Day Trip to Casares

Casares is a small white town on top of a mountain, about 12 kilometers inland from the coast of Estepona. The town is named after its founder, Julius Caesar. He ordered the construction of this town because he was grateful for having been healed by the waters of the Baths of La Hedionda. The town was named a Historic-Artistic Site in 1978. The town has the ruins of an Arab castle, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnacion (from the 17th century) and the Convent of Santa Catalina (from the 16th century).

One has to park on the main road high above the town and then walk down many steep stairs to the center of the town. After that one can climb the hill towards the ruins of the Moorish fort. There is a church up there that is being restored now. Beside it is the beautiful cemetery, which the townspeople visit everyday and place fresh flowers on the tombs of their families. This is probably the most interesting part of the town.

The Plaza de España is the main square and there is a statue of Blas Infante, the Andalusian Nationalist leader who was born in Casares in 1885. His birthplace is now a museum and tourist information office.