, jewellery, classical guitars,designer clothes, fine wines and furniture.
The Moorish influence found in the inlandcities of Seville, Cordoba and Granadais reflected in the traditional style pottery,here you can find some fabulous pieces.
Nerja has no shortage ofshopping facilities, both in the town itselfand in the surrounding areas. The cobbledstreets provide a wealth of small shopsto be discovered with both modern andtraditional goods on display as well asfashion boutiques, shoe shops, jewelleryshops and many more.
Gibraltar is theideal venue for those who like to combineshopping and sightseeing on the sameday. Puerto Banus and Fuengirola haveweekend flea markets which are wortha visit, while if you fancy shopping underone roof then the El Corte Ingles stores atMalaga and Puerto Banus sell everythingyou could wish for. For daily shopping, allthe resorts have modern supermarketsand shopping centres selling both foreignand Spanish items and many have dailymarkets where you can rub shoulderswith the locals and buy meat, fish andvegetables.
Shopping22 MarketsMarketsDaily covered markets can be found in most towns. They usuallyopen from Monday to Saturday from about 8am — 2pm, selling fruitand vegetables, meat and fish, sometimes bread, herbs and spices. Marbella - Calle Benevente. Open air weekly marketsIn addition, open-air weekly markets open from 9am — 2pm, selling fruit andvegetables, clothes, tourist and household goods. Monday - Marbella, Flea Market. On the Circumvalacion de Marbella i.
Marbellaring road inland from the Clinica Europa. Tuesday - Fuengirola on the fairground. Wednesday - Estepona, Flea Market. On the ring road of San Pedro, i. Clothes, souvenirs etc from July-August inclusive open8am Otherwise 12 noon Fruit and vegetables. Spanish restaurants tend to have a goodselection of fish available as this plays animportant part in the Mediterranean diet.
Argentinerestaurants naturally serve excellent beef,but generally pork, chicken and lamb arereadily available and either grilled or fried. Many main courses are served with justa vegetable garnish, since the Spanishwill often eat a vegetable dish as a firstcourse. The majority of restaurants servesuitable alternatives to meat andfish suchas omelettes, salads, filling soups likegazpacho, rice dishes and pasta.
For alight meal then tapas are a good idea,where small plates of tasters are servedwith a piece of bread. There is plentyof choice when it comes to these tastysmaller dishes such as Spanish omelette,prawns, meatballs, pork or even a Russiansalad. For dessert the choice is fairlylimited, with ice cream, cream caramel,fruit, rice pudding, and gateaux being theorder of the day. BenalmadenaBenalmadenaOverlooking the Mediterranean Sea and just 19 kms from Malagaairport, this beautiful resort is split into three distinct areas.
Benalmadena Pueblo is the old villagewhich has retained its white buildings andshows vestiges of ancient civilisations thatsettled on this land over the centuries. Benalmadena Costa is the coastal areawith beaches offering all manner of watersports and is lined with traditional beachrestaurants and bars serving del iciouscharcoal grilled fresh sardines.
Arroyode la Miel is the busy town centre thathas a great variety of shops, bars andrestaurants as well as pretty plazas whereyou can relax and watch the world go by. There are two markets — Friday — Arroyode la Miel, close to the railway station anda Sunday morning garden market at Tivoliamusement park. Take the Cable Car for abreathtaking 9 minute ride up to the top ofthe Calamorra Mountain. Runs daily fromnext to Tivoli World in Benalmadena.
BeachesBil Bil Beach is the main beach onBenalmadena Costa , this large expanseof golden sand is well equipped with barsand restaurants, sun beds and pedaloes.
Another popular beach in this picturesquecoastal region is Torrequebrada whichoffers soft sands and calm waters makingit a great place to try out water sports. Andalucian cooking. Fabulous views. El Mero, Puerto Deportivo, Benalmadena. Well known for its fishdishes. Spanish cuisine, wide a la carte. Opposite Hotel Villa sol onBenalmadena costa. An English cabaretbar and restaurant. Disco Kiu, Plaza Sol ymar. Banalmadena Costa. Livemusic and good atmosphere. Hotel Triton, Benalmadena Costa. Hotel Alay, by Port, Benalmadena Costa.
