Carratraca is a charming little village located north west of Malaga, only about 45 km away and is reached by the Guadalhorce motorway or A-357. It is in an excellent location as, within ten kms there are three lakes and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In the five-star hotel, you can enjoy the tranquility of a recently restored nineteenth building and attched spa. In September it is the medieval feast of the Luna Mora and there are also festivals duing Easter and August. During this time, an influx of visitors descends on the area, making this village of just 900 inhabitants a place that you cannot escape. Oh, I forgot, as a foster child, Antonio Banderas lived here until the age of 14.
The Villa Padierna Thermas of Carratraca is a historic retreat offering fine holistic and health experiences, as well as programs aimed at weight loss, rejuvenation and stress with a Mediterranean calorie organic diet and thermal hydrotherapy treatments, chromotherapy , aromatherapy etc. Its sulphurous waters are amongt the world's best and most famous since Roman times. In the small town of Carratraca in the Guadalhorce valley, you will find this haven of peace, with unique characteristics. Both the spa and the hotel have preserved the essence of what made Carratraca in the nineteenth century known as the "Monte Carlo of Europe".