Villa Alaju

Ronda and El Gastor

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  • Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD,) with lovely views. Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, washing machine). Double bedroom with en suite shower room. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom. A/C and heating throughout the house.  WiFi (limited usage).
  • Outside: Extensive grounds of almost 10 acres. Barbecue* with adjacent covered and open dining terraces. Wonderful lakeside views. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 5m).

Privileged to one of the most spectacular locations of any house in our Andaluz collection, Villa Alaju sits atop its own private peninsula on the shores of the Embalse de Zahara inland lake.

The landscape in which the house is located is famed for its outstanding natural beauty and there are breathtaking views to be savoured in all directions.  Immediately across the lake lies Grazalema Natural Park while to the right the hilltop Arabic castle at Zahara is a stirring sight particularly at sunset. Fishing is permitted from the lakeside banks within the borders of the property and nature lovers will appreciate the rich diversity of wildlife that populates the surrounding countryside where birds of prey can regularly be seen soaring overhead.

Much thought and care has been put into the interior decoration. Tastefully chosen local fabrics and tiles blend in sympathetically with the beamed ceilings and practical, attractive furnishings. Outside, the well equipped barbecue area with its adjacent terrace overlooking the private swimming pool is quite simply a superb place in which to relax and enjoy a meal.

The nearby village of El Gastor, 5km away, has a supermarket and other basic amenities while a couple of good local restaurants can be found in the larger towns of Algodonales (9km) and Zahara (17km).  A visit to Ronda, which is an easy 30 minute drive, should not be missed and several very pretty villages including the picturesque 'pueblo blanco' of Setenil are dotted throughout the surrounding 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.
The internet connection is delivered by MiFi, which is via a mobile network device.

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Great Things to Do Near Villa Alaju

Holy Week Processions

Easter week is a wonderful time to visit Andalucia. Procession takes place in every small village, town and city.

Shopping in Ronda

Shopping in Ronda is fun. Most of the shops are concentrated around the long pedestrianised street, Calle La Bola, and the minor streets off it, which together make up Ronda´s main shopping area.

Ronda from a distance

Perhaps the best views of Ronda are not from the bottom of the gorge but rather opposite it. Drive to the walls of the old town and follow signs for Algerciras. Look for the purple sign for Ermita Rupestre, from where you have a spectacular view of Ronda from a distance.

Zahara de la Sierra

Alaju is a good base for touring the white towns. An excellent example is opposite, the town of Zahara de la Sierra, set in a magnificient landscape and crowned by a 10th century Moorish castle.

Nature Park of Grazalema

When you leave Zahara, aim for Grazalema, in the heart of the Nature Park of Grazalema. Although the road from Zahara to Grazalema is very narrow and has lots of bends, the views are incredible.

Serrania de Ronda

Grazalema is perhaps the most perfectly preserved of all the white villages dotted around the Serrania de Ronda. Try the tapas bar and restaurants there too - it also has a reputation for producing excellent blankets and rugs.

Arcos de la Frontera

is often described as a smaller, prettier version of Ronda due to its setting between two gorges. Arcos is a town not to be missed. Superbly situated on the edge of a precarious cliff, it has the most expansive views of the surrounding countryside

Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez de la Frontera, another easy day trip, will take you about 1 hour. Jerez is the home of many of the great sherry companies, often with English names. A number of these offer regular daily tours after which you are invited to taste different sherries, working from dry to sweet.

Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Arts

Try to time your visit to Jerez for the Thursday show of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Arts. Book your tickets in advance.

Ronda is a must

divided by its famous ravine, and adorned with impressive palaces, Moorish baths, and the bullring. Built in 1784, it is one of the oldest in Spain and is the second most important monument of the town. For a small admission charge you can visit the bullring and its museum. Whilst in Ronda, also visit the city centre and the old town, still very charming

Puente Nuevo (the New Bridge built in the 18C!)

New visitors to Ronda make for the Puente Nuevo (the New Bridge built in the 18C!) to see the gorge which has a sheer drop of 90 metres. We recommend you go to see the views from the balconies in the park. The sunset from here is spectacular.

Be King of the Castle!

Visit the pretty village of Zahara de la Sierra, as seen from the villa. 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 in one of its many terraces and sip a cool drink and just watch the world go by.

Classic Flamenco Guitar Concert

If you are a fan of classical music, or even just fancy a taste of some real Spanish music - Celia Morales is a classical Spanish guitarist who performs small and intimate concerts in her academy in Ronda.For anyone not exposed to Flamenco guitar, the performance was an eye-opening display of virtuosity, and the music was representative of the best of Flamenco -- full of passion and colour.

Visit the beaches of the Costa de la Luz

Alaju is just over an hour's easy drive from some of Europe's most stunning beaches, on the Costa de la Luz. This is the Atlantic coast, and here you will find hidden small coves and spectacular long stretches of golden sands. Never overcowded, and great fun for enjoying watersports.

Discover local walks in the village of El Gastor

El Dolmen del Gigante (The Giant’s Dolmen) is a megalithic passage tomb chamber on the hill of Algarin, behind Villa Alaju. It is the largest dolmen in the province of Cádiz, with large vertical megaliths and covered with stone slabs. From here you can enjoy impressive views too.

Ronda Romantica

'Ronda Romantica', is celebrated in May in each year. The whole town centre comes alive with the Recreation of the Romantic Era. A genuine encounter with the legendary past of this land and its identity. There are parades, battles, markets and parties galore as everyone is dressed up as old age travellers, horsemen and Bandits of the Serrania de Ronda. For the old and the young it’s a great Festival in Ronda.

Mix with the locals

A five minute drive from Villa Alaju is the pretty village of El Gastor. Its white washed houses adorned with geraniums are sure to enchant you. There is a wonderful local bakery for fresh bread or pastries, and small supermarkets for any provisions you may need. Locals are very friendly and welcoming, making sure you soon feel at ease.

Enjoy the Lake

Overlooking the turquoise waters of the lake from the villa, you will be sure to be enticed into dipping into the waters. You can hire kayaks and explore. Also nearby, in the summer months there is La Playita, a lagoon of fresh spring waters, with grassed areas, trees for shade and a bar serving snacks.

Relax, read a book and take in the views.

Alaju has to be one of the most spectacularly placed villas. The front terrace enjoys the most beautiful view of the waters of Lake Zahara, with the small white village and its castle at the far end. It’s the perfect spot, to just sit back, relax and unwind.

La Pileta Cave

This impressive cave, with its even more impressive wall paintings, is just beyond the nearby village of Benaoján. Visits are by candlelight and the caves have some fascinating pre-historic cave paintings.

Nearby

Towns

El Gastor 10 mins
Zahara de la Sierra 25 mins
Grazalema 25 mins
Ronda 30 mins
Arcos de la Frontera 45 mins
Cadiz 85 mins
Granada 140 mins

Beaches

Puerto Banus 75 mins
San Pedro de Alcantara 75 mins
El Puerto de Santa Maria 85 mins
Conil 100 mins

Airports

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

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