Casitas Bonitas, Tarifa, Spain
Overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar in full, Casitas Bonitas and its 3 delightful semi-detached cottages, which we like to call “casitas”, is set in the green hills of Tarifa, within Los Alcornocales Natural Park. Border line of two continents, Europe and Africa, these surroundings have a powerful attraction to all newcomers. The natural park we are in provides the property with an exclusive and secluded hideaway, ever since the 150 year old cortijo was rebuilt 30 years ago. Nothing will disturb your rest except, perhaps, some birdsong, a fox barking or the ships’ horns blowing as they sail along the Straits on their way to the open ocean.
The casitas are both breathtaking and utterly unique; an uninterrupted vista of the african coast where terracotta villages perched on the rugged Moroccan Rif mountains appear within touching distance. With northern Africa only 14 kms away, this is the place where one continent ends and another begins. The 3 casitas sleep two or a maximum of three people. They are each decorated in their own personal style inspired by the earthy washes of AndalucÃa and all have a private terrace where the stunning panoramic view of Moroccos wild coastline may be best enjoyed.
La Hoya’s closest town, Pelayo, is only 2 miles away; the winding lane will take you through forests of cork oak, wild olive trees, creeping clematis and wild roses all the way down to the cortijo. Indeed these magical surroundings make these casitas a real haven in which to recover from the pressure and stress of everyday life. Country walks, birdwatching, trekking, horse riding, windsurfing are easy to do in the area. If swimming and sunbathing are all you want from your holiday then look no further. La Hoyas infinity pool and many days of sunshine per year are all conducive to rest and relaxation. However there is plenty to do in the area; only seven miles away is the historic town of Tarifa with its Moorish castle, narrow streets, beach restaurants know as “chiringuitos” and terraced cafes.
Tarifa is world-renowned for its wind and excellent kite surfing conditions, not to mention its Ibiza-esque ambience. Day drips to the white villages, the cultural capitals of CÃ¡diz and Sevilla and close by the roman archaeological ruins of Baelo Claudia are also easy excursion-options from the casitas. Tarifa and its spectacular long white beaches and high sand dunes where world known kitesurfers fly their kites in the wind, turning the sky into a multicoloured rainbow worth watching. And ….. if you feel like “travelling through time”, the ferry from Tarifa will take you in 35 minutes to the exotic town of Tangiers “where nothing is as it seems” …. an experience.