Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol (Part 2)

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Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol (Part 2)

Costa del Sol, also known as "The Sunny Coast" or "Coast of the Sun" is a region in Southern Spain in the densely dwelt coast of Andalucía. Spreading over 150 kilometers across the Malaga Province, Costa del Sol is the most popular choice of holiday seekers for a fun filled vacation. There are a large number of tourist attractions and leisure activities in Costa del Sol, and because this place has such a wonderful sunny coastal climate, you can schedule your visit any time throughout the year.


6. Sea Life Center (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Other – Benalmadena / Malaga)

At the Sea Life Center in Benalmadena you have the one-off opportunity to marvel at more than 5,000 different sea creatures from the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Pacific and the Indian Ocean. You can even find species from the Red Sea or the Amazon in the reproduced eco-systems at Sea Life Center.


7. El Torcal (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Park – Antequera)

The bizarre rock garden of El Torcal has been a National Park since 1978 and displays some truly stunning karst formations. The wafer-life structure of the hills came about due to centuries of sedimentation. The varying height of the stone columns means they look almost artificially designed.


8. Dolphin Safari (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Other – Gibraltar)

Who hasn’t dreamt of coming face to face with dolphins and whales in their natural environment? The Dolphin Safari can make your wish come true. A 30-minute tour offers the perfect opportunity to film and photograph these aquatic creatures.


9. Costa Tropical (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Beach – Almunecar)

The Spanish coastal region of Costa Tropical in the province of Granada was so named as the counterpart to the Costa del Sol. Because of the Sierra Nevada from the hinterland, climate here is mild and tropical. Those in the region on holiday should definitely take a trip to the tropical coast.


10. Tour of Malaga (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Other – Malaga)

A double-decker bus tour of Malaga takes visitors across the city to see the most important tourist attractions. Whether it is for the Pablo Picasso Museum, the impressive monuments like the Alcazaba or the tourist attractions such as the bull-fighting arena – the tour guarantees spectacular sights and a multi-lingual guide.

Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol (Part 1)

The range of leisure activities in Costa Del Sol is large and varied. Whether you prefer to relax or would like to go on a little adventure – there is something for everyone here. Those seeking relaxation can best find it in one of the many spas, such as Spejo’s, or by going on a walk along the beautiful Costa Tropical, and marvel at the amazing landscape. The Torcal de Antequera cliff scenery, which looks as if it was artificially created, is also amazing. Fuengirol Zoo or the Sea Life Center in Benalmadena are the places to be for those who have an appreciation for flora and fauna close to their heart. The “dolphin safari” boat trips bring visitors closer to the animal life in the region and are also an impressive experience.


1. Simple Diving (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Diving spot – Torrenmolinos)

The dive school, Simply Diving, offers course for beginners and professionals, as well as special offers such as night and wreck dives. Any equipment required can be hired on site. There is also a complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to the dive course. Presentation of a medical certificate is mandatory.


2. Mijas Aquatic Park (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Waterpark – Mijas Costa)

At the Mijas Aquatic Park there are loads of spectacular slides and pools. There are wave pools, whirlpools and slides of every kind from steep to spiral in form. In addition to all this, there are also restaurants and bars, as well as sporting activities such as mini golf and a climbing wall.


3. Buddha Beach (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Other – Marbella)

The Buddha Beach ranks among the most exclusive beach clubs in Marbella. The bar with live DJs on the beach offers special drinks in a luxurious atmosphere. The restaurant serves various seafood and Thai dishes. Oriental spa treatments are also offered.


4. Spejo’s (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Thermal & spa – Puerto Banus / Malaga)

At Spejo’s you can indulge both your body and mind over an area of 2,500 square meters. The spa areas with various baths and saunas, therapy zones with face and body treatments made of everything from seaweed to oil, as well as work-outs for the entire body can be enjoyed here, not forgetting the restaurant too.


5. Fuengirola Zoo (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Other – Fuengirola / Malaga)

At the Fuengirola Zoo there are birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. There’s even a breeding program for the preservation of endangered species. The most important tourist attraction is the “Moonlight Visit” during the summer, when Fuengirola Zoo stays open one hour after midnight. There are tours twice a day.


