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Andalusia property for sale. Fincas, cortijos and country homes for sale in AndalusiaCountry Homes in Andalucia

Inland Andlaucia is a naturally wild and rugged place, contrasted on the coast by wonderful sandy beaches and the warm sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. Everyone has a different vision of what Andalucia is, and somewhere they will find what they invisaged, along with a multitude of exciting and vibrant facets that they had not considered. White villages sparkle on the mountainsides in the evening skies, long after the warm sun has disappeared beyond the valleys and tree tops. Traditional cortijos reminiscent of another era are a precious find, hidden away in the depths og the countryside. Modern country homes surround the towns and villages. Fincas - crumbling or renovated nestled in the valleys always in demand. Townhouses in new urbanisations or nestled in narrow streets as they have done for hundreds of years.

The Guadalhorce Valley

The Guadalhorce Valley is located inland from Mijas - starting from behind the Airport and heading between the mountains towards Campillos -has become increasingly popular in the last decade or so, with those seeking a rural lifestyle yet retaining easy access to the beaches and amenities of the coast. The Valley is very lush and green for most of the year and boasts stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains. The Guadalhorce Valley is home to numerous white villages, which have managed to retain their Spanish character through the years even as they have emerged from the dark ages and become more cosmopolitan and sophisticated.

The area is served with an excellent road system and travel time to the coast or Malaga Airport is relatively easy and international schools are only a short dirve away in most cases. With excellent amenities, shopping and restaurants the Guadalhorce Valley is understandably a great area to call home, but be aware property prices here do reflect the demand!

Andalusia property for sale. Fincas, cortijos and country homes for sale in AndalusiaAntequera Area

Just half an hour drive North of Malaga you will find the natural heart and crossroads of Andalucia in the beautiful town of Antequera. The fertile plains of this agricultural area are dominated by the growing of olives and grapes as they have been for centuries. This is a large area with many towns and villages and in recent times has experienced a constant flow of British and Northern Europeans moving into the area driven by lower house prices and the opening of new roads, making the drive to the coast very easy. This area has a charm of its own and will suite those happy to live in a very Spanish area and are willing to integrate into a genuine Spanish community. All necessary services are here including, supermarkets, restaurants, shops, health centers and Spanish schools.

Andalusia property for sale. Fincas, cortijos and country homes for sale in AndalusiaAxarquia Area

This stunning region is located to the North and Eastof Malaga and for many years was wandered by Gerald Brennan the English writer. Bordered by the Mediterranean to the South and the mountains to the North this area was until recently relatively undiscovered. Although still predominantly an agricultural area, it is now becoming a popular choice for those looking for that idyllic country retreat. Amongst the hills are some quaint white villages and down on the coast, Nerja and Torrox are now established tourist areas. For those seeking a rural home this area is well worth a serious look and although not as sophisticated as the Guadalhorce Valley, the area makes up for it with charm and tranquility. Most rural properties here are in the hills and mountains but on the whole the road systems are quite good and the views are definately worth the effort. Within the villages and towns you will find all necessary services including restaurants, local supermarkets, health centers and Spanish schools.

 

Click on one of the town names below to see a small sample of the Spanish properties that we have available in that area.

ALAMEDA -

Alameda is situated north of Antequera, close to the Cordoba border. The easiest way to get there is by the main road towards Mollina. The municipality takes its name from the Álamos stream, this being an area where many roads cross between Malaga, Seville and Granada. The church of the Immaculate Conception was built on the banks of the stream in 1663 by the Marquis of Estepa. Being about half way between these cities, it was a place where horse-drawn coaches and travellers spent the night. In fact, it was these travellers that fell victim to the famous bandit "El Tempranillo", whose tomb is in the church of Alameda. The old town centre grew up along these routes, increasing in size through the years. Nothing much is known about Alameda in the centuries following the Roman period, with only a small sixth century find showing the existence of a Visigoth population. In the 16th century that the area became part of the Marquis of Estepa´s estate, and not until the end of the 17th century does the town take on the importance it had in Roman times.
From the beginning of the 19th century, Alameda became a province of Malaga and began to take on the structure it has in our own day

