Andalucian Horse ShowThe Andalucian Horse Show is held in Torremolinos. This show is called "Rhythm on Horse" and is a real equestrian ballet. Its choreography is based on some reprises of classic and Vaquera Tame. Only those who have the opportunity to admire it can believe what they are seeing. Exercises such as plaffe, posadas and passage are shown with horsemen on the ground. Only open on a Wednesday from June to october. There is a bus service available.
Aqua Park - Mijas
An Oasis of water and rides for all ages; well-supervised fun from the children's pool to the exciting wave making pool and challenging kami kazi slide. Kids under 4 go free and there are discounts for under 12 years. Special 2-day tickets available, and discount for afternoon entry or group bookings. You can take your own picnic or eat at the restaurant or barbecue. Coast Road N340.
Torremolinos Aquapark was built in 1984 and has constantly been updated with its attractions and installations. The Aquapark is undoubtedly the pioneer and is the largest Water Park on the Costa del Sol. It features the highest ‘Kamikaze’ in Spain and other attractions there include the ‘Black Hole’ and a multi-pool area. Aquapark is located in one of the most visited and developed tourist areas, covering over 70,000 square metres and is certainly a fun filled day out for the whole family. There is a bus service available which takes you right there, and there are a selection of bars and restaurants and souvenir shops on site. For those of you who wish to just relax, there are sunbeds for hire!
For truly spectacular views there is only one place to be - Up in a Hot Air Balloon. Trips are organised from the whitewashed village of Ronda. You can look down at the famous Gorge, onto the rooftops and courtyards of the Old Town. When you come down to earth a delicious champagne breakfast, Andalucian style with quails eggs and Serrano ham, will be waiting for you. Head for Ronda and telephone for location: 95 287 7249
Benalmadena Golf Club
Recently opened Benalmadena Golf Club has something to offer for everyone. There is a 9-hole course, driving range and a putting green with a beautiful clubhouse overlooking all the play areas. Meals and snacks are available at reasonable prices.
Also available is an outdoor Bowling Green. Costa del Sol and Benalmadena bowlers run the bowls. Daily bowling is charged at 8 euros for non-members; shoes and bowls can be hired at the club.
There is a small cove in Benalmadena called Benalnatura which is a nudist beach. To get there, take the N-340 in the Fuengirola direction and turn off at the roundabout between Torrequebrads and Torremuelle. A concrete road leads down on the road toward the beach and chiringuito below.
The Blanket Trip is one of the most popular excusrions on the Costa del Sol. The presentation is very clever, with references to health problems such as arthritis and rheumatism. Also for sale are smaller items such as fleecy slippers, baby wear and chair cushions. Bookings can be made through Minerva Reception, and many other places. You may even see someone along the promenade who will provide you with all the details. A bus will pick you up at designated spots along the costa, and the whole trip is absolutely FREE! (With no obligation to purchase anything!) It is also a chance to see a bit of the countryside on your travels, including a stop off at a local tourist spot.
Bullfighting is certainly one of the best known, although at the same time one of the most controversial Spanish customs. This Fiesta would not exist without the Toro Bravo, a species of bull of an archaically race that is only found in Spain The Bible reports on sacrifices of bulls in honour to the divine justice. Also in the religious ceremonies of Iberian tribes living in Spain in prehistorically time bulls played an important part.
The origins of the Plaza, bullring, probably are not the Roman amphitheatres but the Celt-Iberian temples where those ceremonies were held. In the province of Soria, close to Numancia, one of them is conserved and it is supposed that their bulls were sacrificed to the Gods. While the religious cults of the bull goes back to Iberians, it was the Greek and Roman influences that converted it into a spectacle.
Cable Water Ski
Cable Ski is unique, on the coast, the lovely park with its enormous lake will provide you with thrills and excitement beyond belief. You are offered free tuition before taking to the water, the high-powered cable will pull you across the lake and test your skills. There is also a bar, restaurant and swimming pool for your enjoyment.
The thrills of roullette and black-jack, as well as some of the Coasts most beautiful dancers in the spectacular cabaret show 'La Fortuna'. Dinner and show events.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
The Marbella Gun Country Club is an authentic Finnish Shooting Lodge set in the Sierra De La Nieves Mountains. They have a full range of activities including horse riding nearby, laser and air rifle shooting and the only sporting and compact sporting layouts in Southern Spain, together with state-of-the-art clay pigeon shooting equipment.
