House in Alhama De Granada, Andalucia, Spain - In The Arabic Quarter, Right On The Square Of The Main Church
Stephen & Allison McCann
- english, spanish
About Stephen & Allison McCann
My wife and I have recently retired, we have 3 kids, one is living and working in London, one working in Leeds and one in university in Leeds. Since retirement we spend a lot more time in this part of Andalucia, our Spanish is improving (slowly) and we are certainly getting to know the area even better. It is a delight to be here.
Stephen & Allison McCann purchased this House in 2009
Why Stephen & Allison McCann chose Alhama de Granada
We love this part of Spain, we try to visit as often as possible. We feel it is an authentic Spanish town - incredible light, fabulous food, great people and hardly any English spoken. It is not far from the airport at Malaga, but it is a million miles from the pubs and full English breakfasts on the coast. Also the prices are a lot more reasonable than the coast, you are simply charged the same as the locals.
What makes this House unique
When we stay at the house, even if it is for a long weekend we feel immediately relaxed. It is a very healthy place to be, the food is great, people are friendly and the temperature is perfect whatever time of the year we visit. We wanted to be in a small town, so that everything is in walking distance, shops, cafe bars, the gorge, the spa ... it takes a little over an hour to get from Malaga, we park the car and it mostly stays there for the entire duration of the trip. The level of stress reduction is amazing when you can leave the car and walk everywhere.
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Lovely house in a beautiful village. Cool rooms comfy beds and relaxing hot tub
We love the village of Alhama De Granada and the typical village town house was great nice bottle of cava waiting for us and a warm hot tub to drink it in.
So pleased that you had such a good time in our lovely little town.
Fantastic! Amazing little house, beautifully presented in a picture perfect town.
This is the sort of place you would want to keep as your own secret hide away.
The town is charming, friendly and with a good mix of authentic country life and modern sophistication.
Wander the streets or explore the gorge or use it for a base to see Granada. We found ourselves forgoing a planned day in Granada to spend more time in Alharma.
Steve, the owner was kind and generous with information and a joy to deal with, as was his friend who greeted us and introduced us to the house and town.
In short, we would go out of our way to spend more time at this quaint, charming, wonderfully positioned home.
(the only warning is that you will need to negotiate stairs)
Thank you for your very kind words. Of course you are welcome back anytime.
Special interest holidays:
Alhama de Granada is a classic, beautiful rural Andalucian spa town with a spectacular gorge and fantastic countryside all around. Lake Bermajales is nearby (12km) where there is a choice of water sports including swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, sail boating, pedalos and fishing. Close by there is also horse riding, hiking, quad biking, go carting, mountain biking and cycling. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, serious hiking and bird watching. A short walk up the gorge there is Ventoro spa with many treatments including massage & hydrotherapy. The wonderful city of Granada with the Albaicin and world famous Alhambra Palace is 40 mins drive away or 1 hour by local bus. Public swimming pools, there is an open air pool in town with grassy areas and a bar and one at Pato Loco a 25 min walk up the gorge. At the bottom of town the balneario spa dates from Roman times, the thermal waters are 47 degrees C. There are also photography, cookery, creative writing courses in town.
There are a number of sandy beaches on Bermajales lake 15 minutes drive away. Torre del Mar is a 45 minutes drive. Nerja is 1 hour 15 mins drive, there are a number of beaches and of course the world famous caves. El Palo beach 1 hour 20 mins drive nice sandy beach with beach front restaurants and bars.
Malaga airport is 1 hour and 20 minutes drive. Granada airport is 40 minutes drive. Car hire is recommended, but not essential. Once in Alhama everything you need is in walking distance; food stores, cafe/ bars, restaurants, banks and public swimming baths. It is also possible to arrive by train - the new high speed AVE links Malaga to Madrid and in turn the rest of Europe. There is a bus service to the city of Granada, which runs 3/4 times a day and takes 1 hr. Airport pick up can be arranged.
Granada City 45 mins. Granada Airport 40 mins. Loja 30 mins. Lake Bermejales 15 mins. Malaga airport 1 hour 20 mins.
Malaga town 1 hour 10 mins. Nerja 1 hour 10 mins. Montefrio 1 hour. Antequera 1 hour. Archidona 1 hour. Sevilla 2 hours. Lake Iznajar 2 hours. Cordoba 2 hours 10 mins.
There are 4 fresh fish shops in the town, 3 butchers, 4 fresh fruit and vegetable shops, 6small supermarkets, banks, hardware stores, a market on Fridays selling a big variety of flowers, vegetables and clothes etc. There are around 36 cafe bars in the town, pretty much all serve food, hot and cold drinks, Some of our personal favourites include: Ochoa: classic Spanish rural bar, serving great rustic plates of food, local wine and draft beer. Run by Josephina and Paco. This place has very friendly service and in the colder months they place trays of hot olive wood coals (Braseros) under your table to keep you warm. Le Seguriya: sit down restaurant, run by Paco and Lola. Great food and relaxed atmosphere. There is a fantastic terrace overlooking the gorge. Meson Diego: Great for 'menu del dia' served every weekday lunchtime - around 8 euros for 3 courses and a drink. The terrace is a suntrap, which is great for most of the year, but it can be a bit hot in summer, there is an air-conditioned restaurant inside. Bar Andaluz: Also do a great 'menu del dia' served every weekday lunchtime - around 8 euros for 3 courses. Again catches the Sun. Bar Gallego: modern bar, serving great and interesting tapas. El Tigre: Is run by the effervescent Antonia, it is the small traditional bar by the top corner of Constitution, fabulous tapas, stand inside if you can. In the summer season, they have control of a big space at the top of the square. La Crème: This is an ice cream and coffee shop. Also one of the best places in town to get a fresh loaf of bread. Another favourite is a restaurant with great pizza called 'Al Dente' sandwiched between Bar Andaluz and Meson Diego on the main square, it has a small front but lots of room inside. There are two thermal spas on the edge of town offering spas, massages and a full list of other treatments with which to pamper yourself.