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Rancho Nicolás

El Bosque, Andalucia

  • 8
  • 4
  • 2


At a glance

  1. Sleeps 8
  2. 2 Double Bedrooms
  3. 2 Twin Bedrooms
  4. 2 Bathrooms
  5. Air Conditioning
  6. WiFi
  • Ground Floor: Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, WiFi, in-built wood burning stove). Two twin bedrooms (A/C). Two double bedrooms (A/C). Two shower rooms.
  • Outside: Open and covered terraces. Cloakroom. Covered terrace with kitchen area incorporating in-built barbecue. Poolside shower. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

A panoramic vista of undulating hills, imposing peaks and a typically southern Spanish landscape of carefully tended olive groves is yours to enjoy at this attractive country home which sits off an unmade country lane amidst a charming rural landscape just a 10 minute drive from the pretty ‘pueblo blanco’ of El Bosque and a convenient 2km from the shops, restaurants, pretty tiled patios and laid-back local ambience of Prado del Rey.

Thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of its scenic surroundings, the house is adjoined on its eastern façade by a covered terrace incorporating an outdoor kitchen and dining area that look out across a sea of silvery green olive groves towards the picturesque natural backdrop of hills and sierras. Look left, right or straight ahead and you will find yourself admiring the silhouette of green covered slops and craggy higher peaks that make this one of the region’s most coveted National Parks and a favoured retreat for walkers, bird watchers and nature lovers.

Nestling beneath the hills, the pretty town of El Bosque is a natural gateway to the park and an ideal setting in which to enjoy dining out and strolling around a delightful labyrinth of picturesque streets and charming local shops. Active guests will also appreciate the proximity of Prado del Rey, which can be reached on foot from the house by way of a 2km walk along an unmade country lane that winds its way through the countryside.

With such attractive poolside terraces, comprehensive dining facilities and enchanting views to enjoy from the outdoor area, much of your time here will no doubt be spent al fresco and yet when you do head indoors you will discover a smart interior of air-conditioned rooms decorated tastefully with the crisp white paintwork and colourful floor and wall tiles that are so delightfully typical of a home in Andalucía.

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Great Things to Do Near Rancho Nicolás

World of leather

The nearby town of Ubrique is famous worldwide for producing wonderful leather handbags, shoes and purses etc, however there are over 60 establishments in Prado del Rey which manufacture leather products using skins from sheep, cattle and goats. You can also visit the Museo de Piel (Leather Museum) in Ubrique which is located within the old convent. Learn about the different tools and manufacturing techniques and how they have developed over the years.

Sample the local wine

You will see many vineyards in the area, some of which grow grapes used to produce the local tipple "Mosto Pajarete", a fruity white wine. You can visit one of the local bodegas (winery).

Taste the Sierra cuisine

Being so close to the mountains, the local cuisine in Prado del Rey features plenty of charcuterie meats (chorizo, ham etc), honey and olive oil. Rancho Nicolás is surrounded by olive groves, when the fruit is harvested once a year, the owner sells the olives to a local mill who produce and bottle the oil.

Visit the Roman ruins of Iptuci

Just 6km south of Prado del Rey, you can visit the salt flats and archaelogical remains of Iptuci. The site is on private land but the owners organise visits to explain how and why there is a salt flat inland so far from the sea. You can taste and purchase the salt here too.

Enjoy one of the local festivals

The main festival in Prado del Rey takes place around 16th July to celebrate the Patron Saint La Virgen del Carmen. Expect religious processions, flamenco, fairground rides and plenty of eating and drinking. Across a weekend in mid May, locals also celebrate the feast day of San Isidro Labrador with a pilgrimage, processions, horse parades and other festivities. This is a great way to experience the true way of life in Andalucia.

Say cheese!

Visit the Museo de Queso (Cheese Museum) in El Bosque to see how the local Payoyo cheese is made, you can even have a go at making your own, as well as tasting the delicious samples.

Walk the route of the Rio Majaceite

A great local walk to do even in the summer months when temperatures are high. Start at Benamahoma and follow the shady path along the river to El Bosque. There are plenty of picnic stops on route, or you could reward yourself with a leisurely lunch in El Bosque at the end. This route is open all year round, others in the National Parks require permits and are closed in the height of the season.

Arcos recreational lake

In El Santiscal, at the foot of the hilltop town of Arcos, there is a man-made beach with swimming area, beach bar and watersports. A great place to take younger children as there is no tide or waves and the water is shallow or teenagers who are looking for sporting activities such as pedalos, kayaks, banana boats, water skiing etc.

Visit historic Arcos de la Frontera

A scenic hilltop town with numerous churches, basilicas, watch towers, view points, plazas, fresh food markets and numerous quirky tapas bars. Arcos is a must see for all those staying this area. Park in the new part of town and wander into the historic centre, following signs to the Parador. If you would like to experience local Andalucian culture, visit at the end of September when the locals celebrate their annual fair, an event where everyone dresses in their flamenco finery, ride their horses and socialise for a whole week.



El Bosque 10 mins 
Arcos de la Frontera 25 mins 
Prado del Rey 25 mins 
Grazalema 35 mins 
Cadiz 1 Hr  


El Puerto de Santa Maria 1 Hr  


Jerez 50 mins 
Sevilla 1 Hr 40 mins 
Gibraltar 1 Hr 55 mins 
Malaga 2 Hrs 15 mins 
Times are approximate

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