La Zarza

Ronda and El Gastor

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom (A/C). Twin bedroom (A/C). Shower room. WiFi (limited useage).  Air conditioning is payable locally.
  • Outside: Open and covered terraces. Barbecue*. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m) with Roman steps.

The setting of this delightful stone clad cottage is superb. From its elevated position on the slopes of the hillside that rise up to the local town of El Gastor, it commands extensive views across the nearby lake of Zahara and out across the mountain scenery of the Sierra Margarita.

Naturally wishing to take full advantage of such a spectacular location, the owners of La Zarza have ensured that the pool and terraces look out across this impressive vista.  Whether you are taking a dip or dining on the terrace, this will be your outlook.

Equally charming however is the colourful interior, where richly painted walls of warm hues, carefully coordinated fabrics and deep terracotta floor tiles combine beautifully to create a welcoming and attractive home.

All amenities are close to hand in the local village of El Gastor, which is just 2km from the property. Alternatively, a drive around to the other side of the lake will reveal the unquestionably pretty town of Zahara de la Sierra, where whitewashed houses encircle the hillside beneath an imposing medieval castle.  Also within easy reach is historic Ronda, which is just 30 minutes away by car.

  • *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.
  • The internet connection is delivered by MiFi, which is via a mobile network device.

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Location of La Zarza

Locality

Great Things to Do Near La Zarza

Take a ride out to Setenil and Olvera

Olvera is a beautiful unspoilt white hillside town with a castle and large church towering over the village, rest before you continue the climb up in the cafe by the mayor's house in the town square that serves great Tapas and meals. Setenil is a different world, see houses literally set into caves under overhanging cliff faces.

Algodonales

This is a lovely town only 14 kms drive from La Zarza, plenty of quaint shops and cafes, small well stocked supermarket, sports centre, church etc. It really comes to life about 9pm when all the locals are out, and the village square is filled with people just sat talking and enjoying meals and drinks etc.

Casa la Zarza is a perfect base for touring the white towns in the area.

The first visit could be to the town you see opposite, Zahara de la Sierra. Set in magnificent countryside, the village is crowned by a 10th century Moorish castle.

Head for Grazalema, in the heart of the Natural Park of Grazalema.

Take the narrow road that links Zahara and Grazalema. Although narrow and winding, it is worth the drive for the incredible views.

Grazalema is perhaps the most perfectly preserved of all the white villages

dotted around the Serrania de Ronda. Stroll along the narrow streets, eat at the local tapas bars, and shop for blankets and rugs, for which it is well known.

Jerez de la Frontera is about an hour's drive away.

Jerez is the home to many of the great sherry companies, which often have English names. A number of these offer regular daily tours. After the tour, you sit at long tables and taste the different sherries, working your way through them from dry to sweet.

Try to time your visit to Jerez for the Thursday show

of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Arts. Book your tickets in advance.

For those of you interested in spending a day on the beach,

we recommend the beaches in the direction of Rota and Sanlúcar. Here you will find golden sand that stretches for miles meeting the bluest of seas, constantly washed by the Atlantic currents.

Ronda, divided by its famous ravine,

is definitely worth a visit for its impressive palaces, Moorish baths, and Spain's oldest bullring.

For the best view of the famous gorge

of Ronda stand on the balconies in the park. Go at sunset for an unforgettable sight.

Make your way to the old town of Ronda

which is still very charming. Stroll around this Arab part of town which dates from the 15th century

Shopping in Ronda is fun.

Most of the shops are concentrated around the long pedestrianised street of Calle la Bola and the minor streets off it.

Do not miss Ronda's impressive Holy Week processions.

Try to see them in the old part of the town.

Even better views of Ronda

can be seen from the hills opposite the town. Follow directions to Algeciras and watch for the purple sign to Ermita Rupestre from where Ronda can be seen in all its glory.

The Sound of Silence

See how many types of butterfly you can spot without moving from your poolside sunlounger, then lie back and watch the eagles soaring overhead. Listen to the sound of perfect silence.

Be King of the Castle

Visit the nearby village, Zahara de la Sierra, and walk up to the Castle perched high above the houses. Well worth the effort to enjoy fabulous views over the lake, the terracotta rooftops of the village below and the griffon vultures soaring just above. You may even be able to spot La Zarza from there.

Enjoy the sights of Seville!

There is so much to see and do in the vibrant, colourful city of Seville. It's an easy to drive to the outskirts where there is free parking and then you can take the metro into the centre. The Cathedral, Giralda tower, Real Alcázar Palace, Plaza de España and Maria Luisa park are just a few things to see. Take a bus tour, hire a bicycle, horse and carriage or just by foot, there are many ways to take in the sights. The charismatic capital of Andalucía is just over an hour's drive.

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.

Take the Green Way

Hire bikes and ride along the Via Verde! The Via Verde or Green Way runs for 36 kilometres along the old railway line from Jerez to Almargen, between the provinces of Seville and Cádiz, linking the towns of Olvera and Puerto Serrano. This is an ecotourism route that can be explored on foot, bicycle, horseback, and even donkey!

You'll find all you need in El Gastor

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 feel very welcome. The village has a bakery, small supermarket, butchers and a fishmonger so you will find all you need.

Nearby

Towns

El Gastor 5 mins
Zahara de la Sierra 25 mins
Grazalema 30 mins
Ronda 30 mins
Arcos de la Frontera 45 mins
Granada 140 mins

Beaches

El Puerto de Santa Maria 80 mins
Puerto Banus 85 mins
Cadiz 85 mins
Conil 100 mins

Airports

Jerez 60 mins
Sevilla 90 mins
Malaga 120 mins
Gibraltar 135 mins
Times are approximate

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