If you are under the impression that the Costa del Sol is about lying on a beach drinking cheap drinks then read on. Andalucia has so much to offer we cannot possibly cover it all here, but this is just a flavour.
There are many hiking trails from Mijas pueblo into the mountains of the surrounding area. Enquire at the Tourist Information centre for a map that highlights several options. We also highly recommend a hike to the top of the “tower” mountain. It is easily seen from Mijas and surrounding areas – the antenna towers marking the peak. The walk is along a paved road and a steady incline. The 360 degree views from the top are spectacular.
To get there, go to the far east side of Mijas Pueblo (east of the roundabout at the BP station). There is a turn off that leads to a water bottling plant. Just beyond the plant is a small area where you can park while you hike up the mountain. Should you be tempted to drive to the top, be aware that the road is barely wide enough to accommodate a single car, and that the road is used for access by the workers who operate and maintain the equipment at the peak.
GORGE WALK – El Chorro www.caminodelrey.es/
This is an amazing high level walk about an hour’s drive from Mijas.
The Caminito was originally built between 1901 and 1905 and was used to transport material and people between two power stations that were built either side of the El Chorro gorge. It wasn’t until the early 1920s that it was officially opened by King Alfonso XIII who walked its whole length and gave it its name. Since that time, the Camino has become one of the wonders of Spain.
The El Chorro Gorge (La Garganta del Chorro) is an amazing place, with huge walls of rock as high as 400m along its three-kilometre length. “El Chorro” can be loosely translated as the “spurt,” which is exactly what the water used to do when travelling through the gorge’s narrow ravine. The height difference between the two man-made reservoirs at either end of the gorge provided a unique opportunity to develop hydroelectric energy. An almost revolutionary concept at the time.
Electrical genius notwithstanding, the real attraction has always been the concrete catwalk, El Caminito del Rey, which threads the length of the gorge hanging precipitously halfway up its side. The original structure was said to be built by sailors who were used to climbing ropes and working while suspended above a void. Unconfirmed reports have also stated that prisoners, who were condemned to death, carried out some of the more dangerous tasks.
The path was built using sand and cement, and held in place by metal brackets. A simple iron railing was put in place along this decidedly non-frills path. The Caminito slowly fell into disrepair over the years and was officially closed in 2000 after several people fell to their deaths.
This danger became the stuff of legends and attracted climbers and adrenaline junkies from all over the world. With many people referring to the Caminito as the ‘world’s most dangerous pathway.’ This is what the Caminito looked like in 2013 just before the reforms started.
SPECTACULAR TRAIN RIDE
Renfe has introduced a daily service between Malaga and Ronda, taking in several stations on the way including El Chorro. It is now possible to spend a reasonable amount of time at either location and get back the same day.
The train departs Málaga Maria Zambrano station at 10.05 and arrives at El Chorro at 10.43 and Ronda at 11.52. The return train leaves Ronda at 16.50, leaves El Chorro at 18.02 arriving in Álora at 18.15 and Málaga MZ at 18.50. cost is about E14. So you can take the local train from Fuengirola to Malaga MZ or you can drive to Plaza Major shopping centre and leave the car there and take the local train ¾ stops to Malaga MZ.
This is a great option to visit the beautiful town of Ronda. The train is a scenic ride taking in the El Chorro falls. You could just go to Ronda for a bit of sightseeing and back in a day or stay a night in Ronda. The train takes about the same time as driving.
GOLF – Visit www.mijasgolf.org/en/
TENNIS & PADEL TENNIS – Great game, mix of squash and tennis but outdoors!
Visit www.lew-hoad.com lovely setting bar pool and restaurant. Tell Danny you are a friend of Jeremy!
