Visiting around

Following are details of walks and places of interest. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is any more information you need on any of these.

CLIMBING EL HACHO: At 1012m, El Hacho offers

some of the best views in the region and as such we recommend you climb it on a clear day. Its ‘degree of difficulty’ is medium and the climb to the top takes approximately 1h 20 mins.

WALKING ALONG THE GENAL RIVER: The Valley of the Genal River is still very unspoilt and consequently is home to an abundance of wildlife. Cars can be left by one of the two bridges over the river, one situated on the Gaucín – Manilva road and the other on the Algatocin-Jubrique road.You should be able to see frogs, fish, storks, kites, plenty of small birds and if you’re lucky even otters.On the whole the river is fairly shallow but does get deeper in places enabling you to swim.
GENALGUACIL: This is one of the prettiest and best kept villages in the whole of the Genal valley. Since 1994, every two years an Art festival is held in August [the next one takes place in 2010]. Many artists are invited to take part and following the exhibition, their work remains on display in the village either in the streets or in the newly created outdoor museum. The road from Algatocín to Genalguacil is one of the most picturesque of the valley winding through cork forests, carob and chestnut trees.
BEACHES: The nearest beaches are grey sand beaches near Manilva and Casares. They are normally clean and well looked after. We particularly recommend the beach at Barrio del Castillo, located just after Puerto de la Duquesa on the road towards Algeciras, as it is close and peaceful. Other beaches going towards Malaga are: Costanatura a nudist beach just before you get to Estepona; Cristo beach a small peaceful cove near the entrance to Estepona, lovely for families. Cobopino, passed Marbella, it’s an unspoilt sand dune beach, a rarity on the Costa del Sol. Towards Cadiz are some of the nicest sandy beaches on the Andalucian coast; the only problem is the wind. On blustery days it is best not to venture to these ones. However, they are, Cala de la Sardina, just before Torrreguadiaro, a peaceful cove especially during the week but there are parts which are slightly rocky; Valdevaqueros and Puntapaloma actually all one beach, the former is the straight section and the section with the large sand dune is Puntapaloma. It’s just a few miles from Tarifa and is a favourite with windsurfers and kite surfers.
THE VILLAGES OF THE GENAL VALLEY: Benarraba, Benalauría which has an interesting Ethnography museum, Benadalid and the castle housing the cemetery.
RONDA: Walk through the old town to see the old cathedral, the Mondragón palace, Arab baths, Bull ring and much more as the ACINIPO ROMAN RUINS or Ronda la Vieja
PILETA’S CAVE at Benaojan has cave paintings.
Faraján, Juzcar, Parauta, Igualeja y Pujerra.
THE WHITE VILLAGES OF CADIZ: Jimena de la Frontera and Castellar de la Frontera.
GIBRALTAR: We recommend you park your car at La Línea, the border town and use public transport once in Gibraltar. The queues to enter Gibraltar by car are generally extremely long.