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This was one of the most peaceful relaxing breaks I have had in a long while!
Wolfgang made us feel so welcome in his what i can only call heaven on a hill.
Apartment 1 was so special, very big! and a huge terrace to just veg out. What pleasure to wake in the morning and sip a fresh coffee looking at the ocean. And we forced ourselves out a few times only because we had to... But buying fresh amazing food from the supermarket in Mercadona and eating in the sky was lush. Blissful....
Heaven on earth!
This is a truly special place. Breathtaking views, great activities with short (or longer drives) and a real escape. The accommodations are comfortable but who cares? You spend all your time outside in the pool or staring at the Mediterranean! We enjoyed the true peace and quiet of meals we prepared using the freshest seafood from local municipal markets. The towns of La Herradura and Almunecar have those plus great restaurants and bars. We will be back!!!
A Paradisiacal Refuge
Make your reservation, pack your bags and leave your cares behind for this breathtaking refuge. A week won`t be enough to enjoy the spectacular setting of this location and the exceptional service you will receive from your unfailing and exceptional host Wolfgang. Our initial plans included daily outings to the nearby villages, towns and cities. You could do the same but, don`t be surprised if you are lulled by the magic of this awe-inspiring place into doing nothing at all but gaze at the views and sunsets. There really aren't enough superlatives to describe the beauty to be found here, it is a gorgeous setting and the design of the property itself is amazing, a real labour of love.
Everything is as described and pictured. Our unit, Studio 1, was very comfortable, well equipped, clean and well maintained. It has a nicely outfitted kitchen (especially loved having sharp knives), a comfortable dining area overlooking the gardens, a large walk-through shower, a generous sized bedroom (and comfy bed) with ample storage and an expansive outdoor area that includes both shaded and full sun options. The magnificent views present themselves from every corner.
There are plenty of restaurants nearby, a couple within walking distance and beaches within easy reach as well. Wolfgang`s recommendations are spot on and he has a treasure trove of useful and well-informed suggestions on practical matters, day/evening excursions and how to make the most of your holiday.
We chose to spend most of our early mornings sipping coffee and watching the local fishermen heading out across the sea in search of their daily catch or spying on the divers just below us on their aquatic adventures. We did take a few very enjoyable jaunts to some of the lovely local towns and villages that dot the coastline and mountains inland. Siestas are recommended by Wolfgang (smart man) and we happily indulged ourselves in this local custom, usually after a refreshing swim in the pool. Our siestas were often followed by a glass of ice-cold Cava and some tasty and freshly prepared tapas pulled together from our daily market finds.
You won't be disappointed, you'll have everything you need and more and Wolfgang will be there to assist you with a ready solution to any problem you may encounter. Your only challenge will be in deciding on whether or not you want to leave this perfect bliss and go elsewhere for a few hours.
Thank you Wolfgang; we'll be back for another sunset or two....
Thanks for your lovely comment on my little Refugio paradise. It makes me proud and happy at the same time, when my guests catch the special spirit and flavor of this unique location and feel themselves as the guests just discribed above. You're welcome at any time again. Happy New Year.
An unforgettable week in paradise
After spending four wonderful days in bustling Barcelona, my husband and I set out for Refugio Cerro Gordo for a week of relaxation. The stunning property is set upon a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Our week in paradise began as Wolfgang welcomed us with a delicious array of tapas in his beautiful home. We stayed in Studio 1, which has a private entrance, a private terrace with a dining table, and incredible views of the Mediterranean. We loved our romantic apartment, which was nicely appointed and had a fabulous glass enclosed shower. We could see the sea from every corner. Wolfgang is an attentive and enthusiastic host and is committed to making your stay the best it can be. We very much enjoyed our conversations with him, and appreciated his extensive knowledge of the surrounding area and its history. My husband and I joke that he is "the MOST interesting man in the world". He entertained us with many fascinating stories and a German poetry recital. Wolfgang offered spot-on recommendations for restaurants, nearby excursions, and local shopping. Our favorite excursions including hiking from Playa El Cañuelo to Playa de Cantarrijan, where we then enjoyed tapas and icy cold cerveza at La Bolla Marina, an afternoon in the white village of Frigiliana, and a day trip to Granada. Having only a week, we did not want to schedule too much time away from this beautiful place. I highly recommend Refugio Cerro Gordo to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation in one of the most beautiful places on earth! Thank you Wolfgang - we will return!
