Casares Travel Guide

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Casares Things to Do

  • Ethno-historical Museum

    The Museo de Etnohistoria of Casares has a perfect location for pulling in the punters. ALMOST but not quite at the top of the hill, one is so grateful for an excuse to stop climbing and rest a while that you just can't wait to get in there. It's dramatically located inside one of the gates of the fortress and the plaque on the way in reminds you...

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  • WONDERFUL VIEWS

    Hans and I, along with Carmen and Stace, visited the lovely Andalucia white village of CASARES. We turned off the road, where it said "P" for parking, as the town itself was very narrow and had limite parking spots. We had lunch here and then walked over to the area where there was absolutely wonderful views of the town. It was a cool, windy day...

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  • Church of La Encarnación

    Situated at the top of the village, this church was built in the 16th century on the site of a mosque. It is being refurbished and during my visit I couldn’t enter the inside of the church. It is also known as the Church of the Castle.

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  • San Sebastián Church

    Small church built in the 17th Century which is situated in the Plaza de España. Inside there is the statue of Nuestra Senora Del Rosario del Campo who is the Patron Saint of Casares.

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  • Ermita de la Vera Cruz

    Situated at the highest point of Casares, it was built in the 16th century. Only a part of the church remains.

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  • Blas Infante´s House

    I didn’t go into the House of Blas Infante, but apparently it has been converted into a museum and there is also a tourist information centre there. Blas Infante was an Andalusia Nationalist Leader who was born in Casares in 1885 and executed in Casares by the Franco regime at the start of the Spanish Civil war.

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  • Enjoy the view... A white town of...

    As you enter the town from the south (Estepona) you will see that the local council is building a new walkway that is being built into the cliff so that no one needs to walk on the roadway. Top marks.This path also gives a different view of the town across the valley to the town itself.

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  • The Parochial Church of San Sebastian

    It was hard to leave all that solitude and natural beauty but eventually we meandered slowly back down the hill, enjoying panoramic views all the way. Just off the Plaza de Espana we found the village church of San Sebastian, a small whitewashed place of worship blending harmoniously with the houses all around it. Inside this small church were...

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  • Grounds of Iglesia Encarnacion

    The grounds of Iglesia Encarnacion go right back to the wall that looks down over the huge drop to the gorges and valleys below. This is an oustandingly beautiful view but while reading about Casares, several mentions came up of bodies being hurtled down into gorges around here by execution mobs during the civil war of 1936-'39. This is rather a...

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  • Hilltop church of La Encarnacion

    This church is at the very highest point in Casares, and at this stage we are talking about approximately 1,400 feet above sea level. It's at the other side of the hill from the castle and to the rear is a wild garden overgrown with flowers and flanked with cypress trees and old stone benches. This church was built in the 16th century and though...

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  • Castle and Hermitage de Vera Cruz

    When you finally reach it, the castle itself (or rather what remains of it ) is a bit of an anticlimax. Nothing much remains other than fragments of the walls, archways and very fetching holes in the walls. These holes in the walls frame some very atmospheric views of the surrounding countryside but they don't give much of an idea of what the...

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  • Start climbing

    If you want to explore any further, you have to brace yourself for a long, steep climb. The castle and museum are signposted on the road leading upwards from the church and we set off a little apprehensively. It does look intimidatingly high but if you proceed at a pace similar to that of a tortoise on crutches, it's not so bad. There are constant...

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  • Plaza De Espana

    Plaza de Espana is the central square in the village and this is where you will arrive within minutes of getting out of your car. Local people do drive up and down the streets of Casares but I think it would be a very intrepid visitor who would risk driving any closer than the parking area at the outskirts. It's a pretty little space, not really a...

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  • Hermitage of La Veracruz

    Located within the Castle Enclosure, it was built in the CVI Century. Nowdays we can visit only part of its single nave. La ermita de la vera cruz esta situada en el recinto del Castillo. Fue construida en el siglo XVI y hoy solo podemos apreciar la parte de su nave unica.

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  • Old Church of "La Encarnacion"

    Built in the XVI Century, it stands over the ruins of a earlier Moorish fortress, and shoes best conserved and outstanding element is its mudejar style tower.La iglesia de La Encarnacion fue construida en el siglo XVI sobre la antigua fortaleza arabe y cuyo elemento mas destacable y mejor conservado es la torre de tradición mudejar

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  • Castle

    The ruins of the mooris wall and castle is located on the highest part of the town, they marked the boundaries of the town during the muslim period Las ruinas de la muralla y el castillo arabe estan situadas en la parte mas alta del pueblo, senalando lo que fueron los limites de la ciudad en el periodo musulman.

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  • The house of Blas Infante

    Is the birthplace of Blas Infante, whose visionary ideals brought to Andalucia a spirit of purpose one that continues today. Nowdays the house is an open museum where local and regional artists exhibit their works. Es la casa en la que nacio Blas Infante, padre de la "Patria Andaluza". Esta situada en la calle carrera y actualmente es un museo...

