Fun Day Excursions from the Costa del Sol

By: Gaizka Pujana

As it name (Sunny Coast) implies, the Costa del Sol is the ideal place to spend your holiday, with sunshine filled days most of the year round and an average annual climate of about 18 degrees. The area is filled with popular and hidden vacation resorts, from the bustling to the private.

Visitors to Costa del Sol traditionally stay in every type of accommodation available, ranging from luxury hotels to budget youth hostels. Another common form of accommodation is apartment rental as this allows visitors more independence and flexibility to plan their holiday around their own needs. Some hotels and apartment complexes offer swimming pools, or private beaches, others are big on golf courses.

The time will come, of course, when visitors may want to get up from the pool's edge or take a break from the golf course to experience some of the beautiful areas around the Costa del Sol. This is the time to consider one of the many interesting day excursions that depart from key points in the region and take visitors to see some of the wonders that this area has to offer.

One popular day trip is by luxury coach to the city of Granada. Visitors will be bowled over by the Moorish culture and architecture that makes this city so famous. Interesting places to visit in Granada include the Alhambra Palace, the Charles V Palace and the gypsy quarter.

What would a trip to the Costa del Sol be worth without a visit to the capital of Andalusia, Seville? This city is a true gem, and you'll be blown away by the atmosphere, culture and beauty of Seville. There are plenty of historic buildings and places of interest to enjoy in this city so give yourself plenty of time to take it all in.

Perched on the top of steep windy road from the town of Marbella sits the historical town of Ronda. This area is one of the focal points of any type of excursion in the area taken by tourists and you will very likely be surrounded by fellow-tourists at any time of the year. But this is no reason not to visit Ronda, which promises fantastic historic buildings and an authentic look at the Arab age in the Andalusia region. Don't miss out on a visit to Spain's oldest bullring in this town!

For visitors who are after a full day of duty-free shopping, nothing quite beats a day trip to the island of Gibraltar. Here tourists can enjoy making purchases of many luxury items, including famous Gibraltar glass wear, leather goods, wines, silks and even electrical goods. In addition to the shopping, Gibraltar offers some lovely views and places of interest for those who want to go easy on the shopping spree. There are also day tours to the Rock of Gibraltar where visitors can examine its famous history, learn about its strategic importance and visit some of its exciting locations such as the San Miguel caves and the monkey reserve.

Finally, a fun daylong excursion can be taken to Nerja and Frigiliana. These two villages are the epitome of Andalusia culture and allow visitors to really experience what this part of the world is all about. Don't miss out on the famous Nerja prehistoric cave.

As you can see, a trip to Costa del Sol can be as varied as you want it to be. You can spend your entire trip lazing about the pool, but you'll missing out a whole lot if you don't take at least one or two day trips to its beautiful outer regions.

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