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EXCURSIONS AND DAY TRIPS IN ANDALUCIA

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There are a multitude of sight seeing excursions and tours to be had in Andalucia using Cortijo Las Olivas as a central base. listed below are some of our guests favourites! For more information, please contact us!

ALHAMBRA AND GENERALIFE - GRANADA

The Alhambra in Granada is one of Andalucias best loved and most visited landmarks!

 

The name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means "red or crimson castle perhaps due to the hue of the towers and walls that surround the entire hill of La Sabica which by starlight is silver but by sunlight is transformed into gold. But there is another more poetic version, evoked by the Moslem analysts who speak of the construction of the Alhambra fortress "by the light of torches", the reflections of which gave the walls their particular coloration. Created originally for military purposes, the Alhambra was an "alcazaba" (fortress), an "alcázar" (palace) and a small "medina" (city), all in one. This triple character helps to explain many distinctive features of the monument.

 

Upon entry to the Alhambra you will have been assigned a time slot for the Palace Nazaries. If you fail to enter during this half hour time slot you will be denied entry to this stunning complex. It therefore makes sense to enter the Alhambra well before you assigned time. You can then visit other sections of the Alhambra beforehand. Logically it is best to visit first the Alcazaba then the Palace of Carlos V (with museums) before the Palace Nazaries. Then you can walk along the North wall towards the Generalife (gardens). To visit everything at a leisurely pace will require at least 3 hours.

 

The number of admissions per day is limited to protect the monument. Therefore if you have not booked in advance it is imperative to turn up early in the day, especially during high season, to guarantee entry. Queues will start well before the 8.30 opening time. There are only two organisations who sell public tickets. One is the Alhambra ticket Office and the other is La Caixa Bank.

 

A ticket reservation service is available online at Andalucia.com

Tickets reserved online must be purchased and collected from the Western   Alhambra Entrance (see below) or any La Caixa bank cash machine using   the same credit card.

 

Tickets can be reserved by phoning 902 888 001 from Spain or +34 934 923 750 from abroad. Tele-operators speak Spanish, English and French.

If you have reserved a ticket you will have to collect your ticket from the Western entrance. This is a long uphill walk from the city centre so leave plenty of time to make sure you don't miss your time slot for the Palace Nazaries.

 

Day visit
(Nazrid palaces, Alcazaba, Generalife):

Adults: 14 euros
Students: 10 euros (with proof)
Pensioners: 10 euros (with proof)
Disabled: 9 euros
Children under 12: 0 euros

 

Garden visit
(Paseo de los Cipreses, Secano, San Francisco Gardens; Alcazaba;
Generalife):

Adults: 8 euros
Disabled: 8 euros
Children under 12: 0 euros

 

Night visit:
Adults: 9 euros
Pensioners: 9 euros (with proof)
Disabled: 9 euros
Children under 12: 0 euros (with proof)

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PICASSO MUSEUM - MALAGA

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The people of Malaga are proud of the fact that Picasso was born here and it was a big day when the King and Queen of Spain inaugurated the  Museo Picasso (Picasso Museum) on the 27th October 2003.  On that first day alone almost 2,000 people visited. the museum, which is housed in the Palacio de Buenavista. You will find it right in the heart of the Historic Centre of the city, with the dramatic backdrop of the Alcazaba Fortress and Gibralfaro Castle close by.  Literally two minutes walking distance from Malaga Cathedral, this magnificent old building has been painstakingly restored to befit the importance of the works of the great artist

 

If you are looking for the Museum for the first time, remember that just a couple of minutes away, in the Plaza de la Merced, is the Casa Natal (Birthplace of Picasso), which has been open to the public since 1988. There are now exhibition rooms in the Casa Natal, as well as pictures and a view of how life was for the artist in his early years in Malaga.  Some people find the Casa Natal first and mistakenly think that this is the Picasso Museum and then go no further.  Since the two buildings are only a few minutes distance apart, visiting them both in one day is both feasible and indeed recommended.

 

In high season, the Picasso Museum has proved so popular that a queue sometimes forms outside in the narrow pedestrian street, with Picasso 'aficionados' patiently waiting their turn to see the works of the great man.

 

As well as the 12 halls of permanent exhibition gallery, which includes such classic Picasso works as 'Olga Kokhlova with Mantilla (Barcelona 1917), Mother and Child (1921-1922) and Portrait of Paulo with white hat (1923), there are also many sketches and ceramics on display.  In addition there are excellent temporary exhibitions, which are optional when you buy your entrance ticket and are exceptionally well received.

 

Opening Hours:

Tuesdays -Thursdays, form 10:00  to 20:00.
Fridays - Saturdays, form 10:00  to 21:00.
Sundays and Holidays 10:00 - 20:00.

Closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Christmas Eve and New Years Eve: 10:00 to 15:00

 

Admission Fee:
Collection   6.00 euros
Exhibition   4.50 euros
Combined entrance 8.00 euros

 

Free admission:
Youths under 18 years.
Children 12 and under must be acompanied by an adult.
Last Sunday, of Every Month, free entrance all day.

Advance purchase of tickets by phone:  902 36 02 95.

 

Location:
Find the Museo Picasso on Google Maps.

Museo Picasso
Palacio de Buenavista
c/ San Agustín, 8
29015 Málaga, España
Tel: (34) 952 127600
Fax: (34) 952 127607

MALAGA CATHEDRAL

Malaga´s cathedral was built between 1528  and 1782 on or near the site of a former mosque. While original plans had allowed for two towers, lack of funds resulted in the completion of only one, giving rise to the name by which the cathedral is affectionately referred to, La Manquita, loosely interpreted as "little one armed woman".

 

The interior has influences of the Renaissance and baroque styles. The notable 17th century choir stalls of mahogany and cedarwood were designed by Luis Ortiz.

 

After his death the 40 finely carved statues of the saints behind each stall were completed by Pedro de Mena, one of Spain's most celebrated wood-carvers of the time, who spent some years in Malaga. Some of the chapels leading off the aisles also contain works by Pedro de Mena and his tutor, Alonso Cano.

 

Adjoining the cathedral is the Iglesia del Sagrano. Founded in the 15th century on the site of a mosque, the church has an unusual rectangular shape, its Isabelline-Gothic portal is the only remaining part of the original structure which was rebuilt in 1714. The interior is richly decorated and its main altar features a magnificent 16th century retable.

 

As you leave the Cathedral, the exit route takes you through the cathedral shop. Here is the Cathedral Museum. Although very small, there are some impressive exhibits of works of art, silver and gold and other items relating to the Cathedral.

 

Tickets are purchased at the main door from a small ticket booth. Tickets are 4 euros for adults and this includes admission to the Cathedral Museum.

 

Audio guides are also available in many languages. 

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MALAGA MOTOR MUSEUM

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The car museum in Malaga is quite extraordinary when it comes to museums. It was opened recently (Sept 2010), within the old tobacco factory in Malaga along with a huge extension at the back. The project cost 9 million Euros.

 

This brand new Classic Car museum boasts one of the world’s most impressive collections of vintage cars, over 90 fully functioning models demonstrate the evolution of the automobile from the “Winner of 1898” up to the “tuning” age of the 1950’s, including the popular Morris Minor, luxurious Bentleys and Mercedes, Bugattis, Packards, Rolls and Jaguars. Incredible upholsteries, pets Lalique, dashboard pearl, exotic lamps and accessories… The automobile art in all its splendour!

 

The car museum in Malaga is divided into clear sections depending on the date and style of the vehicles. There are over 100 cars on display including some very rare vehicles and accessories.

 

Entry to the museum is 6 euros for adults and 3 euros for pensioners. You can also include a guided tour for 9 euros per person. Students pay 4.50 euros. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm. It is closed on December 25th and January 1st.

LAS NAVILLAS ADVENTURE CENTRE - ANTEQUERA

Just down the road in Antequera is Las Navillas Adventure Centre. You can choose from quad biking, horse riding, pony rides, paint balling, archery, wall climbing and zip slides. Try the hour long 4x4 jeep trip in the mountains where you will see wild boar, deer, foxes, birds of prey etc  - all for just a few euros.

 

There is also a fantastic country restaurant opposite Las Navillas Adventure Centre which is very reasonable. It is extremely popular with the locals on Sundays. Pop down in advance and book as Sunday Lunch is a must! However, vegetarians beware as there is every sort of meat and game imaginable. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

 

Please click here to see the cost of all activities.

 

Las Navillas Adventure Centre recommend you book in advance to avoid dissapointment.

 

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LOBO PARQUE (WOLF PARK) - ANTEQUERA

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The Wolf Park (Lobo Parque) is a short distance from Cortijo Las Olivas, just outside Antequera with 4 interesting species. Witness wolves in an exceptional environment that lets no doubt that animals in captivity do have a chance to live in a semi-natural habitat. 

 

Here you will be able to look wolves in the eye for the first time in your life! a truly unforgettable experience! 

 

In the summer from May until October and on full moon evenings there are  “Wolf Howl Nights”. see the pack when they are most active and even get a chance to howl along!


You will receive dinner, followed by a guided night tour. The guided tour teaches about wolves in general, but we also focus on their vocalizations and specifically why wolves howl! 

 

Audiences are always thrilled when they let out a howl, and the wolves howl in return especially in a night with a clear sky full of stars or even during full moon.

