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Our large Spanish villa is perfect for families and groups of friends seeking a holiday home in Andalusia.  Our villa in Periana sleeps up to 16 people and from here you can choose just to relax by the pool or seek out various exciting excursions.  Here is our pick of the bunch:

 

1) Visit Torre Del Mar.  Torre de Mar has plenty to do for grown ups and children alike.  With recently renovated plazas sweeping along the sandy coastline, it makes for a beautiful stroll with the added benefit of many tempting ice cream parlours and cafes along the way. The beaches are wonderfully clean and the old town boasts many historic buildings and churches.  The Thursday market is a great place to take in an array of Moorish wares and spices.

2) The Waterpark.  On the outskirts of Torre Del Mar there is The Aquavelis Water Park.  Once again this is perfect for families and children, as well as big kids!  There are 21 water slides, two swimming pools and a wave machine.

3) Cycling and walking.  Many serious and amateur cyclists and walkers are drawn to Andalusia and the Costa Del Sol.  The climate from late September to early May is perfect for enjoying the stunning and diverse scenery the region has to offer.  We have several national parks, sweeping rustic countryside and of course more gentle coast-to-coast walks.  For the more daring amongst you take a trip to the Camino Del Rey (The King’s Walk).  High above Garganta del Chorro gorge it is one of the world’s most exhilarating hiking routes.

4) Visit beautiful Frigiliana.  Frigiliana recently won the coveted status of “Prettiest Village in Andalusia”.  Given Andalusia is the size of Scotland this is no small boast!  In Frigiliana you can find lots of arts and craft shops, including Moroccan pottery and lace.  The village is famed for its displays of flowers which line the streets and cascade from window sills.

5) Granada.  At the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Granada sprawls over two large hills: Alhambra and Albaicin. The University of Granada is one of the finest in Spain and as such there is a young lively crowd mixing well with the more traditional locals. Granada boasts one of the most magnificently positioned palaces in the world: the Alhambra, possibly Spain’s greatest attraction. Its as wondrous to behold from across the gorge, with the white peaks of the Sierra Nevada glinting behind in the sun, as it is to wander around marveling at its elaborate symbolic designs and stunning gardens.  The city has a fascinating history, which is still evident today in Granada´s Jewish quarters and Arabian baths.

6) Malaga.  Many people only know Malaga as an airport city but it has much, much more to offer.  In fact, whether you are a foodie after gastronomic delights, a culture vulture looking for a traditional Spanish or Moroccan vibe or a keen historian, there is really something for everyone.  There are over 30 museums in Malaga including the famous Picasso Museum which houses many of his works.  For a list of the best restaurants in Malaga take a look at The Telegraph’s article here 

As examples of its diverse and impressive architecture Malaga boasts: La Alcazaba built by the Moors in the 11th century, this military fortress sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking the harbour and town;  the Roman Theatre discovered in 1951 can be found in the old Jewish Quarter of the city; Sagrario Church, built in the 15th Century, is situated between the Bishop´s Palace and the Cathedral.

7) Nerja’s beaches. Nerja boasts 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water. All major water sports are available including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.  Flanked by a dramatic mountain range, Sierra Almijara, to the east, Nerja also has retained its old quarter of the town which is still virtually unchanged with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with geraniums.

8) Periana.  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 offers flora and fauna to match the most beautiful alpine village. In summer there is often a welcome breeze, and the thermal currents over Lake Vinuela attract eagles and other birds of prey.  Nearby, visitors can wander over to the Moorish sulphur baths of Baños de Vilo, recently restored and used for their medicinal properties. Their warm waters are usually around 21 degrees and are particularly helpful for skin conditions and stress.  If you fancy somewhere a little more glamorous pop over to Hotel Vinuela for some five star dining, a spa treatment or a cocktail overlooking the lake.

9) Skiing.  Not many people know that Granada boosts an active skiing community.  The ski resort of Sierra Nevada in Granada is the southernmost in Europe and offers ski companies to cater for all your equipment hire. This winter resort has about 2,500 hectares of skiable area and a capacity for almost 30,000 skiers per hour. It also has the greatest skiable vertical drop in Spain.  Imagine being able to ski in the morning and sunbath in the afternoon – perfect!

10) Nerja’s caves.  Beaches aside Nerja is most famous for its magnificent caves.  The caves are open to tourists all year round and are illuminated to spectacular effect.  In the summer the caves are host to prestigious orchestras and opera singers where the stone walls and encloses allows for a unique aural experience.  After a trip to the caves visit the wonderful Restaurant 34 and enjoy an exquisite dinner overlooking the sea.


For information on any of the above excursions  call us now on 0034 680 772416