Set in a quiet, traffic-free pedestrian square at the top of a rocky outcrop, in the old part of town. Eco-friendly 3 storey house with 2 roof terraces, fully-fitted kitchen (modernised in 2017), spacious rooms and all the essentials for a comfortable, relaxing stay.
Without a doubt, this house has one of the best viewpoints in Olvera (second only to the top of the castle!). Even the locals who visit it for the first time are surprised by the vast, stunning views in every direction. From here one can enjoy the most spectacular sunrises, sunsets and starry skies. The night-time views of the twinkling nearby towns and the Milky Way sweeping over them are breathtaking, and bird-lovers can observe hovering vultures and migrating flocks. Perfect, for lounging around with a glass of wine any time of year, even during sunny winter days (which are relatively mild). A perfect base to explore the many towns and attractions in the area, as well as for painters, writers, photographers or anyone looking for inspiration or quality down-time.
Because of its location in the old town, there is no parking at the property or within 100 metres from the house. The neighbourhood is made of charming, old, narrow streets where there is barely room for small cars to get through. Cars can be offloaded about 50 m from the house. The closest you may be able to park is 100 metres from the house but we recommend the parking area, less than 10 min walk, in Calle Mercado.
The house has been thoughtfully equipped to provide all mod cons in an eco-friendly, efficient manner. Constant hot water is provided by solar panels; a smoke-free pellet burner provides central heating; a water softener protects the plumbing and appliances (in addition to making coffee taste better and your hair feel nicer); and an osmosis filtration system provides clean drinking water out of the tap (no need to buy bottled!). The kitchen is fully fitted with brand new, energy efficient induction hob, oven and dishwasher. Wifi is available throughout the house. A security system has been installed.
The 2 upstairs rooms are most impacted by the hot sun and have an air-conditioning unit. Ceiling fans cool the shadier lower floors. There is a canopy on the roof terrace that provides much-needed midday shade in the summer months. The kitchen was refurbished in September, 2017 and is fully-equipped with an induction hob and oven so there are no concerns about gas and fires. The kitchen has a fridge-freezer and dishwasher as well as ample storage. The shower room also has a washing-machine. The bedrooms are a reasonable size - both are accessed through a further walkthrough room -and we provide cotton bedding to help you enjoy a peaceful night's sleep.
There is a sofa bed in the reading-room connected to the second bedroom. Handy for overspill and great for families or good friends!
We also provide two portable, fold-up baby cots upon request.
Number 12 is in a residential pedestrian square in one of the oldest parts of town. Calle Tahona is a short pedestrian street that opens out onto a traffic-free, pedestrian square, accesible via an upward walkway that's probably not a lot of fun for people with pushchairs, wheelchairs or with walking difficulties or disabilities. For everyone else, your doctor would love it! .
The old town is built around the Moorish castle and a large church and features rocky outcrops and traditional Andalusian white-painted houses with winding, narrow streets. The 'Villa' area, the oldest part at the top of the town behind the church, is a Unesco-protected heritage site.
There are several convenience stores, mini-markets, bars and eateries within 5 minutes of the house, and a full-size supermarket in the newer part of town. There are additional eating options and late-night cocktail bars in the lower part of town, a short walk away. Most of the bars and restaurants serve traditional Andalusian fare, although a few also serve pasta dishes, pizza, burgers and rotisserie chicken.
Olvera is located in-between Malaga, Seville and Cadiz, in the Sierra de Cadiz, surrounded by soft slopes covered in olive groves, and within easy reach of imposing mountains. We are 1 hour and 15 away from Malaga, Seville and Jerez airports. Granada airport is a further 20 minutes. The lovely historic town of Ronda is a short drive away. One of the world's best hang-gliding sites is 20 minutes away near Algodonales.
There are many town and country walks nearby, most notably La Via Verde, a never-used railway converted to a stunning walking and cycling path, 32 km in length. Bicycle hire is available locally and kayak hire is available at the nearby lake in Zahara de la Sierra. Other activities available in the area are horse-riding, rock-climbing, caving, trekking, water-sports, bird-watching, agritourism, and many more. Wine-lovers will love the bodegas of Jerez (sherry) and Sanlúcar de la Barrameda (manzanilla). Andalucia is rich in historical buildings and monuments. Like many towns in the area, Olvera was a 'frontier' town between the Moorish and Christian populations - a number of villages have 'de la frontera' in their name and almost without exception would have remnants of 14th century castles.
Public and free parking is available on Calle Mercado, less than 10 minutes away and the neighbourhood is well-served by numerous shops and tapas bars within ten minutes' walk. There is also a free bus that will take visitors down to the newer part of town where there are more shops and restaurants, and a swimming pool.
Because of the accessibility issues mentioned above, the house is not suitable for people with motion disabilities. The house itself has tiled floors and stone staircases which could be hazardous for toddlers or energetic children; none of the furniture or cabinets have been secured or child-proofed and there are no child guards on windows or staircases. For older children, the house is just fine.
Olvera is a fully walkable town, and walking around the surrounding countryside and the many trails is encouraged and highly recommended. However, the most efficient and comfortable way to get to/from airports and reach the neighbouring towns and the many attractions is by hiring a car. There are bus services from bus terminals (not airports) in Malaga, Seville and Jerez, but these are very limited and the journey is a lot longer.
Although we love animals, we're afraid we are unable to accept dogs.