El Balcón

Ronda and El Gastor

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Spacious gym and games room (table tennis). Shower room.
  • First floor: Entrance hall. Sitting/ dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with door to covered terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom with en suite shower room. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed. Bathroom. WiFi. Heating and air conditioning throughout the house.
  • Outside: Open and covered terraces. Barbecue*. Poolside shower. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (9.5m x 5.5m) with Roman steps.

If it is impressive views across a picture postcard panorama of quintessential Andalucían countryside that you seek, then this is the house for you! With its accommodation spreading across the first floor level, this well presented home will inspire admiration as guests take in the breathtaking rural vista that is captured so perfectly by the wide picture windows that line two sides of its striking living room.

Whether relaxing in one of the stylish leather sofas that occupy the bright and airy sitting room, dining al fresco on its adjacent terrace or swimming in the pool down below, it is this scenic landscape that will be your outlook. Rolling hills spread out ahead, punctuated every now and again by the dazzling white outline of a typical ‘pueblo blanco’.

It is charming villages such as these that you will no doubt wish to visit on your travels throughout this unquestionably pretty area, Olvera, Algodonales and Zahara de la Sierra being just a short drive from the house. Closer to hand, the local village of El Gastor is just 3km away and offers all amenities and some good local restaurants whilst historic Ronda is just 35 minutes away by car.

Equally enticing are the extensive facilities that have been so thoughtfully incorporated into El Balcón. Air conditioning and heating ensure comfort at all times of the year and the ground floor has been equipped with a gym and games room. Outside, families with young children will appreciate the security provided by the enclosed pool and gated first floor terrace.

We respectfully request that you do not allow children to use the gym facilities without appropriate adult supervision.
*As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans will be enforced from early June and an electric 'plancha' will be provided for outdoor catering.

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Great Things to Do Near El Balcón

Just sit and gaze

Sit beside El Balcon's lovely big pool or on the shady upper terrace and just gaze... at the stunning view, at the large variety of birds flying by, at the pretty white villages in the distance. This is true relaxation therapy.

Try some tapas

The picturesque nearby village of El Gastor has some great tapas bars where you can try local specialities. Try La Cancela, in the heart of the village and just off the pretty church square, or the bar at the municipal swimming pool at the top of the village, with its lovely views, to mention just a couple.

Head for the beach

El Balcon is just over an hour's easy drive from some of Europe's most stunning beaches, on the Costa de la Luz. This is the Atlantic coast, and here you will find gorgeous small bays and spectacular long stretches of white sand, fringed with palm trees. A perfect day out.

Don't miss Ronda

The beautiful, historic town of Ronda, with its impressive gorge, is only 25 minutes away. Take refreshment at a café table in one of the lovely squares, marvel at the views, stroll through the cobbled streets of the oldest part of town, or sit back and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride round the many places of interest. Ronda has some great restaurants and shops, too!

Explore elegant cities

This part of Andalucía is famous for its elegant and historic cities such as Sevilla, Cádiz, Granada and Jerez, all of which are within an easy drive of El Balcon. They're all different, so you'll find it hard to choose just one to visit.

Sherry in Jerez

The lovely city of Jerez is less than an hour from the house. Plenty to do here - visit a 'bodega', where the sherry, wines and brandy are made, see the 'How The Andalucían Horses Dance' show on a Tuesday or Thursday, visit the cathedral, relax outside a café and listen to the gypsies sing flamenco, eat in the many excellent restaurants, or shop until you drop in Calle Larga, the main pedestrian street.

Orchid Spotting

There are over 30 different species of wild orchid to be found in this area. Springtime is best, when wild flowers display their colours in the surrounding fields and olive groves beside El Balcon.

Cycle along the Green Way

The Via Verde or Green Way runs for 36 kilometers along the old railway line. This is an ecotourism route that can be done on foot, bicycle, horseback, and even donkey! This permits hikers to contemplate exuberant nature, valuable plant and animal species and the most beautiful landscape.

Discover a local walk.

El Dolmen del Gigante (The Giant’s Dolmen) is a megalithic passage tomb chamber on the hill of Algarin. It is the largest dolmen in the province of Cádiz, with large vertical megaliths and covered with stone slabs. From here you can enjoy impressive views too.

Explore the area on two wheels!

A local company offers cycling day trips with fully qualified British Cycling guides. There are a variety of different trips, from easy country rides to more difficult mountain climbs for more experienced cyclists. Contact Hike and Bike before your holiday to arrange dates with them. http://www.hikeandbikeholidays.com/cycling-spain/day-trips

Make an evening special

Why not make an evening special and treat yourselves to a meal in a michelin-starred resturant. Benito Gomez and his team at Resturant Bardal in Ronda have just been awarded in 2017 a Michelin star. The resurant is in the centre of town close to the bullring. Booking certainly recommended! http://restaurantebardal.com/home/ If you prefer something less formal, Benito also has a popular Tapas Bar Tragata also in the town centre.

Explore the Pueblos Blancos

Explore the Pueblos BlancosEl Balcon is close to the Natural Park Sierra de Grazalema. Dotted around this maginificient landscape there are many small white washed villages to explore. Grazalema for example is a picturesque drive and is a charming place to expore the narrow streets with balconies and windows filled with colourful pots of geraniums. Its a great place fow walkers and bird watcher alike too

Mix with the locals in El Gastor

The nearest village of El Gastor is a five minute drive away. The friendly people of the village make everyone welcome here. Enjoy a coffee in the square and watch the world go by. Shop in the local bakers for some freshly baked bread or try some local pastries!

Nearby

Towns

El Gastor 5 mins
Zahara de la Sierra 30 mins
Grazalema 30 mins
Ronda 35 mins
Arcos de la Frontera 45 mins
Granada 145 mins

Beaches

Cadiz 85 mins
Conil 90 mins
Puerto Banus 95 mins

Airports

Jerez 90 mins
Sevilla 90 mins
Malaga 120 mins
Gibraltar 135 mins
Times are approximate

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