Costa del Sol: Mijas, Malaga, & Torremolinos Part II

June 20-22, 2011 Costa del Sol Part II

Málaga

Visited on June 21, 2011. Located in Andalucía.

View of the City from El Castilo de Gibralfaro, Málaga

View of the City from El Castilo de Gibralfaro, Málaga

Attraction Checklist:

  • Alcazaba Teatro Romano
  • Gibralfaro Castle/El Castillo de Gibralfaro
  • Fundación Picasso/MuseoCasa Natal de Málaga
  • La Malagueta Beach
Roman Amphitheater (Alcazaba Teatro Romano), Málaga

Roman Amphitheater (Alcazaba Teatro Romano), Málaga

The following day (June 21) we visited Málaga, the hometown of Pablo Picasso with several museums, parks, and centers dedicated to him. The city is currently developing and hoping to develop a metropolitan transportation system. In ancient times, the Romans populated this area. Today, the city of Málaga was built upon these Roman ruins; a reconstruction of the amphitheater (Alcazaba Teatro Romano) can be seen in the center of the city. Arabic and European influences can be seen throughout the city, such as the Baroque-style churches and cathedrals. Continue reading

Costa del Sol: Mijas, Malaga, & Torremolinos Part I

June 20-22, 2011 Costa del Sol Part I

Beach at Torremolinos, Costa del Sol in Andalucia

Beach at Torremolinos, Costa del Sol in Andalucia

After saying our farewells to the lovely La Alhambra in Granada, we began our picturesque tour of La Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun)—famous for its beach resorts and delicious seafood. The plan was that we would stay over at the Melía Costa del Sol resort in Torremolinos for 3 nights (June 20-22, 2011). During these 3 nights, we had a few options: to tour Mijas, a nearby fishing village; and Málaga, or to enjoy the beach at Torremolinos.

Apartments in Torremolinos, Costa del Sol, Andalucia

Apartments in Torremolinos, Costa del Sol, Andalucia

Torremolinos is a resort that was the first touristic site open to visitors. Many Europeans buy villas and apartments as their vacation homes. In the past, this resort was a fishing village. The upper cliff of the city is the newer part of the community, while the lower part is the resort.

Origin of the Name:
“Torre” refers to “towers” or “watchtowers”
“Molinos” refers to “windmills,” which represents the industry

After checking in and refreshing ourselves at the resort, we took a side trip to Mijas in the afternoon. Continue reading