By the urbanisationcommunity pool are tennis courts. Urb Benamaina, Las Ventas Benalmadena. Courses and a heated pool. Fishing and Cruising. Luna Pesca. Trips from Benalmadena port. CalahondaOne of the larger more attractive towns in the Costa del Sol ,Calahonda stretches back from the coast up into the hills withseveral good shopping areas and a wide choice of restaurants,bars, sport and entertainment venues. It is situated on the Mijas Costa whichis the coastline between the busy andfashionable resorts of Marbella andFuengirola.
There is a twice weekly streetmarket and the local beach is safe withrestaurants and bars close at hand whilethe public garden areas are pretty andspacious. The town also has its ownharbour, Puerto Cabopino where you cantake part in all kinds of water sports andactivities. Boat trips can be taken along theattractive coastline and if you are a fan ofdolphins then there are specific trips whereyou can watch these playful mammalsswimming alongside the boat.
This sandy beachgets very popular, especially at weekends. A flight of steps lead down to the fairlynarrow beach where you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas while a restaurant andbeach bar is also close by. ShopsThere are three commercial centres inCalahonda with supermarkets, shops andrestaurants and in the streets of Calahondayou will find more shops. The market atCalypso centre is held on Wednesday andFriday every week.
Fuengirola a short driveaway has the Parque Miramar shoppingand cinema centre. From the prettymarina of Cabopino, just west ofCalahonda off the N coast road.
Waterskiing, ringo rides, fishing trips, dolphinwatching and more. AttractionsTrips to Marbella and Puerto Banus — theupmarket marinas make an exciting placeto spend the day. Or have fun time at MijasAquapark one of the most popular waterparks on the coast on N Fuengirola bypass.
Calahonda26 EsteponaEsteponaThis expanding sea side town has a lengthy promenade overlookingthe popular beach which offers safe bathing for families and goodfacilities. The town itself has many interesting corners and it isworthwhile exploring the cobbled, narrow streets leading off the seafront. The sandy cove beach ofPlaya El Cristo is found just to the west ofthe town and within easy walking distanceof the town and the marina.
Aerobics, gym, saunaand step. TennisHotel El Paraiso. Scuba diving forbeginners and advanced, sailing, sail anddive for experienced divers. Puerto del CarmenThere are numerous cafes and Spanishtapas bars serving traditional dishes suchas paella and fresh sardines as well asinternational style dishes.
The Plaza deLas Flores is one of the prettiest squaresset in the heart of Estepona where youcan enjoy the many bars in this prettyflower covered square. In the Plaza del Reloj you will see the 15th century clocktower — all that remains of the church builtby Henry 1V. The marina is a pleasantplace to stroll and view the magnificentboats which are moored here while atnight the port comes alive with night clubsand discos.
For small children there isa playground along the Paseo MaritimoPedro Manique in amongst the gardens. You will also find plenty of water sportson offer as well as eight excellent golfcourses in the surrounding area. ShoppingThe outdoor market is located in Avda. De San Juan Carlos on Wednesdays from9am-2pm. A second hand market is heldin Estepona Port on Sunday morning andthe indoor fresh produce market Monday-Saturday 8. For food shopping - Coming from theeast, you will enter Estepona via a treelined avenida which houses the Palaciode Los Congresos, right in front is thehypermarket, Carrefour.
Tel 72 Email www. Go offin search of dolphins with a professionalguide. GuadalminaGuadalminaGuadalmina is a well designed purpose built resort, centrally located,about 5 miles from Marbella, 3 miles from Puerto Banus andeven closer to the large town of San Pedro de Alcantara. The Guadalmina shopping area has greatamenities, numerous bars, restaurants,shops and a sizeable supermarket. Life guards are in attendanceduring the summer season. WatersportsVarious watersports and activities areavailable from the Guadalmina GolfCourse and Hotel such as windsurfing, jetskiing, speed boats and pedalos.
Furtherwatersports can be found at Bora Borabeach at San Pedro. Dining OutThere are numerous restaurants inGuadalmina catering for every taste. For asophisticated evening out head to PuertoBanus or Marbella where there are someexcellent restaurants. The Guadalminashopping area has great amenities,numerous bars, restaurants,shops and asizeable supermarketAttractionsVisit the nearby mountain village ofBenahavis, known as the dining room ofthe Costa del Sol , the village centre is fullof restaurants.
