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Special Offer: Book now and benefit from a special discount on all remaining weeks in July and August 2015. Please call and speak to a consultant for more details. On a hilltop perch with views over the Mediterranean to the Moroccan coast, nestled at the intersection of three mountain ranges, La Maroma Estate sets a new standard for the private luxury villa rental, offering experiences to remember for life. With all the luxury and attention of a five star hotel, La Maroma Estate offers a striking advantage: serene, exclusive privacy where every visit is bespoke. The ten acre hilltop estate comprises two stylish rental properties, La Maroma sleeping eight and La Caceria Lodge sleeping six. Walled in and separated by mature gardens, the properties are far enough apart to ensure privacy individually, but close enough to share for a grand occupancy of the entire estate for up to fourteen people - perfect for that special event in style!
Rates: from £6,204 per week
Special Offer: Book now and save up to 20% on all remaining weeks in July and August 2015. Please call and speak to a consultant for more details. Set on a hilltop, with grounds sloping away on three sides, La Maroma enjoys panoramic views over almond and olive groves and the estate's own private vineyard. Passing through the leafy, enclosed courtyard, with its trickling fountain and shaded pergola, with the majestic peak of the Maroma Mountain above, guests will quickly discover a haven of peace and tranquility. As part of La Maroma Estate, the villa can be booked together with La Caceria Lodge for a total occupancy of 14 guests.
Rates: from £3,897 per week
Sitting high on a ridge identifiable only as 'Loma de la Caceria' (the Hunting Ridge), the aptly named Caceria Lodge features the same level of luxury and comfort as its larger companion property, La Maroma. With three ensuite double bedrooms La Caceria Lodge offers flexibility for smaller groups of up to six, or booked together with La Maroma, a grand two home occupancy of the entire 10 acre estate.
Rates: from £2,359 per week
You'll really feel like your villa holiday has begun from the moment you arrive at this beautiful holiday home near Marbella. Built on a hilltop with distant sea views to the front and the Sierra de las Nieves National Park as a backdrop, Cara Monte benefits from a beautifully unique location. Where best to enjoy these spectacular surroundings than from the slightly elevated outdoor Jacuzzi at the edge of the terrace with a glass of local wine in your hand... what more is there to say?
Rates: from £3,949 per week
Easily appropriate as a family escape or a couples retreat. With a simply divine pool and living spaces our guests are blessed with a base from which to explore the surrounding area and a beautiful home to return to. Villa Sancha is immaculately presented and lovingly looked after by the owners. An exquisite family villa with wonderful views of the Grazalema National Park and just a 10-minute drive from the charming Andalucian town of Ronda. This 7-bedroom holiday villa is impeccably presented and the well-equipped pool area is ideal for family and friends to relax together.
Rates: from £3,985 per week
Villa Dorada boasts a spectacular position with magnificent uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean Sea and mountains. Perfectly situated facing towards the south west, the pool and sunbathing area enjoy all day sun to maximise your holiday experience!
Rates: from £2,393 per week
Tune in to the surrounding nature and slow your pace in this idyllic, private country home loaded with character and oozing with class and charm. Set on the pastoral slopes of the Sierra Tejeda Mountains with the peak of La Maroma looming high above, this cosy home-away-from-home sits sympathetically in the ancient landscape and connects you with the authentic Spain at any time of year.
Rates: from £1,715 per week
Although renowned for its resort beaches, there is much more to Andalucia than sand and sea. The region also boasts quiet fishing villages, fascinating historic towns and cities and makes a great base for enjoying outdoor activities.
Our luxury villas in Andalucia are well located for exploring the region. Villa Sancha is a family villa located close to the spectacular pueblo blanco (white village) of Ronda. Ronda sits perched on a cliff beside a yawning gorge near to other such white villages such as Grazalema, surrounded by cork forests and dramatic mountains. Further west is Andalucia’s capital Seville, the fourth largest city in Spain. Seville’s rich heritage is evidenced by the Moorish Giralda and Torre del Oro, whilst the Reales Alcazares is an eclectic combination of Christian-Mudejar architecture, with its high, fortified walls and verdant tropical gardens. The old Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz is a maze of white alleyways and quaint squares dotted with orange trees. Seville’s Renaissance and Baroque buildings date back to the period following the Christian Reconquest of 1492, when the city was granted a trading monopoly with the New World.
To the east is the hilltop Andalucian villa, La Maroma, a delightfully restored Spanish cortijo. Gastronomy is high on the list of the owners’ interests and the villa can be booked with its own private chef, David Palacios. David can also be booked for local gastronomy tours and tapas trails. To the east of Villa Maroma is one of Spain’s most well-known attractions, the Alhambra. Located in Granada, this palace, dating back to the 14th century, dominates the hilltop and offers breathtaking gardens and architecture.
Of course, the coast is one of the most popular reasons for visiting the region. To experience the buzz of this region a trip to the Costa del Sol is a must. Marbella is the sophisticated hub of the coast, with its enchanting historic centre swathed in bougainvillea, luxury boutiques and shops, restaurants offering everything from caviar to grilled sardines, quiet bars and throbbing discos. The numerous café-lined marinas along the coast, the finest of them all, Puerto Banus, is filled with some of the most spectacular yachts in the whole of the Mediterranean.
