Apartamento Buena Vista
Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Apartamento Buena Vista is a first floor apartment, one of a small exclusive block of eleven luxury apartments, ideally situated on the edge of the village with magnificent views of the surrounding hills and mountain scenery, and with views of the Costa Del Sol in the distance. Within a short walking distance there are bars, restaurants, supermarkets, shops and the other facilities to be found in the village.
This review, written about ten days ago, to some extent, tipifies the type of holiday one might expect to enjoy, while staying for a fortight in July in Apartamento Buena Vista:- "We had a lovely holiday staying in Apartamento Buena Vista. We were at the pool every day, and eating out in the village in the evening. We enjoyed breakfasting al fresco on the balcony, and some of us enjoyed a siesta in a cool darkened room. Our internet addict was well provided for. We liked visiting Antequera, Malaga, and El Chorro lake". The Blake family: Norah, Simon, Matthew, Philippa, Sandra, Eric. 14 July 2012 - 28 July 2012..
Our guests, who have stayed in the Autumn, Winter, and Spring, spend time on the terrace in mild, sunny weather; they appreciate being within five minutes on foot from shops and restaurants in a lovely, friendly village; they use the apartment as a convenient base to visit the many cultural attractions etc. of Andalucia, such as Alhambra Palace and the Mezquita.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Malaga 45 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 45 km, Nearest railway: Antequera 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The lounge/dining room is furnished to a high standard, and has sofas and an armchair, dining furniture. table lamps, coffee tables, original paintings, oraments, satellite TV, a hi-fi system, and air-conditioning/heating. There is an adjoining balcony with chairs and a table, with stunning views of the countryside and village. The master bedroom is complete with double wardrobe, bedside cabinets, table lamps, original paintings, and with patio doors openong onto an adjoining circular balcony. There are two twin bedrooms with built in double wardrobes, bedside tables and table lamps; these bedrooms are wonderfully light and airy: one has patio doors and the other a full length picture window. The master bedroom and one of the twin-bedded rooms have air-conditioning/heating. There is an inner patio with a garden: a delightful area in which to relax and enjoy the plants. The paintings in the lounge, dining area, hall and bedrooms are Nalini Cook's original works.
From the master bedroom patio doors open onto a curved balcony with excellent panoramic views across to the Torcal and the surrounding hills and mountains and there is a larger balcony with access from the lounge with similar views. The kitchen is fully fitted and equipped with gas hob and electric fan oven.The inner patio is
a secluded outdoor area, a lovely place to enjoy the plants and flowers all the year round in the small thriving garden. The bathroom has a full sized bath with shower, vanity unit, toilet and bidet.
|Further details outdoors|
There are two terraces and an inner patio. The main terrace, facing East and entered through sliding patio doors from the living room, offers wonderful views of mountains and the surrounding countryside, To the South the sea can be seen in the distance, and further round, because of its elevated position, there are views over the roof tops of the houses in the village, The circular terrace, facing North East and entered through patio doors from the master bedroom, affords magnificent views of the buttresses of El Torcal, the mountain, which overlooks Villanueva De La Concepcion. The inner patio, entered from the dining area, is another place to enjoy an alfresco drink, especially when it is lit up at night.
Parking is nearby: downstairs outside the apartment building.
The Andalucia region
Malaga is best known for its string of popular resorts along the Costa del Sol and although these have their own attractions, the province has much more to offer, including a vibrant provincial capital with a fascinating history, a section of the Costa del Sol east of Malaga city that is not as developed the western section and rugged mountain ranges like the Serranía de Ronda and the Sierra de Tejeda....so much for looking on the internet!
Here are just a few of the places and activities, which guests staying at Apartamento Buena Vista have enjoyed. These are the shortest excursions from Apartamento Buena Vista, and do not get much of a mention in the two best standard guide books, Rough Guide To Andalucia & The Lonely Planet: Andalucia, which the owner will loan to you to help you to decide where to go and what to do:-
El Torcal (15 minutes away by car): amazing natural limestone sculptures, viewpoint, two well signposted circular walks, visitors' centre, bar/restaurant.
Antequera: (25 mnutes by car) castle, many old churches, atmospheric cobbled streets, the safest town in Andalucia. Have a drink in El Mirador bar, situated on the road from Villanueva to Antequera, and sit on their back terrace and view the town. Then drive down through the old part, park (not usually so difficult), and wander about soaking it in.
