Days Out from Alhama de Granada
Alhama is so well-placed between the coast and the mountains there are lots of interesting places to visit which are easily accessible within an hour or so's drive from the town. Here are just a few:
From December to April you can enjoy fantastic skiing and snowboarding in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range. The resort itself, called ’Solynieve’, looks like something from a picture postcard. There’s a wide choice of runs for all levels; tuition and equipment hire also available. You can easily avoid the weekend queues at the slopes by driving up from Alhama during the working week; ski all day and be back in Alhama in plenty of time for dinner. The Sierra Nevada National Park is also fabulous all year round for walking and cycling and only one and a half hour's drive from Alhama.
Closer to home there are many beautiful walks and hikes around Alhama, Arenas del Rey, Ventas de Zafarraya, Jatar and La Maroma. You can walk along tracks by almond and olive groves taking in breathtaking views of mountains and lakes.
The Costa Tropical is one hour's drive where you can visit the historical seaside towns of Nerja, La Herradura and Almunecar. All the usual water sports including wind-surfing, sailing, para-gliding and scuba diving are very popular from La Herradura in particular. The towns are attractive and have traditional architecture, old barrios with flower laden balconies and twisting cobbled lanes, and lots of great restaurants, bars and shops.
A trip to the famous caves at Nerja with 20,000 year old paintings and a concert hall housed in one of the caves is highly recommended. There is a very nice restaurant at the caves with terrific views and a pleasant park and picnic area in the grounds. Also around the coast there are aqua-parks at Velez-Malaga and Torremolinos, which provide fun days out for little kids and big kids too. For lots more information about what to do with your kids on holiday have a look at the Kids page.
West of Alhama the nearby town of Antequera is very lovely with lots of interesting architecture, roman ruins, megalithic caves, a castle and great shopping.
El Torcal Natural Reserve is closeby as is the flamingo reserve, Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. A trip to both and lunch in Antequera make a great day out.
Two more villages that are in very easy reach are Riofrio and Montefrio. Popular with Spanish families, especially on Sundays, Riofrio is Spain's most respected organic cavier producer and the local restaurants specialise in this as well as sturgeon and trout.
Montefrio is a typical white Spanish village with windy narrow streets for you to stroll down before enjoying some tapas and drinks in one of the bars.
Andalucia shares alot of history and tradition with Morocco and it's easily possible to combine a trip to this area with a visit to Morocco. There are ferries every day from Tarifa to Tangiers. Tarifa is a lovely little coastal town and we can recommend great hosts and accommodation with www.casamccallion.com. Also, there are flights from Seville to Marrakesh with Ryanair.