Ideal base for exploring Granada, the Costa Tropical and the Alpujarras.
The house was derelict but has been rebuilt in the traditional style with wooden beams, tiled floors and shutters. Melegis is off the tourist track and a traditional Spanish village. It is situated just above the church and near to Restaurante Los Naranjos (the orange trees) where there is free WiFi. There is on other bar/restaurant, one general store and a bakery. Talara, 5 minutes drive away, has a collection of shops to cover all your needs including English papers & WiFi at Bar Finity
Book ahead on-line for Alhambra tickets and choose early slots during the summer months.
There are three floors:
The top floor is a terrace with BBQ and has spectacular views across the lovely evergreen Lecrin Valley.
The middle floor consists of a sitting area, dining area, well equipped kitchen and a small terrace.
The ground floor has two bedrooms - one double and one twin. There is a bathroom with bath with shower and a separate toilet.
Other features include a log burning stove and heaters, fans, Spanish TV, DVD, microwave, cot and high chair and parking. There is also a washing machine, dishwasher and hairdryers. Wifi is available free at the nearby bar/restaurant, Los Naranjos.
The driving time to the Costa Tropical is 40 minutes, Granada & the Alhambra Palace is 30 minutes as is the beautiful mountain area of the Alpujarra which leads up to the Sierra Nevada. Local walks are among the orange and almond groves and down to the lake. See more about the region on and
The Lecrin Valley is the perfect location to have a quiet and relaxing break and to explore the beautiful surrounding areas.
Top Traveller Review
Lovely property in the perfect location
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About the Owner
About Dr Helen Jones
Michael & I met at Guy's Hospital Dental School. In 1969 we went to South Africa with our two young sons. We returned in 1977 and settled in Chiddingfold, Surrey.
We enjoy travelling which is just as well because we have one son living in Sydney, another in Boston so we are fortunate that our third son has now moved only a few miles from us. We have 6 grandchildren and enjoy gardening, tennis and the theatre.
Dr Helen Jones purchased this house in 1998
Why Dr Helen Jones chose Costa Tropical & Lecrin Valley
Andalucia is a strange mix of traditional Spain with overtones of Moorish influence which makes it feel quite exotic. Village life in Melegis is slow making it a perfect place to unwind. It is always a joy to walk surrounded by such stunning scenery whether it is through the orange and olive groves above the village or down to the lake. The people are very friendly and will always greet you as you ass by - even the children. The unspoilt coastal town of Salobrena is only 30 minutes away.
There is a bakery, grocery store and two restaurants all within easy walking distance.
What makes this house unique
The house is "L" shaped which adds to its character. It is an upside down house with wonderful views from the top terrace. The bedrooms are on the ground floor so they remain cool in summer. The first floor area is open planned making the most of the space for the sitting, dining and kitchen.
The main road through the village skirts the centre so there is very little traffic passing the house.
(3 traveller reviews)
Lovely property in the perfect location
We have stayed in the Lecrin Valley numerous times and found this house to be well appointed and perfect for our needs. Yamina the next door neighbour was lovely and even brought us some home made delicacies! The location is great for local bars, resteraunts and walks and well placed to visit the mountains, beaches and of course the beautiful city of Granada.
Nice relaxing place
I certainly concur with the other review concerning the house (lovely plus great views), the village and surrounding area.
We were there in late April and after we had finished eating each evening we just sat around the BBQ (for the residual heat) drinking and chatting (hope we didn’t upset any of the neighbours with the occasional howl of laughter!).
It was amazing (even at that time of year) as to how much fruit was on the trees – the oranges were so sweet. And the lemons came in useful for the drinks :-)
Concerning visiting the Alhambra – book as early as you can because even in the last week of April it was fully booked up (I checked a week or so before we flew out) and also this was the case well into May as well.
A word of warning driving through the back streets of some towns / villages because we got caught out a couple of times where the “road” just got narrower and narrower and it got very tight especially when we had to turn a corner (I’ve got the dash cam footage to prove it!). Nearby Chite was a classic example – we would recommend parking up at the start of the village and walking around rather than chancing it and potentially getting “stuck” or damaging your car. The marks on the walls in places were proof as to some unfortunate encounters...
The house I would also certainly recommend.
A beautiful house in a perfect location
What a lovely house. The photos of the property are good but it feels more spacious with the open plan kitchen, dining and living area, and a wonderful roof terrace with superb views all around.
The village is a classic small Spanish village with only a few tourists. The locals are often out and about and are very friendly. The location is superb - 20 minutes to Granada, 30 minutes to the beach. Los Alpujarras nearby with the towns of Llanjaron and Orgiva. Pampaneira and Capileira are a must visit. Salobrena is a wonderful beach town with great bars, in particular Resaurante El Penon - gorgeous food and excellent service.
The large supermarket at Durcal is only 10 minutes away and you can get pretty much everything there - though a visit to the market on the edge of Durcal on a Wednesday is to be recommended.
There are lovely walks locally and further afield. Basically you can't better the location if you are wanting to explore the area.
The house was very clean and tidy and has an excellent wood burning stove - we were there in April and the nights were a bit chilly.
Our next door neighbour, who looked after the house, was friendly, positive and crucially didn't speak Spanish too quickly! She even brought us in some fabulous tartes one day! What a star.
There are 2 restaurants in the village, though we only visited Los Naranjos - very well named as the region is prolific with oranges. In fact oranges and lemons abound everywhere you go - pick one off a tree and try it. Extraordinary. The restaurant was good and relaxed - and had wifi (which the house doesn't have). I guess that would be the only thing I would change as wifi is very useful for exploring the area and planning what to do - also for booking the Alhambra online.