 

Price for the dinner and the guided night tour (7:30pm – mid night):

Adults 28.00€

children (from 3 – 12 years) 22.00€

 

Reservations necessary

please call tel. **34 952 03 11 07 or send an email to: 
info@lobopark.com

CROCODILE PARK - TORREMOLINOS

An hours drive from Cortijo Las Olivas, in Torremolinos, you will discover Crocodile Park, where you will find yourself in front of prehistoric monsters which have miraculously survived 200 million years of evolution – carnivores who knew the dinosaurs and use the same cold, merciless hunting techniques. From a distance of less than 2 metres, you can marvle at the gigantic crocodiles by silently walking beside them and even hold a baby crocoldile! Observe the secrets of one of the most fascinating creatures of our world.

 

For more information about crocodile park, click here.

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AQUA LAND - TORREMOLINOS

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Right next door to Crocodile Park is Aqualand, why not combine the two for a great family day out?!

 

Come and have your photo taken with sealions, play mini golf, lounge on the beach, or if you are feeling more adventurous, experience the rapids, the black hole, super slalom, kamikaze twister and much more at Aqua Land!

 

For more information click here.

EL TORCAL PARK NATURE RESERVE

El Torcal Park Nature Reserve is known for its unusual limestone rock formations. Located about 30 km north of Málaga city in the direction of Antequera near the village of Villanuevade la Concepción, within El Torcal Park's 17 square km are some of the most beautiful and impressive limestone landscapes in Europe. The whole area was under sea until one hundred million years ago.

 

The violent movements of the Earth's crust forced it upward into hills and mountains up to 1.300 m, the limestone still kept its layered horizontal formation. Because of this, over the millions of years the rain and wind have been able to chisel away at these layers to form incredible shapes.

To reach the heart of the park it is possible to drive up to 1.100 m. above sea level along a good access road into the park. Simply go to the village of Villanueva de la Concepcion and follow the sign to El Torcal out of the town about 1 km. At the parking area you will find an information centre, small museum, with an interesting of view of the wildlife, flora and fauna of the park. Orchid enthusiasts will be captivated by the 30 varieties of the plant growing in the park.


Three routes through the park for walkers have been marked out with different coloured arrows on wooden sticks. The green route is the shortest and easiest, 1,5 km. and takes about 30 minutes. The yellow route covers most of the green area, is 2,5 km. long and takes you to "Las Ventanillas" The Windows, at 1.200 m. for panoramic views of the valley of Málaga. Finally the red route is the longest and most difficult, 4,5 km. taking about three hours, with a viewing point 1.339 m. up where you can see the whole of the El Torcal Park and the Africa Coastline.


You need good walking shoes or trainers, in the warm months take a bottle of water. For more information about 'El Torcal' read the recent article in the Andalucia magazine. El Torcal de Antequera - The enchanted mountain range.   The Torcal natural park is entered from the village of Villanueva de la Concepción. From Málaga head 20km North on the N341 to "km 148" and the village of Casabermeja, then head west 15km. From Antequera, Villanueva de la Concepción is 15 km South on the C3310

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EL CHORRO

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Imagine three stunningly beautiful turquoise coloured lakes bordered by pine forests. A tranquil retreat where you can swim or fish, or picnic on the lake shore. Hardly sounds like a typical Andalucian scene, does it! But west of Alora that is what you will find. Malaga's "Lake District" is in fact three artificial lakes created by a dam built across the dramatic 200 m. high Guadalhorce river gorge, known as the Garganta del Chorro. Watch out for the eagles which continually circle around the sheer cliffs.


From your journey through the Valle de Abdalajis you will arrive at the small village of El Chorro and your first sight of the dam and gorge area. There is a small bridge across the middle of the gorge, built during the construction of the reservoir between 1914 and 1921. The dam was officially opened in 1921 by King Alfonso XIII of Spain and on this occasion he took a walk along the specially constructed catwalk, called El Camino del Rey (The King's Path), pinned to the face of the gorge some 100 m. above the river.

 

The Camino del Rey, actually dates back to 1906, by some accounts. It is officially closed to the public pending repairs. On January 21 2006 the regional government announced that there were funds available in the 2006 budget to make repairs to the path.

 

There are trained guides who do take visitors along the path. This is not a trek for the faint hearted - or those with vertigo. In addition, climbing and trekking in this area is really only for experienced climbers with proper equipment.


If you simply want to see where the Camino del Rey begins, it can be found by driving across the lower dam into the village of El Chorro, take the track on the left before the railway station, continue past the camp site until you can drive no further. Walk the last few hundred metres. The path drops down and skirts the iron girder railway bridge (take care crossing the line, Von Ryans express was filmed here)

 

To reach the lakes, drive over the dam and follow the road round to the left of the gorge. Just keep on this road and you will come to the lakes, about 4 km. drive. Even though the lakes are very popular in the summer, their shores are so vast that it is easy to find a quiet place to sunbathe, swim and picnic.


