Cities to visit
Archidona’s location at the crossroads of Andalucía means that four of its most impressive cities and other great sights are an easy day trip from Almohalla 51.
Málaga (40 minutes by car or 1 hr by bus): The often over-looked but stylish and beautiful city of Málaga has a huge amount to offer. For art lovers, there’s the Museo Picasso, housed in a 16th century palace around the corner from where the artist was born, or the masterpieces of the Carmen Thyssen museum collection. There is also a great range of bars and restaurants – everything from ancient fino bars and traditional ‘chiringuitos’ selling fresh sea food through to fine dining and cocktail bars.
There are some great beaches right in the middle of town a world away from the traditional resorts of the Costa Del Sol; La Malagueta, El Palo and Pedregalejo to name a few. All are lined with restaurants and bars and the city centre boasts a wide variety of international cuisine. If you would like to visit the more traditional resorts of Torremolinos or Marbella, we can help you on the best places to go.
Granada (50 mins by car or 1 hr by train): Drive or take the local train through the olive groves to the famous Moorish city of Granada. Granada is a treasure trove of architecture, from the rich grounds of the Alhambra Palace, a 9th C fortress that was the seat of Nasrid rule, to the patios and gardens of the Generalife. The Albaicín, birthplace of flamenco and still home to a vibrant gypsy community sits opposite the Alhambra, and after walking through its winding narrow streets, you can stop by the river for a beer and tapas and admire the floodlit palace looking down on the city. High on the list of other places to visit are the birthplace and family homes of the playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. Gran Vía has a great variety of shops and restaurants and the Sierra Nevada, a short drive away, offers walking and horseriding in summer, and skiing in winter.
Córdoba (1 hr by car): On the banks of the Guadalquivir river, Córdoba is the smaller brother to Granada but still impressive. The historic centre of the city and its Mosque Cathedral, have been recognized by UNESCO as a heritage site. It is famed for Cruces de Mayo festival and its Festival de los Patios, where since 1918 locals adorn their patios with beautiful flowers and ceramics and allow the public to enter and admire.
Nearby lies the abandoned Moorish city of Medina Azahara, still wonderfully preserved.
Seville (1hr 30 by car, 1 hr 45 by train): is the capital of Andalucía and as such the largest city. Sat on the Guadlaquivir river it is a port city albeit many miles from the coast. The cathedral, Giralda tower, and Plaza de España are the most famous sights yet the city is almost more famed for its Spring Fair, Feria de Abril, and its Easter week, Semana Santa. Seville is full of restaurants and bars serving typical andalucian fare, with gazpacho, oxtail, and andaluz stew appearing on almost every menu, whilst a wide selection of tapas can be found in nearly every bar.
Outside of the major cities, Andalucía offers other beautiful towns and natural treasures, including:
Antequera: Just 20 minutes from Almohalla 51, Antequera sits on the natural route that links coastal and inland Costa del Sol. Together with Bronze age and Roman remains, the town has an extensive selection of both civic and religious buildings that can be visted walking around the historical centre or seen from high above the town alongside its Moorish walls. Antequera has a variety of bars and restaurants for lunch and dinner.
The town sits below the Torcal National Park, a stunning natural park, known for its unusual Karstic rock formations formed by years of erosion. The area is popular with walkers, with clean air, plenty of wildlife to see and amazing views as far as the coast and Málaga city.
Ronda (1 hr by car, 1.5 by train): This beautiful hill top town is surrounded by three national parks and is cut into two halves by the Guadalevín river that runs deep into the gorge below the town, notorious for throwing prisoners into during Spain´s bloody civil war. The town centre is well preserved and is home to one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, the Mondragón Palace and the Arabic baths. Ronda produces good local red wine “Sangre de Ronda”; wine lovers have plenty of choice.
Guadalteba lakes: Actually reservoirs, these enormous areas of water are nestled in natural parkland and are ideal for swimming and sunbathing in the summer and you can rent kayaking equipment.
Fuente de Piedra: These natural salt water lakes are home to the biggest colony of flamingoes in Spain and the second biggest in Europe. Observation posts are situated around the lakes for birdwatching as well as there being well marked routes for walking or cycling.