Autumn is a great time to get away for that final blast of sunshine not too far from home. Not only have the temperatures mellowed making it a great time to explore, but the crowds have thinned too.

Malaga’s appeal spans much further than most consider after departing their flight. It is a cosmopolitan city in its own right that is worthy of a few days of exploration. Whether you are looking for a culture trip touring art galleries and museums like the Picasso Museum, Alcazaba fortress and grand cathedral, or a feast of delights on a gastronomic weekend, Malaga will not disappoint. At this time of year there is also the beach to enjoy and you could take a short trip to the Sierra Nevada if you are looking to be at one with nature. Golf is of course available all around the area and those that like to shop will love the great selection of the designer boutiques here.

Estepona represents a quieter version of its neighbour Marbella. With a quaint harbour and beautiful beaches it is the perfect place to relax on the beach in the autumnal sunshine. The beach bar/restaurants (chiringuitos) are still open and there is a lovely promenade to walk off some of the delicious tapas you can enjoy here. This sea side town is all about traditional Spanish treats. The ruins of the 15th century San Luis Castle include semi-tropical gardens, displaying life right in the middle of an abandoned relic of the past.

By early October the temperatures are in the mid 20’s so exploring marvelous Marbella is very pleasant. Enjoy long lunches in the whitewashed Old Town or head down to one of the beach clubs for one of the closing season sessions. If you have a few days here go people watching in Puerto Banus marina where you can admire the super yachts and dine in style. Nightlife is great and less crowded at this time of year. Relaxing on the 27kms of beach is the tonic to ease away stresses.

There are a few different sides to Benalmadena, making it a big draw for sightseers and sun-seekers alike. Head to the coast to take your pick from dozens of sandy beaches, or get a feel for traditional Andalusian life by exploring the cobbled streets and hidden-away squares. The modern Puerto Marina is home to the Sea Life Benalmádena aquarium and moored yachts, whilst in the traditional Andalusian old town you’ll find the Castillo Monumento Colomares and the Benalmádena Stupa.

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