Winter 2016/17 is over. After our 5 (yeah 5, I know….) months winter break Cortijo El Guarda will open its doors on April 1st – no joke – for what is going to be our 7th season. Winter was good here, not extremely cold this year and over here not too much rain, although that’s not too good either as the country needs a lot of water. And as for us? We had quite a lot of trips to the folks back in Holland, and of course we were spoiled with lots of friends and family coming over here. And amidst that all we even found time to visit Miranda’s Spanish ‘roots’ at Mallorca.
Sammy had quite some things that worried us, the worst being an aggressive cancer tumor on his nose, but according to the vets they were able to remove it all and we should be relieved to find it at such an early stage. So he is also ready for you guys! We are happy with the huge number of reservations for the season as well in the every year increasing number of returning guests.
So were should these returning guests go this year? Of course the often mentioned Caminito del Rey. But there a few things they could consider:
The Dolmenes of Atequera: Last year, these three dolmens were declared World Heritage by UNESCO, the seventh site in Andalucia. Located close to Antequera, with its stunning El Torcal rocky mountain range, this ensemble of prehistoric tombs is one of the most magical places in Spain, with a history going back 5000 years.
Then how about another cultural thing? After decades of restoration work, the new Provincial museum in Malaga was finally opened at the end of 2016 in the magnificent 18th-century Palacio de la Aduana, the old customs house, situated on the Paseo del Parque. The museum houses the combined collections of the Fine Arts and the Archaeological Museum. With 18.000m2, the museum has eight galleries –the first five are dedicated to archaeology, and the other three to fine arts. Among the 2000-plus works in the fine arts collection you can see paintings by Spain’s most celebrated artists Goya, Murillo, Picasso, Sorolla, Velazquez and Zurbaran, while the archaeology collection has more than 15000 pieces.
And for something completely different : During October and November, the seventh and final series of HBO’s historical fantasy TV series Game of Thrones was filmed in various locations around Spain, including three historic locations. Castillo de Almodovar, a castle next to the river Guadalquivir in Cordoba province, has all the courtyards, battlements and towers you could want for daring duels and secret trysts. It’s great for families, with displays, models and spectacular views; unusually, it opens all day at weekends. The series will be shown this summer.
So enough old and new reasons to come (again?) to us here at Cortijo El Guarda or to Andalusia in general. Hasta Pronto!