Come to Canillas de Aceituno
.....and fall in love!
Casa Convento is not an average Spanish holiday villa but, rather, a home designed and built by the owner, Suzanne Davy, to provide an exceptional standard of comfort, style and character to give you 5-star holiday accommodation. Just over an hour east of Malaga airport lies the authentic ‘pueblo blanco’ of Canillas de Aceituno perched on the edge of the Sierra Tejeda National Park. Casa Convento, situated at the top of the village, is a boutique, luxurious and romantic residence with two very large ensuite double bedrooms - one on the ground floor and one on the first floor - plus a shower/utility room, spacious open-plan living on the second floor, complete with panoramic dining terrace and BBQ, a large rooftop sunbathing terrace and a private, romantic solar-heated swimming pool in its own patio. Every comfort has been thought of, including luxurious beds and linen, power-showers, bathrobes/slippers, dimmable lights, air-conditioning, plus underfloor heating and a log fire for winter evenings. There is constant free Wifi, Freeview satellite TV, DVDs, Cd/ipod player, games and a picnic knapsack. The kitchen is professionally equipped and there is even a cargo lift for your shopping! (scroll down for Details and Gallery)
Although only 25 minutes beautiful drive from the Costa del Sol into the foothills of the Sierra Tejeda National Park, Canillas de Aceituno is a world apart from the coastal 'buzz'. It retains all the authentic sights, sounds, scents and spirit of traditional Andalucian life: Potted flowers decorate the narrow side-streets, mules and goats pass by studiously ignoring humanity, the fish-delivery van-man calls out his wares, the village ladies practice their flamenco moves in the evening cool. From here you can walk, paint, photograph, bird-watch, picnic, listen to the cicadas, drink the local wine, fiesta in April and August.... Here you will also be able to walk the new 'El Saltillo' which is described as the second 'Caminito del Rey', taking you on a panoramic hillside trek, crossing the Puente Colgante, Europe's 3rd longest footbridge. Or simply enjoy the tranquility and comfort of Casa Convento; choose your preferred venue - full-on rooftop sun and a plunge in the very private, heated pool; lunch-with-a-view in the shade of the third-floor terrace, or salute the wonderful sunset over Lake Vinuela with a cold glass of 'fino' as the Moroccan Rif mountains magically appear out of the seascape horizon and the shrilling swallows put on a spectacular flying display right in front of you.
There is a festival of the local sausage, 'morcilla' , in April and the main 4-day village fiesta is in August, when the whole population turns out in style: In fact, there are many other village fiestas during the summer months and local town/village markets every day of the week year round. Velez-Malaga is well worth exploring, especially its older, higher streets. Nearer the coast there is a Water Park, Go-karting, 2 golf courses, a sports club for tennis and gym, lots of chirinquitos (beach restaurants with sun loungers) in Torre del Mar and a large shopping centre, El Ingenio, which houses the mega-supermarket 'Eroski' and top retailers such as Mango and Zara. However, do please try out your Spanish in the village's fascinating little shops which can supply all your groceries and daily needs; you will find that on the streets everyone greets each other, friend or stranger! The simple bars serve great 'tapas' and there are several excellent restaurants serving proper regional dishes.
There are many beautiful 'pueblos blancos' to explore in the Axarquia region - you can even see quite a few from the terrace and rooftop of Casa Convento perched on the hilltops like tumbling mounds of sugar cubes. Historic Granada, Antequera and Cordoba are within visiting distance for an overnight or weekend stay and Malaga has an interesting and artistic old centre with great shopping....and from here you can wizz down the coast to sample the 'jet-set' life of Puerto Banus and Marbella.
Casa Convento is available to rent throughout the year from £660-£840 per week, or for shorter periods during low-mid seasons.
Please view the photos below and contact me, Suzanne Davy, at
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2nd floor open plan living with view to panoramic dining terrace
wood burner for winter, views from dining terrace all year!
The doors lead to a spiral staircase up to spacious roof terrace
There is a huge fridge/freezer and a cargo lift
From kitchen to media table and log fire
The dining table can extend to 6 people. Artwork by Suzanne, the owner
Comfortable inside dining too!
Romantic setting for a night-time dip!
Optimistic by door of 'corral' bought in 2007
Casa Convento from street
Entrance Hall through to pool patio
2nd Floor dining terrace with stunning views
Solar heated pool
View from spiral stairs to roof terrace
Spacious and panoramic rooftop sun terrace with Tejeda National Park right behind
Ground floor bedroom view
Ground floor en suite bedroom
First floor 32sq.m. ensuite bedroom
First floor bedroom view
The beds can be singles too
First floor bedroom detail
Dining terrace with heater and built in BBQ
Views to Lake Vinuela and beyond to the sea and sometimes the Rif mountains of Morocco
Ground floor bathroom
Bath, power shower within + separate shower, double basins, radiator
First floor ensuite bathroom
Bath, power shower, double basins, radiator
Canillas de Aceituno from road to it
La Maroma mountain in Tejeda National Park above
Looking for a good walk?
Mountain view behind house
Panorama from roof terrace
Typical flowery street
Village view from walk above
Casa Convento is ringed in red
Casa Convento watercolour
Bahia de Tanit,Torre del Mar
Our favourite beach 'club'