101 Things to Do …

Some of our list requires a drive, some of our activities are within walking distance.  In any case, we do recommend a car.  There is a bus, but it leaves at 6am and doesn’t return til 10pm  and may not go where you want to explore!


1. Relax completely in our roof top hot-tub relishing the view

2. Play tennis for free on the local courts in Valdearenas

3. Walk down through the olive groves to our Lake for lunch

4. Visit the Mezquita in Córdoba

5. Sup a cold beer outside from the bar next door

6. Walk through the winding streets of Iznájar

7. Relax in a Jacuzzi bath

8. Go fishing on Lake Iznajar

9. Take a quad biking trip on the coast

10. Go mountain climbing for the day in the Sierra Subbética

11. Take a day trip to Málaga – Picasso’s birthplace

12. Rent a piragua – canoe – for the day on the lake

13. Visit the Cordoba Noche Blanca Festival 22nd June

14. Go paintballing in Rute

15. Visit the world’s largest chocolate nativity scene in Rute

16. Tour Rute’s 28 Anis distilleries

17. Take a walk up the waterfall route in La Hoz

18. Market-mooch – there’s one every day of the week

19. Volunteer to help in a December Matansa

20. Learn about olives by working with the pickers

21. Enjoy a sundowner and tapas at the beach bar

22. Have a tutored painting day

23. Treat yourself to a relaxing pamper day

24. Go skiing in the Sierra Nevada

25. Visit Granada’s Alhambra Palace

26. Walk up our hill for spectacular lake views

27. Sunbathe on the roof terrace with a cool beer

28. Sit in any of the leafy plazas nearby and watch the world go by

29. Eat a delicious ice-cream outside one of the many cafés in Rute

30. Embark on one of our guided and coached slimming weeks

31. Go swimming in the lake

32. Join a bird watching day trip

33. Go swimming in Iznájar or Rute or Lucena’s gorgeous outside pools

34. Take a guided local walk

35. Canoe on Lake Iznájar

Canoing on Lake Iznajar

36. Go hunting rabbits with locals

37. Visit Priego de Córdoba – in the heart of the Sierra Subbética

38. Take a trip to Zuheros’ bat cave (Cueva de los murcielagos)

39. Have a massage in the comfort of your room

40. Spend Christmas in Spain celebrating round a raging log fire eating local produce

41. Order a gourmet dinner in advance and relish scrumptious local food

42. Watch the Semana Santa processions in Iznájar at Easter

43. Come at Carnival time and get dressed up

44. Come for the Fiesta de San José 19th March – HUGE fun for the family

45. Take the kids to the seven hectare kids park in Córdoba

46. Take a tipsy tour around the Montilla Moriles wine trail

47. Go Lynx watching in the Sierra Subbetica

Iberian Lynx

48. Visit the vulture feeding sites

49. Walk around and through El Torcal

El Torcal

50. Visit the famous Monolith sites of Antequera

51. Enrol for Spanish conversation classes with local people

52. Take a day trip to beautiful Cabra

53. Go for lunch at Las Piojas in Algarinejo

54. Have a one to one pilates session

55. Book a reflexology treatment in the comfort of your room

56. Spend an evening watching Flamenco locally or further afield

57. Go to a bull fight

58. Visit Los Patios in Córdoba (spectacular flower festival in the first 2 weeks of May)

59. Abseil

60. Hire bicycles for the day and go touring

61. Watch movies til 3am in front of the fire

62. Visit a local craft fayre

63. Buy a painting of Iznájar and have it safely delivered to your home

64. Book a healing session

65. Visit Nerja’s caves

66. Take a day trip to the cave houses of Guadix & Benalúa

67. Learn to salsa dance

68. Enjoy a completely stress free break in the mountains

69. Visit Rute’s famous ham museum

70. Hold your Hen Weekend here and be spoiled rotten

71. Go to a free evening flamenco show in the ancient quarter of Córdoba

72. Take a romantic walk around our lovely lake

73. Go ice skating in Benalmádena

74. Have a facial in your own room


75. Sit on the roof terrace with a glass of wine and your favourite book

76. Visit Seville for the day

77. Allow yourself to get “lost” in the mountain villages


78. See if you can walk to the top of Iznájar from the bottom without stopping

79. Go for a run – anywhere! There are no trespassing laws

80. Visit the lagunas in Fuente de Piedra

81. Watch one of the evening theatres in the park in Rute

82. Take part in an Aquafit class

83. Come to the Chascarra dance class for REALLY authentic Spain!

84. Visit Málaga’s exquisite cathedral

85. Take a day trip down the old Granada to Motril mountain road alongside the famous Rio Verde

86. Sit and chill with a jigsaw puzzle

87. Hang out in any of the roadside cafés in Rute

88. Go shopping in our local village shop that sells everything and meet Isabel and Dulce

La Celada village shop

89. Buy some hand carved olive wood souvenirs

90. Watch the sunset with a glass of cava from the roof terrace

91. Visit Mijas town with spectacular sea views

92. Book a Private MiniBus with Manolo or Rob to take you on a personalised tour

93. Stroll down Calle Larios in Málaga

94. Visit Rute’s donkey sanctuary and walk in the forests nearby

95. Order the most luxurious “take away” possible with one of Luisa or Jose’s freshly prepared family Paella

96. Sit at our Edwardian writing desk to sketch out your postcards

Writing desk

97. Visit in September and watch Iznájar’s world famous Fiesta processions

98. Spend Easter hunting for Easter eggs in the house and surrounds

99. Learn essential Spanish over breakfast

100. Visit Granada’s famous Albaycín and Sacromonte areas

101. Have an archery lesson


Not found what you fancy in the list? Then let us know what you DO fancy, and we’ll arrange it for you!


  1. Cecilia says:

    Great ideas and i’d love to do just about all of them! Am a big fan of Cordoba.

    • Amanda says:

      I think I have done just about all of them Cecilia! Cordoba is one of the most unsung provinces of Andalucia – along with Jaen … but in truth it makes it a well kept secret meaning only the best people come to play there …

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