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