WHAT TO DO
The apartment is very close to both Estepona and San Pedro de Alcantara. Both are very quaint Spanish towns with pedestrianised and cobbled shopping streets and interesting places to visit.
San Pedro has a vast childrens play area going through the town, and Estepona has fascinating alleyways and side streets. Both a packed with restaurants, and bars and there's nearly always a Fiesta day on the horizon, which really brings the town and it's townspeople to life.
They are both on the coast with blue flag beaches and beach cafes.
Both towns have glorious beachside promenades covered in flowers and plants, which stretch for miles, for leisurely strolls.
2 Minutes from our apartment is an excellent soft play / water park with café. Excellent for entertaining the kids. Check it out at https://www.myguidemarbella.com/things-to-do/mundo-mania.
New autoroutes have put much of Spain within easy reach - Jerez , Seville , the Moorish towns of Cordoba and Granada , the white walled villages of Caceres and Ronda etc. There is winter skiing in the Sierra Nevada near Granada 2 hours away and breathtaking walking routes in the nearby mountains and river valleys. Hire a car from Malaga or Gibraltar airports. ( we can recommend an excellent Car Hire company)
ALL AROUND YOU
Ronda: 53 Km
Malaga: 57 Km
Cadiz: 205 Km
Granada: 186 Km
Gibraltar: 70 Km
Sevilla: 206 Km
Cordoba: 244 Km
Madrid: 600 Km
Mijas: 43 Km
There are several typical 'white' Spanish villages within an hours' drive of the apartment.
These are Mijas, Ronda, Istan, Casares, Arcos de la Frontera.
What formerly was just a small Andalucian fishing village has expanded into one of the top European holiday resorts, and one of the favourite places for the rich and famous. The city is divided into various areas, and all are worth a visit.
We are lucky enough to have our apartment situated only 15 minutes drive from the famous port of Puerto Banus. Drive toward Malaga, under the San Pedro arch, through San Pedro, and turn off past the Pyr hotel, opposite the Andalucia Plaza hotel, following the 'Hipercor' small sign.
The meeting point of the jet-set, here you will find beautiful yachts, elegant shops and excellent (albeit pricey) restaurants. The area around the marina is the hub of the action. You will find multi-million pound yachts moored, and you will really see life, as the other half live it. If you like shopping, you will find everything you would like, just outside the port in a large department store called 'El Corte Ingles'. This store also houses a large hypermarket on the ground floor called 'Hipercor'. This store does not close at lunchtime for the usual 3 hours. It stays open all day. There's a large car park, which is quite reasonable to use both for visiting the store, or the port. The newly built shops around the store are worth a visit too.
Orange Square (Plaza de Narajas)
Follow the signs to 'Cisco Antiguo' and you will find Marbella 'old town'. This is centred around a town Square which is lined with Orange trees – hence the name. The whole area is quaint, and full of charm and history. It's well worth a visit here. The shops are interesting and there is an abundance of restaurants. It's a good place to try a 'paella' the delicious traditional Spanish risotto. Don't forget, the shops close here for siesta, so that's always a good time to have a typical lengthy Spanish lunch .
The largest of the white villages is Ronda, which you can drive to from the Ronda Road in San Pedro de Alcantara. It is a fairly scary journey as you wind round twisty roads to reach the summit town of Ronda, but if you don't mind roads with sheer drops to one side, and twisty, snaking narrow roads, then it's well worth the effort of getting up there. It'll take about an hour to drive up there. Ronda is quite a large town, with a main Square with an old church. Cafes and restaurants surround the square, and it's really lovely to sit in the Square having a cool drink in the warm sunshine. Ronda also boasts the oldest Bullring in Spain (Plaza de Toros), which is rich in architecture, character and beauty. Love it, or hate it, bullfighting is an integral part of Spanish history and the bullring in Ronda is a must to visit while you are there.
Ronda also stands proud, high in the mountains and there are wonderful views into the gorge from the bridge (Puente Nuevo), which divides the old and new town.
Mijas can be found off the coastal road on the way to Malaga. It's a good place to visit on your way to the airport, as it only takes about 15 minutes to divert there from the main road, but about 45 minutes from the apartment.
It is similar in charm and history to Ronda, but is smaller and more compact. Parking is a nightmare, so grab a spot when you see one. It is also more 'touristy' than Ronda and you are hard pressed to find any shops other than those catering to the tourist trail.
Still, it's a lovely place to visit, and worth the journey. There are quaint village squares, and narrow alleys, with many cafes and bars to cool you down.
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