If you like peace and tranquility, magnificant sea and mountain views, you will fall in love with LAzohia. Appropriately, the name La Azohia itself means escape.
We hope to provide you with a little escape at our new and tastefully furnished two bedroom apartment on the top floor of the El Pinar De San Gines Complex.
From this very tasteful development, built in the traditional Andalucian pueblo style, it is five minutes walk to the sea along a road lined with deliciously scented pines, and glimpses of well-established villas.
Turn left and walk along the promenade passing palm trees, bougainvillea, sandy stretches and rocky coves until 15/20minutes later you will find yourself in the little fishing village of LAzohia. Here life carries on as it always has and you can watch the fishermen bring in their daily catches of tuna. On the headland beyond is the old 16th century pirate look-out tower to add to the charm and is flood-lit at night.
However, a 15 minute walk is likely to become a longer stroll as you will be temped to sit and take in the views, or stop at one of the local tapas bars or check out the possibilities at one of the diving schools, which Azohia has become famous for. The pristine waters are a playground for fishermen and divers. Swimming and snorkelling are very popular here, especially as Azohia boasts an average of 300 sunny days a year. Even in the height of summer here the beaches are never crowded and in the middle of winter you can enjoy clear, sunny days and delightful temperatures. The area is also ideal for sailing, windsurfing, cycling, golf and at the nearby 4 star Hotel LAzohia non-residents can use their Spa. A lot of the activies do not run during the winter months but I have enjoyed cycling and many interesting walks during this time.
For those who like hiking, the mountains which parallel the coast give an endless variety of vistas - in fact you can walk up the mountain directly behing El Pinar. In the valley behind, a road snakes up to Cabo Tinoso. Here is the biggest cannon you are ever likely to see with an amazing range of 35 km! These gun batteries were built in the early 1930s for the defence of Cartagena, the headquarers of the Spanish Mediterranean fleet. Quite apart from the historic interest, the views fom this height towards Cartagena and acrosss the Bay of Mazarron are stunning.
Still on the subject of hiking and mountains, about an hours drive away, is the fantastic mountain park of Sierra Espuna, south west of Murcia, with its deep valleys and high peaks. You can sometimes even enjoy snow in the higher elevations in the winter months. It is home to pine and oak forests and a wide range of animals and huge birds of prey, circling overhead in the thermals. There are also hundreds of kilometers of mountain biking trails in the Sierra Espuna.
THE EL PINAR COMPLEX
If you do not want to leave El Pinar itself, there is no need because there are swimming pools on the complex and ample opportunity to sunbathe and relax on the large solarium, taking in the views - and in the evening enjoy a drink and BBQ as you watch the Mediterranean turn red with the rays of the setting sun There are some lovely restaurants in the area as well as local traditional Spanish tapas bars. Please note that these bars are closed during the winter months, but you will find late night dining in Isla Plan (5 mins drive) or Mazarron (10 minutes drive).
The large port of Mazarron has all the attractions, amenities and activities of a big town as well as the Sunday market..and 20 minutes drive over the mountains to Cartagena you not only have a large city with its fantastic shopping (including Carrefour and El Corte Ingles), bars and restaurants along the seafront and in the narrow medieval streets, but it is also a city very much steeped in history, dating back to pre-Roman times. Hannibal landed his elephants here!
London Luton, Stansted, Liverpool, Glasgow and Nottingham to Murcia, San Javier (45 minutes from LAzohia).
They also fly from Belfast, London Gatwick, Luton and Stansted, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool.
A car is not essential, but if you would like to see the surrounding countryside, yes it is advisable to hire. There is a local carhire 5 minutes from the apartment if you wish to book for a few days during your stay.
This was our first stay in this apartment and it was lovely. Great facilities, clean and tidy, and a great location. There is a large sun terrace with plenty of sunbeds and a shower. I will definitely be returning and would fully recommend this apartment.
