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Breathtaking sea views: Villa in small gated community with pool. Quiet area.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Peaceful setting overlooking the sea and with mountain views. 3 bedrm, 2 bathrm


An all-year-round location, suitable for sea and ski and of course for the fabulous international 'Jazz en La Costa' held (in the Botanic gardens with the castle as a backdrop) in the 3rd week of July.

La Rijana sits on top of a headland and looks out over the pool and sea. From the windows and terrace, you can watch sunrise and sunset, follow the fishing boats and may even be lucky enough to spot dolphins just off the coast. On a clear day, you can have views across to Africa.

La Rijana is entered through a remote controlled gate and positioned just below an ancient Moorish tower, in a peaceful, residential, exclusive area of Almuñecar, known as Los Pinos, (The Pines). It consists of 14 houses, most of which are second homes and so it is generally extremely quiet. The communal pool (10x8m with Roman steps), which overlooks the sea, is open all year.

The house is suitable for quiet couples and families but not for groups of party goers. All guests must agree to abide by house and residential community rules.

The Villa:

It is a 2-storey house with 3 sea-view bedrooms, 1 king and 2 twin.

The lounge-diner, furnished with leather sofas, has remote controlled TV, DVD and Hi-Fi (with jack socket for ipod - take your own lead). Unlimited Wifi is available and is bookable directly online during your stay, for your chosen period.

The kitchen has granite work-surfaces, induction hob, combination –microwave oven, washer and large fridge-freezer. There is ample ceramic crockery and glassware for indoor use and plastic equivalent for terrace or pool-side.

There are 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite) with shower, basin and bidet.

The house is tiled throughout with rustic-style terracotta floor tiles. It is double-glazed, has window blinds, and is equipped with AC and heating.

Patio doors open onto a terrace with wooden furniture. The terrace stretches over 2 sides of the house, giving superb sea and pool views.

More Details
Registration Number : VFT/GR/0095

Property Manager
Sheila Puri
Member since: 2003
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish, reasonable English needed to understand my notes.
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Sheila Puri


I'm Sheila, and with my husband, owner of La Rijana in Almunecar. We have 3 ‘children’, the eldest two work in finance in London and the youngest in Madrid.

Sheila Puri purchased this villa in 2003

Why Sheila Puri chose Almuñécar

We first bought a villa in Spain about 15 years ago; we had lived in Peru and so spoke an amount of Spanish, and were looking for a holiday home in the sun, just a short flight from the UK, in a Spanish speaking area, where we could take our 3 young children. The southern coast of Spain was the obvious answer – it’s not called the ‘Costa del Sol’ for nothing! However we didn't want to be involved in the British invasion along the coast west of Malaga.

We soon decided on a villa just outside the village of Canillas de Aceituno, 50 minutes east of Malaga. It was perfect: in a beautiful setting; with its own pool and far enough away from neighbours not to have to worry about the noise the children made as they played in the pool all day long. We could also ramble over the hillsides, through orange groves and vineyards, visit the local farm and trek to nearby streams for a dip. The traditional whitewashed village of Canillas, just 2 minutes away, was full of charm and character, and the people there very friendly. Not only that, but the coast was just half an hour away, so we could still go down to the sea, water park, horse riding, go-carting etc and had lots of shops, supermarkets and restaurants available should we need them.

We called the villa ‘Bajo La Maroma’ (beneath Maroma) as it sits beneath Mount Maroma, the highest in that part of Spain. I’m happy to say, that we still own the villa and it too is available for holidaymakers when we and the family can’t use it. (See property 703736 on this site.)

However, as the children grew into teenagers, we realised that they’d soon be wanting a busier environment: the buzz of the coast with shops, bars, music and restaurants beckoned.

What makes this villa unique

We looked around and found a new development of 14 houses in an amazing location overlooking the ocean, at Almunecar on the Costa Tropical, just an hour away. We found that the town was very Spanish and popular with locals from Granada and the surrounding areas. Again we were trying to experience the real Spain and not the British version of it.

The house we chose had been designed by one of the architects and was perfect: amazingly, despite being just 2 minutes out of town, it was fabulously tranquil and had incredible mountain as well as sea views – we felt therefore that we had the best of both worlds. It was also exciting to be so close to Granada, the last city of the Moors, full of Moorish influence, and particularly well known for the Alhambra Palace. Not only that, but the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada were easily reached, making it possible for Dad and the boys to go off skiing for the day leaving Mum and young daughter to relax and soak up the coastal sun.

We feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to live, if only temporarily, in Andalucia and we invite you to share that experience by spending some time at either Bajo La Maroma, in the hills, or La Rijana, on the coast.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have had a wonderful vacation in your wonderful house.

A combination holiday - skiing as well as going to the beach, fantastic combination.
Feb 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Almuñécar in Costa Tropical

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • resort
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , ensuite; sink set in marble surface; bathroom scales
  • Each bathroom contains sink, shower, loo and bidet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , sea view, ensuite bathroom, wardrobe, desk, shelves, drawers
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , sea view, wardrobe, chair, lamp, 2nd bed is a 'stow-away' ,
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , sea view, wardrobe, cupboard, bedside lamps, clothes stand
  • Bedroom 3 has a stow-away bed which is low and therefore not suitable not suitable for those with mobility difficulties. All bedrooms have sea views, fitted wardrobes, heating / cooling, fans and bedside lamps.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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Breathtaking sea views: Villa in small gated community with pool. Quiet area.
average rating of 4.8 based on 45 reviews

Fantastic place to relax

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I love staying here, it’s now our fourth visit.

