Set just one minutes walk from the heart of the quiet and peaceful village of Rodalquilar. With open views up to the old gold mine. Casa Kenia is a great place to base yourselves to explore Cabo de Gata.
Holiday comfort in the heart of Cabo de Gata natural park. Peaceful location, within 2 minutes walk of vibrant village centre, 3 kilometres from amazing beach.
Three-bedroom, newly-built terraced house, with all mod cons, and beautiful view across botanical gardens of a volcanic valley and Rodalquilar's old gold mine.
The location is a quiet street bordering the small and picturesque village of Rodalquilar, once a thriving gold mine town, in the heart of Cabo de Gata National Park. The three-bedroomed terraced house overlooks botanical gardens and a scenic skyline, up and down the length of the valley that leads to El Playazo, a gorgeous unspoilt beach with some of the best snorkeling and diving in the whole of Spain. Yet you are only a two-minute walk from Rodalquilar’s colorful main street, with a rich variety of local bars and restaurants, all within easy walking distance. The house itself is newly built with a veranda, ideal for outside dining, and a roof terrace. It is fully equipped with everything from dishwasher to hairdryer, air conditioning and DVD player, as well as free broadband WIFI access. The owners named the house ‘Casa Kenia’ - where they were living at the time it was built - and this is reflected in the decor, which combines African artwork and local color.
Once a thriving gold mine town, Rodalquilar is now a small, picturesque village in the heart of the natural park, 3 kilometres from a beautiful unspoilt sandy beach. Beyond the disused gold mine are the ruins of the church that housed the real events of Lorca’s famous play, ‘Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding). Close by, a village that is a shrine to Clint Eastwood and the famous duel of 'For a Few Dollars More' filmed here. And Rodalquilar too has starred in more than one film, including a Science Fiction film set in the pink lunar rock formations that are remnants of the gold mine. When the mine finally closed in the sixties, most people moved away, some to northern Spain, some as far as Brazil – but many kept coming back. This, and the discovery of the village by a small group of German artists in the seventies, created a unique atmosphere in this unusual village. It is rural and yet cosmopolitan, and still home to a variety of local artists. The other thing that makes Rodalquilar special is its location as headquarters of the Natural Park, with a focus on conserving the precious coastline and its flora and fauna. The village itself offers a vibrant Mediterranean nightlife in season, with several excellent restaurants and bars, live music shows, open air theatre and art exhibitions. There are also workshops, a playground and an open air cinema for children. One of the joys here is that there is something for everyone - whether you are looking for a family holiday, a romantic getaway, a photographer’s paradise, an adventure holiday or a place to sample real Mediterranean Spain and just have fun with friends. It is also a fabulous spot out of season.
Natural Park status, granted in 1987, has protected this patch of coastline from the development that has spoilt other parts of Spain. It is stunningly scenic, with long sandy beaches and hidden coves reachable only on foot – or by kayak. Turquoise waters, white and black rock formations, volcanic hills, views that in photos look as if they have been taken from a small plane…the landscape evokes Africa combined with Mediterranean coastal and fishing villages.
As one of Spain’s rare marine reserves, the area offers superb diving and snorkelling. There are endless stunning walks, with breath-taking views of the coast and mountain ranges. Other popular ways to enjoy the scenery are by bicycle or on horseback. A drivable dirt track takes you past the disused gold mine of Rodalquilar and into a Wild West landscape, where three Clint Eastwood films were shot, and to ‘El Cortijo de los Frailes’, the real life setting of the events of Lorca’s famous play ‘Bodas de Sangre’ (Blood Wedding).
This is a great area to visit out of season: a paradise for hikers and cyclists, or those who love painting or photography - or simply natural beauty and peace and quiet.
You have full and private access to the whole house.
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