Just an hour from Malaga or Granada airport is Rute. This village is located between the Subbética Natural Park and the lake of Iznájar in Andalucia, Spain. It is a very traditional pueblo with fiestas and ferias throughout the year and is largely untouched by foreign tourism, retaining much of its traditional way of life and culture. (see ‘Fiestas' above)
Rute's claim to fame is the manufacturing of Anis liqueur, sweets and chocolates, displayed in the museums and for sale in the shops, ideal for (Christmas) presents!
The ‘Museo del Jamón' is a short walk from Casa Margaretha and is dedicated to the making of ‘Serrano' ham, ‘Chorizo' and other cured pork products.
Rute has a modern emergency medical centre as well as a dentist and opticians. Simple medical problems can always be solved by the ‘pharmacia', they provide a high level of medical advice as well as supplying a wide range of drugs (need to show E111!)
In the midst of olive country this small town has cobbled streets, quiet squares and gardens, tapas bars, restaurants, convenience stores, all major banks, a post office and a Saturday market. It is an experience to stay here and observe traditional Spanish rural life mixed with twenty-first century luxuries.