Things to do
Casa Altavista - La Viñuela Property -, at only 5 min. walk to the village of Álora and just 25 min. by car from Málaga and the Costa del Sol. A natural paradise in the heart of the river valley called 'Valle del Guadalhorce'. An ideal place to be enjoyed by you and your loved ones surrounded by the charm of its gardens and the impressive panoramic views.
Alora town (0,5 km away)
Alora (15,000 inh.) is a friendly and welcoming village, with the typical narrow streets and white houses nestled around a castle built by the Arabian in the 8th century which was declared as National Monument in 1931.
As a traditional Andalusia town, we must emphasize the Holy Week processions, the summer Fair and the Festival named “Cante Grande” which keeps alive the flamenco tradition in the town.
Just a short walk from the cottage you will find several bars and restaurants to enjoy the delicious tapas and typical dishes. Besides all the services you might need during your stay: supermarkets, bakery, fishery, shops, banks, etc).
Caminito del Rey (14 km away)
The El Chorro’s gorge is one of most amazing rock formations in Europe and one of the favourite destinations by mountaineers all over the world. Between its narrow vertical walls -over 300 m height in some points- it breaks through an impressive footpath known as the Caminito del Rey (The King’s little path) which was built in the early 20th century to provide access to the workers of the Hydroelectric Central.
After a time and due to its wear and tear, it was known for being the most dangerous footpath in the world. Luckily, after hard works to renovate it, the Caminito del Rey has been re-opened to all public becoming a nice walk in the heights which will make you feel unique sensations.
In 2015, it was included by Lonely Planet in the Top 10 travelling experiences.
Near to the Caminito del Rey you will find the Guadalhorce reservoir with magnificent areas for picnics, swimming and kayaks hire. Hiking and mountain bike are also activities very much recommended in this area.
Another attractions near Casa Altavista
- The Carratraca Thermal Baths (17 km away). A thermal water Spa Centre from Roman times.
- Cactus Botanical Garden of Casarabonela town (17 km away). With more than 2,200 species, it is one of the best collections of cactus and succulents in all Europe.
Málaga (37 km away)
Málaga is a sunny city opened to the sea where the picturesque and traditional fishing quarters, such as El Palo and Pedregalejo, contrast with modern spaces as the new nautical and leisure zone known as Muelle Uno (Wharf One). Among the many museums offered to the visitor, we must point out the Picasso Museum, the Thyssen and the recently opened Centre Pompidu.
In the historical centre, around the Larios pedestrian street full of all kind of shops, you can visit the Citadel (Arab fortress from 10th century), the Gibralfaro castle, the Roman Theatre and the Cathedral. If you prefer a green area, you can go for a walk to the promenade Paseo del Parque or visit the Concepción Botanical Garden, which is considered as the most important tropical and subtropical garden in Spain.