Do you want to tread the cobbles built centuries ago by the Iberians, Phoenicians and Romans? And learn at the same time about the figure of Blas Infante, considered the father of Andalusia? Take your car and head to Casares, a town in the Western Costa del Sol where you will receive all the charms of a traditional white village and more.
Declared a Historic-Artistic Site, Casares preserves the best of all the civilizations that have inhabited it. The best example is Casares Castle, of Arab origin, which gives the town a striking image, standing between Campo de Gibraltar and Serrania de Ronda.
In addition, Casares has a few of kilometers of coastline and two high-end golf courses: Finca Cortesín Golf Club designed by Cabell Robinson, and Doña Julia Golf.
NOT TO MISS IN CASARES
Casares Castle is an essential stop in this municipality. It is located in the highest part of the village and was erected by the Arabs, who took advantage of the steep limestone massif on which it was built to complete the building”s defense. From its highest point, the castle dominates the valleys, hills and coastal plains that stretch from the Serrania de Ronda to the Bay of Algeciras and the Rock of Gibraltar. Some towers remain, along with sections of walls and two gates known as the Arrabal and Villa arches, which is home to the Ethnology and History Museum.
Many tourists also begin their visit to Casares with Casa Natal Blas Infante (Blas Infante”s birthplace), which provides an insight into the life of the most important character in the recovery of the Andalusian identity, thanks to the fragments of his life and works are still preserved inside. In addition, its rooms house temporary exhibitions with pieces by local artists. The building is also one of the tourist offices of the municipality.
The Encarnación church, built in the late sixteenth century, deserves another visit for its Mudéjar-influenced bell tower and its rear patio, which once belonged to the convent. The Hermitage of Saint Sebastian, built in the seventeenth century, is home to the image of Our Lady of the Rosary of the fields, the patron saint of Casares.
- Near the beach
- Inhabitants (2,501-5,000)