Cave House in Galera, Near Huescar, Baza, Granada Province, Andalucia, Spain - Quiet And Unspoiled Location, 5 - 10 Minutes Walk To The Village
Welcome to our 'home from home' in Andalusia! Cueva Sonrisa is a lovely 2 storey cave house situated in Galera, described as one of the prettiest village in this area of Spain. Unique to our cave is the upstairs balcony off the master bedroom, where you can enjoy views over the valley and across to Sagra, the largest mountain in southern Andalusia. This is 'real Spain', where you are far from the high rise tourist areas of the Costas and the pace of life is relaxed and unhurried.
Top Traveller Review
Perfect holidays in a perfect place!
About the Owner
About Fran Turner
We live in England with our lovely rescue dog Lady, now our two grown-up children have flown the nest.
When we were looking for a home from home, we were intrigued by the idea of cave houses, so decided to explore this different option to the norm. When we first saw our new home, it was simply 3 large rooms hewn into the hillside, so we were able to have an input in the remodelling process, which included double glazing, cavity wall insulation and the first cave to benefit from proper drawers in the kitchen!
We love the idea that parts of our home are hundreds of years old, and have a real history, but now benefit from simple comforts of modern day life
If you, like us, want to escape the fast pace of modern life for a little while, our lovely home in Galera awaits your arrival!
Fran Turner purchased this house in 2004
Why Fran Turner chose Granada Province (Costa Tropical)
We fell in love with the peace and beauty of the Altiplano area of Andalusia, where you will be treated to 360 degree views of the surrounding Sierras and across to Sagra, the highest mountain in this area of Spain. The pace of life is relaxed and informal here, in the 'real Spain', which has not been touched by the mass tourism on the Costas.
Access to this area of Spain is via quiet, well maintained roads.
What makes this house unique
From Galera, it is possible to explore unspoiled Sierras, lakeside activities, swimming in natural pools, walking, biking and birdwatching, just to mention a few! Griffin vultures and eagles can often be seen lazily circling overhead in the clear blue skies.
You can spend your days walking and exploring, or lazing on the patio or on the balcony (yes - this cave has an upstairs with a balcony off the master bedroom!).
The lovely village of Galera is a short 10 minute walk down the hillside, where a selection of local shops, bars, restaurants and a couple of small supermarkets can be found.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
(1 traveller reviews)
Perfect holidays in a perfect place!
Though I travel a lot, this was one of my best holidays ever. The case-house is charming and cosy , very well equipped and the views are just amazing, so as all the area. I've been there with my husband and two kids - 7 and 8 and we all just loved everything during this stay. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. All made in stone, so it has this special character and, what's important in Spain during summer - it's nicely cool. The owner thought about everything - there is a tv, wi-fi, cd and dvd player. Towels, table games, sunbeds, it's everything there. Galera village is less then 10 minutes walk - but it's a nice walk, through climatic streets. The village is also really nice and people are friendly. There is a public swimming pool in the village, surrounded with a small park. Galera also offers few restaurants and shops. If you want to feel a real Spain, you love nature and iddylic views, if you don't fancy crowded and touristic places and if you want to rest, you'll love the place. We don't usually go to same destination two times, but I think we will make an exception with this one...
From the Owner
“We fell in love with the peace and beauty of the Altiplano area of Andalusia, where you will be treated to 360 degree views of the surrounding Sierras and across to Sagra, the highest mountain in this area of Spain. The pace of life is relaxed and informal here, in the 'real Spain', which has not been touched by the mass tourism on the Costas. Access to this area of Spain is via quiet, well maintained roads.”
Activity and Interests
Galera is around 1.5 hours drive from the beaches of Almeria, but closer to home is Lake Negratin (40 mins drive), with beach front bar/restaurant, and a variety of water sports on offer. There is also a free spring fed swimming pool 10 minutes away from the cave on the road to Orce, where you can swim with fishes all year round! The large pool in Galera is open during the summer months.
Car hire is essential to explore the delights of the surrounding area and sierras.
Galera is situated under 2 hours from the airports of Murcia and Almeria, about 1.5 hours from Granada airport, and 2.5 hours from Alicante.
Huescar - 10 minutes drive
Baza - 25 minutes drive
Granada (Alhambra) - 1.5 hours drive
Lake Negratin - 40 mins drive
Sierra Nevada (skiing) - 1.45 hours drive
This corner of Spain was one of the first to be inhabited by man (claims surrounding the earliest remains of man being found here abound!). Stone age and neolithic sites can be found nearby (Tutugi site just outside the village), as well as remains of a Roman encampment on the hill above Galera.
Birdwatchers and walkers also love the area, with the wealth of surrounding Sierras, and colonies of griffin vultures and eagles being regularly spotted circling overhead.
Galera has a couple of small supermarkets, butchers, bakers and a few friendly bars and restaurants. A market is held in the village square every Wednesday where fresh, local produce can be purchased and gossip exchanged!
Fiestas are a regular event,in the area where traditional celebrations and re-enactments have been unchanged for hundreds of years.
Further afield, the wonderful Alhambra and gypsy quarter in Granada is around 1 hr 15 mins from Galera and there are a vast sierras with a multitude of walking and hiking opportunities within easy reach of the cave.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Additional pricing information
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Initial stock of firewood supplied - remainder to be purchased locally - details given on request pre-arrival and also in the information pack in the cave.
Flexible changeover day.
Notes on prices:
Longer lets available with discounts on request.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“From Galera, it is possible to explore unspoiled Sierras, lakeside activities, swimming in natural pools, walking, biking and birdwatching, just to mention a few! Griffin vultures and eagles can often be seen lazily circling overhead in the clear blue skies. You can spend your days walking and exploring, or lazing on the patio or on the balcony (yes - this cave has an upstairs with a balcony off the master bedroom!). The lovely village of Galera is a short 10 minute walk down the hillside, where a selection of local shops, bars, restaurants and a couple of small supermarkets can be found.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with walk in shower, wc and hand basin Downstairs bathroom with bath/shower over, wc and hand basin
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king sized bed, en-suite and balcony Bedroom 2 with king sized bed Bedroom 3 with twin beds
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Notes on accommodation: Comfortable well-equipped accommodation suitable for those wanting a flavour of the character and charm of a cave house, but with modern day home comforts, including free WiFi. Outside: Outside off road parking and sheltered patio, with inbuilt barbecue, table and 6 chairs, and sun loungers. Upstairs large balcony with folding chairs. Large swimming pool in village available during the summer months. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided. Cleaning included pre arrival and post departure. Linen and towels changed weekly.