Casares

White houses in Casares

Located on a hill between the Serranía de Ronda and the Campo de Gibraltar, the municipality of Casares borders with Cádiz.

cathedral of Casares

This typical Andalusian white village is characterized by its narrow streets and white houses with flower pots in the windows. Surrounded by nature, the landscape of its lands varies from the most abrupt and spectacular of the Serranía at the Pico de los Reales, to the lowlands of the Guadiaro Valley of orchards and cereals, passing through a small strip of coast.

In addition to its architectural charm, Casares is known for being the birthplace of Blas Infante, the precursor of the Andalusian nation. Blas Infante Pérez de Vargas (1885-1936), is one of the most representative figures of Andalusianism.

The village, declared a Historic-Artistic Site, is one of the most beautiful in Spain. Its origin, according to tradition, dates back to Roman times, when Julius Caesar had it built in gratitude for having been cured by bathing in the Baths of La Hedionda.

History of Casares

Casares white houses

The origin of Casares dates back to the times of the Iberians and Phoenicians, although its name comes from Roman times. Julius Caesar, in the year 61 BC, visited the famous Stinking Baths of Carratraca to cure a skin disease with its sulphurous waters, which made the place famous throughout Rome for its healing properties.

The Muslim influence also left its mark on Casares during the time of Al-Andalus. It was a key place in the Moorish revolts of 1570, after the invasion and Christian conquest of the south of the peninsula.

The Christian conquest left in Casares several religious buildings and festivities, originally created to replace other celebrations and impose the same belief.

In prehistoric times, the Cave of Casares was inhabited by groups of hunters and gatherers who engraved and painted on its walls over millennia.

Exploring Casares: Attractions and Activities

Casares, a charming Andalusian white village, offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors. From local festivities to the rich artisan tradition, there is something for everyone in this picturesque corner of Andalusia.

Tourist Attractions

The charm of Casares is not limited to its impressive landscape and rich culture, but it also offers a variety of tourist attractions that capture the essence of this picturesque Andalusian village.

  • The Casares cemetery, known for its unique architecture and panoramic views, is a must-visit. Located on the side of a mountain, this cemetery offers an impressive view of the village and the Mediterranean Sea. (View on map)
  • The Castle of Casares, located at the top of the village, offers stunning views and is a testament to the rich history of the area. (View on map)
  • The Ornithological Viewpoint in Casares is located in the Sierra Crestellina Natural Area. This natural area, protected by a regional law in 1986, is a space of great ecological and landscape value. The cliffs and cantiles of Sierra Crestellina host an abundant and varied bird fauna. The golden eagles and partridge, the peregrine falcon and the griffon vulture are especially notable. The colony of griffon vultures is, with about 50 pairs, the most important in the province of Malaga. (View on map)
  • The Arquita Walk is an ecological route that runs through lanes, road and path, mostly surrounded by pines, mastic trees, carob trees, oaks, holm oaks, esparto grass, among others. This walk begins in the historic centre of Casares and ascends to the Puerto de las Viñas. On this path, you can find the Arquita Fountain, a drinking water fountain built in 1783 under the reign of Carlos III. This fountain acts as an intermediate reservoir and overflow to slow down the waters on their final journey before reaching their destination in the beautiful neoclassical fountain located in Plaza de España. The Arquita Walk is an ideal place to enjoy nature and tranquillity. (View on map)

Finally, don't forget to stroll through the narrow streets of Casares, admire the typical Andalusian white houses and enjoy the local hospitality.

Baths of La Hedionda

The Baths of La Hedionda are an ancient Roman spa located in Casares, Malaga, Spain. This spa is known for its sulphurous waters, which remain at a constant temperature of around 21ºC throughout the year, making them ideal for bathing.

According to legend, Julius Caesar himself ordered the construction of the baths after curing a skin infection by bathing in its waters. Since then, the healing properties of the waters of La Hedionda have been known and exploited from ancient times. These baths are considered sulphurous and ferruginous, ideal for treating skin conditions such as rashes, atopic skin, dermatitis, among others.

