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Villanueva del Trabuco

Villanueva del Trabuco is a village of 5000 inhabitants, just a 40 minute drive inland from Málaga and the Málaga – Costa del Sol airport. Granada, its airport “Granada-Jaén Federico García Lorca” and the Alhambra are within an hour on a fast and seemingly empty motorway! Villanueva del Trabuco is nestled amidst spectacular mountain scenery. It remains untouched by tourism and is still very Spanish. Those visiting at fiesta time (fiestas occur frequently) will be able to enjoy the best of Spanish tradition, the parades, the women in traditional dress and the Spanish horses. On the outskirts of the village lies the famous ‘Cien caños’ mountain spring, the source of the Guadalhorce River that runs into Málaga. This is a popular tourist attraction at weekends when families drive out to picnic or take advantage of the excellent choice of restaurants available to suit all budgets and tastes.

Its convenient location, just 5 minutes from the main Málaga to Granada motorway means that it is ideally situated for visiting the main tourist cities such as Córdoba, Granada and Sevilla, not forgetting the Spectacular national park of El Torcal. You are also less than an hour away from the famous Costa del Sol beaches in Málaga, Torremolinos and Fuengirola. Málaga City if often overlooked as a tourist destination but it has much to recommend it including the famous Semana Santa (Easter) processions and the world-famous Picasso museum. Less than thirty minutes is the historic city of Antequera and a little further on you have El Chorro and the Spanish Lake District with some very impressive and picturesque reservoirs. Don’t forget your cameras!

All in all you will find a quiet relaxed atmosphere and witness a lifestyle still very simple, with herds of goats crossing the land daily in the summer and land farmed in the old fashioned way, with olive oil being the main industry. Yet, within the hour you can have culture, a choice of golf courses and/or the famous “Sol y Playa” beach holidays. If you want glitz and glamour you can be down in Marbella and Puerto Banús within ninety minutes. The choice is yours. The area has everything!

If you want to stay in this area, Cortijo Los Lobos is an exclusive holiday retreat with heated pool and horse riding set in the beautiful olive groves and pine clad national park area of Villanueva del Trabuco. The breathtaking mountain views and spectacular rural location offers holiday guests a truly memorable and relaxing holiday. The views from the elevated terrace of the private heated pool are some of the best you will find in Spain. The large, colourful landscaped gardens, horses in paddocks, and numerous outdoor eating and relaxing areas all add to the ambience, making Cortijo Los Lobos a very special place to stay.
The horses at Cortijo Los Lobos all live together in a family group and owners Clive and June Wolfe try to make their living conditions as natural possible – the happiness of their horses is very important to them, especially as a lot of them are rescued from sad previous lives. All of the horses are bare foot and ridden in bitless bridles. The riding terrain is second to none, with open fields, cool shady pine forests, olive groves and streams. All abilities are catered for, from beginner to advanced. Children are very welcome. Riding can also be provided for non guests, living or holidaying locally.

Cortijo Los Lobos is open all year round, and winter guests can enjoy the cosy wood burners in the cottages, the heated pool in spring and autumn, (when the daytime temperatures are often very high, but an unheated pool is too cold to use,) and even a 3 course meal served in the lovely Farmhouse dining room with a roaring open log fire. At Christmas the cottages are decorated to add to the atmosphere and guests can also go skiing within a 1.5 hour drive in the famous Sierra Nevada.

Full details are on the Cortijo Los Lobos website.

As a means of supplementing their income and feeding the animals, June recently wrote a book about their move to Spain, their lives and their rescued animals. “No time for a siesta (the ups and downs of life on a Spanish farm)” was published on Amazon in 2011 and is now available for kindle and as a paperback.

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