Whilst we endeavour to keep the information in this section up-to-date, we must nevertheless stress that it is important to check opening times etc before travelling!
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Walking: Around Cantueso there are excellent walks with varying degrees of difficulty, and to aid our guests we have produced a booklet of walking routes. They contain route descriptions, photos maps and satnav coordinates. These are available to guests. See also our page “Walking in Axarquía”.
Mini Golf: Sometimes called Crazy Golf is available at Cantueso and provides hours of fun for both children and adults.
Golf: Two golf courses are within easy reach. Baviera Golf Club close to Torre del Mar, at La Cala de Vélez, 30 minutes from here. The course length is 5609 metres and for ladies 4714 metres, both par 71. See full details at www.bavieragolf.com
Añoreta Golf Club is at Rincón de la Victoria, back along the motorway towards Málaga. It is an 18 hole par 72 course, 6016 metres long with spectacular sea views from the 17th hole (par 3). Time from here approximately 40 minutes.
Fishing: Lake, river and sea fishing are possible in the area. Lake Viñuela (always in our photos) and the neighbouring rivers of the Guaro and Riofrío has trout, carp and bass. Sea fishing is also possible from Torre del Mar or Málaga. See lots of information on www.andalucia.com and www.andalucia.org. A visit to Riofrío is also mentioned below in our section on villages to visit, so if you like eating trout as well as catching it you will be well served there.
Shopping: Everyday supermarkets can be found in Periana, Vélez Málaga and Torre del Mar. A British food shop is also to be found at Puente Don Manuel. Nerja going eastwards along the coast has many small but interesting shops. Horse Riding: There are several places to ride locally and these can be hourly or day long trips. Please ask us for the latest information. Water Skiing: Available in various resorts including Nerja and Torre del Mar.
Cinema: There is a 12-screen cinema at the El Ingenio complex in Torre del Mar. Usually one film each week is shown in its original language, normally that means English. Details and schedules can be seen at: www.cinesur.com 25 minutes from Cantueso.
Horse Riding: There are several places to ride locally and these can be hourly or day long trips. Please ask us for the latest information.
Water Skiing: Available in various resorts including Nerja and Torre del Mar.
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Aquavelis Water Park: is open from June to September and is situated 25 minutes away near the large supermarkets in the El Ingenio shopping complex in Torre del Mar (alongside the A7 motorway).
It is the largest park of its kind in Axarquía and has over 20 different rides: superfast slides, inflatable ring rides and two large pools, one with a wave machine. Children are well catered for with a special children’s pool. Highly recommended by all who go there.
The park is open 7 days a week from mid-June to mid-September. www.aquavelis.es
El Torcal: A short drive from Cantueso is the natural park of El Torcal. It is one of nature’s wonders, created over 200 million years ago and provides a fascinating legacy of that period, when Europe and the Middle East was still one continent submerged under the Tethys Sea. No matter whether you are a geologist or simply a curious traveller, the landscape will amaze with its limestone constructions resembling a far off planet. See our blog for more details and photos.
Selwo Marina: (Benalmadena) is an innovative concept in fauna parks, exhibiting the most representative species of South America. It has the only Dolphinarium and Ice Penguinarium in Andalucía. Selwo Marina provides, within its 1.67 hectares of space, an adventure which takes you to different scenes in South America where you will discover, little by little, its most charismatic landscapes and fauna. It is possible at certain times to swim with sealions, meet the penguins and have a close encounter with dolphins. There are many shows throughout the day and to make the most of your visit go early. Normally open 10.00 to 18.00hrs but some months it closes much later. About 1.5 hours from here. See also www.selwomarina.es
The Benalmádena Sea Life Centre offers an unforgettable experience for the whole family as you explore the wonderful sea creatures of the marine world.
Discover the kingdom of the seahorses and enjoy a wide selection of colourful tropical fish. Other attractions include a piranha tank, octopus, squid, and a touch and explore area full of crabs and other creatures (not the piranhas!).
The Benalmádena Sea Life Centre also advertises the biggest collection of sharks in Europe. Indeed more than 20 species of shark are to be found there from around the world.