ALFARNATE

Alfarnate is situated in the centre of a small depression that bears its name, sheltered between the mountains in the extreme north west of the Axarquía region, 925 metres above sea level. The passes through the hills of the Puerto de los Alhazores, at 1,040 metres, are the natural boundaries to the area, this mountainous terrain contrasting sharply with the olive and almond groves of the lower ground. Typical of the area, the village has pre-historic origins with later Moorish occupation and architecture. Unlike most other villages in Axarquia, Alfarnate is flat with wide streets. The river Palancar winds through the village dividing it in two joined by three picturesque bridges. The name, Alfarnate, is derived from the 10th century Arab Al-farnat which means flour-mill. The 16th century church of Santa Ana has a Mudejar minaret

  ALHAURIN DE LA TORRE

Alhaurin de la Torre - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and rural houses for saleAlhaurín de la Torre sits at the entrance to the Guadalhorce valley and is easy to get to these days by the main National 340 coast road.  The traditional and the modern live comfortably side by side in this town, with its old Moorish-style streets and houses in the Barrio Viejo and the modern housing estates and villas on the outskirts. The weather here is perfect, due to its privileged geographical position between the Guadalhorce river and the Sierra de Mijas

  ALHAURIN EL GRANDE

Alhaurin el Grande - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for saleAlhaurín el Grande is situated at the foot of the northern slopes of the Mijas mountains, offering wonderful views over the Guadalhorce Valley, rich in fruit and vegetable patches, and olive and cereal groves. The municipality has other urban areas apart from Alhaurín itself, the result of its agricultural development, such as Villafranco del Guadalhorce, el Cigarral and la Fuente del Perro. Alhaurin is as popular now with northern Europeans as ever before, with hundreds of ex-pats purchasing both first and second homes in the area over recent years, driving the property prices higher. Old townhouses are becoming more difficult to locate within the town and house prices are only marginally cheaper than some areas of the coast due to the ongoing demand for rural real estate close to the coastal amenities, international schools and the beaches of the Costa del Sol

ALMOGIA

Almogía, "The Pretty One", as the Moors called it, is situated in a strategic position to the west of the Malaga Mountains. We reach the area from Malaga by the old Antequera road, through hilly countryside where the highest peak is Sancti Petri, at 797 metres above sea level. Most of this land is scrub, with olive trees in abundance, although there are indications of older oak forests that used to cover these mountains. It is especially spectacular in the Retamares Gorge, and there are splendid views from the Santi-Petri area. During the Omar ben Hafsún revolt against the Cordoba Omeyas, the fortress of Sancti Petri (Hins-Xan-Biter) played a vital part in the defence of Bobastro. The town was surrendered to the Christian forces in May of 1487, when the Christian captain Mosén Pedro Santiesteban was named mayor. Later the Moriscos of Almogía took part in the rebellion of 1570, and being defeated, most of them were expelled from the region. This left the land depopulated, and it was subsequently occupied by Christians from Teba and Antequera, then part of the Kingdom of Seville. Almógia and its castle was invaded by French troops during the War of Independence, and was destroyed by them in the later flight from the area, as an act of vengeance. The town has since been rebuilt and is now boasting a new lease of life as property developers are moving in building new homes and a new golf course is due to begin early next year. Certain areas of Almogia also boast beautiful mountain views but also views of the Bay of Malaga

ALORA

Alora - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for saleÁlora sits right in the heart of the Guadalhorce Valley, its urban centre and old Moorish castle perched on top of a hill making for one of the most spectacular entrances to any town in Andalucía. The area itself is sometimes known as the Valle del Sol, due to the sunny weather it enjoys for most of the year. The best-known nature parks in the area are El Chorro and the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (the Gorge of the Bagpipers). The famous Caminito del Rey, a narrow and dangerous pathway that was built across the massive rock formation here.

