Andalucia and Costa Del Sol by Jeffrey Kennedy

By Jeffrey Kennedy

Even if vacationing first-class or on a constrained finances, this best 10 consultant leads you to the easiest of Andalucia and the Costa del Sol. Dozens of 10 lists - from the pinnacle 10 shores to the pinnacle 10 bodegas (sherry cellars), eating places, inns and museums - supply insider wisdom. Maps are integrated.

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Nights, too, are given over to typically Spanish merriment that continues until dawn. Top 10 Towns Málaga Old Town Note that most sights and many shops close for the siesta from about 1pm to 5pm. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Estepona Marbella Mijas Fuengirola Benalmádena Torremolinos Málaga Torre del Mar Vélez-Málaga Nerja Estepona • Estepona: Map D5; Tourist Office: Avda San Lorenzo 1; 952 80 09 13 • Marbella: Map D5; Tourist Office: Plaza de los Naranjos 1; 952 82 35 50 • Mijas: Map D5; Tourist Office: Plaza Virgen de la Peña; 952 48 59 00 • Fuengirola: Map D5; Tourist Office: Avda Jesús Santos Rein 6; 952 46 74 57 • Benalmádena: Map D5; Tourist Office: Avda Antonio Machado 10; 952 44 24 94 • Torremolinos: Map E5; Tourist Office; Plaza de las Comunidades Autónomas; 952 37 19 09 • Málaga: Map E5; Tourist Office: Pasaje de Chinitas 4; 952 21 34 45 • Vélez-Málaga: Map E5 • Nerja: Map E5; Tourist Office: C/Puerta del Mar 2; 952 52 15 31 26 The first major resort on this coast is an excellent quieter choice, with 19 km (12 miles) of beach (right).

The Syrian leader (912– 61) established the autonomous Caliphate of al-Andalus. 1482–92) lost Granada to the Catholic Monarchs. Isabel and Fernando Isabel of Castilla and Fernando of Aragón (1479– 1516) were dubbed “The Catholic Monarchs”. Christopher Columbus The Genoese sea captain (1451–1506) set sail from Huelva Province and, on 12 October 1492, landed on one of the Bahamian islands. Emperor Carlos V His reign (1516–56) left Spain nearly bankrupt, but with cultural legacies such as his palace in Granada (see p9).

Costa del Sol golf course Banderilleros Golf So copious are the golf courses that the Costa del Sol has often been dubbed the “Costa del Golf”. Courses include everything from world masterpieces, designed by top golfers, to putting greens (see p103). Fútbol Football (soccer) is a national obsession, stirring up the deepest of passions. In season, you’ll encounter it in every bar, blaring out from the TV. Bullfighting In the Spanish view, this is not really a sport, but an art form, and to many Andalucíans, it embodies the soul of the region.

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