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Frigiliana : Festival of the Three Cultures

Where : Frigiliana, Málaga

When : 25/08/2016 to 28/08/2016

Provincial Tourist Singularity Event

Frigiliana, a town in the region of Axarquia, is known as “Villa of the Three Cultures” by the different civilizations that have passed through its streets: Arabic, Moorish and Christian.

frigiliana festival 3 culturas 2016 inland properties

frigiliana festival 3 culturas 2016 inland properties

Annually this small town becomes an international benchmark of integration and coexistence in its “Festival of the Three Cultures”.
Every last weekend of August, the town becomes a playful encounter forum in which to enjoy a care program with musical performances, conferences and gastronomic events, which run along the streets.

frigiliana festival 3 culturas 2016 inland properties

frigiliana festival 3 culturas 2016 inland properties

Entertainment activities with parades, music, juggling, fakirs, belly dancing and children’s activities with a traditional market complete the offer for those days.

frigiliana festival 3 culturas 2016 inland properties

frigiliana festival 3 culturas 2016 inland properties

Where is Frigiliana :

Info about Frigiliana and property for sale :

http://www.inlandproperties.info/town-information/malaga-province/frigiliana-property-and-history.html

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved in stone

CAMINITO DEL REY HIDDEN TREASURES : BOBASTRO CASTLE

Near El Caminito del Rey there are other interesting locations worth visiting in El Chorro, Alora and Ardales.

With this post we start our series about “Hidden Treasures of El Caminito del Rey in El Chorro”

BOBASTRO , MEDIEVAL HIDEOUT AND FORTRESS IN EL CHORRO

Bobastro is an ancient archaeological settlement located in the north of the province of Malaga. In the area of ​​the Guadalhorce river, where Omar Ben Hafsun established the capital in its domain in 880, to rebel against the Emir of Córdoba. He acquired castles and lands in a wide area, not only in Malaga, but including portions of the provinces of Cádiz, Granada known then as Elvira, Jaén, and Seville.

There is another theory which puts Bobastro in Ronda. Highlights are the rocks, carved buildings including a church, a castle, and  Mozarabic caves.

Access is from the road-Ardales Alora, about 2 km north of El Chorro and the south side of the Gaitanes Gorge and the Caminito del Rey. From here is a paved path that climbs the hill of Las Mesas de Villaverde.

Part of the ruins of Bobastro can be accessed by foot. At the top of the hill you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding area and you will find there the remains of an ancient fortress. There is also a water tank, the water is pumped at the top to at night to get electricity for the daytime.

THE CHURCH

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved in stone

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved in stone

Omar Ben Hafsun fled to Bobastro in the late ninth century and rebelled against the Emir of Cordoba. He conversted to Christianity in 899 to build this church. The carved rock was probably  performed in the late first century IX or X.
The Mozarabic church is the only known of al-Andalus. It was destroyed by Abdel Rahman III, when, after opposition as a separate kingdom it was conquered after more than 50 years by Cordoba kingdom. It was taken on January 19, 928.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved in stone

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved in stone

Unearthed in Sand Stone there is a basilica with three naves separated by horseshoe arches, transept and three territories, the central horseshoe arch and the rectangular sides.
Perfectly situated on the east and has a length of 16.50 m long and 10.30 meters wide. In the area there are remains of other buildings that belonged to other people who sought refuge there for hundreds of years.

THE FORTRESS

bobastro chorro caminito del rey fortress alcazar castle 2 inland properties

bobastro chorro caminito del rey fortress castle

bobastro chorro caminito del rey fortress castle

HOW TO GET THERE.

Visiting Bobastro can be done from the nearby town of Ardales and Alora. These are just 45 minutes from the coast.

The roads are good, but the signals ar not very clear if you’re not from there.

-By Car

We recommend that you take the route from Malaga on the A-357 and then take the exit of Pizarra-Alora. After passing through the beautiful town of Alora you will see the signs for Bobastro. Like everything else in Spain on the way to Bobastro there are many things worth visiting such as: El Chorro Lakes, Gaitanes Gorge and Caminito del Rey, the town of Alora, El Quiosco Restaurant, Restaurante El Mirador and more.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey crossing sings

bobastro chorro caminito del rey crossing sings

-By Bus

Time tables keep changing and it’s impossible to get an updated timetable for buses to El Chorro. Also, the buses from Malaga, for example, go to the town of Alora, and then you have to wait and change for a bus to El Chorro. With that in mind and as the village of El Chorro sits on a railway station I am going to recommend the train and forget the bus. (see above for trains to El Chorro)

INFO ON ENTRY AND TICKETS

The archeological remains are open all week as follows and though the guided tour is in Spanish the signs and information boards are also in English.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey ticket sales

bobastro chorro caminito del rey ticket sales

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm there is a guided tour Approximately every hour (in Spanish)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 3pm (no guided tours on these days).