Due to its train link to Malaga, Alora makes an ideal place to call home for those that enjoy the countryside lifestyle and don't find it essential to walk on the beaches everyday, but when they do they are only half an hour away

 ANTEQUERA

Antequera - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for saleAntequera, 45 kilometres from Malaga city, is reached by taking the main autovía out of the capital towards Granada, watching out for the sign at Las Pedrizas. The valley opens out before us as we descend down into it, and Antequera is just off to our left on the road to Cordoba

The El Torcal mountain range is closest to the town itself, and with the passage of time, erosion has made this area into one of the most interesting and beautiful in all of Andalucía. Shell and marine-life fossils have been discovered in the valley, which tells us that the area was covered in water millions of years ago.

Antequera is now booming with foreign residents, many have been attracted by the lack of the real Spain nearer to the coast and many others by the new golf courses that are opening up in the area. Of course you are only an hour away from the Sierra Nevada's for those that like to go skiing in the winter months. For the rest of us just pour a glass of red and enjoy the day.

CAMPILLOS

Campillos real estate. Country homes in the Campillos area of AndaluciaCampillos is situated in the western extreme of the Antequera region, in the centre of a plain surrounded by small hills. Campillos occupies a good geographical situation as it communicates with important cities such as Antequera, Ronda and Osuna (in the province of Seville).

The recent road, now opened, which joins the two banks of the reservoirs at the height of the dams, gives access to the Parque Ardales in this municipality, as well as making an attractive route. n the municipal district, near the roads which go to Antequera and Teba, there is a lagoon complex which although dry most of the year, have sufficient ecological interest to have been declared a Natural Reserve by the Environmental Agency of the Junta de Andalucia

CARRATRACA

Carratraca - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for saleCarratraca is situated in the northern part of the Guadalhorce Valley, between Ardales and Álora at an altitude of 540 metres right in the heart of the Sierra Blanquilla, from which its famous river flows. To the south is the Sierra de Alcaparaín, with its "El Grajo" peak at 1,200 metres above sea level. This position provides the town with a mild climate all the year round: warm in summer and comfortably cool in winter.

With planning permission now granted for two new golf courses by the El Chorro lakes and possibly another on the outskirts of Alora. This sleepy mountain village will no doubt benefit in the very near future from increased visitors to the area, who have typically not strayed past Alora

CARTAMA

Cartama - Cartama Estacion - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for saleCartama is one of the most historically important municipalities in the Guadalhorce region, and one of the biggest, with its population spread over an area of 105 square kilometres in two twin towns: Cártama Pueblo and Cártama Estación. 

Both towns and their outlying areas are now becoming very popular with property purchasers in recent years due to the relatively cheap prices and accessibility to the coast. If you are looking for an inexpensive country home close to the coast, then this area could be for you.

CASABERMEJA

Casabermeja is situated on the Las Pedrizas road at just under 20 kilometres from Malaga. It is in the heart of beautiful countryside, surrounded by the mountain ranges of El Torcal, Cabras, Co and Los Camorolos. This last range is the source of the Arroyo Coche and the river Guadalmedina. the mountains form a circle, offering a year-round spectacle of colours that range from spring time greens to autumn golds and winter browns. The origin of the town goes back to pre-historic times, to judge by various archaeological finds made in the area. The village has long been a favourite of northern Europeans and this continues today as many new homes are constructed in the area

CASARABONELA

Casarabonela - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for saleThe village of Casarabonela lies on the western side of the Guadalhorce valley, although the municipal district stretches westwards into the Ronda mountains.

A stunning mountain village with country views to die for across the Guadalhorce Valley. Casarabonela is rapidly catching up in the real estate world as hundreds of buyers from Northern Europe as well as locals are taking a second look at this unspoilt little village in the mountains which boast some stunning views across the Guadalhorce Valley. New road improvements have made access to the village a matter of minutes from the main road between Malaga and Campillos.

COIN

Coin - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for saleThe coastal mountains meet the Guadalhorce Valley between the cork oak and pine woods of Alpujata de Coín. According to archaeological finds made in the Cerro del Aljibe area of Coín, people have lived here since the first century B.C.

With easy access to Marbella via the new main road, Coin has been a booming country town for several years. The town centre being a labyrinth of one way streets, many not much wider than the donkeys and mules that they were designed for. The outskirts of Coín are gradually becoming developed, with modern housing and shopping centres attracting more investors away from the coast.