Within a few miles inlandfrom Guadalmina beach enjoy walking andcycling in Las Angosturas, the Zagaletanature reserve and around the Lechereservoir.
There are sweeping beaches, immaculatepromenades and excellent shoppingfacilities throughout while in the old townyou will discover a maze of narrow cobbledstreets lined with white washed houses,shops, bars and restaurants. In the heartof the old town is Plaza de los Naranjos, a del ightful square shaded by orange trees.
Explore the narrow streets, museums andthe remains of the old castle then take aleisurely stroll through the Parque Arroyode la Repressa. This pleasant park is madeup of terraced gardens and lakes whichoffer some welcome shade from the warmSpanish sunshine. Marbella also offersseveral good golf courses including LosNaranjos, Dama de Noche, Guadalminaand the world famous Valderrama course.
Another option is Playa Fontanillawest of the sporting marina, it has a lovelypromenade which overlooks this extensivestretch of coast. Openusually 10am — 10pm, sometimes Sundaybut check locally. In the same complexthere is a huge selection of shops withfamiliar names e. Bennetton, Wallisand Body Shop, plus designer clothesstores. Otherwise there are many smallersupermarkets, such as Euromarket andCayetano. You will find shopping and even windowshopping in Marbella a pleasure.
Its hometo many exclusive designer shops sellingclothes and shoes such as Versace,Gianfranco Ferre and Hermes Paris. Boutiques, jewellers, drugstores, musicshops and liquor stores line the streets,together with the attractive bars andrestaurants. Marbella indoor market, Monday toSaturday, 9am — 2pm, selling freshproduce in Calle Benevente.
Large outdoormarket in streets on the fairground onMonday 9am — 2pm. Marbella30 Museo de Bonsai Parque Arroya del a Repressa 10am — 1. WatersportsFunny Beach. Manywater sports on offer including scubadiving. Club Maritimo. Puerto Deportivode Marbella. Sailing,windsurfing and scuba diving. Coral Beach, Marbella. Jetski and canoes. Hotel LosMonteros, east of Marbella. Bikes and MotorbikesYou can rent a bicycle or motorbike fromMoto Mercado. Marbella Tel 86 Tel 95 ext.
Hotel Don Carlos, east of Marbella. These are all set against a backdrop ofluxury apartments, expensive shops andboutiques, night clubs and piano bars. The restaurants that litter the resort servea range of International cuisine with someof the finest housed around the marina.
This is a great placeto enjoy a spot of lunch or dinner as therestaurants not only serve del icious foodbut also overlook the expensive boats andyachts that litter the marina.
BeachesPlaya Puerto Banus is a very popularbeach and without doubt the place to beseen! Protected to the west by the marinajetty, it stretches along to the east andis overlooked by the Marbella Club. Thissandy beach can get very busy during thesummer months but there are plenty ofplaces to grab a refreshing drink or simplyescape the hot sun with lots of bars andrestaurants close at hand.
ShoppingHipercor at Puerto Banus. A large supermarket owned bythe El Corte Ingles store. Open 6 days aweek, 10am — 9. Check locallyfor times. Tel 95 Puerto Banus32 Undoubtedly picturesque and charming,Mijas offers its visitors a wealth ofattractions within the town itself from thetremendous views all the way down tothe coast, along with the wide variety ofrestaurants and craft shops to be foundon the narrow cobbled streets of the town.
There are many celebrations in Mijasduring the season together with the weeklymarket — an experience not to be missedon your holiday.
You can enjoy exploringthe narrow cobbled streets, whitewashedhouses, tiny plazas and fountains, del ightful churches and chapels, and manycraft and ceramic shops. There are alsosome first class restaurants to try whichserve typical Spanish tapas and fresh fishdishes. BeachesAway from the old town is an area knownas Mijas Costa which is the coastal areathat encompasses the town of Fuengirola.
This 12km stretch has beaches of all typesfrom quiet and intimate coves to populartourist beaches full of exciting water sports. Lining the beaches are a great selectionof beach bars and restaurants which arefamous for their del icious seafood.
