Casa Las Jaras
 

The area - location & attractions

 

Costa del Sol - Malaga - Andalusia - Spain


Exploring the white villages

To really get to know Andalucia it’s often best to head away from the crowds and instead seek out the quiet solace of village life. This is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing villa break here in Spain.

In “Los Pueblos Blancos” (white villages) you can escape the daily grind, and take a step back in time to a place where gentle fountains animate quaint town squares, and the slow pace of life is often interrupted only by children kicking around a ball, or by the town’s old folk enjoying animated debates at their favourite bench.

When you choose to spend a villa holiday at 'Casa Las Jaras' you can find a surprising number of charming sleepy villages within easy reach, just waiting to be explored. Here is a quick run through of some of them:

Salares

Salares is one of the best-preserved villages in Malaga province. This is a very peaceful village of 150 inhabitants situated in the Axarquia region, on the "Route of the Mudejar". Its most beautiful feature is the minaret tower of Saint Ann's Church (formerly a mosque), declared National Historical Monument in 1979. The village is characterised by its whitewashed houses of typically Moorish design and for its steep and winding streets. There are two bar/ restaurants and a small supermarket.

Archez

Archez is a very attractive village with strong Moorish roots. This influence is most in evidence at the church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion with its remarkable fourteenth century tower which is the minaret of an earlier mosque. A stroll through the village's narrow streets reveal a number of architectural styles, some houses featuring sloping roofs while others have terraces, the latter being of more recent construction.

Competa

Competa is well known for its locally produced wine, available both dry and sweet. One of the most popular annual fiestas here is the Night of the Wine on the 15th August which features a programme of flamenco and sevillana music and dance. It is a charming flower bedecked old town with its main centre, the Plaza Almijara, dominated by a magnificent sixteenth century church. This bustling square is one of the best places to enjoy a break with a choice of bars and restaurants.


Torre del Mar

Torre del Mar is situated on the coast at 28 kilometres to the east of Malaga, and has a population of 20,000. There are wide sandy beaches flanked by a long beachfront promenade.  Torre del Mar has a lot of atmosphere and local flavour with numerous shops and restaurants (including some very good fish and seadfood restaurants). Torre del Mar is in a completely flat area which makes getting around very easy.


Caleta de Velez

The Caleta de Velez harbour is situated at the far east side of the promenade at Torre del Mar.  It is classified as a fishing harbour/marina. The fishing fleet is of the estuary kind and traditional with 90 boats devoted to sea food, purse and trawling fishing. The fishing area includes the eastern coast of Malaga from Motril (Granada) up to Fuengirola and Estepona on the western side. The most characteristic species caught are white bait, sardines, hornpike, octopus, scad, and hake that are traded daily at the harbour fish market.


Nerja

Nerja is on the seashore some 50 kilometres from Málaga. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town now has a population of over 22,000. Nerja boasts plenty of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water. All major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing. The heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcón de Europa, a magnificent promenade with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below.


Nerja Caves

Nerja's most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly its fascinating caves. They include archaeological treasures such as paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many performances are staged during the summer. 

http://www.thenerjacaves.com



Waterpark Aquavelis

Located at nearby Torre Del Mar, Aqua Velis is the largest park of its kind in Axarquia and has over 20 different rides: superfast slides, inflatable ring rides and two large pools one with a wave machine. Highly recommended by all who go there.  The park is open 7 days a week from mid June to Mid September

http://www.aquavelis.es


Finca de la Concepcion Gardens

La Concepcion Historical-Botanical Gardens -created in 1855- belong to the “City of Malaga” Municipal Botanical Trust. They are home to an exquisite open-air collection of tropical and subtropical flora. Plant species from Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania are all on show here. Officially declared historical-artistic gardens in 1943, they are now also recognised as an Item of Cultural Interest. 

http://laconcepcion.malaga.eu


La Viñuela Reservoir

Although the La Viñuela reservoir is like any other in being an artificial impoundment of free-flowing waters it can still be considered a natural setting, for since its construction one cannot imagine this municipality without its reservoir. It not only has enriched the surroundings with an extraordinary hydraulic project but also with a new landscape that is being exploited as a tourist attraction.

