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Breathtaking sea views, overlooking the coast at Almunecar; Costa Tropical

HOLIDAY RENTAL - ALMUNECAR - GRANADA - ANDALUCIA - SPAIN

Advert: 388     BEDROOMS: 3  SLEEPS: 6  BATHROOMS: 2  RECEPTIONS: 1

With wonderful sea views - our house sleeps 6 and is ideal for coastal fun and skiing. Wonderfully tranquil, but just 2 mins. down to Almunecar town and beaches, 50 mins to Granada and the inspiring Alhambra Palace and an hour from Granada. Just an hour to the airports of Malaga and Granada.

FEATURES:

Outdoor Pool - Free Parking - Onsite - Golf Course (nearby) - Near Skiing - Shops Nearby - Free to air TV - Airconditioned Reception Rooms - Central Heating - Double Glazing - Toddler/Child Friendly Pool - Security Gates - Gated Community - Balcony - Hob - Oven - Fridge/Freezer - Microwave Oven - Washing Machine - Ironing Board - Barbecue - Shared Pool 

WEEKLY RATES:

From Date:To Date:Per Week:
1st March  30th April GBP 350.00
1st May  31st May GBP 400.00
1st June  6th July GBP 450.00
7th July  31st August GBP 600.00
1st September  30th September GBP 450.00
1st October  31st October GBP 350.00
1st November  28th February GBP 300.00

ABOUT THE PROPERTY:

Location.
La Rijana is an all year round location, ideal for sea, sierra, ski and city. The fascinating city of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold, with the fabulous Alhambra and Sierra Nevada skiing, is just an hour away. Granada and Malaga airports are also about an hour away.

La Rijana sits on top of a headland, just below an ancient Moorish tower, in a quiet, residential, exclusive area of Almuñecar, known as Los Pinos, (The Pines). It looks out over the sea from the bay of Motril, to the rocks of San Cristóbal in Almunecar. From the windows and balconies, you can watch sunrise and sunset, follow the fishing boats and at certain times of year, spot dolphins just off the coast.

Almuñecar is the principal town on a part of the southern coast of Andalucia, known as the Costa Tropical, in the province of Granada.
The Costa Tropical runs from Nerja to Motril and is characterised by rugged cliffs falling to the sea and a sub-tropical climate that encourages the growth of chirimoyas (custard apple), avocados, mangoes and bananas.


La Rijana
La Rijana is a newly built development, entered through a remote controlled gate. It consists of 14 houses arranged in 2 rows of 7. At present only 3 are occupied permanently and the rest are holiday homes for Spanish and British (roughly 3:1 ratio). There is a communal pool overlooking the sea, with an adjacent built-in barbeque.

The House
Our house is at the end of a row, overlooking the pool and has breathtaking views across the ocean towards Africa and along the coastline.

The house is tiled throughout with rustic-style terracotta floor tiles. It is double-glazed, has external window blinds on the upper floor, and is equipped with AC (we prefer open windows) and heating on the lower floor. There is an external patio canopy and blind and internal downstairs blinds.
Patio doors open onto a balcony, which stretches over 2 sides, giving superb sea and pool views. Patio furniture consists of a teak table and 6 chairs, a small side-table and a parasol. There are lightweight sun-loungers and fold-up chairs for use either on the balcony or by the pool (but please, not on beach trips). The house is equipped with intercom for the main gate, and a bell for the house gate. A garage is kept for our own private use but parking space is available outside the house.

POOL:

Our house not only overlooks the sea but also the pool, (measuring roughly 8X5m), which itself has fantastic ocean views. There is a BBQ adjacent to the pool.

GARDEN:

There are communal gardens with a variety of colourful plants. Three palms shade the pool lawn.

PARKING:

A garage is kept for our own private use but parking space is available outside the house.

KITCHEN:

The kitchen, installed to our own specifications, has granite work-surfaces, ceramic hob with halogen, stainless steel combination-microwave oven, washing machine and large fridge-freezer. There is ample ceramic crockery and glassware for indoor use and plastic equivalent for balcony or pool-side.

