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Townhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Alegria is a rustic townhouse in the whitewashed village of Casarabonela.
It will sleep 4 people (in two double rooms). We also have a twin room which can be used on request. (Sleeps 2 extra). There is a sunny terrace with some views over the orange groves right down towards Malaga.
The house is fairly flexible in it's set-up as the terrace room can be used as a sun-lounge or chillout area for smaller groups (2-4) and may also be used as a bedroom to accommodate 6 people in total.
Please read the reviews at the bottom of the page to see what some of our recent guests thought of the accommodation!
Casarabonela is approximately 40 minutes drive from Malaga airport, it is fairly close to the famous El Chorro gorge for those who like to climb and the landscape is ideal for walking, mountain-biking, birdwatching, and painting.
The village is an excellent place to experience real Spanish life, it is not spoilt by high rise buildings, there are numerous bars and restaurants, a few small supermarkets and shops.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Malaga 40 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 47 km, Nearest railway: Pizarra 15 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The ground floor comprises a cosy lounge with woodburning stove which leads onto the kitchen-diner. There is also bathroom and utility room leading off from the lounge.
The upper floor has two good bedrooms, the main one has a double bed and patio doors access a sunny terrace. We sometimes use this room as an additional lounge as it very pleasant to sit and enjoy the evening air or get a bit of shade in the daytime! The other bedroom is smaller but has a double bed and ample storage. We have another bedroom with twin beds too (see photos) which is very spacious.
There is a utility area with washing machine - washing dries literally while you watch it on the terrace in fine weather! The house has been well furnished, it is bright and cosy. There is a CD player, VHS/Video and DVD players for your entertainment. Video/DVD rentals in walking distance. We do have access to all the freeview channels but not full Sky facilities.
The kitchen is brand new with electric fan oven, ceramic hob, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, microwave etc.
Linen is provided with duvets and blankets.
There are electric heaters in all rooms as well as a woodburning stove in the lounge.
Towels are provided as carriers have increased tariffs for luggage: one bath towel and one smaller towel person and tea towels will also be there for you. If you do not wish to bring some more from home then they can be purchased locally. A beach towel for the pool can be useful.
It is important to note that in this area of Spain there can be power and water cuts and although these are becoming less common we felt it only fair to inform guests of this prior to their stay!
The village can also be noisy during fiesta times when there can be music and celebration late at night.
|Further details outdoors|
There is an exterior sun terrace on the first floor, with loungers available. The property opens to a narrow road at the front and there is a shared open parking area to the side of the property with good access from the main road.
Five minutes up the road opposite the property is the local community swimming pool (mentioned above - no category for this type of pool) which is open mid June to mid September from 11am - 7pm and has first class surroundings, views, an excellent restaurant at the side and changing rooms with showers, disabled facilities. It can be viewed at casarabonela.es under the section piscina. There is a small day charge of €2 per person and you can come and go as you please with your ticket.
As the village is situated at the foot of the mountain you have good walking easily accessible with some really interesting walks through pine forest ascent to the Llano de Cristobal, a high plateau. Touring the village is very interesting and traditional market stalls appear with a variety of goods on Fridays. The shops in the village open daily (not Sunday). You can buy everything you need for your stay within the village, but there is also a Eroski Supermarket on the outskirts of the village and a Mercadona in Alora if you wished to do a big shop!
Although the internet is not provided at the property there is a village facility for computing open weekdays in the morning at Sierranet, two hundred yards down Calle Jarea.
There is a monumental site with castle and old town gates at the end of the road, access to the mountain in the opposite direction. The village centre is only a short walk away.
Bookings may be secured by a deposit of 30% in pounds sterling by bank transfer or cheque (subject to clearance).
The balance is to be paid in full 6 weeks before the rental commences.
Cancellation Policy is as follows:
If you cancel your holiday up to 6 weeks before the rental commences you will lose your deposit.
If you cancel between 0-6 weeks before the rental period commences you will lose 75% of the full booking fee as we may not be able to re-let the property. Thus, you may choose to purchase travel insurance to cover you for any unforeseen cancellations.
There are some guided walks available most weeks, but payment for these and bookings are to be made directly to the providers.
Please consult transport information re access to the property and car rental.
If you wish to pay in another currency please note that we would deduct any fees for international transfers from your deposit on return.
Any further queries please feel free to contact us by email or phone.
