14, San Jaime
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This tastefully furnished one-bedroom apartment is set right on the beach - any closer, and you would get your feet wet. It's in a private two-storey building quite literally off the beaten track - reached by driving along the beach itself via an unmade 'road'.
The apartment nestles beneath the lighthouse, El Faro Sacratif at La Chucha (so tiny it's only on large-scale maps). It overlooks the pool and terrace, which lead straight on to Carchuna beach, a 2-mile stretch of sand and shingle. It is on the first floor, and comprises a small kitchen, dining area, lounge with balcony overlooking the pool and sea, one twin/double bedroom with super king-size bed, another balcony, and a newly refurbished bathroom with bath, shower, bidet, WC and washbasin.
Although on a map it looks as though the N340 road runs close to the apartments because it is separated by the steep cliff behind the apartments you are most unlikely to be troubled by noise, in fact it is so peaceful that for most of the time the only sound you hear is the waves.
Fabulous sea views, the beach, and the shared swimming pool are the immediate attractions. But you also have the Alpujarras mountains within a short drive - a superb region that was recently declared a national park. It's well worth exploring for its pretty white villages, spectacular scenery and fascinating history. Granada, with the marvellous Moorish palace of the Alhambra and its fantastic cathedral, is also within easy reach and well worth a visit.
The large local town, Motril offers a variety of shopping and supermarkets as well as restaurants and bars. Along the coast in each direction are more beaches and great little seaside villages, such as Calahonda and Castell de Ferro, where it's easy to feel part of local life, visiting markets, bars and restaurants. Larger resorts in striking distance include Salobrena, Almunecar, La Herradura and Nerja.
This area of the Costa del Sol is known as the Costa Tropical. It's blissfully quiet in all but high season (late July, August and very early September) and in spring, autumn and winter the beach is often deserted. Most holidaymakers here are Spanish families on their annual August break, or on day trips to the seaside – especially from Granada. It is un-touristy and unglitzy (particularly compared with Marbella or Torremolinos and similarly developed regions) and you will find a few phrases of Spanish will come in very handy.
The area is a bit scruffy at the edges, with local agriculture under plastic and the La Chucha beach is of grey sand, but the place has its own appeal and makes a great base for exploring further afield or a lazy beach-side stay. Or both. The scenic backdrop is the foothills of the Sierra de Lujar, and mountains lead up to the great ranges of the Sierra Nevada, often snow-capped even in early summer. Keen skiers could try the slopes at the resort there, during the season.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||It's on the beach|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga / Almeria|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
* Sleeps a maximum of four. The bedroom has two single beds that can be zip-linked to form a superking-size double. The sofa in the living room converts to a further good size double bed. There is also a foldaway travel cot for tots.
* Fully equipped for a holiday – including bed linen, beach towels and towels. Plus washing machine, iron and ironing board, a radio, a wide selection of books and games, guide books on Spain and Spanish phrase books, electric fans (for when it's just too hot!), basic store-cupboard food stuffs and cleaning materials.
|Further details outdoors|
The apartment has a full width first-floor balcony that looks directly out to sea across the pool terrace. The balcony has attractive wooden chairs and a table for alfresco eating.
* Communal pool is for private use of apartments. The pool is open April - October inclusive.
* We keep loungers and chairs to use around the pool. There is also a sun umbrella to take to the beach if needed, and we usually have a range of pool toys/buckets and spades for children to use.
* We have a small portable barbecue, too, which is great to take down to the beach and sizzle up a few fresh sardines on...
The Costa Tropical region
The region is mountainous, with coastal stretches of sand/ fine stones. Most of the roads have been upgraded but a tiny unimproved number of the more remote roads make for an exciting drive... There are spectacular drives in the mountains and some of the coastal roads - the maps at the flat have scenic routes and viewpoints marked.
Even in winter, the climate is mild and it's quite possible to sunbathe as early as March, in shelter, and as late as October or even November. That said, the winter weather can be dramatic, with fabulous storms and it can also rain and may be windy, and it's worth looking at a short-term forecast before you leave. Summer is invariably hot and sunny, with temperature as high the late-30sC, with very occasional storms.
It is a predominantly agricultural/rural area, with some cultivation under terraces of plastic, and sugar cane was until recently a dominant crop - though it is still grown. Every so often you will hear bleating and the tinkling of bells, too, as the local goats make their way down from the mountain to the beach and back again. We have also seen wild deer, lots of birds and dolphins from the apartment. In the mountains keep your eyes peeled for eagles.
