Casa Alta, as the name suggests: is 3000ft above sea level; therefore, it offers excellent views overlooking the village, the Lecrin valley and spectacular mountains. You can also see the olive and almond trees spreading out in the distance. Casa Alta is the place to go to for an enjoyable time in Niguelas.
The welcoming private pool is not overlooked and the surrounding patio has plenty of sun loungers to relax in the sun.
Casa Alta is in the highest and quietest part of the village with the foothills of the Sierra Nevada rising to the rear of the property providing a backdrop of dramatic beauty. Eagles fly above the rocky terrain, and you can walk among the olive groves. With its light and airy feel, balcony, roof terrace, swimming pool and close proximity to the amenities of Niguelas, the house offers privacy without being cut off from Spanish life. It is only 30 minutes drive to Granada and to the coast.
To relax in the shade there is seating under the gazebo and in summer the house is pleasantly cool at night. In winter the underfloor heating downstairs and the wood burning stove upstairs makes the house pleasantly warm. For the more active members of the group there is a games room with a large table tennis table.
The terraces and pool mean that toddlers will require supervision and the house is no smoking..
There are several accessible golf courses including a new 18 hole course about 15 minutes drive away.
Europe's most southerly ski resort, Sol y Nieve, is about 45 minutes drive away on good roads and there is a good variety of runs. Because of the high altitude, skiing is usually possible from November to April.
Niguelas has a population of about 1500. It is very old (the church dates from the 16th century) with narrow winding streets. It has two bakeries, a small fish market, a fishmonger, a pharmacy, a number of small supermarkets, a number of bars, all of which serve free tapas. Some bars are set round pedestrianised village squares. There are two restaurants and evrything is within about 10 minutes walk of the house.The village also has a small museum, a music school and a cultural centre where the mayor often pays for free concerts. There is a part-time bank. Horse riding can be arranged in the village. There are some great walks through the local countryside and mountains and some of these start in the village such as the path from the village which leads to the famous GR7 route which runs from Algeciras to Athens. In the summer it is possible to climb Mulhacen, Spain's highest peak at over 3500 metres, starting from the ski resort.
Durcal, 2km away, is a medium sized town with all facilities including a weekly market. English language DVD's and books are available in Durcal.
Granada, with the famous Alhambra Palace, is less than half an hour away. It also takes about the same time to reach the beaches on the coast.