La Casa Encontrada

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La Casa Escondida

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La Casa Encontrada

La Casa encontrada is a bungalow on the Costa Tropical in the Andalusian province of Granada. It is located in the community of Fuentes de Almuñécar. In this community are two communal swimming pools, both with fantastic views over the Mediterranean. From the private terrace of the house there is a wonderful view over the valley and the mountains of the Costa Tropical. The house is located less than a kilometer from the sea and 100 meters above sea level.
Upon arriving at the house, go through the gate to the terrace. You will be overwhelmed by the spectacular view of the mountains. The terrace has a dining table where you can enjoy your meals prepared on the BBQ.

Almuñécar and surroundings

Casa encontrada located in the town of Almuñécar between the towns of Almuñécar and Salobreña in the hamlet Velilla-Taramay. Case encontrada is located between Almuñécar and Salobreña in the community of Velilla-Taramay.

By car you are 3 minutes from the nearest beach and 5 minutes from the old town of Almuñecar with a population of 28000. The municipality of Almuñécar stretches along the Costa Tropical between Motril to Nerja. The Costa Tropical is named so because of the subtropical climate. This climate provides a vegetation like bananas, avocado and mango trees. The garden of La Casa encontrada also contains subtropical vegetation.

The history of Almuñécar is long and impressive. In 800 BC the Phoenicians settled the area and proof of that is still to be found in the form of two cemeteries. Objects from the so-called necropolis are on display at the museum located in the "cueva de siete palacios', under the Castillo de San Miguel.

Then came the Romans, who inhabited the area for 700 years. The region flourished under Roman rule and today are aqueducts from that time still visible. The Visigoths, a Germanic people, were the following group to inhabit the area.. The following group of inhabitants were the Moors, a Muslim group from North Africa. After 700 years and the Reconquista, the Christian reign of the area was established. The various groups of people who inhabited the area left traces of their cultures. The Almuñécar coastline is 20 kilometers long.

Without getting lost in the mass tourism of the Costa del Sol further away this coast offers plenty of restaurants, bars and shops where people of all tastes and interests can enjoy themselves. In the neighboring authentic Andalusian villages of Salobreña, La Herradura and Nerja there are also ample shopping and restaurants.

The blue sea below is one of the most beautiful areas of Spain for snorkeling and diving. On the surface there are many water activities to partake in. Along the entire coast are small coves to explore, which are either completely empty, or provide one or two cabanas for people wanting to experience a more relaxing time. There's even a nude beach.

In the hinterland there is much to discover with beautiful scenery for hiking and mountain biking. Through the Lecrin Valley, the Alpujarras and the Sierra Nevada, 40 minutes away is the capital of the province, Granada. Besides the Alhambra this city has to offer a variety of monuments. The history is literally on the street, and of course a visit to one of the many tapas bars, where Granada is famous for. So you can go to the snow within an hour from the beach. In short, in the province of Granada beach to capital plenty to do for a great holiday.

Guest Rooms

Living room

As you enter the house through the spacious terrace, you come to the living room, where a large dining table seats six people. The sitting room has a comfortable couch that sleeps two and a 40 inch smart TV. The door to the right is the first bedroom in which are two single beds. Diagonally from the room is a hallway with three doors.

Kitchen

The first door leads to the kitchen. The kitchen is extensively equipped with all appliances including a blender, a toaster, a juicer and a coffee maker. In addition, the kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, stove with and electric oven. The washing machine is also available here. Next door in the hallway is to the bathroom. Here you will find the toilet, a wash basin and a bath with shower.

Bedroom #2

Through the third door in the hallway is the second bedroom. This bedroom has a double bed. Both bedrooms have ample closet space and opportunities to hang clothes. Along with the comfortable sofa bed in the living room, the house is suitable for six people.

La Casa Escondida

La Casa Escondida (The Hidden House) is located directly off the GR-7, a national hiking route which runs from Andorra through Catalunya, Valencia, Murcia and Andalucia all the way to Tarifa. It’s a perfect spot for keen hikers and people who love peace and quiet. The route leads hikers through the villages of the Lecrin Valley up to Lanjaron and from there into the Alpujarras. Along the GR-7 the old irrigation system still waters the local farmers’ vegetable gardens. This system is called ‘acequia’ and is a protected cultural inheritance.

Albuñuelas and surroundings

La Casa Escondida is located at the edge of the Barrio Bajo, in the more charming part of Albuñuelas, and at the end of the village for hikers who are following the GR-7 in the direction of Saleres. The name of the house was chosen because of its location. Without help and directions it is actually impossible to find, therefore you can be assured of enjoying complete privacy. The GR-7 enters the village from above and runs all the way through the village coming out next to La Casa Escondida. In the valley below the town is the river Rio Santo, which flows into in the Mediterranean at Motril. With the river below and the ‘acequia’ irrigation system alongside, the route continues on to Saleres.

The local climate is strongly influenced by the sea. Consequently the temperature never drops as low as it does in Granada, which is behind the Sierra Nevada and therefore suffers from the icy wind blowing off the mountains’ snowy peaks. As a result the weather is mild in the Valley, and the oranges and almonds, which cannot stand the frost, blossom and flourish.

The village has three tiny supermarkets, a clothes-shop, four bars and restaurants. There is a pharmacy, a bank and a bakery. Horses are available for hire and in one of the next villages old Arab baths have been converted into a modern though modest swimming pool which is free for everyone to use.

Location

Albuñuelas is located 35 kilometers from Granada, so it’s easy to visit the Alhambra on a day trip. (If and when you do this, stop by the hostal for a map and advice about the sites and the best tapas bars!) If you follow the highway in the other direction you can reach the beaches of Salobreña, Almuñecar or Nerja in about the same amount of time. In wintertime the pistes of the Sierra Nevada are open for skiing and you can be there within 45 minutes.

Arrangement

For those of you who can’t choose between a city or village break, something lively or more relaxing, the nightlife or hiking, we can make you an offer you can’t refuse; Why not go for two days in our hostal in the centre of Granada followed by three days of peace and quiet in our lovely hidden house? This way you can enjoy a couple of days of sightseeing in our beautiful historic city and then take a well earned rest enjoying the scenery of the Valley of Happiness.

This 5 day holiday for 2 we are offering for 200 euros. (excluding 40 euros cleaning expenses)

The history of Albuñuelas is profound, going back as far as prehistoric times. Ancient caves just outside the village bear witness to this early inhabitation. History reaches a peak at the end of the fourteenth and the beginning of the fifteenth century, when the Catholic Kings were ruling Granada. The Moors found themselves driven out of the city to the surrounding towns of the Alpujarras and Valle Lecrin where they tried to build their new lives, but after a further period of struggle they were again driven out.

The Barrio Alto (high district) and Barrio Bajo (low district) together make Albuñuelas. In the Barrio Bajo among the sites that should be visited are the Ermita chapel of San Sebastian and an old fashioned “lavadero publico” or “public laundry”, now fallen into disuse. In the Barrio Alto is another church, La Iglesia de Salvador and a medieval tower, Torre de Tio Bayo. This tower is one of the very few left over from the Middle Ages, as in 1884 the village was largely destroyed by an earthquake. It was rebuilt thanks to large donations from a rich local family after which the third district was named: Barrio Fernan Nuñez, which is located above the original village.

TCAlbuñuelas, with its 1300 inhabitants, is one of the larger villages of the Lecrin Valley. It’s the last one on a winding road, and is one of the many whitewashed villages that are typical of this area. The old Moors have clearly left their mark here, and not only in the name of the Lecrin Valley, which means Valley of happiness.

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