OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar

Amazing views in Alhama de Granada Arabic Quarter. Doorstep walks and tapas bars



Updated: 21-Aug-2016
One bed townhouse apartment with stunning countryside views from sunny terrace

Cervantes is a one bedroom apartment in a restored townhouse. It is situated in the heart of the ancient Arabic quarter of this lively Spanish town. The spacious terrace looks out on stunning countryside views of rolling hills, ploughed fields and olive groves. From the front of the apartment you can see over the rooftops of this historic town to the church tower. In a quiet location away from main roads we are only a few minutes walk from lively tapas bars, cafes and restaurants. In five minutes you could be walking in the scenic gorge or browsing in the little artisan shops for regional food and drink, local products and handmade crafts.

This apartment is traditional in its appearance and furnished in a Moroccan Deco/Andalusian style. It has a lovely bedroom with terracotta tiles and beamed ceiling. It is simply furnished with a lovely old iron double bed painted blue. There is a wardrobe space and a beautiful turquoise wet room with shower, wc and washbasin. The room opens up onto a blue shuttered small balcony from which you can see the bell tower of the church Santa Maria de la Incarnacion.

An arch leads to a living room with a beamed ceiling and terracotta floor. A pretty feature is an alcove curtained day bed which turns into an extra single sleeping area at night. There is a red art deco sofa next to the wood burning stove. Blue shutters lead to another small balcony at the front of the house.

At the back of the apartment is a blue tiled Andalusian kitchen with sink, hob, fridge and table and chairs. This leads out onto a spacious plant filled terrace with table, chairs and a barbecue for alfresco dining.

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets considered
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I (Alizon) am a writer and a lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature. John is a photographer and gardener. We have both found creative inspiration living and staying at the house. In the ground floor library/living room there are over a 1000 books ranging from crime novels, to poetry, from art and photography books to travel guides. Books are also distributed throughout the house in various nooks and crannies and you can always find a good place to curl up and read.

We both have an interest in Art and Design and this is reflected in the house where original art work is on display and where thought and care has gone into the unique look of each floor. We love film and tv too and there are plenty of dvds and boxed sets to keep you amused and entertained.

We both have eclectic tastes in music although Punk rock is our first love. John has many punk records plus music books and other collectibles. Guests often comment on how they loved our film and music collection.

We live in Lancaster where I teach and John takes photographs and tends gardens. We are also developing our design company upcycling vintage furniture.

I am currently working on my second novel, several short stories and a poetry collection as well as writing my lifestyle blog.

I have four grown up daughters and two grandchildren which also keep me busy.

Our house in Alhama is our own go-to place for rest and retreat and for recharging our creative energy. We hope you get the same out the house as we do.

If you are interested in organising a creative event or book club holiday please get in touch as we can find extra accommodation should our own house not be big enough.

Speaks English, Spanish, alizonbrunning@hotmail.com

2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Superbly renovated house with fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely love the way Alizon has renovated this property, she has retained the soul of the place whilst also incorporating those essential modern facilities we all require! The apartment Cervantes, that my husband and I stayed in, was perfect for us, it had a really good feel to it, was very comfortable, well appointed and having the balcony, with those far reaching views, really made the stay for us. Alhama is such a tranquil place, the old arab quarter where the house is located is truly delightful with its quiet narrow streets and ancient buildings and then there's the setting on the edge of the gorge: just stunning! Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, there's a great dvd film collection with books and mags as well in the house. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words about our apartment Cervantes. You describe the place so well. We agree the views are lovely and Alhama is a such a magical place. That's why most of our bookings are from returning guests! We offer a 10% discount for repeat bookings and would love to see you again. Alizon
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Bright apartment with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We have recently spent a very happy few days in Cervantes. We were delighted by its charm and lightness and splendid views. It was our second time there and, in the three years between our two stays, we spent every holiday slightly regretting we had not returned to cervantes and Alhama de Granada! The town is such a lively yet relaxed place to be and the surrounding countryside is great for walking. The tourist information in the town sell a book for 5 euros which is full of great walks that can be done in the area. We went to bermejales lake to swim and swam at the big outdoor hotel pool which never had a single other person in it. We loved spending our evenings on the terrace - taking in the hills - and would head out late for dinner when life in the town got busy and lively. We had a brilliant week - Thank you Alizon.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are glad you had a great time in Cervantes. Alhama really is such a great little town and many of our guests come again and again. We hope to see you again someday! Kind regards Alizon
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


