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3 bedrooms, sleeps 4 plus 2 children

More character than a Cervantes classic

For peace and tranquillity, this rustic cottage is hard to beat. Life is much as it has always been, no mains electricity, no shops or bars, no street lights … no streets ...

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Bedrooms

Three (two doubles, one twin bedded).

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Pool

N/A; no swimming pool.

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Location

In the tiny hamlet of Puerto Juviley, 10 km from Órgiva in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

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390 € per week.

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Hard to beat

If you looking for the no-frills, authentic experience of the Alpujarra of old, in a beautiful rural spot, this is the place.

If you looking for the no-frills, authentic experience of the Alpujarra of old, in a beautiful rural spot, this is the place.

For peace and tranquillity, away from it all, Puerto Juviley is hard to beat. Life here in the tiny agricultural hamlet is lived much as it always has been.

The dozen or so villagers still plough their land with mules and, only a few years ago, the women did their washing in the river. There is no mains electricity, there are no shops or bars, no streets or street lighting.

The church opens once a year - for the fiesta of their patron saint. And once she has done her stuff, it doubles up as the disco too, with paso dobles very much the order of the day!

Walk along by the cane and bulrushes down by the river and you almost feel that you are in Mexico, rather than Spain.

Old and unpretentious

Charming and characterful, the house has been minimally modernized but other than that, is exactly as it was over a hundred years ago.

This cottage used to be part of a "parador", or inn, catering to travellers along the Camino Réal (Royal Road) from Granada to Almería.

Before motor roads were built - just before the Civil War - this pass was the only way through the mountains to the coast. Mules, horses and donkeys, sheep, goats and pigs on their way to market bedded down here for the night along with their owners.

But fear not, these days you can choose your own bedfellows!

The house itself is old and unpretentious, very simply furnished but clean, well-swept and with more character than a Cervantes classic.

Old, charming and characterful, it has been minimally modernized: it now has hot and cold water and electric light [solar powered], a bathroom (with bath, bidet and flush toilet), and a basic kitchen with gas cooker and fridge.

A wonderful world

For anyone who enjoys the genuine atmosphere of an age almost forgotten, it's a lovable, delightful place.

Otherwise the cottage is as it was over a hundred years ago, built of local stone and plaster, bamboo, trees and clay. Walls are whitewashed and some rooms still have their original lime plaster floors. Although there is piped water, it is not chlorinated so you will need to fetch drinking water from the spring by the river.

The stairs are massive, not for anyone with wobbly legs, and in order to get to the second and third bedrooms upstairs, you will need to pass through the first bedroom.

But here you will sleep well, the crickets singing down by the river to accompany your dreams.

There is a large covered balcony upstairs with a wonderful view up the valley and a small private patio downstairs with an old fashioned sink for clothes washing and a washing line, together with a table, chairs and sun umbrella.

Natural delights

Situated in a beautiful and tranquil river valley, here you can wander freely by the river, through woods and fields and up into the mountains.

The one kilometre track down to Puerto Juviley is steep and winding, a bit eyebrow-raising in places (don't go over the edge … ) but easily passable in an ordinary car. Parking is below the village and a steepish path leads up to the house. The English owners live a little further up the lane.

Certainly not luxurious, but for anyone who enjoys the genuine atmosphere of an age almost forgotten, it's a lovable, delightful place. The terrace spaces are really nice and there is a wealth of nature and wonderful countryside all around to explore. Children love it, and adults too.

Situated in a beautiful and tranquil river valley, here you can wander freely through the woods and fields and up into the mountains. It is a natural adventure playground for children, with no danger from cars. Discover the nostalgic delights of making mud pies and dams in the streams!

In summer there are natural pools for swimming in the river. Autumn and spring are perfect for walking and cycling, and the display of wild flowers and almond blossom from late January onwards is spectacular.