The Benalmádena Sea Life Centre is open to the general public all year round from 10.00 to 19.30 hrs. About 1.5 hour from Cantueso. www.visitsealife.com
Tivoli World Amusement Park: The largest show and amusement park on the Costa del Sol is Tivoli World; in Arroyo de la Miel, near Benalmádena. There are a wide variety of shows in each of the park’s themed areas: Western square – an authentic reproduction of a Wild West town, Andalusian square – traditionally Spanish with Flamenco and Spanish ballet, and finally Tivolandia. In addition to the shows there are over 30 rides to be enjoyed, a theatre, extensive gardens, mini train and a Jurassic adventure.Tivoli World is open from late March through to the end of October. Opening times differ depending on which month you are visiting, make sure you check first www.tivoli.es. About 1.5 hours from Cantueso.
The Caves of Nerja are a series of caverns close to the town of Nerja in Andalucía. Stretching for almost 5 km the caverns are one of Spain’s major tourist attractions. Concerts are regularly held in one of the chambers which forms a natural ampitheatre.
The caves were discovered in 1959 by a group of boys searching for bats, who entered through a narrow sink hole, known as 'La Mina'. This forms one of the two natural entrances to the cave system. A third entrance was created in 1960 to allow easy access for tourists. The cave is divided into two main parts known as Nerja I and Nerja II. Nerja I includes the Show Galleries which are open to the public, with relatively easy access via a flight of stairs and concreted pathways to allow tourists to move about in the cavern without difficulty. Nerja II, which is not open to the public comprises the Upper Gallery discovered in 1960 and the New Gallery discovered in 1969. www.thenerjacaves.com
One family's trip to the caves can be seen here on our blog.
Lobo Park (Wolf Park) near Antequera is a private wolf park where you may look a wolf in the eye for the first time in your life. The park has 4 different wolf sub-species (Canadian Timber, European, Alaskan Tundra and native Iberian wolves). The 40-hectares protected and untouched nature park has innumerable rare plant and animal species. Unlike other parks the wolves are socialized but NOT domesticated and live in a semi-natural environment.
All enclosures have been set up with vast space, something you don’t normally see in other animal parks. The surrounding nature has been kept natural, which gives you the chance to enjoy a walk through with a guide (Spanish and English speaking tours most days) in a landscape complete with oak trees and wonderful views of El Torcal.
The Lobo Park is also home to several other animals such as foxes and domestic farm animals.
This beautiful park offers families fun and excitement, stimulating educational programmes, as well as a peaceful place to enjoy nature. There are also VIP visits and tours available for photographers and even 'Howl Nights' whenever there is a full moon!
The park is easy to find and only 8 km from Antequera (take the Antequera – Álora road) www.lobopark.com/en
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Too many attractions to list so see: www.malagainformation.com
The Botanical Gardens Malaga
The Alhambra Palace: For most visitors to Spain the Alhambra is a must. Try to book a visit before you arrive in Spain as tickets are limited. See www.alhambradegranada.org
The Alhambra Palace the most visited tourist attraction in Spain
Granada has its usual quotient of churches, museums etc. typical for a southern European city. However, Granada has the Alhambra which is considered by some to be one of the 10 wonders of the world. In case you don’t know, the Alhambra is a massive castle constructed over many centuries.
It consists of gardens, fortifications and sumptuous palaces. It was the home of many of the Arabic Sultans who ruled the whole province for centuries. If you read the Koran it continually repeats the idea that heaven is a garden with running water. From this perspective you could say that the Alhambra is an Arabic attempt to create heaven on earth. Nowadays it receives 8000 visitors per day and is Spain’s most visited monument. Journey time from Periana approx 1.5 hours.
Vélez Málaga - The county town of the region and one that has everything you might need in the way of shops, but with few tourist attractions. The market on Thursdays is worth a visit. 25 minutes from Cantueso.
Torre del Mar - The shopping complex (El Ingenio) alongside the motorway has the Eroski supermarket and several other large shops. Nearby there are also Dunnes, Lidl, Mercadona and Corte Inglés. For Eroski the entrance is off the large roundabout under the A7 motorway, take care not to miss the exit. Just head for the car park which looks to be full of tents (they are the sunshades for cars). In the town itself there are good sandy beaches, plenty of bars and restaurants. 25 minutes from Cantueso.
