Balcón de Andaluz
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Bungalow | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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A visit to Balcón de Andaluz in La Axarquía in Andalucía guarantees a fantastic holiday. Balcón de Andaluz is located in a beautiful area between Nerja and Velez Malaga only 35 minutes by car from Malaga Airport and only 8 minutes to the beach.. Balcón de Andaluz is centrally located for making excursions in Andalucía.
The estate Balcón de Andaluz spans 6000m2 of terraced Mediterranean landscape. This is an enchanting oasis where depending on the season you'll find olives, almonds, oranges, lemons, pomegranates, figs and avocado's flourishing on the grounds. Alongside the fruit trees, you'll find pines, cactuses, agaves as well as flowers like Hibiscus, Aloe, Bougainville, Oleanders en Straelitzia. Our Balcón boasts an impressive view of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains.
With 3 or 4 persons you will rent our Casta and our romantic Yurt both on our plot not far from each other.
Our Casita has a spacious living/bedroom and a separate kitchen and a separate bathroom.
The living / bedroom is attractively furnished with a wink to the Orient. There is a new 2 pers. bed of 1.5-2m with a new comfortable mattress . There is a table with 2 chairs, a chest of drawers with board games, a full bookcase and a built-in linen / wardrobe too. A flat screen TV with DVD player, WIFI, air conditioning and a fan are there too. In winter you can hire an electric heater. The kitchen and bathroom are separate. The sliding door opens to the terrace. There are several terraces with lounge chairs.
The spacious bathroom has a sink, a toilet and a shower / bath and hair dryer. You can hire the electric heater and under floor heating in the winter. There is plenty of cupboard space.
The new kitchen is fully equipped. There is a Senseo (a filter coffee machine is also available), electric kettle, toaster. fridge freezer and a microwave / oven. Cooking is on electrics.. For outside cooking there is a BBQ on gas.
Your private pool is round and has a diameter of 4 meters. The pool is open from May till October (depending on the weather). An outdoor shower is available. At the swimming pool on the terrace you can enjoy the sun on one of the loungers.
It is a romantic experience to stay in our Yurt. From the yurt you have a beautiful view on the sea, the mountains and on Algarrobo Costa.
A yurt is a Mongolian tent traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises a crown or compression wheel usually steam bent, supported by roof ribs which are bent down at the end where they meet the lattice wall (again steam bent). The top of the wall is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. The structure is covered by layers of fabric and sheep's wool felt for isolation and weatherproofing.
Our yurt is built by Rob Matthews from Cadiar in the Alpujarras in the Sierra Nevada. The yurt has a diameter of 4.34 metres. The yurt is isolated with felt, making it relatively cool in summer while in winter the heat is retained. There is optimal ventilation: the door with a small window and a separate large window, both with mosquito screens. The so-called Crown in the roof with a mosquito screen can be opened or closed as well.
We have decorated our Yurt tastefully with a wink to the Orient. There is a brand new bed from 2.00 metres by 1.50 metres with a new very comfortable mattress. There are 2 chairs and a table and two cupboards. In summer you can use a big fan to cool down.
You can start the day on your private terrace in the bathrobe you get from us with a coffee from the NESPRESSO or a cup of tea enjoying the view and nature. In the evening you can relax or eat on your illuminated terrace.
On this terrace there is a fully equipped kitchen tent with 4 hobs on gas, a fridge, toaster and a microwave. Outside the kitchen tent there is a sink with hot and cold water. If you want, you can rent a luxury gas-BBQ.
You have a private bathroom about 5 metres from the yurt with a toilet, a shower, hair-dryer and a washbasin.
Of course you have your own private pool(open from May till October) with a diameter of 3,50 metrse by 1.20, with 2 sun loungers
The Balcón is especially central, making it a convenient home base for many interesting day trips to the sites like Nerja, Frigiliana, Comares, Alhama de Granada, the Alpujarras, the Sierra Nevada, Malaga, Granada, Gibraltar, the Naturl Park of Torcalor even Sevilla and Cordoba.
In winter you can have fun by going to ski. In less than a 2 hours drive you find the large ski resort Sierra Nevada. An adult ski area with over 100 km of pistes and 30 lifts. Guaranteed snow from December to mid-April.
Other sports that you can practice are mountain biking, cycling, kite surfing and golf course on one of the many golf courses for example in Torre del Mar.
Less than 10 minutes from our Casita Balcón de Andaluz there is in Velez Malaga a big shopping mall El Ingenio. Here you will find more than 100 shops, including the large Eroski supermarket. Parking your car is very easy over there.
Algarrobo Costa has also two good supermarkets: the Lidl and the Mercadona. A visit to the weekly markets of Algarrobo, Torrox and Torre del Mar are also recommended.
Torrox and Nerja are locally known for its many bars with live-music, especially the jam sessions. Do you play an instrument and / or do you like to sing? Then it is appreciated if you play or sing some songs with the musicians. Every night is a surprise. There is often music from the 60s and 70s. However, the youngsters also brings modern music and sometimes they make real Spanish music. We're willing to give you tips when and where the jam sessions take place.
