The ideal place to find luxury homes for sale set amongst picture postcard pretty surroundings.
Casares is the perfect place for people in search of luxury homes for sale and a slice of traditional Andalusian village life. This classic ‘pueblo blanco’ is rich in history, beauty and culture and within easy reach of the coast.
Named after Spain’s famous former governor Julius Caesar, who is said to have visited the nearby hot sulphur springs, in Casares you’ll find a village steeped in history, much more that the rest of the Costa del Sol. The ruined Moorish castle that sits atop a stack of ‘sugar cube’ houses, points to its status as one of the final strongholds of the Moors. Casares was also one of the few places to withstand the might of the Napoleonic army when they came calling. Today it mainly fends off the excesses of the tourist industry and immediately casts a spell on anyone lucky enough to discover it.
In Casares you’ll find everything you’d expect in a ‘pueblo blanco’; a warren of streets with old whitewashed buildings lined with flowers and a piazza where you can sit and soak up the atmosphere. The adjacent Sierra Crestellina mature reserve also offers some stunning walks. The area is home to some delightful artisan shops, one of the most illustrious golf courses in the region and properties with views that stretch from the mountains all the way across to Gibraltar.
Casares remains predominantly Spanish with around three thousand inhabitants. While there are some expats living in the village, the majority are to be found in the surrounding countryside or in the more modern developments in nearby Casares Costa.
Anyone looking for luxury houses for sale, may be lucky enough to pick up one of the traditional white houses in the village, many dating back to the last century. There are larger fincas and cortijos in the immediate area, some of which are undeveloped, others already developed into the type of luxury real estate that you’d expect in this desirable part of southern Spain.
Perhaps because of its undiscovered status, Casares isn’t exactly a retail mecca, but it does have several small village shops selling food and artisan products, as well as a weekly street market. There are also some excellent restaurants and bars where you can happily sit eating, drinking and talking late into the night.
A car is fairly essential here, as there are only two daily buses to and from Estepona, one in the morning and one in the evening. The road to the coast takes fifteen minutes and leads through some unbelievably picturesque countryside.
For any conditions not treatable in Julius Caesar’s hot springs, you’ll find a public health clinic in the village along with several pharmacies. For anything more serious you can visit one of the hospitals in Marbella or Estepona.
Cost of Living
This isn’t the cheapest part of the Costa del Sol as it’s adjacent to the ‘new golden mile’. But it is perfectly possible to live within a budget if you shop in the larger supermarkets.