No words to comment this any further. Thank you very much. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your stay and catched up my spirit why I've spent so many years and efforts to reestablish this unique property. To welcome you again would be a big honor and pleassure.
The Perfect Retreat
We visited the Refugio in Aug 2008 after visiting Granada and found it the perfect retreat for a relaxing time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Upon arrival, the owner made us feel immediately welcome and showed us to our suitably equipped apartment which was spacious and bright.
The location of the property is high in the mountains of the Cerro Gordo National Park so a car is essential and benefits from spectaular views of the surrouding areas such as the mountains, coastline and beaches.
This property is highly recommended and is the perfect location for a truly relaxing retreat and the fantastic pool and many terraces make it an ideal place to escape to the Costa Tropical to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
It is always a pleasure to receive guests they fit perfectly within our motivation to open the doors of this very special property to relax and hide away from busy city life. So whenever pure nature, stunning views combined with absolute silence is a desire, guests are welcome at Refugio Cerro Gordo. They will enjoy the unique location at the southern spanish coastline.
Traumhaftes Anwesen mit grandiosem Gastgeber
Wir haben das Refugio Cerro Gordo für unseren Urlaub nach einer Empfehlung aus der Familie ausgewählt. Nach der Anreise wurden wir zum Sonnenuntergang mit einem Sundowner-Getränk und sehr leckeren, von unserem Gastgeber Wolfgang selbst zubereiteten Tapas-Köstlichkeiten auf seiner Terrasse mit einem einzigartigen Ausblick über das Meer und die Küstenorte sehr herzlich empfangen. Anschließend führte uns Wolfgang zum Studio 4, dem Gartenstudio. Das Studio ist sehr modern und geschmackvoll eingerichtet und ist mit allen für einen angenehmen Aufenthalt notwendigen Dingen wie beispielsweise einer Klimaanlage ausgestattet. Über zwei dem Studio zugehörige Terrassenebenen genießt man genau so wie aus dem Studio selbst ganztägig Sonne und einen wunderbaren Meeresblick. Man geht wenige Treppen herab und kann dann in den sehr gepflegten Pool mit beeindruckender Kulisse steigen. Jedes Studio hat einen separaten Eingang, so dass man falls gewünscht absolute Privatsphäre genießt und von den anderen Gästen nichts mitbekommt. Da wir am Sonntagabend angereist sind, hatte Wolfgang sogar noch netterweise für uns beim lokalen Supermarkt leckere Verpflegung besorgt und in den Kühlschrank gestellt.
Am meisten beeindruckt hat uns jedoch Wolfgangs Führung durch die Altstadt von Malaga bei Nacht. Wolfgang hat uns dank seines Insiderwissens einen unvergesslichen Abend mit einer ganzen Serie von echten (nicht nur gastronomischen) Highlights, die hier noch nicht verraten werden sollen, bereitet. Wer bei der Fahrt über die Autobahn auf Malaga herabblickt und wie der Autor dieses Text zunächst nichts erwartet, liegt grandios falsch. Auch sonst hat Wolfgang profundes Insiderwissen über alle touristischen Attraktionen in Andalusien und daraus eine Vielzahl von Tagesausflügen für seine Gäste aufbereitet. Man merkt jederzeit, wie sehr Wolfgang das Wohl seiner Gäste am Herzen liegt, ohne dass er dabei jedoch in irgendeiner Weise aufdringlich ist.
Lieber Wolfgang, wir danken Dir noch einmal für eine sehr erholsame und zugleich erlebnisreiche Woche in Deinem beeindruckenden Anwesen am Cerro Gordo und kommen Dich sehr gerne wieder besuchen. Herzlich, Deine Darya und Jürgen
This refuge and its tropical garden are located right on the Mediterranean, 200 m above a small beach. The Malaga airport is a 1 hour drive.