Local Area & Climate

Casa Caballos is part of the Puerto Blanquillo (White Haven) rural community, in the Loja district, at the heart of Granada's olive growing region, just an hour's drive from the coast, airport and numerous day trips. (see getting here for maps)

The nearest villages, Zagra and Ventorres de San Jose, both retain a peaceful, traditional Andalucian way of life that is quickly disappearing on the coast and in many of the well-visited Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) elsewhere.

Local annual events include feats of derring-do by local men on horseback, funfairs, masks and the parading of the saints through the streets. All, of course, topped off with much tapas, paella, wine and dancing.

Climate: Although we naturally can’t guarantee the weather, annual averages show that it is generally sunny, warm/hot and dry from April to October (average daytime temperatures are 21 – 35.2 °C). From November to March, there is more rain and temperatures drop (average daytime temperatures are 7 – 20 °C), especially at night, since we are at 760m above sea level. Warm eveningwear is recommended in Winter.

From May to September (the best months to ensure pool time), temperatures can reach up to around 40 °C, while from November to March it can drop below 0 °C at night (when the log burners & heaters are needed). Generally though, if you are coming from northern Europe, you can expect the weather at any time of the year to be relatively warmer, drier and the skies clearer than back home!


The following services, activities and places to visit are all within a short drive of Casa Caballos:

Where Driving
Time
What
La Viña Walking Distance Ancient village with waterfall, shop, chemist and bar
Summer Only: a relaxed outdoor bar by the waterfall
Zagra

(link - in Spanish)
4 mins
(40 min walk)
Historic white village with a couple of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as ruins of a Moorish castle, a municipal pool and playground
Ventorros de San José

(link - in Spanish)
4 mins
(44 min walk)
Olive-growing community with 2 local supermarkets, 2 banks, butcher, baker, petrol station, bars & restaurants
Loja

(link)
23 mins The largest town in western Granada. There are three large supermarkets and one indoor fresh market for all your weekly grocery needs. For the shopaholics amongst you, there are numerous varied shops and a weekly outdoor market (Mondays) in which to pick up some gorgeous things. Bars, cafes and some good restaurants are also in abundance. Paragliding, horse riding, tennis, 5-star spa also available.
Riofrio

(link)
30 mins Famous for its trout fishing and caviar, a great place to try a restaurant.
Montefrio

(link)
30 mins A spectacularly-sited town with Moorish castle ruins, great views and neoclassical churches.
Iznajar Lake

(link)
45 mins The ideal spot for fishing and boating fans. Its beach is perfect for a spot of picnicking, sunbathing or swimming in the freshwater. Iznajar itself is the archetypal white village, perched atop a cliff with restaurants, bars and a castle. There is an adventure sports company that has just opened down by the lake where you can hire kayaks, sailboats and bikes.
Las Peñas de los Gitanos

(link - in Spanish)
45 mins Neolithic / Stone-Age settlement (3000BC) of dolmens, tombs, cave paintings & limestone outcrops.
Rute

(link)
45 mins Whitewashed town with ruined castle famous for its lethal Anis (aniseed aperitif).
Priego de Cordoba

(link)
50 mins A must see. A Baroque wonder of superb churches, fountains, castle and restaurants built from the wealth of silk and textiles. The nearby towns of Cabra, Zuheros and Baena should also be visited.
Antequera

(link)
55 mins Attractive market town, impressive Moorish castle, prehistoric dolmen caves, nearby Parque Natural El Torcal and an 18-hole golf course.


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