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Towns & cities

Archidona is at the heart of Andalucia and the hotel is perfectly located within easy reach of a number of famously beautiful cities. Malaga is only 49 minutes away, Granada 1 hr, Córdoba 1.20 hr, Sevilla is 1.30 hr and Ronda 1.20 hr. There are also a host of smaller gems like the spectacular towns of Comares, Iznajar, Osuna and Antequera nearby.  Suggested itineraries are available and we can book tickets for Palaces and Mosques on request. There are also bookable culture, walking, cycling tours of Malaga old town, Ronda, Cordaba, Granada and Seville, great for discovering the history and culture of Moorish Al-Andaluz


40 minutes by car or 1 hr by bus:

The often over-looked but stylish and beautiful city of Málaga has a huge amount to offer. For art lovers, there’s the Museo Picasso or the masterpieces of the Carmen Thyssen museum collection. There is also a great range of bars and restaurants – everything from traditonal fino bars and beachside ‘chiringuitos’ selling fresh seafood through to fine dining and rooftop cocktail bars in the city centre.



1 hour by car or 2 by bus:

Drive or take the bus to the famous Moorish city of Granada. Granada is a treasure trove of architecture, from the rich grounds of the Alhambra Palace, a 9th C fortress that was the seat of Nasrid rule, to the patios and gardens of the Generalife. The Albaicín, the original moorish quarter with its windy streets and hidden corners sits opposite the Alhambra and is perfect for an afternoon’s wandering.



1 hr 20 by car:

On the banks of the Guadalquivir river, Córdoba is the smaller brother to Granada but equally impressive. The historic centre of the city and its Mosque Cathedral, have long been recognized by UNESCO as a heritage site. Nearby there is also the abandoned Moorish city of Medina Azahara, still wonderfully preserved.



1 hr 20 by car:

This beautiful hill top town is surrounded by three national parks and is cut into two halves by the Guadalevín river that runs deep into the gorge below the town. The town centre is well preserved and is home to one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, the Mondragón Palace and the Arabic baths.



1hr 30 by car:

Seville is the capital of Andalucía and sits on the Guadlaquivir river. The cathedral, Giralda tower, and Plaza de España are the most famous sights yet the city is almost more famed for its Spring Fair, Feria de Abril, and its Easter week, Semana Santa. Seville is full of restaurants and bars serving typical andalucian cuisine.


Outside of the major cities, Andalucía offers other beautiful towns and natural treasures, including:


Just 20 minutes from Almohalla 51, the vibrant town of Antequera looks across the valley to the north. Together with Bronze age and Roman remains, the town has an extensive selection of both civic and religious buildings that can be visited walking around the historical centre or seen from high above the town alongside its Moorish walls. Antequera has a variety of bars and restaurants for lunch and dinner.

The town sits below the Torcal National Park, a stunning natural park, known for its unusual Karst rock formations formed by years of erosion. The area is popular with walkers, with clean air, plenty of wildlife to see and amazing views as far as the coast and Málaga airport.

Guadalteba lakes

Actually reservoirs, these enormous areas of water are nestled in natural parkland and are ideal for wild swimming and sunbathing in the summer You can also rent kayaks and paddle boards.


Cabra is a pretty rural town in Córdoba province, Andalusia