The surroundings of the Baths of La Hedionda consist of a natural space of abundant and very beautiful vegetation, numerous outdoor pools enabled for bathing, a recreational area with tables and shade. In addition, from the year 2016, these baths have natural pools.

The set of baths is completed with works from the 17th century to the end of the 20th century, still partly preserved. Although the entity of the remains found may seem little in line with Roman magnificence in this type of construction, the studies carried out seem to confirm this Roman origin, although some alterations of the primitive structure must have occurred.

Nearby you will find an ancient Roman bridge in very good condition.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/dRbH9VLE8XQGxrZM7

Hedionda Cave

The Hedionda Cave is a natural cave located in the Sierra Crestellina Natural Area, in Casares. This cave is known for its historical and geological importance. It is believed that the cave was used by the ancient inhabitants of the area for shelter and as a place of worship.

The cave is famous for its unique geological formations, including stalactites and stalagmites, as well as its fauna and flora. The cave is home to several species of bats, as well as a variety of insects and spiders.

In addition to its natural importance, the Hedionda Cave also has cultural and historical significance. Several cave paintings and archaeological artefacts dating from the Bronze Age have been found in the cave, indicating that the cave has been used by humans for thousands of years.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/DUwKmfdo7a78stHS7

Charco del Infierno

The Charco del Infierno is a natural pool located in Casares, in the Sierra Crestellina Natural Area. This place is known for its natural beauty and karst landscape. The pool is embedded in a rocky landscape and has a waterfall that, depending on the time of year, can carry more or less water.

The Charco del Infierno is a popular place for hiking and nature observation. The trail that leads to the Charco del Infierno is a pleasant route that allows you to enjoy the natural environment of Sierra Crestellina.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Charco del Infierno is also a place of historical interest. It is believed that this place was used by the ancient inhabitants of the area for various purposes, including religious worship and refuge.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/vyPWHeBr4eYB8Po97

Puerto de las Viñas

The Puerto de las Viñas is a place of great interest in Casares, both for its historical value and its natural beauty. It is located in the Sierra Crestellina, an area of great ecological and landscape value.

This place is known for being the starting point of several hiking routes that run through the Sierra Crestellina. One of these routes is the Paseo de la Arquita, which begins in the historic centre of Casares and ascends to the Puerto de las Viñas. During this walk, you can enjoy the native vegetation of the area, mainly composed of pines, mastic trees, carob trees, oaks, holm oaks and esparto grass.

In addition, in the Puerto de las Viñas is the Fuente de la Arquita, a drinking water fountain built in 1783 under the reign of Carlos III. This fountain is part of the drinking water network that was built in Casares in the 18th century, channelling the spring and the wells located in the port to bring the water to the centre of the historic centre of Casares.

The Puerto de las Viñas is, without a doubt, a place worth visiting if you are in Casares.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/JqPWbkqod6CK98tn8

Local Festivities

Local festivities are an integral part of the culture of Casares. Some of the most notable include:

  • Medieval Market: An annual event where visitors can experience the life and culture of the medieval era. This market is usually held on different dates each year, so it is advisable to consult the local calendar.
  • Tostón de Castañas: An autumn celebration that pays tribute to the chestnut, an important local product. This festivity is generally celebrated in November, coinciding with the chestnut harvesting season.
  • Feria de Casares: It is one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year. The Feria de Casares is generally celebrated from August 4 to 7. During these days, the village is filled with colour and joy with various activities and events for all ages.

These festivities offer an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of Casares.

Gastronomy

The gastronomy of Casares is a reflection of its rich culture and traditions, offering a mix of traditional and modern flavours that will delight your palate.

One of the most emblematic dishes of Casares is the "Casarena" soup, a delicious soup that reflects the essence of local cuisine. This dish, often served as a starter, is an excellent way to start your culinary experience in Casares.

Another dish that you cannot miss is the "Mountain Rabbit". This dish, made with wild rabbit, is a classic of Casares cuisine and is especially popular among the locals.

In addition to these dishes, Casares offers a variety of other culinary delights. The stews with "pringá", the broth stew with chickpeas from slaughter meats and bacon, the kid fry, and the cheeses of "Sierra Crestellina" are just some of the dishes you can expect to find.

