Casa Joya Granaino
Studio | No Bedrooms | sleeps 2
Delightful studio in the mountains of the Costa del Sol. Free WiFi. Pool. Eng T V.
The sun is shining, and the almond trees are blooming. All around the mountains are covered in pink and white blossom. Nestled in a secluded valley in the beautiful Sierra de Tejeda range, Casa Joya is the perfect place to relax. Have a barbecue on the terrace with its stunning sea and mountain views or eat in the romantic walled courtyard with its view of Mount Maroma, the highest peak. You can explore delightful white villages with steep narrow streets decorated with flowers, vines and jasmine, or drive down to the coast and visit Torre del Mar or Nerja with its lovely bay and awe-inspiring Tolkienesque caves. Further east still are unspoilt rocky coves, deserted at certain times of year.
The house is located in the open countryside, an hour's drive from Málaga airport and half an hour's drive to the coast, and is reached via a well-maintained dirt track, about 1.5 km from the main road. The apartment is attached to the main finca, but completely independent, with its own Moorish walled courtyard.The bedroom area consists of twin beds with bedside tables and lamps, and a double wardrobe.The bath room has a walk-in bath and shower, toilet, bidet and mirrored cabinet with lights and electric socket.
The lounge area consists of sofa and armchair, low coffee tables, standard lamps, dining table and chairs, and a carved Spanish dresser. The internet TV receives all free to air English channels, and includes a DVD player. A separate CD player is also provided. The kitchen is equipped with electric hob, conventional oven with grill, plus a microwave oven, fridge freezer, toaster, filter coffee machine, electric kettle and sufficient crockery, glass ware, cutlery and cooking pots and utensils for four people.
The apartment has its own sun terrace which provides a generous space for loungers, a large wooden table with chairs, and a mobile kettle barbecue. On the lower terrace the pool (8 x 4m; 1.7m deep) is shared with the owners and looks out over the foothills to the sea. A pool-side sun-bathing area is provided with wrought iron loungers and tables and a cantilever parasol.
There is also a shower and another seating area facing the pool. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, shared washing machine and oil-fired central heating. Parasols, loungers, etc. are provided on all the terraces. All linen is provided, except beach towels. Cot and high chair can be provided on request.
The apartment is beautiful, you have thought of everything and the extra touches such as the fresh flowers, herbs and wine made it all the more special. I'm sure we will be back and will certainly recommend this spot of paradise to family & friends.
Martin & Alison, Manchester. Lovely peaceful spot with beautiful views and fabulous weather. Thoroughly enjoyed trips to Granada (the Alhambra is a must-see - fantastic!). Nerja caves, Frigiliana and many quiet beaches beyond Nerja (even at this time of year). Thanks Charlotte and Steve.
All remaining dates in April reduced by 20% from £230 per week to £185 per week
RATES 2013: Jan-30 Mar £210 per week
30 Mar-29 Jun £245 per week
29 Jun- 31 Aug £275 per week
31 Aug-2 Nov £245 per week
2 Nov- 21 Dec £210 per week
21 Dec-4 Jan 2014 £245 per week
Low season reductions:- 30% discount for 3rd and subsequent weeks. Long term bookings:- £550 per calendar month, including heating and all utility costs. Bookings can be made by email and require a non-returnable 25% deposit on confirmation. The balance is required 6 weeks prior to arrival. Payment by bank transfer.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, Studio|
|Nearest beach||Torre del Mar 18 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Andalucia region
The Arxarquía is one of the areas with the most geographical diversity in the province. It is bordered by extensive beaches theat alternate with beautiful coves and cliffs and spreads towards the interior between hills and fertile lowlands to the high peaks of the maountain ranges of Tejeda, Almijara, Alhama, Camarolos and Jobo or Los Montes de Màlaga.
The area is widely cultivated with almonds, olives, vines, citrus and avocado, with cereals and market garden produce on the high plateaux. This area was the last part of Spain to be reconquered by the Christians and there still survive many ancient white villages with Moorish architecture, among which Los Pueblos Blancos – the White Villages – strung out along the Tejeda mountain range, are the most famous. These delightful villages, with their steep, narrow streets of white houses with black rejas over the windows have scarcely changed in hundreds of years. Heavily-laden mules still make their way along the winding streets; goatherds still guide their flocks along the mountain roads to graze in the open countryside and bring them home to the villages as the sun goes down.
Málaga has a mild climate, classified as humid subtropical Mediterranean, with an average annual temperature of around 18-19 °C, with average maximums 25.4 °C in August and minimums of 11.9 °C in January. Frost are very rare, at least in recent years, and summers are hot with high levels of humidity except when the dry terral wind blows: when this happens temperatures tend to soar leading to the records for Malaga of 44 °C (1978 and 1994). Rain falls in Malaga an average of 43 days a year with 524 mm, this often falling in the form of torrential rains with a record of 313 mm on 27 September 1957. There are an average of 2,815 hours of sunshine a year in Malaga.
Los Pueblos Blancos – The White Villages:
Between the Atlantic coast to the west and the Ronda Mountains to the east are a cluster of some of Andalusia's most beautiful mountain villages.
