Sun, Sea and Sand in the Costa Del Sol

By: Katy Bailey

This particular region of the South of Spain is often stereotyped as the typical British holiday resort. Holiday resorts containing apartment blocks, Irish bars and miles and miles of rows and rows of sunbeds. More than six million tourists flock to the region annually. But is there more to the Costa del Sol than its reputation suggests?

The long stretching beaches along with the weather to make the most of them might help to explain there has been an agglomeration of urban settlements in the region, however there are places, including the city of Malaga and the town of Mijas (amongst others) which break from this set-up of high rise hotels and Anglo - centric culture.

Malaga as yet, remains relatively untarnished by this tourist invasion and still possesses a vibrant southern Spanish vibe. Its spacious surroundings and beautiful streets provide a relaxing change from the crammed tourist resorts and its unique culture has not been lost. Once the main port, the city now possesses the country's second largest port and its third largest international airport.

The mountains surrounding the Costa del Sol or 'Sunshine Coast' contain many quaint Spanish towns and villages, which are well worth a visit. Mijas is a small, white washed village. Typically Andalucian in its character, the town caters to the tourist market, yet sill retains its original culture.

All -in - all, the Costa del Sol, should not be confused as the generic holiday resort. You might have to look a little harder, but the Andalucian culture is definitely there to be found by those who wish to look for it. For hotels in Costa del Sol

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