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Lively, popular and always buzzing - the resort of Fuengirola has come a long way from its days as a simple Spanish fishing village. Today it's a fascinating mix of local Spanish residents and international visitors, many of whom have made their permanent home in the urbanization housing complexes that stretch up into the hills. Lying to the east of Marbella it is a bustling little town during the height of the tourist season. Fuengirola's amazing beach is overlooked by one of the longest promenades in the Mediterranean and takes just a little over 2hrs to walk from one end to the other. The Port (Puerto Deportivo) holds a weekly market which attracts 1000’s of visitors every Sunday throughout the year from 9am to 2pm, except in July & August the time changes to 7pm to 1am due to the heat of the daily temperatures.

Lying west of Torremolinos, the coastal region is where most of the facilities for sun and sand tourism are concentrated: hotels, a casino, and golf courses. Benalmadena has 9km of shoreline with beautiful beaches and tiny coves. 24 hour square and the new Puerto Marina are the places to go for young "party goers". Popular with locals and tourists alike the place has a distinctly international feel to it. The area is crammed with a variety of nightclubs and bars playing the latest music and staying open very late. The marina is surrounded by apartments and offers boat charters, sight seeing trips, a water taxi to fuengirola, and sports such as diving, sailing, and jet ski hire.

This is where it all began: what was once a tiny fishing village has become one of the largest - and most popular - of all the Costa del Sol holiday resorts. And it's not hard to see why. For sheer choice of hotels, bars, discos and beaches, good old 'Torrie' is quite simply hard to beat. There is every kind of café and restaurant imaginable. There are bars in abundance proclaiming their heritage to one nationality of another; Irish, English, Dutch, German - you name it, Torremolinos is likely to have it. The busy nightclubs pump out the latest music and stay open until dawn or even later.

Arroyo de la Miel
Arroyo de la Miel, whose name means "river of honey" is the populated area between the mountains and the coast in the region of Benalmadena. This is where most of the area's population and businesses are located and it has a wide range of attractions including a sports complex, bilingual library and the world famous theme park Tivoli World. It is also where the cable car to the mountain peak starts from. Arroyo offers a wide selection of café bars, restaurants, supermarkets, banks and a health clinic. Arroyo de la Miel is only 15 minutes by train from Malaga International Airport or a 10 minute journey by taxi.

At first sight Mijas is the Andaluz pueblo blanco par excellence - its ancient white-washed houses clinging to the hillside surrounded by some of the best coastal views in Spain. In fact its beauty - and easy access from the coast - has made it a 'mini resort' in its own right with some 90% of the population now of foreign origin. Keep looking and you may just catch a glimpse of a hang-glider wafting over the peak. Mijas is also well positioned for some of the area's championship golf courses - including Los Lagos and Los Olivos - and the panoramic views really are superb!

Nerja has around 16 kilometers of beaches, with soft sand and clear blue water. All major water sports are available water skiing, scuba diving sailing and fishing. The town is flanked by mountain ranges of Sierra Almijara, to the east. Nerja fortunately has managed to avoid the concrete high-rise apartment blocks which have been the inevitable result of the tourist boom in some coastal resorts. The old quarter of the town is virtually unchanged with narrow winding streets and whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with flowers. The Balcony of Europe in the center of Nerja is a fantastic promenade once the site of a great Moorish castle, with panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes here to choose from, and the visitor can hire a horse-drawn carriage to explore the most romantic corner of the town. Cuisine includes several specialties including De La Doncella (red mullet) and pescaito frito (fried fish) and ranging from top international cuisine Nerja's most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly its fascinating caves located just three kilometers from the centre of town. They include archaeological treasures such as paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many performances are staged during the summer. Nerja is 50 km from Malaga connected to the western end of the Costa del Sol by a dual carriage motorway. The journey from Marbella takes about an hour, while travelling from Málaga takes around half an hou. to some of the most beautiful parts of Spain.

Torre del Mar
Torre del Mar has a lot of atmosphere and local flavor with numerous shops including some very good fish and seafood restaurants and bars. A 500 metre seafront stretch, called El Copo, is a continual line of bars and discotheques which are open until 6.00h every morning in the summer and at weekends during the winter. Along an adjoining stretch of the seafront there is a summer night market open until 3.00h every morning. In July and August the town is a great holiday venue. The origins of Torre del Mar go back to at least the Phoenicians - sites discovered include an 8th century BC 'Town of Toscanos' where there are remains of fish factories, a port and several houses.