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As the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga is particularly famous for its sun, sea and sand but it also offers many cultural gems to those who know where to look. There are two fantastic museums here – the Picasso and the Thyssen – which you can spend hours wandering around in, entirely immersed in the sensational artwork. Also of interest to art-lovers or those seeking a more cultural Costa del Sol holiday are the house where Picasso was born, the citadel and the Roman theatre.
Granada is considered Andalucía’s trendiest and most youthful city which in itself makes it worth the hour long journey, but there is so much more to this fabulous city than just that. Granada also houses La Alhambra, a World Heritage site which is the most visited and most symbolic monument in all of Spain. The Albaicín and Sacromonte neighbourhoods fill the city with vibrant colour and charm, and the majestic peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range provides the perfect backdrop to this captivating city which offers a delightful twist on a classic Costa del Sol holiday.
Located in the province of Malaga is Antequera, which is considered the historic and artistic hub of the region. A visit to this historical town is like stepping back in time; there are burial mounds, Moorish castles, Gothic churches, Roman baths, Renaissance fountains and baroque bell towers. El Torcal is a unique natural beauty spot also located in the town, and its unusual limestone rock formations, moulded by the wind and rain are a must-see.
Considered one of the prettiest towns in all Andalucia, the mountain town of Ronda truly will take your breath away. Split in half by the spectacular Tajo river gorge, ancient houses teeter precariously on the cliff top and offer dizzying views of the stunning landscape. As well as its natural beauty, Ronda has plenty of culture to offer too; the beautiful Plaza de Toros bullring and its museum provide an excellent insight into one of Spain’s most famous and controversial traditions.
Founded by the Romans, ancient Cordoba’s heritage is not hard to miss; its famous bridge over the Guadalquivir River is called El Puente Romano, but it’s not just the Romans who have contributed to this strikingly beautiful city. Cordoba was once the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus, which is why its architecture is so outstandingly unique. Its old town is the second largest in Europe and is a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards and scenic squares that are perfect for enjoying a well-earned meal or drink.