Finca 'El Torcal'
Finca | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
This is really the ideal place for artists, writers, hill walkers/climbers, cyclists etc. - in fact the perfect location for all those lovers of nature who want to chill-out and get-away-from-it-all. On offer is an authentic, restored and extended 150 year-old andalucian cottage with many original features set in a 6.500 sq.mt. finca situated at the foot of 'El Torcal' Nature Reserve in the heart of Andalucia.
The original cottage consists of a sitting-room/kitchen-diner, 1 bedroom with a built-in, three-quarter bed which sleeps 1-2 and a bathroom. There is also a single bed in the living area. The extension consists of 1 bedroom with double bed, a sitting-room/kitchen-dinner with bathroom. There is also a single bed in the living area. At present there is only 1 fully-functioning kitchen in the original cottage. There is also extensive terracing. No private pool (reflected in the very competitive rates for this much sought-after area) but very nearby there is a really good restaurant/bar in the most glorious setting with pool open to the public where you can spend the day for a small cover charge.
Location is wonderful, views from house stupendous, 45 minutes from Malaga airport, 10 minutes to local village with bars and restaurants, 20 minutes to the historic town of Antequera (part of the 'Route of Washington Irving'), 1 hr to Granada (and the beautiful Alahambra palace), Seville and Cordoba (with its beautiful 'Festival de Los Patios' in May, and its famous 'Mezquita' just over an hour and lots, lots more very close by.
Antequera is known as 'the crossroads of Andalucia' for its central location and close proximity to all its major cities. Many of the famous 'villas blancas' (white villages) of Andalucia are close at hand and a day in Malaga city is much recommended (Picasso Museum a must-see). The list goes on and on but for first-time visitor there is so much beauty right on your door-step you won't want to travel too far. And for all you star-gazers the Andalucian night sky is just wonderful!
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Malaga 40 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 40 km, Nearest railway: Antequera 20 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
This 150 year old property has been lovingly restored and retains many off its original features and offers a true 'living in Andalucia' experience. The 360 degree views from cottage are simply breath-taking and the surrounding countryside is a true reflection of 'nature in all its natural beauty. The locals are friendly and Villanueva de La Concepcion has many local bars and restaurants as well as an English-run bar/restaurant.
The Andalucia region
Andalucía, Spain’s most southerly region is the true home of typically Spanish experiences. Bullfighting, tapas, flamenco, the guitar itself, all began in Andalucía and remain deeply embedded here.
Andalucía is a land of surprises and contradictions. Away from the mass-tourism resorts you’ll find some of the most pristine beaches in the country, while inland are green hills, white villages, huge nature reserves (one-fifth of Andalucian territory is under environmental protection), and the snowcapped highest mountain range on the Spanish mainland, the Sierra Nevada.
Deeply traditional yet ready to seize the modern world, Andalucians always live life to the full. Few visitors to their land fail to get caught up in the fun.
Villanueva de la Concepcion
Villanueva de la Concepcion is located within the foothills of the "El Torcal Natural Park" mountain range, approximately 40km's north of Malaga. This area is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the costa's and the generally percieved view of southern spain. Set in the heart of rural Andalucia, this attractive village offers visitors a chance to experience traditional Spanish culture. The area is dominated by "El Torcal", which provides a stunning backdrop to the village.
At about 500m above sea level the village offers a healthy alternative to the smog and humidity of the coast. Situated within the foothills of the "El Torcal" mountain range, this small village provides visitors with an opportunity to explore some of the many attractions within Andalucia. Cities such as Seville, Granada, Cordoba,Malaga and Antequera are all within easy reach.
Skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains is available within two hours, nature lovers will relish the El Torcal Natural Park and those who simply appreciate breathtaking views could ask no more!
The primary source of wealth for the Villanueva district is agriculture. The growing of various staples, including olives and wheat together with the production of olive oil, helps this area to retain a traditional feel, whilst embracing modern technologies.
While many of the youngsters within the village have the necessary "mod cons", it is still possible to see the ice delivery man being pulled along by his oxen or the older generation sitting astride a donkey when working in the fields.
The nearest large town to Villanueva de la Concepcion is the small city of Antequera, which is situated 20km away on the northern side of "El Torcal" - a spectacular drive around the eastern fringes of the mountain range.
Antequera is known as the "crossroads of Andalucia" due to its historic road connections -North to Cordoba, South to Malaga, West to Seville and finally East to Granada. The city benefits from a large selection of bars, restuarants and shopping facilities, however, much of what can be achieved in Antequera can also be realised within Villanueva de la Concepcion itself.
Whilst Villanueva de la Concepcion is the focal point for the area, there are many communities in the surrounding district such as Pastelero, La Higuera and Almogia which have become home to foreign nationals in addition to the local population.
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