The Andalucia region
Malaga and the Coast
The coastal plain in between the mountains has a variety of small towns and resorts. They are constantly changing: Marbella, Benalmadena, Mijas, Toremolinos, and Estepona. Golf is popular down here and there a many courses. If you feel like a beachy day you can be on the coast at a beachside restaurant, watching the roll of the waves, enjoying all there is to offer is 30 minutes away. There is so much space; it is rarely crowded.Puerto Banus has a touch of glamour with its marina developments like Marbella. Estepona further along the coast has retained its character as a fishing village. And further along is the historic port and city of Cadiz. Should you wish to take an excursion to Gibraltar or even a ferry trip to Morocco it is possible from Algeciras.
Closer to home, Malaga is an elegant port, retaining many of its 19th century buildings. Malaga´s balmy climate and mild winters have made it a popular escape and even in December it can be 20 degrees on the local beach. There is much to see and do in Malaga: roman amphitheatres, moorish buldings: the Alcazar and the hilltop castle giving an impressive view of the port and city.
The Almeda has a pleasant walk through gardens to towards la Limonera, and one of its bars, Casa Guardia, lined with barrels, was founded in 1840.
It has great shops and a state of the art railway station which houses a new impressive shopping complex. Picasso was born here and the Picasso Mueum and his birthplace in Plaza Mercedes are worth a visit.
The moors left a wealth of cultural heritage for us to enjoy today, in its fiestas, music, architecture and dance: the Sevillana is the local style and there are often displays in the town.
The many subtropical plants and the combination of light, sun, water and the charm of the white villages make rural Andlaucia the escape that it is. Inland towns Ojen, Mijas Pueblo, Ronda with its spectacular palaces and deep gorge traversed by historic bridges gives stunning views across the Sierra and is an interesting town with a notable bullfighting museum, and bullring, the province of the Ortega family. Orson Wells is buried in their family cemetary and it was visited by oficionados like Ernest Hemingway. In September is the festival of Pedro Romero which brings together all the magic of gipsy culture: costume, horse drawn carriages and the fiesta.
So much to see and do at your fingertips, with many possibility for outings and excursions, outdoor activities, jeep trails, horseriding, walking, quad biking, golf, gorge walks, birdwatching, botanic gardens, historical castles, churches and ruins. Granada and the Alhambra palace are a reasonable trip but you need to book tickets in advance at busier times. Seville, with its river tours and golden tower, adventure park and palace gardens is only two hours away: 16 euros on the train from Malaga centre if you don´t want to take the car.
There can be found many convenient services: banks, small supermarkets and grocers, a pharmacy, butchers and home bakeries. There are also a selection of small bars and restaurants. The very popular Bar Nuevo in the Plaza Buenavista has a good view and serves many local dishes. Lorenzo´s Bar is popular for its informal music nights. Meson la Parada is renowned for its roast kebabs: brochettas and salads. Restaurant Bonela newly opened on the edge of the village caters for big family groups.
There are a number of tours in the village indicated by coloured markers which will take you to the Casa Antigua in Calle Real or the Olive Mill (Molino de los Mizos), the church of Veracruz or up to the Hermitage at th top of the village. There you will also find one of the best sited swimming pools in Europe, open seasonally mid June to mid September.
From Casita Alegria there are interesting walks along the lower skirts of the Sierra Prieta, which rises impressively behind the village to a height of 1,521 m. From this cordillera of mountains, dedicated by UNESCO as a Reserve of the biosphere, flow clear springs of water, for which Casarabonela is famous, feeding the many fountains which refresh the traveller in the hot days of summer. It is a symbolic feature of the landscape.
Casarabonela is a village steeped in traditions with many festivals throughout the year. The most internationally famous being the Fiesta de los Rondeles in which the villagers ask the Divine Shepherdess to bless the Olive Harvest. It is a festival of fire and light when the rondeles, (mats originally used for the pressing of the olives) are set fire and carried as torches through the streets. There are also other festivals: los Reyes 6 January,local horse festivals in March, Semana Santa (Easter), Festival of the Crosses (beg. May), and a Flamenco festival in July, September and October different villages have Romeros which are based around bullfighting, horses and carriages and have traditionally been gypsy (gitanos) events.
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6 May 2014
"Great for a weekend getaway or a family holiday."
