The area around El Sigiloso
Your holiday home is located about 3 miles from the Spanish town of Coin and its 25,000 inhabitants. Here you will find everything you need such as banks, pharmacy’s, doctors and supermarkets. Coin is a working town rather than a holiday resort but it does however organise a number of local festivals and events like the 'Día de Naranja' and the Feria with its amusement rides and live music. You can also participate in the 'Romeria de la Fuensanta' where people dress in traditional Spanish outfits and flamenco dresses to follow a convoy of caravans to the church at the top of the hill. Each caravan is decorated and contains food and wine for the followers.
Your holiday home is quite central for most of the popular places to visit in Andalucia. Malaga City, Malaga Airport, Fuengirola, Marbella are all 30 to 40 minutes away by car.
Towns and Culture in Andalucia
If you and your family are interested in culture then Andalucia is the perfect place to be. You can make day trips to the towns and cities such as Malaga, Ronda, Córdoba or Granada. The city of
Seville is a must see for any holiday makers. At around a 3 hour drive away it is advisable to stay overnight, not just because of the drive but because Seville has so much to offer. There are picturesque historical buildings all across the centre of the city and then there are shops, bars, restaurants and also the amusement park – Isla Magica.
Closer to home is the city of Malaga. Malaga is home to a beautiful old city centre with large pedestrian area and squares. Not to mention the shopping and tapas bars or the Picasso museum, this is where Picasso was born. Then you have the port, the theatre and nightlife. If you are on holiday in August then you must visit the Malaga Feria. The Malaga feria is a spectacular mix of amusement rides, live shows, music, food and drink. The whole city closes down and the residents party all day and night for its duration. Malaga is about a 30 minute drive from your holiday home.
At just under 2 hours away is one of Spain's most popular and picturesque cities. Granada is a popular destination for tourists from around the globe as it is home to the famous Alhambra Palace, which is a collection of buildings including the Summer Palace with its fountains and gardens.
Another 2 hour drive away is the city of Cordoba, the former capital of Andalucia. Famous for its unique mosque-cathedral, Cordoba's treasures also include the Alcazar, the Calahorra Fort, which guards the Roman Bridge, on the far side of the river from the Mezquita, and the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum. If you visit the city in May you will see that houses and streets filled with flowers as the residents compete for the title of "most beautiful courtyard".
Take a drive through the mountains of Andalucia and arrive at Ronda. At just under one and a half hours away from the holiday home Ronda is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge.
The beaches of the Costa del Sol
Sandy beaches are everywhere on the Costa del Sol. Some busy with all kinds of activities or some more secluded and quiet where you can have a nice lunch or enjoy some seafood at a local Chiringuito. There are also nudist beaches in some locations on the coast.
Driving from your holiday home you are about 30 minutes away from Malaga and Marbella and the dozens of beaches that connect the two towns.
Some more places to visit
One of the most popular places on the Costa del Sol is the beautiful little village of Mijas, which nestles comfortably in the mountainside at 428 meters above sea level and is home to souvenir and craft shops that have some wonderful handmade pottery and paintings by acclaimed local artists.
Why not try Marbella with its combination of designer shops and restaurants lining traditional Spanish streets and squares.
Or maybe Antequera and El Torcal and witness some of the most dramatic and exceptional landscapes in Europe.
To the east of Malaga is the town of Nerja made famous by its spectacular Balcón de Europa, a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff and also the Nerja Caves where you can discover archaeological treasures such as paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains.
Further down the coast to the west of Marbella is Gibraltar. Here you can find real British pubs and shops and take a cable car to the top of the rock of Gibraltar to see the famous monkeys and witness the breath taking views of the coast of Africa.
Just past Gibraltar is the old fishing village of Tarifa which has become one of the most popular surfing destinations in Europe. Tarifa's wild coastline attracts surfers and nature-lovers alike. Just as famous for its bird watching as its surfing, there are endless opportunities to explore the rolling countryside.
Round-trips through the Natural Parks of Andalucia
It’s possible to take comfortable tours even without a 4x4 through the natural parks of Sierra de las Nieves, El Torcal, Sierra Pietra and Montes de Málaga. Take a picnic and make a day of it or visit some of the typically white Spanish towns that surround the parks.
Shopping in Andalucia
There are a number of places that you can visit if you want to treat yourself while you are on holiday. The Costa del Sol has 4 major commercial centres – La Cañada in Marbella, Miramar in Fuengirola and Plaza Mayor and the Larios Centre in Malaga. All have a large variety of shops such as Zara, H&M and even a Marks & Spencer. All of the commercial centres have ample free parking and plenty of places to eat.
If you prefer you can venture into the town and city centres and browse the shops lining the High Streets or for those of you with more expensive taste visit Puerto Banus and the designer shops that surround the port.