The name Encinas Reales means “Royal Oak” and refers to the ancient oaks which still surround this area. Long ago Queen Isabel the Catholic rested beneath one of the oaks and it became known as the royal oak. The town of Encinas Reales has a lovely centre with graceful architecture and stunning churches. With around 2,500 residents it has all visitors need with small local shops, bars and restaurants and great scenery in the surrounding area.
Self catering holiday rentals in Encinas Reales are ideally located for enjoying this lovely area of unspoilt Spain. If you are visiting in late April the local festival of “binding the devil” has some unusual traditions. Locals traditionally eat outdoors on a picnic in the fields with a hard boiled egg and bread made into the shape of a figurine. The celebrations include beer tasting, paella contests and cultural entertainment. A stroll around the local town will show the Chapel of Calvary, one of the finest 17th century Baroque churches in the area. The beautiful local landscape can be enjoyed with walks beside the River Genil or Anzur where fishing is popular. Lucena Natural Park is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, hunting and other outdoor pursuits.
A day out from your holiday home in Encinas Reales should include a visit to Las Tables which has Roman remains. Using the new motorway which runs close to Encinas Reales, many classic cities are within easy reach. The coastal beaches and city of Malaga provide a pleasant day out just 45 minutes away. Cordoba with its UNESCO listed Old Town set beside the Guadalquivir River is a similar distance away. Granada’s Alhambra Moorish Fortress and Gardens are about an hour’s drive or visit the beautiful city of Seville (Sevilla) 176 km to the west. It has a splendid cathedral, the Torre del Oro and the Alcazar which was formerly a Moorish palace. The city also has some world-class museums and galleries.
Holiday rental homes in Andalusia enjoy hot dry summers with average temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) in August and almost zero rainfall. In the winter season there is more chance of a shower. Daytime highs average 17-21°C (63-70°F) in winter. The shoulder seasons of March-June and September-November are very pleasant for enjoying outdoor activities in the area.
The nearest airport to Encinas holiday rentals is Malaga (AGP) Airport which is about 87 km away. This busy airport is served by Aer Lingus, British Airways, BmiBaby, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Ryanair which all offer competitively priced flights daily. A hire car is essential to reach Encinas Reales and explore the surrounding area and driving is easy along the new highways.