A romantic andalusian farmhouse/cortijo between sandy beaches and pinewoods on the still untouched Costa de la Luz´Only 40 mins drive from Jerez airport.
The Costa de la Luz is situated between Tarifa and Cadiz in the Atlantic province of Cadiz:
Here you will find white sandy beaches without the visits of massive tourism. (August apart.)
Along the beaches you will find the following places:
Tarifa:- a cosmopolitan town and a windsurfer's paradise, From the port of Tarifa one can take the hydrofoil to Tangers or take a trip to sightsee dolphins and whales.
Barbate: wedged between the sea and a natural park of Umbrella Pines. This is a fishing village having a tunafishing port and modern marina;
Caños de Meca, and Zahora, with their quiet, unspoilt beaches where you can take long walks, still in the lap of the charming, natural, pinewood park!
El Palmar beach is very popular with families, fishermen and surfers alike.
The beaches in summer offer the very popular beach bars which all compete in aesthetics and general appeal. Besides the usual fishing tecniques there are those who searh for octopus and shrimps among the rocks and cockles in the retreating tides.
A holiday rental in Zahora, at the Costa de la Luz, Cadiz
Los Cortijos is in Zahora, a small,unspoilt, Spanish community,lying between the coastal communities of Los Caños de Meca and El Palmar. (Cape Trafalgar which is located at Caños gave it´s name to the famous Battle of Trafalgar). Zahora has it´s own primary school, grocery stores and variety of good restaurants.( Fish and meat dishes are the usual but there is a good pizzeria just minutes from los Cortijos and very popular vegetarian dish- falafel to be found at Caños. A few minutes walk from the finca there is the bar/restaurant Bar Savoy that includes a 3 course menu del dia for less than 10 euros. This bar has live music at week-ends). There is a bus service linking this quiet corner to the rest of the world.
Zahora has “desert island” beaches on one side and perhaps the world´s largest sand dune to the other which is forested with umbrella pines and is now a protected Nature reserve.The surrounding area is farmland, principally crops and fields of the cattle particular to the area, Vacas Bravas and the impressive Retintos with their large shiny red/brown bodies and massive horns. It´s inspiring to pass these animals poised in the hot landscape with white egrets picking around there feet, maybe vultures circling above, and with fields of glowing yellow sunflowers contrasting wildly with the bright blue sea beyond. This is a nature lovers paradise. You can find: dolphins,giant turtles (washed up), mongeese, owls, nightjars,bea- eaters, snakes, cameleons, badgers, vultures,storks, amazing caterpillars, stick-insects etc,etc. We are on the migratory route –Africa-Europe and so enjoy the benefits of witnessing skies full of buzzards, storks etc.
At Los Cortijos we are aprox.10mins.walk to 2 very different but equally stunning beaches and aprox. a 10 min. beautiful drive from 3 very differing towns where one can sightsee,have some drinks and tapas with the locals and do the weekly shopping all in one. These towns have fresh- produce markets in the mornings:- There is the inland town of Vejer de la Frontera, a beautiful town with labyrinthian streets of white houses with beautiful patios of flowers and a typical Arab/Moorish atmosphere.This is perched high on a hill and commands impressive views both inland and out to Morocco. The other towns are Conil going north up the coast and Barbate to the south.
Los Cortijos is a place with it´s own individual character : a special place for special people, at walking distance from the beaches of Zahora and various bars and restaurants
The attraction of Los Cortijos (farmhouses) is the arrangement of rustic houses and apartments (all having their own individual character and style) which all share the large fresh, green garden where you can relax under the palm trees. Many of the cortijos have there own allocated private area too. There is no special luxury, they are just simple and rustic, decorated with taste and based on the idea that the people are the centre of Los Cortijos.
Expect a real break from your daily routine and way of life. “Spain is different”, Zahora is still an unspoilt haven and Los Cortijos will take you back to a simpler, more poetic lifestyle. Enjoy your break!.
A holiday rental, vacation in Zahora, El Palmar, at Los Cortijos
No.8 La Violeta is a detached 2 storey cottage with it´s own gardenarea both to the front and back.
It has a covered porch area leading to the kitchen. The bathroom is located on the ground floor. The Salon has French doors leading through an ivy arch to the west-facing garden which is perfect for afternoon sun. Upstairs are three bedrooms (one of the twin bedrooms has a curtain door.
We have been in this house six years ago so we knew what we could expect. When we compare the price to accommodations in Portugal, La Violeta is very expensive.
It's a nice place to stay but a lot of noise during the nights from partying people in the neighbourhood. Property-owner is very friendly.
We've been at "Los Cortijos" on the 2nd half of July, 2005. We found it a very special place run by very kind and special people. All this turned our staying in an excellent time in an atmosphere of great relaxation where you really feel you're on holidays. The houses, involved by a very pleasant garden, are really spanish typical style. All in all, we felt very well there and have been received by the couple in charge as friends. We intend to return next year.
Los Cortijos is a group of properties run by a couplewho live in one of the small houses. In genera l the houses and garden areas were very attractive. Los Cortijos No 8, where we stayed, was slightly removed from the other houses and, whilst the house was in good condition, the garden and terrace area were not well looked after. Wall mounted flower pots with dying geraniums, a dirty outside table and dog poo on the grass contributed to an unkempt feel to the place. We also had problems with a very noisy well pump outside the bedroom which was easily fixable, but not done and finally mosquitoes at night made it very difficult to enjoy an evening sat outside.If these relatively small problems were sorted and plug in mosquito repellants/nets and coils/joss sticks were provided Los Cortijos No 8 would be a very pleasant place to stay.Los Cortijos was a perfect base for spending time on the beach and we enjoyed several days with large expanses of beach and blue ocean to oursleves.Villarenters comment: One star seems a bit harsh...mosquitos are a fact of life in rural areas, though a bit of a tidy up in the garden area sounds like a good idea?
Los Cortijos is a very typical, romantic place. It has been built 23 years ago, using old materials which gives it an authentic atmosphere. Every house has its own style and character, decorated with style, but basic, simple and clean, so therefore it can offer you the acceptable prices. The garden with it´s palm trees and weeping willows is like an oasis, and providing welcoming shade in the hotter months.