|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
A backdrop of mountains and surrounded by olive groves and almond trees set the scene for these two charming cottages. Isabel's and Anita's cottages still have many of their original features. They are back to back, Isabel's, with a double bed, is at the front and Anita's, with twin-beds, is at the back. They both have a kitchen, en suite shower room, sitting/dining room and private gardens, ideal for breakfast while you enjoy the views or eating al fresco in the evening. Morning sun is at the front and afternoon sun at the back. The pool is shared by the 4 cottages and gets the sun all day, even in winter it is the ideal place to sit and read.
We provide sheets and towels, electricity and gas included in price.
These converted farm cottages are over 140 years old and form part of a working farm, set between two protected National Parks and about 300 metres from the small village of El Chorro, so we are rural but not isolated. Two cottages for 2/3 and 2 for 5/6, all 4 sleep a total of 16. Just over an hour’s drive from the Costa del Sol and Malaga airport will take you into another world where you can enjoy the tranquility of the countryside. This is where almond trees blossom in January and orange blossom scents the air in springtime. A traditional Sunday destination for Spaniards from Malaga with several good restaurants that cater for them.
Prime rock climbing location and also ideal for walking, bird-watching or just relaxing by the pool.
You can enjoy water sports like canoeing or swimming and some places on the lakes are a fisherman's dream. If this seems too tame for you then you had better try either paragliding or rock climbing,courses are available, to help you enjoy the wild side of Andalusia to the full.
The accommodation: La Almona Chica is part of a working farm right in El Chorro just 300 metres from the village. The crops are olives, almonds, carobs, clementines and lemons. Most of the crops are harvested in winter. All the cottages housed either the farm labourers or the railway workers. From the gardens, with views across the olive groves to the National Park, you can often see eagles and vultures overhead. We live on site to provide any information you may require. The swimming pool is shared by the 4 cottages and is open all year, it is a good place to sunbathe, read or watch the stars at night.
Discover Andalucía from El Chorro: La Almona Chica is a good base for discovering Andalusia. It is within easy reach of Málaga, Antequera and Ronda, El Torcal, where science fiction films have been made because of its unique rock formations and Fuente de Piedra, where flamingos nest, are even nearer.You can drive to Granada, Córdoba or Seville, we can help you with information, directions and where to park. If you prefer to stay overnight, we can make hotel reservations for you. Let us know your intentions and we can help you get the most out of your holiday.
Or just relax in the quiet of the countryside, enjoy the nature parks and lakes.
Ask us for addresses for cheap car hire from Málaga airport.
A paradise for outdoor activities: There is a railway station about 300 metres from the cottages and you can take the train to Ronda or the city of Málaga. Wheat was grown all around here and from the station it was taken north to feed the large cities like Madrid.
There are 2 trains to El Chorro leaving Málaga RENFE at 10.05 and 16.48 every day and 3 back down to the city of Málaga at 09.33, 14.59 and 18.03 and there is a bus to Álora (12.30 Mondays and Fridays) or a taxi (around 22 euros). El Chorro is a prime climbing region in Spain and also attracts nature lovers in general (hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, rock climbing, para-ascending ...). A specialised shop in the village also organises 'taylor made' excursions into the mountains. Nearby you can practise para-ascending and the Sierra Nevada ski resort is only an hour and a half's drive from here. Of course you can just relax round the pool!
There is a recreation area of lakes just 6km away where you can hire canoes or pedaloes, bird watch, hike or enjoy a meal in one of the family restaurants there.
The cottages are on the edge of a small village, but one well known for its gorge (by which the village of El Chorro takes its name), for its interest to climbers, and for the Caminito del Rey, a spectacular but now dangerous walkway 100 metres up the ravine wall. The cottages were described on one website as "basic" but that just means they're old farm cottages where the structure is largely original and the furnishings simple. We stayed in Casa Isabel - the door to the kitchen isn't for the tall, but it's got separate kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. It had all we required, plus on most days (in late July) a bit of a breeze to make the provided fan unnecessary. Parking right outside the gate with a small area to sit out in sun or shade, and with a nice pool on site.
