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TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFTS IN MALAGA
Press Release / 2010-09-05 12:26:25
In Andalusia there are still many large rural areas, which has certainly contributed to the survival of various craft skills that are not found elsewhere.
This may not be true for the coastal villages along the Costa del Sol, but just a short drive inland from Malaga, we can discovered a number of traditional crafts.
The majority of villages in Malaga province have maintained craft skills which have remained unchanged and approved through the years, many from the time the Mara were in Spain. The Mara were brilliant craftsmen.
You can often buy crafts directly from the artisas at lower prices. So visits are strongly recommended, especially if there is a chance to see the craftsmen or women at work
In some villages have will find families of potters working with ceramic ovens that seem to come from the 19th century. You can also find many wicker and cane items on most weekly markets along the Costa del Sol and inland villages, where you may even find an old man sitting in the sun and weaving.
In addition, you can see beautifully crafted leather products, including both saddles and riding boots in the city of Ubrique, a small Mountain Village near Ronda, less than two hours drive from Malaga. Ubrique has some great restaurants and the countryside remains unchanged and is therefore great place to visit.
Ronda is well known for its traditional Spanish furniture, apart from the absolutely wonderful view of the deep gorge, and deserves a visit. The mountains of Malaga are also known for delicious local produce such as cheese, wine, typical products of meat (chorizo) and Jamon Serrano ham, and Prime Oil Extra Virgin olive oil. Spend a day discovering the traditional crafts of gastronomy.
With a car you can easily reach many beautiful villages on the western Costa del Sol, Mijas Pueblo, Casares and Ronda in the countryside. Mijas is also famous for traditional food items and hemp, wicker, ceramic or wood. When in Casares remember to visit the famous home of goat milk cheese in the mountains. This cheese has won numerous awards. But if the cheese is not what you want, there are a multitude of fantastic restaurants where you can taste typical dishes.