The quaint little white washed town of Carratraca is known as the ‘Diamond of Malaga’ and has been famous since the Roman times for its therapeutic sulphur water spas that have been renovated into world class facilities, attracting visitors every year.
Carratraca sits below the impressive Alora Castle and is spread out over three hills with not just the baths attracting people to the area, but plenty of great amenities and facilities within the town itself.
Situated in the province of Malaga, Andalusia in the Guadalhorce Valley – Carratraca sits between Alora and Ardales, in the picturesque region of the Sierra Blanquilla. Surrounded by almond and olive groves this rural town has endless amounts to offer both residents and visitors with the natural beauty creating the perfect landscape for hikes and long walks.
Set inland, Carratraca is an ideal location for those seeking quiet, authentic Andalusian living but within close proximity of great transport links, attractions, beaches and resort towns.
El Chorro – 18kms
Coin – 21km
Malaga – 40km
Torremolinos – 52km
Malaga Airport – 53km
Benalmadena – 55km
Fuengirola – 67km
Carratraca enjoys the climates of a typical inland Andalusian town with hot summer months reaching the late 30’s early 40 degree temperatures. Spring and Autumn months are generally mild with winters being colder and occasionally cloudy with some rainfall.
The enviable climate means that residence are able to make the most of the beautiful surroundings with plenty of outdoor activities, sports, country walks and al fresco dining.
Carratraca has plenty to offer but is also ideally located close to some great traditional villages and resort towns – perfect for those or enjoy shopping, golf, dining out and days at the beach.
The famous sulphur water spas of Carratraca are set just outside of town and are open from June 15th – October 15th every year providing lavish facilities and a range of luxurious treatments.
Situated between Carratraca and Casarabonela are the ‘La Cueva de los Murciélagos’ known as the ‘Bat Caves’. If you like to explore then these could be well worth a visit and you can take a guided tour of the cave systems that are home to one of the largest bat colonies in Andalusia.
Great for family days out, dog walks, hikes and relaxation are the Ardales, El Chorro lakes and Teba which are all within easy distance of Carratraca and feature picturesque landscapes, lakes, greenery and open spaces.
Carratraca has some great bars and restaurants offering traditional cuisine and delicious wine as well as countryside ‘Ventas’ selling affordable, simple foods for quick stops or eating on the go.
Nearby Coin, Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola provide an endless array of food options for every occasions from fast food and casual cafes to traditional tapas, local cuisine, international gastronomy and pubs, clubs, cocktail and sports bars.
Carratraca itself is home to a number of great local shops including a pharmacy, grocery stores, clothing retailers and food shops featuring some of the local specialties such as – almond biscuits, oil cakes and sponges.
There is also the opportunity to purchase handmade objects created by some of the villages expert craftsmen who specialise in iron forging, wood carving and esparto grass work.
If you’re looking for some serious retail therapy then there are a number of terrific shopping opportunities nearby including the Fuengirola flea market, Malaga’s vast array of shopping centres and the Calle San Miguel in Torremolinos.
Malaga and Torremolinos beaches offer a great place to relax, sunbathe and enjoy the sea, sights and sangria that come with it. Both provide a wide range of beach activities, water sports and great bars and restaurants to make the most of your day.
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