All in all, a superb village house which I would thoroughly recommend.
From the Owner
“Andalucia is a strange mix of traditional Spain with overtones of Moorish influence which makes it feel quite exotic. Village life in Melegis is slow making it a perfect place to unwind. It is always a joy to walk surrounded by such stunning scenery whether it is through the orange and olive groves above the village or down to the lake. The people are very friendly and will always greet you as you ass by - even the children. The unspoilt coastal town of Salobrena is only 30 minutes away. There is a bakery, grocery store and two restaurants all within easy walking distance.”
Activity and Interests
Information about the Alhambra Palace & Generalife Gardens, Parador of San Francisco, the Alpujarras, beaches, scenic drives, local walks,restaurants and other amenities.
Read more about the Lecrin Valley at www.thelecrinvalley.org and www.elvalle.es
The World Heritage Site, the Alhambra Palace, is 30 minutes drive. Buy advance tickets on line and take an early slot in summertime or consider the evening & night time options. See the website for concerts & shows.
The Parador of San Francisco is situated between the Palace and the Generalife Gardens,
Also only 30 minutes drive away are the Alpujarras. Nestled in these mountains are picturesque villages and shops selling local crafts.
Salobrena is the closest beach - 40 minutes of scenic drive. There are excellent beach restaurants and beds/shade for hire. There are also pedalos in the summer season.Driving in the direction of Malaga there are a string of beaches. One of our favourites is Playa de Cabras. It is signposted before Almunecar and an unmade up road takes you to this unspoilt beach. There are two restaurants and beds/shade for hire.
The mountain road, Carretera de la Cabra, from el Suspiro del Moro ( off the Granada coast motorway) to Almúnecar is a spectacular drive - approx. 80 km. Alternatively take the unmade up road from Albunuelas and join it a little further down.
Pools at the Acropolis Bar in nearby Talará and larger public one in Padul.
There are many local walks through the orange,lemon,olive and almond groves going down to the lake or up above the village.
The free monthly magazine “Sentinella” has current events & attractions and can be found in most local shops & bars.
Mercadona – large supermarket – between Niguelas & Dúrcal on the old road. Also in Salobrena, on the right as you enter the town. Open all day.
1. Small grocery shop
Turn left out of the house and take the second turning on the right in front of the new park. A few meters along is a small shop.
2. Small supermarket – Covirán
Continue along the road after a few hundred meters you will see a small shop down a side street,
Continue further and you will find a bakery set back opposite the sports hall. Bread vans come round about 10.30 -11.00am.
1. Medium supermarket – Corvirán
On the right as you enter the village – well stocked.
2. Butcher /Fish shop near the church.
3. Petrol – garage by the cross roads – small store open till late & also on Sundays.
Please note that most shops close 2 – 4pm and 2.00 pm on Saturdays
Melegís - Los Naranjos - nice terrace - typical Spanish menu – closed Wednesdays.
- La Puenta del Valle – we have not tried this for a while.
Niguelas - La Tasca – Calle Larga 36. Excellent menu – more pricey, lovely views. Best to book +34 958 675 695 184 Car park at entry to village.
Salobrena - La Bahía – turn right along the sea front – free parking, excellent food.
- El Penon – turn right along the sea front – restaurant is on your left – free parking – excellent food.
Various beach cafés along the north beach..
Granada - Las Estrellas , in the Albaycin next to the Mirador de San Nicolas. Excellent food, lovely views - quite pricey. Best to book +34 958 288 793
- Parador – nice terrace, local specialities,quite pricey.
- Café – near the entrance to the Alhambra - garden terrace – good food at reasonable prices.
Beaches - Salobrena – 45 minutes – beach beds & sun shades for hire. Pedalos.
- Playa de Cabra - 55 minutes – continue on the coast road to – Almuneca. After about 3 k. you will see the sign post – takes you down an unmade up road. The second restaurant is very good, Beach beds & sun shades for hire.
Markets - Dúrcal – Wednesday mornings.
Going south, take the first turning off the Granada – Motril motorway. This is a scenic drive and you can visit picturesque villages with interesting craft shops.: The spa town of Lanjarón, Orgiva, Pampaniera, Bubión & Capileira.
ATM - Banco Popular in Talará
WiFi - Los Naranjos, Melegís &
- Bar Finity in Talará – English newspapers.
- Petrol Station in Talará – 1euro per hour & printing facilities.
House TV/DVD - All free channels (not BBC) and all Spanish channels.
Emergency - 088 free mobile number
Medical Centre 24 hours - Dúrcal.
1. Walk down to Los Naranjos and turn left. Take the path opposite Calle Nogal down to Lake Beznar. Turn left at the bottom and continue for a while until you come to a path leading back up. Approx. one hour.
2. Turn left out of the house and follow the road up and out of the village. Cross the river and continue until you reach a T-junction. Turn left and the path will lead back. Approx. 40 mins.
Scenic Drive -The mountain road, Carretera de la Cabra, from El Suspiro del Moro ( off the Granada coast motorway) to Almúnecar is a spectacular drive - approx. 80 km.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
From the Owner
“The house is "L" shaped which adds to its character. It is an upside down house with wonderful views from the top terrace. The bedrooms are on the ground floor so they remain cool in summer. The first floor area is open planned making the most of the space for the sitting, dining and kitchen. The main road through the village skirts the centre so there is very little traffic passing the house.”
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- recreation centre
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
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