PARAGLIDING – available about 75 minutes away in Valle de Abdalajís
Club de Vuelo Libre Málaga, CI Sevilla 2, Valle de Abdalajís
HORSE RIDING – Near Fuengirola and Mijas, along the Camino de Coín road (km. 7) – Finca Krimilina
Finca Krimilina, Ctra Fuengirola/Coín, Km. 7, Mijas Costa
Contact: Isabel Tfno.:952119432 or 670668964
SAILING – www.escueladevelafuengirola.com/Cursos-de-Vela/ firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 15 marinas on the Andalucian coast – the most local to Mijas is Fuengirola. From here you can hire windsurfers, jet-skis, sailing dinghies and go water-skiing and fishing. Usually there are larger boats you can charter by the day from the marina office. Or you can sit back and relax with an evening cruise onboard the “Dawn Approach” – a lovely old sailing vessel based at the end of the main pontoon.
Address: Puerto De Fuengirola | Local 48, 29640 Fuengirola, Spain
Phone Number: +34 952 47 90 63
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Address: Puerto Deportivo de Fuengirola, Local 52, 29640 Fuengirola, Spain
Phone Number: +34 952 581 768 or +34 657 644 906
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The team dive at a variety of sites, with itineraries based on customer’s levels of experience and prevailing weather conditions. Popular locations include Benalmadena. Gibraltar, Tarifa, Marbella and Nerja each offering a different underwater experience. One 2 One offer a fun family experience with bubble maker and seal team for the kids and a full range of diving courses from ‘Discover Scuba’ through to PADI professional certification for the adults.
Snorkelling is also very popular in the marine reserve and equipment including buoyancy aids may be rented.
Sailing Cruises and Dolphin Trips
The Starfish ferry operated by Costasol Cruceros runs between the marinas at Fuengirola and Benalmádena. The journey takes one hour each way. If you take the round-trip, you can disembark and wander around before taking the trip back to your point of origin. The views of the coast from the water are breathtaking and provide a new perspective that is guaranteed to increase your appreciation of the beauty of the Costa del Sol!
They also run Dolphin trips.
http://www.kartingexperience.com/english-karting-mijas. Looks good. Open every day of the year.
http://www.quadsafaricostadelsol.com/ looks good
Calle Camilo José Cela 6, 29640 Fuengirola, Malaga Province. Tel: 952 666 301
The most modern Zoo in Spain, known as Biopark. This is apparently superb.
Open from 10.00h to midnight during July and August, giving a chance to see nocturnal animals by moonlight. Otherwise open from 10.00h to sunset.
Set amidst tropical forests of Madagascar, Equatorial Africa and south-east Asia, this zoo is designed to replicate the natural habitat of each of the animal species living here. Large areas have been created in which water and vegetation are plentiful – rivers, gigantic trees, waterfalls, bamboo-shrouded temples, hanging bridges and abandoned mines.
Nathan’s Charter fishing is based in Fuengirola.
Established in 1969, the Original Dolphin Safari TM is the longest running and most popular marine safari in Europe. Based in Gibraltar their boat GOLDFIN, 430 horse power, is especially designed to watch dolphins and whales in the bay and Straits of Gibraltar. Strong, fast, modern, safe, with all the accommodation necessary inside and outside for one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable experience of your life.
For Reservations telephone: (0034) 607 290 400
http://www.tivoli.es/_english/ Tel: (0034) 952 577 016
Enjoy the thrill of the many rides and amusements.
There are several squares where you will enjoy varied free shows.
Avda de Tivoli s/n Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena. 29631, Málaga. España.
SEA LIFE – Benaldmedena
Enjoy an unforgettable experience for the whole family as you explore the wonderful sea creatures of the marine world at Sea Life Benalmadena.
Discover the kingdom of the seahorses and enjoy our colourful tropical fish.
Enjoy the biggest collection of sharks in Europe and come face to face with more than 20 species of sharks from around the world.
Located in Benalmadena Port, open daily from 10 am.
For more information, call (0034) 952 56 01 50
Selwo Marina is a small marine park located in Benalmádena, Spain. It is the only park of its kind in Andalusia. The park has 4 areas; ‘Antillas’, ‘Las Hondonada’, ‘Amazonia’ and ‘Isla de Hielo’
SELWO MARINA DELFINARIUM Parque de la Paloma S/N 29630 Benalmádena, Málaga – See more at: http://selwomarina.es/en/how-to-get-to-selwo-marina
HOT AIR BALLOONING – www.balloonflightsspain.com
A Balloon Flight in Spain a truly magical experience!
