Casa La Negra lies on the outskirts of the pretty village of Periana, near Málaga, Andalucia. Surrounded by mountains and with lake views to the south, Periana is 540 metres above sea level and just 50 minutes from Málaga Airport or 75 minutes from Granada.

Periana has a sub tropical climate with a myriad of wild flowers, almond and orange blossoms in spring, to rival any alpine meadow. In summer there is often a welcome breeze, and the thermal currents over Lake Vinuela attract eagles and other birds of prey.

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Nature lovers will find much around this area to please, as there are many walks and cycle rides to be enjoyed, with unspoilt white villages, and ancient ruins to be explored. The sandy beaches of Torre del Mar are just 30 minutes away and of course the Alhambra Palace in Granada is a sight to behold – be sure to book well in advance. For further information on places to explore click here.

Periana lies within an area known as Axarquía, which in turn is part of the autonomous region of Andalucía. The village has a population of around 3700 and is an olive and peach growing community with its own olive oil cooperative. In August it holds a ‘Festival of Peaches’, and in April, the olive harvest is marked by a ‘Fiesta of the Green Olives’.

The village itself has many narrow and steep streets with shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants and all the usual services of a bustling community. The village has a Moorish architectural style, and a Mudejar influenced village church of San Isidro. Isidro was an 11th century ploughman made famous through his water divining skills, and the fair of St Isidro is held on and around the 15th May when the village goes into party mode.

The Moorish sulphur baths of Baños de Vilo, recently restored and used for their medicinal properties, are only 10 minutes away from Casa La Negra. Their warm waters are usually around 21 degrees and are particularly helpful for skin conditions and stress.

Periana is heavily influenced by its Moorish heritage, particularly in its architecture and cuisine. You will find the locals very friendly and an abundance of oranges, avocados, almonds, figs, asparagus and pomegranates, all of which grow wild in fields and alongside the lanes around the village. For more information about places to explore click here.

Distances from Periana:

• The beach & sea – 30 mins

• Granada – 1hr 15 mins

 • Málaga – 50 mins

• Seville – 2 hr 15 mins

• Nerja – 45 mins

• Ronda– 2 hours  

• Marbella– 1½ hours  

• Gibraltar – 2 hr 15 mins 

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