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Local attractions

There are plenty of day trips out from our area, usually within a 2 hour radius of Cuevas De San Marcos. The area is lucky to be situated in the centre of a cultural golden triangle between Cordoba, Seville and Granada. With Malaga and the Costa Del Sol only an hour away to the south, and the Sierra Subbetica on the doorstep for outdoor pursuits, you are spoilt for choice.


Sevilla is a dazzing and vibrant city, and holds a wealth of attractions for the visitor.

The moors have left their legacy upon it with the stunning decorative architecture of the Alcazar, the huge gothic cathedral bristles with Inca gold and holds the tomb of Colombus. Seville is also the birthplace of Cervantes, and the inspiration for Don Juan and Carmen.

From the grand sights of the Maestranza Bullring, the Giralda tower, and the Plaza de Espana, to the whitewashed romance of the bario Santa Cruz, with it's flower filled alleys and courtyard bars, Seville has more than enough for a day trip.

Seville is a 2 hour drive away from the Subbetica area, and you can easily park at the airport, and catch the bus in, if you don't fancy driving into the heart of the city.


Deep in the heart of Andalucia, Cordoba is a bustling city built around a stunning medieval heart. The World Heritage site of the Mezquita is an absolute must see, and the whitewashed maze of the Jewish quarter is a great place to find a quiet tapas bar to escape the midday heat.

The Palace of the Christian Kings, and the Medina Azahara both have dazzling ornamental gardens and patios, and there is a full itinary of festivals and events throughout the year, from flamenco to ballet.

Cordoba is less than an hour away from the Subbetica. Thanks to the new motorway that runs from Malaga all the way up to Cordoba, it's even easier to visit this spectacular city.


With the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada behind it in the winter, few destinations have the majesty of the Alhambra Palace on first sight. Once you are inside the thick castle walls, there is plenty to see in this last outpost of the Moorish empire, not the least of which is the Nasrid palace, which is an assault on the senses, and the pinnacle of Muslim architecture in Western Europe.

Down below the palace, beside the river, are a rabbits warren of small streets, housing bars, restaurants and ethnic goods. This leads you out onto the Plaza Nuevo, which despite it's name, is over 300 years old.

There are more shops and eateries around the thick set cathedral, and being a university town, it has a wealth of nightlife and cultural festivities. In the winter, there is skiing and boarding up in the resort above the city. In the summer months, walkers and mountain bikers enjoy the calm and the mountain air.

The Alhambra Palace is one of Spains biggest tourist attractions, and tickets for it should be booked well in advance. You can rarely buy tickets if you turn up on the day.

Granada is just over an hour away from the Subbetica.


Malaga isn't just where you get off the plane and head away from, it's actually a very underrated gem in it's own right. The Semana Santa processions at easter, and the massive feria in the summer are among the liveliest in Andalucia.

What really put Malaga city centre on the map as a tourist detination, was the opening of the Picasso museum in 2004, which as well as housing over 200 pieces of his work, won the 2006 American Architect awards for it's brilliant remodeling of the buildings 16th century origins. Malaga already has a stunning museum of contemporary art, and a hilltop Roman Amphitheatre and Alzacaba that looks down through flower strewn gardens to the huge bullring near the marina.

Food and drink options abound in the city centre, and the seafood is as superb as you would expect. The Baroque cathedral with its unfinished tower is a pleasant visit in the heat of the day, and the shopping is great.

Malaga is under an hours drive from the Subbetica, and there is plenty of underground car parking right in the city centre.

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