My partner and i have recently returned from a long weekend staying at Escuela La Crujia, a lovely, private B&B/guesthouse with pool in the Costa del Sol, 10minute drive from the beach.
We didn't get to meet Toni (English wife) but we met Imanol (Spanish husband) and he was a really great guy. Very accommodating and so friendly, but not in your face at all. Breakfast is between 9-11am, cereals, mini crossiants, toast, yoghurts and fruit. You eat in the old school hall, a lovely room with high ceilings and a few books from the overflow of their libraries. We found this place on a website where owners of properties can rent out their rooms
The room is lovely with the usual amenities (tv&cable, ensuite) ours had a little kitchenette, no oven but a hob, microwave and mini fridge (very cold and enough room for water/milk/beer etc).
There are 3 rooms available for B&B which all have their own front door, these entrances are seperate from the house so suitably private. The pool round the back is set amongst lime trees, all very lovely, there's not an amazing view but it's not bad and it's pretty quiet apart from the odd vehicle passing by on the dirt track road.
I'd definitely recommend this B&B, whatever you're up to in the area, Imanol was brilliant, so kind to us, and his little cats are adorably playful!!
LOCAL AREA and THINGS TO DO:
In the local area, Torre Del Mar is a 10 minute drive away, parking is free on the sea front apart from the evenings, if the guy in a fluorescent jacket is about it's 1€, a lot cheaper than UK standards!! There are your typical cheap markets stalls in the evenings, and plenty of restuarants/cafes. The beach is a little stoney so might not be suitable for young kids but the sea is lovely and clear.
There are other beaches along the coast, you just need to suss them out, we found some coves one day that were obviously known to locals but hidden away (although sign posted from the road) around Nerja and to the east i've been told is good for beaches, poss more sandy ones.
The 'mountains' are about half hour drive away from the coast, we went for a drive on one of the days, there's nothing spectacular though, so probably not worth it - they weren't really that high!! I was told there is some climbing around there, but not sure if it's worth making the trip. We did see a beautiful looking lake from high(ish) up, brilliant blue, spent about an hour trying to drive down to it for a paddle, turned out to be a man-made lake that stank of manure and lost our flip flops to it's sinking mud banks (oops).
The room is about 60€ per night, a little less if you don't have breakfast, but it's worth it. Out of season (Oct-Mar?) is a fair amount less than 60€.
Flights to Malaga from Gatwick (1hr drive away) with BA are fairly cheap (~£110 each) even just a couple of weeks in a advance, but you also have easyjet etc if you book ahead which are cheaper than this. We hired a car through carjet that cost us about £50 for a mid sized car.
The weather was great, early September nothing below 25◦C, mostly above 30.
Torre Del Mar is a typical seaside resort, but it's not nasty, it's just bustling. For example, the idea of a holiday to Benidorm fills me with dread but this place was pleasant enough. I wouldn't say it was amazing but it was better than expected, and we'd go back if it was cheap enough, although i tend to try new places each time.
We just wanted a cheapish weekend break to relax with flights to the exact times that we needed, we read by the pool, and sunbathed by the sea, swam and walked along the front of an evening, and we were happy with our holiday.
Hope this is of some use!!
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