Lots of animals live near the river: wild boar, ibex, eagles, foxes, vultures and turtles. The sound of the gently burbling stream competes with birdsong and rippling leaves.

It's only one kilometre up to the main road from here (and then quickly on to Granada, the Mediterranean coast … wherever you want) - but down here in the river valley, this is a very different - and really wonderful - world!

Villa Details

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Distribution

Ground floor

  • Entrance hall
  • Sitting / dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom (shower over bath tub)
  • Private patio in front of the house

First floor

  • 3 inter-connecting bedrooms :
    • 2 doubles
    • 1 twin bedded
  • Terrace (part shaded)

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Radio / CD

Amenities

  • Open fireplace in the living room
  • Portable gas heaters
  • All linen is provided (but not pool towels)
  • Cot available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Gas Oven
  • Gas hob (4 rings)
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Juicer, Kettle, Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Basic outdoor table and chairs and a sun umbrella

Notes

12v solar power only, converted to 220 volts, so mobile phones and laptops can be charged (note however that there's no internet here). Radio cassettes are OK, but more powerful appliances such as hairdryers cannot be used

There is no fixed changeover day, so visitors can arrive and depart on any day of the week

You will need to draw drinking water freshly from a spring near the river

Sorry, no animals; the owner is allergic to cats and dogs

There are no roads in the village. Cars are parked down by the river and from there it is a short, uphill walk (2 mins) to the house

This, plus the very steep stairs in the house itself, means that the house is not suitable for those who have walking problems

A starter pack of basics to get you through the first night can usually be arranged for a supplement (payable locally)

Out of consideration for the neighbours, and also to make it easier for you, we ask guests to arrive in the hours of daylight if at all possible.There is no street lighting (no streets either) so you will need to bring torches

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Prices and Seasons

ZA 20

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices are the same throughout the year 390 € 780 €

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2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
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A 250 Euro security deposit is required on each booking. This is held against your credit or debit card and will be cancelled one week after your holiday, subject to any reductions for breakages or damage. See Terms and Conditions for full details.

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In the tiny hamlet of Puerto Juviley, 10 km from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada)

Location

Accessed by a 1km track (negotiable with care in an ordinary car but with unguarded drops in places) in the tiny hamlet of Puerto Juviley (no facilities); 10 km from Torvizcón (simple shopping, a few bars, a small hotel and a wine factory); 10 km from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

Granada (all facilites) 50 mins.

Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 35 mins; Almuñecar 50 mins; Nerja 1 hr.

Bubión (high mountain walking and horse riding etc) 45 mins; Capileira 50 mins

Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1½ hrs

Malaga 1½ hrs; Córdoba 3 hrs; Ronda 3 hrs; Sevilla 3½ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Granada 50 mins; Málaga 1½ hrs; Sevilla 3½ hrs.

See our Links Page for web sites of airlines traveling to Andalucia from the UK.

Around and About

This is an excellent base from which to explore this delightful and very beautiful part of Andalucía.