COLMENAR

 The road from Malaga known as the Carretera de Colmenar takes you through pine woods and beautiful countryside to the Malaga Mountain towns in the most westerly part of the Axarquía. This is the road to Colmenar, known as the Capital of the Malaga Mountains. On the way into the municipality we see the stone steeple called the Puerta de La Cruz, showing the coat-of-arms of the town as a beehive with seven bees flying over it. A historical scene there brings us back to the year 1488, when the town was handed over by Hamet el Zuque to Francisco de Coalla. Past this we come to the town of Colmenar itself, and looking from here we can see two hills that used to mark the limits between the urban centre and the surrounding countryside.

COMPETA

Competa, Archez, Salares, Sedella, Canillas de Albaida, Canillas de Aceituno, all villages which stand at the foot of the impressive Tejeda and Almijara Sierras; all morisco (Moorish convert to Christianity) villages, where vines were the main crop and are still an important element in the landscape as well as the economy; all display similar characteristics, reflecting the true essence of the Axarquia region, its scenery, its way of life and its history. The layout of their streets and the architecture of their white washed houses, which create lovely picturesque corners, gives them a unique identity, so much so that, together, they make up what is known as the Mudejar Route (Ruta del Mudéjar). Competa’s village centre is one of the most spectacular in the province, its architectural highlight being Our Lady’s Church

CORDOBA

The capital of this province is a seductive city with many attractive monuments of which the Cathedral/ Mosque is the largest one of its kind in Europe. It comprises a lavish mosque in which a cathedral of Gothic, Baroque and Plateresque elements has been built. It is a fascinating building which offers surprising light and colour effects as well as beautiful doors and nearly a thousand columns.

Córdoba is a city which must be seen on foot so that as we wander through the narrow streets we can peer into the discreet patios where plants and the most colorful, scented flowers engulf us with their sweet aroma. In the old Jewish quarter we can admire the one-time Synagogue, and not very far away the Gate of Almódova and the Alcázar of the Christians Kings which has beautiful gardens and is also where you can admire Caliph baths and pointed vaults. The Roman mosaics remind us of a Roman temple which lie next to the town hall.

The river runs through Córdoba with the inner city area on one side and on the other the Campo de la Verdad and monuments such as the Tower of La Calahorra.  The delightful Rennaissance Square of the Potro with a fountain and buildings in which the Fine Arts Museum and the Museum of Julio Romero de Torres can be found. There is the Palace of Viana which includes no less than eleven patios and a garden, all of which are outstanding, even in a city as rich in patios and formal gardens as is Córdoba. Córdoba, a university city, is well-linked by road and rail, has a good range of recently renovated hotels and also a rich varied calendar which offers many attractions to the visitor all the year

CRUZ DE ALGAIDA

Cruz de Algaida is a lovely village only 15 minutes away from the very popular town of Iznajar in Cordoba province. Only a short drive from the coast, Cordoba, Granada and the Sierra Nevada. Access is much improved with the recent arrival of cheap flights to Granada airport from the UK

CUEVAS DEL BECERRO

Cuevas del Becerro is one of the smallest municipalities in the province, situated on a narrow spur between the road and the stream of the same name. It is regarded as the northern entrance to the Ronda Mountains region, and is an oasis of tranquillity among the high mountains. The mean temperature is 20 degrees. The town itself is similar in layout to other towns of the Serranía de Ronda. The houses are generally low, many of them with a back yard for keeping animals in. The origin of the name is not very clear, although there are various theories on the subject. One theory is that a figure made of gold, in the shape of a calf (becerro), was found in one of the numerous caves in the area. A local legend tells of a calf lost in a cave and discovered there due to his braying, this rather inconsequential incident giving rise to the origin of the town’s name. One thing clear, nevertheless, is the Roman presence in the area, testified to by the remains of Roman pottery ovens found here

EL BORGE

El Borge lies 28 kilometres from Malaga and 17 kilometres from the coast at Rincon de la Victoria, at an altitude of 237 metres. Located within the area of Axarquia, on the scenic Route of the Raisin, the village has a population of 1,200. The village clings to a ravine on the banks of the River Borge which runs through. Of Moorish origin, it has narrow and stepped streets with white-washed houses. El Borge is derived from the Arabic name El Burch (the turret). The village church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario dates back to the 16th century and is built in Gothic-Renaissance style

