Villa Casa Loma.

What our guests say...

"It could very well become our home away from home. Well appointed, views out of this world, the weather is absolutely divine. Forget going to spas and spending a fortune, Casa Loma in Salobreña and the Costa Tropical are the best kept secret for Rest and Relaxation and good times. We will be going back and that's a promise!

We put over 3500 km on our car. We went all over the immediate surroundings as well as further away. We visited Motril, Almunecar, Nerja, La Herradura, Granada, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Malaga, Marbella, Gibraltar and of course Madrid. We had fun on the beaches of Salobreña, Motril, Almunecar and our favorite was the balcony over Europe Beach right in Nerja. El Pinon restaurant right on Salobreña beach, on the side of a cliff, was awesome and the waiters/help were superb. We highly recommend it."

Mr and Mrs.N., California

"We have had a fabulous time here! Your spot is picture perfect. It was glorious to sit on the balcony and enjoy the view. We didn’t try to do it all, but we did enjoy Nerja, the caves, Frigiliana, Alhambra, the towns of Salobrena and Motril. The kids enjoyed the beach and we enjoyed the tapas. Thanks for sharing your home. We watched every episode of your CD set Fawlty Towers and laughed ourselves silly."

Vander Kroom Family, Oakville, Ontario

"Oh Towlers! Adopt us please...! We'll stay here and be good...we won't make a mess...we'll light the BBQ for anyone and serve refreshing drinks!!! This is just what my doctor would have ordered if only she had known. I'm almost too relaxed to write this note now. A fabulous base for the week as everyone seems to think, especially after a week of touring. Swallows, swifts and 9 eagles in one day! Fabulous. Friendly little cat. Mostly beautiful weather and one day of rain. We've found Casa Loma the perfect place to put on approx. one stone of weight. (shall need support knickers when I get home). We shall all return home sad to have left but with wonderful memories. Stewart has left a detailed list of his favourite wines—we run a pub and he really knows wines!"

Stewart, Ginny and Maxine, London

"Our trip was everything and more than we had hoped for. In a word it was fabulous. The Villa was perfect—what a beautiful setting. It was a real blessing to be able to get up to that glorious view every morning. Talk about soul restoring! The people were charming and gracious and very patient with our sign language. We spent our whole two weeks laughing (if laughter makes you younger then I should be about five years old by now!)"

EM, Waterloo, Canada

"Oh, I wish it was this time last week because this is our third visit to Casa Loma and it was like coming home. We will be back next year. We have such happy memories of our time here."

Maureen and John, England

Fresh seafood, superb wines, reasonable prices...

Rich history, unspoiled landscape...

We can assure you that, should you come to our villa, you will hardly have time enough to do it all. You certainly will not have time to be bored!

The beautiful Costa Tropical de Granada is one of the most stunning regions of Spain. There two worlds come into contact and sharp contrast. Long populated throughout the centuries by the Phoenicians, the Moors, and the Romans, the area is rich in history, architecture and ruins. The various cultural influences of each occupying group can be felt even today. Even the landscape still shows the evidence of former invaders. Roman watch towers (always built within sight of one another) dot the coast line as you drive from Malaga and the terraced mountains show the Moor's influence on agricultural activities.

Located to the east of Malaga, the Costa Tropical de Granada has escaped the worst excesses of the property developers. Housing developments inspired by Andalusian village architecture are the norm rather than faceless concrete tower blocks and the tourist onslaught has been much milder. For most of the year, it's relatively free from tourists, if not from foreign expatriate residents.

Salobreña—a perfect village minutes from the villa...

A short detour from the highway brings you to the unspoiled village whose near-perpendicular streets and old white houses perch on a steep hill beneath a ruined Moorish fortress. Salobreña is picturesque in a totally natural way, providing a sample of the Andalusian pueblo atmosphere. Salobreña's 5 km of beach hosts a variety of bars and restaurants.

Salobreña has a wealth of both beauty and culture to offer the visitor. The historical centre is made up of areas built within the walls that fortified the town in the Middle Ages, rendering it one of the most impregnable places on the Al-Andalus coast. Original medieval structures are preserved in delightful corners such as la Loma, la Fuente, Brocal and Albaycin, characterized by narrow winding streets, imposing doorways, tiny windows, passageways and vaults.

