Casa Ladera is about a 40-45 minute drive from Malaga airport. From the airport the drive is pretty straight forward travelling East along the coast on the motorway towards Nerja and Motril and taking the Iznate exit at km265 which is signposted Cajiz/Iznate. A more detailed map will be provided upon booking.
A similar distance again takes you further east to Nerja, which is well known for its Blue Flag beaches and excellent restaurants and bars. The coast and Torre del Mar is a 10-15 minute drive away from the casa. The town of Torre del Mar. has many shops and also here you can find a marina and aqua park next to a large shopping mall with hypermarket, cinema, bowling, Burger King, Dunnes department store, Zara, Mango, a food court and numerous other shops .
Also, there are two excellent 18-hole golf courses that are just a 15 minute drive away.
The list is endless. During your stay you may be tempted to go golfing, scuba diving, horse riding, sailing, walking, wine tasting and even skiing between the months of December and May. There are many leaflets at the house (3rd drawer down in the kitchen) but we do have some suggestions of our favourite places, as follows;
Our favourite beaches are heading West, at Benajarafe (which has many beach cafes and children’s play areas) and at Rincon De La Victoria with its cavelike walkways along the front to get from one beach to another. Also at Rincon, you will find many delightful shops, restaurants and bars.
Heading East, towards Torre Del Mar, there are many little tracks that lead to Chiringuitos (cheap, basic beachbars) where you can find yourself a more secluded spot. Again heading towards Torre del Mar, just behind the Go-carting place, there is a nudist beach.
At Torre Del Mar there is the very long promenade along the beach-front, where in the evening you will find the locals parading in their finery, an excellent place to people watch. You can order a beer, sardines or paella and watch the sun go down over the sea, and then venture to the night market for your souvenirs. Further on is the marina of Caleta de Velez that has some excellent fish restaurants.
Further east, beyond Nerja are the coastal towns of La Herradura and Almunecar, both with lovely pebbled beaches and clear sea for swimming and snorkling. Both seafronts also have a wonderful selection of restaurents.
Burriana Beach is Nerja’s biggest and busiest beach. Here you can enjoy the delights of sardines or the famous Mr Burriana who cooks an enormous paella over an open fire. There are also many typical beach activities available here.
The Aquavelis water park can be found opposite the El Ingenio Shopping Complex.
Best way to visit is to take the bus, no hassle of driving and finding a carpark. Just drive down to Torre Del Mar and park near the bus station. Purchase a return ticket from the ticket office. Buses are quite regular so there won’t be long to wait and either take a Directo bus (which travels along the motorway and takes approx 30 minutes) or the Non-directo bus which travels along the coast road (the N340 and takes approx 40 minutes). Get off in Malaga at the Port (El Porto). Please note that the bus station is based just opposite where you get your bus back to Torre del Mar, (it might say Velez Malaga on the front, passing through Torre del Mar).
Getting around the city. There is a sightseeing open-top bus that costs €13 which you can get on and off at different stops throughout your day. Or there are a choice of walks you can take throughout the city to visit certain sights. Don’t forget to take the leaflet with you with the walks detailed. The Picasso Museum is well worth a visit (€6). There are many international shops as well as designer shops. The city is beautiful and especially so at Christmas, but you will need to go later to appreciate the lights.
Discovered in 1959, the Nerja caves are now one of the biggest tourist attractions in Spain, visited by hundreds of thousands each year and is said to be one of the most beautiful cave complexes in Europe. We certainly haven’t seen anything like them anywhere else. Opening hours are 10.00-14.00 and 16.00-18.30.
Nerja and the Balcon de Europa
Nerja and the Balcon de Europa. A very café culture resort, which is famous for its Balcon and ‘blue flag’ beaches. It can cost a little more to enjoy a coffee in the main square but is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. Much of Nerja’s charm comes from its narrow winding streets. My wife loves Nerja and advises to just park the car and enjoy.
A bit further afield
Lake Vineula is an ideal place to tke a picnic and enjoy the scenery and the beauty of the Andalucian countryside.
Also within easy reach are the picturesque whitewashed villages of Competa and Frigiliana, both renowned for the locally produced wine, olive oil and handicraft. Also, not too far are the resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus.
For the more adventurous, why not take a day trip to the Sierra Nevada, Granada with its magnificent Alhambra Palace, or Seville, Cordoba and Gibraltar which are all manageable from Iznate.
*Prices are approximate and are only an indication as visited January, 2006