Near Benalmadena Pueblo village. There is also a beautiful miniature fairy tale style castle to visit and fascinating grounds to walk around, breath taking views, Snake City and a Reptile Sanctuary all with demonstrations.Columbus Diamond Centre
Columbus Diamond Centre is the largest, most spectacular collection of jewellery in Spain, where there is a collection of over 3800 pieces. Here you can see the manufacture of diamond jewellery in the workshop. The visit includes a short film, which shows the process from the mining of the diamonds, to the polishing, the art of creation, up to the finished product. A free half-day excursion, without any obligation. Enjoy the ‘real’ Spain, visiting a typical Spanish village inland from the coast. Later you can enjoy a real taste of Andalusian craftsmanship while browsing around a local ceramic centre.Or savour the real taste of Bacardi rum in the only Bacardi factory here in Spain. Then can visit all the workshops and showrooms.
COLUMBUS DIAMOND CENTRE SAU
EXPOSICION Y VENTA DE DIAMANTES
EUROCENTRO, RAMAL DE CAPITULACIONES, LOCAL 4 TORREMOLINOS
Tlf.: 952051147 Fax: 952050362
The Crocodile Park newly opened in Torremolinos, is one of Spain's most fascinating attractions. In the nursery you may see young crocodiles emerging from their eggs. Pose for a photo cuddling one of them! There are crocodiles measuring more than five metres in length, also an African Museum, Mini cinema, Zoo, Reptile House, Child's Playground and Restaurants. There is a repopulating programme where crocs are sent to areas in S. Africa.
Estepona is 30 minutes from Benalmadena. It is located at the 'quiet' end of the Costa Del Sol but there is still plenty to see and do. The marina is a great place to stroll around, admire the boats or sit in one if the many bars and watch the world go by. There is a craft market every Sunday morning with all the usual and some unusual and interesting items. It seems the marina has become the weekend meeting place for just about everyone. In the 'old town' of Estepona you will find many street cafes and tapas bars along some charming narrow cobbled streets that are more used to horses than cars! El Cristo beach, near the marina, is perfect for children being situated in a delightful sheltered cove with lots of water sport activities. The golf is also excellent in this area with many well known courses close by ... Valderamma, San Roque, Duquesa, Estepona, Monte Mayor to name a few.
Flamenco is a Spanish art form with its roots deep in Andalucia, Spain’s southern region. Even the origin of its name is elusive. Some attribute it to the early 1500s and the Flemish courtiers during the reign of Spain’s Charles V. Still others claim the name comes from the Arabic Fellahmangu – the labourer who sings. Flamenco combines acoustic guitar playing, singing, chanting, dancing and staccato handclapping. The flamenco dancer performs with passion, fervour, even tortured expressions but always striving for grace and dignity There are more than a dozen varieties of flamenco songs. Many are laments. One classic type the Petenera tells the story of a beautiful girl named Petenera who brings tragedy to herself and her village. Unfortunately, much flamenco today is staged for the tourists and just doesn’t cut it. There are more than a dozen varieties of flamenco songs. Many are laments. One classic type, the Petenera, tells the story of a beautiful girl named Petenera who brings tragedy to herself and her village.
Fuengirola is 10 minutes from Benalmadena. It is a bustling town and popular holiday resort for tourists and Spaniards alike. There is a great aqua park for the children (closed in the winter). Its beaches stretch for 8 km from Los Boliches. Fuengirola has been awarded the distinctive blue flag by the E.C. for the quality of its sandy beaches and clear water. You can hire the usual pedal boats, jet skis and "banana" boats from almost anywhere on the beachfront.
Perfect location for a stroll in the sunshine. Along the Paseo Maritimo you will find many places to eat and drink. This is the place to sip a beer and just "people watch".
There is an attractive marina from where you can go sailing or take a boat trip to Benalmadena and other places.
The town becomes alive at night with its many bars and discos.
Fuengirola Diving Centre
At the Marina,the centre is open all year, enjoying winter and summer diving. Established for many years and has set its own standards for quality and safety. The centre has its own classroom and heated indoor and outdoor pool for training of all levels. You can dive locally or go on excursions to up to 30 different sites along the coast. Apart from specialised diving and night dives the courses range from Bubble Maker (8 years plus), Scuba, Open Water, Medic, Rescue and up to Assistant Instructor and Instructor.
From Mysterious Madagascar to the heart of the African continent and the jungles of the Far East see all your favourite animals and much more than you could imagine, at the Zoo. Guided tours are available. Fuengirol Zoo is easily found, only a few metres from the Bus and Train Stations. I n the height of summer, they do special 'twilight hours' so visitors can see the nocturnal animals in the cool of the evening.