DINING AREA:

There is a large dining table and 6 chairs.

LIVING/LOUNGE AREA:

The large lounge-diner is beautifully furnished with 2 leather sofas, glass coffee table, a large glass dining table, and remote controlled TV, DVD and Hi-Fi.

BEDROOMS:

Our 2-storey house has 3 sea-view bedrooms, 1 double and 2 twin (one with pull-out bed, to offer greater space if the house is being occupied by less than 6).

CLEANING INFORMATION:

The house will be cleaned before and after, but not during, your stay.
All necessary cleaning materials are there for your use, but parties with young children, please be aware that cleaning products are not locked away.

CHANGEOVER NOTES:

Changeover is usually on Saturdays in season, but can be arranged with the owner.

LINEN NOTES:

Beds will be prepared for you and towels for house (but not pool or beach) use, are provided.

PET NOTES:

Pets are not permitted. (Visit our other property - Bajo :a Maroma, if you have a pet.)

ACTIVITY EQUIPMENT:

Books, games, CD's, DVD's and an information file are provided for your use.

LOCAL AMENITIES/ATTRACTIONS:

Places of Interest.
Although Almuñecar at first sight just looks like a busy holiday town, it has the heart of an old Andalucian pueblo. You will be surprised when you come across the hilly narrow streets of the old town. Explore this area and seek out some good tapas bars, bodegas and restaurants - you’ll have a huge choice, naturally with lots of sea food available.
Visit the town market to buy fresh fish, meat and vegetables. See the remains of the fish-salting factory and wander through the botanical gardens (jazz festival in July). Don’t forget the bird park (Loro Sexi), castle, museum and Friday outdoor market (for cheap clothes, shoes and local products.
The water park can be seen on the coast below La Rijana.

Out of town you can travel up Almuñecar’s tropical valley, following Rio Verde. This leads to the Sierra Chaparral, passing through Jete, Ortívar and Lentejí and offers some magnificent scenery. You can eat game up here in the mountains. Carry on to the hot springs at Alhama and return via Velez Malaga. By now you’ll probably be out of time and energy, but you can always return another day to explore this pleasant local town. Between here and the coastal resort of Torre del Mar, you’ll come across El Ingenio shopping centre, with 12 screen cinema complex, trendy snack bars and shops and a huge hypermarket.

The Peña Escrita Park, high in the hills, is reached by following the Rio Seco. Here are more excellent views and opportunities for hiking or horse-riding.
Riding is also available just as you leave Almunecar through the Tunnel Taramay, up the side of the Hotel Taramay, (Centro Equestre Tropical -Tel. 626819691) and down below the Hotel Salobrena (619 73 31 87).

A little east of Almuñecar, lies Salobreña, the old part of which is built on an outcrop of rock and topped by an impressive castle. Beyond this is the interesting Spanish town of Motril, with Los Moriscos golf course next to the sea (around £20/couple green fee; Tel. 958 82 55 27)).

Heading north from Motril you will find Granada, just an hour from Almunecar. This was the last capital of the Moorish kings and is well worth a visit, not only for the marvellous Alhambra (book in advance), but also for the many other places of interest within the city.

Of course in winter (generally Nov. – Easter), there is good skiing to be had in the Sierra Nevada. South of the Sierra Nevada are the Alpujarras, (‘Driving Over Lemons’ fame), a series of foothills with steep valleys and ancient villages, some with cave houses.

To the west of Almunecar, before Herradura, you can go to Marina del Este, an exclusive marina with smart restaurants, lovely boats to look at and the opportunity for scuba.
Beyond Herradura, you will come to Nerja, a popular resort for British holiday-makers, with a good beach (Burriana) and fantastic caves (International festival, featuring ballet, opera, flamenco in July).
Further west is the whitewashed village of Torrox Pueblo (inland) and Torrox Costa, the latter with a very pleasant promenade lined with restaurants.


