Sightseeing around our amazing part of Andalucia
Hiking and Walking Trails / Paths
Alora (2009 population: 13,395) is a lovely town, right on the river bank of the Guadalhorce river and the Córdoba-Málaga high speed rail line.
From a distance, it is a typical pueblo blanco (white village), nestled between three rocky spurs topped by the ruins of the castle.
Caminito del Rey Caminito del Rey / King's little pathway
After many years of neglect the Caminito del Rey has received a full restoration, thanks to both local and regional governments that shared this project. The new and improved path will be reopening during the Easter period 2015. Here is a link to the main website, where you can get more information and purchase tickets.
Back in history this path provided access to a hydro-electric plant and took its name after an official visit by Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1921, but official access to the path was removed in 2000 due to safety concerns. The gorge runs from the end of the “Embalse del Gaitanejo” to “El Chorro”.
Caminito del Rey / El Chorro / Gorge Gaitanes – 20 min away
El Chorro or “the Spurt” is a small village located just about 20 minutes from us. It is one of the most popular rock climbing attractions and is just next to Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (“Gorge of the Gaitanes”).
El Chorro is an area not only for the Caminito del Rey, but it is very popular for rock climbing, mountain biking and regular hiking etc. Actually during the winters months it is a very busy little hamlet, because the weather is more conducive to these activities.
Malaga’s history spans about 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Malaga has a lot to offer, so do not miss out on a city full of history, that has also been the key important port and trading center in the Mediterranean. Use the hop on/off bus and see everything from exhibits, tapas bars, nightlife, beaches, shopping, the bullring and Castillo de Gibralfaro which towers behind Malaga. It is here where you can see the whole city and out to sea (see picture to the left). The Alcazaba is below the Castillo de Gibralfaro and it has a fantastic view, with many small oases in the great palace/fortress. In Malaga there is a large food market with a huge selection of fresh foods like fish, chicken, pork, beef and olives to name a few. Don’t forget about Old Town, it is very nice to walk around in.
Malaga is the birthplace of both Picasso and actor Antonio Banderas.
This is a charming, small, white, authentic Spanish village with several small narrow streets and tapas bars with just over 4,000 inhabitants. It is beautifully situated along a ridge extending to the Guadalhorce valley and at the top are the ruins of a fortress with fantastic views.
In 1330 were the Scots in battle to conquer the fortress. The Scottish nobleman, Sir James Douglas, was killed by a group of Scots while he tried to help the Castilian king to conquer the castle. The reason for his presence in Teba, was that he had been commissioned by the Liberation King of Scotland, Robert Bruce (who had attained independence from England before he died of leprosy), to bring his embalmed heart to the Holy Land. Scottish legend Sir James launched his king’s heart for Muslims as they had fallen, fulfilling the desire of the king to fight against the infidels. To commemorate this event, a monument in the town was set up and it is said that his heart is still there.
Fuengirola has about 60,000 inhabitants which grows to about between 200,000 and 400,000 with the tourists who visit every year. Fuengirola is located about midway between Malaga and Marbella. Fuengirola is designed for tourists and suitable for anyone who likes to be in the sun and heat. Fuengirola has one of the nicest and longest beaches on the entire Costa del Sol coast.
Fuengirola has a great nightlife with everything from discos, rock bars, Latino bars, salsa bars, blue bars that organize jam sessions, jazz cafes, flamenco bars and belly dancing, which all are reflected by all of the nationalities living here. There are many people from northern Europe who have bought vacation property here.
El Torcal Nature Reserve
The Caves of La Pileta
The Caves of La Pileta are located just about a 20-25 minute drive from Ronda. You will see palaeolithic paintings of horses, bulls, fish, and goats dating from 20,000 to 25,000 years ago. The atmosphere is dark, most and at the same time intriguing. Just amazing!
Please see this link for directions from maps.google.com.
Nerja and its caves
Granada and Alhambra
Granada, an amazing city with a lot of history. Whether you choose to walk around the old town, take a guided tour on a Segway or on foot, or if you have tickets to the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is much to see and experience. Alhambra was built in the mid 1300s by the Moorish rulers and is one of the most beautiful building complexes man has made and the most visited cultural monument in Spain.
The city has a lot of beautiful architecture, narrow streets, colourful Moroccan streets, atmosphere, tapas bars, restaurants, houses with flower pots hanging up the walls, houses made into the mountains and much more. If you want to experience flamenco there are several places that organise this.