Accommodation Benalmadena.com http://accommodationbenalmadena.com Beautiful 1 Bedroom Apartment In Acuario Benalmadena Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:53:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.7 Some great reasons to visit Gibraltar this year http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/some-great-reasons-to-visit-gibraltar-this-year.html http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/some-great-reasons-to-visit-gibraltar-this-year.html#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:36:56 +0000 http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/?p=1046 accommodation benalmadena:Some great reasons to visit Gibraltar this year

The Rock Stand on top of The Rock and you feel as if you are on top of the world. Europe is at your feet, Africa fills one horizon, while the gates to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic are on … Continue reading

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Stand on top of The Rock and you feel as if you are on top of the world. Europe is at your feet, Africa fills one horizon, while the gates to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic are on either side. Be sure to take the cable car from alongside the Alameda Gardens. Once at the top, you will find three terraces, each offering a unique viewpoint over the stunning surroundings. Beneath you will see two continents, two bodies of water and three countries!

Wildlife

In a den high on the Rock live Gibraltar’s most famous residents, the Barbary Macaques, the only wild primates in Europe. Friendly, charming and inquisitive, the Macaques have lived on the Rock for centuries. In the seas around Gibraltar the diversity of life is just as great, with flying fish and pods of leaping dolphins.

Entertainment

Casemates Square, in the heart of Gibraltar’s shopping district is filled with fashionable outdoor restaurants, cafés and bars, and is the hub of nightlife in Gibraltar. The newly constructed leisure centre offers a wide range of entertainment facilities for all the family.

Beaches

For such a small destination, visitors are pleasantly surprised to hear that Gibraltar has six beaches around its shoreline. Throughout the year a delightful sub-tropical climate of pleasant winters, exquisite springs and shining summers make the beaches and nearby waterfront restaurants a popular attraction.

Excursions

In addition to the attractions Gibraltar has to offer, it is also the perfect base from which to explore nearby Spain and Morocco. Estepona’s fascinating Sunday morning market is a popular trip, along with ancient Seville and the famous marina of Puerto Banus in Marbella. A short ferry crossing will take you to Morocco, where you buy spices and bag a bargain in the souk.

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Adventure Sports and Activities for Thrill Seekers Visiting Andalucia http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/adventure-sports-and-activities-for-thrill-seekers-visiting-andalucia.html http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/adventure-sports-and-activities-for-thrill-seekers-visiting-andalucia.html#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:00:03 +0000 http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/?p=918 accommodation benalmadena:Adventure Sports and Activities for Thrill Seekers Visiting Andalucia

Having over 330 days of sunshine each year and having an abundance of mountains, hills, gorges, lakes, rivers, sea, forests, steep cliffs and rock faces, Andalucia is the ideal destination for those seeking adventure sports and outdoor activities. From June … Continue reading

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Having over 330 days of sunshine each year and having an abundance of mountains, hills, gorges, lakes, rivers, sea, forests, steep cliffs and rock faces, Andalucia is the ideal destination for those seeking adventure sports and outdoor activities.

From June to September with temperatures reaching highs of 35C., the beaches are bustling with visitors sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the variety of water sport facilities available along the coast.

During the winter months between mid November through to April, visitors can enjoy the facilities of the most southern ski resort in Europe on the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Sierra Nevada2This stunning destination has a number of runs suitable for the first time skier and more challenging ones for the advanced or more accomplished skier. The views from the upper slopes down to the coast are breathtaking.

The rocky, mountainous terrain of Andalucia make the region ideal for those that enjoy hiking or mountain biking. There are a multitude of mountain tracks and trails which meander through forests and national park areas offering tranquility and the opportunity to see nature and wildlife away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal regions. Those seeking even more adventurous and challenging activities may wish to try pot-holing, mountaineering, rock climbing or caving. All of these activities are popular in this region of Spain, and some of the best conditions in Europe can be found here.

 

There are numerous areas that offer challenging rock faces for climbers, many of which are in the region of El Chorro and the lakes near Alora. el chorroMountain biking in this area is also a popular persuit with its winding roads through valleys and mountain trails.

