Top Ten Andalucia Tourist Sites

Top Ten Andalucia Tourist Sites – Villanueva del Trabuco?

Top Ten Andalucia Tourist Sites. Aantequera Dolmens
One of the most popular tourists sites close to Villa Rocio are the Dolmens at Antequera.

Top Ten Andalucia Tourist Sites; Andalucia tourist sites are plentiful. Some spring to mind like leaping salmon. Others are not so well known, even though they may be very popular. So, which is which?

Top Ten Andalucia Tourist Sites

  • Alhambra Palace in Granada. The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortification See more.
  • Plaza de España, Seville. The Plaza de España is a plaza in the Parque de María Luisa, in Seville, Spain, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. See more
  • Seville Giralda Tower. The Giralda is the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain. It was originally built as a minaret during the Moorish period, during the reign of the Almohad dynasty with a Renaissance style. More.
  • Mosque of CordobaThe Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is the most important monument of all the Western Islamic world, and one of the most amazing in the world. The evolution of the “Omeya” style in Spain is resumed in the history of the Mosque of Cordoba, as well as other styles such as the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque of the Christian architecture. Mosque link. 

More Top Ten Andalucia Tourists Sites to visit

  • Nerja Caves. The Caves of Nerja are a series of caverns close to the town of Nerja in the Province of Málaga, Spain. Stretching for almost 5 kilometres, the caverns are one of Spain’s major tourist attractions. Nerja Caves link.
  • Capilla Real. Royal Chapel of Granada. The Royal Chapel of Granada is an Isabelline style building, constructed between 1505 and 1517, and originally integrated in the complex of the neighbouring Granada Cathedral. It is the burial place of the Spanish monarchs, Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand, the so-called Catholic Monarchs. More.
  • Puente Nuevo, Ronda. The Puente Nuevo is the newest and largest of three bridges that span the 120-metre-deep chasm that carries the Guadalevín River and divides the city of Ronda, in southern Spain. Made famous in Hemingway’s novel “For whom the bell Tolls”. See more.
  • El Torcal de Antequera. El Torcal de Antequera is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga off the A45 road in Andalusia, Spain. This is very close to Villa Rocio at Villanueva del Trabuco.
  • Caminito del Rey. El Caminito del Rey is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Ardales in the province of Málaga, Spain. The name derives from the original name of Camino del Rey, abbreviated locally to el caminito. Caminito del Rey information.
  • Sierra Nevada Ski Resort. With more than 106,8 kilometres of trails contained in 125 ski runs, Sierra Nevada provides one of the largest and most attractive skiing domains in southern Europe. This winter resort stands out as having the greatest skiable vertical drop in Spain. More about the Sierra Nevada.

My Top Ten Andalucia Tourist Sites

I have listed these ten tourist sites, not by the number of visitors but by their proximity to Villa Rocio. All of these great attractions and more, these are within easy reach and make for a great holiday experience. You might say they are my top ten Andalucia tourist attractions.

The Alhambra Palace and Nerja Caves would definitely be there.

There are many more Andalucia tourist attractions close to Villanueva del Trabuco. Here is a list for you to ponder. 

In many cases, certain places have many tourist attarctions and spending a night there is a great option. For example; Granada. The Alhambra Palace, Sierra Nevada ski resort, Capilla Real, Albaicín (The Albaicín or Albayzín as it was known under Muslim rule, is a district of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain) and much more.

Seville, Malaga and Cordoba along with Ronda and Nerja have plenty for you to see and do. These places can be reached by car and in no time at all. Plan your Spanish holiday in Andalucia before you come over. This saves you time and allows you to make the most of a self catering holiday.

If you need any more information, please contact us, we are more than happy to help.

Villanueva del Trabuco as a tourist attraction

Trabuco in itself has very little in the way of monuments. There is the village church, some Ermitas (Hermitages; Small buildings that house statues of saints or places of pilgrimage.) and  Los Cien Caños (100 water pipes. Man made feature closer to the village).

The real value of Villanueva del Trabuco to tourists in Andalucia is the close proximity to every top place of interest. Because we are inland, you can drive in any direction to find interesting and historical places. You can do that from the coast, that’s as far south as you can get.

Use Villa Rocio as a base to explore the most interesting and historical area of Spain. Some might even say Europe.

Andalucia and the written word.

Think of all the great novelists, such as Hemingway, Laurie Lee, Gerald Durrell, George Orwell, Orson Welles and many more. You can visit the towns and cities written about in books such as “A Rose For Winter” “Death in the Afternoon” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and many more.

Close to Villanueva del Trabuco you have Antequera.