TIPS AND ADVICE

You need a full morning to visit including the trip. Good thing is that there is plenty to see around there to fill the day. Good location, good walking areas and good food!

Remember that now the ruins of Bobastro are cared for and are only open to the public certain hours of the day. Previously you could just walk in there and do your own  “discoveries”.

Ask a guide to what other things there are to see such as the fortress of Bobastro, the old city walls, the princesses house and several artificial caves that were used by hermits.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey cave houses

bobastro chorro caminito del rey cave houses

bobastro chorro caminito del rey casa de la reina mora

bobastro chorro caminito del rey casa de la reina mora

OTHER SIGHTS

You can also visit other attractions such as: La Huma Mountain, Escalera de los republicanos, Caminito del Rey, Ardales, Alora, Gaitanes Park and the park of the Conde del Guadalhorce.

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360 2

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360 2

escalera arabe republicano chorro caminito del rey

escalera arabe republicano chorro caminito del rey

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church mountain location

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church mountain location

LINKS

  • Location of Bobastro Complex in Google Maps:

mijas liberation from the french army reenactment 2014

mijas liberation from the french napoleonic reenactment 2014

The next 18 and 19 October in Plaza de La Libertad and the Plaza de la Constitution de Mijas, there will be the  historical reenactment “Mijas: one people against Napoleon’s soldiers”, organized by the municipality of Mijas in collaboration with the Historical and Cultural Association and Peña 1831 Torrijos of Mijas. All are invited to attend who are attracted by the town’s history.

torrijos before been executed at Malaga beach

torrijos before been executed at Malaga beach

Experience this historical reenactments by 1831 Torrijos Association, which since 2003 recreates the landing of General Torrijos at the Mijas beach of “El Charcón”, and does the anual “March over the Torrijos Road”.

At 21 hours starting on Saturday the recreation at the “Plaza de la Libertad” and consists in recreating the moment in which a riders Regiment of Malaga brings a letter from the military governor of the capital in which he tells the mayor of Mijas of the fall of the city of Málaga in the hands of Napoleon’s troops.

mijas liberation napoleon army french army

mijas liberation napoleon army french army

There, the character who plays the ruler of the town reads a proclamation warning of the approach of the French Army to the village of Mijas.

Now the next day, at 11:30 hours on the same site, there will be the enlistment of more than 70 people, who would become part of Mijas Infantry Regiment and Malaga, and most likely died at the bloody battle of Ocaña (Toledo).

mijas liberation napoleon army shooting

mijas liberation napoleon army shooting

The event,is the first time it is performed, as it has been this year when we found a notice in a newspaper of the time (1808) that revealed this fact. It is a tribute to those citizens of Mijas.

mijas liberation napoleon army guerrillas

mijas liberation napoleon army guerrillas

The latter performance will take place in Constitution Square from 12:15 hours and will see the appearance of Mijas in a 1810 market day, the occupation of people and town  by the French troops and their repression, the actions of the Mijas guerrilla, and the killing by the french of two of Mijas patriots, Quero Blanco and Garcia Moreno. It all ends with the release of Mijas by the troops of General Ballesteros.

alqueria conde mollina where torrijos was arrested

alqueria conde mollina where torrijos was arrested

alqueria conde mollina arab tower 2014

alqueria conde mollina arab tower 2014

A little ghost story : In all the area there is the legend that the tower of the village you can hear voices and strange sounds that give you goosebumps; some think they are the spirits of the brave liberals who roam these parts, showing their discontent because nobody helped them!!!!

LOCATION OF ARAB TOWER

LOCATION OF REENACTMENT

INFO ABOUT MIJAS

 http://www.inlandproperties.info/town-information/malaga-province/mijas-property-and-history.html

PROPERTY IN MIJAS AREA

 http://www.inlandproperties.info/html/search_property_for_sale.html?situat=COAST&tabla=ANY&situat=COAST&situation=FOR+SALE&pueblo=ANY&pricelow=10000&provincia=ANY&pricehigh=1500000

LINKS

Torrijos Route : http://ca.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=3717906

Mijas Townhall : http://www.mijas.es/portal/en/

Asociacion Histórica General Torrijos : http://www.torrijos1831.es/

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Yunquera : General Ballesteros against Napoleons Army Reenactment 2014

From the “Hidden Festivals and Histories of the Costa del Sol” series. INFORMATION  The village of Yunquera jumps back in the time to remember events that took place during the War of Independence of beginnings nineteenth century. General Ballesteros with … Continue reading

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga sitting on damaged part

El Caminito del Rey in El Chorro : The most Dangerous Walk in the world

From the “Hidden Treasures of the Costa del Sol” series.

