Málaga Province - Casabermeja

Known as the door to Malaga, Casabermeja is a great a place for nature lovers.

This hill town forms part of Malaga's Parque Natural del Montes and is also close to various others sierras (El Torcal, de Cabras, del Co and de Camorolos) as well the Arroyo de Guadalmedina and de Coche.

In terms of monuments, the church of Nuestra Señora del Socorro is situated in the centre of the town. However the cemetery is the town's most important site, having been declared an artistic-historical monument in 1980 for its architectural value.

Other areas of interest in this municipality are the Torre Zambra, the Peñas de Cabrera and the Ermita. The first is a 13th century Arabic watch tower that is located about 4km from the town. Its privileged situation offers magnificent panoramic views of the province of Malaga, part of Granada, and the north of Africa. The Peñas de Cabrera, near the Guadalmedina around 5km from Casabermeja, has rock paintings of great archaeological value. This site is found. Finally, the Ermita is a construction located next to the recreation area of El Chorro.

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In terms of the town's traditional local crafts, you'll find pottery, decorative ceramics, wickerwork and saddlery.

Traditional delicacies to try include ola de la era, chivo en pepitoria, conejo al ajillo, gazpacho, plato de los montes, migas, bollos de garbanzo, borrachuelos and roscos de vino.

For those who want to experience the town's fiestas, Corpus Christi (one Thursday to Sunday in June), San Sebastian day (the patron of the town) (20 January), San Marcos day (25 April), the pilgrimage of the Virgin of Socorro (the patroness of the town) (15 August) and the Casabermeja feria which takes place days before the Malaga festival. Flamenco lovers shouldn't miss out one of the oldest celebrations in Andalucia, the Certamen de Cante Flamenco, celebrated towards the end of July.

The town is located 20km north of Malaga city. Casabermeja can be reached by the A45, the Autopista de Malaga, but is also close to the AP46, the Autopista de las Pedrizas.