Typical white villages.
The immediate surroundings of Finca Serrato are very surprising and versatile and are characterized by the typical pueblos blancos or white villages.
These are often of Moorish origin, with squares and sloping streets with colorful flowers and beautiful plants.
According to good Spanish practice, the residents are horizontal between two and five o’clock in the afternoon and the villages are completely extinct.
It is wonderful to wander through the narrow alleys with the only company of a few sleeping dogs.
In short, an atmospheric environment with tolerant and pleasant people in which every visitor immediately feels at home.
In and around the area are extensive nature parks with a diversity of special flora and fauna that is nowhere else present in Europe that is so original and lush.
The snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada, where there is plenty of skiing in the winter months, can be seen from the entire valley and can be reached within an hour and a half.
That makes it possible to get up on the skis in the morning and enjoy the sun and a nice fish and wine in the afternoon on a terrace at the beach.
In the heart of Los Montes de Màlaga you will find the La Axarquía region. Here the buildings are very scarce and the fantastic views vary from hilly to mountainous.
There are mainly olive and almond trees, with a vineyard sporadically breaking through the landscape. The region is known for the many natural forests, wild bushes, the numerous herbs and the colorful flowers.
Nature park Montés de Malaga.
Our Finca Serrato is located on the edge of the Parque Natural “Montes de Málaga”.
Bird spotters can go wild in the park. The Spanish royal eagle and the griffon vulture in particular have their breeding ground in this nature park.
The park is also the habitat of the Andalusian chameleon, the civet cat, wild boar, mountain goats, martens and weasels.
The vegetation in the park consists mainly of pine and carob trees, alpine pines, cork and cherry oaks and wild almond and olive trees.
It is a hilly to mountainous area of approximately 5,000 hectares. It is crossed by small valleys and streams, fast-flowing rivers in winter and small waterfalls.
In the south of the park are beautiful views of the coast and Málaga. Sometimes, with clear weather, you can even see the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
Our homebase: Colmenar.
The nearest town, Colmenar, is around a 20-minute drive from Finca Serrato (12 km).
It is an authentic Spanish farming town that has so far escaped the mass tourism of the coast.
There are, however, various restaurants and terraces, benches and shops where daily shopping can be done.
Colmenar is the capital of the La Axarquía region. The Moors called this area Ash-Sharquia, land of the East, because of its eastern location in relation to Málaga.
They established the white villages here, built castles, fortifications and mosques, worked the land and built an infrastructure to irrigate.
The influence of the Moors in the Axarquía can still be found everywhere in the culture, language and typical buildings in the 31 municipalities in the region.
Well worth a visit!
Finca Serrato is centrally located in relation to a number of very worthwhile places such as Seville, Ronda, Granada, Antequera, Córdoba and Málaga. But the smaller, closer villages such as Velez-Malaga, Competa, Casabermeja, Alcaucin, Frigiliana, Torrox and Nerja are certainly also worth a visit.
Casabermeja: 23 km
Malaga: 23 km
Antequera: 44 km
Granada: 119 km
Ronda: 129 km
Cordoba: 148 km
Seville: 198 km