Size: 162 Km?
Population: Approx. 3,500
Residents known as: Casare?os
Monuments: Ruins of the Moorish fortress, cemetery, Church of La Encarnaci?n, Caves of Ballesteros, Hedionda, Crestelina and El Gran Duque
Geographical situation: In the Ronda Mountains and the Costa del Sol, 104 kilometres from Malaga, at 435 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town Hall, C/La Fuente, 91. 29690.
Phone: 952 894 056 Fax: 952 894 017

Clinging to the side of a rocky gorge lies the old village of Casares, the birthplace of the father of Andalusian nationalism, Blas Infante. Since 1978 the historical and artistic heritage of the village has been officially protected. This is one of those places that can be termed as a "hanging village", as it is suspended on the mountainside 435 metres above sea level. This unique location is complemented with a picturesque and intricate network of steep streets, where cheerful houses with interesting architectural design stand several storeys high on the side of the gorge. These must have involved calculations that would surprise even today?s most daring architects, and can be put down solely to human ingenuity during the rich history of this village. Casares boasts it own unique way of life which is best understood after first going back over its long history, which goes back to Roman times. At that time the spa of La Hedionda was already well known, located on the road to Manilva, and this is where Julius Caesar was cured of a liver complaint, thanks to the sulphuric waters that still pour out of the local spring. It was for this reason that during the Roman Empire Casares was allowed to mint its own coins, an honour granted by the emperor in gratitude for the curing of a skin disease after bathing in the village?s sulphuric and alkaline waters.
Evidence of the Moorish presence can still be seen here in the 12th century Castle, around which grew the present town centre. In 1361, Pedro the Cruel and the dethroned Mohamed V of Granada signed the Pact of Casares, by which the Moorish king recuperated his throne, leaving Casares as part of the Nazrid kingdom. The town surrendered to the Catholic forces after the fall of Ronda in 1485 and was handed over to Rodrigo Ponce de Le?n, Duke of Cadiz, as part of his domains. Here too the Duke of Arcos accepted the surrender of the rebel Moriscos, the Moors who had "converted" to Christianity. Casares had taken an active part in this rebellion, put down by Don Juan de Austria. The town separated from Manilva in 1795, being granted the title of Villa. At a later period, Casares was the only town, apart from Cadiz, that the Napoleonic troops had not been able to take.

Restaurants in the town
Restaurante "La Terraza". Carretera local, Puerto de la Cruz. Tel: 952 89 51 56.
Restaurante "Laura". Carretera local, Puerto del Lugar. Tel: 952 89 40 24.
Restaurante "La Bodeguita de Enmedio". Plaza de Espa?a, 15. Tel: 952 89 40 36.
Restaurante en Bda. Los Ponys. Tel: 952 89 52 05.
Mes?n Los Claveles. C/Arrabal, 1. Tel: 952 89 40 95.
Casa de comidas Benilda. C/JU?n Cer?n, 9. Tel: 952 89 40 69.
Tapas bars and meals in the town
Bar Los Amigos. Plaza de Espa?a, 4. Bar El Cordob?s . C/Carrera, 4.Bar Chispa. Plaza de Espa?a, 23. Bar Augusto. Specialising in goat. Plaza de Espa?a, 7. Bar Trifino . Plaza de Espa?a, 5. Bar Miguel. Specialising in fresh fish on Fridays. C/ Carrera, 94.
Chiringuitos on the beaches, normally open from May to September.
In all these beach bars one can sample the typical food of the region, such as the Casares gazpacho, the kid in garlic, the mountain rabbit and other local dishes.
Chiringuito Casares. Bah?a de Casares. Chiringuito Marina. Marina de Casares. Chiringuito Playa Chica. Playa Chica.

Hotel Costa Estrella. Urb.Playa Chica, s/n. Tel: 952 89 41 83/952 89 20 83.
Hostal Plaza. Plaza de Espa?a, 6. Casares. Tel: 952 89 40 88.
Hostal Rural Casares. C/Copera, 52. Tel: 952 89 52 11/952 89 42 27.
Norris Fowler Apartments. Finca Arroyo Los Molinos "La Americana".Tel: 952 89 40 72.
"El Papudo" Apartments. Tel: 952 85 40 18.
Vista Properties Apartments. Urb. Marina de Casares. Tel: 952 89 15 24.

The Feria of Casares takes place during the first fortnight in August. The day of the patron saint, the Virgen del Rosario, is celebrated in the first week in September, and in the middle of this month too is the Feria del Cristo. The most important of the Romer?as takes place in May, in which there is Flamenco music and dancing in the traditional style. Hang-gliding is a popular sport here, as well as mountain climbing and trekking

The most typical dish of the area is the Casares Soup, although there are many other dishes associated with the town too, including the mountain rabbit in a sauce made from onion and flavoured with thyme, rosemary and laurel.

The driving force behind the concept of Andalusian nationalism, Blas Infante, was born in Casares on July 5th, 1885. He finished his law studies in 1906 and three years later became a public notary, thereafter devoting his career to Andalusian nationalism through his Junta Liberalista de Andaluc?a, a group of Andalusian intellectuals whose aim was "to strengthen the vitality of the regions and municipalities through common interest and solidarity, and to set in motion a movement that will lift and regenerate Andaluc?a by the promotion of a regional spirit and strong links between all the Andalusian provinces." This text forms part of the Ronda Conference of 1918, as part of the Andalusian Congress in which the white and green Andalusian flag was first unfolded in public, and the Andalusian anthem was sung, written by Blas Infante himself and a composer from the town of Cantillana
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