Museums and Galleries in Barcelona, Spain (II)

Museums and Galleries in Barcelona, Spain: Aquarium Barcelona – Something fishy going on here


Barcelona’s aquarium may no longer claim to be the largest in Europe, but it's still a fun day out watching its 8000 sea creatures. The show-stealer is the vast central tank, encircled by a 225ft viewing tunnel equipped with a slow human conveyor belt and serenaded by gentle New Age music; the patterns of silvery fish and sharks swimming all around and over your head are remarkably soothing. Kids can enjoy the interactive exhibits.


Love sharks? Qualified divers over age 18 can take a class on sharks on Wednesdays and weekends, then dive in their tank. The €300 fee includes a guided tour of the aquarium for you and two friends, all equipment and insurance. 


For €150, kids aged 8-17 can get a day's initiation in scuba diving. Book tickets for the aquarium or the shark dive online.


Museums and Galleries in Barcelona, Spain: Aquarium Barcelona – How to get there?


Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell

Metro: Drassanes



Museums and Galleries in Barcelona, Spain: Casa Asia – Where East meets West


Since 2003 Puig i Cadafalch's beautiful Modernista Palau Baró de Quadras (1904-06) has found a new life as the Casa Asia, dedicated to promoting cultural interchanges between Spain and the Asia-Pacific region through courses, films, lectures, a media library and cultural and artistic exhibitions. The well-preserved interiors are reason enough for popping in, but the exhibitions are often first rate as well.


Museums and Galleries in Barcelona, Spain: Casa Asia – How to get there?


Avinguda Diagonal 373

Metro: Diagonal

Museums and Galleries in Barcelona, Spain (I)

Around the Cathedral – Roman ruins, a Picasson, and a shoe museum


Museums and Galleries in Barcelona, Spain: Casa de l’Ardiaca


Just to the side of the Cathedral facade in C/Santa Lucia, the 12th- to 14th-century Casa de l’Ardiaca (of the Archdeacon) is home to a municipal archive. In 1902, when the palace was owned by the lawyers’ college, Domènech i Montaner was called upon to create the charming tiled courtyard draped in wisteria, with its lofty palm and pretty Gothic fountain. 


Domènech also gave the building Barcelona's most famous and beautiful mail slot. The architect refused to damage the ancient door, but built a Modernista slot on the side with swallows and a tortoise that expressed his opinion of lawyers – swallows, he explained, with wings to soar into the realms of truth, the tortoise plodding along at the pace of court procedures.


Opposite is the Romanesque Capella de Santa Llúcia (1268), founded by Bishop Arnau de Gurb, whose tomb is within. Long, straight C/ del Bisbe Irurita separates the Casa de l’Ardiaca from the medieval Palau Episcopal, the bishops’ palace, built on the Roman wall. It’s off limits, but you can look into the elegant Romanesque courtyard with its pretty arcade, another work of Bishop Gurb.



Museums and Galleries in Barcelona, Spain: Sant Sever and the Shoe Museum


Just across from this palace is the Baroque church of Sant Sever. Like the cathedral, this church was protected from Anarchists by armed guards during the Civil War, and it is one of the few to preserve its frothy Baroque interior, with an altar in a trompe l’œil setting by Jeroni Escarabatxeres. Just behind it, in the charming Plaça Sant Felip Neri is Barcelona's shoe museum, the Museu de Calçat.



Museums and Galleries in Barcelona, Spain: Plaça Nova


Just to the north of the Cathedral, a Thursday flea market takes place in this little square, which also hosts the Christmas market, where discriminating shoppers can find the finest array of caganers. Plaça Nova’s Collegi d’Arquitectes (1962) is a poor ad for the architectural trade, but its otherwise dreary façade is decorated by a sketchy frieze of popular celebrations (including the giants who feature in so many local festivals) by Picasso – his only piece of public art in Barcelona. Inside, there’s a bookshop, a good restaurant and temporary exhibition galleries. 


Opposite are two Roman towers, renovated in the 12th century, that guarded Barcelona’s northeastern gate. In front of this, an arch of the Roman aqueduct was reconstructed in 1958. 


