The area around the villa
This beautiful villa is within walking distance of the village of Humilladero (ten minutes' level walk away), a typical whitewashed village in Andalucia surrounded by olive groves. It has many traditional bars and restaurants, most with seats outside in the summer. This thriving agricultural village is a lively and friendly community where guests at our villa have always felt very welcome. On warm summer evenings the village centre has a wonderful atmosphere as young and old alike enjoy themselves sampling tapas, paella, crisply fried fresh fish or delicious grilled prawns. Children, who are always welcome anywhere in Spain, even in the smartest restaurant, play in the streets until well after midnight! You can buy most everyday requirements in Humilladero - it has several small supermarkets and a variety of other shops, including a fishmonger with fresh fish from Malaga every morning! There is a traditional market on Thursdays. Guests have also found our entertaining article on eating and drinking in Andalucia essential reading in preparation for their holiday!
Make sure you explore the beautiful countryside around Humilladero. The thousands of olive trees testify to the main crop in this area and visitors will also notice the many vines grown for the delicious white wine of the neighbouring village of Mollina. The Sierrecilla ("little mountain") that rises up next to the village (and gives our villa its name!) contains a barbecue area where families enjoy themselves and children play. Only five minutes' drive is the lovely village of Fuente de Piedra with its pretty square, pavement cafés and famous Flamingo Lake. Children will also love the Fuente de Piedra Donkey Sanctuary! Twenty minutes' drive brings you to the historic town of Antequera, always a favourite with our guests, with its many beautiful churches, Moorish castle, renowned tapas bars and excellent shopping. The Antequera Wolf Park is another fun outing for younger guests! The stunning blue lakes of El Chorro are also very accessible.
Humilladero also lies on the Route of Washington Irving. This famous American writer was the author of "Tales of the Alhambra", the book inspired by his journey through Andalucia from Seville to Granada in 1829 and his stay in the now world-famous Moorish palace of the Alhambra. Information about the route can be obtained locally and following it is a fascinating way to discover Andalucia.
For many villa guests a visit to the Alhambra is a integral part of their holiday in Andalucia and we would remind you that to avoid disappointment you should book your tickets in advance (see our Alhambra tickets page for how to do this). In addition, the beautiful city of Cordoba, capital of medieval Al-Andalus, is only 30 minutes away from the villa by train. Visits to Cordoba's magnificent Mezquita or the beautiful Gardens of the Alcazar are sure to be an unforgettable part of your villa holiday in Andalucia. The glorious city of Seville is also easily visited by road or rail. The beaches of the Costa del Sol are just under an hour's drive, and the Aqualand Torremolinos waterpark is just over 50 minutes' drive. You will find many other exciting options for days out on our sightseeing page, and our articles also provide a more in-depth picture of Andalucia's historic highlights, as well as lots of information on food and drink in Andalucia.