- San Antón Festival (Religious - Moclin)
- The Three Kings Procession (Cadiz)
- Parade of the Three Wise Men (Malaga)
- Cardiz Carnival (Cadiz)
- Malaga Carnival (Malaga)
- Spanish Moto GP (Circuito De Jerez)
- Festival Internacional de Tango de Granada (Granada)
- Seville April Fair (Puente de la Barqueta)
- Andalucia Rocket Festival (Granada)
- Festival Internacional de Teatro (Granada)
- May Horse Fair (Jerez de la Frontera)
- Night of San Juan (Welcoming the Beginning of the Summer - Malaga)
- Festival of San Bernabe Feria (Marbella)
- Granada Music and Dance Festival (Granada)
- Dance of Patatú (Obejo)
- August Fair (Malaga)
- Pedro Romero Fair "Fiestas Goyescas" (Ronda)
- The Cheese Fair - Féria del Queso (Teba)
- Oktoberfest (Algarrobo Costa)
- International Jazz Festival (Granada)
- apa Fair - Feria de la Tapa (Cadiz)
- WOMEX (The World Music Expo - Seville)
- Hocus Pocus Festival (Magic Shows - Granada)
- Verdiales Music Festival (Almogia)
- The Dance of the Mad Ones (Fuente Carreteros)
Suggested General Activities in Andalucia
El Rampido - discover the tranquil village of El Rampido and explore the protected reserve called the Paraje Natural Marismas del Río Piedras y Flecha del Rompido
Arab bath - spend a relaxing day in a Arab bath in Malaga, Granada or Ronda
Caving - discover one of many caves in Andalucia (in Ronda, Malaga and Granada)
Telecabina - the Telecabina takes you on a 15-minute journey in a four-person cable car right up to the highest point on the Málaga coast
Wine tasting - visit a winery in Andalucia to learn about wines of the region
Market - discover one of the markets in Andalucia (e.g. Mondays in Marbella, Tuesdays in Fuengirola, Saturdays in Coin) and buy local products such as olive oil, vinegar or wine
Partake in the harvest, visit the bodegas to see the winemaking process in action or olive mills to see oil production and sample everything along the way while you learn first hand about the processes, local history and culture
Suggested Sporting Activities in Andalucia
Climbing - the most popular mountain range for climbers is the Sierra Nevada. Sierra de las Nieves, between Ronda and Malaga or Sierra Almijara are also popular with climbers
Mountain Biking - discover Andalucia by bike
Paragliding - the Sierra Nevada Mountains offer the chance to paraglide over snow capped hills
Skiing - in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Horse riding - ride on white sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz (between Tarifa and Cadiz)
Diving - discover the world under the Mediterranean waves along the Andalucian coast
Sailing - rent a luxury yacht in Marbella's Puerto Banús
Surfing - Costa de la Luz has the best and most consistent good waves for surfing
Golf - Andalucia is deservedly called the ‘Costa del Golf’ with approximately 80 golf courses
Hiking and trekking in the Sierra Tejeda Mountains
Suggested Local Attractions in Andalucia
Malaga, Picasso Museum - Open all year round
Malaga, Palacio de la Aduana - Open all year round
Malaga, Cathedral - Open all year round
Malaga, La Alcazaba (Ruins of Roman Theatre)
Granada, Alhambra - Open all year round
Granada, Museum of Fine Arts - Open all year round
Granada, Archaeological Museum - Open all year round
Granada, Monument of the Agreements
Seville, Alcazar - Open all year round
Seville,The Casa de Pilatos - Open all year round
Seville, The Giralda - Open all year round
Ronda, Baños de los Arabes (Arab baths) - Open all year round
Ronda, Puente Nuevo
Ronda, Palacio de Mondragon - Open all year round
Cordoba, Mosque of Cordoba
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The Euro (€) is the official currency of Spain. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread.
Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure.
Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
TIPPING IN SPAIN
The Spaniards are fairly relaxed about tipping etiquette. However service is not usually included in restaurants and it is common practice to leave the spare change, or up to 10% of the total in a smarter restaurant. Taxi drivers and bartenders may be tipped less. Many petrol stations are not self service, however it is not usual to tip the station attendant.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
WEATHER IN ANDALUCIA
Andalucia has an excellent climate for those who like guaranteed sunshine all year round. Spring and autumn are pleasant seasons with midday temperatures around 30ºC. In July and August the temperature regularly reaches 40ºC. Even in December and January coastal temperatures can reach 20ºC to 25ºC. Because of its geographical diversity, there are differences in climate between various locations resulting in three distinctive weather zones in Andalucia: The Costal Zone with hot summers including sunbathing almost every day. The water is warm and there is virtually no rain. Daily highs about 35ºC and nightly lows 15ºC. The Inland Lowland Zone with its very hot summers has virtually no rain. Daily highs up to 40ºC and nightly lows 18ºC. Both zones have mild winters with clear and sunny winter days. The overcast but warm days provide daily highs about 20ºC and nightly lows rarely much below 10ºC. The Inland Highland Zone has warm summers with daily highs up to 30ºC and nightly lows 8ºC. There is virtually no rain and sun almost every day. Winter has sunny days with overcast but cool days. Daily highs about 20ºC and nightly lows down to freezing.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN ANDALUCIA
Electrical service in Spain is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz – a converter/adaptor may be required.
DRIVING IN ANDALUCIA
No right-hand turn on a red light. Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way. Passport or national ID as well as driver's license, insurance papers and ownership papers must be carried all the time. National speed limit is 50km (31mph) in towns, 90km (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways (carretera secundaria), 100km (62mph) on dual carriageways (carretera/autovia), 120km (75mph) on motorways (autopista).
Speeding fines: 30 – 300 Euros. Minimum driving age is 18. For use of the highways (autopista) it is often necessary to pay a toll before access. Prices vary and are calculated by the distance of the journey. There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0,05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police. An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.