Jean from Johnstone
Stayed May 2015 - Family
The property was very clean and well presented , with a very well equipped kitchen with washing machine and even a dish washer. There was plenty of extras clingfilm and many extras. We replaced anything that we used, including washing detergent. The solarium was well used as was the pool , some days we were the only people in the pool, just what we like.
The local beach within walking distance is fantastic with beautiful clear water. Would recommend the area and apartment.
Diane from Pinner
Stayed Sep 2014 - Couple
As the ad says, the owners have equipped apt for their own use as well as renters, so is much better furnished & provisioned than many. So nice not to have to buy absolutely everything (cooking staples, BBQ stuff, cleaning equip) - just for a weeks stay. Kitchen has everything you would need - except perhaps a teapot! The pueblo style of the complex (orange concrete & tiles) is a little overwhelming on arrival on a hot, sunny day, but got used to it. The large, part-shaded roof terrace is a great asset - good for sunsets as well as sunbathing - but the surrounding wall blocks much of sea view when seated, so shame that the high bar stools were broken. The local beach is refreshingly low-key, very quiet in Sept, very calm, shallow sea. A great spot for a thoroughly relaxing holiday.
Linda from Aylesbury
Stayed Sep 2014 - Couple
We have stayed many times in la Azohia. It was the first time at this apartment.
It was immaculately clean and well equipped with everything you need ........certainly home from home.
There is so much to see in the area but La Azohia itself takes some beating and is so picturesque. The beach is lovely and sea so warm with it being a bay. We definitely went at the right time out of the main holiday period.
All in all a lovely break and would recommend to anyone,
James from Gosport
Stayed Jul 2014 - Family
If youre looking for a quiet two weeks laying in the sun without interruption, then this is the place for you.
The apartment is very well equipped, very clean and the description is accurate.
We wouldnt hesitate to stay there again.
pamela from murcia
Stayed Jul 2012
We booked this apartment with fantastic views for friends and the apartment next door for their friends. Both parties had a fantastic time together especially in the pool. The stone BBQ, large dining table, sun loungers and terrace shower in Lalibela are perfect for entertaining and relaxing. There are loads of glasses, plates and serving dishes.
The younger people in the group found night life that we never knew about, so there is something for everyone in La Azohia. It is an excellent location to relax and lie in the sun with the beach 2 minutes walk away. The 3 local beach bars stay open day and night serving cocktails at 4.5 Euros for huge measures. Local caught fish on the menu at every restaurant. Everyone was very sad to have to leave!
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We had another wonderful holiday at your appartment. As it was a weekday we did a big shop in Carrefour in Cartagena, it is so big in there, you get carried away with the choice! Anyway we arrived late at your appartment, but it meant that we could relax the next day without having to think about shopping. The month of May is completely different to September, the colours are fresh, there is lots of green and even the palm trees look fresher! The night temperatures are much cooer, which makes sleeping easier, but there is a strong wind that starts around midday and although it feels quite nice, you can be deceived that the sun is strong and feel the effects by the evening...in sunburn! For us the only disadvantage was the sea temperature. Back in September it was like a warm bath, this time it was cold and as we like snorkeling and bring our own equipment, we did not get in to use it very much. We did get in on four occasions, but not for long, though we did see quite a lot of fish, not as many as September, then they come close to the shore. The sea temperature does rise quickly enough and by the end of our holiday we could feel it warmer. This time we got more sightseeing in. We went to CARTAGENA for an afternoon and took a trip on the boat that goes around the harbour. There was only another couple on board, so we had it all to ourselves. For 5.50 Euros each it is great value, you would not get anything as cheap in this country. The commentary was very good, they played it in English also and the history is very interesting. The trip took 40 minutes and was very interesting. Each time we go through Cartagena there is always road works, with very badly signed diversions, so I think we know the back streets quite