Interesting destinations within Salobreña...

Outstanding amongst the monuments and interesting places to visit are...

  • the Arab Castle
  • the Mudejar Church of the Rosary
  • the Vault
  • Floral Promenade
  • the vantage points of the Postigo and Albaycin....

The local museum outlines its 6000 years of history with some fine examples of pottery, tools, utensils and other various displays and models.

Exploring Salobreña...

Upon reaching the small square, choose either Muralla Street on the right or, at the bottom and on the left, the beginning of Real Street or "Calle Real". Taking the latter choice and leaving behind Brocal district where the ruins of a Nasrid tower can be found, one comes across a narrow street of whitewashed houses. On the first corner the "Casa Grande" can be seen which, nowadays is a property which belongs to the church. It is still close to the Puerta de la Villa and, half way along Real street a small square as old as the town itself can be found called La Placeta.

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Close to Salvador Villaescusa Street and on the corner is a small tavern, formerly the town's bakery. During the Middle Ages, the local people were allowed to knead as much bread as they liked provided that they contributed flour in return. Inside the tavern, wooden beams indicate the many centuries of history contained within.

Returning to Real Street, the house numbered 10 is another important historical feature. The building belongs to a local family and was formerly the town's hospital and local inn where the last local person born into slavery died in 1757. Further along the street, the former Town Hall Square can be found, which now houses the local museum. This route has taken us through the oldest part of town where the narrow streets of whitewashed houses preserve an air of majestic nobility. It is worth noting that, if you should care to return on a rainy day, the stunning whitewashed appearance of the old town converts itself into a bluish hue as a result of the rainwater coming into contact with the lime.

Interesting day-trips outside of Salobreña...

Perhaps Salobreña's best feature is its location—situated on the edge of the sea and yet within easy access to many points of interest in southern Spain. Many tourists (native and otherwise) chose Salobreña due to its ability to offer a sea-side resort combined with day trips to exotic and fun-filled locales.

Nearby attractions include...

  • the Alhambra palace in Granada
  • the caves in Nerja
  • the water park in Almunecar
  • the many mountain villages....

Exploring along the Costa Tropical...

The road from the city of Motril, travelling west along the coast to the city of Malaga passes through the former heart of the empire of sugar barons who brought prosperity to Malaga province in the 19th century. Today, the traditional cane fields are giving way to lychees, limes, mangoes, paw-paws and olive groves. Dark green avocado groves line your route on the descent into Almunecar, a fishing village since Phoenician times, 3000 years ago. The Phoenicians called it Sexi; the Moors built a castle here, where the kings of Granada once kept their treasures; and today it's a popular resort.

Between the coastal towns of Almunecar and Nerja, giant cliffs and dramatic seascapes provide the best scenery on this eastern stretch of the Costa.

Cuevas de Nerja—huge Paleolithic caves...

Above the village of Maro, 4km (2 Miles) before Nerja, signs point to the entrance of the Cuevas de Nerja. These huge Paleolithic caves, thought to be between 12 000 and 20 000 years old, were discovered in 1959 by children playing on the hillside.

Over the past 30 years, thousands of tourists have tramped through the floodlit caverns furnished with spires and turrets created by centuries of dripping water. One suspended pinnacle, 200 feet long, claims the title of the world's largest stalactite. In summer, these awesome subterranean chambers provide an impressive setting for concert and ballet performances.

The resort town of Nerja...

Nerja—(pronounced neer-ha) its name comes from the Moorish word narixa, meaning abundant springs—is a rapidly developing resort. Happily, the high rises have been kept at bay and much of Nerja's growth has been confined to urbanizaciones ("village developments"). The old village of Nerja is clustered on top of a headland above several small beaches and rock coves that offer reasonable bathing despite the grey grit sand.

In high season Nerja's beaches are busy with sun-worshipping Europeans, but throughout the year, wandering the narrow whitewashed streets and courtyards of the old town is enjoyable. Nerja's highlight is the Balcon de Europa, a lookout high above the sea on a promontory just off the central square. It was King Alfonso XII who dubbed it the Balcony of Europe when he paused here in 1885 to admire the view.

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