El Caminito del Rey is a Walk in El Chorro, in Malaga Province, Spain. Visited by climbers, mountaneers and nature lovers, this dangerous walk is 4 km long and connects the Guadalhorce Lake District with the Area of the Guadalhorce Valley, using for that the gorge called “La Encantada” . A very dangerous walk, it has seen many accidents and deaths since its construcion in 1903, as it has been in disrepair for the last 40 years. There are plans to rebuild and open it to the public starting the renovation at the end of this month of February 2014.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga

Since i have been there many times, and fear they will make the walk into another tourist attraction, i plan to walk it this weekend just before they close it and it changes forever, at least as we know it now….

But first a little bit of history :

HISTORY OF EL CAMINITO DEL REY IN EL CHORRO, ARDALES

el caminito del rey in el chorro old picture

el caminito del rey in el chorro being built

The walkway was built to provide workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls with means to cross between them, to provide for transport of materials, and to facilitate inspection and maintenance of the channel. Construction began in 1901 and was finished in 1905.

el caminito del rey in el chorro seen from the train station and campsite

el caminito del rey in el chorro seen from the train station and campsite

Twenty years after the pathway was completed, King Alfonso XIII crossed the pathway for the inauguration of a new dam. This led to the pathway’s modern name, “The King’s Little Pathway,” or “El Caminito Del Rey.” After the King’s crossing. However, the bridge began to fall into disrepair.

LOCATION OF EL CAMINITO DEL REY IN EL CHORRO, ARDALES

El Caminito del Rey is located in the natural park of the Lakes of the Guadalhorce, between the areas of Alora, Ardales, and Campillos. A map of the route can be found here.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga most dangerous part

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga most dangerous part

WHAT TO KNOW

While it is not recommended to attempt a crossing (in fact it is currently illegal), there is a cable running the length of the path one can clip onto. However, the integrity of this cable is unknown. Between 1999 and 2000, four deaths occurred due to the instability of the path. As a result of these deaths, the government has closed both entrances.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga remaining parts

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga remaining parts

In June 2011, the regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Málaga agreed to share costs of restoration (including car parking and a museum) of €9 million. The project will take approximately three years to complete. Many of the original features will remain in place and the new materials that are used will be in keeping with the old design.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga better condition

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga better condition

WHAT TO SEE

Apart of the walk itself, there are many other things you will se on your way, both natural and historical.

It is considered to be of immense ecological importance. Its walls, which are up to 400 metres high, are home to a variety of plant and animal life, a clear example of adaptation to a vertical way of living. From the point of view of nature, this is a paradise for bird watchers, geologists, and nature lovers in general. Birds you will see here include  the falcon, kestrel and goshawk, as well as other medium-sized birds of prey

Historical : Apart form the story of the building of the path itself, the area houses examples of cave houses dating back to prehistorical times, and used up to the middle of the XX century, including the times of the Civil War. An interesting spot related to this period is the “Escalera de los Republicanos” or “escalera arabe

And dont forget the climbing !!!

TIPS AND THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • This is only a little part of the Natural Park fo the Condes del Guadalhorce.
  • Enter at your own risk. The walk was already dangerous twenty years ago, so imagine how it is now. Only experienced climbers should try it.
  • For the less intrepid you can walk the part of the walk that starts at Restaurante El Quiosco, at the lakes, and takes you through a beautiful forest to the back entrance of the “Caminito”.
  • Dont forget to visit the other wonderful locations in El Chorro, like the town of Ardales, Turón Castle, Bobastro, mesa de Villaverde, the burial site of Las Aguilillas, the old and the new dam, and the many restaurants and hotels in the area of the lakes.
el caminito del rey in el chorro old vs new

el caminito del rey in el chorro old vs new

LINKS

el caminito del rey in el chorro walking the walk

el caminito del rey in el chorro walking the walk

Spectacular images of el Caminito del Rey : http://www.elcaminitodelrey.com/

Video made in 2008 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXrVG7aoizc

Video of 2012 : http://vimeo.com/82317824

News that they finally are going to repair the track (spanish) : http://www.diariosur.es/20140206/local/malaga/adjudican-sando-rehabilitacion-caminito-201402061348.html

