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Plenty of sunshine all year round and a good supply of water from the highest mountains in Spain make this area a lush and rich landscape. Great for everything from beach life to mountain trekking. NEARER HOME: La Taha is the name of our valley, blessed by 7 small white-washed villages all interconnected by ancient walking paths. These are Atalbeitar, Ferreirola, Fondales, Mecina, Mecinilla, Pitres y Capilerilla. In addition and also a short walking distance there are Busquistar and Portugos. Atalbeitar is the eldest and in the middle of all of them. They all have great character and charm and are worth a visit. Pitres is the largest, another white jewel 3km by road from Atalbeitar, or a pleasant 2km cross-country walk and it is our nearest centre, with all amenities…Market day on Fridays, bank, supermarket, pharmacy, bakery, bars and restaurants, and the campsite has a large open air swimming pool surrounded by grass lawns and fine views, (the public can enjoy this for a small daily fee). Portugos also has a market day on Tuesdays and Orgiva‘s market is on Thursdays, a large market with many extras.
Trevelez, 9km away, is the highest village in Spain, and also worth a visit for its dramatic location and plenty of restaurants offering local cuisine. The whole valley is famous for the delicious Jamon Serrano (Cured Ham hanged two years in the crisp dry cold air of the higher places). So so delicious. Tips, recommend places to eat and things to do: In the house we have a book for our guests where we write tips that will help you have a wonderful time. Please see here for LOCAL FIESTAS.(village celebrations) GRANADA is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes away, a great day visit with its fascinating historic centre, the Alhambra palace, the arab baths ‘hammams’ (vapor baths and hot pools) see Aljibe de San Miguel baths, and the wonderful Hamman Al Andalus , the old Moorish quarter Albaizin, the flamenco caves of Sacromonte , finish the visit before returning home with an aromatic tea in one of the exotic tea houses. Also the entire province of Granada offers free Tapas with each drink you buy, including Atalbeitar. Usually you get the especialities of each bar and this is a wonderful way to sample the local cuisine. THE COAST: Salobrena is 1 hour drive away, it is an old Moorish coastal town with sandy beaches, good fish restaurants and an impressive cliff-top castle. A short distance from there and you can find all manner of hidden coves, beaches and villages to explore. Almunecar is 1 1/2 hours away, this is another historic beach town that offers it all, including a magnificent flea market every Sunday, and gypsy market “El Baratillo” on Fridays both having everything and anything.