 

With its beautiful coastline and lakes, Andalucia is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. With the combination of crystal clear waters and wonderful climate, the region makes for an ideal destination to enjoy a multitude of water based activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, waterskiing, and kitesurfing. Tarifa, in the Cadiz province, is a world-class wind and kite surfing location, due to its strong winds from the Atlantic and superb summer climate.

 

Whatever adventure sporting activity you enjoy, the Andalucian region of southern Spain has something to satisfy the tastes of everyone.

 

 

 

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Walking and Trekking in Sierra Nevada http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/walking-and-trekking-in-sierra-nevada.html http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/walking-and-trekking-in-sierra-nevada.html#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:38:47 +0000 http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/?p=915 accommodation benalmadena:Walking and Trekking in Sierra Nevada

The mountain range and surrounding areas in the Spanish southern region of Andalucia offers stunning, often breathtaking scenery and a huge selection of options for hiking and numerous other outdoor activities. As well as the National Park itself, there are vast areas … Continue reading

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The mountain range and surrounding areas in the Spanish southern region of Andalucia offers stunning, often breathtaking scenery and a huge selection of options for hiking and numerous other outdoor activities. As well as the National Park itself, there are vast areas of beautiful unspoiled countryside to explore as well as scenic white villages. The nearby historic city of Granada with its AlhambraPalace is well worth a visit.

As you ascend up from Granada, verdant river valleys and pine forests open up to seemingly barren mountain ranges. From here there are stunning views of the surrounding countryside and Granada, and on a clear day you can see across the Mediterranean to Morocco.210534

One of the most attractive and appealing aspects of walking in the peaks is the peace, quiet and seclusion. Due to the huge expanse of the national park you can spend a whole day hiking along the trails without encountering anyone. Covering 85,883 hectares, the Sierra Nevada National Park is the biggest national park in Spain. A further 89,966 hectares are designated as natural park land, giving a total protected area of 174,849 hectares.

The highest peaks of Mulhacen, Alcazaba and Veleta can have a significant covering of snow from late November to mid May, and the north side of Veleta is home to the ranges ski station.

The park is incredibly rich in plant and wild life, many species unique to the area. You may encounter a variety of birds, lizards, and possibly an occasional ibex as well as a selection of rare plants and flowers.

East of Granada

Situated between the Sierra Nevada and the Sierra de Huetor are a couple of peaceful river valleys separated by high ridges which in winter and spring offer excellent views of the snow capped mountains.

In the valleys there are orchards with a spectacular variety of fruit trees. These include walnut, almond, apple, pear, fig, pomegranate, cherry, orange, lemon, and apricot. This area is very close to Granada and is well served by Andalucias regional bus network making it easy to access the various villages within the area making it possible to carry out one-way walks.

LecrinValley

With its pretty white-washed villages, citrus groves and large reservoir, this has made the area very popular with both residents and tourists. The GR-7 long-distant walking route runs through the valley but there are numerous other possible trails. Its location between the sea, the Alpujarras and Granada makes the Lecrin valley easily accessible and as the walks are always within easy reach of the villages, refreshments are always close at hand.

Sierra de HuetorNaturalPark

The undulation, forest-clad landscape of the Sierra de Huetor offer some relatively short and simple routes, perfect for families and those who want to enjoy some beautiful scenery without over exerting themselves. The park is situated a short distance north-west of Granada and offers excellent views of the Sierra Nevada. Many of the trails are marked out which helps prevent getting lost.

Sierra de Alhama, Tejeda y AlmijaraNaturalPark

With dramatic rock formations, waterfalls and crystal clear rivers, these three adjoining mountain ranges make a great location for trekking. There is also a large abundance of wildlife including ibex, and for the ornithologists, a huge variety of birds including birds of prey. Straddling the border of the provinces of Granada and Malaga, this large national park can be accessed from Granada, Malaga or Antequera.

 

 

 

 

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The 650-kilometre circular walking and cycle routes throughout the province of Malaga were almost two-thirds complete as of November 2013. The Nerja to Ronda section is already open for use with more due to be opened soon.   To date … Continue reading

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The 650-kilometre circular walking and cycle routes throughout the province of Malaga were almost two-thirds complete as of November 2013. The Nerja to Ronda section is already open for use with more due to be opened soon.chillar river

 

To date work is finished or almost complete on 23 stretches totalling 420 kilometres. The northern arc of the route from Nerja to Ronda consists of 19 stretches totalling 358 kilometres, while the four stretches that make up the 61 kilometre Guadalhorce valley region will be ready for opening within the next couple of weeks.

 

The remaining 17 stretches which make up the southern arc route returning from Ronda to Nerja will take a little longer due to their location in more densely developed areas. Signposting is currently underway for four of these stretches between Rincon de la Victoria and Nerja.4538611-In_Las_Alpujarras-Nerja

 

The entire 650 kilometre route is expected to be fully opened and ready for use by the end of 2013.

 

The route incorporates existing trail, tracks, historic livestock corridors or royal right-of-ways, riverbank paths, and in urban zones, pavements or walkways. The route will also be equipped with 13,000 way-finding or informational signs and 1,300 trail markers.

 

The route passes through some70 per cent of the province’s towns.

 

Meanwhile one Costa town, Benalmadena, has launched its own plan to promote hiking trails as a tourist attraction. Having six hiking routes in the local sierra, efforts are being made to boost new segments in the tourism sector in order to provide year round activities rather than focusing only on the traditional sun and beach holiday destination.

 

Do you enjoy walking and hiking in the countryside? Although better known as a sun and beach holiday destination, Benalmadena also offers many fun and entertaining activities during the quieter winter months. Two of those activities are walking and hiking.

Benalmadena actually boasts an impressive network of natural walking routes and trails from which you can experience unbelievable views of the Costa del Sol and beyond.

These routes are spread over the Municipality’s vast expanse which stretches into the hills and mountains behind Benalmadena Pueblo and Arroyo de la Miel. The town hall has actually been promoting these walking routes at recent travel trade fairs and has also invested in maintenance and cleaning-up of the 6 routes it recommends.

Below we’ve put together a quick guide and summary of Benalmadena’s six walking routes with approximate distances and difficulty levels.

Route 1: Arroyo de los Muertos

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This route has two variants, ‘Calamorro’ and ‘Ermita’.

Calamorro Route

Distance: Approx. 3.5 km

Difficulty Level: Low

Starts from: Arroyo de la Miel

The route starts off from just behind the Miguel Hernández Public school (see map above). You’ll make your way through a tunnel under the motorway and head up the mountain. Soon you’ll come to a crossing; heading left will take you to the ermita (chapel) – See below – and if you take the trail on the right you’ll go all the way to the top of the Calamorro mountain (where the cable car stops). Those of you who have taken the cable car will know that the views from here are simply spectacular – and well worth the hike ;-)

Ermita Route

Distance: Approx. 2 km

Difficulty: Medium

Starts from: Arroyo de la Miel

Starts from the same place as the above ‘Calamorro Route’. You won’t go all the way to the top of the mountain following this route but the views from the ermita (chapel) are equally impressive. The last part of the route is a little steep, hence the reason for giving it a ‘medium’ difficulty level.

Route 2: Los Leñadores

Screenshot_75Distance: Approx. 2.5 km

Difficulty: Medium

Starts from: Benalmádena

Access to this route is from the A-368 road joining Torremolinos and Benalmadena (Km 7). This is another short route with an easier start on tarmac until you reach the Benalmádena quarry; the next couple of hundred metres is quite steep until you clear the quarry. From that point on it’s more of a gentle climb to the Puerto Viejo area near the top of the mountain.

The highlights of this route are the views over the town of Benalmádena.

