Route of Almoravids and Almohads

Discover the Arab legacy of the occupation of the old Al-Andalus by Maghreb dynasties from Cádiz to the coast of Málaga.

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
Following the remains of the two Maghreb dynasties that ruled the southern half of the Iberian Peninsula for almost two centuries, the route begins in Arcos de la Frontera, a picturesque village in Cádiz, located on top of a breathtaking sheer cliff full of spots that remind of its Arab heritage. Towers, churches and wonderful lookouts with views to the Guadalete river are just some of its endless attractions. Arcos de la Frontera, with its white little houses fitted like puzzle pieces in the top and the slopes of a reddish hill, is the gateway to the route of White Towns, villages in Cádiz and Málaga that scale between mountains with their picturesque white houses. It is also a starting point for the Wine Route -you will be able to visit several wineries and vineyards and attend tastings- and the Bull Route -with excursions to farmhouses to learn about the breeding of brave bulls- or for wandering through the Alcornocales Natural Park. If you love adventure sports, the natural area of the village will allow you to do caving, hiking, rappelling, free flight, paragliding or cycle tourism. Another great option is visiting the Lago de Arcos, where canoes and sailing boats live together with the birds that come here to spend the winter. And if you are a good eater, it would be a sin not to try a good Jerez-style oxtail stew a the Parador.
Days 2 and 3
Monday and Tuesday.
We cross the province border to get into inland Málaga. The romantic Ronda, birthplace of bullfighting and bandit dynasties, awaits us. A town of great beauty. The Arab heritage can be felt in each of its streets, since Izn-Rand Onda, which means "Castle City", was one of the capitals of Muslim Spain, offering monuments such as the Arab baths, the Old Bridge, the Giant’s House and the Mondragón House. However, there is also a Ronda with places such as its Real Maestranza de Caballería Bullring, one of the oldest and most monumental in Spain and where the Goyesca Bullfight is held annually, or the impressive New Bridge, built in an astonishing settlement to cross a precipice of 120 metres deep and next to which the Parador is located, with unique views over the Tagus. The natural surroundings of Ronda are no less beautiful that the city, as it is surrounded by protected areas and the Sierra de la Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves and Los Alcornocales Natural Parks. It is also worth visiting Reservatauro, a theme park on the Mediterranean pasture, the raging bull and the Spanish pure-bred horse, unique in the world. In addition, you can discover how olive oil is produced in a traditional oil mill or visit one of the more than 20 wineries of the Sierras de Málaga/Serranía de Ronda Denomination of Origin.
Days 4 and 5
Wednesday and Thursday.
On our way to the coast, we stop in Antequera. Due to its advantageous geographical location, several civilisations have crossed Antequera, leaving an interesting cultural legacy. One of the most important monuments is the Dolmen Complex of Menga, Viera and El Romeral, from the Bronze Age. Walking through Antequera’s old town is like traveling through time. It is interesting to visit the churches of San Juan Bautista and San Sebastián among others or its citadel. The temple of the Papabellotas Castle and the palaces of the 17th and 18th centuries are also noteworthy. An impressive Spanish Baroque style is present in all of them. In the downtown area you can get to know the Royal Collegiate Church of San Sebastián, from the 16th century. Do not hesitate to visit the Convent of La Encarnación and then visit the Plaza del Coso Viejo, a beautiful bullring near the convent. In order to regain strength from this tour, we recommend you try one of the local specialties: the porra antequerana, a cold cream and thick tomato closely related with the gazpacho. Just over 30 kilometres north of the province, in Los Ardales Natural Park, you will find the spectacular Caminito del Rey trail, a via ferrata previously known as one of the most dangerous in the world, but which today is absolutely safe for transit. Watch out for the splendid view of El Chorro gorge, where the River Guadalhorce flows more than 100 metres high. Another essential plan just half an hour away is the unique karst landscape of El Torcal, with its amazing rock formations, chasms and caves.
Days 6 and 7
Friday and Saturday.
Málaga, which was Arab and whose citadel is a beautiful example of that legacy, awaits us in the coastline. It was the palace of the Nasrid kings and today it is the headquarters of the Provincial Archaeological Museum. Other places of interest are the cathedral, the cathedral museum and the sanctuary of La Virgen de la Victoria. It is interesting to visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the recently opened Picasso Museum. You should make the most of your time in the Parador playing a few holes in its renowned golf course and enjoying the wonderful beach of white and soft sand to which it has a direct access. It is the perfect place for enjoying sports, the sun and the nightlife of the coastline villages. And there are few pleasures like tasting the exquisite grilled fish skewers.