ShoppingLa Cala de Mijas has the usual villageshops, chemist, banks, newspapers, postoffice and souvenir shops and Riviera del Sol supermarket. Club del Sol.
Next exit to toll road at Calahonda. WatersportsCabopino Marina, watersports, boat hireand fishing trips. Horse Racing Costa del Sol Hipodromo, Cala de Mijashas racing, a 5 tier grandstand, leisurecentre, riding centre, bars, restaurant,polo field and shopping area. The historic town of Nerja has remained untouched by majordevelopment and boasts some impressive mountain scenery. There are 13 kilometres of sandybeaches which include small, unspoiltcoves that lie below the impressive Murocliffs and the famous Burriana Beach whichoffers a wide variety of activities, watersports, cafes and restaurants.
Nerja has a number of culturalevents throughout the year, the mostacclaimed being the Nerja Cave Festivalwhich takes places amongst the stalactiteswhich have formed over millions of years. BeachesAs well as Burriana there are a host ofsmaller bays and quieter spots. Carabeois a quiet beach with magnificent viewsand plenty of rocks which makes it idealfor diving and snorkelling. El Chorillo andCarabeillo are two intimate coves withlovely clear waters while Maro Beach withits soft sands is one of the most popular inthe area.
MarketsThere are 3 distinct markets held in Nerjaeach week. On Sundays there is another market whichis more of a car boot sale. Market timesare in the mornings9. Sailing, diving and wind surfing. Bahia, Local Playa Burriana. The Plaza de la Igelsia is the centre ofactivity and is a good base from which toexplore the del ightful town with its prettyplazas, narrow streets, whitewashed oldhouses, traditional Spanish shops andexcellent restaurants. The promenade isa del ightful place to stroll with its beachsiderestaurants offering typical Spanishdishes and fresh fish.
The beach areasare attractive with good safe bathing andsports facilities such as scuba diving, jetskis, canoes and pedaloes. BeachesSan Pedro beach is one of a series oflong clean sandy beaches running fromPuerto Banus to Guadalmina. ShoppingMany of the shops are to be found in AvdaMarques del Duero and its pedestrianisedsection and streets leading off.
More shopsare located on Avda de la Constitucion andagain the streets leading off. GuadalminaCommercial Centre is just 1km tothe west of San Pedro where there arenumerous shops, bars, restaurants and aSupersol supermarket. Multisport, Avda Pablo Ruiz Picasso, De Ronda, km 2. Hotel Golf Guadalmina, San Pedro. Neuva Alcantara. Guadalmina Golf, Marbella. Hasnumerous facilities. Tel or Electricity AC - travellers from the UK will need a two-pin plug adaptor.
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Health and Safety12 13 Places to visitPlaces to visitBeachesBenalmadena Costa has a long stretchof beach area reaching from west ofTorremolinos all along the bendy coastroad, ending just east of Fuengirola town.
Shopping22 23 MarketsMarketsDaily covered markets can be found in most towns. Calahonda26 27 EsteponaEsteponaThis expanding sea side town has a lengthy promenade overlookingthe popular beach which offers safe bathing for families and goodfacilities.
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The beach is well equipped with bars and restaurants, sunbed and umbrella hire, pedaloes and surfing. The main road behind is lined with apartments, shops, bars and restaurants and the attractive promenade provides a pleasant stroll or place to sit and watch the world go by. Carvajal is the pleasant and reasonably quiet beach area at the far eastern end of Fuengirola, before it leads on to Benalmadena Costa. The locals make a beeline for it at weekends, and tend to arrive early! However, it is wide, clean and safe with plenty of restaurants and bars close at hand.
Access it by getting on to the Paseo Maritimo at Torreblanca and turning left. The Castillo El Ejido beach is located below the old Moorish castle on the western side of Fuengirola. The parking is good, although high season it gets a bit congested and the beach is a favourite with the local residents. Many new beach bars and restaurants have sprung up here over the past season and a new hotel is presently under construction on the promenade behind.
The estuary of the river is popular and children swim in the small shallow lake before it reaches the open sea. Nets and posts are on site for various ball games enjoyed by the locals, also sunbed and umbrella hire from the various bars.
