Sorbas is a unique place to stay in Andalusia, best known for its overhanging houses above a dramatic gorge surrounded by the Rio Aguas which makes a natural moat. “Sorbas” means “pot of sand” and probably refers to the pottery industry which still thrives in the area.
Most visitors will want to see the potters at work in their studios in the area. The Sorbas potteries are known for their high quality goods which make great souvenirs. To the south of Sorbas holiday rentals is the Parque Natural de Karst en Yesos which has many caves with limestone stalactites and stalagmites in the arid desert-like landscape. Walking, climbing, caving and mountain biking can be enjoyed, as well as taking scenic drives to other small mountain villages. In mid-August the San Roque Festival takes place in Sorbas and is a great way to see the national costume, cultural cuisine, singing and dancing. At other times there is a small bar and restaurants in Sorbas but no real nightlife.
Nearby villages make a great day out from your holiday home in Sorbas. Explore Lucainena de las Torres, a cluster of white houses around a red-tiled church. It has a tiny village square and a winding main street. Nijar has an old Moorish quarter with tall buildings along narrow streets which create cool shade. Bedar is another charming village with stunning views of the surrounding countryside from its high position. Bedar prospered with many lead mines in the past and consequently has some fine architecture. Further afield Cuevas del Almanzora has many caves with natural features and a 16th century fortress which is now an art and history museum.
Holiday rental homes in Sorbas, Andalusia enjoy hot dry summers with average temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) in August with almost zero rainfall. In the winter season there is more chance of a shower and daytime highs average 17-21°C (63-70°F). The shoulder seasons of March to June and September to November are very pleasant for enjoying outdoor activities in the area.
The nearest airport to Sorbas holiday rentals is Almeria (LEI) airport which is 58 km drive away. The airport is about 10 km east of Almeria city centre and has a high volume of tourists arriving daily from the UK and northern Europe as well as national flights. easyJet, BMI Baby, Monarch and Ryanair fly into Almeria airport daily and offer cheap flights from the UK while Iberia Airlines are the domestic airline carrier. A hire car is essential to reach Sorbas. Further afield is Murcia San Javier (MJV) Airport about 174 km drive away.