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Linda's Guidebook

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Linda's Guidebook

Where are you and whats around you!
You will be staying in Nueva Andalucia which is described below, but surrounding you are other wonderful towns and villages for you to visit, have a look around you!
If Puerto Banús is the Costa del Sol’s sybaritic playground, then Nueva Andalucía is its chill-out lounge. Neighbouring the Banús resort, it stretches inland from the sea, over undulating terrain that is dotted with lakes, backdropped by the imposing La Concha mountain peak and fringed by celebrated golf courses. When driving or strolling around Nueva Andalucía, one of the first things that strikes you is just how pretty everything is. Think Beverly Hills but with the inherent grace and charm of Andalucía: white-washed and terracotta villas shimmer under the perennial blue skies, while tall palm trees and the mountainous backdrop create an idyllic setting that seems torn straight from a fairytale book – albeit one that comes complete with ubiquitous Porsches, Ferraris, Bentleys, Maseratis and Lamborghinis idling in front of chic restaurants and swish gymnasiums. In the evenings, Nueva Andalucía residents have the choice of “heading into the port” – to Banús’s hedonistic nightlife of super-nightclubs, outrageously glamorous lounge bars and fun-filled pubs – or staying local. If the latter, there are some excellent late-night bars that attract an effervescent and affluent crowd, and occasionally some jazz or other live music, and a wonderful array of fine-dining restaurants.
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Nueva Andalucía
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If Puerto Banús is the Costa del Sol’s sybaritic playground, then Nueva Andalucía is its chill-out lounge. Neighbouring the Banús resort, it stretches inland from the sea, over undulating terrain that is dotted with lakes, backdropped by the imposing La Concha mountain peak and fringed by celebrated golf courses. When driving or strolling around Nueva Andalucía, one of the first things that strikes you is just how pretty everything is. Think Beverly Hills but with the inherent grace and charm of Andalucía: white-washed and terracotta villas shimmer under the perennial blue skies, while tall palm trees and the mountainous backdrop create an idyllic setting that seems torn straight from a fairytale book – albeit one that comes complete with ubiquitous Porsches, Ferraris, Bentleys, Maseratis and Lamborghinis idling in front of chic restaurants and swish gymnasiums. In the evenings, Nueva Andalucía residents have the choice of “heading into the port” – to Banús’s hedonistic nightlife of super-nightclubs, outrageously glamorous lounge bars and fun-filled pubs – or staying local. If the latter, there are some excellent late-night bars that attract an effervescent and affluent crowd, and occasionally some jazz or other live music, and a wonderful array of fine-dining restaurants.
Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys cruise along unhurriedly, turning the heads of café-goers enjoying their coffee in the relative cool of the morning. Mega-yachts bob gently in turquoise waters at their moorings. People saunter by, bedecked in designer nautical gear, a relaxed smile and deep tan illuminating their faces as they gaze though the boutique shop windows of Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari, Gucci and Jimmy Choo – and enjoy another fine morning in the one and only Puerto Banus. Ostensibly modern yet with its roots placed firmly in classic Andalucian architectural style, Banús is a compact harbour town of pristine white-washed buildings, pleasant plazas, wide boulevards and sheltered beaches, accentuated by elegant apartment complexes, plenty of bars, beach clubs and nightclubs, and exquisite gourmet cuisine establishments. Along the first line, there are options for a relaxing coffee, glass of wine or spot of people-watching, select boutiques, and a diverse selection of eateries, from well-priced pizzas to sumptuous seafood platters. Alongside Puerto Banús to the west are the beach clubs, where you have a stark choice: those aimed at holidaymakers and wealthier clients and known for their “champagne-spraying parties” and other extravagances, or the more traditionally Spanish chiringuitos (beach restaurants). To the east of the harbour, a more family-friendly beach ambience tends to prevail. The nightlife of Puerto Banús is legendary – for good reason. Whether you seek a romantic meal for two alongside the harbour, relaxed drinks with friends in a chic wine bar, a last drink with the family in an Irish theme pub before heading home, or a robust night out involving numerous pubs and clubs… Banús caters for all tastes and ages.
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Puerto Banús
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Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys cruise along unhurriedly, turning the heads of café-goers enjoying their coffee in the relative cool of the morning. Mega-yachts bob gently in turquoise waters at their moorings. People saunter by, bedecked in designer nautical gear, a relaxed smile and deep tan illuminating their faces as they gaze though the boutique shop windows of Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari, Gucci and Jimmy Choo – and enjoy another fine morning in the one and only Puerto Banus. Ostensibly modern yet with its roots placed firmly in classic Andalucian architectural style, Banús is a compact harbour town of pristine white-washed buildings, pleasant plazas, wide boulevards and sheltered beaches, accentuated by elegant apartment complexes, plenty of bars, beach clubs and nightclubs, and exquisite gourmet cuisine establishments. Along the first line, there are options for a relaxing coffee, glass of wine or spot of people-watching, select boutiques, and a diverse selection of eateries, from well-priced pizzas to sumptuous seafood platters. Alongside Puerto Banús to the west are the beach clubs, where you have a stark choice: those aimed at holidaymakers and wealthier clients and known for their “champagne-spraying parties” and other extravagances, or the more traditionally Spanish chiringuitos (beach restaurants). To the east of the harbour, a more family-friendly beach ambience tends to prevail. The nightlife of Puerto Banús is legendary – for good reason. Whether you seek a romantic meal for two alongside the harbour, relaxed drinks with friends in a chic wine bar, a last drink with the family in an Irish theme pub before heading home, or a robust night out involving numerous pubs and clubs… Banús caters for all tastes and ages.
