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Authentic Spanish Townhouse Overlooking The Historic Plaza Baja De La Despedia

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,002 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Townhouse in Alora, Costa del Sol (Inland), Spain - Traditional, Refurbished House With Stunning Town And Country Views In The Old Town Square

I love this house! It overlooks the old town square; sits opposite the 300 year old church and behind the even older Moorish castle and is at the heart of this historic old quarter. Step outside the front door into life in this fascinating town, step back in and relax in a comfortable and spacious house – and enjoy the wonderful views from the roof terrace over the square, the rooftops of the town and the countryside around El Hacho, the local mountain. The old town of Alora is still a pueblo blanco (white-walled village) with narrow whitewashed streets, steep slopes, churches, lemon trees, coffee shops and bars where people gather, and the old square is at the heart of this and the traditional Andalucian life it represents. Alora has a rich history and there are plenty of places to visit (see owner profile), though it also has a more modern quarter with reasonable and interesting shops and many bars and restaurants. So, everything you could want, really!

Kevin Mawdesley
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2018

About Kevin Mawdesley

We have been coming to Alora for 6 years now. We were looking to buy a house somewhere in southern Spain and knew this was the right town as soon as we arrived. We wanted somewhere that felt “properly like Spain”, true to the traditional way of life with its unique character, but big enough to have plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and other facilities and we wanted there to be lots of interesting places to visit in the area. And we wanted somewhere that was good for walking, which around Alora is magnificent. Despite being in the middle of town we can walk from the door and be in the countryside in five minutes (literally). Then at El Chorro, eight miles north, you have some of the most famous climbing cliffs in Europe plus the now world famous Caminita del Rey - and in the wider area more mountains than you could wish for.

Kevin Mawdesley purchased this house in 2005

Why Kevin Mawdesley chose Álora

And Alora is not just a historic town. It has a more modern quarter with reasonable and interesting shops and many bars and restaurants, all within walking distance. Whether you prefer quiet bars, as in the square, or the lively chaos of Kana’s (thankfully) on the other side of town, there’s a bar you will like. Similarly restaurants, Casa Abilio has the reputation but there are many others, the simple family run El Pelli, the quirky Casita de Aperros (The Tool Shed), Correos – the old post office, the venta La Higuera with it’s splendid views and the rural Roca Bella in the mountains come to mind. Plus, tapas, tapas, tapas wherever you go!

What makes this house unique

But we also have young children and knew that if we always had holidays where we just indulged our own passions they would soon get fed up and not want to come. Alora does well enough for children (play parks, swimming pool, free indoor and outdoor adventure centres) but it only takes us 30 mins to drive to the coast, so there are always days out to the aquaparks, zoos, beach and the rest. So everybody’s happy – and when everybody’s happy, I can find a quiet corner to settle down with a book and a beer! So, as I said at the start, everything you could want, really, explore traditional Spain, live life in this fascinating town, eat in pleasant restaurants, walk in delightful countryside but most of all, relax and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere. Hope you come and enjoy it as much as we do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely time and we loved your house, especially the roof terrace! We all thought Alora was amazing, loved the fact it is so Spanish still, couldn't believe our eyes on Sunday when we saw the fiesta, the costumes, the horses etc. None of us have ever been anywhere quite so unspoilt by tourists and it was lovely. We loved watching the hustle and bustle of the square, got chatting to quite a few locals, the man in the shop next to Oscars even made Glynn a jug of gezpacio!!!! Glynn and Hilary Fox and family

We really enjoyed our time at the house. There's always something going on the square- children playing, locals collecting water from the fountain, dogs chasing each other- it's a real slice of proper Spain. There are lots of shops, bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk - definitely one of the big advantages of staying in town. Great walks are everywhere. Malaga is only half an hour away and well worth a visit too. We can't wait to return! Neil and family
May 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Álora in Valle del Guadalhorce

