Perched atop a cliff, Casares’ dramatic location makes for some exceptional photo opportunities, but was primarily chosen as the ultimate defence mechanism in ancient times. While easily noticeable from afar, there’s no way an army could come upon Casares unnoticed – a panoramic vista of some 40 square kilometres can be enjoyed from the village, while its rear butts up against solid mountainside.
Spectacular, rural and impressively daring in its architectural makeup, Casares attracts plenty of tourists all year round. It is one of the few locations on the Costa del Sol where visitors are unlikely to even notice the weather – the dramatically climbing streets, the winding roads and the cobbled squares draw the attention, while the authentic Spanish lifestyle is culturally pure, and untouched.
Casares is one of the few destinations on the Costa del Sol where its reputation holds true. It really is that majestic; it is most certainly traditional and its location has to be seen to be believed. Approach from the coastal road and you travel through some of the loveliest countryside found anywhere on the coast. Stop the car and take a wander through the hills – that sound you hear is one of silence, interspersed by birdsong or the occasional cricket.
Once you arrive upon Casares, the town actually sits below you. A quick scan of the horizon from one of the telescopic lookout points confirms all you need to know – discovering this magnificent village that sits before you is going to be an awesome experience. The steep and unevenly-paved streets that whisk you to the village’s heart take you past plenty of front doors, many left open for cooling purposes, allowing you an intriguing glimpse into what life is like here.
Which quickly begs the question – do you really want to live in a place like Casares? Several expats most certainly do, yet the village is almost too perfect. There is nowhere, absolutely nowhere, that is unsightly, which hints at a village centre maybe somewhat lacking in convenience and choice. Out of town supermarkets, garages, petrol stations, hospitals, etc., might not look pretty, but they are necessities, and they are all amenities that Casares lacks. Beautiful, breathtaking and wonderfully Spanish, yes, but also exceptionally quiet, too.