These are known to the Spanish as, simply, "Los Pueblos Blancos", the white villages. Every year, once the spring rains have passed, their houses are meticulously whitewashed to a state of pristine splendour and the white provides a dazzling contrast to the brightly coloured flowers which fill the streets of their rocky mountain perches. This annual white-washing is almost a pagan act, ushering in the season of growth and fertility and saying 'hasta la vista' to the winter.
Many of these villages were founded by Berber tribes who settled the area during the eight centuries of Moorish presence. They were hill farmers and the land that they settled in Andalucía was similar to that which they had left behind in North Africa. Because of the constant threat of attack - the Reconquest was bound to come sooner or later - they chose sites which were high and easy to defend. So, one thing that you are guaranteed in any of these villages is a spectacular, lofty location with wonderful views.
After the reconquest, many of these people were allowed to stay in order to maintain the irrigation systems and employ their skills in building. These were the Mudéjar – those who stayed behind – and the mountain road leading to Casa Joya is on the Ruta Mudéjar, winding through villages with surviving Moorish architecture. The village churches were once mosques, which the conquering Christians adopted as Christian churches, adding a bell tower to the minaret. Most have been plastered and whitewashed, but two nearby villages, Salares and Árchez have retained their ornamental Moorish brickwork.
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4 Sep 2013
"Paradise....beautiful, stunning, amazing.."
My partner, Paul and I stayed at Casa Joya in July with our 17 year old twins. We have travelled to many different countries and also stayed all over Spain, but, I have to say, our holiday to Casa J… More
What a wonderful review! Thank you so much. We loved your company too.
23 May 2013
"Utterly delightful, highly recommended"
Myself, my wife and our young son stayed at Casa Joya in summer 2011 and it was one of the best holidays we have ever had. We were made to feel welcome by Jenny even before we had left the UK with immediate email responses to our questions and detailed directions, can hire info etc. The journey from the airport to the villa is straightforward although if arriving in the dark, as we did, it can be a little challenging once off the main road but Vic helped to guide us in.
The location is wonderful - the villa is surrounded by olive and almond groves on the side of the hill with plenty of space to explore and great views over the hills towards the sea, glinting in the distance. A few other properties are visible but the feeling of space, solitude and peacefulness is so relaxing.
The guest apartment is very nice with enough space for us to spread out and be comfortable, both inside and out, with two terrace areas available for guest use, along with sunbeds etc. Kitchen well equipped and there is a TV, DVD, books, internet access etc. The private pool and loungers are a short walk away from the guest apartment and is lovely, looking out over the hills but enclosed enough with flowering plants adding some colour.
Jenny and Vic are often around and always pleased to have a chat, give advice and generally do what they can to make the holiday as pleasant as possible. They are great company but also fully respect the privacy of the guests so the atmosphere is always warm and welcoming.
Further afield, the beaches are within fairly easy reach although it is about a 40 minute car journey down through the hills (very pleasant though) so keep this in mind if you would like to spend the whole holiday on the beach. There are some nice beaches directly south from Casa Joya or some even better, less busy/touristy ones a little way up the coast which we loved. The large supermarket is also about 40 mins away on the beach road and can supply everything needed. Alternatively the local shops, while having a much smaller range, are friendly and convenient, being only a short car ride away. The surrounding villages are also great to explore and some of the restaurants/bars are very authentic and 'local' in character - well worth a visit.
Overall we had a fantastic holiday at Casa Joya and it is a real gem that we hope to return to again. It's a million miles away from the bustling resorts and hotels along the busier coastline areas and all the better for it, in our view. Vic and Jenny are great and just make the whole holiday experience even better. Thoroughly recommended.
18 May 2013
This is a very cosy apartment with an amazing view from your terrace. It's perfect for sunbathing, swimming, reading on your terrace (the owner is a author don't forget to read her books!) walking/hiking and visit the highlights of Andalusia. After arriving you'll immediate have the feeling that you are welcome and that is so relaxing (owners are available and can tell you everything what to do or see, but you'll always have your privacy).
Canillas de aceituno is lovely and quiet, but Malaga or the beach/sea is nearby. Special note: the internet connection is very good. If you like to cook your own meal: great kitchen. So: if you like a home away from home in a stressless environment with the option of bigger cities and activities nearby this is the place to be.
18 May 2013
"An excellent apartment"
The apartment was spacious and comfortable. It was in good walking country but was off the beaten track. However, it was not far from bars and cafes in Cannillas and other small villages nearby. It was in easy driving distance from Malaga airport although the roads were narrow and windy. The swimming pool was a good size and temperature.
15 May 2013
"our 5th time back - need i say more"
We normally dont back to the same place more than once - so this is at least our 5th time back !it is fabulous - fantastice views,well appointed accomodation,friendly but discreet hosts and lovely amenties.
It is remote , but close enough to local villages (you will need a car) relaxing - this wont be our last booking
Neil and Cherry
15 May 2013
"An oasis of tranquility"
Excellent, very clean and comfortable accommodation. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you could think of. The owners are very helpful and on hand should there be any issues, but do not intrude on your privacy. It is a get away from it all holiday, so if you want night clubs then it is not for you. If, however, you love stunning scenery, enjoy peace and quiet and easy access to some good restaurants then it fits the bill perfectly. We have stayed twice and love it!
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