Fuengirola - "Salon Varietes" (English-Speaking Theatre)
From September to May, there are varied programmes of musicals, plays and reviews, mainly in English, although there are visiting productions in Spanish and some of the other languages spoken on the Costa del Sol. The Salon Varietes is in the Calle Emancipacion, just off Constitution Square (Plaza de la Constitucion) in the centre of Fuengirola.
Nautilus IV Dolphins Captain Ian Redmond has 10 years experience of working with dolphins and the 18-metre vessel meets with the most stringent of safety requirements. Dolphins can be viewed from the deck or down below in the air-conditioned viewing cabin. Evening dinner cruises provide a trip out to see the dolphins followed by a leisurely 3-course meal at the Schooner's Bar Grill or Meson Jabugo.
Gibraltar is Famous Worldwide for its Dramatic Rock. It is located in a strategic position at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It overlooks the Straits of Gibraltar and is linked to Spain. Gibraltar is imposing but small. It measures less than six square kilometres in total and is inhabited by around 30,000 people made up of Gibraltarians, British, Moroccans, Indians and Spanish. There is also a colony of the famous apes, the only ones in Europe to run free in a semi-wild state. Gibraltar is a British self-governing colony. It has a Governor who is the Queen's representative on the Rock and Commander-in Chief of the British Forces stationed there. Britain is responsible for Gibraltar's foreign affairs, defence and the political stability of the colony. However, the Rock has its own Chief Minister plus a House of Assembly and a government, which oversees the day-to-day affairs of the Rock. Gibraltar is a member of the European Union by virtue of Britain's membership. However, Gibraltar is outside the Customs Union so travellers from EU member states can still enjoy duty free purchases now banned to travellers within the EU.
This spectacular 1,100 metre circuit (floodlit at night) offers karting at all levels with 5 different models of kart available. Toddlers can enjoy the junior circuit, under supervision of an adult co-pilot, in the slower two-seater karts, whilst older kids, and adults can whip around the main competition circuit, in karts of increasing power up to the "Formula" ones. Other facilities include billiards, table football, giant scalectrix, snack bar and a spectators terrace with row seating. Can be found on the main road to Mijas Golf.
They call it the Costa del Golf - and with nearly 60 golf courses in Andalucia, including more than 30 are on the Costa del Sol, it's easy to see why! With year round sun the Costa del Sol is perfect for your golfing vacation. You can find courses at: Benalmadena, Torrequebrada, Monte Mayor, Alhaurin El Grande, La Cala North and South, Valderrama (host to the ’97 Ryder Cup and San Roque) and Mijas Los Lagos.
Spend an hour or more here enjoying an amazing personally designed course. Interesting and challenging, or watch others while having a drink or snack at the hand made Alpine Wood built bar. Lots of atmosphere, deals on golf/ food, fantastic sun terrace, pool table and Spanish style bowls. On the Benalmadena Coast Road.
Visit the Alhambra Palace (the 8th Wonder of the World) and the famous General Life Gardens. Impressive examples of Muslim architect in Spain.
An excellent riding school is located at the Alhaurin Golf & Country Club (Tel. +34 952 595 800) This is about 15 minutes by car from Mijas. Horses are provided for experienced riders and lessons can be arranged if required. If you wish to see dressage demonstrations they are held every Thursday at The Andalucian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez. Many local tour operators have organised trips to Jerez, which also include a visit to a sherry bodega. An Andalucian horse show is held locally at El Ranchito near Torremolinos every Wednesday at 5.30 pm. (Tel. +34 952 383 140) Further details of this can be found below.
Jeep Safari - Torremolinos
From April to October there is a daily JEEP SAFARI, an excursion in open vehicles to explore the beautiful interior of the province of Malaga. And all this under the sun of Andalucia. A fascinating trip in jeeps, discovering the interior of the Costa del Sol. Rivers, lakes, and mountains - a land marked by ancient history and eternal sunshine.... For an unforgettable day!
Malaga is the major coastal city of Andalucia and is a genuine and typical Andaluz city. During the nineteenth century, Malaga was a popular winter resort for the wealthy. The impressive park on Calle Alamenda dates back to this era and is recognized as being one of the most celebrated botanical collections in Europe. During the winter open air concerts are held here every Sunday, which makes a refreshing change from the bucket and spade scenario you get on the coast!
One of the Malaga famous sons was Pablo Picasso. You will find many Museums in Malaga showing his work. His birthplace in Plaza Merced is open to the public so you can view his work, and it is free. As well as being a cultural centre, Malaga is also a great place to eat out. Why not try one of the famous tapas bars in the centre? The oldest tapas bar in Malaga is called "Antigua Casa de la Guardia". These days, Malaga prides itself on being a modern city. There are also plenty of fashionable shops on hand!
