CARRATRACA

A Hidden Haven of Relaxation and Wellbeing

Finca Solmark is located in Carratraca, a municipality in the province of Málaga, in southern Spain, found among the most northeasterly foothills of the mountainous Serranía de Ronda region. Its name comes from the Arabic term “Karr-al-krak”, which means “cleansing of scourges”. It is one of the northernmost gateways into the Valle del Guadalhorce region and also borders on the Antequera region, which is connected to via Ardales.

Although there was also a settlement here in Spain’s Islamic era, the current town dates to the nineteenth century. There you can find well-preserved historical sites and buildings which, despite their antiquity, can still be visited today and form part of the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Málaga province. But the most famous legacy left by the town’s past is its spa with its sulfur-rich waters, which have countless therapeutic properties.

We know that in 1725 there was only one house in this area, known by the name “Cortijo de Aguas Hediondas” (The Farmhouse of Foul-smelling Waters). However, the bathtubs found near the course of the spring, the tombs and pieces of pottery discovered in various parts of the town and, above all, the remains of a wall, suggest that Carratracawas inhabited during the period of Roman rule.In that era, the soldiers bathed here to cure their battle wounds, due to the curative power of the waters, which are rich in sulfur, calcium and magnesium. But it was the Arabs who named this town, located in the foothills of the Sierra Blanquilla.

Within its municipal boundaries, in a pit cave reaching over 130 feet below the ground, schematic paintings and archaeological remains belonging to the Eneolithic (or Copper) Age have been found. The presence of humans as far back as the prehistoric era is also demonstrated in the neighboring municipality of Ardales, where Doña Trinidad Grund Cave is home to cave paintings of animals – goats, horses and deer – from the Upper Paleolithic Era (the Solutrean and Magdalenian ages: 18000 – 14000 B.C.).

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WHAT TO SEE IN CARRATRACA

Nature – Culture – Gastronomy – Sport – Golf – Health & Wellbeing

There is an endless amount on offer for visitors to Carratraca. We also have a whole range of destinations nearby, such as Ardales, Casarabonela, Álora, Yunquera, Guaro, Coín, Antequera, Mijas, Coín, Ronda, Monda, Cártama, Casabermeja, Pizarra, Ojén, Puente de Piedra, Marbella, Málaga, Torremolinos and Benalmádena, to name just a few, each of which will surprise and inspire in their own unique way.
You can find some of our recommendations below. We encourage you to write us before your visit and tell us what kind of trip you’d like to have, so we can advise you about which places and activities might best suit your preferences. Don’t forget, you can contact us by e-mail: [email protected] or by using the contact form.

Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel: a haven of health and wellbeing

Finca Solmark is very close to the Villa Padierna Thermas de Carrageen spa.

Experience the pleasure of Roman Baths with all the comforts of the 21st century and unwind in the sensory luxury of theMineral-Medicinal Waters of the Thermal Spring Circuit: the only facility of its kind in the Costa del Sol.

With over 19,000 square feet of medical wellness facilities, this is the perfect setting to relax your body and mind.

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