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Casa Ladera Holiday Home. Iznate, Spain (click for info.)

Casa Ladera is set in a small hamlet on the outskirts of Iznate and is within walking distance of the village. It faces South/West and has fantastic views over a big valley. It is a traditional, spacious 3 bedroom finca all on one level, located between the villages of Cajiz and Iznate. It is just 7kms inland. There are good sized outside terraces to the side which is the best spot to enjoy the sunset whilst sipping a glass of vino.

The living area is traditional with vaulted ceilings,  comfortable sofas, ‘free to view’ television (with all the English channels), CD player with I-pod dock and a DVD player, a wood burning stove, a large dining table and chairs and fully-fitted kitchen. There are three good sized bedrooms; one double with en-suite and two twin and a bathroom with bath and shower over. Outside the front is plenty of parking space for 2-3 cars. There is an outside BBQ near to the kitchen and to the rear of the house a private courtyard. Above the house is a 50m roof terrace with 360° views taking in Mount Maroma, the Sleeping Giants and the stunning Axarquia region

The pool is 6m x 4m and is 1.5m deep. There is an outside shower,  sunloungers and outside seating and table to enjoy a BBQ also with great views across the valley. Children are to be supervised at all times and there are gates to the pool area that we can supply locks for, if you wish.

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Why holiday in Andalucia?

If you’re looking for an idyllic holiday location where the sun shines and Spanish charm is in abundance, then Andalucia may be absolutely perfect for you. Laced with beautiful beaches, countryside and traditional villages, this region of Spain has been a popular holiday destination for decades. You’ll discover a diverse range of restaurants offering mouth-watering local cuisine and wines. With so much to offer Andalucia is a fantastic place to relax, unwind and soak up the culture.

Andalucía offers a wide range of gastronomic delights. Due to its close proximity to the coast fish and seafood dishes are very popular here. Our villa has a BBQ for our guests to use and in the local villages you will find restaurants offering traditional Spanish dishes from locally sourced olives and breads, tasty tapas, refreshing salads, gazpacho, sardines and of course Paella.

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The Local Weather

Current Weather


Iznate village is on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain.  The region is renowned for its wonderful weather, long sunny days and beautiful warm evenings.  It boasts, on average, around 2890 sunshine hours per year.

Summers in Andalucia are typically hot and dry, with July and August being the hottest months where temperatures reach around 90 degrees and there’s usually over 11 hours of sunshine each day.

Winters here are generally mild, with the winter months nice and warm, which also makes it a nice time to visit the region.

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Useful Information, Websites & Phone Numbers

Most local amenities, including the majority listed on this page, can be found within a 15 minute drive of Casa Ladera.

Supermarkets

El Ingenio (aka Eroskis) is a massive complex with approximately 65 outlets, cinemas, bowling and a food court.  There are also the supermarkets of Mercadona, Supersol, and Lidl (you can find Mercadona in either Torre del Mar or Chilches).

Markets

Torre Del Mar market is on a Thursday.  It is lovely to visit any of the markets (places and days are in the local newspapers) as produce is fresh and cheap (I always buy from stalls that have prices shown). There are also stalls with gifts, shoes, clothes, paintings, pottery, handbags, jewellery, spices, etc.

Bus Station

Drive down to Torre Del Mar, park near the bus station. You can then purchase a ticket to almost any town you would like to visit from the ticket office. Bus timetables can be found in the back of local newspapers.

Post Office

You will find the post office (El Correos) in Torre Del Mar, on the Balcon.

Chemist & Hospital

There is a good English speaking chemist (Farmacia) in Torre Del Mar. Directions are taking the coast road towards Torre del Mar, go past Mercadona on your right and at the next roundabout take the 3rd turning and then at the junction turn right. Pass the Bus Station on your right, take the road on the left at the traffic lights and the chemist has a white/green illuminous First Aid sign outsid.  There is a First Aid box in the third drawer down in the kitchen.

There is also a chemist in Iznate next to the church and a 24/7 one in Torrox Costa that is very good. Take the motorway to Torrox, head towards the coast (1st turning off on the roundabout), then again the first right on the next two roundabouts so you heading along the coast road. Continue along this road till you come to a roundabout and it is there (3rd turning).

The Hospital is based in Torre Del Mar. From the motorway, take directions towards El Ingenio, take the turning for Torre Del Mar (keeping right on the slip road) and then get into left hand lane. Go straight over at the roundabout, then through a housing estate and the hospital is straight down this road, on the left. Do not forget to take your EHIC card and Passport.

