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Dorothea’s guidebook

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Dorothea’s guidebook

Sightseeing
Tarifa Located at the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, and just 1 hour 15 mins from the villa, a trip to Tarifa never fails to impress. Tarifa has something for EVERYONE. Playa de Los Lances or Valdevaqueros are wide, soft sandy beaches, perfect for relaxing. There is also the chance to try kite surfing in the kite surfing mecca or simply the opportunity to explore the historic old town and Guzman castle. Don't forget the whale and dolphin watching, detailed further along in guidebook (under heading Firmm).
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Tarifa
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Tarifa Located at the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, and just 1 hour 15 mins from the villa, a trip to Tarifa never fails to impress. Tarifa has something for EVERYONE. Playa de Los Lances or Valdevaqueros are wide, soft sandy beaches, perfect for relaxing. There is also the chance to try kite surfing in the kite surfing mecca or simply the opportunity to explore the historic old town and Guzman castle. Don't forget the whale and dolphin watching, detailed further along in guidebook (under heading Firmm).
Ronda Mountaintop town in Malaga province that’s set above a deep gorge. The gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, which dates to Moorish rule. A stone bridge called Puente Nuevo, spans the gorge, and there are stunning views from different view points. Churches, museum, bull ring, baths, and restaurants overlooking the stunning gorge. A 1 hour 10 mins hour drive from the villa, given winding roads, but really worthwhile.  Alternatively, take train from Algeciras La Linea to Ronda - saves on winding roads but takes longer (ar you need to drive to La Linea to catch the train) . The route up to Ronda is very picturesque, as the track on which the train runs was originally constructed in Victorian times and traverses picturesque rocky mountains en route to Ronda.
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Ronda
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Ronda Mountaintop town in Malaga province that’s set above a deep gorge. The gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, which dates to Moorish rule. A stone bridge called Puente Nuevo, spans the gorge, and there are stunning views from different view points. Churches, museum, bull ring, baths, and restaurants overlooking the stunning gorge. A 1 hour 10 mins hour drive from the villa, given winding roads, but really worthwhile.  Alternatively, take train from Algeciras La Linea to Ronda - saves on winding roads but takes longer (ar you need to drive to La Linea to catch the train) . The route up to Ronda is very picturesque, as the track on which the train runs was originally constructed in Victorian times and traverses picturesque rocky mountains en route to Ronda.
Monda At just over 30 minutes drive from the house, the castle (and now hotel) of Monda is a gorgeous lunch (or sunset destination) for those wishing for an easy visit. https://castillodemonda.com/about-castillo-de-monda/
Monda
Monda At just over 30 minutes drive from the house, the castle (and now hotel) of Monda is a gorgeous lunch (or sunset destination) for those wishing for an easy visit. https://castillodemonda.com/about-castillo-de-monda/
White Towns - The White Towns of Andalusia are a series of towns and large villages in the north of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga in southern Spain. The villages are characterised by whitewashed walls and brown tiled roofs. These towns are an easy day-trip type of visit, generally offering in some cases hiking, rock-climbing, cycling and in some cases (Casares) a castle or museum to visit, not to mention the stunning vistas, and local cuisines. Amongst my favourites, Casares (Castle, museum and nature walk with guaranteed spotting of vultures), Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra and Vejer de la Frontera, which really comes alive in the early evening!
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Casares
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White Towns - The White Towns of Andalusia are a series of towns and large villages in the north of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga in southern Spain. The villages are characterised by whitewashed walls and brown tiled roofs. These towns are an easy day-trip type of visit, generally offering in some cases hiking, rock-climbing, cycling and in some cases (Casares) a castle or museum to visit, not to mention the stunning vistas, and local cuisines. Amongst my favourites, Casares (Castle, museum and nature walk with guaranteed spotting of vultures), Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra and Vejer de la Frontera, which really comes alive in the early evening!
