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Josephine’s guidebook

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Josephine’s guidebook

Shopping
You will find a good range of high street brands and independent boutiques in Estepona Town Centre, mainly in Calle Real and Calle Terraza.
Calle Real
You will find a good range of high street brands and independent boutiques in Estepona Town Centre, mainly in Calle Real and Calle Terraza.
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Laguna Village
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Gaucín Artesanía
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Parque Comercial La Cañada
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El Corte Ingles Puerto Banus
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Sightseeing
The Torre del Reloj is the oldest ecclesiastical building on the Costa del Sol. Enrique IV of Castile in 1457 the building of a church on the site of the old Mosque. The church was completed around 1473, but today only the clock tower survives. In the 18th Century a neo-classical dome was added. It is claimed, although not totally proven, that it was originally the minaret of a mosque. After the Christian Reconquest, the tower was turned into a belfry for a church. The dome was added in the 18th century, giving it a neoclassic style, with decorations of garlands and volutes. The tower is located in the Plaza del Reloj. There are no bars or restaurants on the square itself. During summer evenings, the towns municipal band offers concerts on the band stand. During school term, the square doubles up as the school playground.
Torre del Reloj
2 Plaza del Reloj
The Torre del Reloj is the oldest ecclesiastical building on the Costa del Sol. Enrique IV of Castile in 1457 the building of a church on the site of the old Mosque. The church was completed around 1473, but today only the clock tower survives. In the 18th Century a neo-classical dome was added. It is claimed, although not totally proven, that it was originally the minaret of a mosque. After the Christian Reconquest, the tower was turned into a belfry for a church. The dome was added in the 18th century, giving it a neoclassic style, with decorations of garlands and volutes. The tower is located in the Plaza del Reloj. There are no bars or restaurants on the square itself. During summer evenings, the towns municipal band offers concerts on the band stand. During school term, the square doubles up as the school playground.
The remains of the great castle which once stood at the heart of Estepona, In the Plaza Casa Cañada, there is a small garden beneath the Castle walls for visitors to rest among the flowers or drink from the fountain. The existing walls probably date from the 16th century, though they may incorporate some earlier stonework, possibly Moorish. You can walk around the remaining section of castle wall down the little path in semi tropical gardens between the market and the castle wall, down the steps into Calle Castillo to view the other side of the castle wall.
Castillo de San Luis
5 Calle Castillo
The remains of the great castle which once stood at the heart of Estepona, In the Plaza Casa Cañada, there is a small garden beneath the Castle walls for visitors to rest among the flowers or drink from the fountain. The existing walls probably date from the 16th century, though they may incorporate some earlier stonework, possibly Moorish. You can walk around the remaining section of castle wall down the little path in semi tropical gardens between the market and the castle wall, down the steps into Calle Castillo to view the other side of the castle wall.
This is Estepona's main square and is a busy focal point of the town. It is surrounded by cafes, bars and restaurants. In the Plaza de las Flores you will also find the Casa de las Tejerinas (previously Casa de la Cultura), which is itself worth a visit, and contains the tourist office and the Garó Art Collection. The 18th century building itself is interesting. Called "House of Tejerinas" it has a central patio surrounded by columns, a balcony with arches and a lookout tower on the upper floor. There are town plans to redevelop the square, with several boutique hotels already in construction.
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Plaza de las Flores
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This is Estepona's main square and is a busy focal point of the town. It is surrounded by cafes, bars and restaurants. In the Plaza de las Flores you will also find the Casa de las Tejerinas (previously Casa de la Cultura), which is itself worth a visit, and contains the tourist office and the Garó Art Collection. The 18th century building itself is interesting. Called "House of Tejerinas" it has a central patio surrounded by columns, a balcony with arches and a lookout tower on the upper floor. There are town plans to redevelop the square, with several boutique hotels already in construction.
This state-of-the-art building complete with three glass domes is eye catching from the outside, and equally impressive from the inside. There is much to catch your eye from the moment you step inside, from the 30m high central glass dome (the other two domes are 6m and 16m high) to the stunning display of plants. There are approximately 8000 different species, carefully selected so that visitors will be sure to see beautiful flowering displays no matter what the time of year. Visitors follow a winding path through the beautiful displays of orchids. One eye catching feature is the 17m high waterfall. The orchid house was built on the 13.000m2 site of the old Cooperativa Agrícola Estepona (Estepona farmers cooperative) an original farmers wholesale market which included a small retail fruit and vegetable shop. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 09: 00h to 14: 00h & 15: 00h to 18: 00h. Saturdays: 10: 00h to 14: 00h & 15: 00h to 18: 00h. Sunday 10: 00h to 14: 00h Admission: 3 € adults - 1 € Children (4 to 11 years)
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Estepona Orchid House
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This state-of-the-art building complete with three glass domes is eye catching from the outside, and equally impressive from the inside. There is much to catch your eye from the moment you step inside, from the 30m high central glass dome (the other two domes are 6m and 16m high) to the stunning display of plants. There are approximately 8000 different species, carefully selected so that visitors will be sure to see beautiful flowering displays no matter what the time of year. Visitors follow a winding path through the beautiful displays of orchids. One eye catching feature is the 17m high waterfall. The orchid house was built on the 13.000m2 site of the old Cooperativa Agrícola Estepona (Estepona farmers cooperative) an original farmers wholesale market which included a small retail fruit and vegetable shop. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 09: 00h to 14: 00h & 15: 00h to 18: 00h. Saturdays: 10: 00h to 14: 00h & 15: 00h to 18: 00h. Sunday 10: 00h to 14: 00h Admission: 3 € adults - 1 € Children (4 to 11 years)
The Puerto Deportivo de Estepona (Estepona Marina) is situated at the west end of the Paseo Marítimo. It is a very pleasant place for a stroll, with a wide variety of bars and restaurants, open both midday and in the evening. There is a popular tourist market here on a Sunday morning. Late at night (especially in the summer season) the port comes alive, with numerous nightclubs and discos opening their doors to the more young and energetic crowds. Reinaldo's on the corner is a local institution and a favourite meeting place for Happy Hour. The fishing port is located to the east of the marina. Here you can watch the fishing boats land their catch, generally during the early morning, mid afternoon, and late at night. It is not possible to buy fish but you can watch the auction process, and taste the catch of the day at the well established Escollera Restaurant. La Escollera is an institution amongst locals, and a nice spot to hang out after the market. You can order tapas at the bar or book a table in the main restaurant.