Nerja - Very popular resort and usually quite crowded in summer. About 80 restaurants and bars! Originally a fishing village but has now expanded greatly. The most popular viewing area is called the 'Balcón de Europa' which is a promenade that juts out to sea. Nearby are the famous caves which are well worth a visit (50 minutes from Cantueso). See our blog for one family’s story of a day out in Nerja.
Córdoba - Córdoba, the one-time capital of Moorish Spain, rates high on the things to do list of most tourists and whatever time of year you visit there is always much to see. Top of the list is the architectural wonder of the Mezquita-Catedral (Mosque Cathedral). However during May there is the 'patios' festival which gives us a unique opportunity to step into private homes to see marvellous displays of plants and flowers in private gardens and patios. You cannot help but marvel at the variety of the decorations and plants, at a time when the geraniums, fuschias, carnations and other flowers are in full bloom. Here is our story of one visit.
West of CANTUESO:
Periana is a beautiful village with just over 3500 inhabitants just 1 km from Canueso. It is a nice tranquil place to walk around, you will meet very nice people and can relax with a drink in one of the many bars. See also our specific pages About Periana and the calendar of special events and festivals.
Periana "Olive Oil day"
Periana is famous for its “Green Gold” olive oil and you can visit the co-operative where it is made. It makes a nice present to take home.
As well as growing olives the local farmers also produce peaches, lemons, pomegranates, avocado, oranges and algarrobo or carob. The carob trees grow amongst the olives and produce a long brown pod, which was previously used as a chocolate substitute and now more usually for animal feed. It is also known as a locust tree and which is why, when the bible said that St John was in the desert and ate locusts, he was not eating the grasshopper variety.
The Carob Tree beans. Now a vital ingredient in Soft Scoop ice cream. See our blog for more here.
Periana high street and viewing promenade
Baños de Vilo - Leave Cantueso and go back towards Periana and turn right at the roundabout and head out of town. Stay on the road, direction Riogordo, and after about 3 km there is a right turn signposted. There is an old Roman sulphur bath on the left about 400m after turning off and before you reach the hamlet itself. The bath is worth a visit to enjoy a refreshing bath in the cold sulphur water (very good for skin problems).
See our blog for more details and photos.
Mondrón - Lies about 6km out of Periana, and almost as famous for its olive oil as is Periana. There is a museum of olive oil with antique machinery etc. There is also a shop where you can buy olive oil. Lighter than the “Periana Gold” but interesting to compare.
Riofrío - Not far past Alfarnate is a small town of Riofrío situated alongside the Málaga to Granada motorway in the foothills of the Sierra de Loja. Trout fishing here is recorded back as far as 1664, and in recent times there have been record catches with brown trout up to 5.2kg. The river runs through the village and the fishing season lasts all year round, but if you do not wish to fish you can always sample the trout in one of the many restaurants.
See our blog for more details and photos
Colmenar - There is a honey museum situated in this village. Do you suffer from: respiratory problems, asthma, high blood pressure, anaemia, fatigue, rheumatism, liver disease or even intellectual exhaustion? Well if you do, there is help available through the magical properties of honey. It is claimed that different types of honey have a variety of medicinal properties and the main types in Málaga include: orange blossom, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, chestnut and even avocado. And whilst we offer no guarantees regarding the efficacy of these claims :-) we do recommend this as a day out from Cantueso, especially if you have children. www.museodelamiel.com
See also our blog for more information.
North of Cantueso
Ventas de Zafarraya - Is a small village with approximately 1,000 inhabitants, around 5 km from here. It is an important place for the vegetable trade. The area around Ventas de Zafarraya is a very fertile vegetable growing region.
Alhama de Granada - Alhama is a very nice old town with around 6,500 inhabitants only 25minutes’ drive from Cantueso. See the 'Tajos', a deep ravine, with two large abandoned mills at the bottom and a Roman bridge. There are several churches and lots of beautiful old houses. The name Alhama comes from the Arabic word for thermal baths, which can be found here.
