Where better than in the tranquility of the Andalucian countryside can you get lost in your thoughts, or realise those dreams of writing a novel or penning a poem. We can always provide a pen and a ream of paper!
WALKING & NATURE/BIRD WATCHING.
This part of Andalucia has a wealth of wildlife from tiny voles and bee-eaters to Mongoose, Bonelli’s Eagle and giant Griffon vultures. It is an ornithologists paradise, but also greatly enjoyed by the keen amateur as the abundance of fauna doesn´t need a knowledgeable eye to be appreciated. There are many official mapped routes in the area from the short easy stroll to the serious hike.
From the expert to the weekend dabbler you are sure to find the perfect scene to capture. You don´t even need to leave the comfort of your patio at The Stables to find beautiful scenery.
Whichever direction you drive from The Stables you come across a golf course within a short distance. The Volvo Masters championship course at Finca Cortesin is only 10 minutes away and one of around 70 quality courses along the coast. Thanks to the temperate climate the sport can be played all year round.
Taking WALKING to the next level, now that the Great Malaga Route is complete. The cottages are perfectly situated to take the "Gran Senda" in either the direction of Estepona or Genalguacil, and beyond, being only 100 meters from Phase 29 of the 33 phases available. Full details of the routes are available from their web page
As affiliated lodgings, when you stay at our cottages you can collect a log book, which we will happily stamp for you to show you have completed either (and!) stages 28 or 29 of the Great Malaga Path. Click on the photo to find out more
Though you can download all the information you need onto your smart phone, we do provide maps and information on the flora and fauna of the area for those who prefer the more traditional feel of a book in their hands.
In conjunction with a local, professional company, we can organise;
Be it a taster, as you´d like to try this adventurous sport for the first time, or an initiation course which gives you techniques and balance, as well as showing you basic rope handling, or guided service for the experienced - through the Sierra de Utrera, Gibraltar, and many other noted climb sites, we are situated in the ideal spot between Mijas, Marbella, Tarifa and Castellar. Previous notice and confirmation is required for this activity.
Sitting, listening to the birds, soaking up the sun, sipping a refreshing drink are all "activities" to be enjoyed on the peaceful ample patio in front of your cottage. With sun shades and sun loungers, an Argentinian style BBQ and furniture to dine at al fresco you don´t need anything else to relax and truly unwind.
The header photo shows our own private rock pool. Fed by a mountain spring, providing the perfect place to cool off - and even get a shoulder and back massage from the constantly cascading water.
For the more adventurous, BIKE HIRE can be arranged for you prior to your arrival, in order to explore the many country trails in the area.
The experienced competent trail rider can trek through beautiful forests, seeing Andalucia as few rarely do. Organised by prior arrangement with the owners of the cottages, these routes are either 3 hours or all day, in which case lunch is also provided. Long comfortable leg wear and long sleeves are recommended. You will ride trails inaccessible by vehicle and, depending on the time of year, see flora and fauna that many don´t know exists in this part of Spain. Contact The Stables for more details. (max. rider weight 90kgs)
Adventure rider long weekends especially for couples who are experienced trail riders. Full information of this truly off-road opportunity can be found at Horse Livery Spain
The emphasis is on experienced TRAIL riders, as some of these trails, of the traders and smugglers of yesteryear, are not for the faint-hearted, much less the nervous rider.
Casares is blessed with a number of high quality restaurants to really tickle your taste buds. All these listed below are personally recommended by the owners of The Stables. The discerning palette is spoilt for choice.
Where Asian meets Mediterranean in a perfect fusion. Arroyo Hondo Closed Mondays and reservations recommended.
A twist on the traditional. El Forjador As with all these restaurants it is recommended you telephone your reservation.
The area also benefits from quality traditional "ventas" where you can experience real Spanish cuisine. For fabulous b-b-q meat, Venta Cozar. Renowned for it´s country dishes, Venta Victoria. For up-market mediterranean, Venta Garcia. Not forgetting the bars and restaurants within the village of Casares itself.