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Puerto Deportivo de Estepona
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The Puerto Deportivo de Estepona (Estepona Marina) is situated at the west end of the Paseo Marítimo. It is a very pleasant place for a stroll, with a wide variety of bars and restaurants, open both midday and in the evening. There is a popular tourist market here on a Sunday morning. Late at night (especially in the summer season) the port comes alive, with numerous nightclubs and discos opening their doors to the more young and energetic crowds. Reinaldo's on the corner is a local institution and a favourite meeting place for Happy Hour. The fishing port is located to the east of the marina. Here you can watch the fishing boats land their catch, generally during the early morning, mid afternoon, and late at night. It is not possible to buy fish but you can watch the auction process, and taste the catch of the day at the well established Escollera Restaurant. La Escollera is an institution amongst locals, and a nice spot to hang out after the market. You can order tapas at the bar or book a table in the main restaurant.
The Estepona bullring was built in 1972 and designed by Juan Moro Urbano. Its asymmetric design does not exist elsewhere in the world. Many seating levels are arranged around the arena, and the shady side has more space than the sunny side. The top level can be accessed via an external ramp without climbing the stairs. Today te arena is mostly used for concerts and outdoor theatre during the summer and Sunday markets. Bullfights are only held during the town's feria. In the building adjacent to the bullring, there are four museums: Antonio Ordonez Bullfighting Museum Museum of Image and Sound Palaeontology Museum of Estepona The Ethnographic Museum Admission: Free Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 09: 00h - 15: 00h.
Plaza de toros de Estepona
1 Calle Matías Prats
The Estepona bullring was built in 1972 and designed by Juan Moro Urbano. Its asymmetric design does not exist elsewhere in the world. Many seating levels are arranged around the arena, and the shady side has more space than the sunny side. The top level can be accessed via an external ramp without climbing the stairs. Today te arena is mostly used for concerts and outdoor theatre during the summer and Sunday markets. Bullfights are only held during the town's feria. In the building adjacent to the bullring, there are four museums: Antonio Ordonez Bullfighting Museum Museum of Image and Sound Palaeontology Museum of Estepona The Ethnographic Museum Admission: Free Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 09: 00h - 15: 00h.
Castillo de la Duquesa: the tower and castle are situated on what once was a large Roman fishing village. The castle now houses a Museum of local history and a Fencing Museum. In the Summer the council hosts various events, concerts and family days. You can easily walk from Puerto la Duquesa to Castillo, the village of Castillo still has numerous good fish restaurants and a walk around this quieter spot of the coast is a nice contrast to the more touristic port of La Duquesa.
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Castillo de la Duquesa
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Castillo de la Duquesa: the tower and castle are situated on what once was a large Roman fishing village. The castle now houses a Museum of local history and a Fencing Museum. In the Summer the council hosts various events, concerts and family days. You can easily walk from Puerto la Duquesa to Castillo, the village of Castillo still has numerous good fish restaurants and a walk around this quieter spot of the coast is a nice contrast to the more touristic port of La Duquesa.
Casares is a white village of Arab origin, perched between Costa del Sol, Serranía de Ronda and Campo de Gibraltar. It has been designated as a ‘Village of Historical and Artistic Importance’ and is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. Its origins, according to a popular tradition, date back to Roman times, when Julius Caesar ordered its construction to show his gratitude after having been cured by bathing in La Hedionda Baths. Its main tourist attractions are the quaint streets and its picture-perfect views of mountains, coast and on clear days, Gibraltar and Morocco. Some monuments are worthy of special mention: Torre de La Sal, Casares Coast (near La Sal Chiringito) Ruins of the Moorish Walls and Castle, Casares Village Church of La Encarnacion, Casares Village Blas Infante Cultural Centre, Casares Village, named after Blas Infante, a politician and writer considered to be the founding father of Andalusia Blas Infante Birthplace, Casares Village Mirador de Casares Baños de La Hedionda: grab a picnic and take a dip in the sulphuric rich water of the Roman Baths, the arched bathing complex built by the Romans over 2000 years ago Lacipo, remains of the original settlement in Casares, Roman town Walk El Canuto de la Utrera, starts near La Hedionda Bath (ref. Walking guide) Casares also has a 2 km coastline, and a beautiful natural environment, ideal for swimming, snorkelling and paddle surfing. It is marked by the iconic Torre La Sal and its viewpoint, as well as the recently extended paseo maritimo. Casares is also known for its golf courses and Michelin star restaurant. A half day in Casares can be complimented by a loop route through the backroads to visit other villages such as Gaucin and Genalguacil, or having lunch at the Torre La Sal beach bar or one of the many mountain road restaurants called “ventas”. For more information, visit: http://www.visitcostadelsol.com/towns-and-villages/casares-p9541 http://www.Andalucía.com/casares/home.htm
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Casares, Málaga
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Casares is a white village of Arab origin, perched between Costa del Sol, Serranía de Ronda and Campo de Gibraltar. It has been designated as a ‘Village of Historical and Artistic Importance’ and is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. Its origins, according to a popular tradition, date back to Roman times, when Julius Caesar ordered its construction to show his gratitude after having been cured by bathing in La Hedionda Baths. Its main tourist attractions are the quaint streets and its picture-perfect views of mountains, coast and on clear days, Gibraltar and Morocco. Some monuments are worthy of special mention: Torre de La Sal, Casares Coast (near La Sal Chiringito) Ruins of the Moorish Walls and Castle, Casares Village Church of La Encarnacion, Casares Village Blas Infante Cultural Centre, Casares Village, named after Blas Infante, a politician and writer considered to be the founding father of Andalusia Blas Infante Birthplace, Casares Village Mirador de Casares Baños de La Hedionda: grab a picnic and take a dip in the sulphuric rich water of the Roman Baths, the arched bathing complex built by the Romans over 2000 years ago Lacipo, remains of the original settlement in Casares, Roman town Walk El Canuto de la Utrera, starts near La Hedionda Bath (ref. Walking guide) Casares also has a 2 km coastline, and a beautiful natural environment, ideal for swimming, snorkelling and paddle surfing. It is marked by the iconic Torre La Sal and its viewpoint, as well as the recently extended paseo maritimo. Casares is also known for its golf courses and Michelin star restaurant. A half day in Casares can be complimented by a loop route through the backroads to visit other villages such as Gaucin and Genalguacil, or having lunch at the Torre La Sal beach bar or one of the many mountain road restaurants called “ventas”. For more information, visit: http://www.visitcostadelsol.com/towns-and-villages/casares-p9541 http://www.Andalucía.com/casares/home.htm
