The history of Costa del Sol goes way back to the Phoenicians. As it has been inhabited, along the years, by Greeks, Romans, and Moors, visiting Costa del Sol will allow you to see the mark each of these populations left on the local culture and architecture. In fact, a visit to Costa del Sol will be a cultural immersion for you, if you let it be.
With 320 days of sunshine a year, there is no doubt Costa del Sol attracts a lot of visitors. The southern Spanish coastline is home to numerous expats, mainly from northern Europe. Also, a large number of seniors are spending the winter months there to avoid the cold weather in their home countries. And who can blame them! Costa del Sol is not only good for the warm weather. It's also home to wide cultural heritage dating back to when the Moors took over the southern part of the peninsula, as well as incredible nature with spectacular hiking opportunities, often overlooked by tourists in search of sunny days.
Stretching 160 kilometers from Manilva in the west to Nerja in the east, Costa del Sol has become one of the most popular destinations for Europeans looking for the combination of beach and sun. This has also led to overtourism in certain parts.For this reason, I urge you to stay only at hotels during your stay in Costa del Sol so that you don't contribute to this negative trend for the Spanish.Another way you can work against overtourism in Costa del Sol, is to travel there only in low season or shoulder season which is between mid-September and mid-June. I promise you, that you will prefer going in this period too. It's no point in fighting about the space if you don't have too.
This days in Costa del Sol itinerary starts in La Cala de Mijas, a small coastal village with a relaxed atmosphere. If you haven't had your breakfast at the hotel, I suggest you try a "tostada", or "churros" if you like your breakfast sweet, at Currería Cafetería Cañon in Boulevard de La Cala for an authentic Spanish breakfast. After breakfast, you should walk through the village and down to the beach. The Costa del Sol beaches are famous and should be included on your Costa del Sol trip.If you follow the boardwalk you can walk all the way to Riviera which is a beautiful walk. You can stop when you feel like it and chill at the beach or even go for a swim.After lunch, head up to Mijas Pueblo, the little white village halfway up the hillside. There, you can enjoy some incredible views over Fuengirola and the deep blue sea in the far end.
El Torcal de Antequera is home to some of the most spectacular karst landscapes in Europe, that is why it is the start of the second day of this local's itinerary for Costa del Sol. The nature reserve has two marked loop trails. One green, that takes about 45 minutes to walk and one yellow route that takes approximately 2 hours to walk. It is mostly flat and easy to walk for people of all ages. You can also get pretty nice views of the surrounding valleys just by the end of the trails.You are very likely to see wild mountain goats in the reserve. Make sure you respect these beautiful creatures by not feeding them, chasing them, or trying to get to close. If you bring a lunch pack, you can chill in the middle of the nature reserve while enjoying this incredible natural spot. Make sure you don't leave any waste behind.
You should spend the last day of this Costa del Sol itinerary in Nerja. There is only a few minutes' drive between Nerja, Frigiliana, and Nerja Caves and all of these are truly great things to do in Costa del Sol.Start with a tour in Nerja Caves. They offer a 45-minute tour in the incredible caves where you can witness the world's largest stalactite! That's pretty awesome. To get the most out of the day, I recommend you get there when it opens.
Days in Costa del Sol
February 15, 2021