Malaga: (45 minutes by car) tapas bars (El Pimpli and many more) in the old part around the cathedral, a choice of restaurants, Picasso museum, a lovely cinema showing latest films in English for 5 Euros admission, the Alcazabar, shopping. Park in one of the many underground carparks, then enjoy exploring the city centre.
El Palo & Pedregalego: fishing villages, just to the East of Malaga:the seaside which is not so much frequented by British and other foreign tourists; many pleasant bars and fish restaurants along a traditional sea front, including the famous El Tintero plate restaurant at the East end of El Palo.
The near deserted undeveloped, unspoilt beach to the East of Torremolinos: wonderful good value chiringuitos (beach cafes on the beach) serving fresh fish and other good simple food; frequented by nude bathers.
Torremolinos: some very good, reasonably priced restaurants and two great cake shops on Calle San Miguel, and the beach is good. Try also the Carihuela to the West of the town.
The climate in Villanueva De La Concepcion: mediterrannean: dry hot summers, and mild winters; on average 300 days of sunshine annually. The history of Andalucia and Malaga Province: read about it in The Rough Guide and Lonely Planet. The legacy of the Moorish "occupation" of Andalucia has bequeathed us several world heritage treasures, such as the Alhambra Palace, the Mezquita great mosque, and the Alcazabar in Seville.
Villanueva De La Concepcion
The village of Villanueva De La Concepción lies below El Torcal mountain. All our guests should choose a clear day to visit El Torcal to enjoy the unique natural limestone sculptures and the wonderful views from the easily accessible view point; our more energetic guests walk and rock climb. The village is a lovely, friendly, safe place where guests may enjoy the lively, festive traditions of a typically vibrant Andalucian village. Within short walking distances there are traditional bars, restaurants, supermarkets, shops and other facilities, such as the recently constructed municipal swimming pool, a large pool in grass lawn surroundings with its open air bar with views towards the Torcal. There are many bar/restaurants in the village offering very reasonably priced good meals and tapas: try Bar Oasis, Diego's, Fo-Fo's Pizzeria, Xebar, Bar Godoy, Pub Sanchez, Bar Torfa, and Rincon De La Villa; there are many others also worth visiting.
Villanueva De La Concepción: the view of an ex-pat, who stayed at Apartamento Buena Vista:-
“Why Villanueva De La Concepción? I’ve stepped back in time to when dad was a lad:- I can’t smell the Hovis baking, but I think I know nearly everyone. I can park almost anywhere I like, and leave it unlocked… A good friend hasn’t locked his front door for the last 10 years, and now can’t find his key… I went in a shop once, and Nicolas, the owner, chased me up the street, as I’d left the Serrano ham on the counter. I have owed the man in the Moto shop 10 Euros since last year… Visitors keep coming back to check us out. My daughter-in-law, and several others, keep in touch with what’s going on in “Concepcion” through Face Book. Tom, the owner of Xebar, our “English bar”, keeps them regularly informed… Last week we had our feria: it started with rock night and free beer in the bottom square. I got caught up in a parade: children wearing satirical papier-mache heads: I recognised the mayor among other local celebrities. Friday night saw the local flamenco classes performing, followed by an exceptional performance by a professional troupe. Earlier in the day the Ruta De Tapas: 13 bars and 13 tapas… As a student in the 60’s we did the King Street Run, which was a pint in all 8 pubs, and a commemorative tie for those who completed the Run… By six o’clock the streets filled with groups of cheerful inebriates, many in fancy dress: the reward nowadays is a commemorative Tee shirt… There were two bull fights: the real and the silly: the latter when our local frustrated toreadors dress up and “fight” little bulls; other local heroes rush into the arena, as stretcher bearers, or as priests to deliver the last rites… In the winter our mayor laid on rock bands, live music, in our bars… What else? There are several great places to eat and drink, including Rincon De La Villa and Bar Torfa. Our local mountain, El Torcal, is from another planet with its limestone sculptures. Antequera, our nearest big town, the safest place in Andalucia, is a heritage centre, that hosts a free Blues Festival in July: late night atmospheric blues music high above the town in Plaza Santa Maria. Our nearest city, Malaga, has it all: the Picasso Museum, excellent restaurants, tapas bars, fishing villages.”
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