Immediate vicinity :
Nearby is the charming whitewashed town of Periana, well known for its peaches and olive oil. Facilities in and around Periana include three supermarkets, banks, Post Office, chemist, hardware shops, bread/patisserie shops, fishmongers, butchers, cybercafe, riding stables and large public swimming pool. There are also plenty of friendly bars – e.g. Marisqueria, Verdugo (excellent food), Rincon de Marco, Leonico, Baranco and more.
The fiesta of San Isidro (the patron saint of Periana) is on 15th March and the olive oil festival is celebrated towards the end of March. (The olive oil co-op San Isidro is well worth a visit and you can buy samples to take home). Around 15th August the peach festival is celebrated.
For nightlife (especially for young people) there are two bars next to each other on the main road into Periana – Bar Kaya and Bar Olibar – which have weekend discos.
Baňos de Vilo: A short distance off the main main road between Mondron and Periana is an old Roman sulphur bath where you can enjoy a refreshing bathe in the cold suphur water (very good for skin problems). A few metres up from the baths is a very nice typical village bar.
Excursions within an hour’s traveling distance include:
Alfarnate/Alfarnatejo: Above Baňos de Vilo a newly asphalted road zigzags up over the mountains towards Alfarnate – a pretty little village. Quite close by is the Venta de Alfarnatejo a 17th century inn, once the haunt of highwaymen and bandits, now converted into an excellent bar restaurant. From there you can take a wonderful drive back down through the mountains to the Periana/Rio Gordo road.
The Zaffaraya Pass & Alhama de Granada: a beautiful small market town situated on the edge of a spectacular gorge of considerable industrial archaeological, geological & botanical interest. Visit the museum and information centre for details of trails along the ravine. There are several churches worth visiting and lots of beautiful old houses lining narrow cobbled streets plus many places to eat and tapas bars. Worth visiting are the hot springs Baňos Arabes about 3km out of Alhama on the Granada road.
Puente Don Manuel: Puente Don Manuel has grown up where the Periana road meets the main road from Alhama de Granada to the coast at Torre del Mar. This is a village which is growing incredibly rapidly and has a large number of bars, estate agents, a wonderful patisserie/bread shop and useful English shop.
Alcaucín: A very nice small town about 3km up above Puente Don Manuel, nestling against the Sierra Tejeda. From here you have access to the Natural Park “Sierra Tejeda” – beautiful and great for hiking.
The El Torcal National Park: well known for the spectacular naturally sculptured limestone formations and its flora & fauna. Not far away the lake of Fuenta de Piedra is famous for its breeding flamingo populations and the Dolmens of Antequera are reputed to be the finest in Europe.
The Mediterranean beaches: including Torre del Mar, Nerja and Rincon de Victoria, the last two mentioned being worth a visit for their remarkable cave systems, Nerja being one of the most beautiful in Europe. The coves nestling along the coastline between Nerja and Torre are beautiful, unspoilt & protected
The Sierra Almajara Wildlife Reserve: famous for its vultures, bee eaters & endemic curly horned wild goats.
The historic centre of Malaga: worth a visit are the impressive moorish remains of the Alcazaba Palace and the Gibralfaro Castle from were there are terrific views across the city. Down below near the vast unfinished 16th -18th century cathedral is the Museo Picasso and the house were Picasso was born. The new Centro de Arte Contemporaneo is also close by. This central area is full of tapa bars and restaurants. Malaga is famed for its fried fish dishes.
About a hour & a half’s drive away is the city of Granada above which in a commanding setting stands the Alhambra, the citadel and magnificent palaces of the medieval moorish rulers of Granada. Prior booking is essential as visitor numbers are limited. Past Granada is the Sierra de las Nieves which has been declared a Biosphere Reserve and the Sierra Nevada National Park, well known for its wildlife & skiing.
About 2 hours drive away is the beautiful historic town of Ronda