From the Owner

We bought the house in 2006 and spent what precious time we had in lovingly restoring it. I chose Andalucia because I have always been drawn to Spain and this part of the world seemed as Spanish as you could get. We wanted real Spain and that's what we got. We started looking in Alhama as a friend at work had bought a house here and recommended it. We came with an open mind and asked the agent to show us a wider area. When we arrived we walked down from the house we were renting and saw the gorge for the first time, had our first free tapas and sat in Ochoa bar. We were in love. We told the agent the next day. We only want Alhama nowhere else. When we go out driving in the area we always see if there's any where better, but there isn't. Alhama de Granda is the best town in Spain! When we bought the house it needed lots of work to bring it to guest standard - there was even an ostrich living in the garden. This gave the house its name: Carmen de Pepita - 'the garden of Pepita'. Pepita has long gone to 'the campo' now, but the garden flourishes on what she left behind. We fell in love with the house because of the fantastic views. You just can't beat looking out over rolling hills and olive groves with a glass of something in hand. We know we are biased, but we think our house is the best holiday home for the views we have! It really does have the wow factor! We didn't want a house where you need a 4x4 to get to it down a 4km track. Some people like isolation, but we don't. We like an authentic town where you can wander down for a drink, choose from a variety of bars, chat to locals and enjoy some good food without arguing whose turn it is to drive (It would be mine as John doesn't)! We fell in love with Alhama for its beauty, the friendliness of the people and the lively tapas bars. The whole place is full of life and yet at the same time really restorative. It's truly magical and everyone who stays says the same.”

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

We are discussing artist's and writer's retreats and book club holidays for the future as well as 1:1 Photography workshops. If you are interested you can email John:

We can also arrange for cycling, walking and a range of outdoor pursuits such as kayaking, quad biking and horse riding. The area is ideal for birdwatching and many different birds have been spotted from our terraces. The local countryside with its diverse wildlife is ideal for nature lovers.


It is about one hour drive to the beach at Torre del Mar and a little further to the beaches at Nerja, La Herradura and Almunecar. We have found a perfect little bay near Almunecar. It is a sheltered cove with a coarse sand beach and crystal clear water.


Malaga airport is about an hour and twenty minutes away and pick up can be arranged for 80 euros each way although we recommend a car. However, many of our guests have not hired a car and managed well enough without one. Alhama has everything you need and Granada and Malaga are accessible by bus.


The magnificent city of Granada is about one hour away. Here you can visit the world famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, explore the Moorish quarter of Albacain with its maze of Moroccan bazaars or take in a Flamenco show in the cave district of Sacramonte. The city of Malaga is well worth a visit and the Picasso museum often has some great exhibitions.

The market town of Loja is about 30 minutes away and Seville and Cordoba about 2 hours- (public transport available.)

Alhama has everything you need for a short or long stay and you don't need a car unless you want to go further afield. We have a 'secret supermarket' a few doors away and there are bigger shops in the town. Fish shops and butchers cater for all your needs and the weekly market on Friday sells everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to clothes and shoes- all at bargain prices.

There is a municipal swimming pool with a lovely shaded grass area and a bar offering cold drinks and snacks. The hotel Pato Loco 2 miles away has a very large pool open to the public. The pools cost €2/€3.50 per adult to get in. Both Pato Loco and Ventorro, the restaurant next door, do great Sunday lunch. The garlic chicken and the trout at Ventorro are particularly recommended. Ventorro also has a wonderful Arabic spa bath built into caves. It has a jacuzzi, steam room and cold plunge as well as the warm main pool. Entrance is about 2 euros and half price on Tuesday. You can even have a massage for 15 euros! The hotel Balneario also offers a range of spa treatments. This hotel is built at the Roman hot springs, but if you don't want to go to the hotel you can do as the locals do and bathe in the warm pools that flow into the river from the springs.

A short drive takes you to the Lake Bermajales where you can swim, windsurf, kayak or simply picnic on one of the benches under the pines.

One of the best thing about Alhama is the bars- we haven't counted them, but still haven't been in them all. All have their own typically Spanish style and offer free tapas with every drink. These range from Prawns in Garlic to Roast Pork, Jamon Serrano and battered Aubergines. With a good glass of Rioja costing €2 you can have a very reasonable holiday indeed.

If you want something more substantial there are several restaurants to cater for your needs.

If you want to experience real Spain why not come for the February Carnival or one of the many ferias and fiestas.


Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
13 Jun 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Total amount
Enquire Now
Updated: 21-Aug-2016
Available arrival


From the Owner

The apartment has been designed as romantic hideaway where you can get away from it all, yet have access to lively bars, and shops. From the terrace you can watch the light change over the olive groves, see the farmer plough his field, the goatherd drive his animals home and spot many birds of prey. Summer evenings bring spectacular shows of shooting stars. In a few minutes you can walk to the magnificent gorge with its ruined flour mills and abundance of flora and fauna. Five minutes brings you to two traditional squares surrounded by lively bars where the tapas are still free and top quality Rioja is served. A short drive takes you to the hot springs after which the town is named. Swimming can be in one of the local poos or at Lake Bermajales only a 15 minute drive away. An artist's and writer's paradise.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • town


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1

Partner Offers

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot