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Ronda

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A charming and historic town approximately 35 miles inland. Best known for its spectacular gorge ‘El Tajo’ which splits the town in two and the 3 bridges that span the gorge. Ronda is best explored by foot as parking can be a challenge. It has some of the best examples of Moorish architecture and is an absolute must!

Mijas Pueblo

A hugely popular tourist attraction which remains unspoilt and immaculate. Its views to the mountains and coast are stunning and its web of cobbled streets with overflowing terraces with flowers are delightful. If you are lucky enough to be in Spain in August then check out the festival!

Casares / Gaucin

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Casares and Gaucin is a pretty traditional whitewashed village. Just 2 miles west of Estepona and approximately 12 miles inland, Casares claims to be the most photographed village in Spain. Its sparkling white houses cling to the side of the hill capped by the ruins of a 13th century Moorish fortress.

From Casares it’s an exciting drive to Gaucin and there are opportunities to see birds of prey such as Kestrels and Eagles and the occasional vulture!

Alhaurín el Grande

A lovely town with local Ventas (Spanish eateries) which get very busy at weekends. Venta ‘Morreno’is a wonderful place to sample Spanish life and do amazing barbeques at weekends, in fact the whole village is scattered with great places to eat and watch the world go by. Its sister village Alhaurin de la Torre is also worth a visit, more modern than El Grande it still has a lot of charm!

Cordoba

Cordoba Bridge
Mezquita De Cordoba
Arches And Columns In Great Mosque, Cordoba
Alcázar De Los Reyes Cristianos

A little distance but worth it for its history and an overnight stay is well worth it. In Moorish times it was one of the busiest and most glittering cities in Europe. Of greatest prominence is the Mesquita, the amazing mosque with its arches and a Catholic Cathedral placed in the middle. Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos (Castle of the Christian Kings) is also one of the city’s key architectural landmarks.

Malaga

Málaga offers golden sand beaches,  architectural sites, great art museums and excellent shopping and food.

Visiting the Picasso Museum

Cultural and historical attractions include the Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress set high on a hill overlooking the city, the Gibralfaro Castle, the Malaga cathedral, the Museo Picasso (the painter and sculptor was born in Málaga) and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga.

Granada

Alhambra, Granada
Details Of Arabesques
Court In The Alhambra
Details Of Arabesques

Simply spectacular! Worth the drive and much easier to get to these days with the new motorways. The setting is magnificent, with the ancient buildings of the city contrasting with the snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Take in the Alhambra Palace a UNESCO world heritage site and the famous Generalife Gardens.

The old town ‘Albaicin’ is amazing, with wonderful shops to peruse and a great square with a choice of restaurants looking up the Alhambra.

If you only do one day trip we recommend you do this one! Note it is much hotter than the coast in the summer and colder during the winter.

Cadiz

Cadiz
Cádiz Cathedral
Night View Of Cadiz
Beach Near Cadiz

Cadiz is the oldest inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in Western Europe. It is famous for its beautiful beaches, its history, its architecture and the city walls.

Seville

Plaza Virgen De Los Reyes, Seville
Plaza De España
Alcázar Of Seville
Oranges

The capital of Andalucia, it’s largest city and home of Tapas. A place to linger so dedicate a couple of days to truly enjoy its magnificence. There are currently 3 trains from Malaga daily, plenty of coaches and even its own airport. There are so many sights to see, it’s an absolute must, don’t miss the Cathedral, Alcazar or Plaza de Espana. Seville really comes to life late at night, so stay over and don’t rush back!

Alora / El Chorro Gorge Lakes

A lovely rural day out, take the autovia north of Malaga (MA402) to Alora, a traditional hill village capped with a ruined Moorish alcazaba and well worth taking a stroll through the narrow streets. Head for the main square where you will find the impressive church of La Incarnacion, dating from the early 18th century and is claimed to be the largest in the Malaga province after the cathederal.

North of Alora a futher 8 miles on is Garaganta del Chorro (El Chorro Gorge), a deep ravine cut into the limestone by the river Guaralhorce, a route used by the railway which cuts in and out of tunnels along the side of the gorge, this was the scene of much of the filming of ‘Von Ryan’s Express’.

North of here is the Guadalhorce Reservoirs, a collection of 4 man-made lakes, which supply much of the drinking water for Malaga and are known as Andalucia’s ‘Lake District’.

Caminito del Rey

Camino Del Rey
Camino Del Rey
Camino Del Rey
Camino Del Rey

Caminito del Rey (or Camino del Rey, King’s Pathway) is located in the province of Málaga. It is a truly thrilling, cliff-side path that hand on the edge of the famous El Chorro gorge.

Sierra Nevada

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Only 2.5 hours from the coast. Water skiing in the morning and snowboarding in the afternoon is possible in Southern Spain. The ski season is shorter than in traditional resorts of Europe. Summer activities include mountain walking, hand gliding and horse riding. The entire area is a National Park and designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1983, this has led to a resurgence in the number of species of wildlife. There are now over 2000 species of plants and over 35 different mammals.

Alpujarras

Made famous by the books by Chris Stewart (‘Driving over Lemons’ and ‘Parrot in a Pepper Tree’). Often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Spain’, this remote area is bordered to the north by the Sierra Nevada and to the south by a series of smaller mountain ranges. A series of rivers flow south fed by the melting snow creating deep valleys and gorges ensuring that the area stays green for most of the year. Towns of interest include : Lanjaron, Orgiva, Bubion, Cailiera and Valor. But it’s the beautiful scenery and the clear air that make the trip.

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