Superb apartment near Malaga
Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Spacious three bedroom apartment with a generous terrace and front balcony overlooking the Guadalhorce valley. Great location with easy access to Malaga and short drive from the airport, ideal for those who are looking at staying away from the crowded holiday destinations around the coast line, because of the short drive is easy to commute for beach trips and for those who are looking for something new to do around, the apartment is not far away from Guadalhorce reservoir which offers water sports, hiking, climbing or beautiful walks. Plenty of Golf courses nearby.
Two double bedrooms with one en suite and one twin room, each room has it own ceiling fan and AC is provided in master bedroom and living area.
PLACES TO EAT NEARBY
Cartama offers informal places to eat from local fresh fish to delicious tapas, also over the weekends in the village market you can buy fresh churros or roasted chicken at very affordable local prices. Estacion de Cartama is also only five minutes away and offers a variety of places to eat and drinks and home made ice cream shops and during the summer restaurants offers al fresco barbeques, specially barbeque fish
While the apartment doesn't have a swimming pool, there is an outdoor public swimming pool walking distance to the flat
PLACES TO VISIT
NERJA - less than one hour away from the apartment
Nerja is on the seashore some 50 kilometres from Málaga on the N340 coastal highway, and marks the eastern tip of Málaga's Costa del Sol. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town now has a population of over 22,000. Nerja boasts 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water. All major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing. However, the heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcón de Europa the "Balcony of Europe", a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, once the site of the great Moorish castle, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below, against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains.
MIJAS - this place is located only 30 minutes away from the apartment
One of the jewels of the Costa del Sol is the beautiful little village of Mijas, which nestles comfortably in the mountainside at 428 meters above sea level; it is a superb choice for either holiday or full time living. Of the 7,500 population, there are so many foreign and English speaking residents in and around the pueblo that the Town Hall has a very helpful Foreigner's Department, which caters for the many needs of those who do not speak Spanish. When you wander through the narrow cobbled streets of this Andalucian village, you can understand what has attracted foreigners to settle here over the years. Many artists and writers have made it their home, enjoying the benefits of an excellent all year round climate, without being part of the busier, more commercial coastal towns just 7 kilometres down the mountain side. Despite its huge popularity with tourists, Mijas Pueblo has somehow managed to retain much of its traditional Andalucian way of life, the locals displaying their unabashed passion for all things festive and an unmistakable relaxed 'mañana' outlook on anything that can be put off for another day.
The craft shops have some wonderful hand made pottery and often affordable paintings and prints by acclaimed local artists, such as Don Clarke and Michele Lehmann. A holiday memento could turn out to be a sound investment.
BENALMADENA - 25 minutes away
Overlooking the sea, separating Arroyo de la Miel with Benalmadena Costa are the beautiful gardens of La Paloma Park which covers over 200,000 square meters with a central lake where you can see many different types of birds, which are well cared for in these very beautiful surroundings. Inside the park is the Benalmadena Auditorium where many events are run throughout the year, including the Summer Music, Theatre and Dance Festival, which runs from the middle to the end of July. The Park also houses the Benalmadena Library, as well little bars, where you can rest and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
MALAGA CITY CENTER - 20 minutes away
It is easy to understand why Malaga City is dubbed the Capital of the Costa del Sol. Once considered the poor cousin of Andalusia's Capital city, Seville, it now competes successfully for attention, thanks to its profusion of quirky museums, pedestrianised shopping centre, innovative restaurants and stylish hotels, many featuring trendy rooftop terraces with bar, pool and stunning views. Muelle Uno is the latest addition; a leisure complex in the port and a new grass roots art district called SOHO is fast developing. The opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 triggered the city's cultural rebirth, and visitors are now flocking to this port city which boasts excellent transport, top-class cuisine and fascinating monuments, from Moorish and Roman times through to modern day - while retaining its authentic Andalucian feel. Whether you are visiting from a cruise, a weekend break or a curious Costa del Sol visitors you will be pleasantly surprised by Malaga City.
Malaga has more museums than any other city in Andalucia; over 30 at last count - and there are new ones opening al the time. Learn more about Malaga through its wine, at the Wine Museum; its social history and customs, from the collection of 19th-century paintings at the new Carmen Thyssen museum; and its famous local personalities, such as the painter Felix Revello del Toro. For more art and design delights, you can visit museums of contemporary art, archaeology or glass; while fashion is covered, together with cars (yes, seriously - it's a clever gender-balancing combination) at one of the city's latest openings.
