Costa del Sol Holidays
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The Costa del Sol is all about year-round fun and sun. The essential ingredients are here: sandy beaches, sunshine, great hotels and restaurants, plus bars, entertainment and sporting pursuits, from a leisurely round of golf to a vigorous course in kitesurfing. Away from the coast, the countryside is stunning, while the Costa capital of Málaga has big-city sophistication with museums, theatres and stylish shops. To many tourists Málaga has tended to serve primarily as a gateway to the coast or its hinterland. However, since the opening of the Picasso Museum, along with several other new museums and expansion projects, there is an awakening of interest in the city whose old quarters, churches, traditional bars and restaurants give a true taste of Andalucia.
La AlcazabraThe old Moorish fortress of Alcazaba dates back to the 11th century and stands high above Málaga city, witth its terraces offering magnificent views of the harbour. Within the inner perimeter is a museum, housing recovered Moorish artefacts from the area.
Málaga CathedralBuilt between 1528 and 1782 on the site of a former Mosque, this picturesque cathedral features a richly decorated Renaissance style interior with 40 finely carved statues crafted by Pedro de Mena, of one Spain's most celebrated wood carvers.
Roman AmphitheatreAt the base of Alcazaba Hill, this pre-Christian theatre remained hidden from the eyes of the world for many years until it was discovered by chance in 1951. Built under the reign of Caesar Augustus, much of the seating remains in its original state.
GibralfaroRight above the Alcazaba stands the Castle of Gibralfaro, crowning the hill of the same name. It was built in the 14th century on a former Phoenician site and was once the scene of a three month siege against the Catholic Monarchs.
Town Hall PalaceA beautiful, striking example of art nouveau architecture, built in the early 20th century. It stands out as one of Málaga's landmark buildings and it enjoys an unrivalled location on the park promenade between the port and the city's old town.
Picasso MuseumInstalled in the magnificent Palacio Buenavista, this museum contains more than 180 works by Picasso, including drawings, sculptures and ceramics, the majority of which have been donated by Christina, Picasso's daughter-in-law.