EL BURGO

One of the roads that lead to Ronda passes through El Burgo, a locality that is one of the ports of entry to the Highlands and that sits next to the River Turón. The lands that lie near the urban centre level out and permit the raising of olives and grains, while a large part of this regions terrain is covered with gall oaks and pine groves whose greenery reaches to the middle heights of the mountains. A number of rocky areas spread downwards from the mountain peaks, forming truly awe-inspiring landscapes such as the cliff of the Lifa valley and Los Sauces. The latter spot is reached by the forest trail of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves convent. That name (Our Lady of the Snows) alludes to the Sierra de las Nieves, which was designated a Biosphere Reserve and whose setting forms part of the municipal territory of El Burgo. As for the origin of the village, there is still no one theory that is favoured over others, due to confusing records about which no consensus exists. Thus, some believe that the village’s name derives from “paurgus” (a Greek noun meaning “tower”); others incline toward a Celtic origin (Baurgs), and finally, others are sure that it comes from the Arabic “borch”, which also translates as “tower”. Of course, it is very probable, as there are firm grounds for believing, that El Burgo originated as a Celtic fortified settlement and that it was successively occupied by the various civilisations that passed through this region. In the course of this history, the Carthaginians erected the watchtower called Torre de Aníbal (Hannibal’s Tower) and for their part the Romans in the time of Trajan, who was born in nearby Itálica, conferred imperial privileges upon the villa for being an essential post for their legions. At Puerto de los Empedrados, there are still traces of the road that linked Acinipo with Málaga

EL GASTOR

El Gastor is at the bottom of the vertical walls of the rock "Algarín". It is a typical mountainous village with white walls adorned with flowers. By this village - also called "White Villages Balcony" - flows the "Guadalete river". Finally, "El Gastor" has a neo-classical parish church devoted to "San José". The visit to the Giant grave - also called "La Corredera" megalith - is very interesting. Situated across the lake from Zahara, El Gastor is the perfect location for those wishing to be able to enjoy living in close proximity to the lake. It is a quiet place with a small population of some 2000. There is a road access down to the waters edge and El Gastor the village itself is a quiet place, a very pretty, village and is the perfect place for peace and tranquility

ESTEPA

Estepa is only a short drive from either Antequera or Osuna, the two main towns of importance in the area. Over the last year or so many Europeans have bought property in the estepa region and this has brought a multi-cultural aspect that the town has not seen for centuries

The town smells like a cake factory in the run-up to Christmas, as local bakers and even home cooks work to meet the demand for its favourite icing-covered polvorone biscuits. Some bakeries allow visitors to observe the baking process, and there is a small museum to the history of Estepa's biscuit tradition in the La Estepeña biscuit factory.

GRAZALEMA

Located in a high valley over 800m in the Sierra del Endrinal and dominated by the magnificent rocky outcrop known as Peñon Grande, the pretty mountain village of Grazalema is most popular base for visitors to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. The park is a vast protected area of rugged limestone mountains, which are famous for being the rainiest place in Spain. These high levels of precipitation account for the verdant vegetation in the surrounding countryside. Grazalema is a lively village whose population of 2,250 swells hugely with the influx of visitors to the park. Its steep, cobbled streets are immaculately kept and are lined by whitewashed houses with windows covered by wrought-iron rejas and plant pots spilling over with colourful flowers

IZNAJAR

Iznajar itself escaped the submersion that often visits towns and villages in the region of Andalucía's controversial programme to construct more and more dams and reservoirs to serve this increasingly thirsty region. If anything, the lake below has given further resonance to its unofficial title as the Mirador (viewpoint) del Genil. Surrounding countryside and communications have been radically altered, not least by a bridge built across the reservoir near Iznajar in order to continue to carry traffic on the Archidona/Priego de Córdoba road. In effect, Iznajar now offers the perfect setting for anyone wanting to live in the (cheaper) interior but still retain a 'sea' view.

