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- 2 Bathrooms
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Location of Rancho Nicolás
Great Things to Do Near Rancho Nicolás
The nearby town of Ubrique is famous worldwide for producing wonderful leather handbags, shoes and purses etc, however there are over 60 establishments in Prado del Rey which manufacture leather products using skins from sheep, cattle and goats. You can also visit the Museo de Piel (Leather Museum) in Ubrique which is located within the old convent. Learn about the different tools and manufacturing techniques and how they have developed over the years.
Sample the local wine
You will see many vineyards in the area, some of which grow grapes used to produce the local tipple "Mosto Pajarete", a fruity white wine. You can visit one of the local bodegas (winery).
Taste the Sierra cuisine
Being so close to the mountains, the local cuisine in Prado del Rey features plenty of charcuterie meats (chorizo, ham etc), honey and olive oil. Rancho Nicolás is surrounded by olive groves, when the fruit is harvested once a year, the owner sells the olives to a local mill who produce and bottle the oil.
Visit the Roman ruins of Iptuci
Just 6km south of Prado del Rey, you can visit the salt flats and archaelogical remains of Iptuci. The site is on private land but the owners organise visits to explain how and why there is a salt flat inland so far from the sea. You can taste and purchase the salt here too.
Enjoy one of the local festivals
The main festival in Prado del Rey takes place around 16th July to celebrate the Patron Saint La Virgen del Carmen. Expect religious processions, flamenco, fairground rides and plenty of eating and drinking. Across a weekend in mid May, locals also celebrate the feast day of San Isidro Labrador with a pilgrimage, processions, horse parades and other festivities. This is a great way to experience the true way of life in Andalucia.
Visit the Museo de Queso (Cheese Museum) in El Bosque to see how the local Payoyo cheese is made, you can even have a go at making your own, as well as tasting the delicious samples.
Walk the route of the Rio Majaceite
A great local walk to do even in the summer months when temperatures are high. Start at Benamahoma and follow the shady path along the river to El Bosque. There are plenty of picnic stops on route, or you could reward yourself with a leisurely lunch in El Bosque at the end. This route is open all year round, others in the National Parks require permits and are closed in the height of the season.
Arcos recreational lake
In El Santiscal, at the foot of the hilltop town of Arcos, there is a man-made beach with swimming area, beach bar and watersports. A great place to take younger children as there is no tide or waves and the water is shallow or teenagers who are looking for sporting activities such as pedalos, kayaks, banana boats, water skiing etc.
Visit historic Arcos de la Frontera
A scenic hilltop town with numerous churches, basilicas, watch towers, view points, plazas, fresh food markets and numerous quirky tapas bars. Arcos is a must see for all those staying this area. Park in the new part of town and wander into the historic centre, following signs to the Parador. If you would like to experience local Andalucian culture, visit at the end of September when the locals celebrate their annual fair, an event where everyone dresses in their flamenco finery, ride their horses and socialise for a whole week.
|El Bosque||10 mins|
|Arcos de la Frontera||25 mins|
|Prado del Rey||25 mins|
|El Puerto de Santa Maria||1 Hr|
|Sevilla||1 Hr 40 mins|
|Gibraltar||1 Hr 55 mins|
|Malaga||2 Hrs 15 mins|