|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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 6 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.
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 Oscar’s 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!
We absolutely love Spain and have been going for many years now but I have to say sitting outside Oscars we felt as if we were just waiting
on John Wayne turning up - the place is amazing - I keep telling people you really have to see it to believe it !
A delightful house and delightful Spanish town (despite the weather). The house is situated in the perfect location, very spacious and very well equipped (thank you Kevin for having stairgates fitted in preparation for our stay). There were 6 of us in our party and the house was plenty big enough, even when taken over by 2 little children :-)
Alora is a beautiful town with a lovely lovely atmosphere. The locals are very friendly and appreciative of our 'poor' attempts at Spanish! Lovely bars and resturants and the sweet shop just outside the house was a hit with the little ones.
The Easter festival / parades were fantastic and it was delightul to be able to watch these from the comfort of the balcony and still soak up the atmosphere! The location of the house couldn't be more perfect for watching events in the square.
Malaga is just a short train ride away with a lovely beach and shopping and the surrounding area is breathtaking!
We really enjoyed our time at the house. The roof terrace is wonderful - super views over the square and the surrounding hills and the perfect place to watch the sun go down. 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. Fortunately the church bells are turned off at night but it's lovely to listen to them during the day. The house itself was very comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay. The view from the front bedrooms is excellent. There are lots of shops, bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk - definitely one of the big advantages of staying in town. The surrounding area is fabulous- the children really enjoyed taking pedalos out on the beautiful lakes to the North of Alora. Great walks are everywhere. Malaga is only half an huor away and well worth a visit too. We can't wait to return!
Neil and family
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 were able to use our bit of Spanish, everyone was very encouraging and friendly. 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!!!! At first the hills seemed a bit daunting but we got used to them surprisingly quickly.
We had a day out at the lakes, absolutely beautiful scenery and good food reasonably priced in the lakeside restaurant "Kiosk".
We also had a day out at the beach, Torremelinos, and were pleasantly surprised to find mostly spanish people there. Again lovely food reasonably priced.
Would definitely love to go again
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
|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