Size: 114.10 Km?
Population: Approx. 3,000
Residents known as: Moriscos
Monuments: Church of Santiago, Shrine to the Vera Cruz (True Cross), Taivilla and Villares archaeological sites, Caves of La Hoguera and Quebrada Fountain.
Geographical situation: On the western edge of the Guadalhorce Valley, bordering on El Burgo.
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza Buenavista, 1. 29566. Malaga.
Phone: 952 456 561 Fax: 952 456 976

The village of Casarabonela lies on the western side of the Guadalhorce valley, although the municipal district stretches westwards into the Ronda mountains. Casarabonela itself has two peaks, Alcapara?n at 1,200 metres and Preita at 1,521. To the west and north-west the municipality is bounded by the River Tur?n and the municipality of El Burgo. The countryside is composed of a mixture of limestone rock and mountains covered with pine trees, making for exceptionally beautiful scenery. Much of the area immediately around the village is terraced and planted with vegetables and fruit trees, all the way from the bottom of the valley to the start of the bare rock. The mountainous outcrop of La Robla, with a height of 563 metres, stands right in the middle of the municipal district, surrounded by olive groves and cornfields.
Casarabonela has been inhabited since Neolithic times, but the most important remains, for their high degree of conservation, are the Roman ones, these having at one time constituted the basis of what is today the village proper. In Roman days Casarabonela was known as Castra Vinaria, meaning wine castle. The Romans built roads right across the area, the remains of two of them still being visible today: one going south towards Malaga and another going west towards Ronda. Later, the Arabic settlers refrained from destroying what was left of the Roman village, even going so far as to reinforce the old fortress and keep the same name, which then became corrupted to Csar Bonaira. The quality of the Arabic building work made Casarabonela one of the most difficult villages for the Christian troops to seize during the re-conquest. After the expulsion of the Moors the land was shared out among Christian settlers from Extremadura and other parts of Andaluc?a. In 1574 King Philip II gave the village the title of "villa" or town, recorded in a special charter that is still to be found in the Town Hall archives.

Mes?n Bandera. Seafood and local dishes. Avda.Juan XXIII, 27. Tel 952 456 674.
Mes?n La Parada. Roast meats. Terraza. C/Jos? Hidalgo, 41. Tel: 952 456 970.
Bar Nuevo. Local cuisine. Terrace and large dining room. Pza. Buenavista, 2. Tel: 952 456 572.
Venta de Carmen. Barbecues on weekends. Pto. Mart?nez (Ctra. Casarabonela-El Burgo).
Bar El Canario, Bar El Central, Bar La Reja, Bar Avenida and Bar Farina.

Hotel Alcapara?n(2*). 18 rooms. Avda. Federico Mu?oz, 14. Tel: 952 456 843.
Hotel La Era. 9 rooms. Partido Martina (Los Cerrillos). Tel: 952 112 538.
Casa rural Huerta de San Francisco. 4 rooms. Avda. Fernando D?az, 30. Tel: 952 246 607 - 626 18 68 85.
Casa rural Jarasur. Two houses of three rooms each. Avda. Fernando D?az, s/n. Tel: 952 456 844 - 952 281 123.

The fair in honour of St James is held in the last week of July, when open air dancing in the decorated streets continues late into the night. There are several other interesting feast days during the year. On November 7th the Romer?a in honour of the Virgen de los Rondeles takes place. The May Cross Festival is held on May 7th, while the feast of the Virgin of Rondeles is celebrated on December 12th. The whole village comes out into the streets on New Year?s Eve to eat their 12 grapes to the striking of the Town Hall clock.

The most traditional dish in Casarabonela is the sopa perota. This is a soup made by frying chopped tomatoes and peppers in a frying pan and then adding water and boiling all the ingredients together. When ready to eat, breadcrumbs are added. In recent years many handicraft workshops have sprung up here in order to revive traditional crafts such as pottery. Rush and esparto grass articles are also made in the town.

The flora is typical of Mediterranean woodland, with holm oaks and pine trees, many of which have been planted in recent years, and scrubland covered with esparto grass, fan palms and gorse. Rosemary, juniper and rock rose also grow in the countryside around the village. The municipal district, especially around La Robla, is notable for the many species of large bird found here, such as booted eagles, goshawks, kestrels, harriers, buzzards and eagle owls. At ground level there are foxes and occasionally mountain goats and roe deer.
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