How to make the most of your trip to Andalucia and the Costa del Sol

With the glorious weather, stunning coastlines and a taste of the mediterranean lifestyle, it is for good reason that the Costa del Sol is the choice of so many holiday makers each year.

Andalucia is lucky enough to enjoy 330 days of sunshine each year, and has excellent transport links, mainly through the large international airport at Malaga. This region truly has something for everyone, with famous holiday destinations such as Marbella, Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Nerja and many more all just a short journey away by Malaga airport transfer.

So many great things to see and do on the Costa del Sol

The great thing about the region is that there are so many wonderful sights to see, lovely food to try, and culture and history to sit back and take in. There are some fantastic private tours in Andalucia that you can take during your holiday.

Whether you want to visit the world famous Grenada, just 1.5 hours drive from Malaga, you can take a 10 hour round trip and see some incredible architecture forged over 2,500 years of habitation by several cultures, including the Greeks, the Romans, the Moors and Christians. The moorish palace of the Alhambra is one of the finest in the world.

If history is your thing then you should definitely pay a visit to Ronda, set in the cliffs above the Guadalevin River. With classic moorish and roman architecture, and spectacular views it is quite something to behold.

Or if beach life is more your style, check out the jewel of the Costa del Sol, Nerja. A gorgeous little town with cobbled streets and stunning beaches. Also just outside the town is the famous Caves of Nerja. A cave system stretching almost five kilometers, it has the world’s oldest stalagmite and Neanderthal cave painted dated to around 42,000 years old.

Or you can head for some luxury in Marbella, and for a real taste of the high life – Puerto Banus. The perfect place for high end shopping, gourmet restaurants, relaxing on the beach and partying the night away to a backdrop of millionaire’s yachts.

And of course there is always the city of Malaga itself, with a history that spans almost 3,000 years, and a wonderful palace, the Gibralfaro Palace, dated to the 10th century overlooking the city it has a real historical feel to it. It is also fantastic for art lovers, being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and with a museum dedicated to his work you can see a large number of his works. It also has fifteen beaches to choose from, and the most incredible seafood restaurants where you can try traditional fare and seafood.

With so much to explore, why not hire a car yourself

Especially if travelling with family, you might find it far easier to opt for Car hire. This way you can visit places at your own pace without having to worry about being back at a certain time. You can also take the chance to go off the beaten path a little, which is highly recommended. The small villages you can find and truly lovely scenery is well worth it.

Just be sure to choose the right hire company if you wish to rent a car Málaga has a huge number of rental companies to choose from.  Choose somewhere with good reviews for customer service, and good reviews for the conditions of rental and suitability of the car. There is nothing that can ruin a holiday quicker than a breakdown in the middle of nowhere with no support and help to be found. And you certainly want to avoid any surprise fees.