3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Relax in comfort or explore historic Granada
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About Ann Wiegand
My husband is a scholar of Andalusian literature and history. I am a graphic designer. We live in Chicago, Illinois, where we experience a much different climate. We have traveled to Spain and to Granada many times over the last 20 years and frankly, we love it. Alhambra is one of the most visually rich world heritage sites and right on our doorstep. Our work is in Illinois, but we hope someday to make our favorite vacation destination our home.
Ann Wiegand purchased this House in 2017
Why Ann Wiegand chose Albolote
We fell in love with this house the first time we saw it. Its sunny open floor plan, the old growth garden, and the large patio hit all the right cues for us. I love to swim, so the enormous and beautiful pool that we share with just a few of our immediate neighbors clinched the deal. No maintenance, just the pleasure of walking out the door to swim or sunbathe. The Cubiallas reservoir would allow me to canoe or get better at windsurfing. The University of Granada has a nautical campus is a 10-minute walk, and rents watercraft. I don't even have to bring equipment with me. With easy access to the highway, easy parking and shopping close by, it was clear that we could live comfortably and take advantage of all that southern Spain has to offer including the rich history of Cordoba, Seville, Rhonda, Malaga and of course, Aben Amar's jewel, Granada.
What makes this House unique
Location. Granada without congestion. Beautiful, comfortable, and easy parking. Access to Alhambra and all of historic Granada. All of Andalusia within hours by car. Easy trips to restaurants, groceries, and shopping. Hiking, biking and water sports right here. Easy distances for skiing and beaches on the Mediterranean. Have lunch by the sea.
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The number one attraction in our area is the Alhambra. This “ornament of the world” was built by the Nasrids in the 13th century. It was surrendered by the Moors to Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. It is a world heritage site with an amazing garden and must not be missed. You can buy inexpensive tickets online, but buy them early, the whole world is in line to see this “place of dreams” and your dates could sell out!
There are many wonderful places to see in Granada that don’t require a ticket. We have a local guide at your disposal who will show you the best of Granada: walking tours of historical features, some easily missed, information about the many local fiestas, help to find good flamenco shows and the best tapas bars.
Totally modern, the sparkling Nevada shopping “city” is a not-to-be-missed shopping experience. It is a city unto itself. If you never have time to shop at home you can make up for it here!
If you are staying in summer you can relax by the pool, in winter warm up by a wood fire in the living room. Inside our gated urbanization there is a tavern and a convenience store in case you feel like just relaxing at home.
There are forest preserves near-by for hiking or exploring the natural beauty of the area. The Sierra Nevadas offer skiing into May and are always available for hiking.
We have easy access to the main highways. It's easy to park at our house. While a car isn't necessary, it does give you easy access to this amazingly beautiful area. Famous destinations of Andalusia, Cordoba, Malaga, Ronda and more, are day trips. These richly historical destinations are all well described in tourist books. While Cordoba is a personal favorite, all of them are wonderful.
To experience more of Southern Spain, here are a few less celebrated but very worthwhile destinations which are easy day trips from our house.
Antequera This area was already ancient in Roman times. The town has some interesting 16th to 18th-century buildings and of course places for lunch or coffee but the most unique part of a trip to Antequera is to be found just east of the city. There are three Cuveas de Menga, Neolithic monuments, built sometime between 4500 and 2500 BC. Here you can feel humanity reaching across millennia to demonstrate the permanence built by cooperation. There are three dolmens, each with figures and symbols around the walls left by those long-ago inhabitants of the area.
Laguna de Fuente de Piedra
A little over an hour away, Laguna de Fuenta de Piedra is a breeding ground for flamingos from March to September. The cooler months of the year they migrate to Africa. Birders could manage a trip to Parque Natural de las Sierras Subbeticas de Cordoba in the same day. This area is off the beaten path, an hour from Fuente de Piedra. Here you will find remarkable landscape and an opportunity to spot eagles, falcons, vultures, and partridge! Making a triangle, another hour gets you back home to Casa Aben Amar
Lanjaron, in Las Alpujarras
45 minutes south of us is Lanjarron, an ancient town that has been a spa retreat since Roman times. It is very famous for its crystal spring waters, believed to have curative properties, which you will find bottled in every grocery store. The area is rich in Moorish history, very popular with tourists for the picturesque villages and handcrafted rugs. If you are here for Holy Week the fiesta is considered one of the best in the region.
Costa del Sol and Salobrena
About an hour from the house, Salobrena is a lovely town at the top of a beautiful, sprawling Mediterranean beach. Take a day to bask in the sun, eat grilled fish by the sea and romp in the waves or book a fishing trip.
This town is a Renaissance architectural jewel located about an hour from the house.