Marbella is a place that consistently draws admiring glances from other resorts. It is a town that can be ultra-exclusive for the rich and famous while also affording the Average Joe and Joanna their chance to hob-nob with the elite in a way that just couldn't happen in Monte Carlo or St. Tropez. One of the most glorious ways to experience Marbella is to take an early morning or late evening stroll along its delightful Paseo Marítimo: a sweeping stretch of promenade that takes in the entire length of the main town area; where palm trees guard beautiful terracotta villas, lavish hotels elegantly creep towards the beach (only imposing in the most discreet manner), and people of all ages stroll, run, skate, cycle and chatter as charming cafés, traditional tapas bars and chilled-out chiringuitos serve all manner of delights for the hungry and thirsty. There are shops, bars and clubs aplenty, but Marbella was and still is a very Spanish town, albeit one with a tangible and complementary international edge. Locals, expats and tourists co-exist alongside one another in the most harmonious way, with seemingly nowhere off limits for anybody, and a warm welcome awaiting all. The Old Town's tight narrow streets harbor a fair smattering of delightful establishments just waiting to be discovered. While you will likely pay more here, the setting makes it worthwhile. It is here, too, that much of Marbella's splendid “feria” takes place each June.
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Marbella Center
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Marbella is a place that consistently draws admiring glances from other resorts. It is a town that can be ultra-exclusive for the rich and famous while also affording the Average Joe and Joanna their chance to hob-nob with the elite in a way that just couldn't happen in Monte Carlo or St. Tropez. One of the most glorious ways to experience Marbella is to take an early morning or late evening stroll along its delightful Paseo Marítimo: a sweeping stretch of promenade that takes in the entire length of the main town area; where palm trees guard beautiful terracotta villas, lavish hotels elegantly creep towards the beach (only imposing in the most discreet manner), and people of all ages stroll, run, skate, cycle and chatter as charming cafés, traditional tapas bars and chilled-out chiringuitos serve all manner of delights for the hungry and thirsty. There are shops, bars and clubs aplenty, but Marbella was and still is a very Spanish town, albeit one with a tangible and complementary international edge. Locals, expats and tourists co-exist alongside one another in the most harmonious way, with seemingly nowhere off limits for anybody, and a warm welcome awaiting all. The Old Town's tight narrow streets harbor a fair smattering of delightful establishments just waiting to be discovered. While you will likely pay more here, the setting makes it worthwhile. It is here, too, that much of Marbella's splendid “feria” takes place each June.
The town that forms the majority of what is San Pedro de Alcantara is a square-shaped collection of tightly-knit whitewashed buildings, straight and narrow streets and a main central plaza that is overlooked by a lovely church, with a newly developed boulevard creating a cool architectural connection between the village and its seaside area and promenade. Compact and laidback, San Pedro de Alcantara is a long-standing favourite with holidaymakers, particularly those who take pleasure from strolling through relatively quiet streets, enjoying a relaxing cup of coffee or glass of beer, sampling a selection of terrific tapas – and simply enjoying the sunshine. Away from the apartments, shops, bars and offices that comprise the busy yet somehow perennially peaceful centre of San Pedro de Alcantara. On the other side of the boulevard (built above the tunnel that now shunts vehicles through the town without causing the traffic congestion that previously beset it), wide avenues, grid-shaped developments and grassy lawns stretch out before you, fronted by the shimmering azure of the Mediterranean. Hundreds of expats and non-local Spaniards have holiday homes here, hidden in vast developments and enveloped by a sublime sense of stillness. The beach and promenade act as an open-air gym, solarium and nightclub all in one. There is a heart in San Pedro's nightlife, additional evening activity can be enjoyed in salsa bars, a delightful smattering of tapas establishments and the Plaza de la Iglesia, where free open-air concerts are held throughout the year.
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San Pedro de Alcántara
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The town that forms the majority of what is San Pedro de Alcantara is a square-shaped collection of tightly-knit whitewashed buildings, straight and narrow streets and a main central plaza that is overlooked by a lovely church, with a newly developed boulevard creating a cool architectural connection between the village and its seaside area and promenade. Compact and laidback, San Pedro de Alcantara is a long-standing favourite with holidaymakers, particularly those who take pleasure from strolling through relatively quiet streets, enjoying a relaxing cup of coffee or glass of beer, sampling a selection of terrific tapas – and simply enjoying the sunshine. Away from the apartments, shops, bars and offices that comprise the busy yet somehow perennially peaceful centre of San Pedro de Alcantara. On the other side of the boulevard (built above the tunnel that now shunts vehicles through the town without causing the traffic congestion that previously beset it), wide avenues, grid-shaped developments and grassy lawns stretch out before you, fronted by the shimmering azure of the Mediterranean. Hundreds of expats and non-local Spaniards have holiday homes here, hidden in vast developments and enveloped by a sublime sense of stillness. The beach and promenade act as an open-air gym, solarium and nightclub all in one. There is a heart in San Pedro's nightlife, additional evening activity can be enjoyed in salsa bars, a delightful smattering of tapas establishments and the Plaza de la Iglesia, where free open-air concerts are held throughout the year.