well now! We also went to SIERRA ESPUNA and up to the SANTA HOTEL, former monastery, where we had a beautiful Sunday lunch. Menu del Dia is not at the weekend and when we saw the posh restaurant we thought it would be very expensive, but we were very surprised with the value and the meat was beautifully cooked. We did not manage to try the desert....maybe next time! Then we walked up to the statue and the stunning views around.We made great use of the solarium, where we spend most of our time when we are at your appartment. There is more hours of sunlight in May than September and I think the sunsets were better. The complex was very quite, which is just what we like. Your appartment was as clean and beautiful as ever and we had a relaxing two weeks. We did notice the new front door with mosquito net which is great and keeps bugs of the flying and walking nature out and we noticed that the solarium table and chairs were freshly stained.I think that is all for now. Pamela looked after us as always. MAY 2010
Well what a lovely relaxing time I had at your beautiful apartment, which is the best I have ever stayed in. I packed far too much clothing and will only be bringing a quarter next year when I book again! La Azohia was stunning and just what the doctor ordered. I booked this apartment on recommendation from another apartment owner so came to enjoy my stay at Lalibela quite by chance. The apartment is beautifully furnished and decorated and truly is a home from home with everything you could possibly need to make your stay memorable. The roof terrace is huge and in May got the sun from 8am to 8pm with sunloungers, a shower and a built-in BBQ where you can cook the fresh fish brought into the harbour each day and affords you panoramic views of the ocean, I spent many a night up there with a glass of wine just watching the sun set behind the mountains. Clive and Pamela, the keyholders, are lovely and always on hand to help with any questions you may have. Travelling solo for the last few years I always try and find somewhere off the beaten track, scenic and peaceful for my holidays where you won't find a full English breakfast or sausage, egg and chips on the menu at any restaurants and I certainly hit the jackpot with La Azohia! You also won't find shops, skyscraper hotels or noisy music bars, all you will find is a tiny fishing village nestled between the dramatic mountains and blue azure sea of the Mediterranean with a few well placed restaurants. The palm-lined promenade, which is a 5 minute walk from the apartment, hugs the stunning coastline all the way from the harbour at La Azohia to the fine sandy beach at Isla Plana. It took me half an hour to walk into the harbour from the apartment or one hour to walk the other way into Isla Plana, but with the beautiful wild flowers that were out in May and the sound of the ocean both walks were most pleasurable and seemed to take half that time. Sometimes in the two weeks I was there I never saw a soul on my walks and it felt like I was in my own little holiday world. This really is the Costa that time forgot and if you are looking for peace and relaxation, long ambling walks in spectacular surroundings without the diversions of shops and bars, then this really is the place for you. This really was the best holiday I have had to date in all my time travelling solo and whilst I know it wouldn't float everyone's boat, those looking for total relaxation and beautiful surroundings coupled with fantastic weather, fresh food and friendly faces who remember your name would love this place, it is an absolute jewel, I seriously did not realise that there were places like this left on the Spanish coast and have now finally found a place I want to return to each year.The few restaurants in Azohia only served food in the afternoon during May, but I soon got into the habit of nipping out for the menu del dia either on the front, at the Australian Bar or in Isla Plana. I also sampled tapas at Carlos' on the Passeo in Puerto one afternoon and they were the most delicious I have had anywhere. The weather during my stay was fantastic with only one day of rain, the rest of the time it was blue skies and temperatures starting at 24 degrees that were soaring up to the late 20's as I was leaving to come home. I came back feeling I had been away for a month, relaxed, refreshed and fitter than when I had come away with all the walking, swimming and cycling and I will be booking again for next Spring! Many thanks to Margaret for renting me her beautiful apartment and for all her useful tips and information before I left for my holiday. I now feel I have found a second home and also a new friend.May 2009, Tracey, Leeds UK.
