Things to do

Casa Olivo is in the Sierra de las Nieves National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and is ideally located for exploring this beautiful part of Andalucia with its rich wealth of culture and stunning and dramatic landscapes which are continuously changing.

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Places to visit within an hour's drive:

The 'Lake District' of Andalucia, 3 beautiful lakes surrounded by lush green pine forests and woodland. You can drive or walk round the lake shores and there are beaches, pedalos for hire in the summer months, bars and restaurants, where you can dine while you take in the amazing views. A stunningly beautiful area and well worth a visit.
  click to visit Andalucia Travel Guide Ardales Lakes website
El Torcal and its spectacular rock formations is one of the most remarkable of Andalusia's Natural Parks. The grey limestone has been weathered into fantastic shapes over time into a dramatic natural sight. From the visitors car park there are 3 walking routes marked with arrows on the rocks.
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Malaga is the birthplace of Picasso, and has an excellent selection of bars and restaurants, beautiful churches and museums, a Moorish castle, a quaint English cemetery, stylish shops and the most comprehensive department store in southern Spain - El Corte Ingles. Most of the major sights are in a small area north of the main east-west thoroughfare, the Alameda, and are easily reached on foot.
  click to visit Andalucia Travel Guide Malaga website

A deep ravine cut into the limestone by the river, the route is used by the railway which cuts in and out of tunnels along the side of the gorge. Popular with climbers, there are 300m cliffs and assisted or equipped climbs.

  click to find out more about El Chorro on website
One of the most spectacularly located towns in Spain. Ronda is famous for the “Puente Nuevo” (new bridge) - built across the Tajo gorge in the late 18th century - and the Plaza de Toros, one of the oldest and most important bullrings in Spain. The town, with its cobbled alleys and whitewashed walls, is steeped in history. The drive is scenic and dramatic and the surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, riding and mountain biking.
  click here for Ronda website

A unique nature experience. Four large enclosures with European wolves, Timber wolves, and the rare white Alaska - Tundra wolves and Iberian wolves. Set in 40 hectares of protected and untouched nature park. Andalucian horses available to ride either as a riding tour or on the riding facilities. Enormous terrace with spectacular views, café, restaurant and souvenir shop.

  click here to visit the Lobo Park website
The most developed and busy area of Andalucia, don't rule it out because of its reputation, there are some charming spots here well worth a visit. Two great places for an evening out are the area around La Carihuela beach at the far end of Torremolinos, and the Puerto Marina in Benalmadena. Each has been built or remodelled recently and has a great selection of bars, restaurants and shops, along with a great atmosphere. You can actually walk between the two on the promenade.
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Places to visit further afield:

There are too many options to list them all, but two beautiful cities for culture vultures are:
GRANADA – 1.5 hours and SEVILLE– 2 hours. There is so much to see in Seville that staying overnight might be advisable.

click here to find out more about GRANADA click here to find out more about SEVILLE
    ‘Lovely villa, pool and views. We enjoyed our visit and our days out to El Chorro and Ronda. We had a nice relaxing holiday. Thanks’ - The Baldwins, Nottingham.