VERY IMPORTANT: This property complies with all aspects of the new legislation for holiday rental properties introduced by the Junta de Andalucia on 11 May 2016. Our registration number is shown on this web page under Key Information. Before booking a holiday rental property in this area, you are advised to request the identification number to avoid being forced to vacate an illegal holiday rental property by the Guardia Civil.
To comply with the latest regulations, we provide ample living space, air conditioner in every main room, free unlimited wi-fi broadband, satellite TV, a guest book with instructions for the applicances plus information on days out, restaurants etc
Apart from all that, we also provide a complimentary welcome pack of food and drink to welcome our guests.
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Shh! Keep it a secret! Don't tell anyone about this Secret Escape, but in March 2014, a Telegraph newspaper article listed Andalucia number one of the "World's Top 20 Places for the Good Life", with a special mention of the area around Vera and Mojacar. Come for a taste of our amazing area....
For those seeking tranquillity in a truly stunning natural setting yet within reach of all facilities, this superbly appointed air-conditioned townhouse enjoys one of the very best locations within the idyllic time-warp Cortijo Grande valley. Casa Los Pinos bar/restaurant is just over a minutes' walk. The cosy 'Almazara' bar/restaurant is a 3-minute stroll, and there is also a vegetarian restaurant in the valley. There is a hotel with a restaurant, swimming pool and beach bar at the nearby Hostal Rural Tio Tomas on the road to Turre. Like many hotels in the area, anyone can use the pool for free if they buy a drink and a bite to eat. The Hostal Rural does tapas and raciones (large plates of tapas) as well as full meals.
The 9-hole golf course in the valley is not a commercial venture at the moment but is challengingly playable thanks to local volunteers from Cortijo Grande Club de Golf who tend the greens.The golf course and the orange groves used to be watered from an underground volcanic lake, but this has now dried up, presumably due to climate change. The visiting herd of goats with tinkly bells come round every day to keep the weeds down! The superb professional 18-hole golf courses of Marina Golf Mojacar, Macenas and Valle De Este are all within 20 minutes' drive, and the fabulous international Desert Springs golf resort is 30 minutes' drive - Sir Ian Botham and other famous sports people have homes there.
The town of Turre with supermarkets, bars etc is 6 minutes' drive, and the major resort of Mojacar with all its facilities is less than 15-minutes' drive.
Cortijo Grande was originally a traditional Spanish village with orange groves. When the valley was developed in the 1970's, the original buildings were retained. Our house has been refitted in the traditional 'Rustica' style - see photos.
About the Levante area of Almeria: Almeria province has warmest and driest climate in Spain, with only 200mm annual rainfall and an average of over 300 days of sunshine each year. The fruit and vegetable industry is in the south of the province around Roquetas, but Cortijo Grande is in Northern Almeria, one of the most picturesque parts of Andalucia.
This part of Spain was ruled by the Moors until the 15th century, and Moorish influences can be seen everywhere from the ornate arches and windows to the domed buildings and terraced hillsides. Every village celebrates its Moors & Christians fiesta every year, with mock battles and parades - just one of the many fiestas in this area.
The Costa Almeria is unspoilt. You will not find any high-rise apartments in this area, and if you're a keen driver you'll love the quiet roads and the lack of traffic lights. The beach resorts of Mojacar and Garrucha are within an easy 15-minute drive, and there you will find loads of tapas bars and many kinds of restaurants.
Local Attractions: Don't miss the great ceramic shops at Nijar. Further on is Almeria city with its designer shops, tapas bars and the massive Alcabaza castle overlooking the city.
The large town of Aguilas is a little over half an hour away, with its marina, railway museum, tidy parks and shopping.
The ancient city of Cartagena is about an hour away to the north via an excellent scenic toll motorway. This lovely town is Spain's main naval port, and you will find a Roman amphitheatre, stunning buildings and museums, plus ships and maybe a cruise liner in the bay.
Around El Cortijo Grande: There are many walks around the valley - you'll see wild herbs and orchids along the way. It's a bird-watcher's paradise. Horse-riding is available at the Moorish village of Cabrera just up the hill from the valley, where you can admire the views and even have a fabulous Moroccan meal at the magnificent Riad Cabrera.
Nature lovers often leave the car at the townhouse - there are plenty of easy walks nearby, including the remains of an ancient mosque and even the old airfield and control tower featured in the first Indiana Jones film. There are laminated walking maps in the house and we can recommend walks along the ramblas, or why not follow the old railway track at Bedar to explore the beautiful Serena valley. Explorers are welcome, and you may even like to join the local Mojacar Walking Group on one of their expeditions. And there are birds galore, in fact we get many more birdwatchers and walkers than golfers as guests.
There is parking for the house within around 9 feet of the front door and the ground is flat and level.