“Escape the stresses of modern life.
Wake up to birdsong and goat bells!”
El Valle de Lecrín is magical. A sheltered green valley between mountain ranges with a privileged microclimate. A rural escape which feels a million miles from the rat race but is well-served by country trails and good, quiet roads. A perfect base for exploring hidden Andalucia on foot, and by bike or car.
The Moors knew it as the valley of happiness and today it remains unspoilt by traffic, commercial development or light pollution.
The air is fresh and fragrant with the scent of jasmine, orange blossom, and wild herbs. Drover trails and ancient footpaths wind around Béznar lake and criss-cross the hills in all directions - a great way to explore the area. The landscape is dotted with natural springs, wild flowers, white cortijos, and the ruins of Arab castles. There is also plenty of choice for the serious hiker and mountain biker in the nearby Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama and the Sierra Nevada where you can also ski and snowboard from November to April.
By contrast Granada’s coastline is known as the Costa Tropical. The year-round sunshine supports sugar cane, avocados and custard apples. For much of the year looking back northwards from the beach at Motril there is a breathtaking view of snowy peaks soaring above the palm trees. Wow!
♥ Casa Mamá Estrella is a real retreat
yet within easy reach of
- historic Granada City and its exotic moorish vibe
- the Mediterranean Sea and a wide choice of lovely beaches
- two golf courses - Santa Clara, Otura and Los Moriscos, Motril.
- 50 mins to a cerveza on Nerja's impressive Balcón de Europa
- 45 mins to the Sierra Nevada ski station or the intriguing Berber villages of the high Alpujarras
- 30 mins to Salobreña's higgledy piggledy old town and its medieval castle rising up above the sea
- 20 mins from the spa town of Lanjarón, gateway to the Sierra Nevada National Park
- 10 mins from an excellent supermarket
Our village of Melegís
is a picture postcard of whitewashed houses, lush allotments, and bougainvillea on every street corner. There are several pretty plazas and a handsome 16th Century church fronted by a 500 year old elm tree. A complex network of acequias (ancient water channels) brings the mountain snowmelt to irrigate the village's citrus, almond and olive groves. The sound and sight of crystal clear running water in the high heat of summer is an unexpected delight. The south side of the village provides breathtaking views of Béznar lake and the surrounding hills.
Just a short walk from the house there is an excellent family-run restaurant/bar. Meson Los Naranjos is known for its home-cooked food and pretty vine-covered terrace overlooking the village viewing point and lake. It is only a few minutes’ drive to a good choice of others.
The GR7 long distance trans-European footpath (Tarifa - Athens) winds through the village and there are countless other walks/cycle rides from your door.
There is also a good village shop, children’s play area, multi-use games area and outdoor gym for public use. Bread vans stop daily outside your door with a bib of the horn. (Bread still baked in a traditional wood fired oven.). There is a tiny market every other Monday outside the church.