El Dolmen de Alaju

Ronda and El Gastor

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Accommodation

  • Upper floor: Entrance hall. Bathroom. Open plan sitting / dining room/ kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, WiFi, in-built wood burning stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, A/C) with door to terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C). Twin bedroom (A/C). Double bedroom (A/C) with en-suite shower room.
  • Lower floor: Laundry room (washing machine)
  • Outside:  Covered and open terraces.  Poolside shower.  In-built barbecue*.  Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (7.5m x 4.5m)

Enjoying a privileged hillside position above the shimmering waters of the Embalse de Zahara Lake, El Dolmen de Alaju effortlessly blends natural materials and modern design elements to create an enchanting home perfect for couples, families and small groups.

As you enter the gates of the property, a sweeping driveway brings you past an impressive reproduction of the megalithic structure from which the house takes its name and you will see that the surrounding gardens, adorned with large statuesque stone figures, are home to a wide variety of flora and birdlife.    

Stepping through the front door, your eyes are greeted by a huge picture window which beautifully frames a stunning panoramic view of the lake and sierra stretching beyond. This is your first insight into how much thought and effort has gone into this much-loved home and you will undoubtedly spend a lot of time utterly transfixed by this wonderful outlook.

Off of the open-plan living area which incorporates a cosy lounge, spacious dining area and bright, modern kitchen, you find the bedrooms. Thoughtfully designed and furnished to the highest of standards, each room has its own decorative style which gives the house plenty of character.

El Dolmen de Alaju feels at once spacious, homely and charming and this extends outside too. A door from the living area opens out onto the upper floor terrace which enjoys an even wider panorama; one which takes in the truly captivating sight of Zahara de la Sierra and its Moorish castle perched high above the village. This the perfect place for dining al fresco and to sit out here with an evening drink, watching the hills change colour as the sun slowly fades, is to be in paradise.  

From the pool terrace, accompanied by the blissful soundtrack of singing birds and a gentle breeze rustling the leaves, the scene is just as impressive. With the stunning picture postcard view of the lake on one side and the majestic twin peaks of local mountains El Algarín and Las Grajas on the other, this feels like a very special place; one where you can fully appreciate the majesty and beauty of this seductively unspoilt corner of Andalucía.

Whilst enjoying a beautifully natural setting on the borders of two natural parks (Parque Natural de Sierra de Grazalema and Parque Natural de Sierra de las Nieves), a drive of just 10 minutes reveals the pretty pueblo blanco of El Gastor where you’ll find all amenities, friendly cafes and restaurants serving traditional local cuisine.  Ronda, which is widely recognised as one of the Iberian peninsula’s most charming and spectacular cities, is just 30 minutes away by car.

Due to the elevated upper floor terrace, off the sitting/dining room, we advise that El Dolmen de Alaju is not suitable for young children.
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.
Internet is supplied via satellite and there are data limits

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Great Things to Do Near El Dolmen de Alaju

Enjoy some local walks

If you like walking, then this is the area for you. The famous Grazalema Natural Park is a just short drive away but nearby Gastor has its own attractions for walkers. The two peaks above El Dolmen de Alaju can be easily reached on foot and the views from there are incredible.

La Pileta Caves

Situated just beyond the village of Benaoján, two guides take candlelit tours of up to 25 people in each group to see the impressive Pileta cave which is well known for its pre-historic cave paintings.

El Gastor, just five minutes drive away.

Wander around this friendly village, with its white-washed walls and wrought iron balconies with cascades of colourful geraniums. Try some tapas in one of the bars, mixing with the locals in the small square is a great way to relax and you'll soon feel at home here. The village has a bakery, small supermarket, butchers and a fishmonger so you will find all you need

Be King of the Castle

The pretty nearby village, Zahara de la Sierra can be seen from the terrace at El Dolmen de Alaju. It's a steep walk up to the medieval castle perched high above the village on the rock - but well worth the effort to enjoy fabulous views over the lake, the terracotta roof tops below and the mountains far beyond. This small but lively village has a welcoming square, perfect to sit down on its many terraces and sip a cool drink and just watch the world go by.

Ronda City of Dreams

The beautiful, historic town of Ronda, with its impressive gorge, is only a 30-minute drive away. Take refreshment at a café table in one of the lively squares, marvel at the amazing views from the famous bridge, stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town, or sit back and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around the many places of interest. The third most visited place in Andalucía, Ronda has something for everyone and is one of Spain's most beautiful towns.

Join in the fun!

The Spanish love a party and know how to do it well! The first weekend of August is the Feria in El Gastor, with plenty of socialising, flamenco singing and dancing, horses, bulls and games to enjoy. In the first week of October the locals also pay homage to their Patron Saint, Virgen del Rosario, celebrating with colourful processions. It's a lovely experience and a chance to see the true Andalusian spirit.

Grazalema

A firm favourite with many guests is a visit to the mountain village of Grazalema. Just the wonderful drive there is enjoyable. It has an excellent choice of places to eat, at very reasonable prices. You can easily spend an afternoon wandering around the array of gift shops selling local hand made products. Hand woven wool shawls and blankets, pottery and ceramics, cheese, cakes and leather goods can all be found here.

Enjoy a special meal

Set beside the shimmering waters of the lake in nearby Zahara, there is a popular restaurant serving delicious seasonal produce. Particularly pleasant on a warm summers evening, watching the sunset over the mountains is very romantic!

Sight seeing in Seville

There is plenty to see and do in this vibrant, colourful city. Make life easier by driving to the outskirts and catching the metro in the centre, there is free parking. The Cathedral, Giralda Tower, Real Alcazar Palace and the Plaza España are just a few of the interesting places to see. Take a bus or river boat tour, hire a bicycle or horse and carriage or simply explore on foot, there are many ways to take in the sights.

Enjoy the local tipple

The nearby city of Jerez is home to a whole host of sherry companies. Many of the bodegas offer daily tours, such as Tio Pepe. After the tour, there'll be the opportunity to relax at the long tables and sample all of the different Sherry varieties. Combine your day out with a visit to the city centre or the famous Equestrian Horse Show

Visit Cadiz

One of the oldest cities. Bursting with museums, churches including the famous Cathedral, palm lined boulevards, squares, quirky shops, traditional tapas bars and other wonderful buildings.

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Airports

Jerez 85 mins
Sevilla 90 mins
Malaga 120 mins
Gibraltar 135 mins
Times are approximate

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