: Cortes de la Frontera
: Autovia del Mediterraneo A7
: Manilva (Costa del Sol)
: Bar La Parra in La Canada del Real Tesoro
: Sierra Nevada
: Costa del Sol
: La Canada del Real Tesoro
The villa is located in a private estate of 200 hectares, a Spanish 'finca' with its own water streams, walnut trees, a variety of other fruit trees (figs, plums, apricot), vegetable plots, foot paths, etc. From the villa the view is magnificent, looking towards the UNESCO Biosphere reserve 'Sierra de Grazalema'. The estate is reached by a 3 KM well maintained and easy accessible dirt track from the village of La Canada del Real Tesoro.
In this small village you can find basic supplies, a couple of tapas bars, an international cuisine restaurant and a train station. Although the train only runs three times a day, a trip is well worth doing. The ride between Algeciras and Ronda used to be a famous bandit's and smuggler's route in the old days. Now this train ride is classed as one of the most scenic rides in Spain.
Ten minutes further a long a windy road lies the village of Cortes de la Frontera, bigger the La Canada del real Tesoro and with a bigger selection of supermarkets, bars and restaurants. There's a 24/7 medical center here, which is always a comforting feeling for visitor.
The villa is located in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda, perhaps one of Spain's best kept secret, a mountainous area just an hour north of the Costa del Sol, or an hour south of Seville. Within this region are some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe, and of course, the ancient city of Ronda.
Rich with history, the Serrania de Ronda region is home to prehistoric cave art, dolmen burial chambers, and the ruined Roman city of Acinipo, originally founded by Phoenicians, which is open to the public with an amphitheater and active archeological digs. Ronda, Spain is also the birthplace of modern Spanish bullfighting.
The region is most famous for the white towns and villages (Los Pueblos Blancos) of Andalucia. Nestled snugly into the mountains, the contrasting colors of the white pueblos on the grey and orange of the mountain rocks makes for breathtaking views.
The natural parks of the Sierra de Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves offer the opportunity to see native flora and fauna in abundance. Walking, mountain biking and horse riding are the most obvious ways to explore this amazing area. For the more adventurous travelers there are possibilities to go caving, canoeing, canyoning, rock climbing, cross biking, etc.