East of Cantueso
Alcaucín - A very nice small town about 3 km up above Puente Don Manuel, nestling against the 'Sierra Tejeda'. It will be signposted out of Puente Don Manuel. From there you have access to the Natural Park “Sierra Tejeda” – beautiful and great for hiking!
This picturesque “white” village is situated just 6km north of Nerja and is well worth a visit.
El Acebuchal: (The hidden village)
Well worth a visit with pretty walks and a bar for refreshments.
More photos and a fuller story on our blog.
South of Cantueso
Puente Don Manuel - It is half way down the road towards the coast between Periana and Vélez Málaga. It has plenty of bars and restaurants. It also has a shop selling British products which is open 0900 to 20.00hrs every day and sells British newspapers. There is also a very good Spanish bakery.
La Viñuela - It is a pretty village of about 1500 inhabitants some 5km beyond Puente Don Manuel on the old road to the coast. There is a health centre there open 24 hours every day.
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Walking, Birdwatching and Photography in Axarquía
The best time to walk in Axarquía is from spring to early summer and then through autumn, although there are walks that with care and planning can be tackled in summer and winter. Springtime temperatures, with blossoms and flowers in abundance help to create walks of breath-taking beauty and interest. We are especially fortunate to have national parks nearby and in recent years there has been much progress made with regard to protection of wild birds and animals, not to mention the restrictions on planning and development. The banning of motorcycles and cars into most areas ensures that the tranquillity is maintained.
Unlike other European countries Spanish maps do not generally show walking routes or paths and when they do, they can be very unreliable. Most useable tracks are those previously frequented by mules carrying produce between 'cortijos' and one of the joys of the area is to stumble upon an abandoned farm with the temptation to pick your own peaches, oranges, avocados, figs, apricots or nuts.
It is interesting to note that even serious European walkers are only just beginning to appreciate what the south of Spain has to offer. Until recently the region has been largely overlooked, which means that in general you will be walking alone and have a wonderful opportunity to visit many unfrequented areas. Not yet do we have that all too familiar problem in other European countries where popularity has literally worn out the pathways and left tracks looking like dusty motorways.
A New Major Walking Route Senderos de Málaga. (Routes of Málaga)
A major route has recently been announced and part of one section passes by Cantueso. A collection of 75 trails have been combined to make a new walking route circling Málaga, which is 660 km long with 35 sections. The trails which are also suitable for cyclists make use of existing walks and combines cattle tracks, riverbank paths, livestock routes and even royal rights of way. For more details see our blog and www.gransendademalaga.es/en/
El Caminito del Rey (The King's Path)
A spectacular walk of almost 8 km along a narrow gorge between Ardales and Álora in Málaga province. Originally opened in the 1920's, but closed in 2000 after it had fallen into disrepair. Recently reopened after extensive renovation. Full details of the route and how to purchase tickets can be found here: www.caminitodelrey.info
Río Chillar, Nerja
A walk along the Río Chillar from Nerja is a walk that is best suited to the summer months as it has both shade and the river to keep you cool, as well as being suitable for children.
For Experienced Walkers
Cantueso already have a selection of ready-made walking routes and these are freely available to guests. In addition much useful information can be obtained from www.walkingworld.com where there are some walks around Periana and for a small fee may be downloaded. A local guide, which is regularly updated, is Wild Walks by Roger Jennings. There are also some very comprehensive guides produced by the Costa del Sol Tourist Board. On their website you can download or order them (all free) but beware they are very lengthy books. In addition to walking guides they also offer motoring and cycling routes www.visitcostadelsol.com. Other guides to walking in this area include: Walk the Axarquía by Charles Davis, from Discovery Walking Guides, available from most bookshops.
Birding around Cantueso
As well as the birds which can be seen in or around the site itself, there are also a number of possibilities in the immediate area, and further possibilities if you are prepared to drive for an hour to an hour and a half. There is also the Guadalhorce reserve in Málaga which is only five minutes from the airport. See also www.birdingmalaga.es/en
See full story in our blog.