Gibraltar: 15 minutes
This seven mile British territory is nestled in the Straits of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic. It is a town which is classified as a free port, meaning that alcohol and tobacco are cheaper than in other places – which is certainly one of the reasons it’s so popular with tourists! Steeped in history, Gibraltar is distinctively beautiful and has fantastic shopping facilities, beaches and outdoor activities to enjoy
Tangier: 25/30 minutes
Just 14 km separates the African coast from the coast of Cadiz, so why not visit a completely different continent on your Costa del Sol holiday? You can depart from Tarifa by ferry and be in Morocco in half an hour. Morocco’s cultural and culinary delights have never been so accessible, so take advantage of this during your Costa del Sol holiday and explore this enchanting gateway into Africa.
Tarifa: 35 minutes
Beautiful Tarifa is very popular tourist destination due to its ten kilometres of white sandy beaches, astounding natural beauty and excellent surfing conditions. Its white sand dunes are one of the most main tourist attractions of this area, along with the wide range of water sports on offer. Particularly of note is Bolonia beach, home to the curious ruins of the ancient Roman town of Baelo Claudia
Málaga: 1 hour
It would be a grave mistake to write Malaga off as just a beach destination. As well as sun and beaches, the capital of the Costa del Sol offers:
two notable museums, the Picasso and the Thyssen which any art enthusiast will be able to spend hours in; the house where Picasso was born as well as a famous citadel and Roman theatre are also found in Malaga The old town is especially renowned for its narrow and winding shopping streets, superb restaurants and a charming pedestrianised centre, Larios.
Ronda: 1 hour
Ronda is quite possibly the jewel in the crown of Andalucian towns. The 18th century Puente Nuevo bridge which straddles the imposing 100 metre gorge will take your breath away – it’s easy to see why Ronda is considered to be one of the prettiest towns in the region. As well as admiring the gorge bridge, a visit to this lovely town isn’t complete without a ride in a horse-drawn carriage along the typical Andalucian streets and a visit to the Acinipo archaeological site, an old Roman town 20 km from Ronda.
The delightful city of Granada houses La Alhambra, the most visited and most symbolic monument in Spain which is both a palace and a fortress and tremendously beautiful. Its decadent towers, royal apartments and gardens show the magnificence of Granada’s rich history. After visiting the Alhambra, the Cathedral, the Bañuelo, the Carrera del Darro, Paseo de los Tristes and Plaza Nueva are all must-see attractions too – but don’t forget to enjoy some tapas and wine in one of the great restaurants too!
As the home of flamenco, horses, sherry and brandy, Jerez has plenty of entertaining activities for tourists to enjoy. From wine tours in the famous wine and brandy cellars to horse shows at the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre (Royal Andulucian School of Equestrian Art), Jerez has more than enough cultural events to please just about everyone. Heavily influenced by its rich and diverse history, at just over an hour’s drive Jerez is undoubtedly worth a visit.
As the one-time capital of the Moorish empire, Seville is just as rich in history and culture as you would expect. Aside from its impressive monuments which include the Torre del Oro, the Giralda, the Alcázar, the Archivo de Indias, the Palacio de San Telmo and the Tobacco Factory (to name just a few!) Seville also is home the most unique adventure park in the area, El Bosque Suspendido (‘The Hanging Forest’) which is situated in a hundred–year-old pine forest.
Seville is also very enthusiastic about its provincial customs including as flamenco, tapas and sherry drinking.