There is much to see and do in the area. For beach fun you can take a 30 minute drive to the nearest beach in Torre del Mar with its Chiringuitos (beach bar), a wide selection of good restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. The wide promenade of Torre del Mar is graced by a wonderful 2.8 mile long park.
Alcaucin (6.2 miles) is definitely worth a visit. It is as if time has stood still in this village. The authentic old houses stick to the steep mountainside. The narrow streets open onto a sunny village square (plaza), where villagers still get water from a clear spring. The square also features cozy cafes and restaurants. Immediately above the village there is wonderful hiking through the Parque Natural.
Velez-Malaga (13.6 miles km) is a typical Andalusian town with narrow streets, alleys and squares and a beautiful avenue called “Paseo de Andalusia” with centuries old trees, named “walking trees” ( because of their ability to let down their roots from the branches above ), and a big fountain. There are many interesting small shops and great restaurants in town. Sights not to be missed are the big, newly restored church and the Fortaleza, overlooking the city. Just outside of Velez-Malaga are large supermarkets and shopping malls which are easily reached by car.
We definitely recommend you to follow the coastal route to what was once the medieval fishing town of Nerja (29 miles); the most beautiful town on the coast! Cars are banned from the centre of Nerja; you leave your car in a parking garage, from which the boulevard is easily accessed. The boulevard is aptly named ‘El Balcon de Europa’ because it really is a balcony from which you look down towards the sea. Nerja is also famous for “The Caves of Nerja” which are periodically used as a theatre. Several well-known musicals and festivals are held here.
Be sure to visit Frigiliana (1.2 miles from Nerja). This beautiful village has been elected for several consecutive years as the most beautiful white village in Spain.
Malaga (36 miles), the city of Picasso, is a big city with an international sea port and airport. Recently, the city has opened many new museums, including a branch of the Centre Pompidou and shows a part of the Russian Museum collection. Moreover, it has great shopping, an atmospheric “Arab Quarter” including Arab Baths, many modern buildings, the best fashion shops and boutiques and some interesting food markets which are equal to those of other major cities such as Amsterdam.
El Caminito del Rey
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]El Caminito del Rey is one of the most impressive and sometimes dangerous mountain trails in the world. The “Path of the King”, in El Chorro close to Malaga, is a narrow mountain path leading up steep slopes of a narrow gorge. The path had largely collapsed and therefore has been closed for years. In the spring of 2015, after extensive restoration,
A visit to the city of Granada is a highlight of culture. Granada itself is a college city with great shopping and a beautiful centre with many restaurants and lots of buildings of interest that are well worth viewing. A visit to Granada means you must go to The Alhambra: the complex of Moorish royal palaces on top of the mountain at Granada. The Alhambra is unparalleled, something so beautiful and awe inspiring, that you will not encounter anything like it in your travels in the rest of Europe! If you want to visit the Alhambra, please book (online) well in advance, to avoid disappointment. Granada is only a two and a quarter hour drive from your holiday address.
The Mezquita is an impressive building in Cordoba. The Moors built this mosque on the site of a former hospice. The mosque has been enlarged several times. After the fall of the Moors, an impressive Catholic church was built inside the Mosque, in which masses are held to this day. Cordoba is a beautiful city on the River Quadalvivir. In the old town is a large Jewish district of narrow streets with many shops. Cordoba is also well known for its floral displays on the patios in April, which are often open to the public during this period.