Peniscola Castle, Spain

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Lake Vinuela - On the Costa del Sol to the East of Malaga in the area known as "the Axarquia" lays the man made Lake Vinuela. Unspoiled by mass tourism, with wonderful hills rich in wildlife, this is a corner of paradise. The lake is situated 15 minutes inland from the Coastal town of Torre del Mar.

The lake is named after the small Andalucian white washed village of Vinuela close to the point where the rivers Velez, Guaro and Seco were dammed to create this spectacular lake/reservoir.

There are a number of delightful villages, all with panoramic views of the lake, including Canillas de Aceituno, Alcaucin, Periana & Riogordo. Close by the villages of Comares, Competa, Frigliana and Benamargosa are charming and should also not be missed.

There are many sporting activities available in the area, including:

  • Golf. Two 18-hole courses close at hand. Baviera and Anoreta Golf, both welcome visiting golfers.
  • Horse riding. Available in the hills and on the coast. A must if you enjoy this activity.
  • Fishing. The man made lakes of Andalucia are very popular and generally well stocked with Carp, Trout and Bass.
  • Water sports (non-motorized) including windsurfing and canoeing are available.

The area offers a range of good quality restaurants. Cuisine available includes Indian, Chinese, Thai & Italian, plus of course, a wide choice of Spanish restaurants, all at a cost well below UK prices.

Less than 20 minutes drive away between Velez, Malaga & Torre del Mar there is an excellent shopping mall. Within the complex you will find the superstore Eroski, as well as a large range of quality retail outlets including Mango, Zara & Dunnes (Spain’s answer to M&S). The complex area offers a bowling alley, cinema and the water park with a variety of slides and a wave pool.

Other areas of interest

Nerja - Less than 30 minutes away, Nerja boasts 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water. All major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing. It’s most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly the fascinating caves, which include archaeological treasures, paintings and other pre-historic remains. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall.
In the heart of Nerja is the spectacular Balcón de Europa, a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below. There are plenty of restaurants and shops here to choose from, where you can hire a horse-drawn carriage to explore the most romantic areas of the town.

Torre del Mar - A main tourist resort of the Costa del Sol, best known for its four kilometres of beaches lined with restaurants, bars and apartments. One of its many features is the extended esplanade that follows the coast to reach the Marina of Caleta de Vélez which has over 200 berths and offers sailing and a variety of other water sports. Its lively cafés and restaurants also provide a good place in which to idle the time away, as well as enjoy excellent seafood.

La Herradura - Lies at the eastern end of the Costa del Sol and has a two kilometre stretch of beach within a beautiful bay from which the town takes its name (herradura means horseshoe).
In the old area of the town, narrow streets climb a gentle hill from the beach, bordered by whitewashed houses and leading to flower filled plazas. The coastal resorts have long unspoiled and un-crowded beaches making the area ideal for family holidays.

Sierra Nevada - Less than a 2-hour drive from Malaga airport, the ski resort of Sol y Nieve is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Andalucia. It is the most southerly ski resort in Europe and hosted the 1996 world ski championships. The Sierra Nevada ski resort has numerous runs of varying difficulties to satisfy all skiing desires, and a season that runs from December to April.

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