Sabinillas was originally a small fishing village which has seen rapid growth over the last few decades. Since the construction of the seafront promenade, which now extends from Nerja to Gibraltar, the Paseo Maritimo is now a hub for both locals and holiday makers. Along the paseo of Sabinillas you will find many cafes, restaurants serving fresh barbecued fish, and an array of bars, beach chiringitos and ice cream shops. The paseo maritimo is also a nice spot for families, in the summer you will find an outdoor craft market, water inflatables, and activities for children. Many people choose this spot for outdoor yoga sessions and to use the free exercise machine. It is also the location of summer festivals such as San Juan, or the Full moon Party. Generally, it is a good alternative to Estepona to do shopping, eat out or enjoy a stroll down the Paseo Marítimo. Sabinillas hosts a food and clothes market on Friday mornings, at the eastern end of the Paseo Marítimo, and a larger one on Sunday mornings. The Rastro de Sabinillas, located in the car park just off the road heading inland that leads up to the Roman Baths (Banos de la Hedionda). For more details, please visit: http://www.Andalucía.com/province/Málaga/manilva/sabinillas.htm
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San Luis de Sabinillas
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Sabinillas was originally a small fishing village which has seen rapid growth over the last few decades. Since the construction of the seafront promenade, which now extends from Nerja to Gibraltar, the Paseo Maritimo is now a hub for both locals and holiday makers. Along the paseo of Sabinillas you will find many cafes, restaurants serving fresh barbecued fish, and an array of bars, beach chiringitos and ice cream shops. The paseo maritimo is also a nice spot for families, in the summer you will find an outdoor craft market, water inflatables, and activities for children. Many people choose this spot for outdoor yoga sessions and to use the free exercise machine. It is also the location of summer festivals such as San Juan, or the Full moon Party. Generally, it is a good alternative to Estepona to do shopping, eat out or enjoy a stroll down the Paseo Marítimo. Sabinillas hosts a food and clothes market on Friday mornings, at the eastern end of the Paseo Marítimo, and a larger one on Sunday mornings. The Rastro de Sabinillas, located in the car park just off the road heading inland that leads up to the Roman Baths (Banos de la Hedionda). For more details, please visit: http://www.Andalucía.com/province/Málaga/manilva/sabinillas.htm
Marbella is a stylish Mediterranean destination, offering 16 golf courses, four marinas, 25 beaches and world-class accommodation. The municipality of Marbella has three main population centres: Marbella, San Pedro Alcántara and Nueva Andalucía-Puerto Banús. The old town of Marbella itself was developed around Plaza de los Naranjos after the Reconquista. Historic sights worth seeing on this square include the fifteenth-century Chapel of Santiago and the sixteenth-century Town Hall building. Other sights include the Governor’s House , the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (1618) and the Chapel of Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz. Located on the Marbella bypass, La Cañada Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre on the Costa del Sol. It is home to over 150 shops, which cater to everyone's personal shopping needs. It has free, ample parking. The best time to go is during the Spanish lunch and siesta time (2 – 5 pm). From Bahia Dorara, Marbella town is 37 km. To visit the town itself, allow approximately half a day. However, it combines well with an afternoon at La Cañada and then a stop at Puerto Banús on the way back. For further information, please visit: http://www.visitcostadelsol.com/things-to-do/marbella-old-town-p14941
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Marbella
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Marbella is a stylish Mediterranean destination, offering 16 golf courses, four marinas, 25 beaches and world-class accommodation. The municipality of Marbella has three main population centres: Marbella, San Pedro Alcántara and Nueva Andalucía-Puerto Banús. The old town of Marbella itself was developed around Plaza de los Naranjos after the Reconquista. Historic sights worth seeing on this square include the fifteenth-century Chapel of Santiago and the sixteenth-century Town Hall building. Other sights include the Governor’s House , the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (1618) and the Chapel of Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz. Located on the Marbella bypass, La Cañada Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre on the Costa del Sol. It is home to over 150 shops, which cater to everyone's personal shopping needs. It has free, ample parking. The best time to go is during the Spanish lunch and siesta time (2 – 5 pm). From Bahia Dorara, Marbella town is 37 km. To visit the town itself, allow approximately half a day. However, it combines well with an afternoon at La Cañada and then a stop at Puerto Banús on the way back. For further information, please visit: http://www.visitcostadelsol.com/things-to-do/marbella-old-town-p14941
la Torre de la Sal
Puerto Banús is located in the Nueva Andalucía suburb of Marbella, between San Pedro Alcántara and Marbella town itself. Unlike Sabinillas, which started out as a fishing village, Puerto Banús was designed and built in 1970 by local property developer José Banús as a luxury marina and shopping complex. In the 70s and 80s, Puerto Banús was known as Costa del Sol's playground for the rich and wealthy that came here for the beaches, the beach clubs, luxury brands and the buzzing nightlife. These days, Puerto Banús still retains its charm and designer shops, but has become a little more seedy at night, with most clubs catering to the younger, wilder and weekender expat vacationers. The large yatchs, Ferraris and TV stars can still be spotted, but it’s not what it used to be. Still, it’s worth a visit or at least a stop, simply for its architectural beauty, impressive marina and breathtaking mountain backdrop.