Tucked a few kilometres inland between Estepona and San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella), this quaint and picture-perfect pueblo is considered the gastronomic capital of the Costa del Sol, home to some of the finest restaurants found anywhere in southern Spain. A destination that is both beautiful and peaceful, the approach road to Benahavis sees you leave the coastal highway behind and weave past rolling plains that turn steadily into rocky cliff faces and then a plunging ravine. The road winds between sheer cliff face and clear drop down to the crisp and cool waters of the Guadalmina River, before the white-washed, sugar-cube beauty of Benahavís appears before you, tucked into the valley and magnificently presented in the bright Mediterranean sunlight. The surroundings are evidently inspirational, as Benahavis is home to a thriving community of artisans, primarily painters, potters and chefs. In addition to the art galleries and craft shops, Benahavis offers a brilliant portfolio of restaurants – from authentic pizzerias to classy haute cuisine establishments, robust grill-houses and the ubiquitous tapas taverns. Dining out is a gastronomic pleasure, matched only by the visceral thrill of enjoying an al fresco meal under a star-studded sky in one of Europe's most alluring natural patios. A mere 200 metres along the main road is an opening. Barely marked and steeply descending, one of the village’s hidden treasures lies some 30 metres below. Huge boulders, remnants from some ancient landslide or earthquake, lie strewn along the river bed at the foot of the Guadalmina River valley. Some boulders act as a dam, creating deep and crystal-clear plunge pools, while others take the form of organic diving boards. So, don your swimsuit, leave those with a fear of heights guarding the towels on the grassy verge, and dive into the refreshing waters below. Having banished the sedate image of Benahavis with that one giant leap into the abyss, the surprises just keep on coming. Hikers will enjoy the 360-degree opportunities to traipse up or down, and golfers will love the surrounding clubs (Benahavis has the highest number of courses per capita of any municipality in Spain).
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Benahavís
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Tucked a few kilometres inland between Estepona and San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella), this quaint and picture-perfect pueblo is considered the gastronomic capital of the Costa del Sol, home to some of the finest restaurants found anywhere in southern Spain. A destination that is both beautiful and peaceful, the approach road to Benahavis sees you leave the coastal highway behind and weave past rolling plains that turn steadily into rocky cliff faces and then a plunging ravine. The road winds between sheer cliff face and clear drop down to the crisp and cool waters of the Guadalmina River, before the white-washed, sugar-cube beauty of Benahavís appears before you, tucked into the valley and magnificently presented in the bright Mediterranean sunlight. The surroundings are evidently inspirational, as Benahavis is home to a thriving community of artisans, primarily painters, potters and chefs. In addition to the art galleries and craft shops, Benahavis offers a brilliant portfolio of restaurants – from authentic pizzerias to classy haute cuisine establishments, robust grill-houses and the ubiquitous tapas taverns. Dining out is a gastronomic pleasure, matched only by the visceral thrill of enjoying an al fresco meal under a star-studded sky in one of Europe's most alluring natural patios. A mere 200 metres along the main road is an opening. Barely marked and steeply descending, one of the village’s hidden treasures lies some 30 metres below. Huge boulders, remnants from some ancient landslide or earthquake, lie strewn along the river bed at the foot of the Guadalmina River valley. Some boulders act as a dam, creating deep and crystal-clear plunge pools, while others take the form of organic diving boards. So, don your swimsuit, leave those with a fear of heights guarding the towels on the grassy verge, and dive into the refreshing waters below. Having banished the sedate image of Benahavis with that one giant leap into the abyss, the surprises just keep on coming. Hikers will enjoy the 360-degree opportunities to traipse up or down, and golfers will love the surrounding clubs (Benahavis has the highest number of courses per capita of any municipality in Spain).
Wonderful Day Trips for you
While you are with me, if you fancy taking a break from the beautiful beaches, refreshing sea and the buzzing nightlife, you will find that there is still so much more to discover in this area. This corner of Andalusia boasts a deep and fascinating history plus breathtaking landscapes that deserve to be explored, even just a little.
Málaga has remained unspoiled and is located an hour (72kms) away. Largely untouched by mass tourism despite its bustling airport and rarely explored by sun-seeking visitors – despite the city itself being home to vast stretches of sandy beaches. The lengthy promenade throbs with activity throughout the year, attracting Málaga residents of all ages: black-clad older folk amble along, stopping intermittently to enjoy the horizon from the comfort of a shaded bench; fitness enthusiasts cycle, jog or roller-blade past, weaving in and out of the skateboarding or moped-riding teens that frequent the area in a refreshingly non-threatening manner. In the stunning old town area of the city, Málaga's rich history comes to life in the form of many intriguing and often spectacular sights. The excellent Picasso Museum (Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, not far from where Antonio Banderas now has a penthouse) is one of the finest of its kind in Europe, while the faded majesty of the Alcazaba and the 14th century Gibralfaro Castle hints at a history defined by battle and glory. The beautifully baroque cathedral is flanked by fragrant gardens, a pretty café-lined square and the ever-present horse-drawn carriage stations. The wonderful Cervantes Theater has a year-long schedule of internationally acclaimed shows, acts, performers and artists; and the city’s burgeoning cultural attractions include (in addition to the Picasso) the Pompidou Centre, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Contemporary Art Centre, St Petersburg Collection Russian Museum, Classic Cars Museum, Wine Museum and (on the city outskirts in Churriana, near the airport) the Gerald Brenan House.
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Málaga
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Málaga has remained unspoiled and is located an hour (72kms) away. Largely untouched by mass tourism despite its bustling airport and rarely explored by sun-seeking visitors – despite the city itself being home to vast stretches of sandy beaches. The lengthy promenade throbs with activity throughout the year, attracting Málaga residents of all ages: black-clad older folk amble along, stopping intermittently to enjoy the horizon from the comfort of a shaded bench; fitness enthusiasts cycle, jog or roller-blade past, weaving in and out of the skateboarding or moped-riding teens that frequent the area in a refreshingly non-threatening manner. In the stunning old town area of the city, Málaga's rich history comes to life in the form of many intriguing and often spectacular sights. The excellent Picasso Museum (Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, not far from where Antonio Banderas now has a penthouse) is one of the finest of its kind in Europe, while the faded majesty of the Alcazaba and the 14th century Gibralfaro Castle hints at a history defined by battle and glory. The beautifully baroque cathedral is flanked by fragrant gardens, a pretty café-lined square and the ever-present horse-drawn carriage stations. The wonderful Cervantes Theater has a year-long schedule of internationally acclaimed shows, acts, performers and artists; and the city’s burgeoning cultural attractions include (in addition to the Picasso) the Pompidou Centre, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Contemporary Art Centre, St Petersburg Collection Russian Museum, Classic Cars Museum, Wine Museum and (on the city outskirts in Churriana, near the airport) the Gerald Brenan House.