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2002 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1: bath with shower, basin, WC, airing cupboard. Bathroom 2: Shower room with shower, basin and WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, seating area and balcony to the square. Bedroom 2 Large double with twin beds. Bedroom 3 Two roomed suite with double bedroom, seating overlooking the square and separate dressing room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: La Casa de la Esquina, Plaza Baja de La Despedia (wonderful address, don’t you think?) has existed in one form or another for over 300 years. We have tried to refurbish the house in a manner that recognises this but also in a way that provides modern convenience for people on holiday to enjoy. There’s certainly plenty of space. All the bedrooms are of good size and are well appointed. The top bedroom is actually two rooms combined to make a flexible suite, with a double bed, seating area overlooking the square and countryside (see photos) and separate dressing. The other two bedrooms are large doubles, one of which also has a balcony to the square. The lounge is cosy in winter and cool in summer and the dining room opens on to the square. A house of this size definitely needs a second bathroom but having a second kitchen next to the roof terrace is a real bonus, it just makes life so much easier! Please see the owner website for lots more information. Outside: The roof terrace overlooks the church, the square and the rooftops of the town but also has stunning views of the countryside for miles around and of El Hacho, the mountain that overlooks the town. Most of the year in this part of Spain you will want to eat outdoors and there is a dining area on the terrace that comfortably sits 8 people and there is also a convenient kitchen and bathroom on the top floor. And, of course, the square is just outside the front door so you can just step outside into the heart of Andalucian life. Personally, I enjoy reading a book in the shaded viewpoint opposite the house or sitting with a beer in Oscars, the quiet bar at the far end of the square – see photos. Utility Room: Washing machine, drier, storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided.


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Authentic Spanish Townhouse Overlooking The Historic Plaza Baja De La Despedia
average rating of 4.5 based on 3 reviews

Nice House, Thanks

  • 5 of 5

Short stay but very enjoyable, many thanks

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A taste of Spain!

  • 4 of 5

A lovely, interesting house on four floors, well furnished and equipped and very clean and comfortable. Situated near the centre of Alora in a lively plaza near to many good quality small shops and friendly bars. Owner is genuinely interested in customer's experience of the area and very quick to respond to email queries. Beautiful surrounding countryside, especially El Chorro and the lakes. Frequent, good train service to Malaga. New train service to El Chorro.

Very good restaurant in Alora: Casa Abilio. We ordered 4 dishes to share and the waiter brought them all separately, divided up for us! Really tasty interesting food.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Many nearby
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Many nearby
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Costa del Sol
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Walking, climbing, cycling, Spanish history and car-free holidays. Several walks start from the house, many, many others in the wider region - literally dozens of itineraries and maps at the house. Also, organised walking and cycling tours arranged with bikes, guides (paper and human), helmets and food provided as required.

Spanish history: A wealth of historic buildings and sites in the town and area.

Climbing: only 8 miles from the world renown cliffs at El Chorro, so the house is perfect for climbers who like to be out on the rock face by day but prefer the bars and restaurants of a town at night.

Car-free holiday guide: arrangements for transfer from the airport and itinerary of many activities for which you don't need a car.


30 minutes drive to the Costa del Sol and many beaches, coast also accessible by reasonable train service. Popular lakeside beaches (bathing areas, pedalo hire, etc.) 20 minutes drive.


Very convenient (40Km) to Malaga airport, which has flights from most UK airports - 30 minutes drive on good roads. Car hire is recommended to enable you to visit the many places of interest in the wider area but it isn't necessary and we have a car-free holiday itinerary. We can arrage airport taxis or, for a couple of euros, you can take the train from the airport to Alora.


Centre of Alora - many restaurants, bars, places of historic interest, festivals – outside the front door! El Chorro National Park (lakes, mountains, walking, cycling, restaurants) 8 miles; El Torcal 15 miles. Many places of historic importance in the wider area - eg. Rondo, Antequera, Carratraca (but you need a car). The vibrant city of Malaga (inc. the Picasso Museum) 30 mins by car or regular train service.

Further Details:

We are extremely pleased to have been accredited by “Your Holiday Matters” - an independent assurance of quality. Membership can not be bought, and is only awarded to owners who demonstrate that they really care about providing a consistently high level of customer service and accommodation. Additionally, all applications are objectively assessed by an owners' panel who also directly consult former guests to vouch for their holiday experience. So if you book with us you can be sure the accommodation will live up to expectations and that we will provide everything we say we will!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Álora, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

WINTER PRICES ALL SUMMER!!! - To "re-launch" the property we are offering winter rates - just £290 per week - for all of 2016.

Also, cheaper airfares tend to be in mid-week and to let you take advantage of these we keep the changeover day flexible, even in the main summer season. For a family of four this can save you £200 or more on flights - even more for bigger parties. And we will accept bookings for odd-length holidays at pro-rata rates (minimum 5 days) - just divide the weekly rate by 7 and add or subtract as appropriate.

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