The Remarkable Past Of Casares Del Sol

If you are thinking of holidaying in Spain for your holidays later this year, consider staying at one of the many Casares Del Sol apartments on the Costa Del Dol, Spain. There is plenty to do and see in the area and Casares Del Sol has much to offer.

The complex is based around small communities each having their own garden space and swimming pool. Some also have children’s pools as well, and are manned by lifeguards during peak season. The privately owned properties have 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and sleep up to 6 persons. Casares Del Sol is fortunate to be set in a tranquil setting overlooking scenic mountains and golf courses and yet is only 1 minute from the Mediterranean Sea.

The area is lucky to be steeped in fascinating history and for those visitors wishing to stay off the hot beaches for a while it provides a cultural experience and welcome respite from the normal tourist attractions.

bRoman Baths and Aqueduct: GPS Location: 36º 23 10 N 5º 15 12 W
Sulphur is the ninth most abundant element of the entire universe. In historical times sulphur was previously known as Brimstone, famed for its medicinal properties. Bathing in sulphur springs to maintain or improve the condition of the skin or even to cure some epidermal complaint has been commonplace since time immemorial.
To find the local Roman sulphur baths you just take the road beside the Lidl supermarket on the coast road, 5 minutes from Casares Del Sol. On the left you will see a concrete area. This is the location of the weekly Sunday market. Keep going and where you see sign for the Roman Oasis Restaurant, turn right and you will find the Roman Sulphur Baths of Hedionada on the right hand side of the road.

The Romans of many years ago built an arched bathing complex of which 4 chambers amazingly still exist. Julius Caesar when governor of southern Spain between 63 and 60 BC is said to have cured himself by bathing here. A concrete canopy has been erected over the structure so that visitors immerse themselves in the murky waters, somewhat like a mud pack!

Along side the road between the coast and the baths you will also see a 100 meter long stretch of aqueduct, reputedly Roman. It used to drive a water wheel as part of a mill complex. An old cottage now stands on the foundation of the Moorish/Roman mill house. Water was channelled off from the baths to power the mill.

bCastillo de la Duquesa: GPS Location of the castle: 36º 21 05 N 5º 14 01 W/b
The 18c fortress stands in the middle of what was once a large Roman fishing village, that was allegedly called ‘Saltum’, but remains unproven. The area was excavated in 1989 and finds included a bath house, two large chambers and a hot house. White mosaic floors have remained in tact on the site. Between the castle and the main road once stood a Roman villa. Other local finds also include fish paste tanks, water conduits and some salt pans. A Roman graveyard has also been found a little way away.

The castle was built in 1767 by Francisco Paulino of Seville. King Carlos III granted Paulino a company of cavalry, although it seems he had little use for them!

There are plenty of other historical things to see so to see them easily stay at a one of the many Casares villas. You will not be disappointed in the area and the accommodation is fantastic.

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