La Almena Blanca

Ronda and El Gastor

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room (TV, Wifi, fireplace, counter-top oven, microwave, dishwasher) with patio doors to covered terrace.  Washing machine.  Single bedroom (A/C) with patio doors to covered terrace.  Shower room. 
  • First floor: Landing.  Double bedroom (A/C) with patio door to terrace.  Double bedroom with Juliet balcony and part open wall overlooking the living area below.  Bathroom (accessed from both the landing and the first double bedroom). 
  • Outside:  Covered and open terraces.  Poolside shower.  In-built barbecue*.  Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with infinity edge and corner Roman steps

A beautifully unique property with stunning views over the Embalse de Zahara lake, La Almena Blanca is the ideal retreat for couples and small groups seeking innovative accommodation in the heart of Andalucía’s breathtaking countryside.

Custom built to the owner’s personal design and Gaudi-esque with its use of curved lines and natural forms, this modern and stylish home feels cosy and organic. White walls and high ceilings create a sense of space and vibrant hues reflect both the azure-blue waters that sparkle in the distance below and the vivid colours of the sierra beyond.

On the ground floor, you’ll find a single bedroom with door leading onto the covered terrace, a bright, mosaic tiled shower room and the main open plan living area from which stairs lead up to two double bedrooms and the main bathroom.

Décor inspired by the owner’s travels and creative structural elements give the property plenty of character and it is this imaginative architecture that can be seen in the wave-like motif utilised on the staircase and the part-open wall in the second double bedroom which looks out over the main living space. 

Large windows ensure that the impressive panorama can be fully appreciated throughout the property as well as letting in plenty of that warm Andalucían sunshine which paints the hills in different shades throughout the day. These views can also be taken in from a variety of outside areas, such as the covered terrace off the lounge, the in-built barbecue area, the infinity edge pool or the private terrace which adjoins the master double, surely the perfect place to enjoy an evening drink as the stars come out. Inside and out, La Almena Blanca employs natural materials to create a space that is striking and stylish, yet in perfect harmony with the natural environment that surrounds it. 

In such an idyllic setting, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to venture too far but surely the alluring sight of Zahara de la Sierra with its castle perched on a rocky peak high above the village will inspire you to explore this fascinating region and the range of picturesque whitewashed villages nearby. El Gastor (5 mins drive) is one such pretty ‘pueblo blanco’ where you’ll find all amenities and some good local restaurants serving traditional cuisine whilst a short drive of just 35 minutes will take you into the charming and historic city of Ronda, an absolute must-see for any visit to the area.

* 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 La Almena Blanca

Wander up to El Gastor

It's just a five minute drive to this friendly village, with its white-washed façades 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 feel very welcome. The village has a bakery, small supermarket, butchers and a fishmonger so you will find all you need.

Take a day trip to Seville

Seville is Andalucía’s capital. It has some of the region’s most beautiful monuments. Easily reached, using the park and ride system by metro, taking the strain from trying to park in a busy unfamiliar city. Exit the metro in “Puerta Jerez” and you will find yourselves in the very heart of the city, close to the Cathedral. It’s a flat city so walking is easy, cycles can also be hired for a day, horse and carriages are plentiful, or “hop on – hop off “city open top bus tours can be easily found.

Jerez - land of horses and sherry!

The lovely city of Jerez is under an hour's drive from La Almena Blanca, and is home to the sherry wineries and the Royal Equestrian School. Watch the amazing 'How The Andalucían Horses Dance' show and then pop along for a guided tour of a winery and, of course, the chance to sample the local tipple! Book tickets in advance for the horse show www.realescuela.org

Be active and do a great cycle ride!

The Via Verde or Green Way runs for 36 kilometers along the old railway line near the village of Olvera. This is an ecotourism route that can be done on foot, bicycle, horseback, and even donkey! Contemplate exuberant nature, valuable plant and animal species and the most beautiful landscape. Bicycles can be hired for a day. www.fundacionviaverdedelasierra.com

Turn the clock back

This area has been settled since prehistoric times and around El Gastor evidence has been found of dolmens, or Megalithic burial grounds. The most famous of these is El Charcón, commonly known as the ‘Tumba del Gigante’. This ‘Giant’s Tomb’ dating from the Bronze Age is formed by three-metre high stone pillars and a nine-metre long passageway. Just a short walk uphill from the village it makes a pleasant ramble with some great views too!

Don't forget to bring your binoculars!

Views from La Almena Blanca are wonderful, but are even more enjoyable if you have some binoculars. There are vistas all around the house, towards the white washed village of Zahara over the lake and the peaks of Lagarin and Las Grajas to one side. Bird watchers will not be disappointed, especially with large groups of Griffon Vultures continually riding the thermals above you.

Swim in a lagoon

The Cueva del Gato cave and lagoon are found at nearby Benaoján. The waterfall flows icy cold all year round and forms a wonderful lagoon for swimming. The cave is thought to have been a favourite hiding place for bandits in the past, but its depths are now only accessible by very experienced and qualified potholers.

Don't miss Ronda

The beautiful, historic town of Ronda, with its impressive gorge, is only 35 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 old 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! Most impressive is the gorge slicing the town in two - connected by a 100m high bridge where the views are amazing.

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.

Be King of the Castle!

Visit the pretty nearby village of Zahara de la Sierra, which you can see from the terrace of La Almena Blanca. It's a steep walk up to the medieval castle perched high above on the rock - but well worth the effort to enjoy fabulous views over the lake, the terracota 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.

Fun filled Fiestas!

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.

Explore the Grazalema National Park

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.

Nearby

Towns

El Gastor 5 mins
Grazalema 30 mins
Zahara de la Sierra 30 mins
Ronda 35 mins
Cadiz 90 mins

Beaches

Conil 90 mins
Cadiz 90 mins
San Pedro de Alcantara 100 mins

Airports

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

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