The Costa del Sol tourism sector, aware of the potential of its beaches, has succeeded in taking full advantage of them, offering bathers a wide range of alternative facilities and services. Tourists can choose to relax, enjoy a broad spectrum of different water sports or sample the area´s culinary delights in the numerous beach restaurants found along the sands of the province.
Few places in the world can boast such contrasting landscapes as mountains and beaches side by side. Malaga City, the province´s capital, is one such privileged location with beaches that lie close to the city centre, some of which have been integrated into the urban structure itself.
The coastal towns of the province are described in our Costa del Sol section but, with its mountainous interior, this province is much more than its infamous coastline. For those who are prepared to travel inland a little, the area of Axarquia is full of small white villages of Muslim origin, each with thier own character and history. Axarquia is also home to Malaga´s primary fishing town and harbour at Caleta de Velez. There are many other areas of incredible natural beauty, spectacular gorges, good walking areas, one of Europe's two main breeding grounds for the greater flamingo and sites of early civilisations. Further inland are the towns of Ronda split in two by a gaping gorge spanned by an 18th century bridge, and Antequera with its Baroque and Renaissance architecture.