Don't miss the other Roman treasure hidden away on the other side of the Cathedral: the Temple of Augustus.


Tourist Objectives in Costa del Sol, Spain (I)

Costa del Sol is one of Spain’s most visited tourist destinations. The so-called sunshine coast offers visitors a warm, mild climate almost the whole year round, thanks to the inland mountains. In this article series we will review some of the most important tourist objectives in Costa del Sol, Spain:


Tourist Objectives in Costa del Sol, Spain: Antigua Casa de Guardia

Antigua Casa de Guardia, built in the year 1840, is the oldest wine cellar in the city. The bodega is always nicely full with new and repeat guests. Malaga wines directly from the barrel are offered and it is also possible to fill up bottles to bring home. Even if there are no seats available, guests will easily get over this due to the unique ambiance. Fresh seafood tapas and the traditional dish “pescaito frito” are also served.


Tourist Objectives in Costa del Sol, Spain: Alcazaba

The Moors built the Alcazaba in the Mid-11th Century. The fortification once served as a place of residence for the rulers, while a further fort was built upon one of the hills, the Castillo de Gibralfaro. Behind the walls one will find beautiful landscaped gardens with fountains. Excavations in form of the Alcazaba have led to the discovery of a Roman theatre, which, along with the Archaeological Museum, is very popular with tourists. The Alcazaba was named a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1931.


Tourist Objectives in Costa del Sol, Spain: Basilica de la Encarnacion

The Santa Iglesia Catedral Basilica de la Encarnacion was built in the 16th century and stands on the site of a Moorish mosque. Originally, the cathedral was supposed to receive two towers but, due to the fact that gold was scarce, they were never finished and the locals now call it “La Manquita” – “The one-armed lady”. The façade displays a Gothic style, while the interior architecture is influenced by the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. The misericords of the wooden choir stalls are particularly eye-catching.


Tourist Objectives in Costa del Sol, Spain: Megalithic Tombs

The Cueva de Menga is a complex of megalithic tombs from the time around 2500 B.C. and can be found in the surround area of Antequera. The tombs are constructed from huge boulders and are also known as dolmen. The burial site was discovered in 1905. There were a number of skeletons, yet the burial ornaments were missing, having probably been stolen by grave robbers. Apart from the tombs, visitors can also marvel at fossils and inspect the 

Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain (I)

The variety of nightlife in the Catalonian metropolis offers a large range of options, with something to suit everyone. Countless cafes, bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, clubs and other places with dancing, open their doors to the local residents and the city’s guests every day. Night revelers mainly populate the streets from Thursday to Saturday and gradually start seeking out clubs from around midnight. If you want to find out what’s going on during your stay you should ask the staff at your hotel for an insider tip or buy a copy of the city’s event guide Guia del Ocio (which comes out weekly) at a newsstand. This article features almost all places related to nightlife in Barcelona, Spain.


1. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Teatro Apolo (Theatre)

You should pop by this theatre if you are around the center and do not yet know what to do in the evening. Plays and musicals in the style of New York’s Broadway are shown and guarantee top entertainment.


2. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Teatre National de Catalunya (Theatre)

The building, designed by star architect Ricardo Bofill, was first opened in 1997. The modern glass construction is beautifully lit up in the evening. Here you can enjoy dance, music and theatre performances, look behind the scenes on certain days or even meet authors with a slice of luck.


3. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Gran Teatre del Liceu (Theatre)

The theatre was built with private funding and first opened its doors in the year 1847. It suffered significant fire damage in 1994 and was reopened for theatre-goers in 1999. Opera lovers go into raptures during performances by very well known singers. Tickets cost between 7 and 69 euros.


4. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Otto Zutz (Disco & Dance club)

You can amuse yourself over two floors in this club. Jazz, fun and pop music dominate on the ground floor along with wild dancing. More restrained music is played from the speakers of the first floor, which is ideal for recovering with a drink. The club is known for its theme parties.


5. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Tanzlokal La Paloma (Other)

This dance hall is a true gem that is entwined in many stories. Dali and Picasso are believed to have taken to the dance floor here. Elderly people take to the dance floor in the former factory building in the afternoon whereas dancers from all backgrounds and age groups enjoy live music in the evening.

