Places to go and things to see in Malaga province.

There is a good Spanish tourist information resource online here.
More locally to us, you can find a comprehensive website devoted to Andalucia
here.

Getting Around in Malaga Province

  • Our nearest airport is Malaga (click here for a useful independent guide to the airport). You can fly to Malaga from 23 airports in the UK.
  • Car hire is easily arranged from Malaga airport - please note that we do strongly recommend that you have your own transport during your stay at Cortijo La Solana.

     We highly recommend  Helle Hollis car rental , please visit their website www.hellehollis.com  and don't forget to quote the following membership number to receive a 15 % discount  -  H6190 

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  • There is a regular airport train service to Malaga city, costing about 3 Euros. From there you can get a train to Antequera (Renfe timetables online here). This is our nearest station; we can arrange a pickup and dropoff service to Antequera station for a reasonable fee.
  • There is also an airport bus service to Malaga city (service number 19).This will cost around 1 Euro.
    From the Estacion de Autobuses in Malaga (on the Paseo de los Tilos, near the train station) there are regular buses to Antequera, from where you can get a bus to Villanueva de la Concepción; we can arrange pickup from the bus stop for a small fee.
  • You can also get a taxi from Malaga airport.

Villages and Towns

  • Our closest village is Villanueva de la Concepción, with a variety of restaurants and bars. Established as a settlement by the Romans around 200BC, Villanueva is on the Camino Real between Madrid and the coast, and boasts Roman ruins as well as the nearby Moorish Castillo de Xébar. Now thriving on a mixture of local agriculture and rural tourism, the village provides an ideal base from which to explore inland Andalucia.
  • The ancient town of Antequera lies 20km to the north of Cortijo La Solana. A settlement from Roman times, it boasts museums, churches, a Moorish fortress and much more. There are opportunities for eating out and shopping, and the town is especially lively during the annual feria in the third week of August, with corridas in the Plaza del Toros and parades and dancing in the streets.
    Antequera's tourist information office is online
    here.
  • Málaga, Andalucía's second city (after Sevilla), is about 40 minutes' drive away. First settled by the Phoenicians and the Romans, the town has some fine ancient ruins as well as later Moorish fortifications (the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro). It was also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and you can visit the Casa Natal de Picasso as well as a museum dedicated to his art.
    Málaga is famous for its fish restaurants, all serving the fritura malaguena (fried fish platter). There is a thriving nightlife, and a great variety of shops, as well as many parks, churches, museums and gardens to explore.
    Malaga's tourist information office is online
    here.

Nature and Wildlife Attractions

  • As long as sensible precautions are taken against the strong summer sun, walking in the area around Cortijo La Solana is tremendously rewarding. We can advise you about suitable routes around the local area, or send you further afield.
  • For the more adventurous there are many wonderful opportunities for outdoor sports, including cycling, climbing and horseriding.
  • The Parque Natural El Torcal forms the stunning natural backdrop to Cortijo La Solana. Easily accessible by car from Villanueva de la Concepción, the astonishing Jurassic limestone formations, eroded by the wind and rain, provide a haven for plants and wildlife of all kinds. There are thirty species of orchid in the park, and a variety of mammals and reptiles. The Centro de Recepción provides maps for the walks around the park, as well as a small museum.
    There is an article about the park
    here, and some pictures here.
  • Lobo Park, 8km south west of Antequera, is a unique environment in which to see four species of wolf living semi-wild. The wolves are hand-reared but not trained or domesticated, and live independently in naturally evolving social groups which can be viewed from walkways and viewing platforms. The park also offers horse-riding, a petting zoo, and even the opportunity to howl with the wolves!
  • Slightly further away, the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra (about 20km northwest of Antequera) is Andalucia's largest natural lake, and is preserved as a natural park. The lake's high salinity makes it the ideal home for Europe's only inland breeding colony of greater flamingo. Especially spectacular in the Spring, the birds are in residence throughout the summer months. (Some pictures and a short article here.)
  • While in the village of Fuente de Piedra, visit the donkey sanctuary (El Rufugio del Burrito), which offers free admission to visitors and cares for over 60 donkeys and mules.