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Insider tips for your Trip to Costa Del Sol
Posted on: 26 July 2016 by Agustina Fazio
One of the most popular Spanish tourist spots is the Costa Del Sol; also dubbed as the ‘California of the Mediterranean’ thanks to it being one of the sunniest and most sought after spots in Europe
A Spanish getaway sounds like heaven at the moment, thanks to the glorious weather you’ll pretty much be guaranteed, the delicious local cuisine, friendly locals, cheap deals you can get, and the abundance of wonderful things to see and do.
One of the most popular Spanish tourist spots is the Costa Del Sol; also dubbed as the ‘California of the Mediterranean’ thanks to it being one of the sunniest and most sought after spots in Europe. If you’re planning a trip to this idyllic destination, here are some exclusive insider tips to help you get the most of your stay.
Top attractions and things to do
One of the most famous attractions in the Costa Del Sol is the Picasso Museum. The museum is located in a 16th-century national monument; which is a stone’s throw from his birth place. It houses awe inspiring paintings, ceramics, drawings and sculptures donated by his family and from various galleries from across the globe. Most visitors don’t know that it’s free to enter this museum on the last Sunday of every month, which is good to know if you’re on a strict budget.
You should also definitely check out one of the local fiestas, which can give you a really exciting, authentic experience of the destination. Every town in the area has an annual feria, which are week-long street parties, filled with vibrant flamenco costumes, horse displays, funfairs and local music.
Dining whilst out and about
If you’re not dining in your hotel as part of your package (you can check out great deals from the likes of Hotel Malaga here) you should check out some of Spain’s greatest eateries. In the hotter months, many of the locals tend to eat inside the restaurants, cafes and bars rather than on the terraces, which can appear strange to tourists, but as soon as you’ve sat in the scorching sun for a few minutes, you’ll see why! Follow suit and head indoors to protect yourself at the hottest times of day.
If you have any dietary requirements, it’s a good idea to note these down in Spanish and take it with you whilst dining out, as they may be unfamiliar to the local waiting staff. For example, in Spain, a vegetarian diet generally includes fish, so it’s worth making your needs clear as you order.
Exploring the local area
The Costa Del Sol is an idyllic place to explore. Cobbled streets brimming with life, picturesque piazzas and preserved villages such as Mijas, Benalmádena Pueblo, Frigiliana and Ronda, make this location the ideal spot for those who love nothing more than getting lost in local life. Getting around this area is really simple to, with public transport being fairly reliable, lots of taxi firms readily available and trodden paths to follow. Before setting off, it’s a good idea to agree on a price with your taxi driver so there’ll be no nasty surprises when you arrive. They also generally don’t accept a large tip, too.