Casa La Sierrecilla

Sightseeing at our Villa in Andalucia (1) - Antequera

There are many beautiful towns in Andalucia, and Antequera is one of our favourites (just 20 minutes drive from Casa La Sierrecilla!). There is no shortage of sights for the traveller, with over 30 historic churches and monasteries and an ancient Moorish castle rising over the town. The vibrant town with its characterful bars, restaurants and excellent shops surrounds an old quarter of surprising tranquillity, where time seems to have stood still in its peaceful whitewashed streets – a wonderful place to enjoy a drink after a busy morning’s sightseeing.

Antequera’s comparative lack of fame makes it an appealing place to visit as the tourist hordes are largely absent, although those in the know do travel up from the coast to experience the real Andalucia. The main street, the Infante Don Fernando, is lined with busy pavement cafes where you can enjoy a drink or a cooling ice cream before heading up to the historic quarter. There are many excellent bars and restaurants, serving local dishes. One of the local specialities is porra antequerana, a cold tomato soup garnished with cured ham, eggs and/or tuna, which is really refreshing on a hot day – a more satisfying version of gazpacho. And be sure to pick up some of the delicious local pastries before heading back to the villa!

Read our article on Antequera for more details!

Eating out during your villa holiday at Casa La Sierrecilla

Casa la Sierrecilla is a fantastic villa for guests who want to experience traditional Andalucian cooking. There are several excellent bars and restaurants in the village, all showcasing authentic Andalucian cooking with typically fresh ingredients - the hallmark of the Mediterranean diet.

The Puentecillo has a long tapas menu and is the ideal place to while away the time while the less fortunate members of your group head to the village supermarket opposite! Bar Bakero is a very traditional bar, also with a long tapas menu. There are many other bars for those who wish to make an in-depth study of Andalucian tapas! A chilled glass of fino or a refreshing San Miguel beer are the perfect accompaniments and of course, the tapa will be free with your drink. Tapas are also very popular with children - ours love a crispy piece of fried rosada fish or a thin slice of tangy Queso Manchego. 

El Peñon, Humilladero

El Peñon, Humilladero

For those looking for a special family meal out the welcoming El Peñon near the village square is a great option, or the Herradura restaurant just up from the Bakero, and we were excited to find that the El Colmao restaurant is opening again on 26th August! Guests will find that it's possible for families to eat out on holiday far more cheaply than it would be on the coast, and of course, children are welcome everywhere!

Remember that the Andalucians start lunch at around 2 p.m in summer and eat dinner at 9 p.m or later! So don't worry about early bedtimes (or early mornings!). You'll see tiny local children out with their parents past midnight.  Adopt the Andalucian timetable and you'll have a wonderful holiday!