Casa Colina is ideally placed for those who enjoy relaxed walking in beautiful surroundings. There are many pretty and interesting routes for walkers of all levels, either directly from Casa Colina or in one of the surrounding national parks just a short drive away.
For serious hikers either a walk from Casa Colina to Comares, or one of the trails up Mount Maroma (2066 meters) provide some challenging walks.
There are numerous paths and tracks around Casa Colina, offering spectacular views and the chance to enjoy the local wildlife. These routes range from an easy stroll of less than an hour to a more physically demanding walk.
A very pleasant walk leads you to the local town of Riogordo, along a quiet single track road following the route of the river. The return walk is 14km and takes about 3 hours, and gives you a taste of the traditional farming of olives, almonds, oranges and numerous other fruits.
For experienced walkers wishing to take on a challenge, the walk from Casa Colina to the pretty town of Comares may be just what you're looking for. This walk includes some challenging terrain, and a 450m climb. Suitable for serious walkers only, this return route will take you approximately 7 hours to complete.
The historic local town of Comares is one of the prettiest and most charming in Andalucia. Know as The Balcony of Axarquia, it's dramatic position clinging to a high cliff offers stunning views across the mountains and coast.
There is an interesting well-marked walking route around the cobbled streets of Comares, giving you an insight into the history of this 15th century Moorish town. Know as 'The Footsteps Of History', this walk is marked by ceramic tile footprints set into the cobbles, and is well worth following.
There are 5 other walking routes around Comares, each with instructions written by the local tourist office, and these range from 3km to 26km in length.
There are a number of 'Parques Naturales' close to Casa Colina, all of which offer great walking and stunning scenery.
El Torcal de Antequera is one such National Park, just a 40 minute drive from Casa Colina. At 1300m above sea level, it is an area with stunning panoramic views stretching as far as the North African coast. El Torcal is well known for its unusual limestone rock formations, and is an incredible landscape. There are even a colony of wild Ibex living amongst the rocks, and often seen by walkers.
El Torcal offers a number of well marked walking routes, as well as a modern visitor centre and cafeteria.
If you are a bird watching enthusiast don't forget to bring your binoculars. There are many birds to be seen from the terraces of the house and along your walking route. Maybe wild flowers are your particular field, they are here in abundance in the early spring months.
The area offers a variety of bird species from common pied wagtails to hoopoes, honey buzzards and eagles. Our local sparrow hawk patrols the territory close to the house, and in the summer, flocks of bee-eaters line up on the telephone wires. In the autumn, we witness hundreds of buzzards and eagles soaring over the house, before making the long flight down to Gibraltar and across to north Africa.
There are many great opportunities to create your very own bit of magical Andalucia to take home. Tranquil olive groves, ruins of old fincas, lakeside vistas, picturesque villages or soaring mountains. The choice is yours.