Route 3: El Quejigal

Screenshot_76Distance: Approx. 3 km

Difficulty: Low

Starts from: Benalmadena

Route 3 (R-3) starts from a sharp corner on the A-368 road (very near to the start of Route 2). You’ll make your way through a viaduct under the motorway and head up through a pine forest. Follow the trail all the way up to the area known as El Quejigal, an area of great ecological value.

You’ll be able to see different species of eagles hunting for prey as well as mountain goats climbing the rocky walls of the mountain.

Route 4: Tajo de la Sabia

Screenshot_77Distance: Approx. 3.5 km

Difficulty: Medium

Starts from: Benalmadena Pueblo

The route starts from Benalmadena Pueblo (see map) and has a choice of two trails, one taking you through a pine forest and the other a more direct route up the mountain.

As you near the summit, you’ll go through what is perhaps one of the more densely populated pine forests in the area; a great place to stop and enjoy the peace and tranquility :-)

Route 5: Mina de la Trinidad

Screenshot_78Distance: Approx. 6 km

Difficulty: Medium

Starts from: Benalmadena

More or less one kilometre from Benalmadena Pueblo (heading towards Mijas) on the A-368 road there’s a trail on the right hand side; this is the start of the Route 5.

This route takes you past an old mine (Mina de la Trinidad). Although dangerous and only recommended for experienced hikers, you can go into the mine which has various galleries with geological formations.

The rest of the route is a steady climb to the ‘Cerro del Moro’ where you can stop and contemplate the breathtaking views over the Costa del Sol and, on a clear day, over towards Gibraltar and North Africa. This is also the start of Route 6 which we talk about next.

Route 6: Los Cazadores

Screenshot_79Distance: Approx. 4.5 km

Difficulty: Low

Starts from: Benalmadena (Cerro del Moro)

This route starts at an altitude of over 900 metres and takes you on a gentle downward slope along the mountain ridge towards the Puerto Viejo area. Due to its location, this route actually joins on to many of the other routes mentioned above (see map).

You can join Route 1 here and challenge yourself by climbing the steep trail (150m change in altitude) up to the top of the Calamorro Mountain; as mentioned earlier, the views from here are spectacular making it the ideal spot for a great photo! :-)

A few Recommendations

If you’re planning on exploring one of these amazing routes, there’s just a few things you need to keep in mind in order to make your walk more enjoyable and help look after the environment.

  • Use comfortable footwear (boots or trainers)
  • Protect yourself from the weather conditions
  • Respect the environment (no camping, no motor vehicles, no camp fires or barbecues allowed)
  • Do not leave litter
  • Respect the plants and flowers (Do not cut flowers)
  • Avoid fire risks (Do not smoke)
  • Always walk on the paths

We certainly hope you wont need them, but just in case, here are some of the emergency service numbers to call in case of accident or medical emergency:

Emergencies: 112

Local Police: 092 or 952 562 142

Fire department: 080 or 952 563 429

Protección Civil: 952 562 655

So what do you think, will you be attempting one of these fabulous walking and hiking routes the next time you are in Benalmádena? Have you already been on one of these walks? Let us know in the comments below.

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What does Malaga Port Have To Offer Holiday Makers http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/malaga-port-costa-del-sol.html http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/malaga-port-costa-del-sol.html#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:57:22 +0000 http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/?p=862 accommodation benalmadena:What does Malaga Port Have To Offer Holiday Makers

The recently developed Muelle Uno area (‘Quay One’ in English) is located in Malaga Port. With modern and designer shops, bars and restaurants flanking one side of the promenade and exclusive yachts the other, Muelle Uno is more than an … Continue reading

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The recently developed Muelle Uno area (‘Quay One’ in English) is located in Malaga Port. With modern and designer shops, bars and restaurants flanking one side of the promenade and exclusive yachts the other, Muelle Uno is more than an average shopping complex. The stunning open-air shopping mall offers a cosmopolitan dining and shopping experience on the waterfront with wonderful views of La Alcazaba giving an insight of Malagas Moorish history.

Muelle Uno was officially opened at the end of November 2011 after 13 years of planning and an 80 million euro budget.


