We booked this holiday last minute and received prompt and helpful information for renting the property. We found the cave to be characterful, spacious, well-equipped, peaceful and good value. It was very clean and always a comfortable temperature, providing pleasant respite from the lovely 30C-35C outdoors.
The location was fabulous - stunning views, evening sun and only a 10-15 min walk from town - the nearest location for basic food shopping and simple dining.
There are scenic river trails nearly for walking or running - the trails were shaded, so it's a good area for those interested in training, or who simply appreciate gentle, flat walks.
A car is essential to explore the area - ideally a smaller vehicle as the road to the property is quite narrow - we managed fine with a Ford C-Max, but would not have been keen on anything much bigger.
We found four or five fantastic swimming options within half an hour of the property (there were others available but we liked the ones we'd found enough to visit more than once) and enjoyed tapas in various bars in Castillejar. This proved the perfect holiday for relaxing - swimming, sunbathing, enjoying nature (eagles, buzzards etc) and escaping wifi - tho' there was plenty of free wifi in town to keep us all from twitching!
The region was superb value - we never spent more than €50 on a meal for 5/ €7 for a round of drinks.
This location would not be suitable for those looking for lively entertainment, but for those who want to relax and spend time with friends/family in an interesting, scenic part of the world with lovely climate, the cave would be ideal. (The two caves are adjacent, so a party of up to 10 could be accommodated together).
The lake at Negratin was stunning with good swimming, beach area and pedalo rental. We made a longer excursion to the Alhambra Palace, which was well worth the 100km drive. This was an unexpectedly fantastic holiday, which the teens (13-18) really enjoyed too. …
Holiday Cave House with Beautiful Views - Cueva Geco
Unique holiday home in amazing location
If you want wide open spaces, if you want vast landscapes, if you want scenery that changes every mile, if you want peace and quiet, if you want amazing star gazing at night, and most of all if you want a comfortable `casa cueva’ with convivial hosts then look no further than Viv, Ian and Olivia’s `Cuevas under Andalucian Sun’ in Los Carriones, Antiplano de Granada, Andalucía, Spain.
We stayed in Cueva Geco (Cave Gecko named after a gecko found in there during refurbishment) one of two well presented `caves’ (the other being Cueva Lince (or Lynx in honour of the Lynx that was seen nearby) alongside Viv and Ian’s own residence. Very clean and sympathetically furnished, the caves stay comfortably cool in all weathers (even the 40+deg heat you get here) and are a brilliant base for exploring the Antiplano region.
Both caves sleep four (in the most comfortable beds I have slept in for ages) and come with everything you need for your self catering stay, including a very welcome `welcome pack’ of tea,coffee, sugar, jam, bread, biscuits, water and (most importantly) wine.
Outside is a sun trap of a terrace area with chairs, tables and umbrellas and a pool for use in the summer months. Indoors is good wireless which was perfect for planning trips and keeping bored teenagers from getting too bored, along with the TV.
Viv, Ian and daughter Liv are the perfect hosts offering very welcome advice on what to see, and do, what towns have what markets, and where to go to eat. Especially worthy of mention are Castril, Galera and the nearby lakes.They even barbecued for us on one evening.
So, with all the boxes ticked, we will definitely be visiting again. …