This is one of the most historical towns in Europe and even has Dolmens. (Antequera Dolmen of Menga is a megalithic burial mound called a tumulus, a long barrow form of dolmen, dating from the 3rd millennium BCE. It is near Antequera, Málaga, Spain.

It is one of the largest known ancient megalithic structures in Europe.) This has been declared a World Heritage Site. 

Its not all history and religious buildings. For the sporting types, there is plenty to do. Antequera has an 18 hole modern golf course. Trabuco is also a great place for bird watching, mountain biking, hill walking, paragliding and a host of other activities. Horse riding stables are plentiful.

So, even though Villanueva del Trabuco is a small village in the hills of Andalucia, it is also the hub for everything that goes on in Andalucia.

Book Villa Rocio, plan ahead and enjoy one of the best self catering villa holidays anywhere in Spain. The Top Ten Andalucia Tourist Sites are there, along with many more great places. 

If you are a photographer or a Blog writer, this is a great location as there is so much materiel available for you to use. Perhaps you’ll send us some of your work to ad to our Blog.

If you had to name your Top Ten Andalucia Tourists Sites, what would they be? I would be very interested to know.

Winter Holidays to Spain

Book a Winter Holidays to Spain

Winter Holidays to Spain -  Antequera golf
The golf course at Antequera. Just one of over 50 courses close to Villa Rocio via car.

Book winter holidays to Spain and get yourself some sunshine. The great thing about Spain is that the winters can be very mild. At times, the winter weather in the south of Spain is almost as good as summer in the UK.

Winter Holidays to Spain – Golf

Because of the mild weather, golf is possible almost 365 days of the year. People flock to Andalucia to play golf. The Costa del Sol has more than 50 golf courses, so many that it has become known as the “Costa del Golf”.

Villa Rocio is close to the golf course at Antequera. Antequera golf is a modern, 18 hole golf course with excellent club house, bar and restaurant. Not to mention the club shop.

But it’s not just golf though. Winter holidays to Spain afford you other great opportunities. Outdoor activities, such as walking, horse riding, mountain biking, bird watching and other healthy pursuits are possible, due to the great weather.

Hiring a car and getting yourself away to the best tourist attractions is a must. Within an hour of Villa Rocio you can be in Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, Nerja, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and a host of other great places.

The Alhambra Palace and the Sierra Navada ski slopes are in easy reach. You can ski in the morning in the mountains and have dinner on the beach in the evening.

Why sit there all cold and miserable? Winter sun holidays are well worth the money. Flights can be very cheap and the cost of booking your accommodation is lower.

The tourist attractions are less crowded and you can really enjoy being in Spain. Check out our booking calendar and see when you would like a Spanish winter holiday. Come and stay at Villa Rocio in Villanueva del Trabuco and get yourself some winter sunshine.

Spain Rentals Properties

Spain Rentals Properties – Holidays in Spanish Private Villas

Spain Rentals Properties
JD stayed at Villa Rocio – A trip to Nerja and Burriana beach was the order of the day.

Spain rentals properties is one of the biggest search terms on Google. More and more people are looking on the Internet to find “Spain rentals properties” and book their own holidays.

Nowadays, there is little or no need to book a private holiday villa through a travel agent or estate agent. The Internet has opened up the market to the whole world and his wife. You now have a fantastic choice at your fingertips.

That is why Villa Rocio can compete with the best there is. Great value, high standards and everything you need to make a good holiday great.

Spain Rentals Properties v Resort Holidays

There is the eternal argument that one is better than the other. Is that the case? Is a private rental villa better than a resort holiday or visa-versa?

I suppose you have to look what is on offer. The good points of hiring your own private villa are as follows;

  • You are not tied to any timetable or resort itinerary. Meal times  have you hanging about the resort or hotel when you could be out and about. You miss a lot of great sites by staying put in any one place.
  • Freedom of movement. You can be up and out in no time. Plan your holiday before you get there and save time. You decide what you are doing and what you want to do.
  • Private. There is no getting away from it. You may be the most affable person in the world but being in your own space is better than having to “muck in” with others. Villa Rocio is private, private pool and private gym.
  • Meals. What you eat and when you eat it are all down to you. No need to bend your holiday around the meal times of an hotel or resort. Villa Rocio is within walking distance of a dozen great restaurants. There is also food delivery, Pizza and lots of other great world foods right to your door. You won’t go hungry.
  • Peace and Quiet. There is nothing worse than a holiday with a load of noisy people and unruly kids. Villa Rocio is situated at the end of the village in a peaceful and scenic location.

And the resort holiday?

I’m sure you can think of more but that will do for now. If you want everything laid on, no cooking, in house entertainment and so on, then great. Hotels and resorts in Spain are plentiful, all inclusive resorts are popular. If you like your own space, peace and quiet, then a private holiday villa is your best choice.

