What all can you do in this region?
Hiking / Biking / Horse riding
The coast and the mountains near La Herradura are perfect for beautiful hikes, bike tours or horse riding tours. Bikes are for rent in many places around the region. You can walk and hike to your heart's content in the mountains around Frigiliana and Competa. Closer by is the nature park of Cerro Negro. You can even rent a buggy for buggy tours.
Caves of Nerja
Some 6 km of the house are the stalactive caves of Nerja. Part of this very extensive cave system is open to visitors. There have been extensive archeological findings, including cave wall drawings that may have been made by Neanderthals.
Almuñécar was one of the earliest Phoenician colonies, about a thousand years before the Common Era. This region is rich in archeological finds of the Phoenician-Punic, Arabic and Christian past. You can see an old Roman aquaduct, Roman baths, and a very interesting museum (more to follow).
Archeological museum Almuñecar
The archeological museum "Cueva de los Siete Palacios" hosts a very important archeological collection, consisting of archeological discoveries of the various eras and cultures that peopled the city of Almuñécar, including old Phoenician coins, vases, Punic and Roman ceramics, juwelry and a statue of the goddess Minerva.
Granada is an up-and-coming wine region, where even 3000 years ago wine was made by the Phoenicians. From their colonies (including Sexti, what is now Almuñécar) grape vines were spread all over Spain. Especially higher up in the mountains there are lots of vineyards. In the Alpujarras (see below) you can even find the highest-altitude vineyards of the European continent. Multiple wine houses (bodegas) offer excursions. Bodega Calvente in near-by Jete makes wonderful wines and also offers tours. These are intended for groups of 6 or more people, but with a little bit of luck you'll be able to join another group. Various wines from this bodega can be offered in the Netherlands from Granada Wijnen.
There is an Aquapark in near-by Almuñécar, open in the summer season, with various large slides. Right on the water.
At about an hour's drive is the Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain range of mainland Spain with many peaks over 3000 meter high. The highest peak is the Mulhacen at 3480 meters high. A wonderful area for hiking and mountain biking. In the winter you can trek on snowshoes or ski on one of the many ski slopes, typically till late in April.
The Alpujarras is the beautiful, quiet and rugged area at the South end of the Sierra Nevada. Everything here breathes the Moorish influence. You can make a wonderful car trip or go hiking or biking. Visit the rough and impressive Poqueira ravine with the picturesque white Moorish villages of Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira. Pampaneira has a small chocolate factory with a store / bar offering a wide range of local delicacies and wines from the region. Trevélez is famous for its hams that are cured by hanging them in the dry mountain air. Lanjaron, the gate to the Alpujarras, is famous for being a spa town with delightful mineral water that is bottled and sold in every corner of Spain.
Cities: Granada en Malaga
Granada is located about an hour's drive away, and counts as one of the Moorish City of Kings, along with Córdoba and Sevilla. Granada is famous in large part because of the Moorish palace called the Alhambra. This is a must-see for visitors. Book your ticket far in advance! Granada is in any case a wonderful city chockful of cosy squares and terraces. Let a bus drop you off at the famous square of San Nicholas in the Albaicin district and look out over the Alhambra with the Sierra Nevada in the background!
Malaga (also about an hour's drive away) is a city that is seeing tremendous growth. It is a teeming city with a beautiful and renovated center and harbor. There are several interesting museums and various archeological sights. And you can get and eat tasty fish at the city beach.
Caminito del Rey (The King's Path)
You may have heard of this - the King's Path that wraps around a mountain at several hundreds of meters of altitude. For the longest time it was the scariest and most dangerous path you could imagine, but it has been entirely restored and since 2015 it has been open to visitors. A very fun and interesting day trip! Be sure to get your ticket booked well in advance! The King's Path is about an hour and a half drive away.
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