Whale watching is possible in the Straits of Gibraltar, particularly during the months of June through August and sometimes into early September. Dolphins, and at some points, orcas, can also be seen. The foundation FIRMM is committed to the protection of marine mammals and their fragile habitat. Book ahead of time. This is an absolutely incredible trip. Tip: take the earliest boat, as parking in Tarifa is tricky later in the day. FIRMM +34 956 627 008 https://www.firmm.org/en/foundation
Firmm Tarifa
Whale watching is possible in the Straits of Gibraltar, particularly during the months of June through August and sometimes into early September. Dolphins, and at some points, orcas, can also be seen. The foundation FIRMM is committed to the protection of marine mammals and their fragile habitat. Book ahead of time. This is an absolutely incredible trip. Tip: take the earliest boat, as parking in Tarifa is tricky later in the day. FIRMM +34 956 627 008 https://www.firmm.org/en/foundation
Bolonia is a coastal village just 22.9 km west of Tarifa. The ruins of the Roman town of Baelo Claudia are located near the beach, considered to be the most complete Roman town ruins yet uncovered in Spain. Accompanying these incredible ruins, there is a free museum, which sheds light on the rich history of this area. Easiest chiringuitos to eat at, are a short distance from the ruins: http://restauranteoterobolonia.com/ or Bahia de Bolonia +34 956 68 85 34 - There isn’t much difference in the quality of menu, and both are busy during summer months, so book ahead.
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Bolonia, Spain
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Bolonia is a coastal village just 22.9 km west of Tarifa. The ruins of the Roman town of Baelo Claudia are located near the beach, considered to be the most complete Roman town ruins yet uncovered in Spain. Accompanying these incredible ruins, there is a free museum, which sheds light on the rich history of this area. Easiest chiringuitos to eat at, are a short distance from the ruins: http://restauranteoterobolonia.com/ or Bahia de Bolonia +34 956 68 85 34 - There isn’t much difference in the quality of menu, and both are busy during summer months, so book ahead.
El chorro A nearly 2 hour drive from the villa, El Chorro is a small town near the town of Álora, located near the spectacular suspended walkway, El Caminito Del Rey, which has been recently renovated and not recommended for children.
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El Chorro
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El chorro A nearly 2 hour drive from the villa, El Chorro is a small town near the town of Álora, located near the spectacular suspended walkway, El Caminito Del Rey, which has been recently renovated and not recommended for children.
Marbella Marbella is a short drive east of the villa, and boasts a number of wonderful restaurants, a historic old town, a long stretch of coast (Paseo Maritimo) and remnants of a ninth century Arab fortress. The old square (Plaza de Los Naranjos) is well worth a visit, but bear in mind how busy summer months can be, particularly from the point of view of parking
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Marbella
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Marbella Marbella is a short drive east of the villa, and boasts a number of wonderful restaurants, a historic old town, a long stretch of coast (Paseo Maritimo) and remnants of a ninth century Arab fortress. The old square (Plaza de Los Naranjos) is well worth a visit, but bear in mind how busy summer months can be, particularly from the point of view of parking
Estepona A 15 minute drive to the west from the villa brings you to the lovely coastal town of Estepona. While parts of the sea front are more modern, the old town is extremely cute and houses some wonderful little tapas bars. The port area, at the far end, culminates in a child-friendly beach, Playa del Cristo, which boasts a shallow, sandy beach in a protected (by old harbour wall) cove, with limited impact from tide, and two pleasant chiringuitos.
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Estepona
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Estepona A 15 minute drive to the west from the villa brings you to the lovely coastal town of Estepona. While parts of the sea front are more modern, the old town is extremely cute and houses some wonderful little tapas bars. The port area, at the far end, culminates in a child-friendly beach, Playa del Cristo, which boasts a shallow, sandy beach in a protected (by old harbour wall) cove, with limited impact from tide, and two pleasant chiringuitos.
