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.
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.
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.
You could also take advantage of our Road Less Travelled package , with self guiding information to help you discover some of our favorite places to visit nearby.