Property is in great location near to centre of village with easy access to shops, restaurants, bars and swimming pool (although not open in May). Although, roads very steep in places so would not be… More
14 Oct 2013
"A charming house with everything needed for a wonderful holiday including beautiful views from the sunny balcony"
The house is full of character and stands almost at the top of the village with good car parking on the road. There are wonderful views of the farms in the valley from the sunny balcony. For those tha… More
Thankyou very much for your honest and insightful review of casita alegria. We have really tried to ensure tha you have everything you need in the kitchen if you do choose to stay in and cook; so it's very nice to have that confirmed. :)
18 Sep 2013
"Lovely house with stunning views"
I stayed at Casa Alegria for 7 days in early September. It's a traditional house in a village, situated at the top of the village with an incredibly easy and straightforward drive up to the house (often in small white villages the roads are very narrow and parking near the house is not always possible), parking for Casa Alegria was very near to the house, on a flat area of road making it very easy to transport luggage etc to the house. The municipal swimming pool was literally a 5 minute walk up quite a steep road opposite the house - making the pool all the more inviting! The pool and surrounding area looked great, I didn't get around to using it however it did look like a good place to relax and wyle away a few hours on a warm summers day. The bar and restaurant were quite busy when I poked my head in for a nose so from that I would assume it serves good food though can't really comment having not tried it. The house itself really is a comfortable, warm and welcoming house, I found everything I needed in the kitchen, fabulous big fridge/freezer, very simple to use hob and oven and every utensil you might need (including 'sharp' knives!). The lounge is very cosy and in winter should be very warm with the log burner. Great shower, no problem with hot water. Upstairs the bedrooms were very comfortable with plenty of storage space, hangers etc. The double room was quite tight for space to move around but as it was only me it really wasn't a problem.
On to the terrace and those views - stunning views across the village and over to Malaga area. The terrace isn't overlooked so allows some privacy when sitting out or sunbathing even.
The village itself is very green and spacious for a white village, lovely to wander around in the evening, stopping at one of the bars on the way home. Eating out, we/I only ate in the village one evening and that was Bar Neuvo - fabulous, food excellent, service also excellent, complementary local liqueur at the end of the evening was very nice - though one probably enough bearing in mind the walk home! There is a great small bar that also does food on the road up to the house (outside tables are in an area of what appears to be a car park), don't be put off by sitting in the car park - this is a great, friendly, inexpensive bar and I would recommend it.
Casarabonela is close to the Ardales lakes with great picnic areas/swimming, El Chorro, and an easy drive to Malaga or even easier use the train from Pizarra. It's also an easy drive up to Ronda with some great scenery on route. There are lots of historical places in the village itself that are worth a visit.
For most of my stay at Casa Alegria I was on my own and for any lone female (or male) travellers who are sometimes anxious about staying somewhere unfamiliar I would say that I felt totally at ease both at the house and going out for a wander into the village in the evening. It's a very friendly village and the local Spanish will always greet you with a buenos dias/tardes/noches - it might not always come with a big smile but they will always acknowledge you and you can know that they mean it.
I would definitly stay here again and would recommend it to family and friends.
Thankyou very much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive, honest review of our casa ! I think this will give future guests a great idea of the accommodation as well as Casarabonela itself. For future guests info the double room used was the purple room on the pictures, there is a separate double bed in the terrace room which is more spacious. Thanks again !
24 Oct 2012
"Great place to stay..."
Had a fantastic time staying in Casarabonela! The house was perfect and gave us the opportunity to either stay in or quickly walk down into the village. Also, being in such close proximity to the municipal pool and walking trails gave us plenty to do during the day!
Couldn't recommend this place highly enough!
Thank-you very much for your honest and informative review !
30 May 2011
"Fantastic local getaway - highly recommened!"
My friends and I stayed here for a week in October 2010 and had a brilliant time. The casa is situated in the hills of a delightful, white washed Andalusian village - perfect if you want to get a feel… More
Thank-you for the lovely review - it really gives a personal insight and feel for what the accommodation has to offer !
25 May 2011
"A great base for a walking break in the Andalucian mountains"
A charming townhouse in a real Spannish village. Clean and well equipped - exactly as described - and superb value! A great base for a walking break in the Andalucian Mountains - plenty of nearby walks of varying degrees of difficulty. Set in a really friendly village with a great selection of bars and restaurants.
Thank-you so much for taking the time to review our Casita !
24 May 2011
"Boys Weekend walking and Drinking"
The accomodation is first class which is like a a home from home. The view from the property across the village with the mountains in the background are beautiful. The village itself contains many small bars and resturants which in May contained very few tourists and was mostly spanish owned and run. Everyone was very friendly and they stayed open late if you were drinking/eating. We spent 2 days walking in the hills and mountains surrouding the village which were surprising lush and green with spectacular views. With the local facilities of the public swiming pool and great accomodation this would be ideal holiday destination for families or couples.
Thank-you for taking the time to give us your experience of our Casita.. Casarabonela is definitely a very friendly village and even with limited Spanish language skills anyone can enjoy the relaxed village life !
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