November, 2019

Outing to Carratraca: what to visit in this charming Mala mountain village

About 50 kilometres from the city of Malaga is a small treasure of the province of Malaga, the town of Carratraca. With narrow streets and white houses, this town has many attractions that invite you to a unique and unforgeable visit  to discover the magic of the Andalusian mountain towns. Carratraca is one of those towns with walls decorated with flower pots providing a colourful aspect and the warm glow of Andalusian houses. When walking through its old cobblestone streets, visitors can discover several tourist attraction jewel such as the Carratraca sparesort,, one of the most attractive places in this town of Sierra Blanquilla. These thermal baths have been famous since Roman and Arab times, and in the nineteenth century they became very popular attracting visitors such as Lord Byron and the Empress Maria Eugenia. Its sulphurous waters spring naturally from underground sources at about 18 degrees centigrade  and have healing and relieving properties that are ideal for a small holiday retreat.

But the  sulphurous waters spa is not the only charm of Carratraca. If visitors continue to stroll through its narrow winding streets, they can find the ancient bullringbuilt in 1878, with grades carved on thr rock directly, , the City Council, with a beautiful Neomudejar style, the Church of Nuestra Señora de Salud, temple of the Nineteenth century also of Neomudejar style.

This town is also famous for its traditional Andalusian gastronomy, with typical dishes such as  callos, cabbage, rabbit stew, stewed  potatoes and desserts such as olive oil pies, the lemon biscuits or cake. Not to forget products such as olive oil or  avocados that are grown in their immediate surroundings.

In the culinary section visitors can visit Casa Pepa, a restaurant over half a century old that has attracted many famous people such as Antonio Banderas, Jesus Quintero, Antonio Gala, Carlos Arguiñano or Prince Charles of England. Its traditional recipes include  stewed potatoes, lean meat with tomato sauce, the lamb and gazpachuelo. There are also other cosy places to taste the typical dishes of the area such as El Punto or La Venta del Trillo. And to have a coffee, tea, cocktail, ice cream, cup, a sweet picoteo, you cannot miss La Bocacha, managed by Pepa’s grand-daughters. A very pleasant and genuinely charming place.

Carratraca also stands out for the many activities that can be carried out in its surroundings, where one can find tourist highlights of the province such as el Caminito del rey, candidate to be UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient town of Bobastro, the Ardales coves (also known as doña Trinidad Grund cove) or the beautiful town of Casarabolena. In new posts we will unveil these spectacular sites, which are not so well known. Without forgetting the wide range of activities that can be performed in this natural environment, such as hiking, star gazing,mineral tours,, meditation workshops, gastronomic events, olive oil tastings, bird sighting or iniciation to bee-keeping

If you decide to discover Carratraca, do not forget to pass by Finca Solmark, where we will receive you  with open arms, completing your  wonderful experience in this village sponsor an olive treeenjoying our  products o visiting  our quiet facilities . What are you waiting to discover Carratraca?


Finca Solmark is a Spanish-Swedish Rural EcoTourism engaged in the production, marketing and export to Europe of olive oil, avocado and other ecological products to Sweden. It offers charming rural accommodation and several projects to promote awareness, dissemination and environmental education. Web: https://fincasolmark.com/ E-mail: hi@fincasolmark.com