Places To See

There's so much to see and do on the Costa del Sol, whether you're six or sixty!
Here's a few suggestions of some of the best places to visit that we've found on the Costa del Sol.

Puerto de la Duquesa

Nestled between the beautiful blue flag beaches of El Castillo and Sabinillas, affectionately called the 'Duquesa Golden Mile', Puerto de la Duquesa seems a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of some other parts of the Costa del Sol. One of the coast's finest sporting marinas, Puerto de la Duquesa boasts a wide choice of amenities, including supermarkets, banks, butchers, bakers, grocers and plenty of affordable, top class international cuisine restaurants, as well as numerous boutique eateries, cafes and bars. During the balmy summer evenings Puerto de la Duquesa hosts the wonderful Tourist Craft Market, popular with local residents and visitors. All in all, Puerto de la Duquesa is the perfect place to unwind, relax and have fun!

Mijas

With its attractive mountain setting, Mijas is a real treat. Whilst catering for tourists, it has still retained most of its charm; narrow winding streets with superb views of the pine clad mountains and the coast below. On the central square you will see the ever-patient donkeys lined up. Adorned with colourful saddles and tassels, they serve as little taxis and can be hired for rides around the town.

Casares

Casares has a reputation for being the most photogenic town in Andalucia. It is easily accessible from the coast; a turning from Estepona leads up into the hills of the Sierra Bermeja. Nothing prepares you for the spectacular view with white houses spread on the hill. Strolling through the white terraced streets up to the castle, you can discover much of the Spanish charm of Casares.

Marbella

Welcome to the playground of the rich and famous! Marbella is the most glamorous town on the Costa del Sol, with a truly dazzling array of restaurants, bars and designer boutiques. Nevertheless, it still stays true to its Spanish soul; its traditional Old Town is the heartbeat of the area. It has the perfect combination of history and the modern world existing side-by-side.

Puerto Banus

Puerto Banús is the prime party spot on the Costa del Sol - this area is not called the Spanish Riviera for nothing. Expect to be up until sunrise if you're going to party here...it’s not for the faint-hearted!

Ronda

One of the most distinctive, traditional and beautiful towns in Spain. Ronda is split into the old and new parts by the El Tajo gorge. The gorge is spanned by the Puente Nuevo Bridge, which provides visitors with a stunning view. The bullring, which can be found by the bridge, was built in 1785 and is the oldest in Spain. The bullring is now only used for special fiestas, but is well worth a visit to see the museum and to admire a touch of ‘old’ Spain.

Gibraltar

A 25-minute drive will take you to Gibraltar, which can be seen from Duquesa on a clear day. The border is at La Linea and it is recommended to leave your car on the Spanish side, by a meter on the side of the road, or one of the underground car parking stations, as Customs and queuing each way is very time-consuming with a car. Don’t forget your passport to cross the border! In Gibraltar there are so many activities you will be spoilt for choice. Enjoy some tax-free shopping, or relax with a very English lunch of fish ‘n’ chips and a pint of beer! A cable car runs to the top of the rock, where you can meet the famous Barbary Apes, enjoy the magnificent view, enter the Great Siege Tunnels and visit St Michaels Cave.

There's so much to see in Gibraltar that we seriously recommend you pre-book a 'Rock Tour' with a reputable guide. We recommend Carl Mesillo of Inside-Out Rock Tours. Carl is ranked No.1 on TripAdvisor and it really shows! Carl will absolutely make sure that you get the most fun out of your rock tour and is on-hand to provides recommendations of the best places to eat and shop after your rock tour!