Castaño Santo, Istán

The Castaño Santo is a huge and ancient chestnut tree that is located in an area known as the Hoyo del Bote, in the Sierra Real de Istán. It is probably the oldest tree in the whole province of Malaga.

The Castaño Santo is a huge and ancient chestnut tree that is located in an area known as the Hoyo del Bote, in the Sierra Real de Istán.The Castaño Santo is a huge and ancient chestnut tree that is located in an area known as the Hoyo del Bote, in the Sierra Real de Istán.

The Castaño Santo is a huge and ancient chestnut tree that is located in an area known as the Hoyo del Bote, in the Sierra Real de Istán.

Its age is estimated around eight hundred and one thousand years old. Despite this, many visitors do not hesitate to take the land that covers their roots, as seen in the image, endangering this majestic tree.

At 1.30 m from the ground, the perimeter is 15 m, while at ground level it borders on 22 meters. It has a total height of 24.5 m while the height of the shaft is 2.5 meters. The diameter of the cup is in the N-S direction of 27.40 m while in the E-W direction it is 23.70 meters. The projected area of ​​the crown is 510.02 m².
Legend has it that in the mountains where this centennial tree is found, great feats proliferated throughout History. Among them we can highlight the rebellion of the Moors in Sierra Bermeja in the dawn of the sixteenth century. Under its branches, in the year 1501, King Ferdinand the Catholic celebrated a mass.



The legend tells that in the prayers a delay of the twilight was requested, to favor a stealthy arrival of the troops to Marbella.


It is proposed to be declared a natural monument by the Junta de Andalucía

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Fiesta de la castaña Pujerra 2016

Pujerra : Chestnut Festival 29 October 2016

What : Chesnut Festival in Pujerra, Málaga

Where : Pujerra, Málaga, Spain, Inland Costa del Sol

When : 29 October 2016 till 30 October 2016

The arrival of autumn is the date on which the celebrations related to the chesnut take place. Every year in late October or early November it is celebrated in Pujerra, located in the Serrania de Ronda. The Chestnut Festival, which coincides with the day of the patron saint of the town, the Virgin of Fatima.


Fiesta de la castaña Pujerra 2016

Fiesta de la castaña Pujerra 2016

Normally, the holiday is usually done when the collection of the Chesnut is finished.

Fiesta de la castaña Pujerra 2016

Fiesta de la castaña Pujerra 2016

During this holiday you can enjoy music and dancing in the streets of the town, as well as tasting more than 50 dishes made with chestnuts and accompanied by anise or brandy. In addition, you can visit many places where clothes and typical tools in collecting the fruit are shown.
Fiesta de la castaña Pujerra 2016

Fiesta de la castaña Pujerra 2016



10:00 Launch rockets announcing the start of the 14th CHESTNUT FESTIVAL AND VIRGIN OF FATIMA 2016.

11:00 Diana and Parade, with the performance of the verdiales OF PARAUTA

12:00 official opening speech of the 14th edition of the Chestnut Festival, by D. CARLOS DELGADO MORALES Gaspar.

13:00 Delivery Chesnut of the year award 2016 to the adult group of theater.

15:00 Fair day enlivened by the “MALACAI” groups and “ROMPEOLAS”.

15:00 Afternoon free access at the Chestnut Museum.

17:30 gastronomic tasting of products made with chestnuts in the Plaza de la Iglesia.

18:00 Traditional TOSTÓN CHESTNUT accompanied by anise and sweet wine.

20:00 MEMORIAL to the Association of Friends of Cadiz by its X Collaboration and Promotion of the Chestnut Festival.

Fiesta de la castaña Pujerra 2016

Fiesta de la castaña Pujerra 2016


10:00 rocket fire.

11:30 Celebration of Holy Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima, patroness of Pujerra.

12:00 PROCESSION in honor of our Patron, accompanied by the Band of Pujerra.

FAIR DAY 16:00 enlivened by the “MALACAI” group.

16:00 Afternoon open at the Chestnut Museum.

17:00 SPECIAL TOSTÓN variety “Chestnut pilonga”.

18:00 End party with hot chocolate and churros.



