The Costa del Sol and Andalucia has some of the most spectacular scenery in Spain, so try to stop by some of these places while you’re on holiday in the area. If stunning photography is a must on your Spanish holiday, you should visit these 5 amazing places to snap views to die for.
The Mirador de Mijas
This wonderful viewpoint, in the white village of Mijas Pueblo, was constructed in Moorish times as a lookout point and barrier wall against invading Christians. Now, in more peaceful times, it is a popular spot for tourists to visit to take in the fabulous views of the village and the Costa del Sol. There are also gardens here to enjoy so it is well worth the effort of getting to the top of this great place to enjoy the views and wander about the pretty and tranquil gardens. If the amazing views get you in the mood for love, why not try out one of our recommendations of Top Romantic Restaurants in Mijas?
The Balcon de Europa
To the west of Malaga, in the Axarquia region of the Costa del Sol is the traditional Spanish seaside resort of Nerja. The Balcon de Europa, or Balcony of Europe, was named after King Alfonso XII after his visit in 1885; you can see a statue in his honour on the Balcon. The views are quite spectacular and you can see the sea for miles which is why it was built as a fortress and watchtower to look out for British pirates. Although a few miles away from the western Costa del Sol, this town is so worth the trip to see this beautiful balcony lined with shops, restaurants and ice cream parlours.
El Torcal de Antequera
Just 45 minutes inland of Malaga is the medieval market town of Antequera. The mountain range and natural park above the town is El Torcal. This other-worldly setting is like stepping back in time, the area is made up of natural limestone structures, worn down by the sea when the area was below sea level. As well as magnificent views all the way to the coast (on a clear day) you can also enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and go on a fossil hunt in this Unesco World Heritage site.
Mirador del Puente Nuevo
Although Puente Nuevo means new bridge and this famous bridge in the town of Ronda is indeed the newest of the Ronda bridges, it isn’t really all that new. Construction began in 1751 and once completed it was dubbed the Puente Nuevo because it was newer than the Puente Viejo (old bridge), so it’s all perfectly logical. The views from this bridge are arguably the best in Spain, you can see the whole of Ronda and its stunning gorge plus there are views to the sea. You can’t miss this one. For more suggestions of great days out read our guide to Seven Unmissable Day Trips from the Costa del Sol
Mirador de Gibralfaro
This is the viewing platform that is part of the Castillo de Gibralfaro or Malaga Castle. The castle dates back the 10th century and is of great cultural and historical significance in Malaga. One of the most famous views from the castle is the Malagueta bullring; you can also see the whole city of Malaga and quite a few miles of the beautiful Costa del Sol coastline. Take a little time to visit the castle itself and learn about the fascinating history of this iconic building.
Have you visited any of these awesome places on the Costa del Sol before? Let us know where you have been and show us your beautiful photographs you took there.