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tourist tips

We would like to remind travelers that whilst areas off the beaten track enable visitors to see another side of Spain it should also be remembered that locals are far less likely to speak English. Road signs are also less prominent and the roads themselves are often much narrower and in worse condition. It's a good idea to go equipped with an up to date map and a Spanish phrase book in case of emergency.

Whilst most towns and villages have small shops and petrol/gas stations it's a good idea to make sure that the car is full and to take a bottle of water, especially if you have children or elderly people with you.

Most establishments will be operating on Spanish hours. This means that many places will open from 10.00-2.00 and from 4.30-8.00. Most places are CLOSED from 2.00 until 4.30, so bear this in mind.

Off The Beaten Tourist Track

The Costa del Sol is most famous for its beaches and resorts, such as Torremolinos, such so that many visitors never see any of the other places or sights that the area has to offer. In recent years there has been a surge in rural tourism, with travelers looking to escape the normal tourist trapping's and experience a taste of the real Spain. The following pages provide a highlight to some of the more exceptional sights and places to visit that are 'off the beaten tourist track'.

The White Villages of Andalusia are world famous. Whilst Mijas Pueblo is quaint and is one of the White Villages, per se, it has become extremely popular with tourists to the extent that while it has all the looks and charm, one does not get a true feel of a sleepy Andalus village when walking through its streets. The following selection of seven villages, located throughout the region are some of the best examples of the Andalusian white villages. Each one has something different to offer: from mountain top views to fine leather work, Moorish monuments to natural sulphur spas.

Ronda, sits about 60 km's inland, perched on a breath taking gorge the town is picturesque and is perfect for amateur photographers. It is possible to drive from Malaga or Marbella, the later being the easy and prettier drive. The winding road gradually climbs inland and there are many beautiful view points along the way.

Lying slightly inland is the village of Coin. Divided from the sea front towns of Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola by the mountain range that runs parallel to the coast line, coin has escaped most of the development that has occurred in many other villages. Life goes on at its normal steady pace.

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