Shopping

The complex houses an impressive selection of shops with over 30 outlets selling everything from clothes, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics, accessories and home furnishings. Many well know and designer brands are represented as well as high street names.

For those that love browsing markets, every second Sunday each month at Muelle Uno the zoco market is held. There are almost 100 stalls selling handmade crafts and jewellery, vintage and childrens clothing, home decorations, organic foods and locally produced meats and olive oil.

Bars and Restaurants

The promenade is home to restaurants with a variety of international cuisine from local Spanish fare to Japanese, Mexican, Indian and Italian as well as snacks and tapas. There are also several contemporary wooden kiosks serving drinks and icecream parlours.

Childrens Area

Popyn Park is a purpose built childrens play area at Muelle Uno open from 10.00am-22.00pm, Monday to Sunday. Here there is mini-golf, a soft assualt course, soft play mats and an area for sports games.

Activities

There is a kiosk where you can hire bicycles both manual and electric for a day or half day if you are feeling energetic. They also have a selection of Segways which can be rented by the quarter-hour for use around the port area.

If you would like to view Malaga from the sea, there are several companies offering boat trips, some glass bottomed, out into the bay throughout the day and during the evenings. The trips usually last an hour and run from 12.15pm until 18.30pm.

Muelle Uno is very close to the city centre, a mere 5 minute walk from Calle Larios the main pedestrianised shopping street of Malaga. A visit to the Port can easily be incorporated into a day trip to see the sights of Malaga City as part of your holiday experience.

 

 

 

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Rincon de la Victoria Andalucia http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/rincon-de-la-victoria-andalucia.html http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/rincon-de-la-victoria-andalucia.html#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:51:58 +0000 http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/?p=858 accommodation benalmadena:Rincon de la Victoria Andalucia

Rincon de la Victoria is situated 12kms east of Malaga making it convenient for visitors arriving at Malaga airport or those who work in the city but prefer the cooling sea breezes and beaches with the relatively tranquil setting of … Continue reading

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Rincon de la Victoria is situated 12kms east of Malaga making it convenient for visitors arriving at Malaga airport or those who work in the city but prefer the cooling sea breezes and beaches with the relatively tranquil setting of an extended fishing village. The municipality of Rincon includes the neighbouring fishing village of La Cala and the picturesque inland village of Benagalbon.

Over the last five years the resort has rapidly expanded with lots of newly built apartment blocks and urbanisations meaning that services are overstretched during July and August. The population almost trebles during the peak summer season while the rest of the year it manages to retain its laid-back atmosphere yet still offers the tourists and residents plenty of entertainment options. There are lots of places to dine out and places to dance the night away, although the open air summer cinema is no longer a part of the evening entertainment. Alternatively cinema enthusiasts can go to the neighbouring village of La Cala to Cine Las Palmeras. The Rincon Centro Commercial offers a choice of twenty cinema screens.Rincon de la Victoria 1

The resorts exceptional asset is its stunning sea front and beach which has recently been rebuilt and improved, stretching from one end of the town to the other. From the westernmost cliff top, marked by a Moorish watch-tower the stunning views sweep down the length of the golden sandy beach with its fishing boats, chiringuitos (beach bar-restaurants), beach parasols and sun beds.

Two popular walks are along the sea front to La Cala, and to the shrine of the Virgin del Carmen embedded in the rock at the westernmost tip of the beach. The journey to La Cala cuts through the cliff-side passing through three tunnels which have recently been upgraded and illuminated to make easier access for pedestrians and cyclists. Once through the first tunnel you can ascend the steps and follow the outcrop for the scenic route, or carry straight on until you emerge at La Cala.

Apart from the sun and sea, Rincon has other interesting sights worth seeing. The Casa Fuerte (fort) situated in one of the towns few green spaces also acts as an art gallery and on some occasions a concert venue. The fortress was built in 1733 in the rein of Carlos III as part of the coastal defence against English pirate attacks. Most visitors to the resort take a trip to “La Cueva Del Tesoro”, the famous treasure cave located just outside the residential area of El Cantal.

