My Enchantment with the South of Spain

Southern Spain remains close to the top of my “Great Places to Go” list in Europe. Maybe that's because it has what seems to be never-ending sunshine, miles of beautiful beaches, and quaint villages with pretty whitewashed houses. Whatever the reason, the southern part of Spain has appeal, and a lot of it.

Malaga is an excellent vacation destination in southern Spain. Some of the greatest places to visit in and around Malaga are: the Costa del Sol, Costa Brava, Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Puerto Banus. These are some of the most treasured tourist areas in all of Spain.

Also of special interest in Malaga is a town called Mijas. Mijas is one of the most enchanting examples of an Andalucian village, with narrow streets bordered by brilliant white houses and squares bursting with orange blossoms.

Don't feel you have to stay on the coast. Ronda, located north of San Pedro in the hills, is well worth a visit. It's a city in an exceptionally beautiful, natural setting on the edge of an abrupt rocky precipice. In the quiet back streets, you'll find old houses with flower-filled courtyards and the amazing Palacio de Mondragon. It is said that the first ever bullfight on foot took place there. The town's most famous landmark is its bridge. At over 300 feet high, it spans the gorge that once divided it.

To cover this area of Spain and not mention golf would be unfair. After all, it is one of the primary reasons why people come to this part of Spain – especially during the off-season. There are nearly 60 golf courses in Andalucia, 30 of which are along the Costa del Sol. There are magazines available (written in English) that detail the courses and their location. Be sure to call ahead and reserve tee-times!

This week on the RCI Blog, we will be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have travelled to Malaga, Spain. Come back and take a look!

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