Andalucian hinterland near to the Costa del Sol, take a birds-eye view of the spectacular Spanish countryside. Weather permitting, they offer daily passenger flights in Ronda and Antequera two of the most historic towns in Andalucia and only a short drive from either Marbella or Malaga. With the predominantly good flying conditions here in Southern Spain, we can offer balloon flights all year round. The changing seasons enhance the experience and offer something unique during each flight. So climb aboard and enjoy the magic of the oldest and gentlest form of aviation.
The Lobo Park (Wolf Park) is located near to Antequera, an unspoilt nature and wildlife park in the heart of Andalusia. You will find four large enclosures and observe European wolves, Timber wolves, the rare white Alaska-Tundra wolves (polar wolves) and Iberian Wolves. The 40-hectare protected and untouched nature park has innumerable rare plant and animal species. Unlike other parks you find socialised but not domesticated wolves that live in a semi-natural environment. The guided tour (Spanish and English) will lead you through the park and explain everything you need to know to have a better understanding for these precious animals.
RIDING IN LOBO PARK
Purebred Andalusian horses (Pura Raza Espanola) are available for rides and riding lessons. You find suitable horses for both the absolute beginner and for the experienced rider. To make reservations Tel.952 031 107
WOOF HOWL NIGHTS – www.lobopark.com
See the pack when they are most active and you even get the chance to howl along! If you are looking for a very special evening out, don’t miss the regular weekend “Howl Nights” from May until October (During the Winter period once a month). Enjoy a BBQ on the terrace with a spectacular view of the El Torcal during sun set. Our “Wolf Howl Night” is a unique experience which will stay in the memory of the visitors. Definitely unforgettable!
The Park is open daily: Jan. – Dec. 10:00 – 18:00
Guided Tours Everyday at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 & 16:30
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays every hour 11:00 – 15:00 & 16:30
NATIONAL PARK – www.grazalemaguide.com
This is a 1 ½ hour car drive beyond Ronda. Grazelema village is a magical mountain village pretty and unspoilt. They sell their local Poyoyo Goat’s cheese- delicious. Fantastic walking or cycling awaits you.
MALAGA MOTOR MUSEUM – http://www.museoautomovilmalaga.com/en/
This is amazing. A wonderful collection of vintage cars and fashions of the day.
This City is overlooked. It has such a lot to offer. The Alcabaza and Gibralfaro overlooking the city with a Parador hotel and bar with great views at the top.
The port with its great cafes and bars.
The Marriott AC Hotel top floor bar with great views over the City.
Calle Larios with its fabulous shops.
The Glass museum and Picasso museum
Go visit Marbella Casco Antiguo with the famous Orange Square or enjoy a walk along the paseo.
The best surfers beach in Europe is about 1 ½ hours drive along the coast. Here you can sit on an Atlantic beach and watch amazing Kite surfers and wind surfers, maybe try your hand at it, or take a boat ride out to see dolphins and whales- guaranteed.
A CYCLE RIDE
And for something very simple you can hire bikes at Fuengirola- Castilo Sohail and cycle along the paseo in an easterly direction till there is no more paseo. At that point you can stop and have lunch at our favourite beachside chiringuito Los Pacos Marinero OR carry on over the sand a little bit to a funky Mexican themed beach bar for a Mohito
OR you can cycle in a westerly direction- to start with this is just inside the crash barrier on the A7 road till you come to La Cala de Mijas beach. Here you can stop and take refreshments or cycle to the other end of the beach and take the new beach wooden walkway to Miraflores with numerous little bars along the route- then cycle back.
Every Wednesday lunchtime there is a flamenco performance in the Plaza in Mijas.
However we recommend you visit an evening show of which there are several nearby