CASA PAZ Y MÁS
|antequera||50km (40 min)|
|gibraltar||174 km (120 min)|
|granada||95 km (80 min)|
|malaga||50 km (40 min)|
|mijas||73 km (53 min)|
|nerja||55 km (55 min)|
|riogordo||4 km (10 min)|
|ronda||130 km (90 min)|
|sevilla||200 km (120 min)|
|sierra nevada||126 km (110 min)|
|torre del mar||34 km (30 min)|
Riogordo is one of those small white villages of Andalusia which so recognisably deﬁne the image of the countryside. The name Riogordo in translation means “fat river”. The explanation however is quite enlightening and paints a picture for us. It is not because the river itself is “fat” but rather because the vegetation to be found along its banks is so abundant. This is not quite as self explanatory as one may assume as many rivers dry out completely in Summer. This is most deﬁnitely not the case with this river which lends its rather strange sounding name to the village.
Riogordo has approximately 2936* inhabitants in the village itself , including the cases de campo ( country houses ) in the surrounding hills. Although it is only half an hour from Malaga the village of Riogordo has a distinct life of its own. The town’s inhabitants buy locally in their own busy shops. They have their own bakery and a pharmacy and the children have their own Primary school. Older children are taken by bus to the neighbouring town of Periana.
has approximately 2936* inhabitants in the village itself , including the cases de campo ( country houses ) in the surrounding hills. Although it is only half an hour from Malaga the village of Riogordo has a distinct life of its own. The town’s inhabitants buy locally in their own busy shops. They have their own bakery and a pharmacy and the children have their own Primary school. Older children are taken by bus to the neighbouring town of Periana.
*As of 2015
The town of Málaga is an amazing and continually developing city which in recent years has increasingly become a focus for tourists. Malaga has everything you could possibly wish for.The city is situated by the sea and in addition to the many tourist beaches ,which can be reached directly by car, there are many “Chringuitos” - or rather beach restaurants where you can hire beach loungers and parasols. By driving just a little out of town you can ﬁnd less visited beaches which are usually only accessible by parking the car and going the last few metres on foot. As many Spanish families take half their household with them to the beach these are less attractive for them and therefore much less busy. If you are looking for peace and quiet you would do well to go the last few metres to the beach on foot.
The Old Town of Malaga is deﬁnitely worth visiting. There are numerous tourist attractions that are worth mentioning here. To begin with there is the imposing cathedral surrounded by many “teterías”. “Teterías” are small cafes in which mainly tea is served, albeit in many different ﬂavours. This tradition came to Spain from the continent of Africa and recently has found an ever growing demand. There are two Spanish enclaves on the continent of Africa, Ceuta and Melilla. Because of this and due to the proximity of Morocco , a distance of only 14km to Gibraltar, many Arabian traditions have made inroads here. Throughout history there have been periods of time during which Spain was completely under Arab rule. Both Spanish history and the Spanish language have been characterised, even until the present day, by this inﬂuence. Today a peaceful juxtaposition of many cultures is possible.
The “Muelleuno” or port area deserves a special mention. In the last few years the port / harbour area has been completely redesigned. Hour long boat trips are offered here but at the same time
you can also check in for your cruise! At the harbour there is a huge choice of good restaurants; from sushi to tapas, pizzerias, ﬁsh restaurants and burger bars, whatever your heart desires. It
is not quite as reasonably priced as in other places but with a truly awesome atmosphere. The only
thing you have to be careful of is the Spanish restaurant opening times. Before 19 30 you are unlikely to ﬁnd anything edible except tapas, the option being you ﬁnd a place to sit, order a glass of something and in all likelihood you will be given olives or nuts to nibble. If you only fancy an ice cream there is an ice cream parlour with an extensive selection. From the harbour you can look up towards the Alcazaba , the city stronghold from where the city walls of the city extend outwards.
The Alcazaba is also worth visiting. You can walk up to the top of the city walls with an amazing view over the city. It’s lovely and not too demanding a walk, however not to be recommended if it’s very hot. In that case drive up in an air conditioned car. From the top yo can see over the old town, the harbour, the beaches and the bullring, which unfortunately is still in use. The walk round and the small museum, despite having to pay a nominal entrance fee, are all worth it for those who like to take landscape photos and who want to go exploring in ruins dating from the Middle Ages.
If you would like to take in the beautiful view without the historical perspective and the ramparts from the Middle Ages then go up to the roof terrace of the AC Malaga Palacio and sip a cool drink. It’s right next to the cathedral in the old town.
