El Torcal is just 6 kilometres up the road and is the largest Karstic Rock formation in Europe.
You can do one of the beautiful walks or just enjoy the lookout with views over the village to the coast. There’s a cafeteria and tourist museum with free entrance at the top so you can enjoy the scenery with refreshments.
Stroll through the rock formations – and watch out for the curious mountain goats, sheep, magnificent vultures & eagles and a friendly fox who likes to watch the visitors.
There are also many special plants and botanical gems and El Torcal is just such a unique place it’s not to be missed.
Antequera is a traditional town with many churches – apparently it has more churches per person than any other town in Spain. Wander the streets and soak up the atmosphere of real Andalusian life in this bustling historic town.
Visit the Dolmens of Antequera – ancient historical burial sites that have been declared a World Heritage Site of interest – visit the Moorish Castle or Gothic Churches or gaze over the Peña de los Enamorados aka Lovers’ Rock.
Alternatively have a game of Golf in the Antequera golf club or catch the high speed train to one of Andalusia’s other top spots for the day.
If you haven’t explored Malaga’s historic centre you’re missing out on a charismatic gem with something for everyone. From museums to art galleries, architecture to shopping or simply lying on the beach, Malaga is diversity personified.
Visit Calle Larios for a main street shopping experience or wander through the narrow streets, tasting the tapas and soaking up the atmosphere of the busy plazas.
The new port has been made really lovely and worth a stroll just to see it, or you can dine in one of the many restaurants there while admiring all the ships in the harbour.
And if you take your beach things with you, you can visit the beach, just a few minutes walk round the corner from the port.
You can be lying on the beach in less than 40 minutes from Rincón del Torcal. One of the many beaches which is close and easy to find and with lots of Chiringuitos (beach bars) is known as Alameda and is predominantly visited by Spanish people as it’s off the beaten tourist track even though it’s actually the east side of Torremolinos.
Another beach that isn’t normally crowed and which has a great Chiringuito is just of the A7, about 35 minutes away from Rincón del Torcal.
Alternatively visit Torremolinos main beach, Benalmadena or Marbella beaches…or head east to Nerja the choice is yours!
Caminito del Rey
The drive to the Embalses Guadalhorce, home of the Caminito del Rey, is stunning in itself and when you arrive you’re in for a treat with some of the most beautiful scenery in Andalusia.
The walk of the Caminito del Rey is spectacular but you do need tickets so we recommend that you book in advance. If you don’t have tickets for the walk, don’t despair, the lakes are stunning and there’s plenty to enjoy.
Swimming in the lakes is allowed and there are pedal boats for hire. For lunch you can choose one of the bars overlooking the water.
Nerja and Frigiliana
The pretty coastal town of Nerja with its sandy coves and beautiful beaches is a great place to visit. Very popular with tourists so do expect it to be crowded during the summer months.
Alternatively after visiting the lovely, busy centre of Nerja, head out towards the west and keep going along the beach as far as you can (a good 30 minute walk) and you will come to this beautiful spot with one Chiringuito and much less people than the centre.
A 10 minute drive inland will bring you to the mountain town of Frigiliana with its pretty white streets and local produce.
Granada’s home to the wonderful Alhambra, an experience not to be missed. A few tickets are held back for sale on the day, but pre-booking is advisable as the bulk of them get sold out well in advance.
After the Alhambra you can walk the tiny streets of El Abaicín, the moorish district with its cobbled streets and tiny stalls. Also worth doing is to take a walk from Albaicín to Sacromonte where you can see the cave houses and where the city of Granada blends with the countryside, with quiet little streets and views of the river and Alhambra. En-route be sure to keep a watch out for Mirador San Nicolas where you get a stunning view over the Alhambra.
The centre of Granada is beautiful in itself and don’t forget to check out the amazing Cathedral. Also worth a mention is the Granada tradition of providing free tapas with your drink. This doesn’t tend to happen in the most touristic of bars but take a few steps out of the centre and you’ll find your plate being filled with surprises with each drink you order.
There’s so much to see in Granada I would need a whole page dedicated to it!
Skiing and the Sierra Nevada – 1.5 hours
In 1.5 hours you can be on the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada, a great day out for those of you who like skiing.
The centre of Córdoba has to be the most beautiful historic centre of all time. Just wander the narrow streets and enjoy the tiny shops and local gastronomy, or visit the famous mesquita and the fort.
Córdoba is an unforgettable experience with its atmospheric streets, pretty patios and stunning architecture.