A little more than fourteen kilometres from the “Golden Mile”, the visitor will run into Casares, mountain town with a population of 3.500 inhabitants, which has one of the best kept town centres in the whole of Andalucia and it served to be declared, in 1978, as “Conjunto Histórico- Artístico”.
Legend has it that it was Julio Caesar who founded Casares. More reliable data points out that during the Roman occupation, Casares had its own coin minting. It was also the Romans the first to value the therapeutic properties of the sulphurous and alkaline- magnetic waters of the thermal baths of “La Hediola”.
The present town centre is of Arabic origin, retaining from this period the remains of a fortress at a height of more than 400 metres above sea- level. In 1810, the town rose up against the French and the drive of its Casareña forces was so decisive that, together with Cádiz, they were the only places the French could not conquer. Casares has another high, historical honour, of being the birthplace of Blas Infante, considered to be the father of Andalucía.
Apart from the Arabic ruins and the thermal baths of “La Hedionda”, one must point out amongst its monuments, the Parish Church of La Encarnación, built in the Sixteenth Century and the Shrine of La Vera Cruz, also from the Sixteenth Century.
The principal fair in Casares is celebrated in August. It is worthwhile noting the romería to “La Virgen del Rosario”, the fair of September dedicated to “Ntra. Sra. De la Virgen del Rosario del Campo”, also in September.
Local Holidays : The main fair takes place during the first two weeks of August, the Feria de la Virgen del Rosario at the beginning of September; and the Feria del Cristo in mid-September.
Distance from Malaga Airport: 96km. Exit the A-7 at km 146.
Town Hall : 952-894-056
Casares is a highly sought after area and as a consequence property is expensive, particularly country houses, although there’s a good choice of property on the market. Property on the Casares coast and village houses are cheaper, but note that parking within the village can be difficult.
Between Casares and Estepona there are several small urbanisations (Bahía dorada, Arena Beach and Costa Galera) which lie on the coast and consist mainly of small villas with few services.