15 Jun Go off the beaten track: 5 things to see in and around Marbella
If you’re planning a trip to Marbella for the summer, it’s likely that you’ll be looking forward to spending some well-deserved rest time lounging on a beach. Days on the beach can often get boring, though, so why not consider going off the beaten track to visit some of the lesser-known towns, villages and landmarks that make the region of Andalusia what it is. What’s more, all of these can be reached from your luxury apartment to rent in Marbella.
The traditional village of Ojén
Marbella sees thousands of tourists flock to its beaches every year but very rarely do any wander to the hills. Unluckily for them, they’re missing out on one of the most beautiful Spanish villages: Ojén. Only 5 miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, here you’ll find a traditional white village that has the feel of old Andalucia. There are breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys that lead down toward the sea and cobbled streets lined by lemon trees. If you’re feeling up to it, climb the narrow steps to the Cuevas de las Columnas y Campanas (Columns and Bells caves) to see one of the best views in the region.
Caminito Del Rey
The Caminito Del Rey is legendary for its narrow walkway that clings to the cliff face of the Gaitanes Gorge, hanging above the Guadalhorce River. The path dates back to 1905 when it was built to allow workers to cross between the power plants at El Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls but it wasn’t until later in 1921 that the walkway was given its name ‘Little King’s Walkway’ by King Alfonso XIII. It now provides a unique tourist attraction. Don’t look down or you might get dizzy!
The word ‘lobo’ in Spanish translates to ‘wolf’ so if you’re looking for something that will get your heart racing it’s definitely worth a visit to Lobo Park. Giving you an insight into the wildlife of the region, the park provides visitors with a 90-minute walk around the enclosures that house the howling wolves, and you can learn about the myths and legends that surround them as well as the work that has been done by the park to keep them protected. This is certainly a place to consider if you’re holidaying with little ones.
The second little village on our list is Benahavis. Although there are a lot of expats who have settled here, it is a place that has remained relatively unspoilt therefore still has its traditional charm. One of the most notable features of the village is La Aldea, a tiny village within a village by the sculptor David Marshall. It’s also known for its outstanding variety of restaurants; there’s so many that you’ll struggle to choose!
The Enlightenment Stupa
Standing at 33m high, the Enlightenment Stupa is the largest in Europe. It is a Buddhist monument that stands to symbolise peace, prosperity and harmony and is the ideal place to spend some time reflecting. To feel the full influence of the stupa, it is recommended that you walk around it in a clockwise direction and by doing so you can marvel at the creativity of the architecture. Once inside, the walls of the meditation room detail the stories of Buddha and in the exhibition room you’ll learn all about the traditions of Buddhist culture.