Iznajar area is situated near the southern border of Córdoba province, and serves as a natural entrance to the Sierra Subeticas Natural Park. From the south, it is best reached from Junction 175 on the3 A92 Sevilla-Granada carretera, and is only 20km from the turn off. Town and lake - named after it - are north of Archidona on the map. The town of Rute is to the north-west and, beyond that, Lucena. Priego de Córdoba lies to the north-east, Jaén beyond it

MOLLINA

Just 15km north-west of Antequera on the A92, on the lower slopes of the Sierra de Mollina, this is set in perfect olive and cereal country. It is also a mere ten km from the Laguna de Fuente de la Piedra lake, famous for its pink flamingos. The name derives in fact from a milling tower, the Torre Mollina (similar to the Costa's Torremolinos), which vanished some time in the Middle Ages. A much sought after village, Mollina has benefitted from recent housing construction as the international second home market has swept through the area

MONDA

Monda - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for saleThe town of Monda is situated on the sides of a small hill upon which sits what was once an ancient castle and is now a luxury hotel. The surrounding landscape is made up of olive groves and vegetable plots, contrasting with the small, white houses on the hillsides. The flatter land to the north borders with the neighbouring Coin municipality, while over the hills to the northwest is the town of Guaro.

Due to the new road links to Marbella, Monda has benefited from a resurgence of interest in the town by workers and families, who can now get to Marbella in a matter of minutes.

OSUNA

Osuna is similar to Ecija in that it is home to some fine mansions dating from the 16th to 18th centuries. In earlier times, the town first came to prominence as the Roman Urso and several bronze tablets from this period are on display in Madrid's Archeological Museum. To really appreciate the town, first visit the tourist office on the central Plaza Mayor and pick up a guide detailing the town's main monuments. These include the magnificent Palacio de Los Cepeda (now the Palace of Justice) with its rows of Churrigueresque columns and elegant patio and staircase. Just North of here is the Palacio de Puente Hermosa which has fabulous twisted pillars encrusted with grapes and vine leaves. North of here are the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and the Palacio del Cabildo Colegial which bears a sculpted representation of Seville's La Giralda. Several of the town's most impressive buildings can be found on the hill-top overlooking the town, including the university which was founded in 1548 and the lavish 16th century Colegiata which contains a wealth of fine art collected by the Duques de Osuna. Opposite here is the Convento de la Encarnación which is a museum of mainly religious art and artefacts and beautiful old tiles

PIZARRA

Pizarra - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for salePizarra, at a distance of 30 kilometres, is very easy to reach from the city of Malaga. Within the municipality, as well as the town of Pizarra itself, there are two villages, Zalea, with 1,405 inhabitants, and Cerralba, with 573, and the hamlet of Hipólito. In the last 20 years there has been tremendous growth in the number of buildings and services in the town and the amount of infrastructure, with quality modifications to meet the demands of modern society.

Very popular due to the excellent rail connection to Malága, Pizarra will no doubt benefit by the potential of a new golf course resort and a great deal of publicity in the UK press that has been given to the Guadalhorce Valley in general over the last few months

RIOGORDO

Riogordo is in the Axarquía, 35 kilometres from Malaga, Vélez and Antequera. It has two quite separate barrios: the Barrio Alto, or Cerrillo, and the Barrio Bajo, or The Plaza. The houses on both sides of the hilly streets are low with interior patios, wells and stables. The town has a number of old family homes dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, and many of those houses in and around the central square have niches built in, housing virgins, saints or the image of the Crucified Christ. The most traditional of the old streets are calle Deán de Rojas, calle La Santa and calle El Horno. The name of the town – the Fat River – would suggest an origin in the dense vegetation along the banks of the Río de la Cueva, rather than the volume of water that flows through it. But the more accepted theory is that the name derives from the rich mineral water that comes out of an interior cavity, making the water seem fat. It is also believed that this was the very reason for the first Neolithic settlers choosing this place

RONDA

Ronda - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for saleRonda is the capital of the Serrania (Mountain range) comprising 27 municipalities that cover an area of 1,500 square kilometres and with a population of about 65,000, including the almost 40,000 that live in Ronda itself.