There's a decent restaurant 5 minutes stroll away (at the Garganta hotel) - we ate there most nights looking out over the embalsa (a reservoir serving the hydro-electric system) and watching for griffon vultures high in the sky.
You could manage without a car (train from Malaga airport into Malaga then another to Alora then a taxi - or there's one train a day from Malaga direct to El Chorro in the evening) but you'd need to like doing nothing much on holiday, or like walking.
The owners live on site and are available with local advice and other help as needed.
Myself and 3 friends just spent 5 days in Casa Anita, rock climbing in El Chorro. Great rustic authentic Spanish cottage, clean, everything you need, and a very friendly landlady. If youre considering a rock climbing holiday in El Chorro, then this is the spot for your base. Great views, minutes away from the climbs, and access to a pool, reasonably priced and great value for money. Thanks Again!
A quiet relaxing break with breathtaking views, a lovely cosey cottage in a picturesque village. Basic accommodation, clean and presentable. Well kept and maintained pool area. The cottage comfortably slept x2 adults and x2 children. Parking was right at the front of the cottage, and it also had it's own private garden.
A car is definitely needed to visit the main town Alora, together with a 10 minute drive to the magnificant lakes where you can enjoy a range of water activities.
Everyone was really friendly and the owners made us feel very welcome.
It's also good that these cottages are available for a few nights without having to commit to a whole week. Many people who live in Spain just want to go away for a weekend, so the owners have definitely catered for a wider market.
Whilst the accommodation is basic, it is priced well.
I would definitely go back and would certainly recommend to my friends and family.
We hebben een heerlijke week gehad in deze cottage in El Chorro. Geen luxe, maar wel een goed bed, voldoende ruimte om je ook op regenachtige dagen met een goed boek te ontspannen (voor wie in de Engelse taal leest, er zijn veel boeken in de Cottage aanwezig). Ideaal uitgangspunt voor wandelingen in de omgeving, waar we dan ook dankbaar gebruik van hebben gemaakt.
De cottage zelf is goed onderhouden en schoon. Verwarming en warm water zijn op basis van gas(tanks). Elektriciteit wil wel eens uitvallen (in de week dat wij er waren is dat twee maal kort gebeurd).
De eigenaar (Engels) is erg aardig en heel servicegericht.
Hoewel de beschikbaarheid van een auto wellicht aan te bevelen is hebben we dit als treinreizigers ook als een prettige onderkomen ervaren. Het winkeltje in het dorp verkoopt genoeg om eenvoudige maaltijden te maken, zij het dat dat zo nu en dan ook uit blik moet. Het in de nabijheid van de cottage gelegen restaurant El Gargante is echter ook een prima mogelijkheid om afwisseling in de maaltijd te krijgen.
Naast het wandelen (en het al genoemde klimmen) is er in El Chorro niet veel te doen! Maar, met enige planning kan de trein gebruikt worden voor bijvoorbeeld een kort uitstapje naar Ronda of Malaga.
Voor wie van rust en wandelen in bergachtig gebied houdt is deze cottage zeer aan te bevelen!
The cottages are situated in El Chorro in the Guadalhorce Valley district, 60 kilometres inland from the city of Malaga, 12 kilometres from Alora, about 40 from Antequera and 45 from Ronda.You can fly into Malaga, which is about an hour's drive, or into Granada which is about an hour and a half. If you fly into Malaga the plane will start its descent over the lakes where we are. You can also come up by train, there is only one train right to El Chorro a day (none on Sundays and bank holidays) but there is a regular service to Alora, from where you can take a taxi or we will pick you up. This is a prime rock climbing area, the cottages are encircled by mountains that protect them from the cold north winds in winter. From the cottages a 5 minute walk takes you down to the village where there is a hotel, restaurant, station, bar, 2 small shops, climbing and sports shop, camp site and bar. Sandwiched between two National Parks the cottages are south facing, rural but not isolated.
Other Activities: Rock Climbing