We had such a great time, You have a fantastic apartment with all the appliances that anyone could want, We found every thing clean and well cared for and a lot of additional and helpful information within the apartment. The solarium was just great for days when we were just too lazy to go out [even to the bar ] the views are so good from there we felt that we were on the beach all the time. We will most certainly be in contact with you for further visits, and would recommend Lalibela to any one that we know. Kind regards and a big thank you. Ptr, UK
El apartamento nos encantó, no faltaba detalle, nos gustó mucho la decoración y lo cuidado y limpio que estaba todo asi que en cuanto tengamos unos días de vacaciones no dudaremos en volver por allí, ni en recomendarselo a mis amigos para cuando quieran unos días de tranquilidad. Además aun nos quedan películas por ver... jajaja Pamela y la otra chica fueron muy amables con nosotros y nos dejaron el apartamento en perfecto estado, son muy agradables, a pesar de entendernos mal porque nosotros apenas hablamos ni entendemos el inglés. Un saludo y muchas gracias por todo Margaret. Laura. Madrid.
We thoroughly enjoyed La Azohia and your apartment, which we found very comfortable and blissfully quiet. We were very lucky with the weather and will certainly return to watch the sunset from that delightful roof terrace. Kind regards, KM UK, Feb 2008
Everything at Lalibela was great. The apartment is lovely and, as people have remarked before, very well equipped and with all home comforts, even a mini-library! We were there for a couple of weeks at the beginning of December and the weather was perfect the entire time –sunshine every day, blue skies, daytime temperatures about 18 degrees C. Lovely views and some great sunsets from the solarium. Since we enjoy hillwalking it was an ideal location. We could get onto the coastal hills from the front door! Detailed ordnance survey maps are readily available – the GR92 passes El Pinar development and heads into the hills in L’Azohia – passes the Big Guns and continues to Cartagena and beyond. For those who like more gentle walking it is very pleasant to stroll along the promenade to L'Azohia harbour, or to Isla Plana in the other direction. There are very good views from the lookout tower (easy access) above the village.The nearest town is Puerto de Mazarron which had everything. We had a car for the 16 km round trip but there is a regular very cheap bus service from the bottom of the entrance road to El Pinar. There is also a bus service to Cartagena. Getting back to San Javier airport with Clive’s instructions was no problem whatsoever and only took 40 minutes. The only problem with driving in Spain is that new roads are being constructed at such a rate that the road maps are out of date before they are published!In short, we would definitely recommend Lalibela as a place to stay and L’Azohia as a destination.A. Kearney, Leitrim, Ireland. Dec. 2007.
"Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful apartment; we had a great time and loved the village. We spent the time relaxing on the beach. The apartment had everything that we needed and more - I must admit that I made use of a few of the books on the book shelf! We really enjoyed the fact that the area was quieter - it was so nice to go somewhere that hasn't had the 'costa' touch. We strolled along the seafront during the evening and went for a drink in the bars on the beach. Many thanks” Kerry, UK. August 2007
We have just returned from a beautiful five days in the apartment in March. The apartment is as descriped in the blurb. Fantastic views from the solarium over the Bay and when it was windy on Monday you could hear the waves breaking on the shore from the solarium.
Terry runs a good pub and the food was excellent. Eimear (aged 10) thought it was a bit quiet but i guess you cant please everybody.
A new two bedroom apartment, tastefully furnished, pristeenly clean, with air conditioning in all rooms. The kitchen area is well stocked with all neccessary appliances. A private rooftop terrace, with shower, is an ideal location for barbecues and it also affords one a panoramic view of the bay. A communal swimming pool is also at the disposal of apartment residents. We considered it to be first class and would highly recommend it to any holidaymaker. C, @ D. Mc Ginley , Dublin, Ireland
This apartment has been furnished and selected for us to enjoy as well as rent, so you will find it fully equipped.
Included in the price:
There is a Security gate at the top of the stairs for childrens safety.
Good selection of books provided.
Large stone BBQ in the roof terrace to enjoy .
There are sea views from the roof terrace.
There is a balcony to the front with views of the mountain to the left.
Sports and activities:
Boat Hire Fishing Golf Horse Riding
Mountain Biking Sailling Water Skiing Wind Surfing