With 320 days of sunshine per year and more than 10 hours of sunshine per summer day, the Costa del Sol, meaning sunshine coast, has earned its name. It belongs to the province of Málaga in Andalusia and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain. In addition to the famous cities of Marbella, Fuengirola and Torremolinos, it’s the small coastal villages at the Costa del Sol that spread the very special charm. We took a look at the most beautiful ones and put them together…
Discover the most charming villages at the Costa del Sol
In the Andalusian mountains, the picturesque small town of Ronda is located on a rocky plateau. Three breathtaking bridges connect the old town with the new town, which are separated by the canyon Tajo de Ronda. One of these bridges is the eighteenth-century Puente Nuevo, which constitutes the cityscape. Worth seeing is the bullring, one of the oldest and best preserved in the country. The old town itself is like one huge sight because of its narrow, white streets and the many historic buildings. The palace Mondragon from Islamic times is a real architectural jewel, as well as the town hall at the Plaza Duquesa de Parcent. Ronda uniquely combines history, nature and architecture.
The popular tourist town not only attracts with wonderful beaches but also with the famous caves of Nerja. The city is as interesting for nature lovers as it is for culture enthusiasts. In and around Nerja there are enchanting sandy beaches and cliffs, but also mountainous areas like the Sierra Almijara. This is where the famous stalactite caves with a length of almost 5 kilometers and an impressive scenery are located. You should not miss a walk to the Balcón de Europa, which is located on the remains of a fortress in the cliffs. It is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the south and a perfect place for a romantic dinner.
The breathtakingly beautiful village in the mountains has been awarded as “Most Beautiful Village of Andalusia” several times. Typical for Frigiliana are the narrow flower-decorated streets and the white houses for which the region is generally known. A stroll through the Moorish quarter of Barrio Morisco is a great experience for the younger ones as well as the older ones: the ruins of Lizar Castle, the Church of San Antonia, the El Ingenio Palace or the Apero Palacio are just a few of the area’s noteworthy sights. The place is also known for the Moscatel wine and so-called sugar honey, a syrup that is nowhere else produced in Europe.
The idyllic village on the hills of the Sierra Bermeja and the Sierra Crestellina seems almost majestic. Legend has it that it got its name from Julius Caesar, who had a disease treated in the nearby sulfur baths of Hedionda. Up here, there is still peace and quite and the tourist bustle of the Costa del Sol is not even noticeable in the summer months. Nevertheless, the town has many attractions, most notably the 15th century Mudejar Castle, from where you can even see Gibraltar in good weather. The real highlight, however, is the atmosphere and the down-to-earth nature of the place that you have to feel on your own.
The romantic town of Mijas stretches from the Costa del Sol to the Sierra de Mijas. In addition to the typical white houses, the colorfully decorated donkey taxis are the attraction of the place. A donkey ride costs about 12 € and is an incomparable experience especially for children. Because of the hillside location, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and learn more about the cultures and their history in the many museums. The miniature museum Museo de Miniaturas Carromato de Max is absolutely worth seeing especially for the little ones; for example, Lincoln was painted on a pinhead, while Da Vinci is seen on a grain of rice.
Do you feel like discovering the area and the unknown villages at the Costa del Sol? Maybe you are also interested in what else there is to do in Nerja, as you can read in this article. Moreover, we have selected the most beautiful houses for families on the Costa de la Luz nearby to save you the search ?