Llanama

Ronda and El Gastor

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  • Ground floor: Sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD). Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with doors to terrace. Double bedroom with en suite shower room. Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom. WiFi. Heating and air conditioning throughout the house.
  • Outside: Spacious grounds of flowerbeds and terraces. Private floodlit tennis court (bring your own equipment). Children's swings. Barbecue*. Poolside shower. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (9.5m x 6.5m) with Roman steps.

Just outside the pretty pueblo blanco of El Gastor, a series of country lanes wind their way through picturesque countryside of gently undulating hills and meadows of silvery grey olive groves. Down below, the lake of Zahara shimmers invitingly and creates a breathtakingly beautiful scene, with the imposing mountains of the Grazalema National Park and the charming hilltop village of Zahara de la Sierra rising up behind it.

This is the enviable setting that is enjoyed by Llanama. Just off a rural lane, surrounded by fields of olive groves and commanding fine views out towards the lake, this is an idyllic spot.  Within spacious grounds, pretty stone flowerbeds are stocked with colourful plants, olive trees cast welcome areas of shade and an attractive swimming pool sits within a smart wide patio with barbecue and covered terrace conveniently located alongside.

Inside, the accommodation is equally appealing, displaying soft tones of orange and gold that blend successfully with chestnut wood beams, thick wooden doors and areas of exposed stone to create a space that is warm and inviting. The provision of air conditioning and heating throughout adds further to the sense of comfort.

Whilst many hours will no doubt be spent at the house enjoying the pretty grounds and picturesque views, guests at Llanama are perfectly positioned to explore this pretty part of Andalucía.  Just 5 minutes away by car, the charming local village of El Gastor provides all amenities and some excellent restaurants, whilst also within easy reach are some of the region's unmissable gems: Ronda (35 minutes), Grazalema (15 minutes) and Sevilla (1 hour).

*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 Llanama

Look at the stars

As you relax after dining 'al fresco' on Llanama's lovely terrace, look up at the clear night sky. You'll be amazed at how many stars you can see.

Take to the air

The town of Algodonales, just a few kilometres away, is the local centre for hang gliding and other types of air sports. El Bosque, less than an hour's drive away, is another favourite venue for enthusiasts.

Have a day at the beach

The glorious beaches of the Costa de la Luz can be reached in an hour and a half. Treat yourself to a day on the golden sand, swimming in the clear aquamarine waters of the Atlantic, and a seafood lunch in a 'chiringuito' beach restaurant, accompanied by a crisp local white wine. Then plenty of time for a seaside siesta before returning to the peace and quiet of Llanama and your own swimming pool.

See a master at work

The small town of Algodonales is home to guitar-maker Valeriano Bernal. Visit his workshop and see a true master at work. His clients include many famous musicians, but anybody can order one of his masterpieces. Now, there's a souvenir with a difference!

Seek out local products

Visit a working mill to buy olive oil, and look out for soap and other cosmetic items which are also made from this wonderful product. Buy a 'barra' from the bakery. Pop into a bodega to stock up on locally produced wine, and a selection of cheeses from the local farms. Markets sell fresh fruit, veg, olives and pickles. Take them home for a feast, or enjoy a ready-made picnic!

Semi-troglodyte Setenil

Take the pretty road from El Gastor to another historic white village: Setenil. Here you will find houses built into the overhanging rock, ancient buildings, and wonderful views. Setenil also has several good bars and restaurants.

Explore El Gastor

Wander round this pretty village, with its white-washed walls and wrought iron balconies with cascades of colourful geraniums. Try some tapas in one of the local bars - the one beside the public swimming pool has fabulous views over the surrounding countryside.

Relax in style

Llanama's large poolside terrace is perfect for relaxing on a sunbed with a good book and a cool drink to hand. It's also ideal for birdwatchers who prefer to pursue their hobby lying down!

Try This Restaurant

Al Lago restaurant in the stunning hillside village of Zahara de la Sierra is well worth a visit. Its tree-shaded terrace overlooks the lake, the food is fresh, seasonal and organic where possible, and the dishes range from traditional and Spanish to international and modern, not forgetting those with a touch of the exotic. Prices are very reasonable. Best to book - people tend to keep going back for more!

Spot the 'gaita'

A gaita is a musical instrument you will find in El Gastor and hardly anywhere else. It is made from a cow's horn with a reed in one end, and was traditionally played by local youths as they sat around bonfires to keep warm in the winter months. If you can't find the real thing, there's a statue of one outside the Town Hall of this pretty village.

Jerez for horse lovers

It is an easy drive from Llanama to the lovely city of Jerez, and horse lovers shouldn't miss the 'How The Andalucían Horses Dance' show at the Royal School of Equestrian Art on Thursdays. A guided visit to the Yeguada de La Cartuja breeding farm is also a good day out, complete with a complimentary glass of sherry.

Wander Round Ronda

Ronda is barely 30 kilometres from Llanama, and is a beautiful town. Peer over the gorge from the safety of the 'Puente Nuevo' bridge, stroll through the ancient cobbled streets and admire the old city walls, visit the Wine Museum, and rummage through the antique shops for a genuine bargain.

Countryside made for walking

If you like walking, then this area is for you. The famous Grazalema natural park is a short drive away, but El Gastor has its own attractions for walkers. And believe it or not, the large peak behind the village can be reached easily on foot and the views from there are incredible.

Go sunset Kayaking on the lake

Groups can enjoy kayaking on the lake in the cooler evening air whilst watching the beautiful sunset behind the castle at Zahara.

Shop for local crafts

Especially in nearby Ronda, Grazalema and Zahara, there are some charming small craft shops selling unique art objects, ceramics, rugs and baskets made from olive branches and grasses. You can also buy leather goods, glazed tiles and beautiful wool shawls hand-woven locally.

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 140 mins

Beaches

El Puerto de Santa Maria 85 mins
Cadiz 85 mins
Puerto Banus 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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