Painting holidays on the costa del sol.



Casares. The spa of la Hedionda, located on the road to Manilva, was already well known to the Romans before Julius Caesar was supposedly cured of a liver complaint thanks to the sulphuric waters that poured from the local spring. For this reason during the Roman Empire, Casares was allowed by the Emperors to mint its own coins.

The 12th century Castle, around which the present town centre grew, was founded by the occupying Moors. In 1361, Peter I of Castile and the dethroned Muhammed V signed the Pact of Casares, by which the Moorish King recuperated his throne, leaving Casares as part of the Nasrid Dynasty, until the town surrendered to Catholic forces after the fall of Ronda in 1485 and was handed over to Rodrigo Ponce de León, Duke of Cádiz.

Later, Casares took an active part during the Rebellion of the Moriscos, (Moors who had "converted" to Christianity) when Rodrigo's descendent, the Duke of Arcos, accepted the surrender of the rebel Moriscos, which was finally ended by Don John of Austria.

More recent history indicates the old village as the birthplace of the father of Andalusian nationalism, Blas Infante Perez de Vargas, labour lawyer, politician, and writer, who is considered to be the largest historic figure in Andalucia. He was born in 1885 and died during the civil struggle in 1936.
Since 1978 the historical and artistic heritage of the village has been officially protected.



Manilva is a municipality, and lies on the coast at the south westernmost edge of the Spanish province of Málaga on its border with the province of Cádiz, Spain. There are three main centres of population, these being the main town of Manilva which is approx. 2 km inland; the coastal village of San Luis de Sabinillas (referred to as Sabinillas); and the small fishing village of Castillo de la Duquesa (referred to as Castillo) about 1.75 km to the west.

The landscape consists of hills separated by rivers and valleys with a large karst limestone ridge lying behind the town itself, and is well known for it’s vines, providing both grapes for winemaking and for eating.
To the east lies the municipality of Estepona with its traditional town and fishing port, and to the north the municipality of Casares with its Moorish cliff-hugging town and spectacular scenery. The whole area is dominated by the Sierra Bermeja Mountains including Pico de los Reales, which at 1,452 metres is 109 metres higher than Ben Nevis.
Manilva's coastline runs in a northeast/southwest line, and its 7.8 km of beaches range from rocky coves to wide sandy expanses.

Apart from these two local towns Estepona to the east is only 10mins drive away, the port has a marina for the luxury boats and yachts as well as the fishing fleet that fishes locally and into the Atlantic sea. The house has 180o views to Gibraltar and Morocco, and towards Marbella with mountain backdrops.