Casa Encantadora

Alpujarras (Granada)

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  • Ground Floor: Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (fireplace, A/C, TV, DVD,CD, counter-top oven, microwave). Double bedroom (A/C). Bathroom. WiFi. 
  • Outside: Gardens of lawns and terraces. Covered dining terrace. Poolside shower. In-built barbecue. Washing machine
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m) with Roman steps

Houses with just one bedroom that offer a private pool facility are hard to find. So too are properties that are within walking distance of all amenities. In Casa Encantadora we have therefore uncovered a gem since this attractive cottage is set in pretty lush gardens that are enclosed and private and yet only 100 metres from the market square of Órgiva.

Its slightly elevated position on the edge of the upper part of the town means that the lawned garden that surrounds the pool looks out across a splendid vista of mountains, with the rooftops of the town just visible to the side. So neat and pretty are the grounds that much of your time is likely to be spent here soaking up this picturesque scene, although should you feel the need to mingle with the locals, a 5 minute stroll down the lane will bring you to the bustling centre of Órgiva, with its local shops and restaurants and a colourful Thursday morning market.

This is a perfect base for couples wishing to explore the picturesque and undiscovered Alpujarras. In the house your comfort is assured since the charming rooms are tastefully decorated, with smart terracotta floors, beamed ceilings and colourful fabrics combining to make the accommodation cheerful and appealing. For days out, you are spoilt for choice since the area has so much to offer: trek or cycle along the myriad of ancient roads and footpaths that traverse the surrounding countryside; drive south through stunning mountain scenery to coastal Salobreña (a 30 minute drive) or, for a dose of culture, head north to discover the ancient Moorish city of Granada, just 55 minutes away by car.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa Encantadora

Relax and enjoy the sunshine by the pool

or take lunch under the shade of the acacia tree in the garden.

Take an evening stroll in Orgiva for an aperitif and dinner.

There's a good choice of restaurants, some with music accompaniments such as jazz or acoustic guitar.

Botanic Gardens in Almunecar

Not only a delightful collection of over 400 exotic plants, flowers and trees which is one of the largest in Europe, but also a venue for music concerts in summer particularly the 10 day long Festival of Jazz in July.

Orgiva market.

Visit the market in Orgiva on Thursdays. This is a bustling and colourful weekly event and people come from miles around to visit. All sorts of things are sold here including fruit and vegetables and arts and crafts.

The nearby town of Lanjarón

is the 'gateway' to the Alpujarras and is a spa town with baths dating back to Roman times. You can visit the Balneario for some relaxing treatments or try the excellent mineral water then wander round the old town which has typical Alpujarran architecture. In the evening visit the Arabic Castle and enjoy the views over the surrounding valley

Drive up the south face of the Sierra Nevada

to the 3 white villages perched above the Rio Poqueira - Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira all declared to be of historical monumental interest. They are famous for the colourful textiles and pottery produced there and are not to be missed

Take a guided excursion on a mountain bike

through the sugar plantations and tropical fruit groves around Salobreña, or join a guided walk along the coastal paths via the old Roman road and Salobreña Gorge. (Salobrena Tourist Office)

Flamenco

take a walk along the Granada's Darro river to the gypsy area in Sacromonte. Gypsies have been living in caves here for over 600 years and they hold flamenco shows for the public in the caves.

Enjoy the sunshine

on the many and varied coves and beaches of the Costa Tropical - Almuñecar, La Herradura, Motril, Salobreña and Calahonda among others .

The Alhambra in Granada

is the jewel of the city. Formerly a palace, fortress and small city, it was once the residence of Arabic sultans during the 13th and 14th centuries. The gardens are amazing, with walkways, fountains and beautiful flowers. The complex is rightly now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shop for ceramics and textiles

Colourful tiles, plates, jugs - the most traditional styles are green and blue adorned with birds, flowers or pomegranates (granadas). You'll find some of the best in the Alpujarran village of Pampaneira.

Golf.

Play a round of golf in the Los Moriscos Golf Course in Motril, now with 18 holes.

Enjoy a romantic evening meal

of the coastal specialities, seafood or paella, as you watch the sun set over the sea - many beaches have restaurants where you may even be serenaded by guitarists!

Go to the theatre in the open air

and watch a play by the famous writer and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca in the atmospheric setting next to the gardens of the Generalife in the Alhambra. The plays start at 10 pm most nights except Sundays from mid June to end of August.

Granada is a university city

with many students so prices in tapas bar and restaurants are very reasonable. In Andalucia the tradition of offering a free tapa with your drink still continues - try them in the Albaicín, the El Realejo area or around Plaza Nueva.

Scuba Diving.

La Herradura beach is a spectacular horseshoe shaped beach with tranquil waters ideal for scuba diving - a number of diving companies operate here with courses for all levels

Salobreña village on the coast

is topped by an imposing Arabic castle offering wonderful views and with outdoor shows in the summer months. This 'pueblo blanco' is a maze of cobbled alleyways with quaint houses bedecked with colourful flowers. There is a long beach too backed by cafes and restaurants and an artificial reef for snorkellers.

Put on your walking shoes and take to the hills,

joining the long-distance footpath the GR7 which passes through the pretty groves of orange and almond blossom in the Lecrin Valley, or up through the more challenging National Park of the Sierra Nevada. Best walking months are in Spring and Autumn.

Visit the highest village in Spain,

Trevélez, where some of the best hams in the country are produced. Have some lunch while there - try locally caught trout cooked with ham - a real delicacy

Caves of Nerja

Situated in Maro just 3 kms outside Nerja near the coast, they have Palaeolithic wall paintings, stalactites and stalagmites and the world's widest column. Quite breathtaking, they are amongst the best caves in Europe. In Summer months there are music festivals held there including flamenco in July. Afterwards, walk along the Balcon de Europa in Nerja town for amazing views out to sea.

Nearby

Towns

Orgiva 2 mins
Lanjarón 15 mins
Pampaneira 25 mins
Motril 35 mins
Nerja 50 mins
Trevelez 50 mins
Granada 55 mins
Almeria 120 mins

Beaches

Salobreña 40 mins
Almuñecar 45 mins
La Herradura 50 mins

Airports

Granada 60 mins
Malaga 90 mins
Almeria 100 mins
Sevilla 180 mins
Times are approximate

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