Sotogrande seems like it is on a higher plane, both socially and economically, with its studio-perfect architecture, broad tree-lined avenues and meticulously manicured lawns. It is not as popular (at least on a mass scale), vibrant or varied as its eastern neighbours, but it doesn’t lack its own charm. Sotogrande is, for example, great for golfers, and a paradise for sailing enthusiasts and polo players and fans. Lovers of fine dining will be mightily impressed by the restaurants; and shopaholics have a plethora of elite boutiques at their beck, call – and whims. Known for its international polo, nautical aura and elite golf clubs, Sotogrande manages to combine the ritzy glamour of Puerto Banús with its own distinctive stamp of sophistication. Residents of Sotogrande are somewhat detached from the often-frenetic pace of the rest of the Coast, yet still play an integral part in its social scene. Even the beach feels like private property. The sedate suburban vibe extends to the coastline and into the sea, where waves almost apologetically break the serenity of the area, and beach clubs inject Spanish style and jet-set glamour into the environs in the most understated manner possible. There are tennis and pádel courts galore in Sotogrande, but the resort's most famous sporting facilities are its polo grounds, which are considered some of the finest in Europe, and its golf clubs. The latter are led by Royal Valderrama, almost universally rated as continental Europe’s premier course, host of the 1997 Ryder Cup (the first time that event had been held outside the UK or US) and numerous other major events over the past three decades, and currently the annual venue for the Andalucía Valderrama Masters on the European Tour. At the marina, the 500 or so moorings are home to a sleek array of yachts. While not as viscerally impressive as those found in Puerto Banús, Sotogrande's collection is, nevertheless, one to swoon over. While doing so, you can enjoy a spot of shopping in one of the many designer boutiques and stores that line the harbour, or savour a cappuchino and a spot of lunch at one of the port's superb restaurants.
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Sotogrande
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Sotogrande seems like it is on a higher plane, both socially and economically, with its studio-perfect architecture, broad tree-lined avenues and meticulously manicured lawns. It is not as popular (at least on a mass scale), vibrant or varied as its eastern neighbours, but it doesn’t lack its own charm. Sotogrande is, for example, great for golfers, and a paradise for sailing enthusiasts and polo players and fans. Lovers of fine dining will be mightily impressed by the restaurants; and shopaholics have a plethora of elite boutiques at their beck, call – and whims. Known for its international polo, nautical aura and elite golf clubs, Sotogrande manages to combine the ritzy glamour of Puerto Banús with its own distinctive stamp of sophistication. Residents of Sotogrande are somewhat detached from the often-frenetic pace of the rest of the Coast, yet still play an integral part in its social scene. Even the beach feels like private property. The sedate suburban vibe extends to the coastline and into the sea, where waves almost apologetically break the serenity of the area, and beach clubs inject Spanish style and jet-set glamour into the environs in the most understated manner possible. There are tennis and pádel courts galore in Sotogrande, but the resort's most famous sporting facilities are its polo grounds, which are considered some of the finest in Europe, and its golf clubs. The latter are led by Royal Valderrama, almost universally rated as continental Europe’s premier course, host of the 1997 Ryder Cup (the first time that event had been held outside the UK or US) and numerous other major events over the past three decades, and currently the annual venue for the Andalucía Valderrama Masters on the European Tour. At the marina, the 500 or so moorings are home to a sleek array of yachts. While not as viscerally impressive as those found in Puerto Banús, Sotogrande's collection is, nevertheless, one to swoon over. While doing so, you can enjoy a spot of shopping in one of the many designer boutiques and stores that line the harbour, or savour a cappuchino and a spot of lunch at one of the port's superb restaurants.
Located a short drive from the Costa del Sol (1hr & 50mins (104kms), on the Atlantic side of the Straits of Gibraltar, Tarifa is the most southerly point of continental Europe – and also its windiest area. That makes it an obvious haven for surf sports enthusiasts from around the world, but over the years the extended coastline from Tarifa to Cádiz city – through Bolonia, Zahara de los Atunes, Barbate, Los Caños de Meca, El Palmar, Conil de la Frontera and Sancti Petri – has also attracted an increasing number of visitors who simply want to chill out away from the hustle and bustle of Málaga or other urban areas of Andalucía. Its laid-back character, its kilometres of white sandy beaches, its accessibility and affordability and its invitingly bohemian atmosphere are a draw for all types of people, young and old – and not just those wanting to test their skills at kite-surfing, bodyboarding, windsurfing and the like. Activities during the day in Tarifa tend to revolve, almost exclusively, around the beach, highlighted by the stunning Punta Paloma stretch three kilometres west of the town. Its huge sand dune was formed over centuries by the strong winds that blow across the bay on an almost daily basis. Here today, the Atlantic Ocean close to shore acts as a busy playground for the hundreds of wind and kite surfers who frequent the beach, their brightly colored masts and taut kite lines zipping across the horizon and creating a fascinating spectacle. Back in the ancient heart of town, the Paseo de La Alameda promenade enchants visitors with its fragrant gardens, well-manicured pathways, shaded benches and delightful fountains.
