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Long known as a holiday hotspot for families, Malaga is a destination fast-becoming popular with couples looking for a blend of nice weather, popular culture, fine food and romantic settings.

It’s easy to see why couples are flocking to southern Spain for a romantic getaway so CLC World thought it was about time we handpicked some attractions for couples to try – from romantic and relaxing to indulgent and adventurous – away from the ubiquitous sun, sea and sand of the Malaga region.

It’s spa-rty time!

One of the blissful delights of a holiday is the ability to switch off and relax. But it can come in many forms. Sat by the beach or poolside with a cocktail that has a teeny straw umbrella is usually a fairly common way of reaching that Zen state. So how about something altogether different and more immersive?

Perfect for couples who love to try something indulgent on holiday; experience a soothing spa-like treatment in the authentic Moorish surroundings of Hammam Al Andalus, in the heart of Malaga on Plaza de los Martires. For an extra romantic twist why not book a massage treatment too and unwind into tranquillity.

Caves of wonder

One of our favourite ‘date day’ ideas that offers something a little different is exploring the magical Nerja Caves. The epic series of huge caverns stretches for over 5 miles and is home to the world’s largest stalagmite.

The historical site was discovered by 5 local men in 1959 and is a hugely popular destination for tourists. The caves are split into 3 galleries and each gallery into a number of halls. It was later discovered the caves date back over 5 million years and exhibit Neanderthal painting dating back to 25,000BC.

Visitors can go on tours to learn about the fascinating history of the Nerja Caves but also gaze upon the sheer magnitude of the imperious structures.

Mijas and the Chocolate Factory

Tucked high up in the Sierra de Mijas Mountains is the charming village of Mijas. This traditional Andalucian pueblo is made up of a network of cobbled, winding streets perfect for spending a day getting lost in. One thing you should be sure to find on a visit there though, is the world’s smallest chocolate factory.

Mayan Monkey chocolate factory is a perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth, and with chocolate making classes available on-site, nothing says ‘romantic gesture’ like creating your partner their own chocolates to take away. Score major brownie points by sharing a sunset while you’re in Mijas as the striking oranges and reds dance along the shimmering Mediterranean blues. Total bliss.

Adventures in El Chorro

Take your pick from Cliffside ridgeways or picturesque lake views, the beautiful village of El Chorro, to the west of Alora, is a tranquil retreat that places you in the heart of the Andalucian countryside.

Away from the usual buzz and bustle of the more populated seaside resorts, El Chorro is a haven where you can swim in cooling lakes or drink in the picturesque views. Or for the more adventurous out there you can take a walk on the wild side and traverse Caminito del Rey.

The narrow Cliffside path passes through the El Chorro gorge precariously balanced 100ft high above the Guadalhorce River. For adrenaline junkie couples, this is a must-visit that will definitely set the heart racing.

Cocktail o’clock

With the myriad rooftop bars showcasing majestic views of Malaga, beaches and pool bars where you can have drinks delivered to your sunbed and Happy Hours galore – it’s easy enough to grab yourself a fruity, refreshing cocktail or two while holidaying on the coast.

But, if you really want to impress your other half then make your way to Fuengirola (a stone’s throw from CLC Club La Costa World) to experience award-winning, world class cocktails. Sip up on some of Spain’s finest creations made by mixologist Angel Arruñada at Café Sol y Mar. The bar manager there recently won the ‘Best Bartender in Spain’ award and will represent the whole country in the World Final in Mexico.

Skiing anyone?

Now we all know the Costa del Sol is normally associated with azure sea lapping up against golden sands and blesses by almost year-round sunshine. However, what you might not know is Europe’s southernmost ski resort can be found in Andalucia, with great skiing conditions from December through to May.

The Sierra Navada Range offers plenty of sunshine, plenty of snow and a good mix of runs for novices and seasoned skiers. And given its proximity to the coast it’s not entirely unfeasible to find yourself gliding down the slopes in the morning and sunning yourself on a beach in the afternoon.
Dreamy.