This is also one of the few regions left in Spain where complimentary tapas are still served. Order a beer or a glass of wine, and you can expect a small dish of anything from peanuts or olives to spicy potatoes, tender pieces of lamb, fried shrimp or grilled sardines, ham or cheese. It's a great way to lunch and you can easily tapas-hop your way along the beach, trying out the summer-only beach restaurants - chiringuitos - all the way along. There are a couple of local bars tucked away just off the beach that remain open in winter.
For provisions, less than a quarter way along the La Chucha beach is camping site ‘Don Cactus’, with a shop selling basic supplies and fresh bread. Don Cactus also has public telephones, a cash point, a bar and restaurant – all within easy reach for those without transport.
The nearest large town is Motril, about four miles away, where the shopping is good. Besides a hypermarket and several supermarkets there are banks, boutiques, cash points, a market, and a good modern hospital with an accident and emergency unit. Closer is Carchuna and the small, attractive town of Calahonda is at the far end of the beach about two miles away, with a selection of bars, restaurants, a small market and bakeries for your daily bread. plus banks. The road is flat, so it is walkable for the fit. Or hire bikes from Don Cactus Camping.
Also within a short distance, on the coast with similar facilities, is the village of Torrenueva to the west.
We keep a 'hot tips' book for visitors to add their suggestions to in the apartment, and also keep guide books there, in which you can find a host of things to do in the region. Nearer to home, and worth visiting for lunch, day trips nearby are Calahonda at the end of the beach, Castell de Ferro, a seaside village to the east. North of Castell is the pretty village of Gualchos, and the more remote Lujar is reachable from there too.
The best local beach is probably La Rijana, set between these two, a sandier horseshoe cove that may have a summer-time bar open. There is also a remote beach on the other side of the lighthouse, down a fairly steep descent, and Castell and Torrenueva both more conventional resort-type beaches. All fun to try.
Salobrena, a higgledy piggledy white town a few miles down the coast with a terrific hill-top Arab castle and a large beach is a short trip. Further on, the more touristy Nerja, is a longer drive or bus ride further east. Nerja is very popular with Brits, so if you feel a longing for Sun & Sangria plus fish and chips it is worth a try. The caves are really stunning (and cool).
And if you have children (or just fancy a splashing time) there is plenty to do in Almenuecar, a few miles west, which has an aqua park and several other attractions.
Older waterbabies might enjoy snorkelling off the beach at La Chucha right on our doorstep, and in the off season it is popular with surfers and bodyboarders (bring your own gear).
A longer drive, east towards Almeria, brings you into the very dry hot desert area where many of the 'spaghetti Westerns' were filmed. A couple of the sets have become attractions, if you're keen.
There is horse-riding and other activities such as hiking available up in the Alpujarras, though you would be advised to check these out and book before leaving the UK.
The fascinating city of Granada is just over an hours drive north and is a must for culture-vultures, with the fabulous Moorish palace and gardens of The Alhambra, the great Catholic cathedral, the old Arab quarter and much much more.
Granada is also close to the stunning mountains of the Sierra Nevada where in the winter months you can ski - and in the summer enjoy fantastic mountain walks. Check out the Sierra Nevada National Park website for hiking and skiing activities.
To get the make the most of a holiday here, it's best to fit yourself into local time. Lunch is 2pm at the very earliest, up to 4pm-ish, followed by a couple of hours siesta, between 4-6pm when almost everything will close. Dinner is 9pm-11pm ish (later in high summer, it's not uncommon to go out to eat at midnight, and dine at 1am, slightly earlier in winter) . Any earlier and you’ll be the only people in the place. It is quite normal to take children into restaurants and bars, even late at night, and Spanish children easily stay up until midnight, rested from their siesta.
Lunchtime and early evening are the best time to go out to a bar for tapas (free nibbles given to you each time you order a drink). Bars vary in type and quality – look out for where the locals are to find the good ones. We have local recommendations and updates at the flat.
Do try 'menu del dia 'at lunchtime which is a set menu, normally very good value and comprising a two or three course meal, and often bread, wine, beer or soft drinks. Also do try having breakfast out – tostados con tomate, zumo de naranja and café desayuno (hot tomato toast, fresh orange juice and large white coffee) is the norm and delicious. If you’re in a town or village for breakfast look out for a 'churreria' – often no more than a take-away shack. They sell churros which is utterly delicious and very wicked (like fresh doughnut) - take your purchase straight into the nearest café, order a hot chocolate and get dunking along with all the locals.
