The Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol offers a huge range of pastimes to tempt everyone, water parks, zoo’s , beautiful beaches, ancient culture or deep sea fishing (you can catch blue shark in the deeper waters), and more sporty activities like skiing Para-sending, water-skiing, surfing, safaris, paint ball, horse riding and dolphin watching, are a few of the activities on offer.
The Costa del Sol has over 160 Kilometres of coastline,2,500 hours of sunshine per year, and an average winter temperture of 16 degreess, to complement the temperate climate there are many places of historical interest, Moorish towers, churches, Caves and natural parks to name but a few exciting and cultural opportunities available in this history packed location, tours and excursions can be booked at local travel agents, unless you are an experienced traveler then you can of course plan your own route.
The differences in the old style villages compared to the new modern towns can be amazing, from the sophisticated and high class playground of the rich and famous in Marbella and Puerta Banus, to the very Andalusian cobbled streets of Mijas and Antequera were the elderly women still sit outside their houses lace making.
There is a destination for everyone a fantastic place for a relaxing holiday, or adventure and excitement, take a professionally arranged day trip to Morocco or Portugal and Gibraltar for some culture, shopping and excitement.
The Costa del Sol is rapidly being renamed the Costa del Golf, you can enjoy over 40 courses and there are more in the pipeline, from the famous Sotogrande Course, Valderama to the friendly course at Mijas and other local favorites such as Miraflores at Calahonda and Santa Maria golf at Elviria, with lots more right on your door step!
The currency here is the Euro, there is a selection of local small bureaus for currency conversion, these quiet often offer the best value, but remember to ask how much commission they charge, always use an exchange where the charges and exchange rates are clearly stated.
It is can still be cheap to eat out in Spain, there are restaurants offering all you can eat buffets from around 12 Euros per person plus drinks, and a wide variety of Spanish tapas bars, a typical tapa will cost from as little as 2 Euro for each tapa you order, a good 3 course meal with a glass of wine would on average set you back approximately 18 Euros per person, or you can choose the from the fantastic al carte dining experiences of both the Mediterranean and international kitchens.
Beer is served as a caña tall tube glass. Should you require something bigger, ask for a jarra (about pint sized) Tinto Verano is the Spanish local drink, red wine over ice with a topping of casera (lemonade): It is much more refreshing than Sangria and can be drunk all day whilst sitting in the sun, making those all important decisions such as where to eat tonight. Spirits are of course poured in measures which may vary upon how nicely you smile at your waiter or waitress but are still famously large (huge)!