If you are even mildly adventurous, there is no better way to unlock the secrets of Spain than to head out on the road and follow your nose to the places that entice you most. Heading inland from the well-known Costa del Sol even only for a couple of minutes you will be totally surprised by a world unexpected.
Dig out tempting tapas bars on old cobbled streets. Watch birds of prey wheeling in plummeting canyons. Find your own way to romantic hilltop castles and medieval monasteries nestling in verdant valleys. What you will run across on the way will probably be just as enchanting.
Away from the big cities and the busy holiday costas, Andalucía rarely fails to surprise and please the eyes, be it with the huddled whitewashed houses and red-tile roofs of ancient villages or a set of rolling wooded hills rising from the plains.
Nowhere in the Costa del Sol Interior in Andalucía it is completely untouristed, but it is never hard to get well off the beaten track and make surprising discoveries in this authentic part of Ancalucía.