Fall in love with Grazalema
The pretty village of Grazalema is only a few minutes' drive from the house. This traditional 'pueblo blanco' is full of Andalusian charm and just begs to be explored. Sitting in the picturesque Town Hall square with a refreshing drink, watching the world go by, is a real delight.
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.
If you're a mountain lover, you will adore driving through the passes of the Puerto de las Palomas and the Puerto del Boyar. Both are just above Grazalema: the former offers spectacular views over the lake and village of Zahara de la Sierra and the latter is a fantastic way to admire the forests of the famous pinsapo fir trees as it leads you down to the lovely village of Behamahoma and on to El Bosque. These are very good roads but if you're not keen, then don't worry: we can provide you with alternative - and flat - routes to these villages!
Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada
A great day trip to do is visit the Alhambra palace in Granada, just over a two-hour drive away. Tickets must be booked well in advance, so book online before your holiday to avoid being disappointed! www.alhambra-tickets.es
Buy some leather goods
In Ubrique town there are a number of outlets for famous brand names of quality leather goods, such as handbags, wallets, belts, gloves etc. which are made by local artisans. The old part of Ubrique is worth a walk around too, feeling like you have really stepped back in time with its narrow streets and pretty flower potted patios.
Cueva de la Pileta
The famous La Pileta cave is just outside the villages of Benaoján and Montejaque. Guides take visitors round in groups, and provide oil lanterns to light the way. Important cave paintings and an underground lake await you as you head into the cool and silent interior of the mountain.
Hire a kayak
Paddling a kayak on the huge lake at Zahara is a remarkably peaceful experience. If you fancy something more energetic, several reputable local companies offer activities of all types and for all ages in this area.
You can be forgiven for not wanting to leave the beautiful surroundings of Casa Montaña, but the lovely town of Ronda can be reached within half an hour and is well worth a visit. See the impressive gorge which divides the town into two, wander round the ancient streets of La Ciudad and the old city walls, visit one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, and choose from a large number of excellent restaurants for lunch or dinner.
Sherry and Dancing Horses
The lovely city of Jerez is within an hour's drive of Casa Montaña and is a great day out. Visit a bodega and taste some sherries - the kids will love the train trip round the Tio Pepe bodega - and don't miss the Royal Equestrian School's world-renowned show "How The Andalucían Horses Dance' on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon.
Read and relax
Lie on a sunbed on Casa Montaña's spacious pool terrace with that book you have been longing to read, or relax in a comfy chair on the cool and shady terrace at the front of the house. Whichever you choose, you will enjoy stunning views of the mountains.
Do As The Romans Did
Take the short trip to the Roman ruins at Acinipo, and stand on the stage of the remarkably well preserved theatre. Acinipo was once quite a large town and these ruins are of considerable importance but, amazingly, very few parts are cordoned off to visitors.
Walk in the stunning Sierra
Permits can be obtained from the local tourist office which will allow you walk in those areas of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park which are subject to special protection. Other areas are open to everybody, so choose your preferred route and breathe in that oh-so-pure mountain air as you marvel at the incredible views.
Eagles Soaring Overhead
Casa Montaña's enviable position in the Sierra de Grazalema natural park makes it a paradise for bird watchers - and walkers, cyclists and photographers, too! Settle down comfortably on the terrace or beside the pool with a pair of binoculars and you will find your list of 'Birds seen at Casa Montaña' will grow gratifyingly quickly.
Feast on award-winning cheeses
Visit the Payoyo cheese factory and taste before you buy. These award-winning artisan cheeses are made from the milk of the local Payoya goats. Accompany your cheese with a red wine from Ronda and you will be supporting local industry as well as enjoying a feast!
Flamenco in the air
To experience genuine flamenco song and dance, head for Jerez. Visit the Flamenco Museum, enjoy a meal or drink in a real flamenco bar, or just sit outside a café and listen: sooner or later, somebody will walk past, singing flamenco - it's in their blood.....
Shop for local crafts
Especially in nearby Ronda, Grazalema and Zahara, there are some charming small craft shops selling unique art objects, ceramics, rugs and baskets made from olive branches and grasses. You can also buy leather goods, glazed tiles and beautiful wool shawls hand-woven locally.
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