As with most other towns and villages in Andalucia, Rincon celebrates many festivals and fiestas. The local feria takes place over five days in July, ending on the 16th, the day of Virgin del Carmen. This is an annual event not to be missed with its procession of flower adorned boats, sailors and fishermen followed by a spectacular firework display.

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Skiing and Snowboarding In Sierra Nevada Costa del Sol http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/skiing-and-snowboarding-in-sierra-nevada-costa-del-sol.html http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/skiing-and-snowboarding-in-sierra-nevada-costa-del-sol.html#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:56:08 +0000 http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/?p=851 accommodation benalmadena:Skiing and Snowboarding In Sierra Nevada Costa del Sol

Many people are surprised to learn that Andalucia offers such a wide range of winter sports facilities. Most of you know that the region is renowned for its top class golf courses but many are not aware of the excellent ski … Continue reading

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Many people are surprised to learn that Andalucia offers such a wide range of winter sports facilities. Most of you know that the region is renowned for its top class golf courses but many are not aware of the excellent ski facilities less than 2 hours drive from the coast.
The number one location is near Granada in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
There are 80km of ski slopes including 45 pistes and 6 off-piste routes. There are also two cable cars and five ski lifts.Sierra Nevada The pistes include green, blue, red and black runs which range from extremely easy to extremely difficult. Snowboarding is very popular at the resort and there is a snow park featuring jumps and an on-slope half pipe.

The resort is open from 9am to 5pm including weekends and bank holidays and also offers night skiing.
The resort is open from mid November to early April and there are rarely any queues mid-week apart from the main Spanish holidays which are the first week in December, the Christmas period and Easter. Even at weekends queues are fairly short when the whole resort is open allowing skiers to spread out across the mountainside.Sierra Nevada1 With so much snow it’s possible to ski almost anywhere on the mountain as the resort is all above the tree line. Experienced skiers should definitely try the Laguna and Valeta pistes, the view of the coast and across to the Moroccan Atlas Mountains on a clear day is breathtaking.

The Resort Village
The resort town itself, Paradollano, was purpose built for skiing and is perfectly located. The village at the resort offers a range of inexpensive hotels and apartments for overnight stays, restaurants, shops, and ski and snowboard hire facilities. There is also a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars and clubs.
Along with the new medical centre, child day-care centre, banks, supermarkets, hairdressers, and pharmacy, there is also parking facilities for over 2,800 vehicles. There are also ski schools to help beginners.Sierra Nevada2
Out of season
Even out of season the Sierra Nevada Costa del Sol is a beautiful place to be with many cycle, walking and hiking routes offering fresh clean air and stunning views of the Costa del Sol. Many of the bars and cafes remain open throughout the summer months for food and refreshments.

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Things To See And Do In Nerja http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/things-to-see-and-do-in-nerja.html http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/things-to-see-and-do-in-nerja.html#comments Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:51:38 +0000 http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/?p=846 accommodation benalmadena:Things To See And Do In Nerja

The Caves of Nerja were undiscovered until in 1959 when a group of local boys came across the narrow entrance into the limestone caverns while chasing bats. Once rediscovered the Caves soon became one of Spain’s important and popular treasures. … Continue reading

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The Caves of Nerja were undiscovered until in 1959 when a group of local boys came across the narrow entrance into the limestone caverns while chasing bats. Once rediscovered the Caves soon became one of Spain’s important and popular treasures.
The town of Nerja lies approximately 30 miles from Malaga and the Caverns are located just two miles from the town itself. nerja cavesThe caverns contain numerous archaeological treasures such as spectacular wall paintings from the Palaeolithic and post-Palaeolithic periods. Skeletal remains and artefacts found suggest the caverns were inhabited from approximately 25,000 B.C. until the Bronze Age. The rocky formation of crystalline dolomites date back over 250,000 years, and are thought to be some of the oldest deposits of the culture in Southern Spain.