We recommend a delightful waterside restaurant El Kioskoll, a particular good choice for the winter visit as a blazing log fire and their excellent roast lamb and pork go down well after a walk along the shores of the lake. But equally delightful is their summer terrace with views to the lake. To find El Kioskoll continue east along the lakes, through a tunnel under a lakeside restaurant and cross over another dam. You will find El Kioskoll on the right hand side of the road.


Take the minor tarmac but pot-holed road up to the upper lake of this hydroelectric pump storage project for exceptional views. There is a restaurant, now abandoned due to lack of passing trade and the site of the deserted village of Bobastro.

MEZQUITA MOSQUE - CORDOBA

The Mezquita dates back to the 10th century when Córdoba reached its zenith under a new emir, Abd ar-Rahman 111 who was one of the great rulers of Islamic history. At this time Córdoba was the largest, most prosperous cities of Europe, outshining Byzantium and Baghdad in science, culture and the arts. The development of the Great Mosque paralleled these new heights of splendour.

 

Today the Mezquita as it is known can be visited throughout the year for 6 Euro entrance fee. The approach is via the Patio de los Naranjos, a classic Islamic ablutions courtyard which preserves both its orange trees and fountains. When the mosque was used for Moslem prayer, all nineteen naves were open to this courtyard allowing the rows of interior columns to appear like an extension of the tree with brilliant shafts of sunlight filtering through.

 

In the centre of the mosque squats a Renaissance cathedral which dates back to the early sixteenth century while, to the left is the Capilla de Villaviciosa built by Moorish craftsmen in 1371.

 

The Torre de Alminar is 93m high and was built on the site of the original minaret. Its posible to climb the steps to the very top for superb views of Cordoba.

 

Entrance fee €8.00

Children €4.00

10.00h - 18.30h Monday to Saturday

13.30h - 18.30h Sunday

09.00 and 10.45 there are services on Sundays where there is free entrance to Cathedral only.

 

There are opportunities to buy tickets online as part of guided tours but unfortunately not separately - be aware that sources are not always reliable and may charge excessively. However, by all accounts queuing is not an issue as sales are very quick and efficient so pre ordering tickets should not be necessary. If you are worried about queuing it is possible to go and buy/book earlier in the day for later collection

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SELWO MARINA

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If you dont mind travelling a little further afield, there is Selwo Marina, a 80 minute drive away in Benalmedina. The Selwo Marina is the latest of the Costa del Sol’s attractions and it promises to become a firm favourite as the first dolphinarium in Andalucia.


Located in the lovely leafy Parque de la Paloma in Arroyo de la Miel and close to the promenade there are many sea creatures and exotic birds on display, including sea lions, penguins, dolphins, seals and toucans. Shows are put on at specific times during the day as are feeding times which are always a joy to watch.

 

There are 4 large pools, three of which are home to their three bottlenose dolphins, and the last used for interactive programmes such as Swim With a Sea Lion. The main large pool (The 'Show Pool') is used by both the dolphins and sea lions during shows, however the sea lions do not have access to it otherwise. 'Las Hondonada' is the area in which the Bird and Snake Shows take place. There are also aviaries to view the parrots when they aren't performing. 'Amazonia' is a small indoor area containing tank of snakes, lizards, fish, caimans and a collection of others. 'Isla de Hielo' translates to 'Island of Ice' and is home to their collection of penguins. The penguin exhibit mimics that of their natural habitat.

 

CHURCHES, MUSEUMS & "LOS DOLMENES" OF ANTEQUERA

There are about thirty religious buildings in Antequera, between churches and convents and the most important of these are the Real Colegiata de Santa María de la Mayor and the Church of San Sebastián. You can also visit Los Dolmenes : three monuments, Menga, Viera and El Romeral which form one of the most outstanding megalithic sites that were used for ritual and burial purposes.

 

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WHATEVER YOU DECIDE TO DO ON YOUR VISIT TO CORTIJO LAS OLIVAS, WE HOPE YOU ENJOY EXPLORING OUR BEAUTIFUL REGION OF SPAIN!

Opening out onto our large 'Mountain Spring water pool', La Casita is a quaint little cottage which caters for 2 people. La Casita is open plan and consists of a fully equipped marble topped kitchen, double bed and bright airy shower room.  Perfect for romantic getaways. please click to find out more.

 

 

La Finca is Cortijo Las Olivas' largest cottage and caters for up to 5 people. Opening out onto our colourful Mediterranean courtyard, La Finca boasts a balcony with panoramic views of the mountains, pool and gardens, beautiful marble staircase and fully equipped kitchen, please click to find out more.

Opening out onto our large 'Mountain Spring water pool', La Casita is a quaint little cottage which caters for 2 people. La Casita is open plan and consists of a fully equipped marble topped kitchen, double bed and bright airy shower room.  Perfect for romantic getaways. please click to find out more.