Casabermeja is a little pueblo blanco located some 25 km north of Malaga, the provincial capital. With a land area of only about 66 sq. km. and a population of a little over 3000, this tiny village with its whitewashed structures and steep, narrow streets radiate the same enchanting aura characteristic of the rustic white villages that dot the mountainsides of the Malaga province.
The white buildings and winding, narrow streets are the last visible traces of the long Moorish occupation in this region. The Moors were not the first occupants here though. Archaeological finds in neighboring villages show that perhaps Romans and Phoenicians once lived here. Interestingly, prehistoric people are believed to have settled here some time in the past.
Some interesting historical sites include the cave paintings at Piedras de Cabrera, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Socorro, the Torre Zambra, and the Cementerio Municipal de San Sebastian.
A natural area of interest that’s also worth visiting is the Parque Natural de Los Monte de Malaga, a 4900-hectare government-protected natural park that is home to the numerous flora and fauna found in the mountains of Malaga. There you can find plants like oleander, reeds, licorice, manzanillas, clover and sorrel. Animals like mongoose, eagles, owls, hawks, rabbits, partridges, spiny-footed lizard can also found in abundance.
The town has an adequate number of restaurants and bars to satisfy varied discriminating tastes. Among the highly recommended establishments are Puerta De Malaga Asador Restaurante, Restaurante Casabermeja, La Posada, Casa Caña, El Lagar de Pepe, El Puerto, and Pizzería Nuevo MontBlanc.
Although most of the restaurants mentioned above serve traditional Spanish/Mediterranean cuisine, there are still some that offer international dishes. Some of the delicious local specialties are: olla de la era, migas, conejo al arillo, gazpacho, borrachuelos, tortas de aceite, and tortas de limon.
The local artisans are experts in crafting saddles, gowns, halters, ties, and decorative ceramics. To further promote the art of pottery and ceramics, the locals organised the Museo-Taller Municipal de Ceramica (museum-ceramic workshop).
Like in all towns in Spain, the residents of Casabermeja are composed mainly of Christians. Some of the religious festivals/celebrations include: the Feast of San Sebastian, Casabermeja’s patron saint; Feast of San Marcos; Semana Santa (Holy Week); and the Feast of Corpus Cristi.