Visit the local cheese museum, (Quesos Sierra Crestellina) in Casares, Málaga on the Costa del Sol
I put the cheese in my mouth and greatly savour the flavour. This has to be the tastiest, most delicious cheese that I have ever tried. Surrounded by mountains and nature, I feel like a little Heidi – taking in the clean mountain air, seeing the goats in the distance and slowly devouring my cheese. This is a magical place, definitely one to return to.
Nestled up in the mountains, accessed via the Manilva – Gaucin road or by driving up the Casares road, you can find a family-run cheese factory, ‘Quesos Sierra Crestellina’.
This cottage industry has been running for many years. The family are experts in their field with the know-how that has been passed down from generation to generation. They raise and breed the goats on their surrounding land to produce fresh goats cheese, semi-mature, mature goats cheese and home-made desserts made from goats milk, like yogurts, rice pudding etc. 100% of the goats feed comes from the natural pastures surrounding them. The family’s aim is to work in tune with the environment and they run the end to end process from here. It is hard to believe that this is only 15 minutes away from the Manilva / Casares coastline.There is a little shop on the premises that is open through most of the day. The shop sells their fresh produce, fresh honey, from the Si
Sierra Bermeja mountains and some of the home-grown wines from the surrounding area such as Ronda. I would certainly recommend taking the drive to visit this small shop. The selecting of cheese is an experience in itself. The person attending us explained the difference between the cheeses and cut a little of each so that we could try them. The rind of the cheese was completely edible as they only use olive oil to protect the outside.
This ‘museum’ also runs guided tours of the factory. These can be organised for private groups or you can join one of their main tours. You can call to speak to them to find out what dates are available. The tours take you through the process and you even get a chance to make your own fresh cheese. Many local schools also come to the factory for school excursions.
You can contact them on:
To contact the shop, call:
(+34 )952 895 167
For a guided tour, contact the vet:
+34 618 942 177