About the home
Casa Tadeo is very well appointed and has been finished to a very high standard, with the pool for the summer and the open fire for cosy winter evenings, Casa Tadeo makes an excellent holiday home for all seasons.
The house sleeps six and has a small pool. It has been finished using local methods and materials and has many traditional features such as wooden beams and terracotta tiles. The heart of the house is a large combined living and dining room equipped with an open fire, comfortable sofas and teak dining table and chairs.
The kitchen is adjacent to the dining area. An inner courtyard with the swimming pool is reached through french doors and from here a spiral staircase takes you up to a sun terrace, and the sleeping accommodation is located on the first floor.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace|
Further details indoors:
Ground floor: sitting room, dining area, fitted kitchen with hob and oven.
First floor: 3 double bedrooms- two twins and one double, shared bathroom with bath and en-suite shower room small terrace.
Second floor: 2 roof terraces one with large dining table and chairs the other with wooden sun loungers, fitted cupboard with automatic washing machine.
Further details outdoors:
There are two terraces, one has teak loungers and the other a table and chairs for dining al fresco.
The Andalucia / Granada Province region
Granada: "What effort it takes for the light to leave Granada! It weaves between the cypresses or conceals itself under water"
Federico García Lorca - the Granadino poet.
Most visitors will want to visit the city of Granada both for the Alhambra and the numerous other places of interest. It should not be missed! Many people say that if you see only one city in Spain it should be Granada.
The citadel of the Alhambra is literally "the red fort" Al Qal´a al-Hamra. Spend some time in the peaceful, dreamlike rooms of the Nasrid palace, enjoy a walk in the splendid Generalife gardens and view the city from the top of the Alcazaba built in the 11th century. Take time to walk around the monumental Renaissance palace built by Charles V on part of the older Arab structure, have a drink or a meal on the terrace of the Hotel Parador San Francisco - the monastery built by Ferdinand and Isabella after the conquest and then walk down into the city through the Realejo barrio. This is the way to discover some of the more secret parts of Granada. At the city centre is the cathedral built by Ferdinand and Isabella and the Capilla Real where they were buried. Clustered around the cathedral are the myriad of streets which draw you into the old Arab silk market. On a warm saturday, summer´s evening you will see parties of people, grandly dressed, arriving at the cathedral for weddings; on Sunday lunchtimes you will meet crowds of people enjoying the traffic free streets and meeting friends in tapas bars. Much of Granada closes for siesta from 2.30pm to 5.00pm, but this means that shops open in the evenings and the city is an exciting, enjoyable and safe destination for shopping, sightseeing and eating well. There are a number of cultural centres which house exhibitions of art, galleries can be found in the city centre and the tourist offices have details of music concerts, flamenco and exhibitions. One of the most exciting times to visit Granada is in early June for Corpus Christi, when processions are abundant, music is widely available and the city is in fiesta. Easter is also a fascinating experience here.
Granada's rich cultural life is what first attracted Jonathan Lord and Jim Hughes of All Ways Spain. They have put their knowledge and contacts to good use by setting up a range of "Activity Weekends". You can learn to dance flamenco, paint ceramic tiles in an artist's studio, join a photographic safari in the low Sierra Nevada, or try your hand at cooking some local dishes in their gastronomic offering which takes place here in the Lecrin Valley. All activities are available independent of accommodation, upon request.
Granada Province and Activities:
Within a relatively short distance from Granada, there are other superb destinations: the towns of Jaen, Baeza, Ubeda, Guadix and Alhama de Granada have beautiful buildings of great architectural interest and the vibrant cities of Cordoba and Seville are linked to Granada by excellent roads. If you want to spend some time in Malaga, the old part of the city has a maze of old streets, Roman and Arab remains and the Picasso Foundation.
The Lecrin / Melegis area
South from Granada - and a little to the west - lies the Valley of Lecrin, the Valley of Happiness according to the Moors and an area of outstanding natural beauty with vast skies and stunning vistas. Its rolling hills topped with Moorish watch towers, tiny hermitages and aromatic pine forests, its deep ravines, precipitous cliffs and abundance of water form the backdrop to the soft greens of olive plantations silhouetted against extraordinary red hillsides, glistening dark green citrus groves and delicate, spindly almond trees.
This is a fertile area where farming is still the principal occupation, much of it on ancient narrow terraces inaccessible to motorised transport. The local campesinos increasingly have their small white vans and trailers, but mules are still widely used and local village houses have cavernous storage rooms below with space for mule and dog and above for the drying of hams, chorizo and peppers.
The seasons are clearly defined here; shops, bars and restaurants reflect the changing produce of the valley and the landscape changes colour and scent throughout the year. In January, the first whispy clouds of pink and white almond blossom appear, later on the orange blossom fills the valley with a heavy perfume and the oranges and lemons glow. Spring flowers are abundant, blues and purples compete with the astonishing red of the poppies. Later still, yellow broom dominates the hillsides and passing flocks of goats release the scent of wild lavender, thyme and rosemary. Pomegranates, the symbol of Granada make their exotic appearance in late August and September, although the fiery red blossoms have provided colour from spring onwards.
