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Nerja

Nerja

| January 31, 2012

The vibrant little coastal town, Nerja, lies at the foot of the Sierre Almijara, Andalusia. Here, mountains plunge straight into the crystal clear sea and coastlines jut proudly against an backdrop of sea and sky. Continue Reading

Costa del Sol weather

Costa del Sol weather

| January 31, 2012

An accurate weather forecast is important when planning your holiday to the Costa del Sol in Spain. Luckily, Costa del Sol has some of the best weather in the country. This area gets very little rain, and virtually none in the summer. There are approximately 300 sunny days in the year in the region. Continue Reading

Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus

| January 31, 2012

Puerto Banus is a marina that is located on the Costa del Sol, Spain.  It is close to the resort of Marbella and is a popular holiday destination.  The area boasts some beautiful beaches and fashionable shopping areas.  The scenery is magnificent with a mountainous landscape in the background of this burgeoning and stylish resort.   Continue Reading

Malaga, the capital of Costa del Sol

Malaga, the capital of Costa del Sol

| January 31, 2012

Vicente Aleixandre, the distinguished Nobel prize-winning poet, described Málaga as the “City of paradise. You seem to reign under the heavens, over the waters, between the air”; a city in which different peoples and cultures have left an imprint of their rich historical and cultural heritage.

Málaga, fenced in by mountains and fractured by the mouth of the Guadalmedina river, looks upon the Mediterranean with its maritime vocation and medley of villages. The Phoenicians arrived by sea and founded the settlement of Malaka. From its port they ferried their products (fish, silk, figs, wines, raisins, almonds, etc.) throughout the Roman Empire, receiving from Rome Lex Flavia malacitana ensuring their privileges.

Under Arab domination it became one of the most important cities of the area, with a population of fifteen thousand at the end of the 10th century. Capital of the Moorish Hammudí kingdom, it was a flourishing city when the famous traveller Ibn Batuta said in the 14th century that “it combined the advantages of both the inland and the seaside”.

Malaga view from Gibralfaro mountain

Malaga view from Gibralfaro mountain

The recapturing of Granada by Ferdinand, the Catholic Monarch, and the subsequent revolts leading to the expulsion of the Moors, seriously affected its development in the 16th and 17th centuries. Prosperous trade with America and improved communications turned it into one of the main commercial centers in Spain during the next century. The confrontation between the absolutists and liberals led in the second half of the 19th century to industrialization and an economic boom at the hand of the textile, and iron and steel industries.

The decline of these industries at the end of the 19th century brought it to a lull from which it bounced back with more vigor than ever thanks to tourism starting in the 50’s, consecrating it as capital of  the sun and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain.

Costa del Sol tourism

Costa del Sol tourism

| January 31, 2012

The Costa del Sol or “Sun Coast”, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world due to its natural beauty and infrastructure, extends along the entire coast of the province of Málaga and the Mediterranean coast of Cádiz.

The section along the Mediterranean coast from Nerja to Sotogrande blends the beauty of its beaches with the rustic mountain countryside that protects the coast and provides it with a truly exceptional climate. Three hundred and twenty-five days of sunshine a year and an average water temperature of eighteen degrees Centigrade (64ºF) attract visitors all year round to the sun and shores. Continue Reading