The house is in a great location near to the beach and the town, but it’s still quiet enough as it’s on a hill, with amazing views overlooking the beach.

The house was clean and the kitchen was well equipped. We relaxed on the large wrap around balcony and enjoyed our meals out there. The pool was always clean and we went each day.

Sheila was very helpful answering any questions we had.

We shall definitely be returning for a fifth visit and have recommended it to our family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to have you again as return guests and thanks for your fabulous review. I'm glad that once again, the house and the location met all your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you for a fifth time and your friends and family will be most welcome. Hasta luego!
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Amazing views and chilled atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely weekend in this villa on top of a hill. Amazing views and chilled vibes. Great house for families and friends looking for a relaxed holiday. Thank you Sheila, i’ll def come again!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad that you enjoyed your short trip! I agree, it's very relaxing to sit and look over the sea (and especially exciting when you spot the dolphins!) We look forward to welcoming you again. Sheila
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great villa equiped with all you need plus more!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

lovely situation with great views villa kept to a very high standard we had a wonderful time

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great meeting you, and thank-you for being such thoughtful guests - we'll always welcome you back. Sheila
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Fantastic villa, can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a two week stay in La Rijana, and I can say we will definitely be back. What a beautiful house, very spacious and spotlessly clean, we had everything we could have wished for. The views all around the house were breathtaking and we spent many evenings sat out on the terrace surrounded be the sea. The pool was kept lovely and clean and was just a few steps away, the kids spent hours in there on the very hot days that we had, and they mostly had it to themselves. It was very quiet while we were there, even though it was August. A lovely walk down the hill to the Spanish town where we had some wonderful evenings wining and dining. Yes it is steep back up the hill, so we made use of the local taxis at only 7 euro a time and enjoyed trying to speak Spanish with them! We did have a small problem on arrival as the previous guests had not left the key fob as instructed, but after contacting Sheila, this was sorted without issue within 30 mins. Thank you For a wonderful stay.


  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Stephanie for your wonderful review; very generous of you! We're glad that you had such a great time and took advantage of the lovely location of the house and the town itself. We look forward to welcoming you back next time. Sheila
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Excellent property in an ideal location.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a wonderful holiday. The property is private, very well maintained and perfectly equipped. We (a family of four including two teenagers) enjoyed exploring and snorkelling at the many beaches and coves along the Costa Tropical before returning to relax on the balcony or swim in the pool. Granada is less than one hour away - we had a fantastic walk near the Alhambra looking across to the snow-topped mountains of the Sierra Nevada and overlooking the Palace gardens. We would love to return again one day as we were desperate to spot the dolphins. Thanks again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased that you all enjoyed it. Well done to the teenagers for snorkelling - I really enjoy that too, but usually after the sea's had a chance to warm a bit more, in October! Snow, sea and sun - sounds good to me! Many thanks for choosing us and we'd be delighted to see you again with a small returners' discount.
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Fantastic place

  • 4 of 5

A lovely house with the best of views. Great pool area.The only thing we really missed was an oven.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind review. I'm sorry that you missed having an oven - I realise that a combination convection/grill/microwave isn't a suitable substitute for everybody but I think it's a good compromise for a holiday home on the coast and I personally would only miss the oven at Christmas. Talking of which, have a good one!
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Granada / Malaga
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Herradura, Almunecar East
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Almunecar, Los Laurelis
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada, Granada
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Almuñecar has the heart of an old Andalucian pueblo with hilly, narrow, pedestrian streets full of bars,

restaurants and shops.

Other local attractions are the town market (fresh produce), Roman fish-salting factory, botanical gardens (jazz festival in July), ornithological park, museum, castle, bonsai gardens, water park, beaches galore (pedalo, scuba, jet-ski etc) horse riding, golf and don’t forget the Friday outdoor market. Night-life is there if you want it.

Out of town you can travel up Almuñecar’s tropical valley, or go to the hot springs at Alhama de Granada and Lake Bermejales. If you want a large modern shopping mall, then go to El Ingenio, in Velez Malaga with hypermarket, department store, individual shops, snack bars and restaurants.

Finally, remember the awe-inspiring caves at Nerja and the Alhambra Palace in Granada are close at hand. The Sierra Nevada skiing and Alpujarras await you in winter or summer.

Other Activities: kite surfing, hang-gliding, quad biking


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Almuñécar, Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
27 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
15 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

This property is only suitable for responsible couples or family groups. 'Party people' are not accepted.
The owner must be made aware of anticipated arrival and departure times in order that the house can be properly prepared for all guests. Arrival is after 16.00 hrs and departure by 10.00 hrs unless by arrangement with the owner.
Keys will generally be collected from, and returned to the on-site manager.
In accordance with the local laws, I require passport details of all guests over 16 years old and also the postal address of the lead guest.
All rates allow for moderate but not excessive use of electricity. Excess use will be charged from the damage/loss deposit.
Pets may be considered under certain circumstances.
Travel cot available. fee charged.
Long lets on application.
Acceptance of a booking offer means that the client will abide by house and community rules and accept the terms of booking.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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