Beach lovers can indulge themselves on the sandy beaches of Algarrobo (with the blue flag of outstanding beach), Torre del Mar, Nerja, Torrox and El Morche. The beaches have good facilities and are equipped with numerous chirinquitos (cabanas) with a specialty of Espetos the Sardines on their menu. And don't miss the many restaurants. We are happy to advise you where you can have a culinary experience.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Alagarrobo 5 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 38 km, Nearest railway: Malaga 38 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Andalucia region
The Costa del Sol region
Our Balcón de Andaluz in Algarrobo is situated in La Axarquía, the region east of Malaga. Most travel guides that cover this region, never seem to get further than a few remarks on Malaga and Nerja. And here in lies the charm of this area. No mass tourism, like the areas west of Malaga. In La Axarquía you can go in search of the authentic Spanish way of life.
La Axarquía is a mountainous area that ends at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea. A great deal of the area is taken up by the Sierra de Tejeda, mountain range and National Park with the Maroma (2065 m) as highest peak. During our search for a location close to the Spanish coast for home and for work, this area made the biggest impression on us both. The nature in the inland areas is magnificent. It is an ideally place for hiking. There are numerous authentic white villages, like the breathtaking eagles nest Comares, the lovely Cómpeta and the charming Frigiliana. Other authentic white villages include Algarrobo Pueblo, Torrox Pueblo, Canillas and Alcaucin. All have regular farmers markets where they sell local products. Occasional road delays occur as goat herder and his goats make their daily journey from fields to farm and v.v. In the spring, the landscape changes color as the almond trees and mimosa blossom.
La Axarquía and its central location offer strong benefits to culture lovers. This area has a rich history of both Venetian and Arabic influences. Malaga is a surprisingly beautiful city with many interesting sites including a compact historic center perfect for those who like to explore a city on foot. Granada with the Alhambra is a day excursion about 1, 5 hours by car from our Balcón de Andaluz. Velez Malaga is an authentic Spanish small town with many monuments. A beautiful day trip is easy made by good mountain roads to Alhama de Granada featuring many archeological ruins that stem from Moorish times. Salobreña is a Moorish city dominated by a castle. This is a must see for visitors.
For winter visitors, we have an added attraction. The Sierra Nevada ski resort is a 2 hour drive from here. Make no mistake; this is a serious ski area with more than 100 kms of prepared ski trails and 18 lifts. At 3481 m, this area is guaranteed to have snow from mid-December to mid-April.
Other sports activities here are mountain biking, hiking, cycling, surfing, kiting and golf at one of the many golf resorts, for example at Torre del Mar.
An excursion to Gibraltar is recommended. Gibraltar is easy to get reach from here and makes an enjoyable day. A visit to the beautiful nature reserve Torcal with its impressive rock formations is a beautiful trip too. Don't forget the Alpurjarras.
This summary is only a selection of the things you can do in the area. Of course, we are happy to give you more information about these trips. We also have numerous other ideas on day trips or long excursions.
La Axarquía region has much to offer and in our view remains one of the most interesting and diverse areas of Spain and with ….. 'Le mejor clima de Europa' it offers the best climate of Europa.
The area is known for its celebrations, like the “Fiësta de tres Culturas” in Frigiliana which celebrates the rich origins of the peaceful coexistence of three communities in this area: Jewish, Muslim and Christianity. This fiësta remains popular today and includes performance of traditional music and dances as well as outdoor markets offering traditional crafts and products from each culture.
For beach lovers, sandy beaches can be found along the coast at towns like Torre del Mar, Algarrobo, El Morche, Torrox en Nerja. Each beach has good facilities including many 'chirinquitos' (beachside cafes) offering local specialties like Espetos de Sardines: sardines roasted over a wood fire stove. Of course, there are also many restaurants and we are more than happy to give you our recommendations on which culinary locations should not be missed.
A visit to Nerja is a definite must. It's a little touristy but beautiful beach location rife with little crooked lanes, charming eclectic shops and great tapas bars and restaurants. The highest point in town, Balcón de Europa, offers an amazing view of the sea. A visit to one of the Flamenco bars is highly recommended. And don't forget to visit the famous Caves (stalactite and stalagmite) of Nerja while you are there.
Torrox en Nerja are locally renowned for their bars with live music, especially for their jam sessions. Do you play an instrument or can you really sing? If so, be prepared to join the jam. Various local musicians join with vacationers to make each evening a surprise. Repertoire is mostly music from the 60's and 70's but influences from younger participants bring the music up to date and sometimes even add local Spanish influences. We are happy to give you tips on when and where to find the best jam sessions.
A short car ride of less than 10 minutes from our Balcón de Andaluz, you can find an extensive shopping mall called El Ingenio: more than 60 retailers and a large supermarket Eroski. In addition to this Algarrobo-Costa has two more large supermarkets: Lidl en Mercadona.
The weekly farmers market of Algarrobo en Torre del Mar is also worth visiting.
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