Alhaurin el Grande
A charming little village which is located against the green hills of the Sierra de Mijas. It is truly an authentic Andalusian town which overlooks the spectaculair Guadalahorce Valley. It counts around 26.000 inhabitants. It is a very pitoresque village whereby its location is ideal to discover some of the important sights of Andalucia. From Casa Baliza you are just minutes away from some best loved restaurants and bars and we would love to give you some tips.
Our Casa is only a 25-minute drive from Malaga airport and Marbella. Famous cities like Ronda, Cordoba, Granada and Seville are all reachable by car.
Sevilla: This is one of the cities that can overwhelm you. Its historic centre, with the enormous colossus Gothic cathedral, is a great mix of resplendent Mudejar palaces, baroque churches and gorgeous medieval lanes. It is also known for its amazing Flamenco clubs.
Cordoba: A must see is the mesquite, one of the most famous buildings in the world, and was originally one of the most important mosques in the world. Other places of interest are the Alcazar (palace-fortress) and its gardens, and the Roman Bridge.
Granada: The spectacular sand-colored complex of Moorish palaces, the Alhambra, sits atop of a mountain overlooking the city. Visiting the Alhambra is a must for everyone coming to Andalucia. Besides that it is highly recommendable to stroll through the best preserved Moorish quarters, the Albaicin. Sit and relax at any of the terraces and a drink comes with a free tapa.
Málaga province is scattered with “pueblos blancos” – the traditional, picturesque “white villages” of old houses and narrow little streets. Though many of these villages and small towns are firmly-established on the tourist scene, they have nevertheless retained their rural, Andalusian character, as you will see if you visit any of them . You can always ask us for any tips, however we can recommend you to visit for example Mijas, Casares, Villanueve de la Concepcion, Estepona and Antequera.
The old mountaintop town of Ronda has retained a lot of its historic charm. It is famous for its view and for the deep, 330-foot, el Tajo gorge. This gorge separates the city’s 15th-century new town from its old town. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, has a lookout offering some amazing view’s. Plaza de Toros, a 18th century bullring, is also one of the other key attractions.
More into a relaxing day at the beach, not a problem the lovely beaches from La Cala Mijas, Benalmadena, Torremolinos or Fuengirola are reachable in a 20-minute drive. It will take you about 40 minutes to reach Marbella with its trendy beach clubs.
Food & Wine
Aside from the famous beaches and culture, Andalucia is also known for its “Mediterranean diet”, which was recognized as being part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage. Eating out is key part of Andalucian life. So why not try a tapas tour, have a look at how olive oil is made, eat fresh fish in one of the chiriinguito’s at the beach or visit one of the bodegas in the area?
If you love hiking in a beautiful scenery then it is definitely a must to drive to El Chorro. There are different activities that you can do here. The turquoise lake is ideal for swimming or a picnic. For the more adventurous you can walk the famous Caminito del Rey. This 7.5 km trail leads you through beautiful nature along steep cliffs.
A truly idylic spot located between Alhaurin el Grande and Coin. This natural paradise offers crystal clear water, white stones and lush vegetation. The river Alaminos is home to otters, barbels, willows and woodbines.
Torcal de Antequera
This national park offers trails of 1,5km , 2,5 km and 4.5 km with impressive landscape, home to over 100 different species. It is characterized by the impressive karstic landscape made of limestone. The park is located near Antequera and is about 70km drive from Casa Baliza.
If you prefer golfing, then this is the spot for you! Alhaurin has two golf courses near our house but you can also drive to any of the 70 other golf courses set among some of Spains most dramatic scenery, not for nothing is the Costa del Sol often referred to as the “Costa del Golf”.
The surroundings of our casa are ideal for mountainbikers or motorists. The variety of mountains, the beautiful nature makes it a must to discover it.
Besides all this there is so much more to do like karting, horseback riding, jeep tours, cooking classes so please don’t hesitate to ask us any tips and we would love to share our knowledge of the area.