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Authentic Spanish townhouse overlooking the historic Plaza Baja de la Despedia

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Large 3 bedroom refurbished traditional house with stunning views

I love this house! It overlooks the old town square; sits opposite the 300 year old church and behind the even older Moorish castle and is at the heart of this historic old quarter. Step outside the front door into life in this fascinating town, step back in and relax in a comfortable and spacious house – and enjoy the wonderful views from the roof terrace over the square, the rooftops of the town and the countryside around El Hacho, the local mountain. The old town of Alora is still a pueblo blanco (white-walled village) with narrow whitewashed streets, steep slopes, churches, lemon trees, coffee shops and bars where people gather, and the old square is at the heart of this and the traditional Andalucian life it represents. Alora has a rich history and there are plenty of places to visit (see owner profile), though it also has a more modern quarter with reasonable and interesting shops and many bars and restaurants. So, everything you could want, really!

Why we bought a house in Alora: We have been coming to Alora for 12 years now. We were looking to buy a house somewhere in southern Spain and knew this was the right town as soon as we arrived. We wanted somewhere that felt “properly like Spain”, true to the traditional way of life with its unique character, but big enough to have plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and other facilities and we wanted there to be lots of interesting places to visit in the area. And we wanted somewhere that was good for walking, which around Alora is magnificent. Despite being in the middle of town we can walk from the door and be in the countryside in five minutes (literally). Then at El Chorro, eight miles north, you have so many incredible geological features and some of the most famous climbing cliffs in Europe, and in the wider area more mountains than you could wish for, as well as the now world famous Caminita del Rey

But Alora is not just a historic town: It has a more modern quarter with reasonable and interesting shops and many bars and restaurants, all within walking distance. Whether you prefer quiet bars, like the one in the square, or the lively chaos of Kana’s (thankfully) on the other side of town, there’s a bar you will like. Similarly restaurants, Casa Abilio has the reputation but there are many others, the simple family run El Pelli, the quirky Casita de Aperros (The Tool Shed), Correos – the old post office, the venta La Higuera with it’s splendid views and the rural Roca Bella in the mountains come to mind. Plus, tapas, tapas, tapas wherever you go! So, as I said at the start, everything you could want, really! Explore traditional Spain, live life in this fascinating town, eat in pleasant restaurants, walk in delightful countryside but most of all, relax and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere – wonderful.

Accreditation with Your Holiday Matters: We are extremely pleased to have been accredited by “Your Holiday Matters” - an independent assurance of quality. Membership can not be bought, and is only awarded to owners who demonstrate that they really care about providing a consistently high level of customer service and accommodation. Additionally, all applications are objectively assessed by an owners' panel who also directly consult former guests to vouch for their holiday experience. So if you book with us you can be sure the accommodation will live up to expectations and that we will provide everything we say we will!

More Details

Kevin Mawdesley
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Spanish
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely time and we loved your house, especially the roof terrace! We all thought Alora was amazing, loved the fact it is so Spanish still, couldn't believe our eyes on Sunday when we saw the fiesta, the costumes, the horses etc. None of us have ever been anywhere quite so unspoilt by tourists and it was lovely. We loved watching the hustle and bustle of the square, got chatting to quite a few locals, the man in the shop next to Oscars even made Glynn a jug of gezpacio!!!! Glynn and Hilary Fox and family

We really enjoyed our time at the house. There's always something going on the square- children playing, locals collecting water from the fountain, dogs chasing each other- it's a real slice of proper Spain. There are lots of shops, bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk - definitely one of the big advantages of staying in town. Great walks are everywhere. Malaga is only half an hour away and well worth a visit too. We can't wait to return! Neil and family
May 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Álora in Valle del Guadalhorce

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Two room suite including separate dressing room
  • All the bedrooms are of good size and well appointed. Bedroom 3 is two rooms combined - a double bed and seating area overlooking the square and a separate dressing room. The other two bedrooms are large doubles, one of which also has a balcony to the square.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Unusually the house has two kitchens, one in the “normal” place, near the dining room on the ground floor but also one on the roof near the terrace. In this part of Spain you will probably find that you want to eat out of doors most of the year and there is a dining area on the roof terrace that comfortably seats 6. In such a large house you definitely need a second bathroom but having a second kitchen next to the roof terrace as well is a real bonus, it just makes life so much easier!


