Our closest village, about 3km’s from La Loma, is the picturesque traditional Spanish village of Gualchos. The name originates from Arabic occupation and means “hidden springs” and natural spring water still runs through the village fountains. With it’s whitewashed houses and narrow streets, it nestles at 1200ft between the Costa Tropical and the Sierra Lujar and Sierra Nevada ranges. Due to the unique location of Gualchos, one can enjoy skiing or snowboarding in the mountains of Granada and sunbathing or taking a tapa on the beach all in the same day.
The village has a shop and a couple of restaurants and bars offering traditional Spanish meals. There is the four day festival of the local saint, San Miguel (Archangel Michael), during the last week of September, with lots of music, dancing and food to enjoy. There are many hiking and walking trails through the mountains from Gualchos.
A short drive down to the coast takes you to the town and beaches of Castell de Ferro, a fishing village inhabited since Phoenician times. This whole coast of Granada is an agricultural area, producing much of the fruit and vegetables for Europe, thanks to roughly 300 days of sun per year. In the summer months, there are “chiringuitos” right on the beach serving food and drinks. Here one can enjoy the Mediterranean sea and sunshine in a more relaxed way than on the rest of the Costa del Sol as there are less tourists. All the way up and down the coast from here are beautiful beaches with steep cliffs, private coves, canoe rental, diving, wonderful seafood and great places to swim.
The coastal resort of Motril is about 20 kilometres away. Motril is a bigger town, with a busy fishing port and harbour (with Ferry to Morocco). Motril is the main place to do all your shopping and get supplies before heading up to La Loma. It also has excellent restaurants and bars serving fresh local seafood and other Spanish favourites.
Granada city is the capital of the province of Granada and one of the most charming, beautiful and laid-back cities in Spain.
Between the ancient and magical Moorish buildings you will find yourself enchanted by the delicious free tapas culture, the sounds of Flamenco, the Alpine mountain views and friendly nightlife.
If you have the time it is well worth a visit and only an hours drive from La Loma.