Olives the Alora Style by Inland Properties Real Estate

Alora : Recipe : Olives the Alora Style by Inland Properties Andalucia

Here we give you the recipe of the world famous “Aceitunas de Alora” , the Alora Olives. Remember Olives are not eaten directly from the tree 🙂


  • olives
  • Thyme
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Pepper
  • Water
  • salt


Olives the Alora Style by Inland Properties Real Estate

Olives the Alora Style by Inland Properties Real Estate

Rinse the olives to remove impurities and break with a wooden hammer. Put in water for a couple of days to sweeten, changing the water every twelve hours.
After this process it is put in salted water (brine) and flavored with thyme, fennel, garlic and pepper to give aroma and flavor.

Enjoy 🙂

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Andalucia Activities Buggys : adventure, ecotourism and culture Inland Spain

Andalucia Activities, is an active tourism company which aims to increase the supply of leisure activities in the Costa del Sol and the Costa de la Luz.


We break the seasonality combining ecotourism, adventure and education. Andalusia Activities’ aim is to offer to its users a unique and fun experience in contact with nature, all year round. To do so, they have a series of activities in the sea, rivers and in the “Los Alcornocales Natural Park”. This forest covers an area of 170,025 hectares, stands between the provinces of Cadiz and Malaga and is the world largest cork oak forest.




1.-Buggy tours through the Alcornocales Natural Park.

All our tours are guided tours start from the Restaurant “ La Venta El Frenazo” in Los Barrios. Is less than half and hour from Gibraltar. A one hour tour at 10h and 16h, 60€ per buggy. Two hours tour at 12h. 90€ per buggy. Kids must be at least 1m35. All the buggies have 2 places. It is a different way to discover this beautiful forest. Have in mind that the ride is through a Natural Park so the speed is limited at max 40km/hour.



2.-Mountain bike

8 guided different tours throughout the Alcornocales Natural Park : 1.-Guadalmesí 2.-Cala Arenas 3.- Rejanosa – Monte de la Torre 4.-Corredor Verde 5.-Montecoche 6.-Río de la Miel 7.-Gran Sur 8.-Montera – Valdeinfierno . The price is 15€ per person and the exit point is always the same “Venta el Frenazo” in los Barrios.


6 different guided tours : 1.-La gran sur Del Mediterráneo al Atlántico. 2.-La gran Norte Nacimiento del río Palmones. 3-Torreguadalmesí Rumbo al sur. 4.-La Geodésica Pico Los Garlitos. 5.-Valdeinfierno Montera del Torero. 6.-Antigua laguna de La Janda .The Price is 25€ per person and the exit point is always the same “Venta el Frenazo” in los Barrios.


Our routes are two hours guided either by the river Guadiaro or by the river Palmones. By the river Guadiaro you will enjoy kayaking down to its mouth in the Mediterranean through its Natural place with sightings of birds, views of the citrus plantations, the area of La Vega and its microclimate and the Sotogrande Polo field. By the river Palmones you will sail on its calm waters learning to dodge the obstacles of the nature. It is a fun route with bird watching, turtles and wonderful views. All our Kayaks are two places and there is no size restriction. Small children can travel between 2 adults for free. Price is 25€ per person for the guided tour. 15€ for a one hour rental

Andalucia Activities Kayak

Andalucia Activities Kayak

5.-Paddle Sup classes in the rivers of the area

a one hour private class is 35€, for a group: 25€ per person . Rent: 1/2 day 30€, the whole day 40€


The provinces of Malaga and Cadiz have a lot of fantastic places to make the flight. The take-off point, always near a beach, varies depending on the wind conditions. The paratrike is a variety of classic paragliders with an engine on the back. With a professional monitor you will enjoy beautiful landscapes beneath your feet. A completely new and unique perspective of the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz. Weight is from 20 kg to 120kgs. 5Km 35€ ; 10km 50€ ; 15km 75€ ; 20km 100€

Andalucia Activities Flying

Andalucia Activities Flying



Further more May be you feel like joining us for a hiking experience in Spanish?

We have organised for Saturday 13th of February, a 3 hours hiking tour in order to discover the Alcornocales Natural Park with an experienced local spanish guide.

