If you can be persuaded away from the pool or sitting room, Archidona is a beautiful town to explore in its own right. It’s home to the famous Plaza Ochavada, has numerous great walks plus the stunning views from the chapel above the town. Find out more about Archidona.
There are many leisure activities available from the front door, such as Walking, Cycling, Horse riding and Birdwatching.
There are stunning walks through the hills and groves around the town, the closest being the beautiful pine forest behind the house which goes up to the Sanctuary, with many stone benches to sit and look at the amazing view along the route. The owners can point you in the direction of their favourites with a free map. Guided walks can be arranged too, along with guided visits to bird watching areas near by and there is a renowned climbing site a short walk away.
Ken is an avid cyclist and can recommend routes or offer assisted guided tours out, across stunning mountain climbs and tailored to suit ability.
Rafting and white water rafting: Just 20 minutes away in Cuevas San Marco you can hire kayaks on the Genil river.
Horse riding: riding for all levels arranged through local stables.
Golf: The nearest 18 hole golf course is Antequera Golf course, just 20 minutes away set in stunning countryside.
Tennis racquets can be borrowed for the all-weather court that’s just 10 minutes away along with a large outdoor pool.
There are great beaches less than an hour away.
Jo and Ken, the new owners, are introducing specialist experience and activity breaks, such as group cycling, walking, yoga and working breaks. See GROUP BREAKS and please contact us for more details.
But, if you want to go further afield, Archidona’s location at the crossroads of Andalucía means that five of its most impressive cities and other great sights are an easy day trip from Almohalla 51. Malaga is only 40 minutes away, Granada 1 hr, Córdoba 1.20 hr, Sevilla is 1.30 hr and Ronda 1.20 hr. There are also a host of smaller gems like spectactular Comares, Osuna and Antequera nearby.
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 or the masterpieces of the Carmen Thyssen museum collection. There is also a great range of bars and restaurants – everything from traditonal fino bars and beachside ‘chiringuitos’ selling fresh seafood through to fine dining and rooftop cocktail bars in the city centre.
1 hour by car or 2 by bus:
Drive or take the bus 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, the original moorish quarter with its windy streets and hidden corners sits opposite the Alhambra and is perfect for an afternoon’s wandering.
1 hr 20 by car:
On the banks of the Guadalquivir river, Córdoba is the smaller brother to Granada but equally impressive. The historic centre of the city and its Mosque Cathedral, have long been recognized by UNESCO as a heritage site. Nearby there is also the abandoned Moorish city of Medina Azahara, still wonderfully preserved.
1 hr 20 by car:
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. The town centre is well preserved and is home to one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, the Mondragón Palace and the Arabic baths.
1hr 30 by car:
Seville is the capital of Andalucía and sits on the Guadlaquivir river. 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 cuisine.
Outside of the major cities, Andalucía offers other beautiful towns and natural treasures, including:
Just 20 minutes from Almohalla 51, the vibrant town of Antequera looks across the valley to the north. Together with Bronze age and Roman remains, the town has an extensive selection of both civic and religious buildings that can be visited 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 Karst 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 airport.
Actually reservoirs, these enormous areas of water are nestled in natural parkland and are ideal for wild swimming and sunbathing in the summer You can also rent kayaks and paddle boards.
Fuente de Piedra
These natural salt water lakes are home to the biggest colony of flamingos 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.