To the south of Spain, more precisely in the province of Malaga and within the Costa del Sol, Casares awaits us with its white houses, its steep and narrow streets and its typically Andalusian style. We propose a walk through the place where the "Father of the Andalusian Homeland", Blas Infante was born, and where you can learn about history, culture and much more.
Casares: an Andalusian jewel
The origins of Casares date back to the time when the Phoenicians inhabited the Iberian Peninsula. But he lived his first time of splendor in Roman times. Julio César himself (from it derives the name «Casares») visited the area to take advantage of the healing properties of the famous Hedionda baths and cure of liver disease. The politician and military did not hesitate to proclaim the benefits of these waters throughout Rome.Casares Castle - Sweet Blonde
Already in the year 1361 the city was chosen as a concentration point in the campaign to return the throne to the Nasrid monarch, the king of Granada Mohamed V. In 1570, during the Moorish uprising against Felipe II, the chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary was used as a meeting place for the resistance.
What to see in Casares?
Just 100 kilometers from Malaga, Casares offers us a typical postcard of an Andalusian town. The layout of the houses, very picturesque, earned it the name of "hanging village".Casares - Moskwa
During your stay in Casares you can get handmade items such as embroidery, ceramics, wood carvings or esparto. Of course, you should enjoy the typical dishes: casareña soup and rabbit in the mountains.
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A walk through the town center
The main attractions of the town are walking along Villa Street: the church of La Encarnación, the hermitage of Veracruz or the town hall.Casares - Caron Badkin
As well It is worth the castle, from which you will enjoy a panoramic view from the hills, valleys and plains. You can visit the hermitage of San Sebastián and the House Museum of Blas Infante. But, above all, you must walk quietly through its beautiful labyrinthine streets to travel through time.
The surroundings of Casares
Casares is a beautiful town, but small. That's why you can put a good finishing touch to your visit by visiting some of the nearby attractions.
1. Municipal Archaeological Museum of Manilva
It is part of the network of Andalusian museums and is located in the Duquesa castle, in Manilva, where formerly there was a Roman settlement. The objects that are exhibited in the museum are arranged chronologically from the 1st century AD to the 5th century AD. The necropolis, the hot springs, the villa and the fish salting factory complete the set.
2. Gaucín Ethnographic Museum
It was opened in 1997 and It describes the customs and traditions of the towns that are part of Casares. The objects that were donated by villagers are basically tools of blacksmithing, forestry, agriculture and engineering.Gaucín - Caron Badkin
In Gaucín, between mountains and a river, we can also enjoy its Moorish past, the church of San Sebastián, the source of the Six Caños, the convent of the Carmelites or the stately houses with noble shields carved in stone.
Do not forget to taste its rich cuisine, especially its handmade sweets: alfajores, almond donuts and white donuts.
3. Port of Estepona
With a low and sandy coastline of 21 kilometers, it has 17 beaches, all equipped with the necessary equipment. Further, In the surroundings of the port there are no less than eight golf courses of excellent quality.
But there are many other places of interest, including the lighthouse of Punta Doncella, the Parish Church of Santa María de los Remedios or the Clock Tower.