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Alpujarra Escape - El Tinao. Traditional village house with soaring views...

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,130 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

House With 2 ensuite bedrooms and Jacuzzi In A Charming Unspoiled Village.

El Tinao is a recently built townhouse in the heart of the unspoiled village of Canar. The house is unique in the village, being the only property that retains a 'tinao' - a feature unique to Berber architecture which connects buildings on both sides of narrow village streets. Built in the traditional Alpujarran style, El Tinao is light and spacious, with high ceilings, chestnut beams and slate stone floors throughout. There are two terraces, one for outdoor dining and a BBQ, the other with sun loungers and a heated spa. Both, of course, have those wonderful soaring views over the village, high above Orgiva and across to the Sierra Lugar. On a clear day, you can see the Rif Mountains of Morocco. It's easy to lose track of time in Canar, but don't worry - you can also see the village clock tower from the terraces. It won't help you with the day of the week, but at least you'll know when to nip out to catch the bread van for croissants in the morning!

Additional facilities: El Tinao has a TV for playing DVD/CDs, and a selection of DVDs, books and games is provided. Canar has 3 bars serving tapas and traditional Alpujarran meals. There is a pharmacy and a well-stocked grocers which even opens on Sundays! Swimming is available in Orgiva for a small charge.

Further afield: Golf - there are 2 courses within 40 minutes of Canar; one on the coast in Salobrena, the other on the near side of Granada city. Skiing - the World Championship resort of Pradollano in the Sierra Nevada is 1 hour 15 minutes from Canar, while paragliding, windsurfing and diving are available in Salobrena and Almunecar on the Costa Tropical. The historic cities of Sevilla and Cordoba are both within reach for day trips, each at approximately 3 hours' drive. Not forgetting, of course, The Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens in Granada, and we will happily book advance tickets for guests.

Canar is a great base from which to explore La Alpujarra either on foot or by car. The famous GR7 walking route goes right through the village, with the famous spa town of Lanjaron a 2 hour walk to the west, and a glorious 200 foot waterfall (El Dique) marking the half way point to Soportujar in the east (an easy 1.5 hour walk). We provide copies of The Rough Guide to Andalucia, Jeremy Rabjohn's excellent 'Holiday Walks in The Alpujarra' and a detailed walking map which you're free to take with you whenever you're heading out.

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Robin Smith
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Robin Smith

I'm from Glasgow originally, and in 2004 I decided a change of direction was in order, and hit upon the beautiful Alpujarra region of rural Andalucia to make a fresh start with a holiday rental business - my Alpujarra Escape, you might say! I've never looked back, and I hope my guests love the area as much as I do...

Robin Smith purchased this house in 2008

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Great house in an excellent location. A peaceful and quite unique experience.' Paul and Debbie Smith, Bishops Wood, Staffs, UK

'A glorious two weeks enjoying the fantastic countryside. Accommodation 1st class!' Steve and Agnes Simpson.

'A majestic palette of sun, stars and scenery from which to paint a masterpiece of a holiday! Thank you. PS Loved the hot tub!' Alan and Alison Taylor.
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cáñar in Alpujarra Granadina

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1130 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Tinao en-suite - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - en-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Tinao bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • All bedrooms have wardrobe, chest of drawers and fans.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 3 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
All towels, including beach towels and bath robes for the loungers and spa are provided. Heating in winter is provided by oil-filled radiators. There is a wood burning stove in the living room, wood for which will be supplied.


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Alpujarra Escape - El Tinao. Traditional village house with soaring views...
average rating of 4.851852 based on 28 reviews
Portsmouth, England

Lovely village house

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a very relaxing week staying at El Tinao. A lovely house in the mountain village of Canar which has two friendly bars and a very friendly shop, very useful if you don't wish to travel far. The house has everything you need to make your stay comfortable and is in a great location for walking at cooler times of the year.Stunning views from the roof terrace and from the hot tub. Robin as ever is the perfect host, very welcoming and helpful. This is the third of Robin's properties we have stayed in and we know we will return.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely to see you all in La Alpujarra once again, and thanks so much for such a kind review. Hasta la proxima! Robin.
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Comfortable, accommodating, stunning views

