Malaga, the world-famous Costa del Sol and unspoiled white villages in the mountainous hinterland
Enjoy the sunny beach resorts along the coast, where winter never comes or visit remote villages in the hilly inland. Get to know 3000 years of history of its capital or feel the Andalusian soul in Ronda.
Must see: the historic city centres of Malaga, Ronda and Antequera. Do not only stay in the sunny beach resorts of the world-famous Costa del Sol but also discover the unspoiled white villages in the mountainous hinterland.
Cool fact: in 1881, the world-famous painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in the centre of the city of Malaga. Nowadays more than 200 of his works, all of them donated by members of his family, are exhibited in the Museo Picasso Malaga.
The combination of sea and mountains means that the region around Malaga has a tremendously rich gastronomy.
The most typical item of Malaga’s cuisine is definitely the espeto de sardinas. Tradition requires that salted sardines are grilled over olive wood fires that abound on the numerous beaches of the Costa del Sol.
Another well known dish is the porra antequerana, a cold soup from the city of Antequera. It is a variant of the typical salmorejo of the province of Cordoba. Normally the refreshing soup is served with diced jamón serrano and with hard-boiled egg.
Typical snacks of this region are bread rolls like the campero and the mollete. The latter is a flatbread which is often the base of a typical Andalusian breakfast (with accompanying olive oil, salt and sometimes tomato and/or garlic).
The province of Malaga is one of the oldest winemaking regions of Europe, dating back to the times of the Phoenicians. The great dessert wines of Malaga are mainly made with the Moscatel y Pedro Ximénez grape varieties, cultivated in the interior of the province. Good wineries, the so-called vinotecas or bodegas, to try these sweet wines are, for example, El Pimpi or the Antigua Casa de Guardia.
The Costa del Sol, as its name suggests, is sunny all year round. This coastal region has a warm Mediterranean climate with long and dry summers and short and very mild winters. Torrential rains are common in these winter months.
In historic towns like Ronda or Antequera, in the mountainous hinterland, winters are a lot colder. In contrast, summers are way hotter than along the Costa del Sol, because of the lack of the winds that blow from the Mediterranean Sea which make the heat usually manageable. An exception can be experienced when the terral blows, a dry wind from inland that brings the intense heat also to the coastal areas.