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Tarifa
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Located a short drive from the Costa del Sol (1hr & 50mins (104kms), on the Atlantic side of the Straits of Gibraltar, Tarifa is the most southerly point of continental Europe – and also its windiest area. That makes it an obvious haven for surf sports enthusiasts from around the world, but over the years the extended coastline from Tarifa to Cádiz city – through Bolonia, Zahara de los Atunes, Barbate, Los Caños de Meca, El Palmar, Conil de la Frontera and Sancti Petri – has also attracted an increasing number of visitors who simply want to chill out away from the hustle and bustle of Málaga or other urban areas of Andalucía. Its laid-back character, its kilometres of white sandy beaches, its accessibility and affordability and its invitingly bohemian atmosphere are a draw for all types of people, young and old – and not just those wanting to test their skills at kite-surfing, bodyboarding, windsurfing and the like. Activities during the day in Tarifa tend to revolve, almost exclusively, around the beach, highlighted by the stunning Punta Paloma stretch three kilometres west of the town. Its huge sand dune was formed over centuries by the strong winds that blow across the bay on an almost daily basis. Here today, the Atlantic Ocean close to shore acts as a busy playground for the hundreds of wind and kite surfers who frequent the beach, their brightly colored masts and taut kite lines zipping across the horizon and creating a fascinating spectacle. Back in the ancient heart of town, the Paseo de La Alameda promenade enchants visitors with its fragrant gardens, well-manicured pathways, shaded benches and delightful fountains.
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and headland, on Spain's south coast, 1 hr 5mins away (70kms). It’s dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m-high limestone ridge. First settled by the Moors in the Middle Ages and later ruled by Spain, the outpost was ceded to the British in 1713. Layers of fortifications include the remains of a 14th-century Moorish Castle and the 18th century Great Siege Tunnels, which were expanded in WWII.
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Gibraltar
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Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and headland, on Spain's south coast, 1 hr 5mins away (70kms). It’s dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m-high limestone ridge. First settled by the Moors in the Middle Ages and later ruled by Spain, the outpost was ceded to the British in 1713. Layers of fortifications include the remains of a 14th-century Moorish Castle and the 18th century Great Siege Tunnels, which were expanded in WWII.
As soon as you leave behind the urban coast and sweep past the Embalsa de La Concepción reservoir, almost out of nowhere, the final bend reveals Istán – quietly going about its business away from the madding crowds. It is unwise to try to drive through Istán, as its roads were built for horse and cart centuries ago and are incredibly steep and tight, but you can still view the whitewashed houses lining silent streets all around you and the mountain ridges beyond. Timeless hardly begins to describe Istán: you are stepping directly into living history, dating to the Moorish settlements. Life in Istán adopts a pace usually associated with a slightly overweight and indolently contented house cat. There's really no rush here, and the siesta lives on as it should - fully embraced, fully expected and fully appreciated. That's not to say there's nothing to do. The background echoes of running water emanate from pure water springs that course through the village, so fill your bottle before heading off (on foot, naturally) past deserted citrus groves as you descend towards the edge of the reservoir. This hike will invariably have you working up an appetite, which means it’s time to head back into the village to enjoy delicious, inexpensive tapas from one of the numerous shaded dining establishments dotting the streets. You can take your pick from a fair smattering of restaurants, and afterwards relax at a table in one of the several courtyard squares that lie all around the village, and enjoy a soothing sherry, crisp beer or silky glass of wine under the starlit sky.
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Istán
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As soon as you leave behind the urban coast and sweep past the Embalsa de La Concepción reservoir, almost out of nowhere, the final bend reveals Istán – quietly going about its business away from the madding crowds. It is unwise to try to drive through Istán, as its roads were built for horse and cart centuries ago and are incredibly steep and tight, but you can still view the whitewashed houses lining silent streets all around you and the mountain ridges beyond. Timeless hardly begins to describe Istán: you are stepping directly into living history, dating to the Moorish settlements. Life in Istán adopts a pace usually associated with a slightly overweight and indolently contented house cat. There's really no rush here, and the siesta lives on as it should - fully embraced, fully expected and fully appreciated. That's not to say there's nothing to do. The background echoes of running water emanate from pure water springs that course through the village, so fill your bottle before heading off (on foot, naturally) past deserted citrus groves as you descend towards the edge of the reservoir. This hike will invariably have you working up an appetite, which means it’s time to head back into the village to enjoy delicious, inexpensive tapas from one of the numerous shaded dining establishments dotting the streets. You can take your pick from a fair smattering of restaurants, and afterwards relax at a table in one of the several courtyard squares that lie all around the village, and enjoy a soothing sherry, crisp beer or silky glass of wine under the starlit sky.
History, nature, gastronomy and art. The beautiful Ronda boasts a rich historical and artistic heritage, symbolic Roman and Moorish monuments, a lush natural environment, some of the most sought after and appreciated Spanish wines and a breathtakingly dramatic location all contribute to make it one of the most visited and photographed cities of Andalusia. Located less than an hour's drive from Nueva Andalucia, (53kms), this picturesque town is sat on a rocky peak almost 800m high, overlooking an amazing valley and offering spectacular views of the Serrania de Ronda, a rural region dotted with pueblos blancos and interesting natural places.
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Ronda Bridge View Point
1955 Ctra. de los Molinos
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History, nature, gastronomy and art. The beautiful Ronda boasts a rich historical and artistic heritage, symbolic Roman and Moorish monuments, a lush natural environment, some of the most sought after and appreciated Spanish wines and a breathtakingly dramatic location all contribute to make it one of the most visited and photographed cities of Andalusia. Located less than an hour's drive from Nueva Andalucia, (53kms), this picturesque town is sat on a rocky peak almost 800m high, overlooking an amazing valley and offering spectacular views of the Serrania de Ronda, a rural region dotted with pueblos blancos and interesting natural places.
Located about an hour and a half from your stay with me (86 kms), Known until recently as "the most dangerous path in the world", the Caminito del Rey was recently renovated to be safer and more secure. In just a few months it has become one of the most visited attractions in the province of Malaga. Built in the early 20th century as a service road for the construction workers of the power plant in the gorge of El Chorro, the Caminito now poses far fewer risks than in the past, but still offers a serious adrenaline rush and an incredible view. An experience not to be missed!