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Authentic Spanish townhouse overlooking the historic Plaza Baja de la Despedia
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

a delight

  • 5 of 5

Kevins house lived up to expectations,the house its self had everything you would

need though we only really used the top two floors.The stairs toughened us up for exploring Alora and the environs,the square and its inhabitants were a constant delight,we returned from el chorro one night to find a horse tethered to the front door its owner was quick to appear full of smiles and appologies.In the square there are several shops and bars to supply most if not all of your needs including cheerful spanish lessons.

Two tips;

Even if ,like us,your not religious the mass one sunday was beautifully sung,an uplifting way to start the day.

If like us you are not computer savvy pensioners(jubilardos a much finer spanish version)be aware that tickets for the Caminito del Rey can only be purchased online and well in advance.There are plenty of other good things to do there.

We used the local buses to come and go and the drivers soon got to now us and were very helpful .

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Paul. It's always great to hear that guests have really enjoyed their stay and appreciated the eclectic life in the square to the full. With best wishes, Kevin
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Few days in alora

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house very clean everything you need. Beautiful Spanish village

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this, Jayne - glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again, Kevin
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Nice House, Thanks

  • 5 of 5

Short stay but very enjoyable, many thanks

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely spacious house in a very interesting town

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely old townhouse in Alora. We alternated between walking in the mountains in the surrounding countryside and relaxing on the fantastic roof terrace. The property was as per the owner's description and very well looked after. Communication with the owner was excellent, he provided us with lots of useful information and was extremely helpful throughout the whole process.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this, Elaine. Obviously I'm happy when people have had a really good holiday at the house but I enjoyed communicating with you also and I especially liked that you enjoyed many of the walks I suggested. I hope I hear from you again. With best wishes, Kevin
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happy days

  • 4 of 5

a little disappointed there was no electric in the downstairs kitchen.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay, Barry. I was there the week after you and, as always, enjoyed once more the atmosphere of the square. Again apologies for the (now resolved) problems in one of the kitchens. With best wishes, Kevin
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A taste of Spain!

  • 4 of 5

A lovely, interesting house on four floors, well furnished and equipped and very clean and comfortable. Situated near the centre of Alora in a lively plaza near to many good quality small shops and friendly bars. Owner is genuinely interested in customer's experience of the area and very quick to respond to email queries. Beautiful surrounding countryside, especially El Chorro and the lakes. Frequent, good train service to Malaga. New train service to El Chorro.

Very good restaurant in Alora: Casa Abilio. We ordered 4 dishes to share and the waiter brought them all separately, divided up for us! Really tasty interesting food.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
In the square
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
On the coast
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Costa del Sol
Car: recommended

Alora is steeped in history. Highlights are the dramatic Moorish castle, built by the Phoneticians, expanded by the Romans, destroyed by the Visigoths and finally re-built by the Moors; “La Encarnation”, the church in the square, which took almost 100 years to build and, after the cathedral in Malaga, is one on the largest in the region; and the Shrine of Our Lady of Flores, celebrated by a joyous festival each September. There is much else in the town - the museum Rafael Leria, opposite the house, is a great place to learn about its heritage. There are also many interesting places to visit in the vicinity – the Roman baths and old bullring at Carratraca, the ruins of Bobastro, the lakes and spectacular gorge of El Chorro, the incredible medieval town of Ronda, flamenco dances, the wonderfully named Villanueva de la Conception in the shadow of El Torcal, the surprising character and vibrancy of Malaga, the flamingo breeding grounds (10,000 flamingos), El Santo de Pizarra and much more.

Other Activities: Many walking itineraries at the house


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Álora, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season rate
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

WINTER PRICES ALL SUMMER!!! - To "re-launch" the property we are offering winter rates - just £290 per week - for all of 2016.

Also, cheaper airfares tend to be in mid-week and to let you take advantage of these we keep the changeover day flexible, even in the main summer season. For a family of four this can save you £200 or more on flights. We also try to help you by accepting bookings to start and finish on any days that are available, mid-week or weekends and will accept bookings for odd-length holidays

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