Rachel’s Wanderings in Spain – 3 – Inland Malaga, Rural Hotel and Stunning Scenery
In the last couple of weeks we’ve headed down to inland Malaga twice. With very different scenery each time. One thing that never ceases to amaze me here in Spain are the views. There are always views, beautiful landscapes, rolling hills, cultivated fields, olive groves as far as the eye can see but it’s those incredible and numerous mountain ranges that create the diversity and beauty.
Coming from the fairly flat UK and an area where one town rolled into another there’s nothing better I like than exploring Spain. Driving here, when you are away from the towns and cities is pure pleasure. Empty roads and 360 degrees of natural beauty.
So heading southwards to Malaga, a journey we do quite often, is a joy. A two hour and ten minute trip to the airport that 99% of the time takes exactly that. Our first recent trip was to revisit a lovely modern hotel built in true Andalusian style with a charming internal patio and lots of interesting outside areas to sunbathe, escape, play chess, watch fish in the pond or enjoy a glass of wine in the ‘Alhambra Garden.’
If you want a gorgeous rural hotel about 45 minutes from the airport surrounded by stunning scenery Cortijo Sabila is a great visit. Ideal for small weddings or family parties too. For us it was just hubby and I and another very enjoyable stay (and I still have the review to finish for Luxury Spain Travel.)
Surrounding Cortijo Sabila and the town of Villanueva del Rosario the mountain ranges Sierra de Camarolos and, Sierra del Jobo are home to Visigoth remains and necropolises, also close by are ruins from the Copper Age. Heading west is the surreal Karst landscape of El Torcal or El Tornillo del Torcal to give it its proper name. An area of 1,593 square metres of the most amazing sculptured rocks eroded by wind and rain to look like small flying saucers piled on top of each other.
The first time we ever visited was cold with a low fog so the rocks were barely visible. As it became dark a howling of wolves made us beat a fairly hasty retreat to the car. There’s a nature and wildlife centre, the Wolf Park – Lobo Park nearby! Subsequent visits hear us smiling at each other if we hear a howl and we continue our walk, of which there are many routes with signposts to follow.
Our second visit was back to Valle del Guadalhorce also known as ‘Orange Blossom Valley’ and home to a real character Juanito Orange! On a guided tour of the area we visited a citrus farm and had the most entertaining hour sampling oranges and lemons. I’d never have believed it (or booked) if it had been suggested to me but what fun. I never knew about the wealth of varieties and flavours but wandering from tree to tree as Juanito plucked yet another fruit, sliced it and gave it to us to taste or squeezed the juice into and out of (overflowing) our hands. The post is on Only Spain’s blog if you fancy a read.
I’m rambling, our visit wasn’t touristic but to look at a motor home and a camper van. For years we spoken about having another camper. We had one when first married, lived in it briefly and sold it when I was 8 months pregnant and didn’t fit in. We’re old(er) now! Squatting on a bucket doesn’t seem so romantic. So after going back and forth – camper van, motor home, motor home, camper van, too small, too big. We finally decided to go and view one of each to get an idea of whether we really do want one and if so which.
The tale doesn’t end there but we are a little clearer about what we do want. For me it’s a shower for him it’s being able to put the kettle on, for both – not too big. There lies the quandary and the questioning goes on….. All advice welcome.
See you in two weeks….