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Puerto Banús
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Puerto Banús is located in the Nueva Andalucía suburb of Marbella, between San Pedro Alcántara and Marbella town itself. Unlike Sabinillas, which started out as a fishing village, Puerto Banús was designed and built in 1970 by local property developer José Banús as a luxury marina and shopping complex. In the 70s and 80s, Puerto Banús was known as Costa del Sol's playground for the rich and wealthy that came here for the beaches, the beach clubs, luxury brands and the buzzing nightlife. These days, Puerto Banús still retains its charm and designer shops, but has become a little more seedy at night, with most clubs catering to the younger, wilder and weekender expat vacationers. The large yatchs, Ferraris and TV stars can still be spotted, but it’s not what it used to be. Still, it’s worth a visit or at least a stop, simply for its architectural beauty, impressive marina and breathtaking mountain backdrop.
Located at the heart of the Campo de Gibraltar region, the castle at Castellar the la Frontera has been declared a ‘Monument of Historical and Artistic Importance’. The town is located atop a hill at the foot of which lies Guadarranque reservoir, and within a beautiful fortress, whose highlights are the Nazari castle and the Palace of the Marquis of El Moscoso. A drive to Castellar can easily be incorporated as a stop on your way to other destinations like Casares, Gibraltar or Arcos, but is also a nice way to spend a few hours in the morning or the afternoon.
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Castellar de la Frontera
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Located at the heart of the Campo de Gibraltar region, the castle at Castellar the la Frontera has been declared a ‘Monument of Historical and Artistic Importance’. The town is located atop a hill at the foot of which lies Guadarranque reservoir, and within a beautiful fortress, whose highlights are the Nazari castle and the Palace of the Marquis of El Moscoso. A drive to Castellar can easily be incorporated as a stop on your way to other destinations like Casares, Gibraltar or Arcos, but is also a nice way to spend a few hours in the morning or the afternoon.
Located inland in the region known as the Serranía de Ronda, Ronda is probably one of the most iconic and visited inland town for holiday-makers in this region. The old town has been designated a ‘Village of Historical and Artistic Importance’, and comprises a collection of buildings of various architectural types, including Roman, Arab, gothic, baroque and modernist among other. The first most photographed sight is the impressive El Tajo gorge and the arched bridged that connects both sides of the city. Ronda is also the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today glimpsed once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca, where locals dress in the manner of Goya's sketches of life in the region. There are so many sights to visit in Ronda, so best to plan a full day to see all it has to offer. Here are just a few worth mentioning: The Mondragón Palace, House of San Juan Bosco, the Palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra, the Giant’s House, the Palace of the Moor King, Church of Santa María la Mayor, Town Hall, Church of La Caridad and the Convent of Santa Isabel de los Ángeles. From the Roman era, sights worth mentioning include Almocábar Gate, the city walls, and the best-preserved Arab baths in Spain. The Ronda Royal Cavalry School Bullring was inaugurated in 1785 and is one of the oldest, most impressive bullrings in Spain. The underground floor houses the Bullfighting Museum. Ronda is accessible from the Costa del Sol via a 45 minute drive from Estepona, offering stunning views of the Coast, all the way to Gibraltar and Morocco. If you are planning on visiting Sevilla, you can also visit Ronda en route, as it is one of the most popular routes between Estepona and Sevilla. For more information, please visit: www.turismoderonda.es www.andalucía.com www.visitcostadelsol.com
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Ronda
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Located inland in the region known as the Serranía de Ronda, Ronda is probably one of the most iconic and visited inland town for holiday-makers in this region. The old town has been designated a ‘Village of Historical and Artistic Importance’, and comprises a collection of buildings of various architectural types, including Roman, Arab, gothic, baroque and modernist among other. The first most photographed sight is the impressive El Tajo gorge and the arched bridged that connects both sides of the city. Ronda is also the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today glimpsed once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca, where locals dress in the manner of Goya's sketches of life in the region. There are so many sights to visit in Ronda, so best to plan a full day to see all it has to offer. Here are just a few worth mentioning: The Mondragón Palace, House of San Juan Bosco, the Palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra, the Giant’s House, the Palace of the Moor King, Church of Santa María la Mayor, Town Hall, Church of La Caridad and the Convent of Santa Isabel de los Ángeles. From the Roman era, sights worth mentioning include Almocábar Gate, the city walls, and the best-preserved Arab baths in Spain. The Ronda Royal Cavalry School Bullring was inaugurated in 1785 and is one of the oldest, most impressive bullrings in Spain. The underground floor houses the Bullfighting Museum. Ronda is accessible from the Costa del Sol via a 45 minute drive from Estepona, offering stunning views of the Coast, all the way to Gibraltar and Morocco. If you are planning on visiting Sevilla, you can also visit Ronda en route, as it is one of the most popular routes between Estepona and Sevilla. For more information, please visit: www.turismoderonda.es www.andalucía.com www.visitcostadelsol.com
Mijas Pueblo, a historical and artistic complex, climbs up the Sierra de Mijas. The old town is a typical white village, the parts of the old walls still standing offering great panoramic views of the Costa del Sol from their beautiful gardens. The white village emerges amidst evergreen pine trees, inviting you to explore its nooks and crannies and take a ride in a donkey taxi, the visitor attraction for which Mijas pueblo has become famous. Sights worth exploring include The Shrine of Virgen de la Peña, The Church of Inmaculada Concepción, the Shrine of El Calvario and the Mijas bullring. Amongst its museums, Mijas offers El Carromato de Max, the Town House Museum, Mijas Bullfighting Museum and the Watchtower Visitor Centre. On the coast, it offers all the infrastructure of a tourist resort and lots of leisure facilities, including a racecourse and a water park. The 12 km coastal strip is divided into several beaches where you can have pescaíto (deep-fried fish) at a chiringuito or go sailing, diving or windsurfing. Some of Mijas’s beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag eco label. For more information, visit: http://www.visitcostadelsol.com/towns-and-villages/mijas-p9861
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Mijas
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Mijas Pueblo, a historical and artistic complex, climbs up the Sierra de Mijas. The old town is a typical white village, the parts of the old walls still standing offering great panoramic views of the Costa del Sol from their beautiful gardens. The white village emerges amidst evergreen pine trees, inviting you to explore its nooks and crannies and take a ride in a donkey taxi, the visitor attraction for which Mijas pueblo has become famous. Sights worth exploring include The Shrine of Virgen de la Peña, The Church of Inmaculada Concepción, the Shrine of El Calvario and the Mijas bullring. Amongst its museums, Mijas offers El Carromato de Max, the Town House Museum, Mijas Bullfighting Museum and the Watchtower Visitor Centre. On the coast, it offers all the infrastructure of a tourist resort and lots of leisure facilities, including a racecourse and a water park. The 12 km coastal strip is divided into several beaches where you can have pescaíto (deep-fried fish) at a chiringuito or go sailing, diving or windsurfing. Some of Mijas’s beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag eco label. For more information, visit: http://www.visitcostadelsol.com/towns-and-villages/mijas-p9861