All summer long the sound of distant firecrackers marks the start of local fiestas, the village celebrations of saints' days and patrons. Local publications will give you details of what's on and where - although there are things happening during the day, best time to go is at night, late. You will almost certainly hear where the action is.
And don't forget the travelling markets, including one at Calahonda, which sell a mix of local produce, lots of shoes, clothes and beachwear as well as some ceramics. Best in summer, much smaller in winter. There is also market day twice a week in Motril.
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29 Jul 2013
"Ein paradiesischer Ort"
Die gepflegte Anlage liegt in einer ruhigen Bucht am Fuße eines Leuchtturmes. Es ist ein optimaler Ort zum Entspannen.Die wunderschöne Wohnung im 1.Obergeschoss ist liebevoll eingerichtet und verfü… More
9 Jul 2013
"Rooms with a View"
This was one of the most enjoyable holidays that I have been on. From relaxing on the balcony with a glass of wine to swimming in the pool or just strolling along the beach we enjoyed every moment of… More
1 Jul 2013
"A very comfortable quiet flat on the beach, but away from all the bright lights"
We stayed here for a week and had unseasonably cold weather so sadly were unable to use the pool. We enjoyed afternoon lunches and evenings on the balcony watching the sea. Lots of dolphins on two occ… More
13 Apr 2013
"Perfect for a quiet, relaxing break"
A well kept clean apartment with all facilities whether self catering or not. The apartment complex is clean and well maintained with a swimming pool solely for the use of these apartments. Situated at the extreme end of a stony beach in a quiet area of coastline, it is just a short walk to shops and more commercial areas /coastline. Athough the beach is stony children can still have fun climbing and exploring the rocks. Sitting on the balcony both mornings and evenings is extremely relaxing.
A car is needed to get to other areas of the coast but there is easy access to the main coastal road.
12 Apr 2013
"Wow! what a view to wake up to"
I stayed at this apartment for several weeks in the autumn, got to say this bit first;
Unbelievable to wake in the morning as the sun rises and see the colours in the sky and the reflections across the water and guess what.....just as spectacular at sunset !
So to the apartment;
Short easy drive from airport, followed directions (supplied) and parked on beach, crossed patio and entered building, up a few steps to apartment. dropped travel bags and went to window to look at view (as you do!) Fantastic... patio door to balcony overlooking the sea, to be honest you do have to look past the swimming pool (reserved for yourself and a few other residents) anyway there's the sea just a few yards (sorry metres) away. The balcony extends the length of the apartment with another patio door giving access to large double bedroom therefor same views from that room also. Balcony is wide enough for outside dining (and glass of vino) whilst enjoying stunning scenery and listening to the waves lapping onto the sandy shore.The rooms are clean and comfortable,kitchen small but adequate who wants to be cooking anyway when you can walk along the beach and drop in to the tapas bars along the way enjoying their local fish, cheese, fruit etc?
11 Apr 2013
if you want a relaxing holiday ,THIS IS IT !
the view from the balcony is the the pool,the beach, the sea with fishing boats passing by, thats what you will have to put up with every morning.The area is true Spain there is every thing you need but not in your face. The appartment has every thing you need with a fantastice elevated postion, so you can keep an eye on the kids in the pool,and a view you will not forget.We have been comming here for many years pre kids (ours are now 13/14 yrs) but still have a good time. If you want a holiday free of commercial pressure this area has that this is still true SPAIN.
11 Apr 2013
"A hidden gem--especially if you want to visit Granada"
This flat is brilliant. Lovely homely accommodation and a great pool to relax around after a days sight seeing.
My friend and I stayed for a week. The flat is in a quiet complex right on the beach
The flat is well equipped and well decorated. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also available.
There is plenty of parking and you definitely need a car
The flat is on a stony beach where you can swim but the shared pool is excellent
There is lots of information at the flat about places to visit and the owner also provides good tips about where to go locally
The local town is not a tourist town which we considered a bonus as the locals were all very friendly and the hotel at the end of the beach is great for evening meal
We particularly wanted accommodation within easy reach of Granada and this really fits the bill--it is about an hours easy drive away and we visited twice
All in all very comfortable accommodation--great sea views and ideal location
11 Apr 2013
"Beautiful view mountain , sea, and private pool, clean villa, quiet perfect!"
Arrived friendly Spain resident guide me where the apartment in mid of nite!
Villa is so clean, nice bathroom, perfect twin beds for kids, adult sleep in sofa bed so comfortable.
Drive to Granada 1 hrs, must go.
Few restaurant around but nice stay villa cook and wine no need drive relax baloney watch sea!
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