This bolt hole in the beautiful white washed village of Casares has been in the same family for 30 years and is for those who want a real local experience when they go on holiday, not just another holiday complex. If you take the early flight (around 6:30) from the UK, you are on the beach by 10:30! This cottage has all the basic facilities you need and Pilar, the housekeeper, who looks after several English owned houses will do the laundry and make the beds ready for your arrival.
The Living/Dining room with kitchenette off is on ground floor with a double bedroom and ensuite bathroom on the first floor, twin bedroom and terrace on the third floor. The kitchenette has a double gas burner, stainless steel sink and small fridge.
It is not luxurious but perfectly comfortable (new mattresses on all the beds) for lovely, inexpensive holidays.
We're looking at selling the cottage so can only consider last minute exchanges or rentals. And please contact us if you're interested in buying as well! Bars, shops and restaurants are on the doorstep and the village swimming pool is 10 minutes walk. Beaches with charming ‘chiringuito’ bars where you can enjoy a delightful lunch or cold glass of wine, are just 20 minutes by car. There are lots of interesting places to visit including Ronda, Gibraltar, Marbella and if you like walking there are plenty of waymarked routes.
This beautiful village is thriving and hardly a month goes by when there isn't a festival. You can dance all night if you want to! A walk up to the top where the old castle is offers breathtaking views while sipping a cold glass of beer. You can spend a day just walking around the village.
Local white villages are great destinations for outings in the unlikely event that you get bored of the beach. Jimena de la Frontera has a train station and you can leave the car behind and take a trip through breathtaking scenery to Ronda. There's a bullring, one of the earliest in Spain, which is fun to wander around and a museum stuffed with bullfighting memorabilia plus photos of Orson Welles and Ernest Hemmingway who visited. For walkers, there's a Roman theatre and aqueduct to discover.
One of our favourite excursions is to the Cueva de la Pileta which is a prehistoric cave west of Ronda. The guardian/guide takes life seriously: his lunch break is at least 3 hours long so don't make the mistake of turning up at 2pm (which we did) or you will have a long wait. You are taken around this amazing cave with fantastic preshistoric paintings by gas lantern and you feel as though you are amongst the first to discover it as the site is very uncommercialised, to say the least!
Seville and Gibraltar are interesting but if you want to spend as little time as possible in the car, Estepona is just 20 mins away and has good shops, beach and restaurant. Bar Simon serves the freshest fish and seafood imaginable and you can enjoy lunch for £10 a head, including a bottle of wine. Lunch at 4pm after a day on the beach is quite normal. Marbella offers better shopping and a more sophisticated restaurant offer. It's fun to wander around the port in Puerto Banus, look at the fabulous yachts and do a spot of Ferarri-spotting while you have a drink overlooking the harbour.
My Mum and I did a day trip to Tangier which was fantastic; it was an incredible experience to go to Africa for the day! There are numerous place along the coast where you can buy tickets.