The beautiful view from Casa de los Arcos over the Andalusian hills suggests the region has a lot to offer, both in terms of history and nature. Vélez Blanco is famous for its impressive cave paintings and the Renaissance castle, which is the pride of local people. From the Casa de los Arcos, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of this nearby castle complex. You should not miss an excursion down here.
Visit the lively markets of the "Comarca Los Vélez" region. That visit includes the four towns of Chirivel, María, Vélez Blanco and Vélez Rubio.
In addition to fruit and vegetables, fish, cured meats, cheese, fabrics, bags, clothes, hats and household goods, discover an excellent selection of olives and almonds from the region. Of course, churros are a part of the local cuisine too. This crispy Spanish pastry specialty is best served with hot chocolate or coffee.
Markets at a glance - each between 9:00 am and 01:30 pm:
Wednesdays in Vélez Blanco
Fridays in Chirivel
Saturdays in Vélez Rubio
Sundays in María
The Comarca Los Vélez offers a wide range of leisure activities in the nature. Sports enthusiasts, nature lovers and those interested in culture and history will all get their money's worth here.
You will find peace and relaxation, especially in the Sierra de María - Los Velez Nature Park, where you can discover and observe rare animals and plants. An unforgettable experience in this vast area is the view from one of the three watchtowers: "Puntal del Morral", "Collado de las Arenas" and "Puerto del Peral". Picnic and barbecue areas offer an opportunity for pleasant stopovers and breaks.
The Visitors Centre "Almacén del Trigo" (Grain Warehouse) in Velez Blanco offer a wide range of information about the park which extends over 22,500 ha and comprises many varieties of flora and fauna, several of which are protected.
Nature & Culture
The botanical garden in María is another recommendable sight. An extensive collection of plant species as well as the nature park with its typical vegetation offers the visitor an interesting combination of nature and plant culture.
In the regional museum "Miguel Guirao" in Vélez Rubio you can walk on the geological traces of the region. Archaeological exhibits take visitors on a journey through time, back to the days of Islamic and Roman settlements to the Bronze Age and the Neolithic.
For sports enthusiasts, the region offers numerous interesting activities. The limestone mountain ranges are an Eldorado for climbers, while the underground caves awaken the spirit of discovery in many guests. Hikers, cyclists and riders can enjoy the unique nature of the region around Vélez Blanco on the well signposted network of paths.
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