Water Park

The Aquavelis water park can be found opposite the El Ingenio Shopping Complex.

Flights

Car Hire

  • www.sixt.es – Pick car up at airport. Always competitive prices. We’ve never had any problems with them.
  • www.albacars.com – This car company has been highly recommended.  They actually arrive at the airport in your car and you just drive it away and then they meet you back at the airport when you leave.
  • www.carjet.com – Has the facility to choose to pay now, later or on arrival, and you can cancel up to 24hrs beforehand without penalty.
  • www.holidayautos.com (requires payment up front)
  • www.travelsupermarket.com/carhire (compares prices with most companies)

Other Useful Websites

Useful Telephone Numbers

Phoning Home

Using a UK mobile phone in Spain is expensive as sometimes you can pay for incoming calls as well as outgoing (probably best to check with your supplier or keep your phone turned off when not in use).  To phone home the code is 0044 then drop the first ‘0’.

In Case of Emergency

Emergency: 112
Ambulance: 061
Fire: 080
Police: 062
Hospital (Velez Malaga): 952 548 300

For Telephone Enquiries

Operator: 100
Enquiries: 195
International: 196

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The Local Area; Activities & Places To Visit

Casa Ladera is about a 40-45 minute drive from Malaga airport.  From the airport the drive is pretty straight forward travelling East along the coast on the motorway towards Nerja and Motril and taking the Iznate exit at km265 which is signposted Cajiz/Iznate. A more detailed map will be provided upon booking.

A similar distance again takes you further east to Nerja, which is well known for its Blue Flag beaches and excellent restaurants and bars. The coast and Torre del Mar is a 10-15 minute drive away from the casa. The town of Torre del Mar. has many shops and also here you can find a marina and aqua park next to a large shopping mall with hypermarket, cinema, bowling, Burger King, Dunnes department store, Zara, Mango, a food court and numerous other shops .

Also, there are two excellent 18-hole golf courses that are just a 15 minute drive away.

The list is endless. During your stay you may be tempted to go golfing, scuba diving, horse riding, sailing, walking, wine tasting and even skiing between the months of December and May. There are many leaflets at the house (3rd drawer down in the kitchen) but we do have some suggestions of our favourite places, as follows;

Beaches

Our favourite beaches are heading West, at Benajarafe (which has many beach cafes and children’s play areas) and at Rincon De La Victoria with its cavelike walkways along the front to get from one beach to another. Also at Rincon, you will find many delightful shops, restaurants and bars.

Heading East, towards Torre Del Mar, there are many little tracks that lead to Chiringuitos (cheap, basic beachbars) where you can find yourself a more secluded spot. Again heading towards Torre del Mar, just behind the Go-carting place, there is a nudist beach.

At Torre Del Mar there is the very long promenade along the beach-front, where in the evening you will find the locals parading in their finery, an excellent place to people watch. You can order a beer, sardines or paella and watch the sun go down over the sea, and then venture to the night market for your souvenirs. Further on  is the marina of Caleta de Velez that has some excellent fish restaurants.

Further east, beyond Nerja are the coastal towns of La Herradura and Almunecar, both with lovely pebbled beaches and clear sea for swimming and snorkling. Both seafronts also have a wonderful selection of restaurents.

Burriana Beach

Burriana Beach is Nerja’s biggest and busiest beach. Here you can enjoy the delights of sardines or the famous Mr Burriana who cooks an enormous paella over an open fire. There are also many typical beach activities available here.

Water Park

The Aquavelis water park can be found opposite the El Ingenio Shopping Complex.

Malaga

Best way to visit is to take the bus, no hassle of driving and finding a carpark. Just drive down to Torre Del Mar and park near the bus station. Purchase a return ticket from the ticket office. Buses are quite regular so there won’t be long to wait and either take a Directo bus (which travels along the motorway and takes approx 30 minutes) or the Non-directo bus which travels along the coast road (the N340 and takes approx 40 minutes). Get off in Malaga at the Port (El Porto). Please note that the bus station is based just opposite where you get your bus back to Torre del Mar, (it might say Velez Malaga on the front, passing through Torre del Mar).