Excursions

  • Órgiva is a natural communication centre: four roads depart from here, one linking Las Alpujarras with Salobreña and the Costa Tropical to the south; another heads west, through Lanjarón, leading on to Granada. A third one, through Torviscón, takes one through the foothills of the Contraviesa into the remoter villages of the Eastern Alpujarras; the fourth winds up into the Sierra Nevada, ascending to Pampaneira, Bubión, Capileira, Trevélez and the other high mountain villages.
  • Órgiva is an interesting - many would call it unique - mix of modern Spanish, more traditional Alpujarran characteristics and seekers of an alternative lifestyle.
  • All seem to live harmoniously here, local dumper-truck drivers alongside tai-chi practitioners; traditional Spanish Catholics alongside Zen Buddhists. It's an eclectic mix and all the more interesting for it.
  • It has developed service industries to cater for the needs of a very wide catchment area. Everything from supermarkets and pizzerias, banks and building suppliers, camp sites and petrol stations. The weekly (Thursday morning) market is not to be missed.
  • The Costa Tropical is just over half an hour away. The closest beaches are at Salobreña. Further along the coast, there's bigger Almuñecar, the beautiful bay of La Herradura and then the much more "international" resort of Nerja at the start of the Costa del Sol. With a strong British presence (you can have a curry here ... ) it boasts 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water.
  • On this stretch of coast you can choose between fairly isolated, beautiful coves or any one of the different sized resort towns. Cheerful, peaceful, laid back places in the best tradition of the Spanish seaside, a relaxed lunch at one of the beach bars is highly recommended - even in winter if the sun is shining!
  • Just 50 minutes away, Granada is, of course, a must-see city. Soaring high above is the spectacular back drop of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains. And what a city lies below, a city of classical beauty, the jewel in the Spanish Crown.
  • The mesmerising Alhambra Palace and its exquisite gardens, one of the world's greatest wonders; the narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful walled gardens of the ancient Arab quarter, El Albaicín; the magnificent Cathedral, just one of many superb examples of Renaissance architecture; the caves of Sacramonte, nostalgic legacy of the gypsies.
  • A city which inspired García Lorca, Andalucía's finest poet, it is, above all, a people's city, full of life and colour, energy and fun.
  • On the northern slopes of Sierra Nevada, top class skiing is 1½ hours drive away. This can be excellent but avoid weekends, when the Granadinos swarm up from the city.
  • If wonderful mountain scenery is your thing, then stay right here in Las Alpujarras! Between the highest mountains in Spain and the Mediterranean Sea, this is a joyous land of sunshine, snowy mountains and some of the most splendid scenery imaginable. From the snows to the sea, there are panoramic views in every direction, from the peaks of Veleta and Mulhacén to the southern sierras and the Mediterranean beyond.
  • The high mountains have their own special beauty: wild and brooding in winter, they come alive in early summer with the scents of wild herbs and the spectacle of tiny, brilliantly coloured flowers, many of them unique to Sierra Nevada.
  • Altitude and sun have combined to evolve more endemic botanical species in Las Alpujarras than in all the rest of Europe. Mountain goats, wild boar, foxes, eagles, goshawks and partridge inhabit the sierras. Mules and donkeys still labour in the fields, sheep and goats graze the hillsides. Trout fill the rivers.
  • The Moors took refuge in these hills and resisted here, maintaining their customs and way of life for well over a hundred years after they were expelled from Granada in 1492 by their Christian conquerors. Las Alpujarras was their final battlefield in Spain.
  • Their legacy is to be seen everywhere: in the distinctive architecture of the mountain villages and in the intricate system of irrigation waterways which they built and which still keep the landscape green and fertile, fed by the snows melting high in the sierras above.
  • The architecture of the little mountain villages is unique in Europe and is identical to Berber originals in the Atlas mountains of Northern Africa. With dwellings characterised by flat roofs and prominent chimney pots, the villages were built by the Berber settlers whose creation imitated and followed the half-natural, half-man made designs of their own mountain lands.
  • Beautiful in their simplicity, the villages appear to tumble haphazardly down the steep hillsides, connected by a labyrinth of narrow, winding cobbled streets. A picture to behold, glistening white in the sun, roses and geraniums spilling from every nook and cranny.

Activities

  • Las Alpujarras offers some of the finest mountain walking, horse riding and cycling anywhere in Europe.
  • And, of course, here you are well placed to travel to the ski resort high in La Sierra Nevada.
  • On the Costa Tropical, activities on offer include scuba, cavern and technical diving, as well as horse riding and tennis, paragliding, climbing, and abseiling.

The Area

Las Alpujarras

From the highest mountains in Spain and the Mediterranean Sea, Las Alpujarras is one of the most beautiful regions in the world …
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Órgiva

The largest town in the area (pop: 5,000), it is a little market town with a cosmopolitan and eccletic mix of peoples and lifestyles …
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