Activities and Places to visit.
Guests have commented how quick and easily it is to access the main motorways in order to visit the cities of Granada, Malaga, Seville and Antequera. They have also been surprised at just how many places of interest there are to visit locally.
Every village celebrates their saints day with a special procession, however the outdoor Passion Play at Rio Gordo during Easter weekend is a vivid portrayal of Holy week and is internationally acclaimed. The whole town participates including many animals. Also the Bethlehem story, ‘Belen’ at Almayate is a must if you are here at Christmas.
Family Activities. Really popular with our guests, canoeing, kayaking and sailing on the nearby lake. Aqua Parks, Go Carting, Ballooning, Boat trips, Cable Car, Jeep Safari Trips, Quad Bikes, and ” for the brave” you could try the Zip wire at Comares. Cinema, Large indoor shopping mall. Local Spanish markets.
Animal Parks, include; Sea life, Selwo Marine Park, Selwo Adventure Park, Lobo Wolf Park, Donkey sanctuary.
Local Rural Activities. Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Abundance of Wild Flowers in the spring, Hill Walking, Fishing, Local Fiestas-the taste of Real Spain.
Special Interest. An Artists and Photographers Paradise, spectacular scenery, colourful flowers, butterflies and birds abound.
Bird watching. In summer we have many Bee-eaters with their fantastic colours, also Blue Rock thrush, Golden Orioles and of course our resident Eagle owl, Hoopoes and more.
Walking. We have a selection of detailed walking routes. If you are interested in walking the Camino del Rey we advise that you book in advance to gain entrance to the route.
The Coast and Beach. There are countless different beaches along the coastline ranging from secluded coves to town promenades, the nearest of which is Torre del Mar. We provide a comprehensive list. Sea going trips are available from Caleta de Velez marina, with champagne, wine and tapas and hopefully a swim with dolphins. Near by Nerja is a busy resort with a large English and German community. Stroll along the Balcon de Europa and enjoy the sea views, alternatively take the horse and carriage ride or the tourist train around the resort. The Nerja caves nearby are amazing.
National Parks. The National Park of Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama are 20 minutes drive. Comprises of three magnificent mountain ranges, deep ravines, and sharp ridges. Home to various rare and native species of flora and fauna. The peak of La Maroma, which can be seen from La Calera, is 2,068 metres high with easy to difficult routes, the easiest being only a 6km walk from the nearby car park. Well worth packing your walking boots for.
El Chorro Gorge. An amazing place- the real attraction is a concrete catwalk ” El Camino Del Rey” which hangs precipitously half way up its side. Nearby are the Guadalhorce reservoirs and campsite, canoeing, pedalo’s and restaurants. An enjoyable day trip.
Monuments and Museums.
Malaga. The 11th century Muslim Alcazabar with its walls, courtyards, and towers. Nearby is a Roman theatre undergoing restoration. The romantic ” Plaza de la Merced” where Picasso was born. Malaga has five botanic gardens, one of which is “El de la Conception” considered to be the second best in Europe. Malaga’s 16th century Cathedral is one of the most important Renaissance temples of Spain. Gibralfaro the Arabic fort has marvellous views over the city and sea. “La Aduana ” houses a magnificent collection of Malaga paintings from the 19th and 20th century. There is also the ” Pablo Ruiz Picasso” museum .
Granada. Situated below the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. The “Alhambra Palace”, the most exciting, sensual and romantic of all European monuments. It should on no account be missed, neither should the city with its network of Moorish streets, panoply of Christian monuments and the gypsy quarter.
Alhambra Palace in Granada. This is a popular world heritage site and booking in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment.
Antequera. Splendid architecture and numerous monuments from the 16th to the 18th century. The lower part of the city abounds with baroque churches and palaces. The “Plaza de Toros” at the western end of the town with its museum, (whatever your view about the morality, it’s worth a visit). Nearby is Torcal, the greatest karstic formation on earth and the Dolmens which still exist next to the city, prehistoric evidence that this was a monumental and mythical place.
Alhama de Granada. Scenically sited overlooking a broad gorge. An ancient spa town where you can bathe in therapeutic thermal springs. It is one of the unsung gems of Granada province and has a really well preserved old quarter.
Ronda. Perforated by a magnificent gorge, on one side new Ronda with the bullfighting/bandit museums, on the other side ,old Ronda with its quiet palaces and churches, well preserved Arabic baths and remains of an Arabic Mosque.
Skiing and Golf. Ski resorts are located in the Sierra Nevada. Approx. 90 minutes drive.
The 18 hole Baviera Golf Course is only 30 minutes drive, no membership required. Prices at Baviera Golf are the best in the area.