Cortijo Las Olivas comprises of 3 (completely separate and private) stylish and well equipped self-catering villas, a large pool and Rose Gardens. This elegant and tranquil mountain valley complex is only 45 minutes from Malaga Airport and within easy access of Malaga, Granada, Cordoba, Marbella, Seville and Costa-del-Sol. Enjoy a taste of "the Real Spain" close to the picturesque "Pueblo Blanco" of Iznajar, perched beside the spectacular aquamarine Lake of Andalucia. Our three rental villas make Cortijo Las Olivas a very special place offering outstanding self-service accommodation in a peaceful setting. Perfect for families, couples, groups and children. We have spellbinding panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, colourful and tranquil Mediterranean style rose gardens and a crystal clear mountain spring water swimming pool, providing that special vacation destination for either a restful holiday, or a base from which to explore the many treasures that Andalucia has to offer.
After a long hospitality career in England, Mandy and Jess wound up their successful business in the UK and traded it in for the dream life in one of Spain’s most idyllic and stunning areas... Andalucia. They now run Cortijo Las Olivas to an exceptional standard and welcome holiday makers from all over the world to use their beautiful set of Spanish Villas as a peaceful and beautiful base for local exploration. Mandy and Jess are incredibly happy to help with any questions you may have and are always there with a helpful hand for any local information you may need.
Lianne Anderson purchased this villa in 2005
Mandy and Jess moved to Iznajar due to its fantastic central location upon Iznajar's famous Aquamarine lakes. The lakes are a fantastic substitution for the Malaga beaches, where life moves at a different pace. yet Malaga is still within easy driving distance for the family. It helps that the weather is beautiful for 90% of the year! a stark contrast to England.
The property is situated right at the centre of the three provinces of Malaga, Cordoba and Granada and provides a great base for exploration of these fantastic, historic areas. The nearest town is Iznajar which sits atop a stunning waterside hill. The local cuisine is traditional Spanish with the option now and then of something a little more familiar. The lakes are a 3 minute drive away and there are several beaches within easy access that provide a great days entertainment in the aquamarine waters. Another benefit of living in Iznajar are the awe inspiring night skies. There is no light pollution at Cortijo Las Olivas and on a clear night, which is most nights, you will see the satellites, the international space station, shooting stars and the Milky Way in all it's magnificent glory!
relaxation, peace and quiet and sunshine - that's all we wanted We got that, a million times over! The location is stunning, peaceful.The cottage was comfortable and had all the facilities we needed. We loved the rustic charm so much.The gardens and pool were second to none.
Our cottage opened out onto the pool area so we sat under the stars and hearing nothing apart from the wildlife noises in the olive groves surrounding us.
We ate out every evening having been recommended some good restaurants. We didn't have one complaint about any of the food, it was all super.
Cortijo Las Olivas is wonderful and Jess is fantastic - you made our holiday much more enjoyable! We enjoyed our chats and hearing your stories, we were sad to say goodbye to you. You made us so welcome and at ease. we will be back to see you that's definite, you are wonderful and what you have at Las Olivas is amazing!
From start to finish, definitely our most enjoyable holiday.
Mel & Nick - Summer 2013
Special interest holidays:
There are many different types of holiday that Cortijo Las Olivas can be used as a base for. Some of the activities available nearby include. Painting days with a local artist, Bird Watching, horse riding, Yoga, Pilates or Reflexology, Reiki & Massage Therapy, to an Extreme Sporting Adventure, quad biking or snowboarding in the Sierra Nevada! If you have any special requests, don't hesitate to ask and we will point you in the right direction.
For those who would like to use Cortijo Las Olivas as a base for utter relaxation, we have an on-site masseuse who will provide a refreshing and relaxing pool-side or in-villa massage for only €25.
We have a local beach at the stunning aquamarine Iznajar lake. It is peaceful and never full or overcrowded, which makes it a pleasure to visit. There is a little beach side bar with great affordable food and drink and opening in July 2012 is rental of kayaks and bikes at the lake for you to take advantage of. This area is great for walking, swimming, bird watching and fishing. You can also get to the coastal beaches in 45 minutes so our location really does give you the best of both worlds!
Cortijo Las Olivas is equidistant from two airports, Granada, and Malaga. Granada airport is only 50 minutes drive away. Malaga airport is maybe a better option as it is larger and very efficient. Malaga airport is only 55 minutes away.
Car Hire is essential
Nearest Airport - Malaga: 65 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry - Malaga: 65 Kilometres
Nearest Train - Loja: 20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway - Salinas: 15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach - Iznajar lake: 5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski - Sierra Nevada: 70 Metres
Nearest Golf - Antequera: 26 Kilometres
Iznajar is an incredible white Spanish village, rich in culture and history, perched on a hillside overlooking the aquamarine lakes. It must be seen! Iznajar has a variety of banks with ATM's - village hospital, cafes, restaurants and bars. There are a wide variety of shops:- butchers, fruit / veg, pharmacy, ironmongers, optician etc. The locals are extremely pleasant and helpful - you will find it like shopping in a bygone era.
Food is cheap and of very good quality.
Other local activities include horse riding, walking, bird watching, cycling and tennis, sailing or fishing on the lake.
There are also plenty of people offering yoga, massage or drive the children to the Wolf park, Donkey sanctuary, crocodile park or Aqualand water park
Rute: a further ten minutes up the road has a great supermarket, “Mercadona, the famous Anis museum, a chocolate factory and a Flamenco bar.
Antequera: boasts a number of supermarkets, large shopping area with boutiques, bullring, numerous bars and restaurants, plus La Vironique shopping mall with Eroski hypermarket, food
hall and cinema. In the town there is a bull ring with restaurant. These aren’t the only attractions -there is an old alcazaba at the top of the town, El Torre del Homenaje, with terrific views.
Markets:- there are weekly markets in most of the towns and villages.
Good selection of local restaurants and bars in the surrounding area a number on the A33 maximum of 20 minutes drive, all have menu in English if required:- El Charcon (resembles a castle), Bar Rossi, Hotel Caserio de Iznajar by the lake, La Paloma, Le Maison (by station Salinas) with the up market option Barclo La Bobadilla Hotel.
There is no light pollution at Cortijo Las Olivas offering views of the night sky like you've never seen before! The Milky Way has to be seen to be believed on a warm Andalucian night.
For more information on what to do in Iznajar and for information on local traditions, cuisines, festivals, leisure activities etc.