Malaga Football Club
Malaga FC - A chance to see some of the Worlds most famous footballers in 'La Liga' - Spains top league.
Marbella / Puerto Banus
Swanky shops, flash cars, trophy yachts and some interesting dress sense make both Marbella and Puerto Banus a pleasant diversion for an afternoon or evening’s entertainment. All that aside, Puerto Banus has grown dramatically in the last few years and is now a destination shopping experience in itself with a branch of El Corte Ingles and lots of other well known names such as Zara, Body Shop, Karen Millen, Mango and many others. In addition, the cinema complex at Puerto Banus has all the latest films in English as well as Spanish. Also, don’t miss out on La Cañada Shopping Centre nearby which has a wide range of shops all under cover – well worth a visit.
Don't miss it!!
Also known as “La Cala” this area was once a small, charming fishing village ... but it has grown a bit since then. It has a blue flag for one of the cleanest beaches in Europe and there are several nice beach bars and restaurants. Just inland from here are La Cala North and South golf courses and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
(Horse Racing Stadium) –A great night out - Enjoy a drink and a 'flutter' at the races. Selection of bars and restaurants on the course and with FREE admission!
Mijas Pueblo is just10 minutes by car from Benalmadena. It is situated in the lowlands of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range and surrounded by pine forest, Mijas has managed to retain much of its "white village" charm, with narrow winding streets, dazzling whitewashed walls and breathtaking views. There are dozens of small shops with gifts made by local artisans and a large choice of tapas bars and restaurants. You can't help but see the famous Mijas (donkey) taxis, carrying scores of tourists around the village every day, they must be the most photographed donkeys in Spain! The village is ideal for taking an early evening stroll before dinner. Mijas is one of the friendliest as well as one of the prettiest pueblos in Spain.
An enjoyable little journey along the interesting attractions of Fuengirola in the MiniTren (run 30 minutes) It will pass through the splendid Paseo Marítimo which is more than 7 miles long, Plaza de Toros, (Bull Ring), Casa de la Cultura, (House of Culture) Recinto Ferial, (Summer Fair Area), Los Boliches, Monumento Romano, (Roman Monument), and then back again to the Paseo Marítimo. Departures are every 30 minutes leaving from the Mini-Train Station, opposite the Yacht Harbour.
La Paloma Park being only part of the ambience of the town of Arroyo de la Miel. Situated right on the border of Benalmadena and just a short walk from the coastal road. This was created quite recently and features a beautiful large lake with a fountain and ducks, swans and pelicans, plus landscaped gardens with enclosures for a variety of animals and birds. La Paloma Park offers 200,000 square metres of gardens overlooking the sea and is to be found near the centre of the town next to the new Selwo Dolphinarium. There is one of the best collections of cactuses in Europe, situated on 6,000 square metres of land in the Park.
El Ranchito is a Horse Riding Centre which offers an unusual show based on rhythm and discipline, music and beauty, which is called "Rhythm on Horseback".
The show is a real equestrian ballet. Its choreography is based on some reprises of Classic Tame and Vaquera, the music is traditionally Spanish and the costumes are in the old Andalusian style. The show takes place in a wide covered arena with a capacity of 600 people. There is also a bar-restaurant serving traditional all Spanish dishes.
This late 18th century town is known as the Plaza de Toros as it is one of the oldest and most important bullrings in Spain. Ronda is one of the most spectacularly located towns in Spain, for which its position made it one of the last Moorish settlements to fall to the Christians in the late 15th century. Ronda is also famous for the "Puente Nuevo" (new bridge) which is built across the Tajo Gorge, with its cobbled alleys and whitewashed walls, it is steeped in history. The drive is scenic and dramatic and the surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, riding and mountain biking. Don’t forget your camera!
Sea Life - Benalmadena Submarine Centre
Benalmadena's Sea Life Centre, situated in the beautiful Benalmadena Marina, takes you on a fascinating voyage of discovery. From Shrimps and Starfish to Stingrays and Sharks, you will be able to enjoy incredibly close encounters with a wealth of Mediterranean marine life. View from above, alongside and even from within as more than 30 displays bring you incredibly close to the wonders of the marine world. Here they nurse sick and injured creatures and return them fit and healthy to the sea. Danger In The Reefs: The new exhibition features a host of amazing marine creatures from around the world all of which are capable of causing severe pain and sometimes even death to humans. It has a pool where you can feed the stingrays, a touch pool where you can stroke an underwater cucumber, and of course the glass tunnel to walk through while the sharks glide above you.
