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This really is an out-of-way place to stay ; after just a week we came away refereshed and thoroughly rested. The house is a very calm space, with a minimum of 'modern comforts' but nevertheless really comfortable with thoughtful touches - traditional tableware, luxurious seating, a splendid wood fire, hot spring water to wash in, nothing plastic! No internet or telly, but ample entertainment with friendly geckos, birdsong and fascinating views. Lots of books, games, maps and info available about this remote region. During the day the terrace is alive with bees and birds, the smell of lavender and ripe figs. At night solar lighting creates a miniature wonderland in which to sit and watch the bats and the bright stars. We enjoyed walking in the valley, through the almond groves, exploring terraces and ancient acequias. We saw ibex, birds of prey and many rare and aromatic wild plants. The mountain looked different every day with changing light and dramatic clouds.There is some farming going on, the sound of sheep bells, and terraces of vegetables, but at dusk everyone goes home and you literally have the whole of the valley to yourselves. The silence, fresh mountain air and delightful plunge pool, with accompanying ( rather decadent !) day bed, all combine to create a perfect retreat. Nicky is a great host, taking the time to meet us in person and guide us up to the property. The table was piled with bowls of fruit, nuts and honey, ecological wine and flowers from the garden. We could not have been made more welcome. If you like silence, a sense of space, and relish the opportunity to explore a unique and ancient landscape, then you'll enjoy it here. Places like this are hard to find!
We loved coming back to the flat after spending busy days out and about exploring the region as it was so quiet and peaceful. We particularly enjoyed watching the sunrise from the kitchen terrace and listening to the neighbourhoood cockerels competing from the various little fincas dotted around the hillside.
The accommodation is thoughtfully decorated and well appointed. We didn't miss not having TV or internet at all. If you really want to 'get connected', you can use the free wifi from the tourist info office in the plaza. You have to sit out on the one of the benches as the signal doesn't quite reach the flat. The water from the fuente is good too if you don't like the slightly chemical taste of the tap water.
Acess to the beaches from Nijar is really easy and we fell in love with the more isolated calas along the headland from Genoveses beach. Campohermoso, while not exactly living up to its name was an eye-opener as it shows another facet of Almeria.
Definitely worth the effort is the walk up the valley to Huebro. We chatted to a elderly resident (quite a character) and had a drink at the only bar in the village.
We wished we had another week as there is so much to see and do in the area. There's little doubt that we will be coming back! Muchas gracias.