Carataunas is the smallest village in the province of Granada with just 200 residents. It is the ideal place for those seeking peace and quiet surrounded by natural beauty. Holiday rentals in Carataunas are ideal for experiencing the true culture of Spain and make an excellent base for exploring the Alpujarra region characterized by local houses with flat slate roofs.
Carataunas has a small parish church dedicated to San Marcos. Sample the local cuisine of ham and sausages and tasty fennel stew. Las Alpujarras is a 70km long area of valleys on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In winter it is within easy reach of skiing while in summer cycling, trekking through the forests and nature watching are popular activities. There are innumerable footpaths in the scenic mountain valleys which are ideal for walkers. Keen hill walkers can climb to the top of El Veleta at 3,398 m and Mulhacen at 3,482m. The coastal beaches are within easy reach from Carataunas holiday homes and offer beautiful sands, sunbathing and clean waters for swimming and watersports.
The ancient city of Granada with its historic architecture is just 59km from holiday villas in Carataunas. The highlight is a tour of the Alhambra Palace, the ancient Moorish fortress with its lovely water gardens. It has superb views over the city from the fortress walls on top of the high rock cliff. The thriving market town of Orgiva is less than 15 minutes drive away for local produce and dining out. Motril is 37 km away in the heart of the agricultural area. It offers shopping, restaurants and a variety of beaches, the most popular being Playa Granada.
Carataunas holiday rentals enjoy a sub-tropical climate as the Costa Tropical name suggests. From October to March temperatures hover between 17-21°C (63-70°F). From April to September temperatures are 21-30°C (70-86°F). The maximum rainfall is in the winter, particularly in December which has 121mm (5 inches). There is no rain at all during June, July and August.
The nearest airport to Carataunas holiday rentals is Granada (GRX) Airport which is about 44km away. However it only has internal flights from Madrid. Almeria (LEI) Airport is around 93 km drive away. The airport is located about 10 km east of Almeria city centre and is served by easyJet, BMI Baby, Monarch and Ryanair. They fly into Almeria airport daily and offer cheap flights from the UK. A third option is Malaga (AGP) Airport at 101 km which is served by many low cost airlines from all over Europe. A hire car is essential to reach the Granada province and explore the area.