As with any great project, the reservoir had its genesis in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when it was decided to regulate the waters of the River Vélez. It would not be until more than a century later, however, that the project became a reality. It is built across the channel of the River Guaro, which also carries the waters of the Rivers Salia, Benamargosa, Bermuza, and Rubite and the Madre del Llano de Zafarraya stream and is, with its 170 cubic hectometres, the highest-capacity reservoir in the province of Málaga. In its surroundings are facilities for water sports and barbecue and recreational areas, as well as several hiking trails.


Malaga

Malaga is a city that is full of charm and character, and surprisingly easy to visit. Since the Picasso Museum opened in 2006, Malaga has become a vibrant, happening city whose cultural attractions now rival those in Seville, Andalusia’s better known capital city. Recent upgrades have turned what used to be a somewhat shabby historical centre into a chic and fashionable cultural capital that’s overflowing with things to do, which is now firmly on the Spanish map. Malaga is now a definite must-see on any Costa del Sol to-do-list.

What to See in Malaga
 

Modern Art: Take in some contemporary art in Malaga’s up-and-coming Soho District situated between the river and port. Begin at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC http://cacmalaga.org/) housed in a 1940’s market where the permanent and temporary exhibitions showcase the latest trends in modern art. Entry is free and guided tours are available in English.

Indoor Market: Malaga’s largest and most colourful market, is the Mercado de Ataranzas, whose recently restored building contains the original 14th-century Moorish gateway plus some stunning stained glass windows. Take your time to browse the stalls for fresh local produce.

Calle Larios: Malaga’s most famous street, the pedestrianised Calle Larios, which is also its busiest and has become the vibrant central spine of the city. Some sort of cultural display usually lines this pedestrian street and musicians, magicians and human statues always provide entertainment. Admire the 19th-century architecture as you make your way to the Plaza de la Constitucion square at the top.

Romans Theatre: Take a stroll round Malaga’s best-preserved and largest Roman monument, the Theatre, now restored to its former glory. From here, visit the Alcazaba fortress, not in the same league as the Alhambra in Granada, but the ruins give you an excellent idea of an 11th-century Moorish palace and there are lovely views over Malaga.

The cathedral: Malaga's cathedral was built between 1528 and 1782 on or near the site of a former mosque. While original plans had allowed for two towers, both lack of funds those donated to American Independence resulted in the completion of only one, giving rise to the name by which the cathedral is affectionately referred to, La Manquita, loosely interpreted as "one armed woman".

Picasso Museum: This is one of the best museums to get an overview of all the Malaga-born artist’s styles from adolescence to his last days. All the works were donated by the Picasso family and the permanent works are complemented with excellent temporary exhibitions. Tours are available in English. The 15th-century palace also houses Roman and Moorish remains.

Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga : Over 200 works, mainly Spanish paintings from the 19th century, from the Baroness Thyssen's private collection are on show in this restored Baroque palace. Temporary exhibitions are worth visiting too as they often include paintings by the world’s masters.

Gibralfaro: If you’re feeling energetic, walk up the (very) steep pathway to this Moorish castle perched over Malaga’s old quarter. If not, take the tour bus or a taxi. Admire the sunset over Malaga and the Mediterranean.

Muelle Uno: Muelle Uno offers some of the best panoramic views of Málaga’s monuments. Lying next to the Port of Málaga, this open-air shopping centre has a large number of shops and restaurants, which makes it ideal for a shopping spree followed by local cuisine in a unique setting overlooking the sea. At Muelle Uno you can buy shoes, clothes, jewellery, home décor items… And you can have all types of food at its multiple eateries. Since it first opened in late 2011, Muelle Open has been an essential part of the cultural life of the city, playing host to arts and crafts markets, art exhibitions, concerts, films in the open air, and many other activities. Thus, it has become one of the most popular entertainment and leisure centres in Málaga.

