Culture & History

Costa del sol is full of cultural and historical attractions. Malaga is the biggest city full of architectural heritage, even though it is not officially included in the Costa del Sol division. In the province of Malaga, Antequera, places like El Torcal and the Peña de los Enamorados (Lover’s Rock) are added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

There is evidence of Roman occupancy and many stunning buildings stemming from Islamic rule between the till the 8th century can still be seen but little from that period has survived. You can see many mosques next to Catholic cathedrals around. 

Around Marbella area the key historical attractions include the Moorish walls surrounding the Old Town of Marbella, the 16th century Capilla de San Juan de Dios Church, and the Ermita del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz chapel, which is more than 500 years old.

 

Cuisine: Restaurants & social clubs

Southern Spain cuisine is typically Mediterranean so you can enjoy dishes like paella with seafood, gazpacho from the fresh ecological tomatoes and olive oil, all different types of tuna and various fish and clams. 

Marbella area is famous for its amazing selection of restaurants. There are lots of so called chiringuitos (beach restaurants) where you can dine by the sea, and enjoy the view while having lunch or dinner. Many of them have their beach clubs with sunbeds, like for example Trocadero Group or La Plage Casanis Group, which is Mediterranean cuisine with a French touch. You can also find very high cuisine like Micheline star Dani Garcia, who has 3 restaurants around Marbella. After them goes Nobu with their delicious tasting menu and asian dishes, located in Puente Romano terrace surrounded by trees.    

There is a big variety of healthy brunch options! Starting with Manuka with its picturesque sea view, that offers tasty clean and wholesome meals including superfood smoothies and bowls, cold press juices, chia pudding etc. Celicioso, a famous gluten-free bakery is offering lots of organic, lactose-free and vegan options. 

Hustle & Flow eatery is offers home made desserts and nourishing meals, together with the craft roasted coffee from ibiza. Another amazing place on the list is the famous Rachel’s Eco Love cafe in the middle of the beautiful Puente Romano garden. You can take great photos there in the colorful atmosphere and enjoy fresh juices and organic food. Last but not least Bao Garden is closing up this section with its very original and unique Vietnamese food and baos, fresh tartars and amazing cocktails, accompanied with life music on special Bao events.