Surrounding Areas of Interest
Costa del Sol: The Coast of the Sun is well-known for its stretches of sandy beaches and welcoming atmosphere and is beloved of holiday-makers and ex-patriots alike. With around 150km of beaches stretching from Málaga south to Gibraltar and some of the world’s best golf courses, it’s no wonder that it’s been a firm favourite holiday destination for around 60 years. From family-friendly beaches with clear blue seas to inland pueblos blancos; from art galleries such as the Picasso museum to the caves of Nerja and the architectural glory of Granada, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this lucky country.
Marbella & Puerto Banus: The playground of the rich and famous, Marbella and its near neighbour Puerto Banus exude Spanish sophistication and a love of all things luxurious. Stroll along the marina to see the luxury yachts of film stars, politicians and football players; dine in world-class, sea-front restaurants as the sun sets; dance the night away in up-market night clubs; or sample the local markets with their traditionally-crafted Spanish leather goods.
Grazalema Natural Park: An ideal location for nature lovers, cyclists and enthusiastic walkers alike, Grazalema is UNESCO-rated as an area of special scientific interest and is home to species of fauna such as the Spanish Ibex (a type of long-horned goat), Short-toed and Booted eagles, bee-eaters, warblers and nightingales. Flora to be seen in the area includes rare and delicate wild orchids, found only in this part of Spain. Guided walking tours are available and the view from the top of the many stunning peaks in the area is well worth the climb!
Zahara Lake: A 30 minute drive from Ronda is one of most picturesque and spectacular of all villages in Andalucía, Zahara de la Sierra. With its Moorish castle and whitewashed houses clinging to the hillside, it has been described as an Eagle’s nest and, as you approach it from across the plain, it’s easy to see why. These days, it’s most famous for its azure-coloured reservoir which offers visitors swimming and a variety of water sports not usually found so far inland.
Genal Valley: Green and unspoiled, the Genal Valley is said to be one of Andalucía’s last best-kept secrets. Located between the Sierra de Grazalema and the Sierra de las Nieves, the valley is beloved of naturalists, canoeists, climbers, artists, stargazers and walkers who delight in the fresh air, sunshine and tranquillity of the area.