Getting around the city. There is a sightseeing open-top bus that costs €13 which you can get on and off at different stops throughout your day. Or there are a choice of walks you can take throughout the city to visit certain sights. Don’t forget to take the leaflet with you with the walks detailed. The Picasso Museum is well worth a visit (€6). There are many international shops as well as designer shops. The city is beautiful and especially so at Christmas, but you will need to go later to appreciate the lights.

Nerja Caves

Discovered in 1959, the Nerja caves are now one of the biggest tourist attractions in Spain, visited by hundreds of thousands each year and is said to be one of the most beautiful cave complexes in Europe. We certainly haven’t seen anything like them anywhere else. Opening hours are 10.00-14.00 and 16.00-18.30.

Nerja and the Balcon de Europa

Nerja and the Balcon de Europa. A very café culture resort, which is famous for its Balcon and ‘blue flag’ beaches. It can cost a little more to enjoy a coffee in the main square but is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. Much of Nerja’s charm comes from its narrow winding streets. My wife loves Nerja and advises to just park the car and enjoy.

A bit further afield

Lake Vineula is an ideal place to tke a picnic and enjoy the scenery and the beauty of the Andalucian countryside.

Also within easy reach are the picturesque whitewashed villages of Competa and Frigiliana, both renowned for the locally produced wine, olive oil and handicraft. Also, not too far are the resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus.

For the more adventurous, why not take a day trip to the Sierra Nevada, Granada with its magnificent Alhambra Palace, or Seville, Cordoba and Gibraltar which are all manageable from Iznate.

*Prices are approximate and are only an indication as visited January, 2006

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About Iznate Village (The Moscate grape paradise)

The location of Iznate is on a protected hillside ‘Loma de Barcos’ and is a traditional white Spanish village set in the Adalucian countryside. It is surrounded by olive groves and almond trees. Goats are taken through the village daily and will occasionally be driven on the road to go into the ‘campo’ to graze along the roadside. The local bars and cafes serve food and drinks typical to the region. The village is characteristic of the area with narrow and raised streets adorned with flowerpots of geraniums and jasmine. On the outskirts of the village, there is an excellent outdoor swimming pool, with children’s paddling pool, play area, tennis courts, football ground, restaurant and bar, with toilets and changing facilities. The cost is €1 for the whole day.

Iznate is on the ‘Route of the Sun and Avocados’ between the coastal resort of Rincon de la Victoria and Torre del Mar. The village has 2 mini-supermarkets, 2 banks, post office, bread shop, butchers and grocers. There are 5 bars, most serving food, with 4 situated around the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) area. The villagers are very friendly and they will say ‘Hola’ to you.

Venta La Loma, the local bar/restaurant, serves excellent local food and is within walking distance of the Casa.

It is the ideal place to enjoy a peaceful, secluded holiday and yet you are not too far from amenities, places of interest and facilities that offer you the opportunity to have a more adventurous, action packed holiday. The choice is yours.

Restaurants & Bars in Iznate

There are five bars within Iznate with many of them serving food. They are mainly dotted about the ,Town Hall area. To get to Iznate turn left at the top of our road and stay on the main road for approximately 2km around the outskirts of the village then take the left turning sign posted Iznate. Just before the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) there is a bar called Bar Andalucia on the left and then there is the Tapas Bar (Bar Augustinas) further on in the corner (that serves snacky things, ‘tapas’) and then right next door is Bar Tejada (known as Alfonsos), the menu is in English/ German/ Spanish and the food is excellent and cheap (it is not open on Thursdays). Underneath Alfonsos is Meson los Gatos, owned and run by the genial and very friendly Paco (English speaking), which also serves excellent food with the menu in pictures. It is also the town’s Internet Café and on some nights, they have Karoke.

The restaurant at Venta La Loma is excellent and the owners, Rosa and Antonio, are very friendly and although they do not speak much English the menu comes in many languages. Rosa is well known for her Veal in Raisin Sauce which has been publicised in many cooking books. (Is not open on Thursdays).

Also, there are many places to eat in Torre del Mar; Chinese, Italian, Thai, German, Argentinian, etc. and we haven’t come across a bad one yet. Also the Chiringuitos (beachbars) are generally cheap and cheerful and here you will find sardines and other fish being cooked outside on the BBQ.

One place we can highly recommend is a restaurant called the ‘Lo Pepe Molina’, in Almayate along the coast road on the way to Torre. When entering Almayate it is the first building on the left, (further back from the coast road) a big ranch style building. Here you will find excellent food at a very reasonable price, i.e. €9 for a main meal.