Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Casita Retazos is surrounded by almond trees, set in a peaceful valley on the protected Sierra del Hacho range. From the enclosed garden of the casita there are gentle views across the valley. Depending on the time of the year, you may see fields being ploughed with mules or oxen, almonds or olives being picked.
The area is alive with wild birds, including the vivid coloured bee eaters and the somewhat comical looking hoopoes. Imperial eagles nest in the rocks of the Sierra. The open countryside around invites one to take a walk. From a stroll “around the block” to a hike of several miles. In the spring this is particularly delightful when wild flowers are abundant. Views from the top of the Sierra are magnificent.
The finca is away from the hustle and bustle though not isolated, but you will need to hire a car if you plan to venture beyond the locality.
Ten minutes by car from the fast growing pueblo of Pizarra with its many restaurants, bars and shops. (Peer in an open door and you may well find a little shop that appeared to the world to be a house!)
Further afield, but within an hours drive, are the lakes at Ardales and El Chorro (where parts of Von Ryans Express was filmed). Also the El Torcal Park Nature Reserve, where the rain and wind of millions of years have formed rocks of incredible shapes. In this area you will also find the Pink Lagoon one of Europes breeding grounds of Pink Flamingos and the Fuente de Piedra Donkey Sanctuary. Also the Lobo Park where you can “howl with the wolves”!
Malaga city itself is very appealing, with tree lined streets, public gardens and many historical buildings and museums as well as plenty of shops and restaurants. There are also cinemas showing films in English. Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and recently opened museum is a must for art lovers. Access is very easy by local train.
If you fancy a day on the beach, there are fairly quiet beaches close to Malaga, with the popular beaches of Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola just a little further on. Marbella with it's designer shops and jet set lifestyle is about an hour from Pizarra.
Further still are the beautiful cities of Granada, about 90 minutes away and Seville a bit more. Granada is home to the famous Alhambra palace, Seville offers many beautiful old buildings and one of the nicest ways to see it is by horse and carriage!
Tea and coffee facilities are provided, and for late arrivals a welcome pack can be provided.
The two bedroomed casita, sleeping 4 /5 is fully self contained and comfortably furnished.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed .
Bedroom 2 has twin beds but can be arranged with a further single bed if required and has a small attached bathroom containing shower ,toilet ,wash basin .
There is air conditioning and heating in the sitting room. . There is a TV .DVD player and European Satellite Channels. There is a selection of books and games. Wifi Internet is available around the pool and Casita
The small kitchen is equipped with fridge, combination microwave oven /grill and double electric hotplate along with kettle and toaster. There is ample crockery, glassware and cutlery.
On the terrace there is a gas barbecue along with table and chairs and sun loungers.
In the bathroom there is a bath with shower over, washbasin and toilet.
Towels and linen are supplied and changed weekly. (please note that you will need to bring your own beach towels, or they can be bought locally very cheaply)
Guests are welcome to use the owners pool, but be aware we have several dogs and they are likely to join you poolside!
The property, Finca Rio Grana is an old almond farm covering about 8 acres and guests are welcome to wander. We also keep free range ducks and chickens that are fed a natural, additive free diet and dependant on the time of year eggs may be available. We also have horses
Local Area Details
There are Aqua Parks at Mijas & Torremolinos and at Benalmadena the theme park, Tivoli World and also a Sea Life Centre
There are over 20 Golf Courses within a reasonable drive, Horse riding and treking are available from the stables at Alora. Its even possible to go skiing December through to March in the Sierra Nevada approximately 90 minutes away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Churriana 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4.9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga Costa Del Sol 45 km, Nearest railway: Pizarra 4.5 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Andalucia region
Between Europe and Africa and the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, this region has had many different cultures throughout history and prehistory.
The region of Andalusia has a surface area of 87,268 km² and represents 17.3% of Spain. It is, on its own, larger than countries like Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria or Switzerland.
The diversity of landscapes and geographical terrain gives rise to an array of environments that go from the heat of the Guadalquivir River valley through to luxuriant mid-mountain areas, volcanic landscapes such as the Tabernas desert, and the snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada.
The Guadalquivir is Andalusia's most important river and brings life to many areas in its journey across the region.
In barely forty kilometers you can go from Alpine mountain landscapes to tropical areas on the shores of the Mediterranean. The coast of Andalusia stretches for almost 900 kilometres and is home to a large number of cities, towns and beaches that are a delight to visit.
There is whole range of attractions for tourists that goes from impressive monuments in large towns to typical small villages, which have provided a constant source of inspiration for all kinds of artists.
Andalusia today is a modern region with well-developed infrastructure. It offers a warm welcome to visitors and, while conscious of the need to modernise and move forward with the times, it is also careful to take care of its roots and maintain its important cultural heritage and monuments, legacy of the region's ancestors.
Andalusia is the main holiday destination for Spanish nationals and one of the principal destinations for overseas tourists.
Pizarra is a small town in the Malaga province of Andalucía. Here you'll be in a perfect spot to get an authentic taste of the region. There are beautiful hilly landscapes to discover close to the finca – you could experience them on horseback, or on foot.
The Sierra las Nieves is within a short drive, and is known for its geological features, with important caves and potholes. Of the latter, Sima Honda is more than 130 metres deep. Cave systems worth visiting in are Hoyos del Pilar and Cuevas del Moro.
Beyond the region's natural splendour there are plenty of man-made attractions to discover minutes from Pizarra . Malaga city a short cheap train journey away. Malaga is an impressive and modern city with a fascinating history. It was the birthplace of the artist, Pablo Picasso, and you'll be able to visit the excellent museum commemorating his work. There's also a great deal of Roman heritage to discover, including a spectacular amphitheatre.
We are little more than half an hour from the Costa del Sol. You'll be able to choose from unspoiled natural beaches and bustling resorts. Among the closest are La Colina and Los Alamos, while the renowned fashionable destination, Marbella, is about 40 kilometres Southwest of the finca.
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