Andalucia is Spain’s most southern state and comprises 8 very different provinces. Each has a glorious past and offers a visitor something truly special. It is a region of high mountain ranges, endless flat plateaus and plains, and the country’s finest beaches. Being so close to Africa, the Moors have played a huge part in the region’s history and, after their 7 centuries of rule (starting early in the 8thC), their incredible legacy comprises some of the most spectacular architectural monuments in the country – Granada, Seville, Cordoba to name but a few majestic cities! Equally wonderful are the more ‘off the beaten track’ smaller towns of Cadiz, Jimena, Vejer, Ecija, Osuna, Carmona, Avila and many more. All just a drive away and easily linked together; boasting stunning architecture and rural settings.
Originally a very poor state, Andalucia is now hugely popular as a tourism destination, not least for its glorious climate and almost guaranteed sunshine but also for its fabulous food, people and wonderfully relaxed approach to life. Aside from the Mediterranean beaches, hills and grand buildings, it should not be forgotten that the state is also home to some of the best bullfighting and flamenco in Spain – it originated here. Andalucia is a veritable treasure trove of a state with something for everyone!
Further information: http://www.andalucia.com
Casares is one of the most beautiful and accessible of the ‘pueblos blancos’ – the famous white towns that cling to hillsides like limpets, all over Andalucia. Situated in Malaga Province, it has a long and varied history and has played host to many of the worlds ‘great and good’ (and some bad, no doubt!) over the centuries. It is a village known particularly for its art, festivals and walking opportunities. Throughout the year you will find a vibrant, colourful festival (feria), fiesta or pageant of some kind taking place.
The narrow streets of the old town fan off from the Plaza de Espana, heading uphill, and each takes you on a different, exciting walk, through residential areas or up to the fort, the castle and the extraordinary cemetery. You are then rewarded with enormous views. It feels as though Casares has been caught in a delightful time warp and has been forgotten or passed over, thus avoiding the ravages of tourism that affect other ‘white towns’ and the coastal areas. Here you will find only smiling, friendly locals and quiet, empty, whitewashed streets to wander around, all redolent with history.
Further information: http://www.casares.com