We hope you will choose Villa Rocio in beautiful Andalucia.

Spanish Villa with Private Gym

Rent this Spanish Villa with its own Private Gym

Villa with private gym Spain
The Gym at villa Rocio is large and stocked with every kind of equipment. This included satellite TV and chill area.

Private Gym? Yes. Villa Rocio is a large Spanish villa with its own private gym and swimming pool.

Some people go on a Spanish holiday to soak up the sun, lay on the beach or wander around the towns, villages and cities. Nothing wrong with that, is there.

Others like to eat and drink their holiday time. Trips to cafe’s, bars, restaurants and BBQ’s on the beach are the order of the day. That waistline can wait until you get back home.

Other people though, they like to use their holidays to keep fit. Boot camp holidays are very popular. That is where you go with a bunch of other people and get hounded into fitness by instructors. You pay for that privilege as well. It ain’t cheap; trust me on that one.

OK, if you are lacking in motivation, boot camp holidays are the very thing for you. Those instructors will have you jumping through hoops in no time. The down side of this sort of holiday is that you are tied to a timetable. You also have a lot of other people to share with.

Villa with a Private Gym

If you rent a villa with a private gym, you have several benefits. Privacy being one plus point. You also have the freedom to train when you please. There is no timetable to adhere to. This leaves you free to do all the other things that people do when they are on holiday.

Spanish villa for rent with private pool and bar
Once you have finished a session, try a little drink.

Wouldn’t it be a shame if you had to sacrifice a visit to somewhere like the Alhambra Palace in Granada because your boot camp training sessions get in the way?

Villa with private gym in Spain - chill out area
The Chill out area boasts TV and its own bar as well as comfortable furniture. Train, swim and relax all in one area.

A private gymnasium gives you freedom of movement, privacy and the option to train when you please. There is also a great pool and a chill out area at Villa Rocio. You can go from gym to pool to chill out all in your own private villa. How cool is that?

If you want to train with other people, there is a public gym just down the street. So, with Villa Rocio, you can have the best of both worlds.

If you have any questions about the gym or anything else to do with our villa, please contact us, We are happy to help you.

Villas in Spain with Private Pool

Villas in Spain with Private Pool

Villas with private pool in Spain
If this is what you see when you are on holiday, you need a villa with a private pool.

Villas in Spain with private pool is one of the biggest requests on Google Search. OK, being in a hotel or some other type of accommodation with shared pool is fine but private pools are better.

Why? That’s easy! I don’t know anybody ho wants to share their swimming pool with a lot of other people when they can have their own?

There are many reasons why a villa with private pool is better. I’m sure you have your own reasons but mine are as follows:

Why is a villa with Private pool better?

Villas with private swimming pools in Spain
The pool at Villa Rocio is very private. Come and test it out.
  • Noise. Who wants to have to lay in the sun, next to the pool, and listen to somebody else’s bad music? It does happen. Some people take their ghetto blaster with them to sunbathe and think you might like to hear their music collection, and at full volume!
  • Bad behavior. Its not just the people who let their kids run riot that winds people up. The parents are often just as bad. “Watch me water bomb Doris!” as you get soaked as well. 
  • Sun Beds. Yes, sun beds. How often have you gone to the pool to lay in the sunshine only to find the sunbeds are all taken? Sometimes, its not as if you have got there at an ungodly hour, is it? Even at early O’Clock in the morning you find that some bright spark has put towels on the vacant sunbeds. No good that, is it!
  • People coming and going. You’re trying to have a quiet sunbathe and you are constantly disturbed by other people coming ad going. They can’t do it quietly, they have to bid each other “good day”, “goodbye” or shout as loud as they can they they will get the drinks in.

Is that enough gripes?

There are many reasons, like I said, but this will do to highlight my point. I would love to hear what your biggest gripes are about shared swimming facilities.

With a a villa that has its own private pool, there is no problem with sunbeds, they are yours any hour of the day or night. No need to get to the pool early, no need to reserve the bed.

If the kids are running riot, they are your kids, you can sort them out yourself. As for the coming and going, its your family, they are most likely to be where you are.  Jot something down in the comments section of this Blog.

I’m afraid the music is a sticking point, although a suggestion of ear phones instead of the ghetto blaster with solve that issue.

Villas with private pools make for a better, quieter, less stressful holiday. Rent villa Rocio, it has its own private swimming pool and gymnasium. The pool deck is private and there is plenty of space for everyone.

Contact us today and book yourself a villa with a private pool and enjoy that hard earned holiday in Spain.