  • 4 of 5

Our stay in El Tinao was more than we had hoped for. Our arrival was warm and welcoming. We were given so much information about the local area by Robin, it was great. Not to say our complimentary bottle of wine - just the job. The house was comfortable. Hot tub, wonderful. Watching the sun rise, sitting in the afternoon sun, yes we got sun in early March. Watching the day close, all in the hot tub - mmm mmm mmm - lovely. The winding road - AH well forgotten about it already ??? Only one local bar open on an evening - still early in the year. Landlady gave us a lovely welcome each evening and accommodated us with our meals, albeit limited choice for the time of year. I would however recommend the house to anyone, supported by the wonderful hospitality from Robin and the people in the village. Will we visit again - its on our list.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

El Tinao was a perfect place to get away from everything! The property was clean and well maintained. A welcome bottle of vino and cheese was a thoughtful surprise after a long day of travelling. Robin was very helpful giving us recommendations of the town and area.... and also a saint as he picked up us weary hikers halfway up the switchbacks to Canar. The hot tub was a fabulous bonus! Thanks for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, fantastic views - just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

El Tinao is tucked away off the village square and is the perfect retreat for a quiet relaxing holiday as well as having fantastic views across the valley and towards the coast. We loved opening the shutters in the morning to watch the sun rise over the hills and in the evening relax on the balcony by candlelight with the lovely village of Canar gently lit up against the night sky. We'll miss the double chiming church bell, the bird song and the friendly villagers. The apartment itself was ideal. Very comfortable, well equipped and lovely and cool after a hot day in the mountains. Robin was always to hand to answer questions and nothing was too much trouble. We'll definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Experience, I'm going back Asap.

  • 5 of 5

Wow,I absolutely adored this place.

Robin was the most helpful of hosts, indeed the holiday started with Robin picking me up from the bus from Malaga - I texted him from the bus saying I was about to arrive and he texted me back saying he was in 'the black van following the bus'!

Arriving at the house in Canar, Robin had provided a nice set of provisions for a late arrival as well as the lovely touch of a bottle of Rioja (much needed after a long bus journey from Malaga).

The house is very clean and well organised and has all the amenities you could wish for including a well provisioned kitchen, washing machine and lashings of hot water on tap. The roof terraces have absolutely stunning mountain views, all to be enjoyed with the aid of food and drink from the one terrace or a jacuzzi soak from the other.

Robin makes him self available at all times should you require any information or assistance and there are also various reference books and guides for guest use.

Canar is a very nice village, with friendly people, a decent shop and a lovely languid feel to the whole place. It feels as though you have stepped out of time when you are there and indeed the village clock chimes the hour twice at five minute intervals as if to remind itself that it's part of the real world.

The house is right next to the GR7 trail path, and is well placed for superb mountain walks, a good example being the 90 minute not-to-taxing stroll to the village of Soportujar via an impressive waterfall.

All in all a terrific place and location, in fact I liked it so much I am going back next week to repeat the whole experience!

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: April 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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stunning views and local charm

  • 5 of 5

A perfect base to explore the Sierra Nevadas. The drive from Malaga is straightforward with stunning views as you head up from Orgiva to Canar. We had a warm welcome from Robyn and he left us some wine, beer and supplies. The apartment is lovely and has all mod cons. The hot tub was a real bonus to ease our tired legs after wandering around the beautiful villages. The local shop is superbly well stocked and we had freshly baked bread every morning. Granda and the coast are within an easy drive, for perfect day trips. We had good weather and Robyn's recommendations for restaurants and scenic road trips really made our holiday. My seven year old godson loved the freedom and I would recommend families to stay here. Walkers and gastronomes will find this a perfect base to explore and indulge from. The price was perfect. We will have wonderful memories of our 5 days and I will be looking forward to the summer holidays when I can return again. Thank you Robyn. Karrie , Ailsa and Murray

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: April 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Santa Clara, Granada
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Autovia Sierra Nevada
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Canar is the first village of the High Alpujarra, overlooking the local market town of Orgiva. Just below the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, and on the famous GR7 walking route, Canar is only an hour from The Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens in Granada.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cáñar, Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
16 Jun 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn/Winter/Spring 2018-2019
15 Sep 2018 - 14 Jun 2019
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Summer 2019
15 Jun 2019 - 13 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A 25% deposit is payable at the time of booking, with the balance payable upon arrival in Canar, in cash, in Euros.
Extra days (per day) beyond 1 week will be calculated pro-rata. Short breaks of less than a week available any time except Summer season. Bespoke quotes available upon request.
DISCOUNT - 10% if El Tinao is booked for 2 weeks or more

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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