Although some sections of the cave complex are closed to public viewing due to safety concerns and for preservation, you can walk through the smooth, polished steps and paths deep into the darkness of the caverns and witness the stunningly beautiful back-lit rock formations. With atmosphere music playing in the background and the high ceilings almost gives the sensation of being in an underground cathedral.nerja caves1
The cavern houses eight rooms including the Hall of the Cataclysm, which the Guinness World Book of Records claims is the worlds’ largest stalactite column measuring 49 metres high and 18 metres in diameter. This has been formed by an estimated 1,000 billion drops of water.

Close to the Hall of the Cataclysm is the Room of the Waterfall which forms a natural theatre. In this room there is a stage and seating for 600 people. On May 15th which is the day of the patron saint San Isidro, a collection of floats follows the statue of the Virgin on her journey to the caves. This is followed by a huge festival with live music, flamenco dancing, drink and fun. During the summer months the theatre hosts several festivals of classical and alternative music in this beautiful atmospheric setting. Even during the winter season processions such as the arrival of the Three Kings and a week-long carnival feature here.

The town  itself is well known for its spectacular Balcon de Europa, which is a wonderful promenade alongside a towering cliff, once the site of a Moorish castle with stunning views out to sea.
The town is flanked by the Sierra Almijara mountain range and its whitewashed homes with their Moorish style border the narrow winding streets below. There are several stone walkways that twist and wind their way down to the beaches below.
The beaches here are smaller than the larger resorts along the Costa del Sol and are much quieter for those that prefer a more tranquil holiday. The golden sandy beaches are stunning with the dramatic cliffs as the backdrop, cooling sea breezes and secluded coves, small beach bars and comfortable sun beds make for a relaxing day building up a tan or cooling in the sea.

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Winter Activities in Malaga http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/winter-activities-in-malaga.html http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/winter-activities-in-malaga.html#comments Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:46:50 +0000 http://accommodationbenalmadena.com/?p=842 accommodation benalmadena:Winter Activities in Malaga

The Costa del Sol is blessed with sunny days throughout the year and finding things to do is not limited to the summer months alone. In fact many tour operators, travel agencies, and low cost flight companies offer excellent reduced … Continue reading

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The Costa del Sol is blessed with sunny days throughout the year and finding things to do is not limited to the summer months alone.costa In fact many tour operators, travel agencies, and low cost flight companies offer excellent reduced flight and accommodation packages between October and March. The same applies for low cost winter cruises from Malaga port sailing around the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Almost all the hotels along the coast remain open throughout the year, as do many rural houses and apartments in Malaga. Many of the establishments even organize activities, entertainment programs, and excursions for their winter visitors.

 

One of the most popular activities during the winter months on the coast is golf. There are an abundance of first class courses all along the coast.rhonda

Other outdoor activities not restricted to the summer months are sailing and fishing. Spring and autumn is also an excellent time to explore the inland and mountainous regions when the temperatures are cooler. There are 5 natural parks in the area, ideal for hiking, climbing and horse riding.

In some of the major tourist resorts along the coast there are some excellent sports centers with indoor swimming pools and gymnasiums. The municipal sport center in Benalmadena has an indoor ice rink of 900m2 open during the winter months.

 

Christmas time in Andalucia is quite magical with the streets adorned with festive lights, Christmas floral displays and the aromas of roasted chestnuts and roasting potatoes. A spectacle not to be missed is the Three Kings parade through the streets of the city on the 5th of January.

Another option, particularly on a rare wet day, is a trip to Plaza Mayor Commercial and LeisureCenter which is close to the airport and easily accessible with the suburban train. Here, apart from a multitude of shops there are restaurants, bars, bowling, cinema, a gym with heated pool, nightclubs, and a children’s corner.

Leaving the city, there are an abundance of other activities and places worth visiting along the coast. There are several theme parks, Tivoli amusement park, Sea Life and Selwo Marina all in Benalmadena, the CrocodilePark in Torremolinos, The Bio Park zoo in Fuengirola and the SelwoAdventurePark in Estepona. Traveling inland and about an hours drive from Malaga to Antequera there is the LoboPark housing varieties of wolves in a semi wild habitat.

