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History of Costa del Sol and AndaluciaCosta del Sol and the rest of Andalucia is full of history. Here you can wander around in ancient castles and Arab palaces, where you can imagine how the kings and sultans have been relaxing in the luxurious surroundings. Spain has through time been occupied by, among others, the Romans and the Moors. The Arab occupation lasted for more than 700 years and has left its distinct mark on Andalucia. The Spanish architecture, food, music, names of places and many words and expressions are influenced by Arabic culture. After Spain became Christian again in the late 1400-century southern Spain was severely ravaged by Arab pirates from Northern Africa for over 200 years. The pirates plundered and took slaves that were sold at slave markets in Northern Africa. There are still guard towers along the Costa del Sol, which was used to scout for pirates in ancient times. The Norwegian Seamen's Church in Calahonda is built in one of Calahondas oldest farms and has loopholes in the walls of the church. This was a vital necessity only a few hundred years ago in the event of a pirate attack.
Attractions on Costa Del SolCosta del Sol has a lot of fun and exciting activties to offer like scuba diving golf, skiing in Sierra Nevada, fishing, dance, amusement parks, nature reserves, hiking and so on.
Mijas Pueblo is a white mountain village with fantastic views over Costa del Sol. You can get there by car or by bus from Fuengirola. Most businesses in Mijas Pueblo are related to tourism, and the village is filled with restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops where you can buy traditional hand crafted ceramics and leather products.
There are also plenty of great destinations just a few hours from the Costa del Sol like Tarifa, Sevilla and of course Granada.
Things to do on Costa Del SolFotball match in Malaga. Malaga plays in la Liga. Thus you have the opportunity to see Real Madrid or Barcelona play live against Malaga.
Puerto Banus is the harbour in Marbella. Here you can stroll along the waterside and let yourself get impressed by all the luxury cars and yachts.
The Crocodile Park in Torremolinos, where you among other things can hold a baby crocodile and experience a fearless guide that jumps into the crocodile enclosures with only a stick to defend himself.
Tivoli in Benalmadena. The Horror house with live actors is strongly recommended.
Selwo Marina in Benalmadena is a suitable one-day excursion for families. Here you can swim with dolphins and experience different kinds of shows with animals.
The Bird Park in Benalmadena can be reached by the cable car that starts in front of the tivoli. Here you can see a spectacular eagle show and the view over Costa del Sol is absolutely breathtaking.
Fuengirola Zoo was awarded as the best Zoo in Europe in 2004.
Selwo Aventura in Estepona is a safari park with proper safari jeeps and plenty of wild animals.
Shopping in Costa Del Sol
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