An enchanting and spacious one bedroom cottage, completely self- contained with a private terrace and delightful views over the valley with orchards and vineyards. Free wifi.
Licensed as a "Vivienda Rural" by the Junta of Andalucia VTAR/MA/00572
An enchanting and spacious one bedroom cottage, completely self- contained with a private terrace and delightful views over the valley with tropical fruit orchards and vineyards.Situated at the edge of the beautiful whitewashed village of Cútar .The ancient Moorish village of Cútar is far from the tourist trail but only an hour from Málaga airport, 25 minutes from the coast and secluded beaches and within easy reach of the great Andalucian cities of Granada and Córdoba.
The 200 year old cottage has been completely renovated in the Andalucian style - preserving the traditional features but with modern appliances that include free wifi. The high beamed ceilings and handmade terracotta floor tiles help stabilize the summer and winter temperatures. The cottage is accessed via a pretty patio in traditional patterned stonework with a large flowering and tropical plants.
The door of the cottage opens into an open-plan kitchen and living area with an attractive open fireplace in traditional brickwork. The room is furnished in rustic style with handmade Andalucian furniture which enhance the Moorish-Spanish feel of the space. There is a CD player and radio, CDs, books, local guides and board games. The kitchen is equipped with a gas hob, fridge, microwave, toaster and electric kettle.The spacious, high-ceilinged bedroom has a traditional Andalucian double bed and wardrobe. It has a warm and intimate feel. The bed is made up with best quality white cotton linen, changed weekly. Like the rest of the cottage, the bathroom has a traditional feel, being decorated in hand made ceramic and terracotta tiles. However it is modern and fully equipped including a shower, small bath, bidet and hairdryer. Good quality white cotton bath and hand towels are included .The small,private, south facing terrace completes the suite, overlooks the Cútar valley and Mount Maroma. It includes a small barbecue and ceramic sink.
Cútar has a tapas bar (more in the summer), a well stocked general store and a pharmacy. Larger supermarkets, banks and open air swimming pools (open in the summer months) are available a few minutes drive away in nearby villages. A car is essential as there is little public transport.
Please note that Cútar is a hill village and may not be suitable for people with mobility problems.
Located off the main tourist routes, Cútar is a charming, unspoilt, traditional village. In the shadow of the large church, the white houses and small narrow streets tumble down the hillside. More than 1000 years old, Cútar is a pueblo blanco (white village), a legacy of the Moorish rule of the area. Because of the very mild semi-tropical climate, farmers grow mangos, avocados, citrus fruits, dates, figs, pomegranate, guava, sugar cane and the heavy, delicious Muscat grapes. The grapes are dried into raisins or made into the famous Malaga muscatel dessert wine
The village has between 200 and 300 inhabitants, the population rising steeply during the long summer school break when many dormer and holiday homes fill up. Cútar is perched on a hillside at 330 metres above sea level, and runs down into the valleys overlooking a landscape of mixed fruit farming dominated by vines and olive groves. The entrance to the village has gardens landscaped in the Moorish style. The Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation overlooks it. The church is of sixteenth century Mudejar design and construction, being built on the site of the old Mosque by skilled Muslim craftsmen kept on by the Christians who lacked their building skills. Calle Fuente (formerly Calle Franco) is the artery or main street of the village.
All Spanish villages have their tradition of fiestas and ferias. The fiesta is usually a Saint’s day feast, the main one in Cútar being that of Saint Roque, the patron saint of the village. There is a gypsy fiesta the Romeria in spring, a summer feria and the autumn fiesta del Monfi with its fair, craft stalls and sales of local food and drink. Needless to say, all parties involve eating drinking and dancing
Today Cútar remains a small, authentically rural Spanish community that demonstrates Moorish traditions in its customs and architecture. The streets are built for donkeys not cars. They are steep and often stepped. Much of the paving and decorative cobbled pathways, in recent times covered in concrete, are now being restored, and the village is sensitive to the value of its Arab heritage. The Cútar Koran is the second most ancient in Spain and testifies to the antiquity and heritage of the village itself, as does the “fountain of paradise” and the sixteenth century church with its unique Mudejar frescos. We can expect a new museum to open this year. There are wonderful views from the terraces which overlook the mountains and hills of the Axarquia. There is a pharmacy, a general store and a tapas bar with a terrace overlooking the valley. Banks, cash machines, supermarkets, restaurants and medical service are 10 minutes drive away in the neighbouring village of Benamargosa. Village pools are open during the summer months a short drive away.
This village is genuinely unspoilt - aspects of its history can be found in every part of it and yet it is still unknown to the tourist trade. It is one of the few remaining genuinely authentic secrets of the Axarquia.
Cútar, Andalusia, Spanyol