As you know Andalusia is a box of surprises and you will be amazed by many of them. Did you know there is a tropical forest in Cádiz? Los Alcornocales Natural Park is the last bastion of this type of landscape which remains in Europe, apart from having the native flora of Andalusia. It is only a few minutes from Manilva.
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15€ per person including a “campero breakfast”. (kids pay from 8 years old and pets for free).

We do hiking one or twice a month.

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terremoto earthquake malaga 25/01/2016

Earthquake in Spain: Earthquake measuring 6.3 rocks Andalusia and Melilla 25/01/16

The earthquake had its epicenter in the Alboran Sea and has been noted throughout the province of Malaga. It is the second that has been felt in the last days.

terremoto earthquake malaga 25/01/2016

terremoto earthquake malaga 25/01/2016

It was undoubtedly the evening of mobile phones in Malaga. A strong earthquake of 6.3 magnitude occurred at 5.22 am awakened much of the province of Malaga. Although at first the National Geographic Institute said the intensity was 5.6 degrees half an hour later it increased to 5.9 and later 6.3 on the Richter scale. A few minutes later, about 5:35 hours, he would have produced a softer replica of 3.8 degrees. In addition to Malaga, the earthquake has been noted in other Andalusian provinces, including Almeria, Jaen, Granada and Seville.

Pasos Largos at the Malaga Prison

The last Bandit of Ronda : Juan Pasos Largos ‘Juan Long Steps’

Juan Mingolla Gallardo, alias “Pasos Largos” (Long Steps) (born in El BurgoPuerto de los Empedrados (spanish) , on May 4, 1873 and died in Sopalmillos Cave, Sierra Blanquilla (spanish) on March 18, 1934) was an Andalusian bandit, considered the last one in the Serrania de Ronda.

  • Pasos Largos Interview at the Malaga Prison Shortly before his death.
    Pasos Largos Interview at the Malaga Prison Shortly before his death.

The name “Pasos Largos” was inherited from his father who received it for his peculiar walk. His natural taciturnity worsened during military service in the war in Cuba between 1895 and 1898.

Returning to Spain he receives the news of the death of his older brother. His younger brother immediately leaves the family home to marry and, in 1901, his mother dies.

The breakup of his family, of which he was very fond, makes Long Steps (“Pasos Largos”) an increasingly introverted person and he begins to engage in poaching, spending most of the day in the mountains. He also gets fond of gambling which makes, in addition to losing all the money he can get, to be constantly involved in quarrels and fights.

Picture of Ronda at he turn of the 19Th Century, the times of Pasos Largos

Picture of Ronda at he turn of the 19th Century, the times of Pasos Largos

Denounced by the guard of the Finca of “El Chopo” as poacher, he is arrested by the Civil Guard and beaten. Juan Mingolla then decides to take revenge, and in May 8, 1916,  after locating the son of the guard, he shoots two bullets into his head,  after which he finishes him off with the sickle so he “does not suffer.”

Then he goes to find the father, and with the same sickle he kills him. He leaves both bodies lying in the fields in front of the Finca of El Chopo….

The brutality with which he does the murders shows the hatred and anger that dominate his personality.

Persecuted by the police, he flees and takes refuge in the mountains, where he knows how to survive. Clavelino, Lifa and Sopalmillos Caves in the Ronda Hills become his shelters,  and there is where the legends begin that portray him as a compassionate, noble and generous bandit.

So it is said that on one occasion he surprised two Civil Guards that he disarmed and released them so they could return to Ronda and tell what happened. Along the way a boy reaches them and returns them their weapons “so that their bosses would not punish them”.

Pasos Largos at the Malaga Prison

Pasos Largos at the Malaga Prison

His specialty is kidnapping, among them that of Diego Villarejo, a wealthy owner of Cuevas del Becerro, of which he gets 10,000 reales. But being the victim an important person in the Malaga province, the incident came to the attention of the most important people in the country. Therefor his search and arrest is made a priority.

In the meantime, his financial needs, derived from his love of gambling, makes him rob and blackmail the rich farmers, including the mayor of Ronda, Juan Peinado Vallejo.

At August 14, 1916, “Pasos Largos” is betrayed by the wife of a goatherd in whose cabin he was often sheltering.