Gibraltar is a British self-governing oversees territory, governed by a Governor, who is the Queen's representative on the Rock and Commander-in Chief of the British Forces stationed there. Strategically positioned at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula, overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar, the rock of Gibraltar measures less than six square metres and has a population of 30,000. For such a small area, Gibraltar has a lot to offer: incredible sights, caves, rich history, natural beauty and stunning views. It is a great way to spend the day. Once you get to the Spanish border town of La Linea, you’ll need to go through customs (don’t forget to bring your passport1) and then drive across the airport runway on the actual Rock. Once on the Rock itself, you can easily visit the sights on your own, but we recommend taking one of the Rock tours organised by taxi or coach or taking the cable car. Included in the tour are the Upper Rock Nature Reserve giving magnificent views of North Africa and the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean, St Michael's Cave, the Apes Den, the historic Siege Tunnels and Europa Point. For more information, please visit: www.visitgibraltar.gi
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Gibraltar
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Gibraltar is a British self-governing oversees territory, governed by a Governor, who is the Queen's representative on the Rock and Commander-in Chief of the British Forces stationed there. Strategically positioned at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula, overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar, the rock of Gibraltar measures less than six square metres and has a population of 30,000. For such a small area, Gibraltar has a lot to offer: incredible sights, caves, rich history, natural beauty and stunning views. It is a great way to spend the day. Once you get to the Spanish border town of La Linea, you’ll need to go through customs (don’t forget to bring your passport1) and then drive across the airport runway on the actual Rock. Once on the Rock itself, you can easily visit the sights on your own, but we recommend taking one of the Rock tours organised by taxi or coach or taking the cable car. Included in the tour are the Upper Rock Nature Reserve giving magnificent views of North Africa and the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean, St Michael's Cave, the Apes Den, the historic Siege Tunnels and Europa Point. For more information, please visit: www.visitgibraltar.gi
From Tarifa to Cadiz, the Costa de la Luz is a marvel for beach, wate sport, and food lovers. The intensity of the lights, the vast expanses of white sandy beaches, pine forests and fishing villages as well as a few inland noteworthy towns make a perfect day ( or two) trip away from the Costa del Sol, still within easy reach of Bahia Dorada.
Costa de la Luz
From Tarifa to Cadiz, the Costa de la Luz is a marvel for beach, wate sport, and food lovers. The intensity of the lights, the vast expanses of white sandy beaches, pine forests and fishing villages as well as a few inland noteworthy towns make a perfect day ( or two) trip away from the Costa del Sol, still within easy reach of Bahia Dorada.
Tarifa is situated on the most southern point of Spain and the closest to the coast of Africa (only 15 km separates both coasts at this point). It was the chosen location for the first landing of Moors who went on to conquer most of the Iberian peninsula, and stayed in Spain for almost 800 years. The town of Tarifa is the site of the Castle of Guzman El Bueno, originally built as an alcazar (Moorish fortress) in 960 AD to protect Tarifa against raids from Africa and the North. Today, the impressive fortress takes the name of Alonso Perez de Guzman, who famously recaptured Tarifa from the Moors in the siege of 1294. Just metres from the fort, is the renovated port, where the ferries to Ceuta, Melilla and Moroccan cities leave daily. The municipality of Tarifa is also known for its 10 kilometres of white sandy beaches, unspoilt countryside and some of the best kite and windsurfing conditions in Europe. Make sure you check the weather conditions before you head off to Tarifa though, as the place is known for its windy conditions. The advantage of picking a clear sunny day is the opportunity to stop at the Mirador del Estrecho (look out)on the way, to enjoy stunning views of the Strait of Gibraltar and the African coastline. For more information, please visit: www.andalucia.com
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Tarifa
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Tarifa is situated on the most southern point of Spain and the closest to the coast of Africa (only 15 km separates both coasts at this point). It was the chosen location for the first landing of Moors who went on to conquer most of the Iberian peninsula, and stayed in Spain for almost 800 years. The town of Tarifa is the site of the Castle of Guzman El Bueno, originally built as an alcazar (Moorish fortress) in 960 AD to protect Tarifa against raids from Africa and the North. Today, the impressive fortress takes the name of Alonso Perez de Guzman, who famously recaptured Tarifa from the Moors in the siege of 1294. Just metres from the fort, is the renovated port, where the ferries to Ceuta, Melilla and Moroccan cities leave daily. The municipality of Tarifa is also known for its 10 kilometres of white sandy beaches, unspoilt countryside and some of the best kite and windsurfing conditions in Europe. Make sure you check the weather conditions before you head off to Tarifa though, as the place is known for its windy conditions. The advantage of picking a clear sunny day is the opportunity to stop at the Mirador del Estrecho (look out)on the way, to enjoy stunning views of the Strait of Gibraltar and the African coastline. For more information, please visit: www.andalucia.com
Be dazzled by one of the most beautiful stretch of the Atlantic Coast, and one of the best spot to savour fresh tuna, and some of the of the most innovative contemporary tapas on offer on the west coast. You can book surfing and yoga classes, chill in one of the many beach bars offering delightful cocktails whilst watching the sunset after a day swimming and enjoying the delivacies of what is considered one of the top gastronomic destinations of the Costa de la Luz. https://zahara.info/ruta-del-atun-2020/ https://www.guiadecadiz.com/
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Zahara de los Atunes
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Be dazzled by one of the most beautiful stretch of the Atlantic Coast, and one of the best spot to savour fresh tuna, and some of the of the most innovative contemporary tapas on offer on the west coast. You can book surfing and yoga classes, chill in one of the many beach bars offering delightful cocktails whilst watching the sunset after a day swimming and enjoying the delivacies of what is considered one of the top gastronomic destinations of the Costa de la Luz. https://zahara.info/ruta-del-atun-2020/ https://www.guiadecadiz.com/
Vejer de la Frontera is one of Andalucía ‘s most picturesque white villages, just a few kilometres from the Atlantic Coast. It features a maze of narrow cobbled streets, whitewashed houses perched on a rocky crag dominating the valley of river Barbate. Can easily be included in a day trip up to Zahara, looping back inland towards Bahia Dorada.