The Málaga noria:  The Malaga noria (Ferris wheel) offers visitors a new attraction for getting to know the city from above. With a height of 70 metres and 42 air-conditioned cabins, each with room for 8 people, this new attraction located in the Port of Málaga offers one of the best and newest views of the city. In its panoramic interiors, visitors can take a 15-minute ride over 3 complete revolutions, in which they'll have a 360 degree perspective of the city, and will be able to take in the most important monuments and areas such as the Cathedral, the Alcazaba, Calle Larios and the Muelle Uno market, without doubt a different way of enjoying the city.
 


Bioparc Fuengirola

What Bioparc Fuengirola represents is a different concept of zoo. A zoological park where animals live side-by-side, recreating their natural habitat and so fostering their development at all levels. Visitors are stepping inside a true documentary of the deepest tropical woodlands. There is today no ethical sense in keeping wild animals in captivity unless this helps to preserve theirs species in the natural world. Around 80 mins. by car.

http://www.bioparcfuengirola.es


Selwo Adventure Park

Selwo Aventura is a safari park located at the entrance of Estepona, just 15 minutes away from Marbella. This wildlife adventure park of one million square meters offers its visitors the chance to see over 2000 animals from every continent roaming in semi-free conditions. Selwo Aventura offers the opportunity to live a real adventure in natural surroundings. How to get there: A7- Autovía Costa del Sol, exit km 162,5. Around 90 mins. by car.

http://www.selwo.es


Sea Life

Benalmadena's Sea Life Centre is the first interactive underwater park in Costa del Sol, which takes you on an amazing walk along bottom of the sea. Enjoy an unforgettable experience for the whole family as you explore the wonderful sea creatures of the marine world at Sea Life, Benalmadena. Discover the kingdom of the seahorses and enjoy our colourful tropical fish. Enjoy the biggest collection of sharks in Europe and come face to face with more than 20 species of sharks from around the world.

http://www.sealifeeurope.com


Tivoli World

You'll find a lot of good reasons to visit Tivoli World, having the experience to enjoy a fantastic day in a unique spot on the Costa del Sol. A world of magic and a visit the whole family will enjoy.

You'll enjoy the new exciting rides and a lot of shows at the different squares, tasting all the gastronomic options in our thematic bars and restaurants, while you enjoy the parks superb holiday atmosphere. Around 70 minutes by car.

http://www.tivoli.es


Baviera Golf

Baviera Golf is an even course characterised by its wide greens with many movements and the great variety of obstacles which offer a big range of strokes and an ideal design for all types of handicap. The variety of holes and the unsurpassable views both to the Mediterranean sea and the mountains contribute to make you enjoy and share an unforgettable day at Baviera Golf. The Baviera golf course is gaining a reputation as one of the top courses on this coastline. Around 30 mins. by car.

http://www.bavieragolf.es


El Torcal - Antequera

The El Torcal Nature Reserve, the most impressive & beautiful karstic landscape in Europe is located in the centre of Malaga province just 12 kilometres from Antequera. Its fantasy-like rock formations cover an area of 12 square kilometres. This impressive limestone complex was thrust upward from the bed of the sea about 150 million years ago as the result of geological folding.

Three routes through the park have been marked out for walkers with different coloured arrows on wooden sticks. The green route is the shortest and easiest, 1.5 km. and takes about 30 minutes. The yellow route covers most of the green area, is 2.5 km. long and takes you to "Las Ventanillas" The Windows, at 1.200 m. for panoramic views of the valley of Málaga. Finally the red route is the longest and most difficult, 4.5 km. taking about three hours, with a viewing point 1.339 m. up where you can see the whole of the El Torcal Park and the Africa Coastline.