The Guardia Civil exchanges fire with him, and leave him wounded. Despite of that he manages to escape by falling into a ravine where he remained unconscious for several hours. When he regains consciousness he can only go to Ronda…

Prooving his cold blood, he goes to the Sibajas Café on the main street of the city, where he played often. There he decides to surrender, and when the forces of authority arrested him, the people who were there cheered and clothed.

“Pasos Largos” is sentenced to life in prison serving a sentence in the penitentiary of Figueras. There the tuberculosis he got in the Cuba war worsens.

Pasos Largos at the Ronda Prison

Pasos Largos at the Ronda Prison

In 1932 he was moved to the prison (spanish) of Puerto de Santa María, from which he was freed for good behavior by the new Republican Government and his health status.

Pasos Largos Interview at the Malaga Prison Shortly before his death.

Pasos Largos Interview at the Malaga Prison Shortly before his death.

When freed he goes back to Ronda and looks for a Job. He founds it at one of the fincas of Diego Villarejo, former landowner who he had kidnapped. The work lasts little since freedom in the mountains is what he longs for. Thus “Pasos Largos” returns to poaching and to commit petty thefts that take him on several occasions to the municipal jail.

One day he steals a shotgun at the Finca of Lifa and goes back, at over sixty years of age, to his life as a bandit in the mountains around Ronda until, on March 18, 1934, the Civil Guard received reports that he was hiding at the Solpalmillo Caves, located in Sierra Blanquilla, in the heart of the Sierra de las Nieves of Ronda.

Cueva Sopalmillo

Forces from the towns of Arriate, Igualeja, Serrato, El Burgo and Cuevas del Becerro siege him and try to force him him to surrender under the threat of killing him. To that he replies, “Well, kill me….”

Police at the Pasos Largos hideout and final death location near sopalmillo cave

Police at the Pasos Largos hideout and final death location near sopalmillo cave

The shooting ends with “Pasos Largos” killed by two shots, one in the abdomen and another in the chest.

Pasos Largos killed by the Guardia Civil at sopalmillo cave

Pasos Largos killed by the Guardia Civil at sopalmillo cave

With him ends the age of the romantic bandits of Andalusia, 80 Years ago….

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Extended History of Pasos Largos (Spanish)

Walking Route in the mountains to Sopalmillo Cave and Sierra Blanquilla (Spanish)

Description of the death of Pasos Largos in detail (spanish)

The Cueva Sopalmillos in 1935 and now in 2016

The Cueva Sopalmillos in 1935 and now in 2016

The Three Holy Kings

The Three Kings of Christmas in Spain : Inland Traditions

The Three Kings (or simply The Kings) is the name by which the tradition calls to the visitors after the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, that came from foreign countries to pay homage and give gifts of great symbolic wealth: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Over time, in Catholic countries like Spain , the custom of celebrating at the same time the day of the Epiphany (January 6th) and the Feast of the Three Kings was adopted, and showing the manifestation of Jesus to the non-Jewish world with these characters representing precisely this non-jewish world. Gradually, the true meaning was forgotten and the true meaning of the word ‘epiphany’,  and it became a synonym for Adoration of the Magic Kings.

Parade of the three Holy Kings on the 5th of January

Parade of the three Holy Kings on the 5th of January in Malaga

In some places, the authorities organized the so-called Three Kings ride on January 5, during which the characters often go on horseback or in carriages, dressed in robes and crowns, instead of the original dress which are unknown. In most places where the ride goes, apart from going on it the Magic Kings, there are also other characters. The next day, January 6, is a national holiday. That day the children enjoy their gifts.

Other Characters in he three holy kings parades

Other Characters in he three holy kings parades

In Spain, it is traditional that the Christmas gifts to the children are brought by the Kings the night of 5 to 6 January, competing with the recent introduction of Santa Claus on Christmas customs due to the influence of other cultures.

Before, children must send a letter to the kings listing the gifts they want and deserve credit for those who receive them. It is also tradition that the night of January 5, children leave their shoes somewhere in the house, near the door, in a window. Even sweets are left to give to the Kings and water or food for the camels. The next day there are gifts or, in the case of being bad, coal in place (it’s though a sweet coal). Lately also the adults get gifts.

