Nearby Alora Village provides for everyday needs with a large supermarket, coupled with many smaller shops set amongst its narrow winding streets.
There are numerous bars and restaurants to while away the hours – from upmarket Abilio’s set beneath the white church, the nearby Correos with it’s varied menu and live entertainment to numerous traditional Tapas Bars and Cafes. Or, for those missing the comfort of home, a local Chinese Restaurant and takeaway, ‘Gran China’ and a Pizza Pelli can also be found!
Alora is just 30 minutes drive from the famous, cosmopolitan old city of Malaga with its streets providing a charming mix of historic architecture, museums – amongst them the famous Picasso Museum – cathedral and churches, together with modern shops, bars and restaurants.
The magnificent El-Chorro – famed for its stunning rocky scenery – a climber’s or walker’s paradise and the Embalses del Guadalhorce – the Spanish Lake District with the its amazing, tranquil, turquoise water surrounded by pine tree forests.
We are just 25 minutes drive from the refurbished Caminito del Rey. Not for the fainthearted – Walk some 300ft up, on the edge of the steep-sided ravine – for more information, visit the official website:- www.caminitodelrey.info/en/ One of Andalucia’s top tourist attractions!
The beaches of the Costa del Sol are also within easy reach – ranging from Torremolinos, just 40 minutes drive – with chique and fashionable Marbella less than an hour away.
A modern and reliable train link is also available to Malaga and the Costa del Sol together with links to the rest of Spain, via the recently opened ‘AVE’ high-speed network to Madrid and, beyond, to the rest of mainland Europe.
The Old Spanish City of Ronda, is just over an hour’s drive away. It retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town and is famous for its dramatic setting and views and for the deep El Tajo gorge through its centre. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th Century bridge which straddles the 100m chasm below. The town is also famous for its frequent visitor, Orson Welles, who is said to have gained much of his inspiration there.
For those missing the UK, why not take a drive to Gibraltar – but don’t forget your passport. Other than for the climate, you could be in a UK town centre, albeit that the rock – with its Apes and stunning views – and evidence of its military history are also well worth seeing.