It can be found at Km Daily membership is available. Located just east of Estepona, El Padron beach is a popular stretch of sandy beach with several beach bars and restaurants and facilities such as sun bed and umbrella hire. The luxury Hotel Kempinski overlooks the beach at Km off the N coast road and offers many water sports and activities, such as boating, diving and snorkelling, wind surfing and pedalos.
The main beach at Estepona is the Playa de la Rada, a fine long and wide stretch of sand overlooked by a pleasant tree lined promenade with gardens and children play areas with many restaurants and bars to choose from.
The beach was awarded the Blue Flag in and has excellent facilities. There is parking along the promenade although in high season it gets quite busy. Other public parking close by. Another beach in Estepona is the Blue Flag Playa El Cristo found just to the west of the town and within easy walking distance of the town and the marina.
Located in a cove it is a west facing beach, with bars, showers and parking. Playa Fontanilla is the very popular beach lying west of the sporting marina and connecting with the Playa Casablanca, together they stretch almost to the western side of Marbella town.
A lovely promenade overlooks this extensive stretch of coast, which offers clean safe bathing and excellent facilities. Plenty of restaurants and bars with toilets, showers and the usual sunbed and umbrella hire. Water sports such as speed boat and jet ski hire are available from the marina but windsurfing and pedalo hire centres are located at various centres along the beach. Funny Beach, advertised by a giant sized Coca Cola can on the beach side just east of Marbella town has a variety of water sports available such as jet ski hire, canoe and pedalo hire and wind surfing.
For children and adults they also have go karting, trampolines, and many other amusements. The beach itself Playa del Pinillo is quite narrow, but safe and clean with toilet, restaurant and bar facilities.
There is no promenade as such, but the beach can be accessed directly off the N coast road and parking is available on site. Marbella's Golden Mile is without doubt the place to be seen with its beaches, world famous hotels including Puente Romano Hotel and designer shops. The golden mile coastline is made up from many different beaches between Marbella and Puerto Banus and is flanked by a recently built promenade with is many beach bars dotted along the way.
These beaches have held the Blue Flag since If you feel like treating yourself, why not spend a day relaxing in the Marbella Club Beach Club. This lovely beach is overlooked by the fabulous Guadalmina Golf Course and Hotel on the western outskirts of San Pedro de Alcantara and has excellent facilities and a clean safe beach with many restaurants and bars close at hand.
There is the usual sun bed and umbrella hire and varied water sports and activities available from the hotel such as windsurfing, jet skiing, speed boats and pedalos. Reach the beach by turning off the N just before the concrete arch travelling west out of San Pedro. Situated at Km on the N coast road east of Estepona, Hacienda Beach is close to the luxury Las Dunas Hotel which has all manner of water sports and leisure activities on offer.
The beach is clean, safe and well equipped with a variety of restaurants and bars, toilets, sun bed and umbrella hire and beach showers. Take the La Cala exit off the N, park at the back of the town by the shops and walk down to the beach area.
Nice sandy beaches, well equipped with many bars and restaurants close at hand. Fishing boats and nets on the beaches all add to the atmosphere of this very pleasant resort which unfortunately does get quite crowded during July and August.
Worth a visit though, but arrive early. Pedalo hire and some wind surfing. Once upon a time, La Carihuela belonged to Torremolinos and was its fishing area. Nowadays, located on its western outskirts, La Carihuela still retains its charm and quaintness with narrow streets, a lovely new pedestrian promenade lined with fabulous fish restaurants and an extensive stretch of sandy beach with beds and umbrellas for hire, pedaloes, windsurfing and bars with showers and toilets.
The Marbesa beach is a long narrow stretch sand popular with local residents. There is no promenade here but the rather quality residential area of Marbesa overlooks it, with plenty of parking. A good choice of restaurants and bars some having sunbeds and umbrellas for hire. Popular with the locals for jogging and walking. Take the Las Chapas exit off the N and head down to the beach.
Mijas Costa is the long stretch of coast between Fuengirola and Marbella along which many urbanisations have sprung up on the inland side of the N and pedestrian bridges and under passes have been built to enable access to the many beaches. The majority of the beaches are sandy but fairly narrow. The urbanisations of Riviera del Sol and Calahonda all have access to reasonable beaches where a beach bar or restaurant is never far away and they will all have toilets and sunbed and umbrella hire.