Leisure Activities in Seville, Spain (I)

Relaxation and leisure activities in Seville, Spain are incredibly overwhelming. Sports activities vary from classical dance classes – remember that Seville is the birthplace of Flamenco – to more action-orientated activities such as skydiving or visiting a waterpark.


If you want to get to know the city, embark in one of the tours, which take to the most exquisitely beautiful sights in double-decker buses. But you won’t be left high and dry on land alone, a journey on water is also possible: Take a boat ride on the Guadalquivir River and see the various sights and get a view of the city. The spas and thermal baths, such as the Aire de Seville, encourage visitors to relax, chill out and unwind completely.


1. Leisure Activities in Seville, Spain: Sevilla Tour (Other)

Sevilla Tour will take you right across town in a double decker bus to the most beautiful places of interest, such as Torre del Oro, Plaza de Espana or the La Cartuja peninsula. When you buy your tickets you will receive headphones that enable you to experience the tour in 16 different languages. The starting point is right next to Torre del Oro.


2. Leisure Activities in Seville, Spain: Isla Magica (Theme park)

The Isla Magica theme park provides fun for kids and grown-ups alike. Numerous rides such as roller coasters, a drop tower and water rides as well as magic and pirate shows promise an unforgettable trip. The park is located on the former Expo site and is therefore close to the city center.


3. Leisure Activities in Seville, Spain: Flamenco dancing lessons (Other)

If you’ve ever wanted to learn flamenco, then it’s best to learn it where it originated. You can take lessons at Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Museum), starting from EUR 10 per hour. You can also find out more about Spanish culture and history in workshops.


4. Leisure Activities in Seville, Spain: Alamillo Park (Park)

Alamillo Park is great for taking a stroll and relaxing. Take a walk in the heart of unspoiled natural surroundings along the Guadalquivir River and marvel at the typical Andalusian flora and fauna. You will also be able to enjoy a glorious view of the unusual Alamillo Bridge.


5. Leisure Activities in Seville, Spain: Aire de Sevilla (Therme & Spa)

You can relax and unwind completely in the Aire de Seville Arabic baths. The baths also offer facial treatments, relaxing or therapeutic massages as well as teashops. The various spa areas have a hammock and several thermal baths.




Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe (I)

Abandoned cities, ghostly islands, deserted train stations, or castles in ruins, places forgotten by people, which have an apocalyptic, but special beauty. This is a review of some of the most spectacular abandoned destinations across the globe.


1. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: Prypiat, Ukraine

Pripyat is a town that was once inhabited by almost 50,000 people. After the nuclear disaster from Chernobyl, in 1986, the town was abandoned due to radiation. In the absence of people, nature has seized Pripyat and the result seems detached from a doomsday movie.


2. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: Mir diamond mine, Eastern Siberia, Russia

Mir mine represents the second largest crater made by the hand of man on the Earth's surface. The mine was built at the command of Stalin to ensure the demand for diamonds of the Soviet Union. The huge industrial area has been abandoned once – due to the intense exploitation – it became increasingly more difficult to bring the diamonds to the surface


3. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: Themed Park Gulliver, Kawaguchi, Japan

Built in the shelter of Mount Fuji, this themed park was opened in 1997. Despite the financial support received from the Japanese Government, after 10 years it was closed due to the lack of visitors.


4. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: Disney Island, Buena Vista, Florida, United States of America

One of the natural attractions of the Disney Empire in Florida, Discovery Island seems to have been abandoned after it has been discovered a potentially deadly bacterium in the waters surrounding the land.


5. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: The Lighthouse upon the cliffs of Aniva, Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia

The island, located on the eastern coast of Russia, has served in the past as a location for a prison and was cause for controversy, for a while, between Japan and Russia. At the moment, Aniva is owned by Russia.


6. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: Railway Canfranc, Spain

Canfranc train station was part of the international railway route passing through Spain and France. An accident in 1970 destroyed a bridge near the station, separating the two countries. Following this incident the railway line was left in neglect.