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14, San Jaime Apartment

1bedroom
4sleeps
3nights min stay

Apartment / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available

Description from owner

Description

This tastefully furnished one-bedroom apartment is set right on the beach - any closer, and you would get your feet wet. It's in a private two-storey building quite literally off the beaten track - reached by driving along the beach itself via an unmade 'road'.

The apartment nestles beneath the lighthouse, El Faro Sacratif at La Chucha (so tiny it's only on large-scale maps). It overlooks the pool and terrace, which lead straight on to Carchuna beach, a 2-mile stretch of sand and shingle. It is on the first floor, and comprises a small kitchen, dining area, lounge with balcony overlooking the pool and sea, one twin/double bedroom with super king-size bed, another balcony, and a bathroom with bath, shower, bidet, WC and washbasin.

Although on a map it looks as though the N340 road runs close to the apartments because it is separated by the steep cliff behind the apartments you are most unlikely to be troubled by noise, in fact it is so peaceful that for most of the time

This tastefully furnished one-bedroom apartment is set right on the beach - any closer, and you would get your feet wet. It's in a private two-storey building quite literally off the beaten track - reached by driving along the beach itself via an unmade 'road'.

The apartment nestles beneath the lighthouse, El Faro Sacratif at La Chucha (so tiny it's only on large-scale maps). It overlooks the pool and terrace, which lead straight on to Carchuna beach, a 2-mile stretch of sand and shingle. It is on the first floor, and comprises a small kitchen, dining area, lounge with balcony overlooking the pool and sea, one twin/double bedroom with super king-size bed, another balcony, and a bathroom with bath, shower, bidet, WC and washbasin.

Although on a map it looks as though the N340 road runs close to the apartments because it is separated by the steep cliff behind the apartments you are most unlikely to be troubled by noise, in fact it is so peaceful that for most of the time the only sound you hear is the waves.

Fabulous sea views, the beach, and the shared swimming pool are the immediate attractions. But you also have the Alpujarras mountains within a short drive - a superb region that was recently declared a national park. It's well worth exploring for its pretty white villages, spectacular scenery and fascinating history. Granada, with the marvellous Moorish palace of the Alhambra and its fantastic cathedral, is also within easy reach and well worth a visit.

The large local town, Motril offers a variety of shopping and supermarkets as well as restaurants and bars. Along the coast in each direction are more beaches and great little seaside villages, such as Calahonda and Castell de Ferro, where it's easy to feel part of local life, visiting markets, bars and restaurants. Larger resorts in striking distance include Salobrena, Almunecar, La Herradura and Nerja.

This area of the Costa del Sol is known as the Costa Tropical. It's blissfully quiet in all but high season (late July, August and very early September) and in spring, autumn and winter the beach is often deserted. Most holidaymakers here are Spanish families on their annual August break, or on day trips to the seaside – especially from Granada. It is un-touristy and unglitzy (particularly compared with Marbella or Torremolinos and similarly developed regions) and you will find a few phrases of Spanish will come in very handy.

The area is a bit scruffy at the edges, with local agriculture under plastic and the La Chucha beach is of grey sand, but the place has its own appeal and makes a great base for exploring further afield or a lazy beach-side stay. Or both. The scenic backdrop is the foothills of the Sierra de Lujar, and mountains lead up to the great ranges of the Sierra Nevada, often snow-capped even in early summer. Keen skiers could try the slopes at the resort there, during the season.

Further details indoors

* Sleeps a maximum of four. The bedroom has two single beds that can be zip-linked to form a superking-size double. The sofa in the living room converts to a further good size double bed. There is also a foldaway travel cot for tots.

* Fully equipped for a holiday – including bed linen, beach towels and towels. Plus washing machine, iron and ironing board, a radio, a wide selection of books and games, guide books on Spain and Spanish phrase books, electric fans (for when it's just too hot!), basic store-cupboard food stuffs and cleaning materials.

Further details outdoors

The apartment has a full width first-floor balcony that looks directly out to sea across the pool terrace. The balcony has attractive wooden chairs and a table for alfresco eating.

* Communal pool is for private use of apartments. The pool is open April - October inclusive.

* We keep loungers and chairs to use around the pool. There is also a sun umbrella to take to the beach if needed, and we usually have a range of pool toys/buckets and spades for children to use.

* We have a small portable barbecue, too, which is great to take down to the beach and sizzle up a few fresh sardines on...

Location description from owner

The Andalucia region

The region is mountainous, with coastal stretches of sand/ fine stones. Most of the roads have been upgraded but a tiny unimproved number of the more remote roads make for an exciting drive... There are spectacular drives in the mountains and some of the coastal roads - the maps at the flat have scenic routes and viewpoints marked.

Even in winter, the climate is mild and it's quite possible to sunbathe as early as March, in shelter, and as late as October or even November. That said, the winter weather can be dramatic, with fabulous storms and it can also rain and may be windy, and it's worth looking at a short-term forecast before you leave. Summer is invariably hot and sunny, with temperature as high the late-30sC, with very occasional storms.

It is a predominantly agricultural/rural area, with some cultivation under terraces of plastic, and sugar cane was until recently a dominant crop - though it is still grown. Every so often you will hear bleating and the tinkling of bells, too, as the local goats make their way down from the mountain to the beach and back again. We have also seen wild deer, lots of birds and dolphins from the apartment. In the mountains keep your eyes peeled for eagles.

