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The environment

Holiday home Cortijo Nieto is an excellent base for day trips to the beautiful old towns or the many nature parks that Andalusia has to offer, where you can enjoy fantastic walking, climbing, or mountain biking.

Frigiliana, a classic white-painted hilltop village (pueblo blanco) located on a mountain ridge overlooking the sea, is just 4 km from the house and only a 10-minute drive north of Nerja. The narrow cobblestone streets with traditional houses on both sides, many adorned with pots of geraniums and other Mediterranean plants, make Frigiliana a picturesque sight. It has been chosen by the Spanish Tourism Board as the “most beautiful village in Andalusia.” There are many bars and restaurants to relax in, and local specialties include wine, pottery, and ceramics. Despite its hilly location, it is a great place to explore on foot. You can park your car along the lower street leading up to the village or in the parking garage near the central square. Regular buses also run from Nerja to Frigiliana.

The coastal town of Nerja, located 7 km from the house, is one of the most famous places in the Axarquia region. What was once a small white fishing village is now considered the “pearl” of the Costa del Sol in the province of Malaga, located just 58 km east of Malaga city. Nerja has a variety of 7 different beaches along the coast, from narrow beaches located between rocks to the vast 2 km long Playazo beach. You can also enjoy the beautiful Burriana beach where you can eat the famous paella at Ayo’s restaurant. One of the main tourist attractions are the caves of Nerja, also famous for the summer festival that is always held in the caves. Nerja probably has the most beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea in Spain at the “Balcony of Europe.” Nerja also has a wide choice of shops, markets, bars, restaurants, and squares, making it possible for everyone to find something they like.

Malaga (58 km) is the second-largest city in Andalusia. Attractions include the Alcazaba, an 11th-century Arab fortress, the Cathedral of Malaga, and several beautiful museums, including the Picasso Museum in Malaga.

Granada (99 km) is home to one of the most famous monuments in Spain, the Alhambra, a huge historic palace full of remains of both Moorish and Catholic culture.

Sierra Nevada (127 km) is a mountain range in Andalusia, with sixteen peaks above 3000 meters, making it the second-highest mountain range in Europe after the Alps. The ski resort of Solynieve is located here, with 85 km of slopes and a highest peak of 3396m. So a sun holiday can be combined with a skiing holiday here!

Ronda (162 km) is a town that is split in two by the Guadalevin River, with a deep gorge known as El Tajo carved out where the three famous bridges of Ronda are built.