The Nueva Andalucia beach is situated a 15 minute stroll west of Puerto Banus and is sandy and well equipped. Several beach clubs overlook the beach, including the Moosh Moosh at Villamarina and although not a formal promenade, it is an easy walk into Puerto Banus to enjoy the nightlife and shopping. A good choice of beach restaurants and bars with toilets, showers and sunbed and umbrella hire.
Windsurfing and pedalo hire available and jet ski and speed boat hire from the marina itself. It is also known as Playa de las Dunas-Carib and is a naturist beach. It can be best accessed by the Cabopino exit off the N and turning right into the sand dunes before arriving at the marina. You will see signs for Andres beach bar. Usual facilities with sunbed and umbrella hire and toilets.
Turn off the N coast road and follow signs down to the beach past the old Moorish watchtower. At the bottom there is plenty of parking and access to the beach.
The beach boasts a first class restaurant and bar, with pool and gardens and from where you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach. Pedalo hire and windsurfing are available. Puerto Banus is the ideal place for an exclusive selection of designer shops, restaurants and nightlife entertainment , together with an incredible display of yachts and pleaseure boats in the Marina.
To the east, towards Marbella town at a distance, the beach is mostly boarded by a relaxing promenade and leads you along the 'Golden Mile' streach of beaches with its array of top grade Hotels, beach bars and beach clubs along the way. Windsurfing and pedalo hire are available as well as jet ski and speed boat hire, at selected beach areas on this part of the Marbella coastline. Playa Puerto Banus is another very popular beach and without doubt the place to be seen! Protected to the west by the marina jetty, it stretches along to the east and is overlooked by the Marbella Club.
If the beach was crowded you might be tempted to spend a day at its beach club and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. If not, then be prepared for a crowded beach. Lots of bars and restaurants close at hand and the usual facilities. These three popular beaches located together around the Elviria area at Kms , and off the N coast road, all have very good facilities with plenty of restaurants and beach bars and adequate parking.
They are all reached down small roads through urbanisations and there is no promenade linking the three. Needless to say they do get busy during high season, especially at weekends with the locals but with daily cleaning, the beaches are safe and the atmosphere is always good. Access the beach by turning off the N at Sitio de Calahonda and taking the narrow road down with Mcdonalds on the left side.
There is a car park and a flight of steps lead down to a fairly narrow beach with a restaurant and bar and sun bed and umbrella hire. Very popular at weekends when parking could become difficult.
Sabinillas is a fairly large coastal town located on the N coast road in between the exits for the inland villages of Casares and Manilva. Not regarded as a holiday resort, the long sandy beaches are popular with the locals and those that know about them with good facilities including bed and umbrella hire. A real Spanish town with good shopping and a weekly market that is well worth visiting for its beach and typical bars and restaurants serving exquisite fish dishes.
No promenade as such but plenty of parking in the little side streets leading down to the beach. San Pedro is an attractive market town with its centre lying around yards from the coast on the N San Pedro beach is one of a series of long clean sandy beaches running from Puerto Banus to Guadalmina.
The promenade and beach areas are attractive with good safe bathing and sports facilities. Sotogrande at the far western end of the Costa del Sol and close to Gibraltar, is a top venue for golf and polo.
It also boasts a fabulous marina with wildlife marshland and is a luxury beach resort. The fine beach club backs on to the wide sandy beach which is safe and clean for bathing and taking the sun. At the beach club there are many water sports and activities available, including pedalos, jet skis, speed boats, windsurfing, childens games and competitions, tennis and golf.
Also on site are excellent restaurant and bar facilities. Torreblanca and the adjoining resort of Los Boliches, both located on the eastern side of Fuengirola were awarded the Blue Flag for their beaches in Wide expanses of sand stretching several miles from Fuengirola along to Carvajal attract holiday makers and locals alike and the facilities are first class. Plenty of beach bars and restaurants offering wonderful fish dishes and fresh char grilled sardines, sun bed and umbrella hire, toilets and beach showers.