This is also one of the few regions left in Spain where complimentary tapas are still served. Order a beer or a glass of wine, and you can expect a small dish of anything from peanuts or olives to spicy potatoes, tender pieces of lamb, fried shrimp or grilled sardines, ham or cheese. It's a great way to lunch and you can easily tapas-hop your way along the beach, trying out the summer-only beach restaurants - chiringuitos - all the way along. There are a couple of local bars tucked away just off the beach that remain open in winter.

For provisions, less than a quarter way along the La Chucha beach is camping site 'Don Cactus', with a shop selling basic supplies and fresh bread. Don Cactus also has public telephones, a cash point, a bar and restaurant – all within easy reach for those without transport.

The nearest large town is Motril, about four miles away, where the shopping is good. Besides a hypermarket and several supermarkets there are banks, boutiques, cash points, a market, and a good modern hospital with an accident and emergency unit. Closer is Carchuna and the small, attractive town of Calahonda is at the far end of the beach about two miles away, with a selection of bars, restaurants, a small market and bakeries for your daily bread. plus banks. The road is flat, so it is walkable for the fit. Or hire bikes from Don Cactus Camping.

Also within a short distance, on the coast with similar facilities, is the village of Torrenueva to the west.

We keep a 'hot tips' book for visitors to add their suggestions to in the apartment, and also keep guide books there, in which you can find a host of things to do in the region. Nearer to home, and worth visiting for lunch, day trips nearby are Calahonda at the end of the beach, Castell de Ferro, a seaside village to the east. North of Castell is the pretty village of Gualchos, and the more remote Lujar is reachable from there too.

The best local beach is probably La Rijana, set between these two, a sandier horseshoe cove that may have a summer-time bar open. There is also a remote beach on the other side of the lighthouse, down a fairly steep descent, and Castell and Torrenueva both more conventional resort-type beaches. All fun to try.

Salobrena, a higgledy piggledy white town a few miles down the coast with a terrific hill-top Arab castle and a large beach is a short trip. Further on, the more touristy Nerja, is a longer drive or bus ride further east. Nerja is very popular with Brits, so if you feel a longing for Sun & Sangria plus fish and chips it is worth a try. The caves are really stunning (and cool).

And if you have children (or just fancy a splashing time) there is plenty to do in Almenuecar, a few miles west, which has an aqua park and several other attractions.

Older waterbabies might enjoy snorkelling off the beach at La Chucha right on our doorstep, and in the off season it is popular with surfers and bodyboarders (bring your own gear). In any event packing a pair of swim/beach shoes makes the La Chucha beach a breeze for everyone to enjoy.

A longer drive, east towards Almeria, brings you into the very dry hot desert area where many of the 'spaghetti Westerns' were filmed. A couple of the sets have become attractions, if you're keen.

There is horse-riding and other activities such as hiking available up in the Alpujarras, though you would be advised to check these out and book before leaving the UK.

The fascinating city of Granada is just over an hours drive north and is a must for culture-vultures, with the fabulous Moorish palace and gardens of The Alhambra, the great Catholic cathedral, the old Arab quarter and much much more.

Granada is also close to the stunning mountains of the Sierra Nevada where in the winter months you can ski - and in the summer enjoy fantastic mountain walks. Check out the Sierra Nevada National Park website for hiking and skiing activities.

Carchuna

To get the make the most of a holiday here, it's best to fit yourself into local time. Lunch is 2pm at the very earliest, up to 4pm-ish, followed by a couple of hours siesta, between 4-6pm when almost everything will close. Dinner is 9pm-11pm ish (later in high summer, it's not uncommon to go out to eat at midnight, and dine at 1am, slightly earlier in winter) . Any earlier and you'll be the only people in the place. It is quite normal to take children into restaurants and bars, even late at night, and Spanish children easily stay up until midnight, rested from their siesta.

Lunchtime and early evening are the best time to go out to a bar for tapas (free nibbles given to you each time you order a drink). Bars vary in type and quality – look out for where the locals are to find the good ones. We have local recommendations and updates at the flat.

Do try 'menu del dia 'at lunchtime which is a set menu, normally very good value and comprising a two or three course meal, and often bread, wine, beer or soft drinks. Also do try having breakfast out – tostados con tomate, zumo de naranja and café desayuno (hot tomato toast, fresh orange juice and large white coffee) is the norm and delicious. If you're in a town or village for breakfast look out for a 'churreria' – often no more than a take-away shack. They sell churros which is utterly delicious and very wicked (like fresh doughnut) - take your purchase straight into the nearest café, order a hot chocolate and get dunking along with all the locals.

All summer long the sound of distant firecrackers marks the start of local fiestas, the village celebrations of saints' days and patrons. Local publications will give you details of what's on and where - although there are things happening during the day, best time to go is at night, late. You will almost certainly hear where the action is.

And don't forget the travelling markets, including one at Calahonda, which sell a mix of local produce, lots of shoes, clothes and beachwear as well as some ceramics. Best in summer, much smaller in winter. There is also market day twice a week in Motril.

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Bed & bathroom

  • bedroom 1: super king bed
    beds in other rooms: sofa bed
  • 1 family bathroom

Amenities

  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

Will consider

  • Long term lets (over 1 month)

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Clare M
Response rate:
95%
Calendar updated:
04 May 2016
Years listed:
7
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English

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