A holiday in Costa del Sol is not just about the sun and beaches, although admittedly, this is the main reason why people travel here. The countryside of Costa del Sol provides a change of scene from the coastal resorts with invigorating mountains, rustic villages and charming towns. You can explore this area easily by foot or bike, taking in the fresh mountain air, or you can hire a car and drive around the province.
The hills of the surrounding area have several mills, stables and farmhouses that have been turned into stylish restaurants, holiday homes and hotels. During your Costa del Sol holiday, you can visit the beautiful regions of Sierra de Bermeja, which is accessible from the coastal town of Estepona, and the Sierra de las Nieves which you can drive to from Marbella.
On your way, take in the beautiful fir trees around you, and look out for goats passing by. Further up is Serrania de Ronda, which has remarkable views. Ronda is one of the best countryside locations in Costa del Sol; this dramatic location spans the El Tajo gorge and is worth staying overnight if possible.
Just a few kilometers north of Malaga city is the Montes de Malaga Natural Park, which is a gorgeous region of dense pine forest. The gentle hills here are ideal for walking or bird watching. There is also a wide range of climbing options in the mountains of Malaga; difficulty levels range from intermediate or medium to difficult. Top choices for mountain climbing on your Costa del Sol holiday are Navalchica in Nerja or La Maroma in the Axarquia range. El Chorro Canyon is great for beginners, whilst Las Buitreras Canyon is only for experienced and expert climbers. El Torcal de Antequera, situated in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range is another beautiful destination of interest that is characterized by limestone formations and dramatic ravines. This spot is excellent for climbing, paragliding and canyoning.
These are just some of the many countryside activities in Costa del Sol. The beaches are just a short drive away, so after a day out in the countryside, you can return to the coast to end the day by the Mediterranean Sea.