 

Benalmadena has always been known as a sun and sea destination, attracting visitors from all over Europe in the warmer high season months.

During the quieter winter period, demand and interest for the resort suffers an important drop. The winter months – although offering the warmest and sunniest weather in continental Europe – do not provide the ideal conditions for your typical beach holiday.

That being said, Benalmadena does provide fantastic activities and attractions for visitors looking to enjoy Spanish culture and explore the wonders of our beautiful coastline. The sun still shines and, whilst you may not be able to swim in the sea, day time temperatures in the 18ºC to 22ºC range make for enjoyable and relaxing breaks.

In a new effort to promote Benalmadena as a unique and value-for-money destination to travellers searching for some winter sun, the Council – through its Tourism department – has recently come to an agreement with local tourism businesses to offer visitors special activities packages providing rest and relaxation.

According to the Tourism Councillor, Adolfo Fernández, one of the first packages to be made available will be the ‘Relax Tour’ which includes a boat trip; a guided bus tour of Benalmádena and the possibility to enjoy a thermal spa session.

The ‘Relax Tour’ Package will be available thanks to the collaboration of three local companies: Costasol Cruceros, Bus City Sightseeing and Renova Termal. For just €20, you’ll be able to enjoy the following:

  • A boat trip along the BenalmadenaCoast to Fuengirola and back.
  • A special ticket which will allow you to hop on and off the Benalmadena Sightseeing Tour Bus valid for 48 hours.
  • A 90 minute thermal spa circuit at SPA Sensara with champagne, tea, sweets and fruit.

This is a fabulous offer you wont want to miss. So where can we buy tickets for the ‘Relax Tour’? Well, the full details have yet to be disclosed but rest assured, we’ll be sure to update this post as soon as we know more.

 

 

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The LoboPark ( meaning wolf) is situated just outside the town of Antequerra which is approximately 47kms north of Malaga. This wildlife sanctuary is unusual and very different from other typical animal parks. The parks’ residents are various different breeds … Continue reading

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The LoboPark ( meaning wolf) is situated just outside the town of Antequerra which is approximately 47kms north of Malaga. This wildlife sanctuary is unusual and very different from other typical animal parks.lobo park The parks’ residents are various different breeds of wolves. The founder of the park is Daniel Weigend has dedicated his life to studying and understanding wolves in their natural habitat without them becoming domesticated by human contact.

The attraction is surrounded by the stunning Andalucian countryside with the El Torcal mountain range forming the backdrop and fields and olive groves on all sides. The park offers visitors the opportunity to see these majestic creatures up close but still in their natural surroundings with the daily guided tours by wolf experts.

During the tour there will be explanations about the nature of the wolves and the complex structures within the packs. lobo park antequeraOne of the highlights of the tour is the feeding of the animals and of course the beautiful wolf pups.

From May to October the LoboPark holds a special “Howling Night” over the weekends. This event is held in the evening when it is much cooler and the animals are more active. The evening begins with a barbeque in the amazing surroundings followed by a tour into the night and into the world of the wolves. When Daniel enters the wolf enclosure you will witness the amazing friendship he has established with them as he begins to howl and suddenly the air is filled with the sound of howling  packs resounding from the peaks of every hill.

There is more to the Park than just wolves here you will be able to understand and be educated by learning from nature about these amazing animals which we can relate to the domesticated animals we are all familiar with, dogs. To be able to understand dogs we need to look at the behavior of their ancestors.

Within the park there is also the chance to see other animals in the school farm.wolf park Here children can learn how to take care of Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, Iberian pigs, geese, goats, and hens. There are also horses, dogs, peacocks and foxes. You can enjoy the stunning views from the terrace of the cafeteria while you have a drink or snack.

 

The cost of the guided wolf routes is 8.50 € for adults, children (3-12yrs) 5.50€. Farm school tickets 1.50€.

 

 

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