Outstanding visits: Costa del Sol

July 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm 1 comment

Costa del Sol features great tourist attractions that we hope will make you come back. This is part one of a feature article with Costa del Sol’s best sights. Source: Visitcostadelsol.com

1. One of the most original leisure facilities on the Costa del Sol is the “Teleférico de Benalmádena” (Benalmádena Aerial Cable Car), also known as the “telecabina”. Its embarkation point is next to the Tivoli amusement park in Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena. While travelling something more than 2,600 metres in about fifteen minutes, the visitor has the opportunity to enjoy the most exceptional views on the Costa del Sol. When he arrives at his destination he will be at an altitude of about 800 metres. At that elevation the landscape is enormous, as not only several Costa del Sol municipalities can be seen but also, but only if the day is especially clear, the coast of the African continent.

2. The discovery almost half a century ago of this cave, also known as the “Natural cathedral of the Costa del Sol”, was a decisive factor in making Nerja a focal point for international tourism.  Cave paintings have been found in several rooms that, according to Professor Sanchidrián Torti, constitute a “Solutrense sanctuary”. Two kinds of iconography can be seen: animal (equines and deer) and abstract, with curved-line motifs. Special mention also should be made of the “mono-themed Magdaleniense chapel” in the upper galleries, in which are found the “Dolphin Sanctuary” and several specimens of post-Palaeolithic art with anthropomorphic figures in dancing poses. The human remains that have been found, on the other hand, are of Cro-Magnon man.

3. The El Torcal Natural Area, the most impressive karstic landscape in Europe, is located in the centre of the province just 12 kilometres from Antequera. Its fantasy-like rock formations cover an area of 12 square kilometres. The territory comprises four distinct zones: Sierra Pelada, Torcal Alto, Torcal Bajo, Tajos and Laderas. The second of these is the best to visit and is the site of the Las Ventanillas scenic overlook, which affords an impressive panoramic view of part of the province of Málaga and even, on clear days, the coast of Africa.

4. Due to its characteristics Laguna de Fuente de Piedra (Lake Fuente de Piedra) is considered a unique enclave among western Mediterranean wetlands, and it is with good reason that the largest colony of flamingos on the Iberian Peninsula gathers here. The Protected Area covers more than 1,360 hectares, of which 164 belong to the actual Nature Preserve.

4. The Picasso Museum in Málaga, inaugurated in 2003, is located in the Los Condes de Buenavista Palace, a magnificent sixteenth century building that formerly housed the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts. After undergoing an exemplary remodelling process and intelligent adaptation of its premises to the modern concept of a museum it has become one of the main representatives of the culture of present-day Málaga. The museum brings together more than 200 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and engravings, by this artistic genius from Málaga. Most were provided by Christine Ruiz Picasso and they encompass all of the painter’s periods.

(to be continued)


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