Selwo Adventure Park
This is a huge wildlife park set in the hills near Marbella offering acres of Safari and nature park. A chance to see animals of five continents in semi wild conditions from the safari bus and the fantastic tropical canyon of birds and amazing aviaries. There is a lot to see and do including camel rides, and an adventure playground. Tickets can be purchased on site or through agency shops. There are plenty of ice cream and catering outlets though out the park. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended, as this could be a full day out for the whole family, highly recommended to see.
Selwo Marina - Benalmadena
The Selwo Marina offers an experience for all the family, situated next to Paloma Park. They have regular Dolphin and Sea lion shows throughout the day, both of which are done in English and Spanish. The circular arena seating allows you to watch demonstrations of skills and beauty by the resident dolphins and sea lions in the magnificent pool. Dolphins and enormous sea lions delight spectators with a show packed with fun and skill. The sea lions start the show with a wonderful demonstration of their abilities with a ball, engaging lots of audience participation. ( I doubt you've ever seen a Sea lion dancing Flamenco before!) There is an igloo full of comical Penguins to watch, touch pools, and a 3d show. There are refreshments and ice cream locations on site, also the “La Colonial” restaurant offering an extensive menu with family in mind, based on reminiscence of the colonial architecture of the late 19th Century. There is also a park with a large children’s playground decorated with an Amazon rainforest in mind. Another fantastic attraction in “Amazonia” is the “La Hondonada” home of many species of exotic birds. There are also souvenir shops.
Seville is the capital of Andalucia and steeped in history and culture. The city is compact and most of the sights can be found in or near to the city centre. The most popular sights are the cathedral and La Giralda, the Museo de Bellas Artes, the Plaza de Toros (Seville's 18th century bullring) and the area along the riverfront known as El Arenal. El Arenal was once the home to the port of Seville. In this area you will find the bullring, the Torre del Oro and many bars and restaurants. The Santa Cruz district, the old Jewish Quarter, is a warren of narrow alleys and patios. It has long been regarded as the most picturesque part of Seville. You will find many of the famous sights in this barrio (district). Please note that the city can become very hot in the summer months and it is probably best avoided in July and August.
The mountain range above Granada where there is the ski resort of Sol y Nieve (Sun and Snow). Skiing is possible between the months of December and April. Swelter in the heat of Malaga airport in your ski gear! The resort is very laid back and Spanish - not a bit like the chic French or Swiss resorts.You can either make your own way there or book one of the many 2 or 3 night excursions from many travel agent s. A favourite hotel is the Kenia Nevada, which is located close to the ski lifts. Boots, skis etc. can all be hired in the resort.
Tangiers - Morocco, North Africa
Only 9 minutes from the Spanish coast, by ferry. Have a day out shopping. It is very Good for carpets, leather goods and pottery. Have lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant Whilst watching belly dancers! Trips can be organised by Travel Agents, along the coast.
The cable car ride to the top of Mount Calmorro (600mts high) is a treat, not only are the views from the top stunning, but there is a fantastic free bird show and regular horse training shows, and free donkey rides for the children.This facility is the only one of its kind on the Costa del Sol. It leaves from the Tivoli esplanade, crossing high over the motorway to the peak of the Calmoro Mountain, one of the most spectacular natural balconies in the province of Malaga, from where one can view the entire Costa del Sol and the mountains of Africa across the Mediterranean on a clear day. There are sign-posted pathways down from the mountain for those who may wish to walk. For more information, call: 952 575 038 or fax 952 575 061.
There is no shortage of places to play tennis on the Costa del Sol. The two most famous clubs are the Manolo Santana Club in Marbella where the Marbella Open is held each summer and Lew Hoads Campo De Tennis in Mijas (tel. +34 952 474858). The Lew Hoads facilities include 8 tennis courts, tuition, beautiful landscaped gardens, bar, restaurant, pool, boutique and changing rooms. There are year round Tuesday and Thursday tournaments for all standards, plus another 5 major tournaments throughout the year. Ideal tennis playing conditions with an average daily temperature of 20 degrees make it possible to play tennis all year round.
Tivoli World Theme Park - Arroyo de La Miel
Spain's version of Disneyworld! Tivoli World is on the edge of Arroyo De La Miel, where the cable cars come down from Mount Calmorro. It is an attraction park, laid out with the rides according to age suitability. It is on quite a steep hill, but there is allot to do for children of all ages, with free shows and slow rides for the little ones and is all set in pretty gardens with many waterfalls. It has a wide range of places to eat and drink, and you could easily spend the entire day there. Entrance is €4,50 with wrist bands at around 10 euros which you will need to go on each ride, but then can go as many times as you wish, or your stomach will allow! Alternatively you can purchase individual tickets for each ride.