From a distance it looks like white sugar cubes have been piled up high on the hillside and it draws visitors from miles around - the pretty Andalucían town of Casares is certainly a special sight. Lying approximately 14 kilometres inland from the coast, Casares offers the best of countryside living, within easy driving distance of the coast.
It is often described as one of the prettiest and most scenic of all the Andalucían white towns, so much so that visitors to Casares often stop on the edge of the village to capture a photograph and admire the view from afar.
The village stands at the top of a hill and its traditional white houses appear to tumble down the hillside beneath what is left of a wonderful Moorish castle. Casares occupies a truly privileged position surrounded by a number of natural parks offering spectacular views of the mountains and countryside. It is completely unspoilt by tourism yet it is within very easy reach of all the tourist amenities along the coast.
In the town itself you will find a network of charming and steep narrow streets with traditional Andalucían houses for sale looking out across the gorge. Casares has a population of around 3000 residents and the village is an excellent place to base yourself in the Costa Del Sol if you would like to explore the wider region including the neighbouring white villages of Gaucín and Jimena de la Frontera.
Despite having such a small population, Casares has a rich and colourful past and is the home of Blas Infante Perez de Vargas, who is considered to be the founder of the autonomous region of Andalucía. He was born in Casares in 1885 and he died at the hands of Franco’s forces in 1936 at the beginning of the civil war. During his life he was known as a lawyer, politician and a writer and is Andalucía’s most prominent historic and political figure. The house where he was born has now been turned into a museum and tourist centre, which can be found off Calle Carrera in the village centre.
You will also find a monument to Blas Infante in Casares main square – the Plaza de España. While you are in the square you should also take a look at the ornate fountain that is located in the centre. This is a memorial to King Carlos lll and it sprays out water that’s fresh from the nearby mountain springs. Across the square from the fountain you will find the church of San Sebastian which dates back to the 17th century.
Another big draw to this area is the nearby complex of the Roman Baths de la Hedionda. The baths date back to the first century BC and Julius Caesar is believed to have bathed here many times during the period when he was governor of southern Spain. He took to the waters, which are rich in sulphur, to cure himself of skin and liver ailments. The story goes that he was so delighted with the results that he founded the Roman city of Lacipo and gave Casares the right to produce its own coins! Lacipo grew economically strong thanks to olive oil and it acted as a seat of government until its demise in the second century. The only part of the settlement that still stands today is a section of a wall which is around four kilometres from Casares, but the area is not currently open to visitors.
What remains of Casares Castle is located at the top of the town and appears to be built into the side of the rock. It is a steep climb which is not for the fainthearted, but if you make the journey up you will not be disappointed. The castle area includes the Iglesia de la Encarnación, a 16th century chapel, and the cemetery which is still in use today. You can go into to the old castle area through the old town gate on Calle Villa.
On the other side of the town you can climb up to the Arrabal arch. From the top you will enjoy breathtaking views of the valley all the way down to Gibraltar and the coast of North Africa. The rich history of Casares is widely recognised and the village has officially been protected as a site of historical and artistic interest since 1978.
The town of Casares and the surrounding area is a fantastic place to spend some time, either on a long term basis or as a trip from one of the other residential areas around the Costa Del Sol . If you are visiting Casares for the day then you should drive up to the entrance of the village where you will find a big restaurant called La Terraza. It would be wise for you to leave your car here as spaces in the narrow village streets are scarce! From the restaurant you can easily walk the remainder of the way which is not far.
The restaurant overlooks a deep gorge across to the old ruin of the Church of the Hermitage of Vera Cruz. Three of the original four walls of the church are still standing. You can still see that the thick stone walls are pitted ancient bullet marks. During the civil war the church was heavily attacked and legend has it that the bodies of the unfortunate were disposed of by throwing them deep into the gorge.
Once you reach the centre of the town you should head for the main square, which is called the Plaza de España. As well as the museum and the fountain, the plaza has a lovely outdoor café with a rooftop terrace, where you can relax and admire the views while you have a bite to eat.
Although it is known across Spain for its historical past, Casares is not ignoring its future and a number of new developments are taking shape on the outskirts of the village. The Casares Playa development, which lies alongside the Casares coast, offers a variety of beautiful apartments and townhouses for sale and there are plenty of good value opportunities to be had. This is fantastic place to buy property or live, holiday or invest as it is so close to the coast but with all the advantages of rural life too.
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