El Torcal


El Torcal Park is a nature reserve located near Antequera in Andalusia, only 40 mins drive from the Malaga airport. It’s famous for amazing and strangely-looking Jurassic age limestone formations. The highest point of the nature reserve is Camorro de las Siete Mesas at 1336 metres.

Getting to El Torcal

Whether you choose to drive from the direction of Antequera or Villanueva de la Concepcion, the road to El Torcal is full of amazing atmospheric scenary. The El Torcal Centre consists of a medium size parking and visitor’s building.

Like walking on the moon

Wandering around the geologically stunning El Torcal is like being on another planet. Under the sea until 150 million years ago, this land was suddenly pushed upwards around that time. Over millions of years she slow but continuous natural forces of wind, snow and rain have shaped the limestone into weird structures. The limestone rocks take most outwardly shapes connecting with each other at funniest angles. Some look like a stack of plates, others remind of a hat, a monster or a human face – depending on the imagination of the person who looks at them.


El Torcal de Antequera offers a couple nice walking routes – a green one of 1,5 km, a yellow one of 2,5 km and a red one of 4,5 km – both for the beginners and experts looking for a challenge. Even if you pick the shortest green route you will be able to see plenty of mind-boggling rocks and some wildlife as well, e.g. mountain goats climbing the rocks, foxes hiding in the bushes or vultures circling over the rocks. Additionally, there are two viewing points offering some great panoramic vistas near the car parking.


Pick the right time

A good tip for photographers is to come very early in the morning when the light is softer and creates nice shadows. There is also a little bit of fog in the early hours of the days which adds to the spiritual side of Torcal de Antequera.

Another tip is to come in spring or autumn, when the sight is less crowdy, and you can enjoy the nature even more. El Torcal can be very hot in July and August. Try to avoid wet season when El Torcal is full of mud and slippery rocks, and even good shoes will not make the walk enjoyable.



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Located in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra de Ronda, Gaucin is a must see for anyone interested in “white villages.” It’s located not far away from another whitewashed village, Casares, so it might be a good idea to visit both on the same day.

Gaucin’s top attraction is the Moorish Castillo del Aguila, perched right above the village. It sits 626 metres above sea level, so spectacular views of Gibraltar and the Moroccan mountains are guaranteed on a clear day.

Gaucin tends to be very quiet all year round, as not many tourists remember about this beautiful place.  Artists, birdwatchers and hikers visit Gaucin most often. There are hundreds of kilometres of pathways, some of them signposted some of them wild, that lead through varied magical landscape.

If you are looking for a remote romantic getaway, want to esacpe the hustle and bustle of the busy city life, or simply get closer to nature, make sure to visit Gaucin.

Gaucin – nearest destinations: Ronda, Casares, Jimena de la Frontera.


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Magical, enchanting and unique. One of the most idyllic places in Andalucia, Casares is a small forgotten village located between Estepona and Manilva. Casares’ iconic centuries-old white-washed houses clinging to a steep hillside draw thousands of photographers every year.

Whether you approach Casares from the East or from the West, the views of the village are equally sensational. Once you arrive at the spot, one of the many winding streets will get you to the centre of Casares. Find a sign that shows the way uphill to the castle. Words can’t describe the panorama that streteches from the 11-th cenutry fortress. On a sunny day, you will be able to see a vast stretch of Costa del Sol as well as the distant Rock of Gibraltar and Africa.

Since Casares lies at the border of the incredible Sierra Crestelina, it is a great place for hikers. There are more than 200 km of versatile footpaths surrounding and crossing the village. This historic rural place is also recommended by Best Andalucia to families for a one day trip just to escape the busy Costa del Sol and get close to nature, or for a romantic weekend for couples. Apart from the ruins of the castle, a church and a museum, Casares doesn’t hold other attractions. However, there are some good local restaurants and ventas.

Casares – nearest destinations: Estepona, Ronda

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Teleferico in Benalmadena

Teleferico cable car in Benalmadena

Teleferico cable car in Benalmadena

If you want to enjoy the best panoramic views of Costa del Sol, the  Cable Car in Benalmadena is something you cannot miss. The 15-minute 3-km long cable car ride will take you the summit of Mount Calamorro, around 800 above sea level.

Once you are on the top, you will see several paths with rocky steps and handrails built around the top of the mountain. That’s how you will be able to access several viewing points with sensational panoramic views in all directions of Costa del Sol. Try to plan your ride on a clear, as you will be able to see much more in this way. You will even be able to see Gibraltar, Morocoo or the snowy range of Sierra Nevada!

