Many travellers are preparing their tour in Andalusia where, to a greater extent, the cultural and historical heritage has left its most precious testimonies. But Andalusia is not only a land of Moorish palaces and immense Arab-Christian cathedrals: we must not forget that one of the clearest vocations of various regions is the seaside tourism, which takes place on the well-equipped beaches of the long and varied coast of Andalusia overlooking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. Here you can find the best apartments for rent in Spain by the sea, to help you find everything that our imagination wanders when the thought goes to Spain: the dream cities, the taste and the gluttony of tapas and the thrill of sherry, the sand of arenas and the red of bullfights, the endless beaches of the South Coast and the fortresses that stand out on the wonderful white pueblos of Malaga and on the villages of the Sierra de Grazalema, the rich natural parks, but also the unstoppable vitality of the ferias, the poignant melancholy of flamenco.
To start your holiday with a bang you could think of Malaga, perhaps finding a hotel near Mount Gibralfaro that has an exceptional panoramic view of the bay of Malaga, the old town and the mountains that rise on the horizon. Sit down, sip a glass of red wine and feel like you’ve finally arrived in the South of Spain and your holiday has begun.
Malaga is a city that can satisfy the palates of all travelers, not only those who can not give up the artistic and cultural qualities of all the cities of Andalusia, but also the many tourists who choose this area as a summer holiday destination, in view of a period of vacation by the sea. We recommend that you stay one night and maybe rent a holiday apartment in Spain. Make sure you check out this post of accessories for travel in Europe.
As soon as we are full of sun, sea and tapas from Malaga’s restaurants, before continuing along the Costa del Sol, we recommend a short stop in Mijas, the hilly village that, in this area, more resembles the classic and traditional pueblo blanco: venture along its winding white streets and overlook the mirador to enjoy the view of the coast.
Continuing for half an hour in a south-westerly direction, we will finally arrive at the most interesting and refined city on the Costa del Sol, as well as the most expensive after Malaga: Marbella. Surrounded by the hills of the Sierra Blanca, in addition to hosting the famous Puerto Banús (where the yachts of the VIPs dock) and offering some beautiful beaches very exclusive, Marbella boasts a historic center of all respect: the Casco Antiguo (old town), which extends around the Plaza de los Naranjos still retains the Andalusian identity that has now been almost lost in other urban centers of the Costa del Sol. In Calle Portada you will find the remains of a beautiful Moorish castle. If you are thinking about where you can sleep near the sea in Spain, this is the perfect location.
As we move away from Malaga, the frenzy of tourism and wild urbanisation is slowly dissipated: the example of Estepona, a city of ancient Arab origin, considered the last star of the southern Costa del Sol to shine with its own light, is illuminating. The geographical position is not as fortunate as that of Marbella, but even here, in addition to the usual beaches, you can breathe an authentic air between the narrow streets of the old town. Estepona has been known to be an English colony since 1704, when Spain and England were allies against France in the Spanish Succession War, and England confiscated the fortress for defensive purposes. You can take it into consideration as a one-hour stopover, it’s enough.
The Rock of Gibraltar
Although well known to travelers, Gibraltar has and had a privileged position from a strategic point of view, but no tourist vocation at all. However, it is worth visiting especially for its bold hybrid nature: you will find buildings in British style, English guards who speak with an absurd Anglo-Spanish dialect, tea rooms, red mailboxes … In addition to this, you will find the Apes’Den, where you will be waiting for the friendly but mischievous monkeys:
Cadiz/ Jerez de la Frontera Airport.
If you have some time we strongly recommend a visit to Cadiz, the bright, ancient seaside town. Although we recommend that you see it for 1-2 days but you may also consider it as a final stop on your way to
to reach the closest airport to Cadiz, the airport at Jerez de la Frontera, to “finally” return home.