Romantic Casa Mariposa.
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Casa Mariposa is a totally independent apartment on the ground floor of the owner's house which is located in a quiet and less crowded part of the urbanisation of Los Pinos. There is ample parking outside.
Although the owners may or may not be resident during your stay you will always be assured of privacy.
The apartment enjoys spectacular views from east to south, with Salobreña and Motril visible in the distance. The terraces enjoy sun virtually all day.
All amenities are less than 1 km. The beach and watersports are within 800 metres, and there are restaurants and bars for all tastes.
The inside is open plan with space for living, dining and relaxing. The compact kitchen space is equipped with an electric ceramic hob, combination oven/grill,/microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee machine and fridge.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Playa Velilla 800 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||800 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 90 km, Nearest railway: Malaga 80 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
The living/dining room area is across from the kitchen where there is a large door to the terrace; this makes the room light and airy. In the corner of the living room is a 32 inch flat screen TV with satellite channels including SKY, DVD/CD and stereo system. There is also a CD/radio player. Electric heating is provided in winter. Internet access using WiFi is available.
The bathroom has a shower, WC, and washbasin, as well as hairdryer, cupboard space and washing machine. The hot water is supplied by an electric hot water heater.
The pretty tiled air conditioned bedroom, has a king sized bed with a memory foam mattress a large wardrobe and sliding doors to a covered loggia where there are rattan chairs and a table.
|Further details outdoors|
On the large terrace in front of the apartment there are sun beds a table and chairs with parasols. Three steps down from the terrace is a small garden with trees, shrubs and cacti.
The pool area, which can be lit at night, is surrounded by tropical plants and trees which provide shade and a feeling of tranquillity.
The pool will be closed during winter 1st November to mid April.
Welcome pack provided on arrival
Beach/pool towels provided
The Andalucia region
The Costa Tropical region
Almuñécar and La Herradura form the tourist capital of the Costa Tropical. This relatively unknown stretch of Spain's southern coastline belongs to Granada province in Andalucia. It lies between the more populous Costa del Sol to the west, and the coast of Almería to the east.
It's here that the continent of Africa is trying, and noticeably succeeding, to push its way under the mass of Europe. The dramatic results are what give the Costa Tropical its special geography and climate, so unlike any other coastline in southern Spain.
Rugged hills thrust up steeply from valley floors or plunge into the sea. Seasonal torrents, often swollen by melting snows, cut jagged ravines deep into the landscape. Once-forrested hillsides, now denuded of their fertile topsoil, provide a scanty foothold for almond, olive and the hardy carob. Small villages and farming communities have developed in sheltered valleys or simply cling like limpets to the hillsides.
And above everything towers the grand Sierra Nevada.
These mountains, which boast among them the highest peak in mainland Spain, form a natural weather-break which protects the Granadan coastline from the worst influences of the European winters, while Africa, to the south, helps buffer the harsh effects of both the Mediterranean and Atlantic weather. As a result, the area has an extraordinarily benign subtropical climate which can be seen in the variety of exotic products to be found in the local markets, especially the different fruits.
The Almunecar / Los Pinos area
Almuñécar and its handsome Moorish castle sit on a small hill between the mouths of two rivers - the Río Seco and the larger Río Verde. The latter runs through Almuñécar's Tropical Valley, a fertile area of mainly subtropical fruit orchards that line the valley floor and climb the terraced hillsides. To the west of the town lies the Punta de la Mona, a pineclad headland sheltering the attractive Marina del Este sports port and home to a number of luxury urbanisations. Beyond, is the pretty village and horseshoe-shaped bay of La Herradura and another large natural promontory, Cerro Gordo, which marks the end of the municipality and province. Inland, the approximately 80 km² municipality rises into the hills which form an impressive backdrop to the coast. Farmhouses and small hamlets dot the area overlooked by the Peña Escrita natural park.
Almuñécar was founded by the Phoenicians almost 3000 years ago and has since been occupied by a succession of Mediterranean cultures including, most importantly, the Romans and the Moors. Attracted by the rich trade in local products, the town was one of the most important ports on Spain's Mediterranean coast. Evidence of the area's importance can be seen in the numerous monuments that still exist, especially the Roman fish factory and aqueduct.
Along the 19 km of local coastline visitors can choose from a large variety of beaches and small coves, ranging from fine sand to shingle. Watersports are very popular and there are numerous businesses offering different types of courses and equipment hire. Divers will find some of the best underwater scenery here of anywhere along the southern coast.
Hindered by the rugged geography, development has been mostly restricted to the coast and its adjacent hillsides. Recent years, however, have seen a shift in the 'sun, sea and sand' mentality and many people have bought farmhouses or plots of land in the surrounding hills. Rural tourism, though slow to take off, is on the increase.
Based originally on agriculture and fishing, the local economy is now concentrated almost entirely on tourism and recent years have seen a huge surge in the local infrastructure. Numerous hotels, chalets and apartments are being constructed to cope with the increasing number of visitors, both seasonal and permanent, and shops and services are being opened at a corresponding rate. Cheaper flights and the lousy north European weather have prompted many to buy second homes in the area, while increased telecommunications, especially the Internet, mean that many professionals can work here seasonally if not throughout the whole year.
Local tourism has traditionally been Spanish and confined to the summer season, especially August when the town is packed out. Important fiestas such as Easter and Christmas are also very busy. Foreigners tend to visit mostly during the Spring and Autumn months when the weather can be superb compared to the north, while winter, apart from Christmas, is relatively quiet. Many visitors rent chalets or apartments for their stays
Foreign residents are a mixed bunch with representatives from most European countries living here year round. French, Belgian, German and English nationalities are the most common, though not necessarily in that order, while the Scandinavians, particularly the Danish, are increasing their numbers.
In less than an hour each way from Almuñecar you can drive to either Malaga or Granada where in winter the Sierra Nevada offers skiing in winter.
Nearby there is also the Peña Escrita country park, Marina del Este, and the town of Salobreña, featuring a dramatic Moorish castle built on a large rock outcrop overlooking the sea.
Local attractions include Almuñecar Old Town and castle, a great shopping and rambling area, the "Loro Sexi" bird park, the Parque el Majuelo with its Roman fish salting works, and Playa del Altillo with its wonderful sculptures along the promenade.
The castle overlooks Parque El Majuelo, a beautiful park and venue for special events, including the Almuñecar Jazz Festival in July.
All local Spanish bars on the Costa Tropical offer Free Tapas when having a drink. This is only to be found in Granada province. See my photos :-)
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17 Aug 2014
"Lovely apartment, with everything you need, including a spectacular view."
We loved the quiet private area at the front of apartment. With the comfy chairs we could sit out there all day enjoying the view.
Lovely cool clean pool.
Owners very helpful.
Nice town, beautiful beaches although you need to be healthy or have a car to get up and down to the apartment.
28 Oct 2013
We had a delightful stay at Casa Mariposa. The apartment is charming and very well appointed with stunning views of the sea. Easy access to the beach and restaurants, yet located in a quiet area of to… More
14 Nov 2012
"beautiful located, great view. Very kind owners"
The property is really beautiful and the view is magnificent. The owners are very kind, they bought a small baby-bath especially for our 1 year old daughter and they asked for feedback to improve the apartment. The apartment is ideal for one couple (with a baby), for two children the one-bedroom apartment is probably to small.
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