Gastronomy is part and parcel of a visit to southern Spain. Andalucia is a paradise for those who love food! Delicious Spanish and international cuisine is on offer from a vast selection of excellent restaurants, tapas bars and chiringuitos, all a short car journey away. There is even a 4 star hotel, with well rated restaurant only 50 meters from Cortijo Carmela.

Local markets take place almost daily in different towns and villages around Cortijo Carmela. All kinds of treasures are to be found, from fresh fruits and vegetables to colourful ceramics, leather goods, housewares, jewellery and clothing ..all for great prices!

Beaches are aplenty! For all beach bums out there, there is a whole coastline to discover. The closest beach at Torre del Mar offers a 5 km stretch of sand and boulevard. Or continue east to Torrox again with a lovely boulevard, and onto Nerja, with its rocky bays and main Burriana beach. Many more to choose from in the vicinity.

Torre del Mar

Watersport activities can be found in many locations along the coast. Lake Vinuela has a seasonal watersports activity center where you can rent dinghies, kayaks and water pedalos and offer sailing lessons.The areas of Nerja and La Herradura have several facilities.

Horseriding is a pastime many people love doing especially in the Axarquia. Seeing the unspoilt stunning scenery from horseback is something special. There are several stables within a reasonable distance which run treks.

Cycling can be challenging in the hills around Cortijo Carmela, but there are published cycle trails around the lake which are not so intense. The 5 km boulevard in Torre del Mar has a special cycle path. Cortijo Carmela has several bikes for guest rental and scooters and bikes can also be rented locally in Torre del Mar.

Hiking and walking is very popular in Malaga Province, with several challenging routes. El Caminito del Rey is one of the most spectacular walks you can do in Europe. Hike to the summit of Mount Maroma 2065m, or walk the Rio Chillar in Nerja. Many guidebooks are available showing the local trails and what to look out for.

Golfing, as everyone knows, is extremely popular in Andalucia, having some world class golf courses. Within a 30 minute drive from Cortijo Carmela, there is the choice of 2 great courses, Baviera in Caleta de Velez, and Añoreta, close to Rincon de la Victoria.

Bird Watching and Photography are popular pastimes in the Axarquia. There are so many differing bird species to be spotted on their migration flights and endless sights to capture on camera.

The Shopping Mall is always a draw for everyone, even when on holiday! For those of you who wish to shop or see one of the latest movies, the shopping centre El Ingenio in Torre del Mar has all you will need. It is only a 15 minute drive from Cortijo Carmela. All the shops and restaurants are open Mon-Sat from 1000-2200,including the huge Eroski supermarket. The cinema has 12 theatres and often offers original language films.