Twice a day, usually around 1 p.m and 8 p.m., there is a birds of prey show on the top. Make sure you plan your visit around those times as the show is very interesting. You can get close to birds and you will also be able to hold one of the eagles and then get your photo taken. There is a small restaaourant and gifts shop on top of the mountain as well. If you are mountain biker, you will be able to take your bike to the top and go downhill.

To get the best value from your money, we recommend to buy a full Selwo ticket that includes all the three Selwo attractions: Teleferico Benalmadena, Selwo Marina in Benalmadena and Selwo Aventura near Estepona. The full Selwo Ticket is cheapest off season. In winter the full Selwo ticket for an adult costs as little as 30 Euros (as of 2014/15 season)! Another way to save up some money, is to get a 10% discount card from the tourist information centre in Benalmadena.

Arcos de la Frontera

The gateway to the Route of the White Villages, Arcos de la Frontera is a good starting point for anyone who wants to explore the famous pueblos blancos. Arcos is the the westernmost of the white villages, located on the way between Jerez and Ronda.

Make sure you don’t miss Plaza de Espana when you visit Arcos. One side of the square called Miardor de la Pena Nueva serves as a balcony offering great views of the Guadalete Valley. There are some birds displays a couple of times a day there. Directly across the square you will find the impressive church of Santa María de la Asunción which represents a mix of different architectural styles: Romanesque and Renaissance from the outside and Gothic from the inside. Another attraction in Arcos is the castle, a large 11-th century Arab fortress. However, it is impossible to visit it.  Next to Arcos there is a large reservoir, very popular place for kayaking, sailing and water skiing in summer.

Beautiful Arcos de la Frontera can be a nice side stop along the way to Jerez, Ronda, Cadiz or Seville.

Nearest destinations: Jerez de la Frontera, Ronda.

Nearest airport: Jerez de la Frontera.

Vejer de la Frontera


Vejer de la Frontera is one of the most attractive white villages in Andalucia, situated about eight kilometres inland off the road which runs alongside Costa de la Luz, from Cadiz to Tarifa. This spectacularly located small village perches on a hill top, high above the surrounding countryside and the River Barbate, offering stunning panoramic views of the sunny coast.

Vejer_TEXT_400x630The main tourist attraction of Vejer is the old Moorish castle and the 14th century Renaissance church Iglesia de la Concepcion. Tourists visiting Vejer can also enjoy a peaceful stroll in the atmospheric maze of narrow winding streets, go shopping for local crafts and souvenirs,or take advantage of the excellent restaurant on the colourful Plaza de Espana.

Vejer_local-Castle_630x400It’a good idea to combine the trip to Vejer with a visit to one of the nearby beach resorts.The amazing Bolonia beach with the remains of an ancient Roman town is located only half an hour drive from Vejer. If you are on summer family holidays on Costa de la Luz, make sure to make a visit to Vejer de la Frontera on a cool summer evening. Another good time to visit Vejer is spring when orange trees are blossoming and the high temperatures of summer are gone.


Nearest destinations: Barbate, Conil de la Frontera, Bolonia


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San Roque


Alcaidesa golf resort

Alcaidesa golf resort

Golfer’s heaven

San Roque is well known for amazing golf courses. One part of San Roque, urbanizacion Alcaidesa, has been turned into a beautiful seaside resort built in an incomparable setting and surrounded by outstanding golf courses. Alcaidesa offers spectacular views of the Strait of Gibraltar and Africa being only 15 km from the popular British enclave of Gibraltar.

Breath-taking views, delightful peacefulness and delicate sea breeze. The uniqueness of Alcaidesa golf resort becomes clear once you get there. If you consider yourself a serious golfer, make sure to plan a golf break in Alcaidesa soon.

It takes around 15 minutes drive on the A7 coastal motorway to reach San Roque-Alcaidesa from Gibraltar. Once you are on the spot, there are two magnificent golf courses available, Alcaidesa Links and Alcaidesa Heathland, with a total of 36 professional holes. The former is the only links-type golf course in southern Europe.

Take advantage of magnificent driving range with 72 bays, a spacious practice area with putting green, bunkers and a short game area. From Alcaidesa you can also quickly access the top quality Sotogrande and Valderrama golf courses. And when you are tired, soak up some sun on one of the excellent beaches, one in the centre and the other remote one with a nudist beach nearby. Or plan a trip on the Rock.

San Roque – Alcaidesa – nearest destinations: Gibraltar, Sotogrande

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