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Vejer de la Frontera
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Vejer de la Frontera is one of Andalucía ‘s most picturesque white villages, just a few kilometres from the Atlantic Coast. It features a maze of narrow cobbled streets, whitewashed houses perched on a rocky crag dominating the valley of river Barbate. Can easily be included in a day trip up to Zahara, looping back inland towards Bahia Dorada.
History Art and Culture
In the Old Town Hall, at Plaza Blas Infante, is the regional archeology museum. The museum houses more than 400 artifacts from different time periods, with the oldest piece from the Palaeolithic Period, also known as the Old Stone Age. Some artifacts are up to 100,000 years old. One of the most valuable artifacts in the museum is a small clay figure called la Venus de Estepona; it is believed to be over 5000 years old. The figure, which stands at only 5 cm tall, was found in 2011 during preparatory excavations prior to the construction of a hospital. La Venus de Estepona has contributed to crucial knowledge of prehistoric settlements in the area. Opening hours: Mon – Fri 08:00-15:00, Admission: Free
Museo Arqueológico
In the Old Town Hall, at Plaza Blas Infante, is the regional archeology museum. The museum houses more than 400 artifacts from different time periods, with the oldest piece from the Palaeolithic Period, also known as the Old Stone Age. Some artifacts are up to 100,000 years old. One of the most valuable artifacts in the museum is a small clay figure called la Venus de Estepona; it is believed to be over 5000 years old. The figure, which stands at only 5 cm tall, was found in 2011 during preparatory excavations prior to the construction of a hospital. La Venus de Estepona has contributed to crucial knowledge of prehistoric settlements in the area. Opening hours: Mon – Fri 08:00-15:00, Admission: Free
Centro Cultural Blas Infante
161A Calle Villa
Baelo Claudia is an ancient Roman town situated on the Costa de la Luz, approximately 15km north of Tarifa, next to the town of Bolonia and the beautiful Bolonia beach. The ruins of Baelo Claudia, with its impressive temple, forum and basilica, and especially the large fish-salting factory, show how important the town was in Roman times. A visit to the ruins of Bolonia combines well with a visit to the town of Tarifa and an afternoon at either the Tarifa or Bolonia beaches. For more information, please visit: www.andalucia.com
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Baelo Claudia
s/n Ensenada de Bolonia
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Baelo Claudia is an ancient Roman town situated on the Costa de la Luz, approximately 15km north of Tarifa, next to the town of Bolonia and the beautiful Bolonia beach. The ruins of Baelo Claudia, with its impressive temple, forum and basilica, and especially the large fish-salting factory, show how important the town was in Roman times. A visit to the ruins of Bolonia combines well with a visit to the town of Tarifa and an afternoon at either the Tarifa or Bolonia beaches. For more information, please visit: www.andalucia.com
Discover the local traditions with a guided visit of the farm, and the ecosystem of goat farming, from the land management to the transformation of the product. Guided visit to the farm and factory Cheese making, milking and production workshop. Cheese tasting and pairing info(@)quesossierracrestellina.es Ctra. Manilva-Gaucin Km 13,5 Tlf - 952 895 167
Quesos Sierra Crestellina
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Discover the local traditions with a guided visit of the farm, and the ecosystem of goat farming, from the land management to the transformation of the product. Guided visit to the farm and factory Cheese making, milking and production workshop. Cheese tasting and pairing info(@)quesossierracrestellina.es Ctra. Manilva-Gaucin Km 13,5 Tlf - 952 895 167
The Ruta de Murales Artísticos de Estepona is an incentive implemented by the local council and the mayor, Jose Maria Garcia Urbano that was started in September 2012. The route is just one part of a local rejuvenation project. The project sought to improve and enliven some of Estepona’s forgotten or neglected neighbourhoods. Through a series of murals spread across the town the project has now put Estepona on the tourist map and make it a cultural destination. Both tourists and residents alike are eager to follow the route and view each of the murals.
Ruta de los Murales Artisticos
30 Av. Juan Carlos I
The Ruta de Murales Artísticos de Estepona is an incentive implemented by the local council and the mayor, Jose Maria Garcia Urbano that was started in September 2012. The route is just one part of a local rejuvenation project. The project sought to improve and enliven some of Estepona’s forgotten or neglected neighbourhoods. Through a series of murals spread across the town the project has now put Estepona on the tourist map and make it a cultural destination. Both tourists and residents alike are eager to follow the route and view each of the murals.
The Ruta de la Poesía was created as part of the urban development initiated by the town in 2013. There have always been a few places in the city where porcelain-tiled walls of homes have displayed poems, and it is this idea that inspired the new poetry route. The town continues to work on adorning the streets with more words from local and international poets, in an effort to bring poetry into the public space and bring the arts closer to the residents. Dowload the Poetry Route Guide from the Official Estepona Tourism website.
