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Al-Idrisi itinerary

From Algeciras along the coast until Motril. Then it continues to the north until Granada. Between Estepona and Málaga there is a motorway.

Distance approx. 330 Km / 205 Miles

Algeciras (Miles 0; 108,800 Inhabitants)
Port town; Entrance place of the Moorish in the year 711. Plaza Alta close to the San Isidro quarter; Church Nuestra Señora de la Palma
Excursion: Natural park Los Alcornocales (turn off at Los Barrios)

San Roque (Miles 9; 25,150 Inhabitants)
famous for its golf courses. Roman remains; Church Santa María Coronada
Excursion: Gibraltar (approx. 10 miles)

Estepona (Miles 40; 47,700 Inhabitants)
Marina port town on the feet of the Sierra Bermeja. Plaza de las Flores; Remains of a castle; Church Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

San Pedro de Alcántara (Miles 51)
Basilica de Vega del Mar (6th century); outside the village: Villa Romana de Rio Verde (Roman remains)

Marbella (Miles 60; 116,250 Inhabitants)
International centre of tourism. Historical old part of the town; Plaza de los Naranjos; Casa del Corregidor; Hermitage Nuestro Señor Santiago; Church Santa María de la Encarnación;
3 Miles west: Marina "Puerto Banús"

Fuengirola (Miles 79; 57,100 Inhabitants)
Tourist place with a 5 miles long beach walk. Santa Fé de los Boliches quarter (archaeological remains) with the Sohai castle in its back

Málaga (Miles 99; 547,100 Inhabitants)
Birth place of Pablo Picasso and main Andalusian airport for tourism. Among other things are worth seeing: Cathedral and the Alcazaba (fortification)

Nerja (Miles 132; 17,650 Inhabitants)
beautiful small town. View point: Balcón de Europa; Old part of the town with the Salvador church

Maro (Miles 135) 2,5 miles east of Nerja
with the important cave "Cueva de Nerja"

Almuñecar (Miles 146; 23,400 Inhabitants)
village located on the feet of the Sierra Almijara mountains. Roman Arab fortress San Miguel; Archaeological museum; Botanic garden El Majuelo

Salobreña (Miles 155; 11,100 Inhabitants)
Seaside village located amidst sugar cane and fruit fields. Restored castle; historical centre of the town; Virgen del Rosario church.

Motril (Miles 162; 53,600 Inhabitants)
Main town of the Costa Tropical and centre of the sugar cane production. Town hall in Baroque style; Churches de la Encarnación, del Carmen

The route continues passing some smaller settlements

Vélez de Benaudalla (Miles 170; 2,500 Inhabitants)
Small castle

Mondújar (Miles 181)
Roman baths "de la Villa de Feche";
Excursion to the water reservoir "Embalse de Béznar"

Padul (Miles 190; 7,150 Inhabitants)
A spring called los cinco caños

Granada (Miles 205; 237,700 Inhabitants)
Capital of the last Moorish kingdom and final stronghold: Al-Andalus. Fantastic view of the Alhambra with the snow covered Sierra Nevada mountains in the background.