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The mountain village of Casares the base for your Holiday Rentals in Spain

When considering your normal beach vacation, give some thought to a mountain village for your HOLIDAY RENTALS IN SPAIN this year. There isn’t a more beautiful place than the little whitewashed village of Casares. You will be amazed at this place when you first set your eyes upon it, with its sugar cube houses clinging to a mountain side while supporting an Arab Fortress on top. This amazing village is considered to be the best example of an ancient Moorish village in Spain.

For a treat when considering a new place to spend your away break, take an informed look at the mountain village of Casares for your HOLIDAY RENTALS IN SPAIN this year. This little village of some four thousand people is surrounded by the following municipalities of Estepona, Manilva and Gaucin.

The best way to find your holiday location is from the coast road A7. Take the inland route at 147 kilometres between Estepona and Sabinillas for 15 kilometres. You will automatically know when you reach the village: as you round a bend you will come face to face with a village that is beyond compare in beauty. There is a car park for you to stop and take pictures; it is simply magnificent with its whitewashed houses and medieval fortress. These sugar cubes, with reference to the houses, are situated in such a way they appear to be supporting the Arabic castle above them while they cling in a perilous manor to the side of the hill. Even though it is only nine kilometres to the coast you will not see any tourist buses disgorging their ever so rambunctious passengers here. Like most Spanish villages life centres around the village square and this is the best place to start your voyage of discovery. The square is known as Plaza de Espana and is where you will find a sidewalk cafe with a roof terrace that has some spectacular views.

For the informed part of your equation, you need a little history before you begin your journey. Casares was important in Roman times due to its supposedly healing sulphuric waters. The spa of Las Hedionda situated on the road to Manilva was famous for curing Julius Caesar of a liver complaint by the waters from the local spring. Because of this, emperors allowed Casares to mint their own coinage.

The Moors in the 12th century built a castle below which grew the present day town centre. In 1361 the Pact of Casares was signed by the dethroned Mohammed V and Peter I of Castile, which allowed Mohammed V to regain his throne and in turn made Casares part of the Nasrid Dynasty. After the fall of Ronda to the catholic forces in 1485, Casares came under the rule of Rodrigo Ponce de Leon the Duke of Cadiz. Later the Rebellion of the Moriscos took place and this bloody rebellion was put down by Rodrigo's descendant, the Duke of Arcos. Casares was a big player in this rebellion that was put down locally by Don John of Austria. It wasn’t until 1795 that Casares was separated from Manilva, at which time it was granted the title of Villa. During the Napoleonic war Casares along with Cadiz was the only towns that did not surrender to the France forces.

In more modern times this old village has been able to claim that it is in fact the birthplace of the Father of Andalucian Nationalism. This individual who was a labour lawyer, writer and politician is considered to be the most important figure in Andalucian history: Blas Infante Perez de Vargas. He was born in 1885 in the village of Casares and during the civil struggle he died in 1938. Official protection has been bestowed on Casares since 1978 as a place of historical and artistic heritage.

If possibleFeature Articles, book your HOLIDAY RENTALS IN SPAIN sometime in the first week of August; this is when the main festival or Feria of Casares is celebrated. If not then schedule it the first week in September when the patron saint of Virgen del Rosario takes place. If you stay to the middle of the month you can make it a double event with the Feria del Cristo which is celebrated at this time. The biggest celebration however is that of the Romero held during the last Saturday in May.

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Porsche is an avid traveller throughout the holiday region of Spain. She loves writing about all of those special hideaways we all would love to find so keep reading about all of her travels and things to do in this lovely country. At present she is travelling and writing for and telling you just why you should book your dream Spain Holiday Rentals home from the Owners Direct.

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