 A beautiful city less than an hour from the coast, Ronda has attracted visitors and tourists for decades, but now more and more are starting to buy property in  the city and outlying villages such as Arriate. Benaojan and Montejaque to name but a few. Summers are beautiful and the autumn months are not to be missed, but winters can be cold and the roads can be affected by snow.

SETENIL DE LOS BODEGAS

Named after its once flourishing wineries - bodegas - Setenil is probably unique among the pueblos blancos, white villages, of Andalucia. Where most pueblos blancos were built on protective bluffs and pinnacles, this town grew out of a network of caves in the cliffs above the rio Trejo north-west of Ronda. Its blinding white houses seem to emerge from the rocks, and some have rock roofs and even olive groves on their roofs. There has been a human settlement here since at least the Arabic Almohad period in the twelth century. Given the evidence of other nearby cave-dwelling societies, such as those at the Cueva de la Pileta west of Ronda, where habitation has been tracked back more than 25,000 years, it is possible that Setenil was occupied much much earlier. Most evidence of this would have been erased in its continued habitation. It was certainly occupied during the Roman invasion of the region in the first century AD.  The full name Setenil de las Bodegas dates from the 15th century, when its new, Christian, rulers developed an agricultural base of olives, almonds and vineyards. The first two still flourish on the hills and rooftops of Setenil, but its wine trade was wiped out by the phylloxera insect infestation of the 1860s, which effectively destroyed most European vine stocks. As well as the ruined Moorish castle - in theory, you can climb the vestigial tower, if you're careful - there is also the nearby church of the Encarnación, and the multi-tiered warren of steep, narrow streets in this compact, cliff-enclosed town (motorists beware ).The tourism centre is also housed in a medieval building with a beautiful patterned Moorish wooden ceiling. Bizarrely, at present there are no hotels in Setenil; its Hotel Almendral is undergoing renovation, and a new hotel, the Hotel Villa, is due to open in 2005. However, the tourism office can advise on nearby accommodation. Interestingly, depending on the time of year, the tourism office can also arrange, by pre-booking, visits to some of the cave homes in the town

SEVILLE

Relatively few tourists venture beyond the delights of Seville city and the region's main transport arteries linking Seville with the neighbouring provinces of Cordoba, Cadiz, Malaga or Huelva. But there are still many more places to explore. Through some of the Sierra Morena's most stunning countryside thickly clad with oak trees, or marvel at the region's imposing religious architecture or sample some of the province's finest gastronomic treats. Much of the province's landscape is dominated by the Río Guadalquivir, one of Spain's most important rivers. Seville itself is set in the heart of the fertile river valley, while many of the province's most significant settlements are scattered around the gently rolling Guadalquivir river plain (vega), known as La Campiña, planted with patchwork fields. Historically, this area was largely in the hands of a few wealthy landowners and today the land is still divided up into huge farm estates, punctuated by large towns rather than small villages. Seville province is now experiencing invaders once again, this time in the form of European tourists and home buyers

TOTALAN

Totalan lies 22 kilometres from Malaga and 9 kilometres from the coast at Rincon de la Victoria, at an altitude of 290 metres. The village is located within the area of Axarquia, on the scenic Route of the Raisin, and has a population of 800. Much of the village is of recent construction, its main historic monument being the 17th century parish church

