Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
If you want a quiet rustic Spanish holiday far away from the madding crowd, this is for you. Set in a secluded river valley in a five hectare plot of land with hardly any visible neighbours, you won't see a soul all week, well apart from the odd passing goat herder walking down by the river.
The house is a two bedroom one with a master 'cama matrimonio' double bed. Then there is a second bedroom with a double and two singles.
The main living room has a log burner for use in the winter. There is a large bathroom with a bidet and a functional kitchen with a hob and fridge freezer. The house has mains electricity and water but no phone or internet, though the mobile signal for data is good and strong. Note that a car is essential for this property as it is 8km from town.
All of the windows in the house have 'mosquiero' the fine netting that keeps out mosquitos when the windows are open, and the front door has a fly screen. Protection such as Autan is advisable if sitting outside in summer.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga, Nearest railway: Algametas|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Andalucia region
Oh crikey I could talk for days about how wonderful the region is. Andalusia is in my view the most Spanish of Spain's 17 autonomous regions. It was the first conquered and subsequent power-base of 'Al Andaluz', the Moorish kingdom that took over Spain during the ascendancy of Islam. Links to those times are abundant in the culture here. It is also the region most synonymous with the Spanish gypsies and flamenco, the style of music and dance that people think as typically Spanish, but is only really native to Andalusia. Together these factors give Andalucia a spirit and vitality not found elsewhere in Spain.
But I will go further. Andalusia is made up of many provinces, each having it's own character. Cadiz has the oldest history of all of them. The town of Cadiz is though to be the oldest continually inhabited city in europe, having been established by the Phoenicians to trade with the Tartessians, an even older culture thought to have existed in the Doñana national park and has even been suggested as the origin of the legend of Atlantis.
Each province in Spain has its own region character, and that of Cádiz is intertwined with socialist thinking and comedy. During the Franco years, Cádiz was the seat of left wing intellectuals who formularised the principals that came to be the democratic constitution that assisted Spain's transition to democracy. It has always been an outpost that attracts intelligent, creative original thinkers. Also the people of Cádiz are renowned for their sense of humor, which is reflected in their 'chiringotas', the choral folksong that is unique to Cádiz which feature a topical satirical, ironical libretta sang, (or rather more usually shouted) against a musical backdrop of infective drum rhythms and percussive guitar.
The Sierra de Cádiz is a unique and picturesque area of Spain. Unusually, the wettest place in Spain is found in Cádiz province. The rainfall in Grazalema which outranks even Asturias and Cantabria - weather systems come from the Atlantic and dump on the Grazalema mountians, which is the first impediment in their path. As such the area has a verdant appearance most times of the year that is unique to southern Spain. Normally though the winters are bright and sunny.
The thing that brings people most to the area are the culture, fauna and flora. This is a 'frontier' area where the castles of the towns separated muslim and christian for hundred of years. There is evidence of this in the castles, mosques and churches, but it is also reflect in the language and the food.
The natural environment is home of some of some of europe's rarest animals including the Spanish Imperial Eagle and the Lynx. Being the least paves area in Europe, the Doñana national park is one of the best places to view migrant birds going to and from Africa, and the national park in Grazalema is one of the best places to encounter some of the rarest species of animals in Europe.