The Alhambra Palace (Granada)

The Alhambra Palace was one of the greatest architectural wonders of the world when it was created in the 13th and 14th centuries.... and it remains so today. It was the last and most splendid of all the Arabian palaces to be built in Spain during 700 years of Moorish domination. The Moors were vastly superior to their European enemies in all areas of culture and the Alhambra Palace became a glorious symbol of not only their wealth and power but also their unsurpassable artistic and architectural skills. 

http://www.alhambradegranada.org/en


Parque de las Ciencias (Granada)

The Parque de las Ciencias (Science Museum) in Granada has over 270 interactive activities spread out among two exhibition buildings and other areas such as the Planetarium, the Tropical Butterfly House, the Observation Tower or the Astronomy Garden. They all help you to discover and understand certain scientific principles and phenomena. It is an ideal place to take the children for fun and learning day out. 

http://www.parqueciencias.com


Ronda

The village of Ronda is one of the most visited places in Andalucia. It is famous all over the world for being perched on the edge of the El Tajo gorge and offers fabulous views and countless photo opportunities. It is the modern birthplace of bullfighting and its bullring ‘Plaza de Torros’ is now a museum and attracts many thousands of visitors each year.

Ronda is accessible by road and rail, the drive to the village from the coast or from further inland is quite spectacular.  There are two tourist offices here and a whole host of fabulous shops selling traditional, and not so traditional, Spanish crafts and other goods.


Crocodile Park (Torremolinos)

Situated in Torremolinos, the heart of the Costal del Sol. In Crocodile Park you will find yourself in front of prehistoric monsters which have miraculously survived 200 million years of evolution - carnivores which knew the dinosaurs and use the distance of less than 2 metres, you can wonder at the gigantic crocodiles by silently walking beside them, observing the secrets of one of the most fascinating creatures of our world.

http://cocodrilospark.com/en


Testimonials

 
'We found the cottage to exceed our expectations by far; it was tastefully decorated, fully and thoughtfully equipped, comfortable and very well located to combine the best of a country setting with a short drive into the village. We were lucky that the weather was good enough for us to take full advantage of the pool, and the spacious terraces provided a comfortable choice of different places to lounge in the sunshine or eat al fresco - which we did, courtesy of the excellent barbecue. All in all, a great holiday experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the cottage to anyone who has never even been to the Costa del Sol.'
Geoff and Mary.

 

'Thank you for a wonderful holiday - you can feel yourself unwinding as soon as you arrive even after driving the track in the dark!. This really is 'Real Spain' and we were sorry to leave.'
Gail and John Holloman. 

 

'What a treasure this place is! We both experienced a wonderfully tranquil and relaxing week. Excellent well equipped accommodation with nice homely atmosphere. Thank you for a wonderful holiday - we shall return.'
Janine Sutcliffe. Scotland.

 

'We've stayed in Casa Las Jaras for fourteen days. It was a great holiday and we would recommend it to everyone. It's rural location so you definitely need a car but we always rent a car anyway so it was not a problem. We were spoiled for choice of walking routes. Every day a different route. The cottage itself is very clean, well presented and contains everything you need. We were with our nine years old daughter and she loved it as well. Everything looks brand new. The outside area is very nicely done as well. We loved the swimming pool as well as outside barbecue area. There is basically everything for everyone's needs. We are hoping to go back there next year.'
Mary and David, Ireland.

 

'A great place to stay.  The house, the atmosphere, the décor and surroundings breathe and feel calm. A place to love and come back to.
Steve R. Ireland.

 

'Very beautiful place with great conditions: the house was very clean, classy decorated, with everything that was needed to comfort stay. It was a perfect place for active as well as passive way of spending time; it provided us all we needed for a romantic time during the day and night.'
Ynama. Ultrecht.

 

'We booked Casa Las Jaras as it seemed like extremely good value for money and as our first family holiday with a 5 month old, it seemed a great choice. From the very beginning, I was extremely impressed with the villa. It is beautiful, welcoming and a great base to visit nearby areas such as Malaga and Granada. If you are travelling with children, this place is great!! In short, great place to stay.'
Joanna, Bob and Linda. London.

 

'This was a lovely villa, great open plan living space, very clean and fab pool'.
Chris, Southampton.

 

'I was initially a bit concerned that the villa may be a little too remote. However it is perfectly located for touring the local area, visiting typical villages and relaxing by and in the fabulous pool. The living room is a great size and the outside space is amazing.'
Joe Langdon.

 

 

 

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