MAP : ACCESS POINTS AND IMPORTANT LOCATIONS (Google Maps)

caminito del rey el chorro map malaga

caminito del rey el chorro map malaga (Click)

caminito del rey el chorro map malaga 2

caminito del rey el chorro map malaga 2

Full map with all the information : Here

  1. Point of Access to the first part of the caminito del rey. Cars can be parked here : Here, from the railway station
  2. (If you want, you can also go the way of the railway tunnel, which is safer. You will seen the Caminito in front, the access here)
  3. Start of first and most impressive part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  4. End of first and most impressive part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  5. Start of the second part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  6. End of the second part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  7. (there is also an acces to the railway tunnel so you can access the secret valleys safer. It quiet hidden. Location here)
  8. Entry to the one-man tunnel that takes you out of the valley into the Lakes and the Restauran el Kiosko : Here
  9. Exit point of the one-man tunnel bringing you from the back part of the Caminito del Rey : Here

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FINISHING…

Beautifull scenery, in the middle of an area with many places to visit. Advantage is that you can take different routes depending how experienced you are with climbing or walking ind the campo. Dont forget this will be the last days you will see it in its full glory, so be quick….. 🙂

Bodega Flamenca in Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez de la Frontera : Sherry, Wine and Motogp

Jerez de la Frontera main square

Jerez de la Frontera main square

Jerez, often called Jerez de la Frontera because of its past, is a city in Andalusia which is close to the Costa de la Luz. So we were leaving the Costa del Sol and the Mediterranean Sea for one day to visit the Atlantic side of Spain, more precisely the province of Cádiz. It has an airport with flights to Jerez from the Uk. There are also many beautiful Hotels in Jerez. Not to forget the world famous Motogp circuit.

It was a long ride: about 230 kilometers from Málaga to Jerez which meant 2 hours and 20 minutes in our car. Luckily it was a very comfortable one.

Jerez for a long time was a border town between the Moorish and the Christian Kingdoms; this is why it is called  ‘de la Frontera ’ which means ‘of the border’. There are still a lot of remains from the Moorish times like the Alcázar which we wanted to visit first. It’s a former fortress which now contains a park. It is located in the city center on a little hill.

Even though we had already seen a lot of similar buildings and parks, this one was still impressive. Ponds, trees and plantings surrounded by a Moorish building with horseshoe arches, fountains in the inner courtyards and star-shaped lights in the ceiling. And because the Alcázar is on top of the city we had a beautiful view from up there. We could already see our next destination: a bodega. But first we decided to go for a walk through the charming old town of Jerez. Beautiful narrow streets with small shops and decorative house entrances; some of the streets were even made out of mosaics.

Jerez de la Frontera Alcazar Moorish Fortress

Jerez de la Frontera Alcazar Moorish Fortress

The bodega was already close; there were a lot in Jerez but we decided to visit the Tío Pepe Bodega. Why Sherry? Such a British drink? The name of the drink sherry comes indeed from the city Jerez! This is because the city is famous for the production of this good. To get to know this tradition we visited one of the great sherry bodegas, the wineries, where we could see where and how the wines are made. The bodegas have a very long tradition: about 250 years ago Irish and Scottish entrepreneurs came to Jerez and established their own winery businesses. Because of the soil in the area around Jerez, a special sort of grapes can be cultivated there. This is what makes Jerez’ wine industry so special.

Bodega Tio Pepe in Jerez de la Frontera

Bodega Tio Pepe in Jerez de la Frontera

Sherry Bodega in jerez de la Frontera

Sherry Bodega in jerez de la Frontera

Out of this tradition, some sort of wine aristocracy was formed. The descendants of British emigrants ruled the culture but in the past centuries somehow converted into a typical Spanish wine dynasty. Their love for horses is still visible until today and is shown by the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. After just under 10 minutes in our rental car we arrived at the area of the school. But before entering, we wanted to have a snack.

Equestrian Art at Jerez de la Frontera

Equestrian Art at Jerez de la Frontera

Unfortunately we didn’t visit on a Tuesday or Thursday so we could not attend to a show but we still had the possibility to watch the stallions in training. It was amazing to watch and everyone who has a passion for horses will definitely melt away: beautiful harnesses for the horses and wonderful costumes for the riders. The animals were performing interesting choreographies and it looked as if they were dancing.

After enjoying the show we visited the Carriage Museum in which contains old carriages and attachments for those. The exhibits were very decorative and beautiful and it was a good experience, especially after seeing the horses’ performance.

Besides the sherry and horse culture, Jerez is also home to a typical Spanish but very different tradition: The Flamenco. This is why we decided to have dinner at a restaurant called La Taberna Flamenco which offers local food and dancing shows. It was really interesting and a lot of fun; and of course delicious.