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Caminito del Rey
3D Barriada Estación del Chorro
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Located about an hour and a half from your stay with me (86 kms), Known until recently as "the most dangerous path in the world", the Caminito del Rey was recently renovated to be safer and more secure. In just a few months it has become one of the most visited attractions in the province of Malaga. Built in the early 20th century as a service road for the construction workers of the power plant in the gorge of El Chorro, the Caminito now poses far fewer risks than in the past, but still offers a serious adrenaline rush and an incredible view. An experience not to be missed!
From your location with me, about 1 and a half hours away (129kms) are The Nerja Caves are some of the most impressive natural attractions in Spain. Discovered by chance in 1959 by a group of boys, the caves have revealed numerous wonders to scientists over the years. From the longest limestone column in the world, to cave paintings made by the Neanderthals who lived more than 42,000 years ago, the Nerja cave system conceals countless, impressive and wonderful archaeological and geological treasures. A visit not to be missed.
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Höhlen von Nerja
s/n Carr. de Bajada a Playa de Maro
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From your location with me, about 1 and a half hours away (129kms) are The Nerja Caves are some of the most impressive natural attractions in Spain. Discovered by chance in 1959 by a group of boys, the caves have revealed numerous wonders to scientists over the years. From the longest limestone column in the world, to cave paintings made by the Neanderthals who lived more than 42,000 years ago, the Nerja cave system conceals countless, impressive and wonderful archaeological and geological treasures. A visit not to be missed.
Take a 1hr 30min journey (101kms) and visit Alcornocales Park. This beautiful park takes its name from its numerous “residents", the cork oak trees or “alcornocales" in Spanish. Rich in biodiversity (home to more than eighty different species of plants, as well as hawks, eagles, vultures and many species of mammals), the Alcornocales Park is home to numerous archaeological deposits from the Alolitica and Neolithic eras and also the Bronze Age. Inside the park you will find beautiful Moorish villages such as the incredible Castellar de la Frontera. The park´s most characteristic feature is certainly the landscape, which is incredibly lush all year round thanks to the constant flow of humid breezes from the Atlantic. It is a spectacular park, perfect for spending a day wildlife spotting, walking, cycling, horse riding or enjoying a guided tour in search of the prized local fungi.
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Los Alcornocales Natural Park
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Take a 1hr 30min journey (101kms) and visit Alcornocales Park. This beautiful park takes its name from its numerous “residents", the cork oak trees or “alcornocales" in Spanish. Rich in biodiversity (home to more than eighty different species of plants, as well as hawks, eagles, vultures and many species of mammals), the Alcornocales Park is home to numerous archaeological deposits from the Alolitica and Neolithic eras and also the Bronze Age. Inside the park you will find beautiful Moorish villages such as the incredible Castellar de la Frontera. The park´s most characteristic feature is certainly the landscape, which is incredibly lush all year round thanks to the constant flow of humid breezes from the Atlantic. It is a spectacular park, perfect for spending a day wildlife spotting, walking, cycling, horse riding or enjoying a guided tour in search of the prized local fungi.
Local Recommendations
Set in the beautiful area of Aloha Gardens, the bar inside is chic and modern and in the summer months the outside bar and terrace with its own fountain and private areas is a great place to meet friends. You can enjoy cocktails as well as a full bar and food menu in this stylish outdoor setting.
El Jardin
Set in the beautiful area of Aloha Gardens, the bar inside is chic and modern and in the summer months the outside bar and terrace with its own fountain and private areas is a great place to meet friends. You can enjoy cocktails as well as a full bar and food menu in this stylish outdoor setting.
Café Gourmet is a lovely local cafe, where you can taste the healthiest, most natural and innovative food you can imagine, whilst seated on the sunny terrace by the Aloha fountain watching the world go by. Perfect for your morning coffee or brunch!
Cafe Gourmet Aloha
Café Gourmet is a lovely local cafe, where you can taste the healthiest, most natural and innovative food you can imagine, whilst seated on the sunny terrace by the Aloha fountain watching the world go by. Perfect for your morning coffee or brunch!
Tuk Tuk is a hidden gem found in Nueva Andalucia. They serve a delicious fusion of Asian food in a chic setting where you can enjoy the sound of the soothing waterfall in Aloha Gardens. Utilising its natural surroundings makes for a sophisticated place in which to dine, the Red Curry, by the way, is simply amazing. They serve an array of cocktails, spirits, wines and beers which can be enjoyed at their chic lounge and they have indoor and outdoor seating for dining.
Tuk Tuk Asian Fusion
4 Av. del Prado
Tuk Tuk is a hidden gem found in Nueva Andalucia. They serve a delicious fusion of Asian food in a chic setting where you can enjoy the sound of the soothing waterfall in Aloha Gardens. Utilising its natural surroundings makes for a sophisticated place in which to dine, the Red Curry, by the way, is simply amazing. They serve an array of cocktails, spirits, wines and beers which can be enjoyed at their chic lounge and they have indoor and outdoor seating for dining.
Living Room is a trendy lounge bar in Nueva Andalucia and the perfect spot for a few pre-dinner drinks or just stay there all night! They also tend to play all the major sports and have a pool table inside so it's quite a similar vibe to a British bar. They have a DJ at the weekends and are open late until 2am most nights. They also have several drink promotions through the week and 2 for 1 hours in the early evening.
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Living Room Bar
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Living Room is a trendy lounge bar in Nueva Andalucia and the perfect spot for a few pre-dinner drinks or just stay there all night! They also tend to play all the major sports and have a pool table inside so it's quite a similar vibe to a British bar. They have a DJ at the weekends and are open late until 2am most nights. They also have several drink promotions through the week and 2 for 1 hours in the early evening.