Parade of the three Holy Kings on the 5th of January

Parade of the three Holy Kings on the 5th of January in Málaga

That day the breakfast is typical King cake that can be eaten in many places in Spain, for tea or as a dessert at dinner. In Spain these roscones usually contain a figurine, popularly known as “surprise”.

Itinerary of 2016 Three Kings Ride on the 5th January in Málaga Center



Ronda : Museo del Bandolero

The “Museo del Bandolero” (bandolero Museum) is a museum located in the city of Ronda, Malaga Province (Spain). It has exhibition material that consists of a total of 1,316 pieces and records and an average of 51,000 visits per year since its launch in May 1995. It is the only one that exists at the national level that collects various aspects of the social phenomenon of the bandits.

Museo del Bandolero in Ronda - Fachade

Museo del Bandolero in Ronda – Fachade

The museum, located in a late nineteenth century, is divided into five rooms. So, there is the so-called ‘romantic travelers and documentation’, in which baptismal and death certificates, burial and info is collected, as well as photographs of famous bandits as Jose Maria Hinojosa “El TempranilloDiego Corrientes Mateos, Jose Ulloa “Tragabuches” Rios and Francisco Gonzalez ‘Francisco Gonzalez Rios’.

Jose Maria Hinojosa "Tempranillo"

Jose Maria Hinojosa “Tempranillo”

Another dependency is ‘Living banditry’ where three performances are represented: ‘the inn’, ‘the Abduction’ and ‘the Cave’ , and where the mannequins are dressed in costumes of the era itself. There is also a comic book collection consisting of over 200 specimens dating to 1940, in which the life of the bandits is narrated.

Jose Ulloa "Tragabuches"

Jose Ulloa “Tragabuches”

Moreover, you can also visit ‘Men and names’, which houses an exhibition of costumes, oils, watercolors and photographs of the most recognized by the public bandits and some events staged about many of them; or ‘Those who followed the trail’, dedicated to the security forces that pursued the bandits: the Civil Guard.

Jose Mingolla "Pasos Largos"

Jose Mingolla “Pasos Largos”

In it, besides finding the bandits capture records and official bulletins of this security force , there is a map that shows the distribution of command posts; controls, and the first awards of the Meritorious uniforms. All original material.

Museo del Bandolero Ronda : Inside

Museo del Bandolero Ronda : Inside

Finally, the tour is completed with the room ‘Arms and written testimonies’, which contains a large collection of bandits own weapons such as guns or knives. The museum also has a library that houses more than 495 books written by people who lived close this time of history and whose editions date from 1823 to the present.



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Fiesta Cabra MAlagueña in Casabermeja 2015

Feast of the Goat in Casabermeja 2015

 7th Feast of the Goat in Casabermeja Malaga,

from 18 to 20 September

A party full of delicacies: Goat Suckling Malagueño, goat cheese, goat milk desserts Malaga … entertained with plenty of activities around gastronomy, tourism and the livestock world.

There will be free tastings, workshops, cheese market, local produce and crafts, livestock show, sightseeing tours and much more …

Some activities require pre-registration. Therefor you should arrive with time in advancebars and restaurants participating.You can not miss!


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Guaro Luna Mora Festival 2015

Guaro Luna Mora Festival 2015

Festival Villa de Guaro

Dates: 11 and 12 September. Location: Guaro. Time: all day. Price: Free

Guaro’s streets will again be filled with candles for the Guaro Luna Mora 2015 in the coming days. This weekend we celebrate the nineteenth edition of the Festival of Guaro for the occasion and have organized many activities: parades, workshops, craft and food stands or storytelling, among others.

The Guaro Luna Mora this year has some very special performances, since the September 11 show will be the return of the “Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía” (the ticket price depends on the location and varies between 15 and 25 euros) and Saturday 12 will be the concert of Antonio Jose, the last winner of  ‘The Voice’  (20 to 30 euros).

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The police  has established a Special Traffic Plan for the Guaro Luna Mora, whereby from 18.00 Guaro access roads will be cut. Access through the town of Monda (A-7101) will be restricted only to emergency services and people with entrance to the performances in the Auditorio de la Luna Mora. The municipality will have a parking area which is accessed through the A-351.

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