PUERTO BANUS - 45 minutes away
Puerto Banús is a marina located in the area of Nueva Andalucía, to the southwest of Marbella, Spain on the Costa del Sol. It was built in May 1970 by José Banús, a local property developer, as a luxury marina and shopping complex. It has since become one of the largest entertainment centres in the Costa del Sol, with 5 million annual visitors, and is popular with international celebrities. Developed around a coastal village in the Mediterranean architectural style, Puerto Banús contains expensive shopping malls, restaurants and bars around the marina. It is also scene to many exotic cars that are owned by international celebrities and wealthy owners that also own large yachts. Luxury cars like Rolls Royces and high end sports cars like Ferrari's, Lamborghinis and Mercedes Benz are a common sight in the summer months around Marbella and Peurto Banus. These cars are brought to the eye of the public via huge showrooms and dealerships
RONDA - just over one hour away
Ronda is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today glimpsed once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca. Held at the beginning of September, here fighters and some of the audience dress in the manner of Goya's sketches of life in the region. Legendary Rondeño bullfighter Pedro Romero broke away from the prevailing Jerez 'school' of horseback bullfighting in the 18th century to found a style of bullfighting in which matadores stood their ground against the bull on foot. In 2006 royalty and movie stars were helicoptered in for the Goyesca's 50th anniversary celebrations in its small bullring, while thousands jammed the streets and parks outside. Otherwise the bullring, Plaza de Toros, is now a museum, and visitors can stroll out into the arena. Ronda also holds a lovely 'romería' pilgrimage each year. This is in honour of the Virgen de la Cabeza and is organised by the local Catholic brotherhood of the same name. For those wishing to see the lighter side of life in Ronda this is a wonderful way to participate in a local tradition that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.
Because of it's location, it is easy to reach popular Andalusian destination cities, like Granada, Seville or Cordoba, perfect for day trips if you don't fancy the drive then high speed trains can be taken from Malaga city centre to some of these cities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Malaga 20 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga Airport 22 km, Nearest railway: Estacion de Cartama 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Andalucia region
he Guadalhorce Valley, west of Málaga, is the natural step between it and the interior. Their peoples are identified with the land by the river Guadalhorce, which crosses vertebra, along with other aspects such as agriculture or history. The area offers opportunities for the development of activities in contact with nature and adventure sports such as cycling, climbing, paragliding or hiking. It also has a rich cultural heritage to discover cultural events, crafts and folklore, with a clear influence of the Christian religion and the traditional agricultural and livestock life. And of course we can not forget a walk through the kitchen of the Guadalhorce Valley, highlighting garden products, citrus fruits and products of special character such as olive Aloreña, or goat cheeses.
Cártama has a charming old village with the remains of old castle which dates from the 10th century and hermitage from the 15th century, and is a very beautiful building with an approach which winds up the hill above the pueblo, and which commands superb views of the surrounding area.
Cártama is famous for its festivals and ferias. The carnivals occur during February, but the main festival of the year takes place in April to honour the town's patron saint, La Virgen de los Remedios. The statue of the Virgin is carried down the mountain from its chapel in the Ermíta to its temporary home, the Church of Saint Peter the Apostle. On 23 April the Virgin is paraded through the town, and pilgrims come from many miles around, and even from abroad, to witness the procession and make offerings. The fiesta is followed by a cattle fair. This fiesta has recently been designated a "Fiesta of National Touristic Interest" by the Tourist Board of Andalusia.
In May, Estación holds its feria to celebrate the Saint's Day of its patron, San Isidro. The most notable feature is an extensive parade, which accompanies the image of the saint to the banks of the River Guadalhorce, where a celebration is held throughout the day. Prizes are awarded for the best decorated street.
On the first Sunday in May the town holds the Verdiales festival, which is a traditional country song and dance festival with competing groups from Álora, Pizarra, Almogía and Cártama taking part. This event, held at the Ermita de las Cruces, has been declared an "Event of National Tourist Interest".
There are many other annual events, including the return of La Virgen to the Ermita in early June, the festival of San Juan in late June, and the September Cattle Fair. The El Sexmo fair, held in the second week of September, lasts for four days. The Día de los Canastitos is held on Saint Ann's day on the banks of the Río Grande and features people arriving with baskets of fruit and bread, and the Verdiales which feature the old wheel dances.
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