Mosh Fun Kitchen is a new concept of dining. Combining dining with entertainment it's no surprise that their slogan is Eat, Drink & Party & Repeat! I recommend booking a table at Mosh, because you'll be sorry if you go and there aren't any tables available! You can choose from either indoor seating, or outdoor seating on the terrace... either way, you're guaranteed a great dining experience! Sit down, order some of their signature cocktails and pick up their amazingly intriguing menu. The oxtail dim sum are amazing, and try one of their delicious sliders... oh, you can't decide which one you want? Order a few, you won't regret it! (We recommend the beef or tuna one - 10/10!) Finding parking is really easy, and the location is easy to find! If you want a night out in Puerto Banus, dinner and drinks beforehand in Mosh is perfect to start the night - in fact, it's so lively and has good drinks, you might find yourself staying there until closing! The DJ plays amazing classics from way back then to modern classics, with a funky house edge to it... it compliments the relaxed, fun, party vibe!
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Mosh Fun Kitchen
2 Av. del Prado
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Mosh Fun Kitchen is a new concept of dining. Combining dining with entertainment it's no surprise that their slogan is Eat, Drink & Party & Repeat! I recommend booking a table at Mosh, because you'll be sorry if you go and there aren't any tables available! You can choose from either indoor seating, or outdoor seating on the terrace... either way, you're guaranteed a great dining experience! Sit down, order some of their signature cocktails and pick up their amazingly intriguing menu. The oxtail dim sum are amazing, and try one of their delicious sliders... oh, you can't decide which one you want? Order a few, you won't regret it! (We recommend the beef or tuna one - 10/10!) Finding parking is really easy, and the location is easy to find! If you want a night out in Puerto Banus, dinner and drinks beforehand in Mosh is perfect to start the night - in fact, it's so lively and has good drinks, you might find yourself staying there until closing! The DJ plays amazing classics from way back then to modern classics, with a funky house edge to it... it compliments the relaxed, fun, party vibe!
Bar SiX is a lively bar based in the heart of Aloha Golf Valley. The Interior is luxurious and modern. Cosy in the winter and the glass windows open up to a beautiful terrace overlooking Las Brisas Golf in the summer. The elevated location is perfect for enjoying the sunset views. Friendly staff are on hand for signature cocktails.
Bar Six
1 Calle de las Torres
Bar SiX is a lively bar based in the heart of Aloha Golf Valley. The Interior is luxurious and modern. Cosy in the winter and the glass windows open up to a beautiful terrace overlooking Las Brisas Golf in the summer. The elevated location is perfect for enjoying the sunset views. Friendly staff are on hand for signature cocktails.
Since opening in 2010, La Sala has fast become the place to be seen in Puerto Banus! The ultimate social and dining experience, La Sala has many different areas where you can eat, drink and reconnect with friends. The front decked terrace, which is always busy, is a great place to relax and watch the world go by, while inside, the bar area lets you soak up the atmosphere on one of the high tables or comfy sofas. Their rear terrace enjoys stunning views of La Concha and is the ideal place for a leisurely coffee and the a la carte restaurant offers that unforgettable dining experience with a varied menu including Spanish and International favourites. They also have a beautiful Private Dining room providing the ideal space for larger celebrations, weddings and corporate events. La Sala also has live music and DJ's throughout the week ensuring a great night out and their free valet parking means you won't be driving around for ages looking for a space!
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La Sala Puerto Banús
s/n Calle Juan Belmonte
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Since opening in 2010, La Sala has fast become the place to be seen in Puerto Banus! The ultimate social and dining experience, La Sala has many different areas where you can eat, drink and reconnect with friends. The front decked terrace, which is always busy, is a great place to relax and watch the world go by, while inside, the bar area lets you soak up the atmosphere on one of the high tables or comfy sofas. Their rear terrace enjoys stunning views of La Concha and is the ideal place for a leisurely coffee and the a la carte restaurant offers that unforgettable dining experience with a varied menu including Spanish and International favourites. They also have a beautiful Private Dining room providing the ideal space for larger celebrations, weddings and corporate events. La Sala also has live music and DJ's throughout the week ensuring a great night out and their free valet parking means you won't be driving around for ages looking for a space!
Breathe is a multifaceted gastronomic concept dedicated to connecting people, nature and fresh-thinking gastronomy. They’re combining modern urban architecture with a large dose of the natural elements to create energizing spaces to be enjoyed and experiences to be savored. Ideal for people who care about their food and where it comes from. They are about careful selection and artisan preparation of their ingredients with products and menus being changed daily and including options to suit a variety of palettes and dietary requirements so whether you have your heart set on a filling steak coupled with a seriously good red or, you are deciding to have a bit of a detox and a cleanse with some organic vegan delights then you will be satisfied here. From their innovative ground-source renewable energy to their impressive gardens and the food on your plate, they have the environment and sustainability in mind. Located at the gateway to Puerto Banus, this is a year-round feature of Marbella. Their concept first-floor venue was the first to open, with its Restaurant, Gastro Bar and Garden zones to enjoy. Their Sky lounge, 'Air' and also the Café and Shop 'Ground' open their doors during the summer of 2019.
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Breathe Marbella - Restaurant Gastrobar & Garden
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Breathe is a multifaceted gastronomic concept dedicated to connecting people, nature and fresh-thinking gastronomy. They’re combining modern urban architecture with a large dose of the natural elements to create energizing spaces to be enjoyed and experiences to be savored. Ideal for people who care about their food and where it comes from. They are about careful selection and artisan preparation of their ingredients with products and menus being changed daily and including options to suit a variety of palettes and dietary requirements so whether you have your heart set on a filling steak coupled with a seriously good red or, you are deciding to have a bit of a detox and a cleanse with some organic vegan delights then you will be satisfied here. From their innovative ground-source renewable energy to their impressive gardens and the food on your plate, they have the environment and sustainability in mind. Located at the gateway to Puerto Banus, this is a year-round feature of Marbella. Their concept first-floor venue was the first to open, with its Restaurant, Gastro Bar and Garden zones to enjoy. Their Sky lounge, 'Air' and also the Café and Shop 'Ground' open their doors during the summer of 2019.
