Studio | No Bedrooms | sleeps 2
Delightful studio in the mountains of the Costa del Sol. Free WiFi. Pool. Eng T V.
The sun is shining, and the almond trees are blooming. All around the mountains are covered in pink and white blossom. Nestled in a secluded valley in the beautiful Sierra de Tejeda range, Casa Joya is the perfect place to relax. Have a barbecue on the terrace with its stunning sea and mountain views or eat in the romantic walled courtyard with its view of Mount Maroma, the highest peak. You can explore delightful white villages with steep narrow streets decorated with flowers, vines and jasmine, or drive down to the coast and visit Torre del Mar or Nerja with its lovely bay and awe-inspiring Tolkienesque caves. Further east still are unspoilt rocky coves, deserted at certain times of year.
The house is located in the open countryside, an hour's drive from Málaga airport and half an hour's drive to the coast, and is reached via a well-maintained dirt track, about 1.5 km from the main road. The apartment is attached to the main finca, but completely independent, with its own Moorish walled courtyard.The bedroom area consists of twin beds with bedside tables and lamps, and a double wardrobe.The bath room has a walk-in bath and shower, toilet, bidet and mirrored cabinet with lights and electric socket.
The lounge area consists of sofa and armchair, low coffee tables, standard lamps, dining table and chairs, and a carved Spanish dresser. The internet TV receives all free to air English channels, and includes a DVD player. A separate CD player is also provided. The kitchen is equipped with electric hob, conventional oven with grill, plus a microwave oven, fridge freezer, toaster, filter coffee machine, electric kettle and sufficient crockery, glass ware, cutlery and cooking pots and utensils for four people.
The apartment has its own sun terrace which provides a generous space for loungers, a large wooden table with chairs, and a mobile kettle barbecue. On the lower terrace the pool (8 x 4m; 1.7m deep) is shared with the owners and looks out over the foothills to the sea. A pool-side sun-bathing area is provided with wrought iron loungers and tables and a cantilever parasol.
There is also a shower and another seating area facing the pool. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, shared washing machine and oil-fired central heating. Parasols, loungers, etc. are provided on all the terraces. All linen is provided, except beach towels. Cot and high chair can be provided on request.
The apartment is beautiful, you have thought of everything and the extra touches such as the fresh flowers, herbs and wine made it all the more special. I'm sure we will be back and will certainly recommend this spot of paradise to family & friends.
Martin & Alison, Manchester. Lovely peaceful spot with beautiful views and fabulous weather. Thoroughly enjoyed trips to Granada (the Alhambra is a must-see - fantastic!). Nerja caves, Frigiliana and many quiet beaches beyond Nerja (even at this time of year). Thanks Charlotte and Steve.
All remaining dates in April reduced by 20% from £230 per week to £185 per week
RATES 2013: Jan-30 Mar £210 per week
30 Mar-29 Jun £245 per week
29 Jun- 31 Aug £275 per week
31 Aug-2 Nov £245 per week
2 Nov- 21 Dec £210 per week
21 Dec-4 Jan 2014 £245 per week
Low season reductions:- 30% discount for 3rd and subsequent weeks. Long term bookings:- £550 per calendar month, including heating and all utility costs. Bookings can be made by email and require a non-returnable 25% deposit on confirmation. The balance is required 6 weeks prior to arrival. Payment by bank transfer.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, Studio|
|Nearest beach||Torre del Mar 18 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Andalucia region
The Arxarquía is one of the areas with the most geographical diversity in the province. It is bordered by extensive beaches theat alternate with beautiful coves and cliffs and spreads towards the interior between hills and fertile lowlands to the high peaks of the maountain ranges of Tejeda, Almijara, Alhama, Camarolos and Jobo or Los Montes de Màlaga.
The area is widely cultivated with almonds, olives, vines, citrus and avocado, with cereals and market garden produce on the high plateaux. This area was the last part of Spain to be reconquered by the Christians and there still survive many ancient white villages with Moorish architecture, among which Los Pueblos Blancos – the White Villages – strung out along the Tejeda mountain range, are the most famous. These delightful villages, with their steep, narrow streets of white houses with black rejas over the windows have scarcely changed in hundreds of years. Heavily-laden mules still make their way along the winding streets; goatherds still guide their flocks along the mountain roads to graze in the open countryside and bring them home to the villages as the sun goes down.
Málaga has a mild climate, classified as humid subtropical Mediterranean, with an average annual temperature of around 18-19 °C, with average maximums 25.4 °C in August and minimums of 11.9 °C in January. Frost are very rare, at least in recent years, and summers are hot with high levels of humidity except when the dry terral wind blows: when this happens temperatures tend to soar leading to the records for Malaga of 44 °C (1978 and 1994). Rain falls in Malaga an average of 43 days a year with 524 mm, this often falling in the form of torrential rains with a record of 313 mm on 27 September 1957. There are an average of 2,815 hours of sunshine a year in Malaga.
Canillas de Aceituno
Los Pueblos Blancos – The White Villages:
Between the Atlantic coast to the west and the Ronda Mountains to the east are a cluster of some of Andalusia's most beautiful mountain villages.
These are known to the Spanish as, simply, "Los Pueblos Blancos", the white villages. Every year, once the spring rains have passed, their houses are meticulously whitewashed to a state of pristine splendour and the white provides a dazzling contrast to the brightly coloured flowers which fill the streets of their rocky mountain perches. This annual white-washing is almost a pagan act, ushering in the season of growth and fertility and saying 'hasta la vista' to the winter.
Many of these villages were founded by Berber tribes who settled the area during the eight centuries of Moorish presence. They were hill farmers and the land that they settled in Andalucía was similar to that which they had left behind in North Africa. Because of the constant threat of attack - the Reconquest was bound to come sooner or later - they chose sites which were high and easy to defend. So, one thing that you are guaranteed in any of these villages is a spectacular, lofty location with wonderful views.
After the reconquest, many of these people were allowed to stay in order to maintain the irrigation systems and employ their skills in building. These were the Mudéjar – those who stayed behind – and the mountain road leading to Casa Joya is on the Ruta Mudéjar, winding through villages with surviving Moorish architecture. The village churches were once mosques, which the conquering Christians adopted as Christian churches, adding a bell tower to the minaret. Most have been plastered and whitewashed, but two nearby villages, Salares and Árchez have retained their ornamental Moorish brickwork.