Out & About
Going out you’ll be spoilt for choice here at Las Nueces. There’s the tranquillity of the Genal valley literally on the door step but the historic pueblos blancos of Gaucin, Casares, Cortez de la Frontera, Benarraba, Algatocin, Genalguacil and Jubrique are all within a 40 minute drive.
On the other hand, if you want a bit of glitz, bling and glamour, all the facilities and attractions of the Costa del Sol – Sotogrande, Marbella, Puerto Banus and are within easy reach. Also there are Blue Flag (European standard for beach cleanliness and clean water) Mediterranean beaches at Estepona, Playa de Casares, Sabinillas, Torreguadiaro and Sotogrande all between a 25 to 40 minute drive from Las Nueces.
There are excellent international standard restaurants within easy reach but we enjoy the traditional Spanish ventas (road-side restaurants and tapas bars) as well as the chiringuitos on the coast – a chiringuito is a beach-bar serving excellent quality freshly cooked fish dishes (they usually also offer meat and vegetarian options if fish is not for you).
For those of you who prefer slightly more active pursuits, Gaucin and some of the surrounding areas offer activities such as hiking; bird watching; art and cooking classes; horse riding, wild swimming and world class golf courses.
Tarifa, on the Atlantic coast (also sometimes referred to as the windsurfing capital of Europe) is an hour’s drive, with more wild Atlantic beaches, Zahara des los Atunes, Cape Trafalgar, the stunning Roman remains of Baelo Claudia (great swimming beach and good chiringuitos too!!), all less than 30 minutes’ drive to the north of Tarifa.
The internationally famous Heritage cities – Grenada, Sevilla, Cadiz, Jerez, Cordoba and the under estimated city of Malaga are all a pleasurable day’s visit. Oh!…. and Ronda – a 25 mile drive through the stunning scenery of the Genal valley. If you only manage one venture out on your vacation then Ronda is a MUST.
It must be said that many guests make plans but are really quite content just enjoying the peace and beauty of this idyllic corner of Andalucia.
The nearest International airport is Malaga which is approximately 120kms with motorway all the way except for the last 20kms. Alternatively Gibraltar is a 45 minute drive and flying into Jerez and Sevilla are also possible – transit times vary.
Although there are taxis, bus services in rural Spain are not really a reliable and convenient option so if you want to get the best out of your holiday a car really is essential. Car hire from any of the airports is easy and cheap but at peak times we recommend that you book early to ensure that you get the vehicle of your choice.
Things to do in the area
Spectacular Horse Riding – If you can ride horses we will take you on smugglers’ and bandoleros’ trails in the dramatic Serrania de Ronda for anything from an hour to a six day tour. Try the local cuisine, stay in rural hotels in the white villages on steep mountainsides, and gaze stunning views across the straits of Gibraltar to Morocco and the Atlas mountains beyond. – www.rideandalucia.com
Ronda: Puente Nuevo, Spanning the gorge in Ronda – Despite being Andalucía’s fastest-growing town – it overtook Córdoba in the big three Andaluz tourist attractions, behind Sevilla and Granada, in the early 21st century – Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevín through its centre. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo ‘new’ bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, for its unparalleled views out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.