This weekend: Excursion to Ardales!

By now, probably most of the readers will be wondering where is Ardales (foto) and why is it worth an excursion. Questions I will answer in the following lines.

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Visiting Ardales in February

Ardales is a small white village of 2,600 inhabitants, winding streets and whitewashed houses located about 450 m above sea level in the North-west of the province of Málaga, about 50 km from the capital of the Costa del Sol and 63 km from Marbella.

I will tell you what activities are on Sunday February 5th, but continue reading to find out why this is a place that worth a visit all year round, and a lot!

Ardales is a beautiful town with some of the most important natural and archaeological sites in the province. The town lies at the foot of a steep hill on which are still preserved the ruins of an ancient fortress.

Just 5 km from the village is situated the Trinidad Grund Cave, with Paleolithic cave paintings, which can be visited by appointment. Also located nearby are the ruins of the Moorish castle Bobastro.

But Ardales is probably best known for its spectacular nature: The Gaitanes Gorge, very popular among nature lovers, hikers and climbers; and the Natural Park of the Guadalhorce reservoirs.

Sounds good enough? Let’s see what you will find if you decide to go the next Sunday.

Ardales festivity fair

typical gastronomy in ArdalesThis Sunday, February 5th, takes place one of the most traditional festivals in the village, the Feast of the pig slaughter, one of the gastronomic events in the province of Malaga. Visitors can enjoy for free all kinds of locally produced pork products such as sausage, salami, chorizo, meat portions and pork stew.

Also there are musical performances, a traditional product market and a craft market. This Souk in Ardales, with completely handmade products, takes place from 10 am until 5 pm.

Apart from enjoying the party, stroll around the lovely and well maintained old town.

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Getting to Ardales:

This wonder is less than an hour from the main municipalities of the Costa del Sol. It is worth a day trip to discover the enormous beauty and variety of the province, a few kilometres from the hustle and bustle of the coast.

Ardales is 50 kilometres from Malaga on the A-357 and 63 km from Marbella on the A-355 and A-357.

Assuming you are getting there from the Costa del Sol, take the A-7 road until the exit towards A-357 (Cártama and Parque Tecnológico). Follow the A-357 until the exit sign of Ardales.

In the following map you can see the route that you must take to go by car.

Guided night visits in the Alcazaba of Malaga from June 6 to 10

From June 6 to 10 we can enjoy extraordinary views in every sense of the word: A night visit to the Alcazaba in Malaga.

Alcazaba MalagaFor those not familiar with this iconic monument; the Alcazaba is an XI th century Moorish fortress, situated on the slopes of Mount Gibralfaro. In fact, the Citadel is one of the best preserved Muslim buildings in Spain and the rooms and grounds are of exquisite beauty.

The Alcazaba opens its doors for a few nights to enjoy the softly lit compound by a free guided tour. The evening stroll through the courtyards and gardens will be further enlivened by medieval music and dance, warriors emerged from the past, poets and jugglers, in addition to the explanations of the guides on the history of the Citadel.

Guided tour to the Alcazaba

To participate you must register by calling 952 29 15 70, from 9:30 am to 1 pm Monday to Friday. The visits will begin at 9 pm.

Excursion to Alora

Last week we proposed a trip to Ardales, a beautiful town belonging to the villages of the Guadalhorce valley, the green orchard of Malaga. There are good reasons to discover some spectacular places few kilometres off the coast of Malaga. Today we present Alora, situated 40 kilometres from Malaga and 53 kilometres from Marbella.

The road trip is a visual pleasure; through rolling hills that are now stained green and orchards of fruit and vegetables we approach Alora, which greets us from afar with a breathtaking view of the Moorish castle on a impressive hill that rises about 100 feet above the river.

In this town took place the past weekend on February 18 and 19, the first Andalusian Traditional Cheese Market. As its name suggests, in this market you could buy artisan cheeses produced in Andalusia of a total of 15 dairies that also offer other dairy products. During these two days there were also workshops and tastings. The venue was the Mirador de la Cancula in Cervantes Avenue and it started at 11 am; on Saturday until 8 pm and on Sunday until 3 pm.

The green Guadalhorce valley is flanked on the north by high mountains of the Sierra de Huma where is situated the spectacular Gorge of the Gaitanes, very popular among hikers and climbers. This area is great for trips throughout the year and the valley is especially lovely in winter-spring, with trees full of oranges and lemons, and in the month of April, when the valley is flooded with the fragrance of orange blossoms from its orchards.

Getting to Alora

From Malaga on the national roads A-357 and A-343 and from Marbella on the A-355, A-357 and A-343.

If you like you can book a day trip to the villages of Malaga or hire a car in Malaga and make the tour by yourself.

A day trip to the Alhambra from Malaga

A visit to the Alhambra from Malaga the next time you visit Malaga, the Alhambra is an almost obligatory visit. Due to the short distance between Granada and the Costa del Sol, you can visit this monument by car or a guided tour from Malaga to the Alhambra.

In Granada there are many things to do and see, among which we can sample the famous tapas, or, if we are travelling on our own, enjoy on the way back the coastal road, driving down the mountain road crossing Otivar, with beautiful views and a natural park where we can rest a while before continuing our journey by car.

Whether you decide to go with your own rental car (there are very low prices at Malaga airport) or you hire a guided tour of the Alhambra, this monument is a place you should not miss on your next visit to the Costa del Sol .

Recommended reading about the Alhambra:

Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irvin, a free online book and a very recommended reading.