History of the Area
Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Bronze-Age man made his home in the surrounding areas, but it was not until 3000 yrs ago that the modern history of Almuñecar began, when it was inhabited by the Phoenicians. Subsequently the Romans and Moors ruled. Under the occupation of the Arabs, this important town was known as ‘Al-Munakkab’ (fortified town), or ‘Hins-al Monacar’ (flanked by hills). Evidence of the Romans can be seen in the fish factory and aqueduct.
The Roman hilltop fortifications were rebuilt and expanded into a formidable Moorish castle. At the same time, Arabs introduced sugar cane, pomegranate, citrus, fig and the silk industry.


Beaches
The region offers a huge variety of beaches and coves where opportunities exist for diving, windsurfing, paragliding, jet-ski, scuba, snorkelling, fishing, pedalo, nudism or simply sunbathing and swimming.
Many beaches and towns tend to be busy during the Spanish holiday season (August), and parking can be difficult. (Note that the Spanish will generally take a siesta between about 2pm and 5.30pm.) You therefore have to be adaptable and adventurous in your choice of location and time of trip.
You might note the following beaches, (from east to west):
 Playa de Cabria: Small, popular beach, food, can walk around cove to a smaller headland.
 Playa el Pozuelo: Small beach with shade provided by eucalyptus. Food available.
 Playa el Tesorillo: (Tesorillo means Little Treasure). Sandy inlet bordered by rocks. Bars.
 Playa Velilla: 2km sand and shingle, restaurants, shops water-sports.
 Playa Puerta del Mar: Main beach of, running from the aquapark to San Cristóbal.
 Playa San Cristóbal: Long beach with wide promenade. Beach-bars, restaurants, water-sports, fishing fleet.
 Playa de Cotobro: Small sand and shingle beach just round the headland. Restaurant. Can walk round the rocks to next beach.
 Playa del Muerto: Nudist bathing area. Secluded shingle and rock coves.
 Playa de Berengueles: Small sandy beach beside Marina Del Este (an exclusive boat harbour, similar to Puerto Banus), from which diving can be organised. Bars/restaurants.
 Playa de la Herradura: ‘Herradura’ means ‘horseshoe’ and this sandy beach runs for 2k fronting the town of the same name. It is never really crowded and there are opportunities to park on the beach. Restaurants.
Further west, lie numerous beaches down steep cliffs, mostly accessible by foot only:
 Playa de Cantarriján (nudist,restaurant, probably can drive), Playa Canuelo, (mini-bus down to beach – June-Sept,. 2 restaurants) , Playa Alberquilla, Playa de Molino de Papel, Valle los Pinos, etc


Fairs, Fiestas and Festivals.
These occur throughout the year and you can find out about them from the local tourist office or by visiting www.almunecar.com. In July, is the mariners’ Fiesta del Virgin del Carmen on the sea front and the superb International Jazz Festival followed by a flamenco festival in the botanical gardens. A little later there is Almuñecar’s patron saint, week long celebration in August. Around Sept. 29th is another 3-day celebration followed in October by a 1 week Fiesta de la Chirimoya, marking the beginning of the chirimoya harvest.

Summary
In the area of Almunecar, as you can see, you will always find something to do. The location of La Rijana, suitable all year round, means that you can combine the tranquillity of gazing across the blue of the Mediterranean with the convenience of being only minutes from the centre of a vibrant Spanish town. You can explore the coastal towns and more remote beaches or head inland to the mountains. And remember the wonderful city of Granada with world renowned Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada ski resort is just an hour away.

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BOOKING NOTES:

For booking, please contact the owner direct.
Prices quoted are for 1-4 people for 1 week.
There is a small increase for parties of 5-6.
Discounts are available for stays of over 1 week.
Xmas, New Year and Easter rates, may vary from the stated rates.

BATHROOM/ENSUITE:

There are 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite) with shower, basin and bidet.

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