Bodega Flamenca in Jerez de la Frontera

Bodega Flamenca in Jerez de la Frontera

Another aspect unique to Jerez would have been the race track a little outside of the city: it’s a ground where many important teams, for example from the Formula I, use to train and where a lot of important events were and are hosted. One of them will be the World Motorcycling Championship of 2013.

Jerez de la Frontera MotoGP Race Track

Jerez de la Frontera MotoGP Race Track

Our head full of new impressions of a day that was definitely worth the long journey… 🙂

TIPS

  • Roads are very good to get to Jerez. If you can take the Antequera – Campillos – Algodonales road
  • Be careful with drinking and driving. The guardia civil knows Jerez is the Sherry City 🙂
  • Check out the famous “Feria de Jerez” , the first big Feria of the Year.

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Mijas, een beetje binnenland aan de costa

Mijas

Mijas

Vandaag bezochten we een nieuwe stad: Mijas. Met de auto is het ongeveer een half uur rijden vanaf Malaga en het is dicht bij Fuengirola.
Het is een oude stad in de bergen die een breed scala heeft aan activiteiten zowel in cultuur als sport. De stad is beroemd om haar hotels, villa’s en vele golfbanen. We hadden het geluk dat het weer goed was.
Toen we Mijas binnenkwamen hadden we een prachtig panorama van het landschap rond de stad.Omdat Mijas in de bergen van de Sierra de Mijas is en op ongeveer 400 meter boven de zeespiegel konden we de Middellandse Zee en de bergen om ons heen zien. Gelukkig was onze huurauto goed en kon de heuvelachtige wegen gemakkelijk aan.
We reden door de golvende straten tot dat we een parkeerplaats vonden dicht bij het Parque de la Muralla.

Er waren enorme rotsen om ons heen en bij het betreden van het park zagen we de goed verzorgd tuinen met bomen, fonteinen en mozaïeken op de vloer.

Mooie banken stonden onder de bomen in de aangename schaduw en nodigt de bezoeker uit om te stoppen en voor een paar minuten te ontspannen en te genieten van de schoonheid van de natuur.

English: Street in Mijas.

Straat in Mijas

Er waren ook vele punten van waaruit we een perfect uitzicht hadden op de Costa del Sol.Bergen zo dicht bij de zee ongelofelijk. We waren ver in de bergen op slechts enkele minuten van de kust.

Naar aanleiding van het pad in het park veranderden we onze route en zagen de stad die voor ons lag met al zijn witte huizen. We zagen enkele klimmers op de rotsen die aan het oefenen waren.

Er was er ook een aanbieding: klimmen voor amateurs maar we hadden helaas al andere activiteiten gepland.
In het Park was er ook de kerk van de Onbevlekte Ontvangenis.

Een gebouw uit de 17e eeuw dat er zeer indrukwekkend uitziet. Het combineert zowel de barokke en Mudejar stijl (Mudéjares zijn de Moren die mochten blijven na de christelijke Reconquista van het Iberisch schiereiland). Het was nog mooier van binnen.

Vlak naast het Parque de la Muralla, was er de Plaza de Toros, de arena. Het is een van de vreemdste arena’s in Spanje vanwege zijn vorm: het is vierkant. Omdat het nu niet een zomermaand was, was het gesloten. Stierenvechten zijn alleen in de zomer een keer per week elke zondag. We besloten om het stierenvechten museum te bezoeken om de Spaanse cultuur zo te leren kennen.

Mijas - Burro Taxi

Mijas – Burro Taxi

Het was erg interessant en we hebben veel geleerd over de geschiedenis en oorsprong van deze traditie. Het zou ook erg interessant en leuk kunnen zijn om Mijas op een donderdag te bezoeken dit omdat er dan paarden en ruiters te zien zijn in de Finca El Cartujano.  Andalusische paarden presteren choreografisch in traditionele Spaanse kostuums.
Op weg naar een restaurant in de stad zagen we enkele ezel-taxi’s langs de weg.

Ze zijn typisch voor Mijas en een van de meest bekende toeristische attracties. U kunt een reis rond de stad maken in een wagen die wordt getrokken door ten minste een ezel. Dat zou een mooie manier zijn om een ​​unieke reis in de stad te hebben wanneer je niet beschikt over een huurauto.

Maar we hebben ook medelijden met de arme dieren die daar de hele dag in de zon moeten staan in kleurrijke kleding.

Voor meer info over Mijas, en ook huizen te koop en te huur, kijk op Torrequebrada Holiday Rentals