Holidays in Arriate – A taste of the real Spain
If an idyllic whitewashed Spanish village set amidst stunning mountain scenery appeals, then consider Arriate as a holiday destination. Located only 6km from the city of Ronda, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain, and featuring three national parks to explore, Arriate will be heaven if you are looking for an authentic Spanish holiday. Activities can include tennis, golf, paragliding, swimming, horse riding, wine tasting tours and skiing in Sierra Nevada. Spanish cuisine is another holiday highlight and there are many atmospheric little tavernas and first class restaurants in and around Arriate.
Arriate is much loved by families and couples looking for a peaceful base from which to explore the Costa del Sol; the magnificent sun drenched beach resorts of San Pedro and Puerto Banus are a mere hour’s drive from Arriate. Excursions to exciting cities such as Malaga and Seville can also be part of the fun on an Arriate holiday.
Arriate is one of the best destinations in Andalucia if you are an outdoor sports lover, and the warm spring and autumn months are ideal for these activities. Summers can be very hot and this is the best time to enjoy swimming in the lakes at the national parks and relax on the beaches at the coastal resorts. If you are looking for an inexpensive holiday option then the spring and autumn months will bring reduced rates on flights and accommodation. School holidays will be busy in Arriate, so choose the low seasons including winter for a holiday with fewer crowds.
Daytime temperatures in Arriate will hit 30C and over during the peak summer months of July and August; the summer evenings will be a warm 17C. The climate in Arriate is warm and dry for much of the year but some rain can be expected from November through March. Spring and autumn will bring warm fresh weather and the temperature will head over 20C during mid-April and not dip below this level until the end of October. Winters will cooler with maximum daytime temperatures of 13C, and rainfall may be frequent during this season.
Excellent savings can be made on holidays in Arriate by booking in advance and choosing the low season months. Summer holidays will mean higher prices but good deals are available if you book in advance. The low season months are quieter and this is when reduced rates are available on flights and accommodation. If you book outside of the popular school holiday periods such as Easter, July and August, October and Christmas you will benefit from holiday deals.
Malaga Airport (AGP) is the nearest to Arriate and flights depart year round from most major UK city airports. Flight time to Malaga will be approximately three hours; Malaga Airport includes facilities such as duty free shopping, restaurants, bars and car hire. Transfer time from Malaga to Arriate is approximately 90 minutes. Taxis depart from Terminal 3 and the fare for the transfer will be approximately 130 euros (£104) per car.
Independently booking a private transfer online is an option with a fare of 35 euros (£28) per each person travelling. Independently hiring a car is probably the most convenient and economical option and great if you want to explore; car hire is inexpensive with prices starting at around 90 euros (£72) per week. The major roads are in good condition with driving on the right.
Lively Town Centre
Arriate is deceptive, one minute it looks quiet and sleepy but head to the town centre and you will find yourself in vibrant area of upmarket stores, restaurants and bars. This is a beautiful little town surrounded by the Ronda Mountains that you will find both charming and exciting.
There is a good selection of restaurants and cafes serving traditional dishes made from the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Delicious local dishes include spicy sausages and rabbit and garlic stews. There are also restaurants that serve international dishes and British favourites. One of the top rated restaurants in the town is El Muelle de Arriate, which is particularly renowned for its excellent Tapas. The wild boar and chicken is particularly well regarded, and the desserts are purportedly fantastic. What’s more, the restaurant affords stunning views across the valley.
The nightlife in Arriate can be low key and relaxed or a livelier affair. There are plenty of little bars and taverns in the area but for a night of bustling restaurants and pubs head to nearby Ronda where the bars and clubs because the town’s social centre as night draws in.
As you would expect from a sunny mountain resort there are ample opportunities to go hiking, horse riding, trekking and biking through the hills and mountains. Other sporting activities in Arriate can also include golf, fishing, tennis and hunting.
You are only 30 miles from the spectacular Malaga beaches if you are staying in Arriate. You can choose from a selection of beaches including the Blue Flag Playa de la Malagueta or Playa Polo, which has excellent diving facilities. Arriate holidays allow you to alternate between breath-taking mountain scenery and relaxing days at the beach.
City Day Trips
Day trips from Arriate should not be missed. You can visit the beautiful city of Seville where you can watch flamenco dancers and enjoy the vibrant restaurants and bars. A trip to Jerez will allow you to spend time on the spectacular beaches, play some golf and listen to local musicians in the bars and pubs.