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Carratraca

Carratraca is a spa town situated in the Guadalhorce Valley, in the province of Malaga, Andalusia. It is situated between Ardales and Alora in the beautiful region of the Sierra Blanquilla. The El Chorro Lakes are also close by.

The town is famous for its sulphur water spas, which have been in existence since Roman times. Over the centuries the spa has attracted many famous visitors and still to this day attracts many visitors, who come to enjoy the benefits of the therapeutic waters.

About town
The whitewashed town is spread out over three hills, set below the impressive Alora Castle. As the spa is one of the principal attractions of the area, the town itself offers good facilities and amenities for the visitor.

The Town Hall, also known as the Arab House, is a particularly attractive building, built in the Mudejar style, although it only dates from 1885. The bullring also dates from around the same period, and is worth a visit. Festivals and events are also held within the grounds of the bullring.

Carratraca Spa
The spa is set just outside of town, and although dates back to Roman times, the current building was constructed around the middle of the 19th century in a neo-classical style.

The spa has attracted many famous visitors over the centuries, including the actor Antonio Banderas, who is a native to Malaga. The spa is open between June 15th and October 15th every year. Aside from the baths, there are now also many luxury treatments available.

Natural surroundings
Carratraca is not only an excellent destination for those wishing to experience the wonderful spa facilities. The rural town is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, ideal for hiking and walking holidays, and those who want to enjoy a typically Andalusian lifestyle.

Set at an altitude of 540 metres above sea level, to the south of Carratraca you can visit the beautiful Sierra de Alcaparain, with the El Grajo Peak towering over at 1,200 metres altitude.

You can also visit the La Cueva de los Murciélagos, the Bat Caves, which are situated between Carratraca and Casarabonela.

Eating out
There are some decent restaurants in town, and countryside ‘Ventas’ in the surrounding region. Most serve traditional dishes, originating from Andalusia and the Malaga countryside.

Climate
The climate in Carratraca is that of a typical Andalusian inland town. During the summer months the town gets very hot, into the late 30, early 40-degree temperatures. The spring and autumn is generally mild, and the winters do get slightly colder, than the protected Costa del Sol and Malaga region.


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A charming working Spanish village. Lucky to be there for the annual feria (around Aug 15) and hung out drinking and eating with the locals.


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Didn't spend any time there
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Not a great deal happening here, but a few ventas and bars within walking distance of the villa.


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Plenty of beaches, towns, restaurants to visit.
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Carratraca is small, quaint and friendly. It is a simple but beautiful village in a lovely part of Spain.


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The costa del sol is great for young families because it has all amenities that you'd need for children with home creature comforts available. The rural parts of Andalusia are within easy reach of the convenient coast but are a world apart from it in terms of culture. Both have their own qualities, but the rural villages are the perfect location for us!
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Nice village with 4 restaurants nearest is a 10 minute walk up hill.


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never went there
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Typical Spainish village, very steep streets in places as in mountain area. Lucky enough to be there for one of their Fiestas, really pretty to see all candlelit at night. El Trillo Bar nearest to the villa did great food, friendly staff (family.)


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Bit too busy and touristy for our tastes!
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The people were friendly. The resteraunts and bars reasonably priced although not many vegeterian options - it is still rare in Spain other than in big tourist areas to get a good range of vegeterian food when eating out. The streets were pretty and hill views glorious.


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We went out a lot from Caratracca: Malaga, Ronda, Marbella, Granada, Nerja and Peurto Benus all had lots to offer from historical and architectural monuments to great beaches, bars and resteraunts
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If you want a peaceful, very quiet area with nice views and good access for walking, cycling, climbing, this is for you.


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Drove into several towns to visit the markets. I have previous been to Costa Del Sol and stayed in many places, worth the visit.
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Carratraca is a typical Spanish village very pretty and not as yet spoilt by tourism. If you want traditional Spain then this is where you need to be. It has plenty of amenities with several shops where you can get everything you need and some lovely bars and restaurants and one hidden jem in "Casa Pepa" definitely worth a visit .


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Didn't visit the coast
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Lovely little village, quiet and quain. Felt like the real 'Spain'.


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Did not feel the need to go to coast we had everything where we were staying
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We loved the spa and the views. We went to Ardales more.


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The coast line was pretty. We only went to Fuengirola, which could have had better architecture.
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Beautiful hillside village, typically Spanish, very pleasant people and friendly bars and restaurants.


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40 minutes drive away so didn't spend a lot of time there - plenty of variety for bars and restaurants, all offering good value.
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Quite village with 6 small restaurants/pubs, also about 5 small shops which may take a little time to find as they look more like private houses.


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Very nice


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