Water sports on offers include pedaloes and windsurfing with several locations for 5 a side football. Well located just off the N at the Torremuelle exit with several beach bars and restaurants close at hand.
The sandy beach is not huge but is clean, safe and well equipped with sunbed and umbrella hire, pedaloes, toilets and showers. Parking on beach side is limited in high season but spaces available on other side of the road, with underpass access. Another popular beach on Benalmadena Costa is at Torrequebrada and access is from the N via the huge building which is the Torrequebarada Hotel and Casino on the beach side.
The beach has a couple of restaurants and bars with toilets and showers and all the usual facilities such as sunbed and umbrella hire, pedaloes and surfing. Parking is a little difficult in high season. A pleasant promenade overlooks the beach, and houses many popular restaurants and bars that are full to bursting point during the high season months. The beach is clean and safe with excellent facilities including toilets and showers, sunbed and umbrella hire, jet-ski and speed boat hire close by from the marina, pedalos and wind surfing.
Try to park in the Avd. The Costa del Sol is known for many things: Sun, sea and sand are the usual three that holidaymakers are keen to mention, but one thing that they really shout about is the food.
The area is known for blending the old and the new when it comes to cuisine, and there is a lot to experience in the more authentic, local restaurants. If you really want to see the true Costa del Sol, there are few better ways to experience real Spanish culture than with a visit to a local produce market. The area has an abundance of them, though not all of them are food produce specific, and many of the opening times and days vary throughout the seasons — it's always best to check when you arrive so you don't venture out on a wasted journey!
For fresh fish and meat, fruit and veg, you will find that most towns will have a local Municipal Market, usually located near the heart of the old town - known locally as the Mercado Municipal. These local markets are usually only open in the mornings, generally between 9am and 1pm, with stalls displaying a great selection of fresh foods. Each town will also have a specific day for their weekly "Rastro" markets which offer a combination of stalls, ranging from clothing to leather goods with a healthy dose of locally farmed produce too!
As with the majority of Spain, in Costa del Sol, be sure to expect a good punch of colour and flavour that has been perfected over hundreds of years. Whilst some dishes will have some modern touches, many of the region's favourites are old recipes that have been made time and time again — be sure to give something unexpected a try when you visit. Well-seasoned, this dish is refreshing and tasty, and is best served with freshly chopped peppers and onion. Tapas — Costa del Sol is no exception to the Spanish love of tapas.
These small plates are full of different ingredients and different tastes which can be mixed and matched with others to create an exciting dinner atmosphere, or can be great if you just fancy a small plate for a light meal.
You can read more about the tapas dishes that the area is known for in our Guide to Costa del Sol. As an area that fully embraces the Mediterranean location, you can't help but associate the taste of their food with sun and holidays.
On a warm summer's evening, just serving up the right kind of food can even make dining in at home into a treat that feels distinctly Spanish, especially if you've got the right recipes to hand. Clams are a large part of the Costa del Sol foodie culture, as is the traditional dessert dish of Churros con chocolate.
This recipe is simple but delicious, relying on high-quality ingredients to achieve that authentic depth and flavour. Place them in a casserole dish or stew pot on a medium heat and stir in the onion, garlic and parsley. Cook for a minute or two, then sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper and turn the heat up.
Once the clams have opened up and softened, the dish is ready to serve straight from the pot. Sprinkle with parsley to serve. Firstly, mix together the flour and the baking powder in a large bowl. Then, mix through the olive oil and water to form a dough. Once the dough has reached the desired thick but flexible consistency, leave it to rest for around 30 minutes.
After the dough has rested, heat the oil up in a sturdy frying pan and allow it to heat up — the oil should sizzle. Fill a piping bag with your doughy mixture, and slowly pipe in reasonable lengths into the frying pan.
Allow them to cook until golden, covering if necessary to ensure an even cook. For the chocolate dipping sauce, you should melt the two types on chocolate together, and stir to combine.
To loosen the chocolate up, add a little of the milk and stir, continuing until you are happy that the churros can be dipped! Serve the churros warm with the chocolate dip on the side, and enjoy! French Riviera. Italy Puglia. Portugal Algarve. Our finest villas that offer a little something extra. New to Villa Plus. Destination Villa Name Any Destination.
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