Macharaviaya, the village where our house is located, is a picturesque
village in the mountains of Andalucia in the south of Spain (near
Rincon de la Victoria (about 11 km) and Malaga (about 30 km)). The
distance to the beach is 8 km, the village is 235 m above MSL.
In former times Macharaviaya had been an important place. It
was well-known far beyond the regional borders for being the home of
the noble Galvez family, whose descendant Matias Earl of Galvez had
been vice-king of New-Spain. Nowadays Macharaviaya has few (253)
inhabitants left. The historical center of the village with its
overdimensional church has a preservation order on it. Some Spanish and
foreign artists, ceramicists, painters and writers live among the
villagers. Height of the season every year is the festival honouring
the patron of the village, Bernado, in the first half of August.
The ambience in Macharaviaya complies with those of the famous white
Andalusian villages: Macharaviaya is Spanish and open-minded at the
same time. It is located apart from the touristsī paths and is
therefore especially interesting for people who look for quietness and
peace and can actually stand it.
Variety and change is provided by the short distance to the Costa del
Sol with its touristic atrractions and the Andalusian cities with
their rich history and their famous sites. Andalucia in general is an
area with brilliant opportunities for short trips. Going shopping in
Malaga will be a contrastive activity to the quietness of the holiday
village, which will have its own little swimming pool from summer 2002