Gibraltar is also worth visiting. However many people are also of this opinion and at times the British stronghold and its monkeys can scarcely be seen for visitors. You can climb the cliffs of Gibraltar on foot or take a cable car. They are home to hordes of apes who are used to crowds, are continually fed and you wouldn’t be the ﬁrst tourist to fall foul of a bit of Monkey pilfering, so be careful of your own food provisions, hats, babies soothers etc :)
My last visit to Granada was many years ago. For this reason I can’t really tell you that much about the city myself. On TripAdvisor a visit to the Alhambra is the No 1 activity. I have visited it myself many times and on every occasion it was really impressive. “
The Alhambra is the one and only Palace to adorn Granada. It is a piece of Arabia or Persia right here in southern Europe. The Alhambra’s extraordinary beauty owes much to the city walls which have had a formative inﬂuence on Spain for hundreds of years.”
Tickets for the Alhambra visits are usually sold out far in advance. Deﬁnitely buy your tickets in plenty of time.
Mijas is one of the most beautiful mountain villages on the Costa del Sol with its picturesque streets and an unbelievable view of the mediterranean coast.
Mijas is the town with the donkey taxis, its most prominent tourist attraction In addition to which the white painted houses with their red tiled roofs typically seen all over the Andalusian inland seem to hang on the mountainside. I have heard said that the donkey taxis are to be stopped for the protection of the animals.
Mijas is a town with a typically Moorish past. In this tranquil setting we can still see historical traces of the Romans, the Phoenicians and the Greeks.
Nerja is a small coastal resort on the Eastern edge of Malaga province. This small town has been spared from sprawling tourist urbanisations and the narrow streets are just perfect for shopping and meandering around.
From the viewpoint of the “Balcon de Europa” you have a beautiful vista of the coastal scenery and the surrounding steep cliffs and small bays for swimming.
The famous caves of Nerja are worth seeing too. The enormous caves, ﬁlled with stalagmites and stalactites, are really impressive and offer enough space for a symphony concert. In the warm summer months the caves also offer a welcome opportunity to cool down.
Ronda is a town situated directly on the “garganta”, the enormous gully of the Serranía de Ronda. Ronda sits majestically on an impressive cliff plateau and is regarded as a small town in Andalusia but in many respects is also one of the bigger towns. Ronda is one of the typically Andalusian white villages and with its special charm has tempted many literary ﬁgures such as Rainer Marie Rilke and Ernest Hemingway to lengthy stays.
In Ronda you will ﬁnd one of the oldest and best preserved Bullrings in the whole of Spain.
The old town of Sevilla is the largest in Spain and after Venice and the old town of Genoa is one of the largest old towns in Europe.Seville was the host of the World Exhibition (Expo) in 1992 and is generally regarded as the home of Flamenco. Moreover Seville is also the showcase for numerous famous operas. George Bizet’s “Carmen”, Gioacchini Rossini’s “ Barber of Seville”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's “ Don Giovanni” and “ The Marriage of Figaro” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio” to name but a few also play in the town. People from Seville are called “Sevillanos”.
The Sierra Nevada and the mountain resort of Pradollano are architecturally are a picture perfect mirror image of the typical alpine ski resort. Pradollano forms the basis of the ski resort which climbs to heights of 3400 m and are therefore among the highest in Europe.
The facilities are modern and with the pistes on offer can hold its own against any alpine resort. The area is less lively during the summer although the mountain lifts remain open. In the height of summer the hiking trails are very popular due to the milder temperatures of the high altitudes.
Access to the resort is via a very well maintained main road from Granada.
Torre del mar is a typical Spanish seaside town. It is famous for the beautiful beach promenade which affords several kilometres of walkway. Numerous restaurants offer local specialities, the beaches are well kept and here you will always ﬁnd an available sun lounger.
Thanks to the many British and German visitors who spend the winter months on the Costa del Sol Torre del Mar is also lively throughout the winter with many restaurants remaining open. The pedestrian precinct has a diverse range of shops and prices are reasonable.
On Thursdays the local market takes place where you will ﬁnd not only fruit and vegetables but also local handicrafts and clothes.
Antequera is the biggest Andalusian municipality of the province of Malaga. Due to the signification in the countries culture and history and the geographical location along the routes between the big Andalusian cities Malaga, Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla, it is known as the “Heart of Andalusia”. The inhabitants are called Antequeranos.
Antequera is located at the edge of the mountain chains (Spanish: Sierras) El Torcal and El Arco Calizo Chimenea.
In the vicinity of the city you can find the saltwater lagoon Fuente de Piedra, which is one of the rare breeding sites for the Greater Flamingos in Europe and also the limestone massif El Torcal, which is a now a nature park.
On the outskirts you can find the dolmen of Menga and the dolmen of Viera, dating back to around 3800 B.C., which are among the largest megalithic sites in Europe. The bigger one, Menga, has a diameter of 25 meter, is 4 meters high and has been built up from 32 megaliths. The heaviest of them is 180 tonnes. In the 19th century archaeologist found the skeletons of hundreds of humans.
In 2016 the dolmens Viera, Menga and El Romeral have been successfully nominated as UNESCO world heritage. Also the surrounding mountains El Torcal and La Peña de los enamorados, a mountain in the shape of a lying American-Indian head.