Cortes de la Frontera is a small town in the province of Malaga, Andalusia, Spain. The town is situated between the borders of two protected areas of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the Alcornocales Natural Park. The name itself means “places in the border.” Because of its impressive location, Cortes de la Frontera is both pleasing and charming to all nature lovers.
The town of Cortes de la Frontera is located within the Valley of Guadiaro in the foothills of the Serrania de Ronda Mountains. The town has a high elevation of just over six hundred meters. The view of the Valley of Guadiaro goes on for several miles, while behind are the towering green lush curtains of the Serrania de Ronda Mountains.
Valley of Guadiaro is cut by the natural formation caused by the running water of River Guadiaro. Because of its favorable environment, Cortes de la Frontera gets its economic resources from the mountain forest. Cortes de la Frontera was once a rich town by providing lower towns with a large supply of corkwood for capping their wine bottles. Cortes de la Frontera is one of the famous White Towns of Andalusia, or Pueblos Blancos, which are towns and villages distinctive and well known for their houses and buildings with whitewashed walls and red- and brown-tiled roofs.
Like many Andalusian and Southern Spain towns, Cortes de la Frontera had been a settlement by various tribes and peoples including pre-Roman Iberian tribes. Phoenicians and Romans also settled and improved the town. The conquest and settlement of Visigoths, Christians, and Moors added much color to what is Cortes de la Frontera now. Most of the town attractions are from seventeenth and eighteenth century, which are Christian in origin but heavily influenced by Moorish figures and motifs like the metalworks of the doors, the windows, and balconies.
Town attractions include the Ayuntamiento or Town Hall, town churches, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, the Casa de los Valdenebros, and the Casa Parroquial. Other attractions include The Stone House or Casa de Piedra made of rock; Plaza de Toros or the Bullring; and the Torre de Paso or Tower on the Road, constructed by the Moors to protect the commercial road.
Hostels in Cortes de la Frontera reflect the atmosphere of a quaint town and the tranquil nature surrounding it. Cortes de la Frontera hostels are simple yet elegant, and able to provide for tourists and visitors all year round.
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