The Local Area
La Estacion de Cortes “La Canada del Real Tesoro” has a baker, supermarket, general store, post office (open half an hour a day – 9.00-9.30) and a small bank. There are a couple of bars offering traditional tapas at non-touristy prices.
Cortes de la Frontera is a larger town with more facilities. Here you will find supermarkets, bakers, a covered market, fishmongers, butchers, post office, several banks, general shops selling local produce and gifts, a pharmacy and a medical centre. There is an open market every fortnight on a Thursday morning with stalls selling fresh produce, clothes etc. Wandering around the village you will come across a good variety of restaurants and bars serving local fare. Several bars do not have written menus so you can take the opportunity to practice your Spanish.
Why come to this part of Spain? This area is ideal for country loving people with fishing, walking, tennis, horse riding, birdwatching, cycling, painting and photography to name but a few activities. During springtime the wild flowers are stunning and during the summer you can watch the locals collecting the fruit from the prickly pear cactus. This activity changes to collecting wild asparagus in the winter.
If you wish to chill out in beautiful surroundings then this is the place for you. The proximity to Ronda and local white villages including Cortes de la Frontera, Gaucin, Algatocin, Benarraba, Genalguacil and Benalauria to name a few, is excellent. Just driving around the countryside is rewarding as the views are spectacular. There are plenty of miradors en route where you can stop the car and take full advantage of the excellent scenery.
“Great little railway of Europe” The train from Algeciras to Granada, described as one of the “Great little railways of Europe”, runs through our valley and stops at Estacion de Cortes, 8 minutes walk away, en route to Ronda and Granada. Let the train take the strain and marvel at the beautiful scenery on the journey to Ronda. Ronda is 40 minutes on the train and Granada just over 3 hours. Many restaurants are situated adjacent to local railway stations and a great day out can be had by catching the train to them. For a visit to Gibraltar, take the train down to Algeciras which passes through a beautiful gorge between Estacion de Cortes and El Colmenar. When you get to Algeciras, catch the bus to La Linea and walk across the border.
Bars and Restaurants Your welcome pack will include details of various bars and restaurants in the area that we and our friends have tried. We hope you will try them and enjoy experimenting with your Spanish as not all places have translated menus. Maybe you will find a gem of your own which can be added to our listing.
Local fiestas The annual feria (fair) takes place in Cortes during August with the traditional running of the bulls (calves) through the streets. For four days the town is full of people with music and dancing in the streets until the small hours, fun for all the family. The feria in La Canada normally takes place during the first week of August where the town square is covered and filled with tables and chairs and live music is played until late into the night. This is a great time for everyone around to meet up and interact. The Romeria in Cortes takes place at the beginning of June followed on by the Romeria in La Canada during the first week of July. The Romerias are a time for horse riders, some in traditional dress, to parade the streets and enter into competitions to win “cintas” (ribbons).