To say that Casares is pretty is an understatement it really is a picture postcard village which is situated on a rocky outcrop just nine miles inland from the activity of the Costa del Sol and is only 15 minutes away from the coast yet is another world away in atmosphere and beauty.
A spectacular white washed village surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the rugged Bermeja mountains. The crags around Casares are home to a colony of Griffon vultures with a wing span of up to 2 metres they can be seen gliding on the thermals whilst the Sierra Crestellina Nature Reserve lies alongside the village, a popular destination for birdwatchers and walkers.
Casares remains one of the most photographed villages in Spain as due to its location it is also known as the ‘hanging village’ perched high up on the steep sandstone buttress.
The remains of the Moorish castle sits at the top on the ridge and looks down on the small white houses cascading down the hillside.
When you visit Casares, be prepared for a steep climb through the intricate network of narrow, winding streets which lead ever upwards, through the town, culminating at the remains of the 12th Century castle at the very top.
Although you must be prepared for a steep climb through the network of narrow streets leading upwards in the village – when you reach the typical Andalucian square (La Plaza de Espana) you can sit and watch the world go by.
The top of the town is approximately 1400 feet above sea level, your reward is the amazing panoramic views down to the coast over Gibraltar across the Mediterranean and to Morocco beyond.
Casares is a typically Spanish classic white village, and has the advantage of being surrounded by history and stunning views – yet only 15 minutes away (15 kms) from the coast and the towns of Estepona and Manilva. Gibraltar and Morocco are an easy day trip away from the village and its surrounds.
As is the norm in Spain Casares has a feria – this takes place in the first week of August when the main square comes alive with music, dancing and of course partaking of the local wines.
As ever in Spain, there are plenty of fiestas and festivals. The year begins with fireworks and champagne in the Plaza España. On Twelfth Night the Three Kings ride into the village with sweets for the children. The fervour of Holy Week is special. For Corpus Christi, the streets are strewn with mint and rosemary. The first week of August is time for the big feria, when the main square comes alive with music and people dancing the night away. Early September sees the feast of the Virgin, and new wine flows at the nearby grape festival.