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  • Fountain of Carlos III

    Is located in the village square, and was built in 1785 during his reign. The fountain has four spouts from each of which pour fresh mountain water. La fuente de Carlos III esta situada en la plaza de Espana y fue construida en 1785 bajo el reinado de Carlos III, de ahi su nombre. La fuente posee cuatro canos de los que brotan agua fresca de la...

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Casares Restaurants

  • MENU FOR 10 EUROS

    Sunday February 14, 2010As Carmen and Stace were kind enough to take us for a nice Sunday drive to Casares, I wanted to treat them both for lunch. We went to the "Parking" area of Casares and there were two restaurants there. I chose the CASA CURRO as they featured a Menu for 10 Euros. It was busy with locals - a good sign. We walked in and were...

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  • Scenic View

    Nice local restaurant on the entry into the town on the "main" road. Has many outside tables and some overlook the town perched on the opposie side of the small valley. The daily menu was homemade pate, lovely, and roast chicken and salad. Again very nice and flavoured with fruits.

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  • Andalucian Cuisine

    This is one of two adjoining resataurants on the Plaza de Espana, at the centre of Casares. Both these restaurants face uphill to the castle and church and both enjoy the ambience of a small village square. We didn't have a full meal here, just beer and Tapas, but they do have a very interesting looking lunch and dinner menu. The tapas were...

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Casares Transportation

  • Winding roads

    The drive to Casares might be winding, but the road is good and it's not a difficult drive. The trip is can be combined with a visit to Gaucín. A nice roundtrip is going up the MA-8300 just west of Estepona, then after Casares continue on the A-377 up to Gaucín. Return on that same road, but then continue on it all the way down to the coast.

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  • Driving

    The best way to reach Casares is driving, there are not many bus services. If you are driving from Malaga take the A7 or N 340 and when you arrive to Estepona take the way out who sing Casares and follow the sings to Casares. You can take the toll road too. La mejor opción para llegar a Casares es en coche, no hay muchos servicios de autobus y si...

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  • Transport is a bit difficult

    Getting to Casares can be difficult if you don't have your own transport. In the Rough Guide to Andalucia I had read details of a four-times-a-day bus service between Estepona and Casares and hoped to avail of this. At the tourist office in la Duquesa where I was staying, I was told that this service travels via Sabinillas, the next town to...

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Casares Local Customs

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    Monument to Blas Infante

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    In the central square in Casares there is a monument to the memory of Blas Infante and there is also a museum, "Casa Natal de Blas Infante" at 51 Calle Carrera. This museum, the birthplace of Blas Infante, is open to the public Monday to Saturday and the cost of admission is EUR 2.

    Blas Infante dedicated his life to championing the cause of Andalucian autonomy and eventually on August 10th, 1936 he paid the price for challenging the status quo and was shot dead by falangists.

    Casares is justifiably proud of Blas Infante who lived in the town until he was 11 and then returned to work there after he had completed his secondary education.

    The photo shows the monument to Blas Infante in the Plaza de Espana in Casares.

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Casares Warnings and Dangers

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    Nowhere to park, drive or turn around.

    by daarth Written Jul 30, 2008

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    Driving into the village is not advisable if you panic easily with only millimetres of clearance left on the side of your car. Also it is not advisable if you panic easily when there is no visible place to turn and go back. I did all that without panicking, but I doubt I'll do it next time. It's a lot easier and less of a stress to simply park on the outside and walk in. You will see a lot of parking spaces alongside the road into the village, and you simply find a vacant one, and the walk in is not far.

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Casares Off The Beaten Path

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    My husband eating pata negra

    by myriam_c Written Mar 14, 2004

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    Go to the local grocery shop and buy yourself a few slices of that lovely real PATA NEGRA ham. An excellent tapa if you ask me!

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Casares Favorites

  • A BIT ABOUT CASARES

    In the village's main square, Plaza de Espana, there is a statue of Blas Infante Perez de Vargas, the Andalucia National Leader who was born here in 1885. His birth house is now a museum and tourist office.On the top of the hill (14oo feet above sea level) sits the ruined and now deserted church, Iglesia de la Encarnacion which was built in 1505...

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  • CHARMING CASARES

    Sunday February 14, 2010When Carmen asked what I wanted to do for the day, I said I would like to go to a Flea Market and I would like to visit CASARES. This charming, typical white village is only nine miles from the coast, but you would never know it, as it has avoided the throngs of tourists. probably because it is difficult to get to (no local...

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  • Cemetario

    I was unlucky as the gate was locked into the cemetery when we were there. I took the picture through the gate as this for sure is an attraction! I'm sure this must be the cemetery with the very best view! that is if you need a view after you are dead. In any case, it is a beautiful cemetery, and worth a look.

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