Spain, Malaga – La Cala de Mijas and Marbella
Even though summer is slowly coming to an end, it is still a good time for vacation. Today, we will head the sunny country of Spain, more precisely to Andalusia. We will see the province of Malaga to enjoy the Costa del Sol.
The Costa del Sol is one of the world's most famous tourist destinations. It consists of picturesque fishing villages with stunning architecture and stunning coastline. We stayed in La Cala, part of Mijas town. Originally an agricultural and fishing village with a typical white house built in the 1960s was the target of tourism that brought her unprecedented growth.
At present, there are many shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and monuments. Of these, we will mention a small chapel or historic towers pointing to the presence of enemy ships along the Mediterranean coast. Most of them come from the 16th century. The seafront is lined with wooden promenades and washed by the relatively wild sea. For lovers of snorkeling the sea offers an incredibly rich demonstration of underwater life.
When we were amazed at the beaches, good food and sunshine, we decided to take a trip to a few kilometers away from Marbella. Originally a small settlement, largely destroyed after the Spanish Civil War and the World War II, the rich marquis Ricardo Sorian and his nephew Alfons von Hohenlohe managed to make this place a the meeting point for the aristocrats, film stars (Sean Connery, George Clooney, Dolph Lundgren, etc.) and many other rich and famous visitors, who has contributed to the unprecedented boom. This part of history still reminds of the prestigious Marbella Club or the luxurious yacht port of Puerto Banús from the early seventies.
Of course Marbella is not just for the rich. Perhaps the biggest attraction of the city is the pedestrian boulevard Avenida del Mar, which is decorated with dozens of sculptures by the significant surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. There are also city walls, several museums, exhibition grounds, many golf courses, the Golden Mile, and a rich cultural program including concerts, theater performances and opera performances. Since the city lies not only by the sea but also at the foot of the Sierra Blanca, it is an ideal starting point for tourists. From natural beauties, we would emphasize the protected beach of Dunas de Artola, which has marram grass, sea daffodils and the endemite in the form of the Posidonia oceanica plant.
When visiting Marbella, we also saw the Gibraltar Strait separating Europe from Africa. Since we were left with a few more days left, we decided we had to see him close. We'll tell you about that in a week.
GPS: 36°30'11.7"N 4°40'48.8"W (La Cala de Mijas)
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photos: Miroslav Lipovský
If you are thinking about this year's holiday, be sure not to forget the Canary Islands in your choice. Although geographically a part of the African continent, it belongs to Spain. Tenerife is their largest island and attracts not only the tranquil atmosphere, but also the more demanding tourists for its unique beauty of volcanic nature.
Avila's pride, among others, are its perfectly preserved walls. Once you get there, you will find yourself in a world where time has stopped. These walls protect many historical monuments including Romanesque churches, medieval monasteries or Renaissance palaces.
Marbella, the home for 140 thousand, was introduced in the last part. Today, we will continue in our trip to explore some nooks of this city in south of Spain.
Marbella is a beautiful and also clean city. It is situated on the famous coastline strip known as Costa del Sol. Marbella's promenades are lined with palms, luxurious beach clubs, and golf courses.
We will spend the first October Friday in Merida again, where we will visit some of the other ancient sights, such as the Roman amphitheater with a huge auditorium for 15,000 spectators, who were also watching gladiatorial matches. The amphitheater was so vast that there were also naval battles in it, because the stage could be flooded and the ships were let off by a gate.
In the west of Spain, close to the borders with Portugal, there is the town of Merida, a city of amazin excavations which are protected by the UNESCO. Merida offers some of the most preserved pieces of Roman architecture.
After vacation on Costa del Sol, Spain and walking through picturesque seaside towns, we have decided to experience the adventure. So we set out on the most southern tip of Spain, which is the United Kingdom's overseas territory - to Gibraltar.
There is a small British enclave in the southernmost tip of Spain (Andalusia region known for the cities of Cordoba and Granada mostly). The earliest finding of human settlement dates back to the Stone Age here. A skull of a Neanthrtal man was found there. Later, armed struggles were led over the this strategic area which was annexed by the United Kingdom eventually.
In narrow streets of historical center in Barcelona is really easy to get lost. However, you can be sure that you would always end up at some cathedral or, at least, small shrine. They are hard to see from distance, they just suddenly pop up in front of you. On the other hand, famous Sagrada Família is easy to see from distance.
Whether you are lured by noisy streets of Sevilla, rhythm of flamenco and Sevillans, mystery of Cordoba, charm of Cadiz, or beauty of Granada with the Sierra Nevada in the background. You simply can’t let this slip away...
My trip to sunny Andalusia, rhythm of unbounded and wild guitarist Paca de Lucía, flamenco dancers, people of Sevilla goes on and this time it takes place in marvellous Granada.
I believe I will visit Granada one more time at some point in the future. Yet now I head to Málaga and Córdoba.
Cordoba was the richest city of the West and the center of Islamic culture. First emirs resided in Seville. In the sixth year of Arab occupation (716) Emir Alhor moved his court to Cordoba. The ruled as deputies of the caliph of Damask. They were military warlords subordinated to the might of the House of Umayyad.
It is time to move on in the direction to Cádiz. Everybody recommended me to see it. So why not?
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