Food scene
Puerto Banus !5 mins drive east of the villa, Puerto Banus is a lively coastal town with a BIG nightlife. Amongst the highlights of any visit is a quick walk through the port area, with it’s gargantuan boats and high end bespoke sports cars. The restaurants and bars along the port front (primera linea) are mixed in terms of quality and price. The cheapest, and one of the most popular is Picasso Pizza, for which queues often stretch several hundred metres. Details of preferred restaurants follows later. The street behind primera linea is lined with bars and is generally the focal point of stag and hen parties. The impressively large department store, El Corte Ingles, is another highlight of a trip into Puerto Banus. With two generous floors of fashion for both ladies and men, and a sports department to be envied, the summer sale is a great time to visit. Opposite El Corte Ingles, a more manageable-sized shopping centre is home to Zara, H&M, Massimo Dutti and many others.
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Puerto Banús
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Puerto Banus !5 mins drive east of the villa, Puerto Banus is a lively coastal town with a BIG nightlife. Amongst the highlights of any visit is a quick walk through the port area, with it’s gargantuan boats and high end bespoke sports cars. The restaurants and bars along the port front (primera linea) are mixed in terms of quality and price. The cheapest, and one of the most popular is Picasso Pizza, for which queues often stretch several hundred metres. Details of preferred restaurants follows later. The street behind primera linea is lined with bars and is generally the focal point of stag and hen parties. The impressively large department store, El Corte Ingles, is another highlight of a trip into Puerto Banus. With two generous floors of fashion for both ladies and men, and a sports department to be envied, the summer sale is a great time to visit. Opposite El Corte Ingles, a more manageable-sized shopping centre is home to Zara, H&M, Massimo Dutti and many others.
San Pedro de Alcántara Situated just 10 minutes drive east of the house, San Pedro is a local gem for several reasons, not least its burgeoning selection of restaurants, long stretch of beach, complete with promenade that runs as far as Marbella, but also for the BEST ice cream ever. San Pedro has a local market in the upper part of the town, on Thursday mornings, which can be fun to visit. There is a bike hire shop (Yep bike), and a lovely, recently renovated pedestrian shopping area, spotted with trendy cafes. Finally, for the youngest guests, there is an extensive play park built on the San Pedro Boulevard - the beautifully landscaped strip of land above the San Pedro tune (A-7).
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San Pedro de Alcántara
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San Pedro de Alcántara Situated just 10 minutes drive east of the house, San Pedro is a local gem for several reasons, not least its burgeoning selection of restaurants, long stretch of beach, complete with promenade that runs as far as Marbella, but also for the BEST ice cream ever. San Pedro has a local market in the upper part of the town, on Thursday mornings, which can be fun to visit. There is a bike hire shop (Yep bike), and a lovely, recently renovated pedestrian shopping area, spotted with trendy cafes. Finally, for the youngest guests, there is an extensive play park built on the San Pedro Boulevard - the beautifully landscaped strip of land above the San Pedro tune (A-7).
Benahavis Located around 15 minutes drive from the house, this picturesque hill town is most commonly known to have the most restaurants per square metre and was nicknamed the “dining room of the Costa Del Sol”. The nearby area, with it’s river and ravines is also a great place to have a walk.
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Benahavís
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Benahavis Located around 15 minutes drive from the house, this picturesque hill town is most commonly known to have the most restaurants per square metre and was nicknamed the “dining room of the Costa Del Sol”. The nearby area, with it’s river and ravines is also a great place to have a walk.
Best restaurant within Laguna Village is CAMURI, with lovely sea views and strong, diverse menu. Great for sundowners or for a moonlit dinner. Reasonably priced. Book ahead as this restaurant is popular.
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Laguna Village
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Best restaurant within Laguna Village is CAMURI, with lovely sea views and strong, diverse menu. Great for sundowners or for a moonlit dinner. Reasonably priced. Book ahead as this restaurant is popular.