VILLANUEVA DEL ROSARIO

Villanueva del Rosario is situated in the south-eastern part of the Antequera region, beneath the Jobo and Camarolos mountain ranges. The geological structure of the area makes for spectacular scenery, with rocky cliffs in places and wonderful views over the mountains. With its mountain streams and pathways, its pine, oak and other species of woodland, it is ideal for trekking. Villanueva del Rosario, also at the foot of the mountains, offers great views over the olive groves, with occasional whitewashed houses contrasting with the dark green of the landscape. One of the roads from here leads to the Llano del Hondonero, and recent improvements to the road means that the trip can now be made by car. The urban centre maintains all it old world charm, especially in its architecture. The houses are low and whitewashed, following the lie of the narrow and winding streets. People have lived here for a long time, taking advantage of the town’s strategic position between the interior of Andalucía and the coast, with abundant water supplies and a relatively easy defensive position. Numerous archaeological finds have been made here, mainly in the foothills of the Camarolos and Jobo mountains, showing that the area has been lived in from pre-historic times. Despite the absence of documentary evidence, it is believed that the area has been settled by the Romans, the Moors and the Visigoths. The important Roman city of Ulisis is said to have been situated in an area known as the Peñón de Solís. Many Roman roads are still in existence, and a number of objects from that time, including coins, bracelets, glass and ceramic fragments, have been found in the region.
The town itself dates from the beginning of the 18th century, being first named the Puebla de Saucedo, for its abundance of willow trees (sauces) in the locality. The original town was six farmhouses situated on land that belonged to the Duque de Osuna

VILLANUEVA DEL TRABUCO

Villanueva del Trabuco is in the region of Antequera, and can be reached from Malaga or Antequera by the autovía, only 3.6 kilometres from the town. Its ideal situation between Malaga and Antequera has made it, in recent years, a favoured place of residence for the people of the two larger urban centres.
The municipality of Villanueva del Trabuco is watered by the rivers Guadalhorce and Higueral, on whose banks there are various trekking routes sign posted. The town centre is very beautiful, especially in the Barrio de los Villares, the oldest barrio in the town, with winding streets and low, whitewashed houses decorated with window pots. In the centre too is the Plaza del Prado, the social and business centre of the town, where one can find the Fuente de los Tres Caños, from which water flows all the year around, even in times of drought.
Villanueva del Trabuco has been lived in a very long time, although it is not one of the oldest towns in the province. The place where the present urban area sits was first settled in the time of the re-conquest, but some historians believe the Romans had a loose settlement here too. The first documented evidence we have of the town named Trabuco dates from April 12th, 1620, and the relevant documents are now in the Municipal Archives of Archidona. It refers to a meadow called Trabuco with more than 300 fanegas (a grain measurement) that belonged to the municipality of Archidona. The urban centre grew up in the early 1700s, when Carlos III decided to repopulate areas of Andalucía with German and Flemish settlers. The town gained its independence from Archidona in 1808.

VINUELA

In the heart of some of Andalucía’s most spectacular scenery in Axarquia lies Lake Viñuela, a man-made reservoir which as well as serving the useful purpose of providing thousands of homes with water, in an aesthetic sense the lake has become a glistening piece of the local landscape. Before the area was flooded to create the reservoir many sites were excavated providing finds dating back to the Neolithic as well as Roman eras but today, the area has become a favourite spot to ‘get away from it all’ and the peace and tranquillity is only disturbed by the twittering of birds which fly around  and perch high up in the pine trees which surround the water. As the lake is a reservoir, no motorised craft are allowed, just simple sailing boats and canoes sometimes disturb the usual flat calm of the surface. Scattered around the southern end of the lake are picnic areas, each table complimented by a barbeque and all with fantastic views of the lake and mountains behind. The lake took its name from the nearby village of La Viñuela, which nestles in a valley supporting olive groves and lower down, cereal crops. The village was named after small vines found in the area when the village was merely a refreshment stop on the route from the coast to Granada. The inn which fed and watered weary travellers in the 18th Century is still there on the narrow main street and these days it serves as a meeting place and refuge for the old men of the village who meet for a game of dominoes and the local farmhands escaping the midday sun.

YUNQUERA

Yunquera - country homes, fincas, townhouses, cortijos, haciendas and ruralhouses for saleYunquera is in the heart of the Serranía de las Nieves, and borders with the eastern end of the Serranía de Ronda. The surrounding landscape is very beautiful, with an abundance of the rare pinsapo (Mediterranean pine) growing in the mountains. More than half of the municipality is at an average altitude of 800 metres above sea level, favourable to the growth of the pinsapo tree but making agriculture difficult, with dry summers and cold winters.

Again new roads have revitalized the mountains and Yunquera is no exception, now attracting many second home buyers with the pace growing steadily year after year. If peaceful, natural surroundings are what you require why not take a look at Yunquera

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