Ruta de la Poesia
39 Calle Sta. Ana
The Ruta de la Poesía was created as part of the urban development initiated by the town in 2013. There have always been a few places in the city where porcelain-tiled walls of homes have displayed poems, and it is this idea that inspired the new poetry route. The town continues to work on adorning the streets with more words from local and international poets, in an effort to bring poetry into the public space and bring the arts closer to the residents. Dowload the Poetry Route Guide from the Official Estepona Tourism website.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Fernando Centeno López
9 Calle la Lomilla
Beaches
Distance from Bahia Dorada: 5.8 km In front of Estepona town is La Rada Beach, a long 2.6 km beach of golden sands, that stretches from the Punta de la Plata on its eastern end, all the way to the Estepona lighthouse and marina on the western end. Estepona’s seafront promenade flanks the entire length of the beach, from one end to another, and is dotted with beach bars, restaurants, children playgrounds and well-kept parks. Its high standards of cleanliness and excellent facilities have been recognised by the European Blue Flag award.
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La Rada Beach
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Distance from Bahia Dorada: 5.8 km In front of Estepona town is La Rada Beach, a long 2.6 km beach of golden sands, that stretches from the Punta de la Plata on its eastern end, all the way to the Estepona lighthouse and marina on the western end. Estepona’s seafront promenade flanks the entire length of the beach, from one end to another, and is dotted with beach bars, restaurants, children playgrounds and well-kept parks. Its high standards of cleanliness and excellent facilities have been recognised by the European Blue Flag award.
Distance from Villa Andrea, Bahia Dorada: 200m This beach is about 700 m long and 40 m wide. It is accessible via an underpass and a footbridge from Bahia Dorada. Car parking is also available. A seafront promenade was constructed recently, to protect from land erosion in the winter storms. You will find a couple of quiet sandy spots: going west, Islote de la Paloma, and eastTorre de Arroyo Vaqueros.
Playa Bahía Dorada
Distance from Villa Andrea, Bahia Dorada: 200m This beach is about 700 m long and 40 m wide. It is accessible via an underpass and a footbridge from Bahia Dorada. Car parking is also available. A seafront promenade was constructed recently, to protect from land erosion in the winter storms. You will find a couple of quiet sandy spots: going west, Islote de la Paloma, and eastTorre de Arroyo Vaqueros.
This beach is to the east of the Bahia Dorada headland, where the Arroyo Vaquero stream reaches the sea. The beach is about 1 km long and 50 m wide and is quiet, with ample parking space.
Playa Arroyo Vaquero
This beach is to the east of the Bahia Dorada headland, where the Arroyo Vaquero stream reaches the sea. The beach is about 1 km long and 50 m wide and is quiet, with ample parking space.
Distance from Bahia Dorada: 2.7 km This is the main beach of Casares Costa, and a great spot for sunbathing, grabbing a cocktail on a sun lounger and lunch, or a stroll on the Paseo Maritmo overlooking the bay and the iconic Torre La Sal. Locals still fish there throughout the year, and it is a great spot for snorkelling and diving, due to a few rocky areas and clear waters. Car parking spaces are available, just as you reach the Casares roundabout. There are a couple of nice chiringitos for refreshments, lunch and dinner, Chiringuito La Sal and Restaurante Bahia Beach. Toilet and shower facilties also available.
Playa Torre la Sal
Distance from Bahia Dorada: 2.7 km This is the main beach of Casares Costa, and a great spot for sunbathing, grabbing a cocktail on a sun lounger and lunch, or a stroll on the Paseo Maritmo overlooking the bay and the iconic Torre La Sal. Locals still fish there throughout the year, and it is a great spot for snorkelling and diving, due to a few rocky areas and clear waters. Car parking spaces are available, just as you reach the Casares roundabout. There are a couple of nice chiringitos for refreshments, lunch and dinner, Chiringuito La Sal and Restaurante Bahia Beach. Toilet and shower facilties also available.
The beach is a continuation of Arroyo Vaquero beach, but the 500 m section in front of the Costa Natura resort is officially classified as 'naturist beach'. Costa Natura, Spain's first purpose-built naturist complex, is located at km151, only a few kilometres from Bahia Dorada. The complex is for members only, but the stretch of beach is open to all members of the public.
Playa Costa Natura
The beach is a continuation of Arroyo Vaquero beach, but the 500 m section in front of the Costa Natura resort is officially classified as 'naturist beach'. Costa Natura, Spain's first purpose-built naturist complex, is located at km151, only a few kilometres from Bahia Dorada. The complex is for members only, but the stretch of beach is open to all members of the public.
Distance from Bahia Dorada: 4.3 km Situated just outside the town of Estepona, before reaching Marina, off the Avenida del Carmen, the wonderful El Cristo beach is an excellent choice for families and it is sheltered within a cove. This beach has become increasingly popular in recent years, and is currently going through development of a new hotel complex. It can get quite crowded on summer weekends.
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Playa del Cristo
s/n Av. del Carmen
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Distance from Bahia Dorada: 4.3 km Situated just outside the town of Estepona, before reaching Marina, off the Avenida del Carmen, the wonderful El Cristo beach is an excellent choice for families and it is sheltered within a cove. This beach has become increasingly popular in recent years, and is currently going through development of a new hotel complex. It can get quite crowded on summer weekends.