For seafood lovers, the coast of Casares offers a variety of fresh fish and seafood dishes. The fried fish and the sardine moruna are especially popular.

And to finish your meal, why not try one of the local desserts? The fried cakes and Casareños biscuits sprinkled with honey or chocolate are just some of the delights that await you.

Golf in Casares

Casares is a popular destination for golf lovers, thanks to its warm climate all year round and its impressive golf courses. One of the most notable golf courses in the area is Casares Costa Golf.

Casares Costa Golf is a golf club located in one of the most privileged places on the Costa del Sol. This 9-hole golf course was designed by Juan Carlos Martínez and runs through a gentle valley surrounded by vineyards, avocados, orange trees and other typical species of the Mediterranean forest. The course consists of three par 3s, five par 4s and a par 5, which makes it very popular among golfers on the Costa del Sol.

In addition to a very fun course, Casares Costa Golf has a restaurant, a golf academy, a gym, a beauty salon and an 18-hole Footgolf course, making it an ideal place to meet the needs of all family members.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/iUz6nvguoHX6vNiq9

In addition to Casares Costa Golf, there are other notable golf courses in the area:

  • Finca Cortesin Golf Club: This golf club is located on a 215-hectare estate surrounded by untouched nature. The golf course, which has been awarded on several occasions, is known for its exceptional design and its impressive location with views of the Mediterranean Sea. (Map)
  • Doña Julia Golf Club: This 18-hole golf course was designed by Antonio Garrido, one of the first recognised figures of Spanish golf internationally. The course is located in a strategic place on the Costa del Sol and stands out for its wonderful views over the Mediterranean Sea. (Map)
  • Casares FootGolf: If you are looking for a fun variant of golf, you can try FootGolf at Casares FootGolf. FootGolf is a sport that combines elements of football and golf, and is played on a golf course specially designed for this sport. (Map)

Casares Coast

This area is known for its stunning natural beauty and panoramic sea views. The Bay of Casares is also home to a number of aesthetically pleasing developments, designed by the renowned local architect Aubrey David. These developments, built on elevated land just 200 meters from the beach, offer spectacular coastal views.

Marina de Casares

The Marina de Casares is a development located just a few meters from one of the best beaches in Malaga. This development has a number of tourist apartments and parking spaces. The Marina de Casares is known for its tranquillity and its proximity to all the necessary services for daily life, such as supermarkets, bars and restaurants, educational, health and sports centres, pharmacies and a variety of shops.

Beaches in Casares

Casares has a total of four main beaches, each with its own charm and unique features:

  • Playa Ancha: With an extension of 1,300 meters long by 50 meters wide, this urban beach is known for its dark sand and calm waters. In addition, it has two beach volleyball courts and football goals. (View on map)
  • Piedra Paloma: This dog-friendly beach is made up of stones and sand. A beach bar has recently been built, making it an ideal place to enjoy a beach day with your pet. (View on map)
  • Playa Chica: This beach is limited in its extension by a cliff partially covered by vegetation. It only has pedestrian access. (View on map)
  • Playa de la Sal: It occupies a stretch of 4,100 m2 and is accessed from the promenade of the Perla de la Bahía. It is a perfect place to enjoy tranquillity and natural beauty. (View on map)

How to Get to Casares

Casares is a municipality located about 15 km north of Manilva. From the Malaga airport, you can reach Casares in approximately one hour, covering a distance of about 104 km.

The most recommended means of transport to get to Casares is by car. If you do not have a vehicle upon your arrival, you may consider the option of renting one. You can take a look at our rental cars at Malaga airport.

In addition to driving, you can also get to Casares by bus. There are regular services from Malaga and other nearby towns. However, please note that schedules may vary, so it is advisable to check the schedules in advance.

In the map below you can see the selected route to go to Casares from Malaga.

Tourist Information about Casares

Casares in Malaga

Town Hall: Puerto de Ronda s/n.

Phone: 952 89 41 26.

Official Website: www.casares.es


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