House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Cuevas Collalbas is a luxurious, spacious cave home that lies in the beautiful countryside of the Sierra de Baza. The cave house is available all year round. Days can be spent walking, cycling, fishing, bird watching, painting or just relaxing by the shores of one of the local lakes. We can offer you a magnificent and unforgettable voyage back to the depths of time in breathtakingly beautiful accommodation formed by this unique way of life. Experience the real Spain!
Cuevas Collalbas is tranquility personified, nestling in the beautiful nature reserves and national parks of Sierra de Baza, Granada, Andalucia. This idyllic and forgotten part of Granada was, until 40 years ago, full of small hamlets carved into the hills around the lands formed by drying out the lake. Today restored and beautifully updated, whilst maintaining the magic of a forgotten world it is a luxurious, spacious cave home that lies in the picturesque countryside near the town of Baza.
It is just 2 minutes walk to the nearest bar and restaurant (Al Jatib) which has Arabian baths. A hot bath, a warm room and a cold bath, a natural solarium, a massage room and a 'chill out' room – perfect for a bit of holiday indulgence.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Almeria Alicante, Murcia and Malaga, Nearest railway: Guadix Granada|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Further details indoors|
This luxurious, spacious cave sleeps seven people with two large bedrooms, (one en-suite shower room) and a sofa bed, a family shower room and a third bedroom/study.
The large lounge area has an open fire, relaxed seating for up to 12 people and satellite TV. The cave maintains a constant temperature of 18 degrees centigrade all year round.
The rustic open plan kitchen/dining area features beamed ceilings and a traditional bread oven and is fully equipped including dishwasher, microwave and washing machine.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a large south facing patio area with beautiful views of the countryside with garden furniture and a gas BBQ also a 2 seater hammock perfect for evenings sat outside watching the stunning sunsets and shooting stars.
As you approach Baza take the exit, signposted Baza-Este. At the round-a-bout take the turn signposted camino de servicio (service road). Follow this road for approximately 1 mile. You will come to a sharp turning to your right, take this turn and climb up the small hill, continue along this road for approximately half a mile. You will see the Cuevas al Jatib ahead, just a couple of hundred yards before there is a gravel track on the left that takes you to Cuevas Collalbas – Welcome!!!
Towels and linen are provided. Linen is changed weekly.
A welcome pack containing tea, coffee, bread, milk, jam and wine
will be provided for you on arrival.
There is a charge for bundles of logs for the wood fire.
The Andalucia region
The Granada Province of Andalucia is a diverse mixture of rich green valleys, lakes, mountains , flat farm land and dry arrid plains. It is home to the beautiful " Alhambra Palace ", ski-ing in the majestic mountain range "Sierra Nevada ", and the amazing palm treed coastline of the " Costa Tropical ".
Baza rests in the Sierra de Baza natural park, and area covering over 52,000 hectares and reaching peaks of 2,000m in height. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty providing the active with a plethora of outdoor pursuits and the less active with unspoilt landscapes and breathtaking scenery. There are plenty of sign posted walks and hiking routes and the local wildlife includes wild boar and the golden and Egyptian eagles.
The nearest town, Baza is situated approximately 5minutes drive away (100km from Granada along the A-92N). The town is steeped in history and has been linked to many cultures. Most notably it flourished under the Arab influence. Baza has a lot to offer and has more recently come back onto the cultural map. It is an expanding town which combines a modern outlook with a sense of pride in its rich and varied culture.
Every Wednesday there is a typical Spanish market between 9am and 2pm. Every September there is the week long Fiesta de la virgin de la piedad. There is an archaeological museum in the town, along with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Lake Negratin, just 20 minutes by car is a must see. It is the third most important reservoir in Andalucia, with 32kms of shoreline and is ideal for swimming. Along its coast line in the area of Freila a man made beach is located where numerous water sports can be enjoyed in the warm mineral water. The scenery is stunning and it is also rich in wildlife. There are also several restaurants and cafes to relax and take in the beautiful views.
Close by is the town of Zujar where there are thermal baths renowned for their healing qualities. The water is directly from Lake Negratin and is a constant 38 degrees. Zujar’s origins are believed to be Roman and despite it being a growing, modern town there are still many areas made up of cave houses believed to be built during the 16th Century. The restaurant at the thermal baths is excellent and provides stunning views of the lake and mountains whilst you enjoy a meal.
Castril, just 30 minutes away is surrounded by beautiful unspoilt countryside with a skyline dominated by La Pena, a large crag around which the town is built. The town has a typical Spanish charm about it, with white washed houses and narrow winding streets. Plaza Hernando de Zafra forms the hub of the town. The gardens of La Lonja, a small peaceful green area provide for great views across the pretty town. The Inglesa Nuestra Senora de los Angeles, Roman Catholic church is also worth a visit.
The city of Granada, just over an hour away is said to be one of the most beautiful cities of Spain, sitting at the foot of the Sierra Nevada between the Darro and Genil rivers. It is an unforgettable town mixing old and new. At the heart of the city you’ll find a lively bustling centre with a wealth of shops and restaurants catering for all budgets. A walk through the streets reminds you of the rich heritage of the city. Granada is of course famous for the Alhamba Palace, Spain’s number one tourist attraction. Built on the Sabika Hill overlooking the city, this impressive fortress and palace was the home of the Nasrid Dynasty, the last Islamic sultanate of Spain. The Albaicin area is made up of cobblestoned streets and quiet plaza’s lined with pretty whitewashed houses. This area was recently declared a world heritage site and is definitely worth a visit.
Further a field is the town of Guadix, well known for its troglodyte area and one of the oldest settlements in Spain, inhabited during both the Phoenician and Carthaginian periods. This is an area full of cave houses dating back many centuries, strange and quite unique houses built into the rock face. The whole hillside is dotted with them, some of them palatial inside. The centre of the town is where the old and the new merge with all the modern facilities expected from a town of this size, whilst managing to retain its sense of history
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15 Sep 2013
We've stayed here for two short breaks now in 2012 & 2013. Our only cave experiences. The pleasant surprise for us with the cave was the temperature inside staying comfortable, offering relief fr… More
30 Jun 2013
"Awesome Cave Adventure"
Just arrived home after spending two unforgettable weeks at a fantastic cave house in Granada Province in Spain. This holiday was probably the most relaxing ever. It was made extra special by the owne… More
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