Places to visit near Malaga, Andalucia, Spain
"Andalucia - The Heartbeat of Spain"
We are near Alora, a comfortable 45 minutes' drive from Malaga Airport. We are only 35 minutes' drive (or train ride) from Malaga and 30 minutes drive from Antequera, which is the geographical heart of Andalucia.
From Antequera, there are excellent road connections to all the major cities including Cordoba, and Granada (Alhambra). Additionally Malaga, Ronda, Nerja, Mijas, Marbella and Puerto Banus have excellent direct routes to our Country Hotel via Alora. These roads are of near-motorway standard, so each of the historic sites can be visited comfortably in a day.
For beach lovers Malaga and Costa del Sol beaches are 40 minutes' drive. Alternatively the lakes at the Ardales National Park are only 30 minutes away providing beautiful coves which are excellent for swimming with many other activities such as canoeing, sailing, fishing, paragliding, etc. available for visitors.
The home of Verdiales
Cortijo Valverde Countryhouse is only 15 minutes from Alora. The small town of Alora is situated 40 kms north of Malaga on the road to Antequera and just 12 kms south of El Chorro. Municipality of Alora is also responsible for the care of Ardales Lakes and Caminito del Rey, also known as the "Spanish Lake District".
Our Rural Countryhouse is only 35-40 minutes from Antequera, which is the geographical centre of Andalucia. Aptly named "Antikera" (the Old Place!) by the Romans, the evidence of man’s early settlement in Antequera dates back to five thousand years ago to the Bronze Age, making Antequera one of the oldest towns in Iberia.
The home of Verdiales
Alhambra is one very special place that is worth the 1.5 hour drive from Cortijo Valverde. Although just missing out on being voted one of the new "Seven Wonders of the World", Alhambra is an amazing architectural and a botanical symphony composed over centuries by man's creativity and determination. There is no other place in Andalucia that so clearly demonstrates the reconciliation of Moorish and Christian cultures that make Andalucia such a special place.
Ardales Lakes & El Chorro Gorge
Malaga Lake District & El Caminito del Rey
Our countryhouse hotel is only 30 minutes from Ardales National Park, also known as the Spanish Lake District. This area is one of the most stunning areas in Malaga Province, with rich wild life, history and amazing countryside. This Nature Park is set high up in the mountains and offers three main attractions of El Chorro Gorge, Bobastro, and Ardales Lakes.
City of Flowers
Cordoba is only 90 minutes drive from Cortijo Valverde. The completion of a brand new Motorway in 2009 reduced the journey time considerably. Once a wealthy glittering capital city, and a centre of arts and knowledge, Cordoba is a mere shadow of its former self. Now famous for the Mezquita, the Ruins of Medina Azahara, Patio Competition (Flower Festival in May), Olive Oil, Red Wine and Cordoba Flamenco.
Mother Nature's Magic
We are only a short drive from El Torcal National Park. 12 KM from ancient city of Antequera, El Torcal is a fantastic mix of rock formation popular with Walkers, budding photographers, Birdwatchers, and nature lovers. Formed during the Jurassic period, the 17 square km park sits high up at 1300 meters above see level. Declared a National Park in 1978, El Torcal is one of the most wondrous natural sites in Andalucia.
Andalucia's Best Kept Secret
Malaga is the Provincial Capital which is easily accessible via the A357 Motorway or the rail link to Alora. With its metropolitan population exceeding 1.5 million, Malaga is now the 5th largest city in Spain. The port city of Andalucia and the provincial capital of the region. Malaga is the undiscovered treasure of Costa del Sol with its beautiful sandy beach, wonderfully maintained parks, amazingly restored Moorish Alcazaba, fantastic shopping centres and fascinating old quarters. Many visitors to Costa del Sol miss out on a great city that is rich in architecture, history, gastronomy and a wonderful place to visit.
Sandy Beaches & High Living
You can reach Marbella from Cortijo Valverde via the newly upgraded A355 in under an hour. Winding through the mountains with magnificent views of Monda and Ojen before reaching the deep blue waters of the Med. Marbella's glitzy reputation will not disappoint with the alleyways full of boutiques and curiosity shops, beautiful sandy beaches and it's own mild microclimate.
Balcon of Europe
Nerja is on the seashore some 50 kilometres from Málaga on the N340 coastal highway, and marks the eastern tip of Málaga's Costa del Sol. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town now has a population of over 12,000. The Romans gave the settlement the name "Detunda", and it was later taken over by the Moors.
City of Legends
Only an hour away from Cortijo Valverde, Ronda is one of the loveliest and most famous towns in Andalucia. Steeped in history, it stands on a towering plateau, a mighty outcrop, which made it impregnable to the Christian armies until the very last years of the re-conquest. In the mountains of Málaga province and is famous throughout Spain for the plunging river gorge which divides the town into two sections - medieval and 18th century.
Andalucia is known as the "Heartbeat of Spain" since every image associated with Spain has its routes in Andalucia. Imagine Spain and you will immediately picture Moorish-based architecture(Alhambra in Granada, Mezquita in Cordoba, Moorish Castles ruins), Bullfighting, Flamenco Dancers, Paella, Cordoban Riding outfits, Andalucian Horses, Sunny Blue Skies, Endless Fiestas, Cheerful Disposition, and a Relaxed way of life. All these are Andalucian national treasures. In essence Andalucia is the heart and soul of Spain.