Watch the world go by
The nearest village is El Gastor, just a five minute drive. It has a pretty square, with cafes to sit outside and just watch the world go by. Nobody is in much of a hurry here and you'll soon relax and become used to the slower pace of life!
The Sound of Silence
See how many types of butterfly you can spot without moving from your poolside sunlounger, then lie back and watch the eagles soaring overhead. Listen to the sound of perfect silence.
Enjoy the sights of Seville!
There is so much to see and do in the vibrant, colourful city of Seville. It's an easy to drive to the outskirts where there is free parking and then you can take the metro into the centre. The Cathedral, Giralda tower, Real Alcázar Palace, Plaza de España and Maria Luisa park are just a few things to see. Take a bus tour, hire a bicycle, horse and carriage or just by foot, there are many ways to take in the sights. The charismatic capital of Andalucía is just over an hour's drive.
La Pileta Caves
Situated just beyond the village of Benaoján, two guides take candlelit tours of up to 25 people in each group to see the impressive Pileta cave which is well known for its pre-historic cave paintings.
Take the Green Way
Hire bikes and ride along the Via Verde! The Via Verde or Green Way runs for 36 kilometres along the old railway line from Jerez to Almargen, between the provinces of Seville and Cádiz, linking the towns of Olvera and Puerto Serrano. This is an ecotourism route that can be explored on foot, bicycle, horseback, and even donkey!
You'll find all you need in El Gastor
Wander around this friendly village, with its white-washed walls and wrought iron balconies with cascades of colourful geraniums. Try some tapas in one of the bars, mixing with the locals in the small square is a great way to relax and you'll feel very welcome. The village has a bakery, small supermarket, butchers and a fishmonger so you will find all you need.
Casa la Zarza is a perfect base for touring the white towns in the area.
The first visit could be to the town you see opposite, Zahara de la Sierra. Set in magnificent countryside, the village is crowned by a 10th century Moorish castle.
Head for Grazalema, in the heart of the Natural Park of Grazalema.
Take the narrow road that links Zahara and Grazalema. Although narrow and winding, it is worth the drive for the incredible views.
Grazalema is perhaps the most perfectly preserved of all the white villages
dotted around the Serrania de Ronda. Stroll along the narrow streets, eat at the local tapas bars, and shop for blankets and rugs, for which it is well known.
Take a ride out to Setenil and Olvera
Olvera is a beautiful unspoilt white hillside town with a castle and large church towering over the village, rest before you continue the climb up in the cafe by the mayor's house in the town square that serves great Tapas and meals. Setenil is a different world, see houses literally set into caves under overhanging cliff faces.
Jerez de la Frontera is about an hour's drive away.
Jerez is the home to many of the great sherry companies, which often have English names. A number of these offer regular daily tours. After the tour, you sit at long tables and taste the different sherries, working your way through them from dry to sweet.
Try to time your visit to Jerez for the Thursday show
of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Arts. Book your tickets in advance.
Be King of the Castle
Visit the nearby village, Zahara de la Sierra, and walk up to the Castle perched high above the houses. Well worth the effort to enjoy fabulous views over the lake, the terracotta rooftops of the village below and the griffon vultures soaring just above. You may even be able to spot La Zarza from there.
For those of you interested in spending a day on the beach,
we recommend the beaches in the direction of Rota and Sanlúcar. Here you will find golden sand that stretches for miles meeting the bluest of seas, constantly washed by the Atlantic currents.
Ronda, divided by its famous ravine,
is definitely worth a visit for its impressive palaces, Moorish baths, and Spain's oldest bullring.
For the best view of the famous gorge
of Ronda stand on the balconies in the park. Go at sunset for an unforgettable sight.
This is a lovely town only 14 kms drive from La Zarza, plenty of quaint shops and cafes, small well stocked supermarket, sports centre, church etc. It really comes to life about 9pm when all the locals are out, and the village square is filled with people just sat talking and enjoying meals and drinks etc.
Make your way to the old town of Ronda
which is still very charming. Stroll around this Arab part of town which dates from the 15th century
Shopping in Ronda is fun.
Most of the shops are concentrated around the long pedestrianised street of Calle la Bola and the minor streets off it.
Do not miss Ronda's impressive Holy Week processions.
Try to see them in the old part of the town.
Even better views of Ronda
can be seen from the hills opposite the town. Follow directions to Algeciras and watch for the purple sign to Ermita Rupestre from where Ronda can be seen in all its glory.
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