A Stylish Lebanese Dining Experience in Puerto Banús just a few minutes walk from the marina. OCCO is a world of its own with both a local and international atmosphere - an experience that encapsulates the mysterious essence of the Orient in a luxurious way. The opulent decor is seriously instagramable with their Grand golden entrance to the lavish giant velvet dome tables, perfectly suited for larger groups. They also have spectacular live entertainment and also a DJ later in the evening which gives it a real nightlife vibe as well as being a fine dining establishment. They have an a la carte menu or you can choose to have the Lebanese meze which consists of 15 mouthwatering authentic dishes perfect for sharing. If you go for the tasting experience option you can choose from the Vegetarian mezze, the Classic mezze with meat or the Mixed Grill mezze.
Occo
A Stylish Lebanese Dining Experience in Puerto Banús just a few minutes walk from the marina. OCCO is a world of its own with both a local and international atmosphere - an experience that encapsulates the mysterious essence of the Orient in a luxurious way. The opulent decor is seriously instagramable with their Grand golden entrance to the lavish giant velvet dome tables, perfectly suited for larger groups. They also have spectacular live entertainment and also a DJ later in the evening which gives it a real nightlife vibe as well as being a fine dining establishment. They have an a la carte menu or you can choose to have the Lebanese meze which consists of 15 mouthwatering authentic dishes perfect for sharing. If you go for the tasting experience option you can choose from the Vegetarian mezze, the Classic mezze with meat or the Mixed Grill mezze.
Astral Cocktail Bar in Puerto Banus is a well known venue that offers a great array of cocktails and other drinks that are perfect at any time of the day. Described as a kitchen for cocktails, the team prepare and create cocktails both with and without alcohol that are based on four essential parts - fresh fruit, liquors, natural ingredients and ice. Astral choose only the freshest fruit from the market to ensure the greatest taste and quality. They incorporate a range of spirits including Smirnoff vodka, Bacardi rum, Havana 3, Jose Cuevo Mexican Tequila and Jose Barriero Cachaca from Brazil to make some of the best cocktails on the coast. The bar itself is constructed to look like a 19th century sailboat complete with an eight-metre mast and sails that takes the visitor back to the time of conquistadors and corsairs. Don't miss the frequent entertainment shows at the restaurant which usually take place daily. These may include anything from live music to juggling acts.
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Astral Coctelería
S/N Muelle de Levante
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Astral Cocktail Bar in Puerto Banus is a well known venue that offers a great array of cocktails and other drinks that are perfect at any time of the day. Described as a kitchen for cocktails, the team prepare and create cocktails both with and without alcohol that are based on four essential parts - fresh fruit, liquors, natural ingredients and ice. Astral choose only the freshest fruit from the market to ensure the greatest taste and quality. They incorporate a range of spirits including Smirnoff vodka, Bacardi rum, Havana 3, Jose Cuevo Mexican Tequila and Jose Barriero Cachaca from Brazil to make some of the best cocktails on the coast. The bar itself is constructed to look like a 19th century sailboat complete with an eight-metre mast and sails that takes the visitor back to the time of conquistadors and corsairs. Don't miss the frequent entertainment shows at the restaurant which usually take place daily. These may include anything from live music to juggling acts.
Joy's Live Pub is sat on first line Puerto Banus and has built up quite a reputation for entertaining the coast in the best way possible for the last 30 years. The terrace at the front is perfect for a spot of breakfast and some drinks whilst watching the world go by. At night, Joy's Live really comes into its own, attracting a varied clientele to their live music acts. With a combination of resident and guest acts changing all the time, you are always in for a variety of music from rock to jazz. Open during the day with an extensive snack menu, and for the real party animals this is usually one of the most vibrant destinations and one of the last bars to close its doors.
Joys Live
Joy's Live Pub is sat on first line Puerto Banus and has built up quite a reputation for entertaining the coast in the best way possible for the last 30 years. The terrace at the front is perfect for a spot of breakfast and some drinks whilst watching the world go by. At night, Joy's Live really comes into its own, attracting a varied clientele to their live music acts. With a combination of resident and guest acts changing all the time, you are always in for a variety of music from rock to jazz. Open during the day with an extensive snack menu, and for the real party animals this is usually one of the most vibrant destinations and one of the last bars to close its doors.
In addition to beachfront restaurants El Chiringuito, La Milla and Sea Grill, multiple dining venues surrounding the central La Plaza Village offer local and international cuisine, from Nikkei and Thai inspired dishes in Nobu and Thai Gallery, to Italian in Serafina, creative Andalucian dishes in the two Michelin star Dani García Restaurante and modern fusion Spanish in Bibo - two Michelin starred chef Dani García´s latest creation. Gluten-free and organic restaurants complete the healthiest option in the resort. To end the night, guests can enjoy a drink on the chill out terrace in La Plaza Village, with an exclusive, special atmosphere, or at an exciting DJ sessions at La Suite, one of the most sophisticated clubs on the Costa del Sol, the place to see and be seen in Marbella.
Puente Romano
4 Conjunto Jardín Andaluz
In addition to beachfront restaurants El Chiringuito, La Milla and Sea Grill, multiple dining venues surrounding the central La Plaza Village offer local and international cuisine, from Nikkei and Thai inspired dishes in Nobu and Thai Gallery, to Italian in Serafina, creative Andalucian dishes in the two Michelin star Dani García Restaurante and modern fusion Spanish in Bibo - two Michelin starred chef Dani García´s latest creation. Gluten-free and organic restaurants complete the healthiest option in the resort. To end the night, guests can enjoy a drink on the chill out terrace in La Plaza Village, with an exclusive, special atmosphere, or at an exciting DJ sessions at La Suite, one of the most sophisticated clubs on the Costa del Sol, the place to see and be seen in Marbella.