Beach Cala de la Sardinia
Punta Paloma Tarifa ( Parque Natural Del Estrecho)
Walking
Remains of the original settlement in Casares, Roman town Good walking locations, great views
Ciudad Romana de Lacipo
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Remains of the original settlement in Casares, Roman town Good walking locations, great views
Distance from Bahia Dorada: 26 km Natural area (Málaga) The Sierra Bermeja mountain range not only provides an impressive backdrop to Estepona, it also contributes to Estepona’s microclimate and 325 days of sunshine a year. Its highest point of Los Reales, at 1450, is only 10 km from the coast, making Estepona one of the few cities in the world that can boast being so close to the sea and the mountains. From Estepona, take the MA-557 regional highway towards Jubrique. About 15 kilometres after beginning the ascent, you will come to the Puerto de Peñas Blancas mountain pass. Here, a right turn will lead to Jubrique; a left turn will take you to the footpath Paseo de los Pinsapos, which offers the opportunity to be among the pine trees (pinsapos) that are unique to this part of the world, and the summit. Near the summit, you’ll find the Refugio de los Reales, and a recreational area with picnic tables and barbecue facilities. There is also a car park and a short walk leads to the Mirador Salvador Guerrero, where on clear sunny days, you can experience breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and Africa. The summit is marked by a plaque to Botanist Edmond Boisser who discovered the pinsapo tree. You can walk around the summit to take in stunning 360 degree views. For more information, we recommend visiting www.andalucia.com/environment/protect/sierra-bermeja.htm
Sierra Bermeja
Distance from Bahia Dorada: 26 km Natural area (Málaga) The Sierra Bermeja mountain range not only provides an impressive backdrop to Estepona, it also contributes to Estepona’s microclimate and 325 days of sunshine a year. Its highest point of Los Reales, at 1450, is only 10 km from the coast, making Estepona one of the few cities in the world that can boast being so close to the sea and the mountains. From Estepona, take the MA-557 regional highway towards Jubrique. About 15 kilometres after beginning the ascent, you will come to the Puerto de Peñas Blancas mountain pass. Here, a right turn will lead to Jubrique; a left turn will take you to the footpath Paseo de los Pinsapos, which offers the opportunity to be among the pine trees (pinsapos) that are unique to this part of the world, and the summit. Near the summit, you’ll find the Refugio de los Reales, and a recreational area with picnic tables and barbecue facilities. There is also a car park and a short walk leads to the Mirador Salvador Guerrero, where on clear sunny days, you can experience breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and Africa. The summit is marked by a plaque to Botanist Edmond Boisser who discovered the pinsapo tree. You can walk around the summit to take in stunning 360 degree views. For more information, we recommend visiting www.andalucia.com/environment/protect/sierra-bermeja.htm
Natural area (Málaga) The Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Ravine) Natural Area, which covers 2,016 hectares, is situated in the very centre of the province of Málaga. The main attraction is the gorge of the Desfiladero de los Gaitane, otherwise known as the Garganta del Chorro, where the Guadalhorce River merges with the Baetic Cordillera to form the narrow gorge only four kilometres long. At some points the sheer walls tower up to 400 metres, and its width is only 10 metres. The area is also famous for its walkway, the Caminito del Rey, a stomach-churning route through the gorge built between in the first five years of the 20th century as part of the hydroelectric plan that involved the construction of the Guadalhorce Reservoir, just north of El Chorro. The Camino del Rey fell into disrepair, but has recently been re-constructed and opened to the public in 2015. The area is a popular spot with climbers, and a good place for swimming and a picnic. For more information, please visit www.andalucia.com/environment/protect/desfiladero-gaitanes.htm
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Caminito del Rey
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Natural area (Málaga) The Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Ravine) Natural Area, which covers 2,016 hectares, is situated in the very centre of the province of Málaga. The main attraction is the gorge of the Desfiladero de los Gaitane, otherwise known as the Garganta del Chorro, where the Guadalhorce River merges with the Baetic Cordillera to form the narrow gorge only four kilometres long. At some points the sheer walls tower up to 400 metres, and its width is only 10 metres. The area is also famous for its walkway, the Caminito del Rey, a stomach-churning route through the gorge built between in the first five years of the 20th century as part of the hydroelectric plan that involved the construction of the Guadalhorce Reservoir, just north of El Chorro. The Camino del Rey fell into disrepair, but has recently been re-constructed and opened to the public in 2015. The area is a popular spot with climbers, and a good place for swimming and a picnic. For more information, please visit www.andalucia.com/environment/protect/desfiladero-gaitanes.htm
Sierra Crestellina
Distance from Bahia Dorada 70km Situated west from our location in the province of Cadiz. The Cork Oak Forest covers 165,000 hectares and is known for the best bird life in Europe. Walks include some nice pueblo blancos such as Jimena de la Frontera, Casares, Gaucín, Benarrabá and Genalguacil (from 40 mins drive)
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Los Alcornocales Natural Park
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Distance from Bahia Dorada 70km Situated west from our location in the province of Cadiz. The Cork Oak Forest covers 165,000 hectares and is known for the best bird life in Europe. Walks include some nice pueblo blancos such as Jimena de la Frontera, Casares, Gaucín, Benarrabá and Genalguacil (from 40 mins drive)
Distance from Bahia Dorada: 100 km This mountain range stretched from Ronda through to Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra. It is the confluence of three different climatic systems, Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental. The Natural park is the home of exceptional birdlife, diverse range of platlife and several of the pueblo blanco which number among Spain’s most beautiful villages.
Sierra de Grazalema
Distance from Bahia Dorada: 100 km This mountain range stretched from Ronda through to Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra. It is the confluence of three different climatic systems, Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental. The Natural park is the home of exceptional birdlife, diverse range of platlife and several of the pueblo blanco which number among Spain’s most beautiful villages.
Other Places of Interest
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Baños romanos de la Hedionda, Casares (Rincón Singular)
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Mirador de Casares
A few minutes walk to the house, between Playa Dorada and Playa Arroyo Vaquero
Arroyo Vaquero Tower
12 Calle Moreno Torroba
A few minutes walk to the house, between Playa Dorada and Playa Arroyo Vaquero
Chiringitos (Beach Bars and Restaurants)
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Chiringuito Palm Beach
2 Av de España
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Chiringuito El Madero
69 Av España
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Chiringuito Il Soño
Km. 57 Ctra. Cádiz-Málaga
Garito de Juan
3D Urbanización Manilva Beach
Chiringuito Bahia Lemon
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Amaka BEACH
83 Calle Duquesa de Arcos
Chiringuito Olivars Bar
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SONORA BEACH
6 Los Granados Playa
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