Self Catering Holidays Villa Spain

Villa Rocio – Self Catering Holidays Villa In Spain

Villa Rocio - Self Catering holiday Villas Spain

Villa Rocio takes its name from the street that the property is located on. Calle Rocio or “dew street”. Most of the streets around that part of te village of Villanueva del Trabuco are named after natures events, such as dew street, frost street, snow street and so on.

The property is a modern house built on 5 floors that offers guests all the comforts of home and more besides. For example; there is a massive gymnasium that has ever piece of equipment you coud want. Also, in with the gym, there is a chill area with satellite TV and a bar and a big sofa to lounge about on.

Villa Rocio has a madern, fully fitted and complete kitchen / dining room as well as a large lounge. The property has satellite TV and WIFI Internet connection.

Double glazed, central heating and air conditioning as well as surrounda-sound for the Tv make this a very comfortable place for a self catering family holiday at any time of the year.

2 double bedrooms, a single room and a large attic / penthouse area, each with its own balcony. This is the ideal villa rental for families or groups.

The Village of Trabuco

Villanueva del Trabuco gets its name from the gun that was carried by local guides in the late 18th and early 19th century. This Blunderbuss type gun called a “Trabuco” was a feared weapon.

The village is devided between a modern, new build and a traditional, narrow street half. The Rio Guadalhorce runs through the center. The village has everything you need, plenty of shops, bars, cafe’s and restaurants.

WIFI is in all of the bars and restaurants and is free. Likewise, the tapas. English is not widely spoken, nor is any oter foriegn language but its not so difficult to get by. A few words of Spànish are always appreciated, so, it might be fun to learn a few before you arrive.

There is little by way of monuments or tourist sites in Trabuco but the natural views are splendid and magnificent. The village sits below the Sierra Gorda and Sierra Gibalto mountains, surrounded by wheat fields and olive groves.

Food and Drink

Trabuco and the surrounding villages are very traditional as far s food and drink are concerned. Although there are some excellent Pizzarias who do home deliveries.

In any of te many restaurants and bars, you will find the traditional country food. Menu of the Day, a 3 course meal with a drink, this will set you back just 8€ per person and is great value for money.

In most all of the local bars and restaurants, you will be offered a free tapa (small bite sized portions of what is on the menu) free. This is much better than the coast, you pay for your tapas there.

Rabbit, Goat, soups, stews, fish dishes and yes, they even do Paella, although this is something that is mainly reservd for Sundyays. The food is traditional and wholesome.

Things to see and do

The value of a self catering villa in Villanueva del Trabuco is best appreciated by those who either want a quite holiday or those who want to spread their wings.

Trabuco, whilst not having much by way of monuments, is excellent for the great outdoors. Walking, cycling, horse riding, paragliding and birdwatching are available. Eagles, Hoopoe Birds, Azur Magpies and many other species of bird are common here.

However; For those with a car, Ronda, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Nerja, the Costa del Sol and cities such as Marbella, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and westwards towards Cadiz and Gibraltar are all yours to see.

Golg courses are plentyful. The nearest being at Antequera but along the Costa del Sol you will find more than 50 golf courses. Golf 24/7 and 365 days of the year. This is a golfers paradise.

Getting to Villa Rocio

Malaga airport is less than 40 minutes easy drive away. From the airport exit to the village, its no more than three turn offs. A simple route from A to B. There are plenty of flights from the UK and the rest of Europe, so, getting a decent priced flight is not a big problem.

Car hire is a must. That is, unless you just plan to kick back and relax for a week or two. Bit if you really want the best from a self catering villa holiday, rent a car. There are plenty of car hire companies at Malaga airport but do book your car before you get to the airport. It will save you time.

The best time to visit Malaga?

Any time. Villa Rocio is available all year round. The house is designed to cater for all types of weather. Double glazed, central heated, air conditioning, you will be comfortable no matter what time of year you visit.

However; in the second week of September, the village fiesta is held and lasts for 5 days. This is a great party time for the whole village and anyone who cares to join in.

There are all sorts of culteral events, as well as live bands and parades. If this is for you, then book your villa well min advance.

Semana Santa / Holy Week (Easter Week) is another great time to be here. Traditional parades are held and they are a spectacle worth seeing.

Antequera Blues Festival - Self Catering Malaga Villas

There are also events held outside the village which are a great draw. Such as the Antequera Blues Festival and the Costa del Folk Festival event (Hosted by Mike Harding) as well as food festivals and sporting events.


La Liga football is lso on the doorstep, with FC Malaga being the local club. Depending on the time of your visit, you may get to see the likes of Madrid and Barçelona play.

How to book Villa Rocio

If you would like a week or more in this great self catering holiday villa, all you need do is contact us and we will be happy to reserve the property for you. terms and conditions do apply.

If you have any questions about the property, the village or anything else we can help you with, please contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.