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What to do in the area

flamenco dancerFlamenco - you will find flamenco dancing on display throughout Andalucía, but Almogía is known as the Cradle of the Verdiales (a variant of fandango) and there is a Verdiales festival here during the first week in August every year. Antequera too has a major flamenco festival at the end of July/beginning of August.


Photography, painting - the quality of the light, the colours, flora and fauna, architecture and scenery combine to make Andalucía pretty much an ideal holiday destination for the artist and photographer.


flamingos in lake fuente de piedra Laguna Fuente de Piedra - Wetlands incorporating a 13km² salt water lake, situated northwest of Antequera and home to the largest concentration of breeding pairs of flamingoes in Europe. Spring is the best time to visit the lake, where you may also see cranes, wild ducks and other wetland birds.



Situated 7km from Antequera on the road to Valle de Abdalajís, you will find the Lobo Park. This is an area of woodland larger than 100,000m² where you can see Iberian wolves (native to Spain), European wolves, Timber wolves from Canada and Tundra wolves from Alaska. Guided iberian wolf at lobo parktours are available where you can get into fairly close contact and look a wolf in the eye - if you dare! In the summer from May until October and on full moon evenings they organise Wolf Howl nights, where you can howl along with the wolves! Horse riding is also available here.


While you're in the area, you could visit the nearby El Refugio del Burrito (donkey sanctuary). Open all year round and entrance is free (they accept donations of course).


rock formations on el torcalAt 1300m, El Torcal is definitely worth a visit, with its haunting rock formations caused by centuries of wind erosion. The limestone rocks were originally laid down during the Jurassic period 150 millions years ago, when this whole area of Andalucía was on the sea bed, and thrust up to form the mountain 100 millions of years later. The good news is that you can drive up to 1100m on a paved road from Villanueva de la Concepción. There's a car park and from here it's a short walk to an impressive viewpoint and three colour-coded hiking trails of 1.5 km, 2.5 km and 4.5 km, along the length of which you get some fantastic views. You might even see some wild mountain Ibex. Take some water!

Spa - The Fuente del Sol Hotel in La Joya has a spa, with jacuzzi, heated pool, sauna, Turkish bath and various showers and massagers. Non-guests can use the spa at a rate of €20 per day at the time of writing.

embalses de ardalesArdales and the Embalses (lakes) are just 30 minutes away, where you can swim in the bright turquoise fresh waters, surrounded by pinewoods and small private beaches away from the crowds. If you're lucky you may catch a glimpse of a caribú amongst the pines. If you're feeling more energetic there are canoes, kayaks and paddle-boats ("waterbikes") for hire. You can fish here too.


Paragliding and Hang-gliding - Valle de Abdalajís is known as the "flying capital" of Andalucía, because of its location, geography and climate. In the village of Valle de Abdalajís there is a new Activity Centre where you can organise paragliding and hang-gliding, as well as rock-climbing, horse-riding, mountain biking, trekking and more.

vulture in el chorroBird-watching - Golden eagles and some other eagles can be seen in the mountains, as can Egyptian and Griffon vultures. Other predators to be spotted in lowland forests include red kites, buzzards and kestrels. The golden oriole can be seen in orchards during the summer, and we have seen owls and woodpeckers.


Rock-climbing - Can be arranged at the Activities Centre in Valle de Abdalajís.

Horse Riding and trekking - Can also be arranged locally.

horse ridingPaintball - In nearby Campanillas there is a paintball centre called Paintball Mountain. They provide everything you need as far as camouflage overalls, masks, etc., goes. Pre-booking is recommended.

Fiestas and Ferias - Andalucía is known for the length and ferocity of its partying. There's a good guide to all the festivals and fairs in the local area at

fiesta girlsShopping - the centre of Málaga city is only 45 mins away, as is Málaga international airport. Near the airport you will find the famous El Corte Inglés department store and all the major supermarkets.

Málaga also has great nightlife, beautiful parks and great architecture, as well as a football team in La Liga, the Spanish premier league.


Antequera plazaCloser to home, there is the historic town of Antequera, with its bullring, pretty streets and pavement cafes, where you can eat well and cheaply. There is a relatively new shopping centre (La Veronica) just outside town for the shopaholics.

Beaches - If you fancy a day at the beach, the Costa Del Sol offers many fine beaches east and west of Málaga. By car, it will take you an hour to get to the beaches near Fuengirola. Some of these are designated nudist beaches, but public nudity is not illegal in Spain.


marbella paseoPeople-watching - you don't have to go all the way to Marbella to do this of course, but it is perhaps one of the most stylish places to indulge in a spot of people-watching as you sip on a cocktail in one of the bars and restaurants on the marina.



Antequera Golf

Hotel Antequera Golf with it's spectacular 18 hole course, is about 30 minutes away. This 6000 metre course is surrounded by the beautiful El Torcal natural park and the hotel itself offers many facilities. There are many other courses along the Costa Del Sol, many of them internationally renowned. And of course Valderrama in Sotogrande is only just over an hour's drive down the coast from Málaga. Also popular is Alhaurín Golf in Alhaurín el Grande, a par 72 course designed by Seve Ballesteros.

There is a large Aqualand water park in Torremolinos and an active Marine Park just down the coast in Benalmádena.

Further afield...

RondaRonda is worth making the effort to visit. The old town retains its historic charm, and the area is famous for its dramatic escarpments and and views of the Serranía de Ronda mountains. Most impressive is the 18th century Puente Nuevo (new bridge), which straddles the deep gorge carved out by the river Guadalevín 100m below. Also recommended is the Palacio Mondragón, with the remains of its exquisite miniature water gardens dating from its time as a Moorish palace.


Granada is only 90 minutes away on a good road. Essential viewing in Granada is the Alhambra Palace - built for muslim rulers in the 14th century, this unique palace/fortress is the finest example of Moorish architecture in Europe, if not the world. Not forgetting the Generalife gardens set against the backdrop of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains.

Sevilla Other destinations you should consider for excursions are the cities of Sevilla and Córdoba (2.5 and 1.5 hours away respectively). Sevilla is the capital of Andalucía, the home of Carmen and rightly famous for the length and exuberance of its festivals. Built on the banks of the Guadalquivir river, it is home to the most famous bullring in the world and of course the "tapeo". Must-see attractions are the Plaza España the Alcázar (castle) and if you have time, the cathedral and Giralda tower. Unmissable sights in Córdoba include the Mezquita, a quite beautiful former mosque built by the Moors, and the Palacio Municipal.


Sierra Nevada paellaWinter breaks, Skiing in the Sierra Nevada is approximately 90 minutes away. Ski runs up to 3000m and a good variety of them for all abilities. Usually open from late November to late April on the upper slopes. English speaking instructors are available. In summer kayaking and white-water rafting are available in the Sierra Nevada.


Oktoberfest in Algarrobo Costa, a few miles east of Málaga, where you can sample a Munich-style beer festival with German beer, German choirs and Spanish food.