There are 17 or more villages in the valley. Many of the villages date back to Moorish times, some to the period after the reconquest of Granada in 1492. All are white pueblos with narrow and often precipitous thoroughfares, sleepy plazas, and domed churches and each has its own fiestas celebrated with noisy good humour, much music and spectacular fireworks.
What does the valley offer the visitor?
Tourism is still in its infancy here but it is growing. There is a good range of activities for all ages. All our houses are provided with house books which give information about shops, restaurants and things to do.
The Valley of Lecrin:
The area has much to offer the traveller and holiday maker, particularly if they are willing to do some walking, use local shops and bars and try a little Spanish. Local people are welcoming and friendly, pleased that the area has attracted interest from foreign visitors. The local councils have begun to take increasing notice of their cultural background and history and part of the Valley has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest. As you travel around the valley, you will see newly erected signs informing you of Roman or Arab baths, ruined castles, old olive mills and interesting churches. Documentation is frustratingly sparse about many of these sights, postcards are rare, but visitors will make their own discoveries and will treasure the experience.
Melegis is a beautiful village located at the heart of the Lecrin Valley. Surrounded by citrus groves and with a number of houses with orchard gardens, makes Melegís an exceptionally green village.
There are two small supermarkets in the village and two bakeries (one on the main road). There are two bar/restaurants within easy walking distance, both on the main road: Los Naranjos is on the lower side of the village and has a very pleasant outside terrace with lovely views and Nuevo Valle on the opposite side of the road further up the hill, which also has a large outside terrace. Both serve good quality local food and very good tapas.
Melegís is interesting to walk around; it has some imposing buildings, a lovely church and is characterised by the number of huertos or orchards within the village itself. The sixteenth century church which has recently been restored is definitely worth a visit! Below the village is a maze of small lanes through the orange groves and it is possible to find a ruined Moorish castle at the entrance to the gorge on the Rio Dúrcal. Good walking here and up into the hills.
Melegís celebrates the Fiesta de Las Naranjas in early April and San Antonio in mid June.
Walking: there are a large number of walks in the valley, in and around the villages, across the hillsides and more taxing lengthy expeditions up into the Alpujarras and the national parks of the Sierra Nevada and Cazorla. Some prefer to discover for themselves, some may opt for guided walks, others may use the information provided in our house books and take recommended routes. We have a series of maps and locally researched walks for sale in the Via Sur office.
Cycling: there are a few companies locally, in Durcal and in villages in the Alpujarras which will hire out mountain bikes and some organise trips into the Alpujarras.
Horse riding: we use a local stables Palmali which offers some stunning rides around the Valley.
Beaches and water sports: the coast is 30 to 40 minutes away down a spectacular main road which is currently being upgraded. There are marinas at Motril and Marina del Este (between Almunecar and La Herradura), wide beaches at Salobrena, Almunecar and La Herradura. The popular resort of Nerja with its shops, facilities and stunning caves is a little further. Water sports are available, jetskis, paragliding and diving and all ages will enjoy the water parks in Almunecar and Cenes de la Vega on the outskirts of Granada. There are also two naturist beaches within easy driving distance.
Skiing: the resort of Sierra Nevada is one of the highest in Europe and provides a season beginning in early December and lasting until May. The journey up to the snow takes about 45 minutes on an excellent road; facilities are well organised and, although the skiing is not as varied as in some French resorts, it is extensive. The skiing last season was the best it has ever been and Granada has put in a bid to house the winter Olympics in 2010.
Swimming pools: there are excellent public pools in Padul and the motel Suspiro del Moro; several bars in the valley have their own small pools
Golf: there are several new courses in Granada or Motril.
Tennis courts: there are courts in many villages, but visitors can use the facilities in the larger clubs such as Osuna or Almunecar.
Motor Racing: there is an opportunity to drive a variety of high-powered cars whilst you are in the area. There are two venues, La Manga near Cartagena, or the closer circuit at Guadix. Full-days, half-days or to suit.
Fishing: we are sometimes asked about opportunities for fishing. Viasur is able to put you in touch with Ken Silverlock, an English fishing expert who can provide tackle and trips in the local area.
Theme parks: the Hollywood studios used for the spaghetti westerns in Almeria is particularly good. There is also a very good zoo in the same location. Other places on the coast: SELWO AVENTURA on the Costa del Sol near Estepona is one of the latest to offer all terrain drives, abseiling, rock climbing and hill walking together with African animals living semi-wild.
How to get there
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Granada airport is the best bet, at just 30mins drive away, and cheap flights available with Monarch and Ryanair (Ryanair from Liverpool and Stanstead, Monarch from Gatwick).
Another option, a little further afield, but with lots of cheap flights available from a wide range of UK airports, is Malaga (around 90mins away).
Car hire available at both airports with operators such as www.hellehollis.com.
Activities near Lecrin
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
A winter sun break
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|1 Sep 11||1 Jan 12||£ 295||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jan 12||2 Jul 12||£ 295||-||-||1 Week|
|2 Jul 12||1 Sep 12||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
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