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La Rijana, Sea-view Villa

Beach house with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and shared pool in Velilla-Taramay, Spain

From €487 per week

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• 2 storey house in small gated community of 14 family houses
• Suitable for quiet couples and families
• 5 minutes from the beaches and town
• 60 minutes from Granada and 90 minutes to the ski slopes at Sierra Nevada.
• 80 minutes from Malaga airport

Overlooking the sea on the Costa Tropical this house has outstanding sea views and is in an all year round location, ideal for sea and ski. From the windows and balconies, you can watch sunrise and sunset, follow the fishing boats and at certain times of year, spot dolphins just off the coast.

The house has rustic floor tiles throughout, is double-glazed and is equipped with AC and heating. Fans are also provided for the bedrooms.

The well-furnished lounge/diner has remote TV, DVD, pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi and a Hi-Fi. There is a collection of books, games and CDs together with a comprehensive information file.
The kitchen, with granite surfaces, has induction hob, combination convection/grill/microwave oven, washer, large fridge-freezer, electric kettle and toaster and in addition, is well supplied with crockery and glassware for indoor and outdoor use.

Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms, all with sea views. The master bedroom, with king bed has an en-suite bathroom. The other 2 bedrooms have twin beds (bedroom 3 with a stow-away bed). There is a second bathroom. Both bathrooms have shower, basin and bidet.

Patio doors open onto a terrace which stretches over 2 sides, giving superb sea and pool views. There is a retractable sun canopy, teak dining table, side table and 6 chairs and 2 sun loungers. Some additional fold up chairs are available for you to take to the pool.

The grounds
• The house has its own parking space outside
• Shared pool (10 x 8m) with Roman steps
• Gardens
• Protected parking within gated community

Please note: All guests must agree to abide by house rules and the rules of the residential community.

Things to do and see
The town
Almuñecar is the principal town on the Costa Tropical, a coast characterised by rugged cliffs falling to the sea and a sub-tropical climate that encourages the growth of cherimoyas, avocados, mangoes and bananas.
It has the heart of an old Andalucian pueblo, being built on cobbled streets, and has history which dates back to pre-historic times.

Things to do and see in the town:
• Roman aqueduct and fish-salting factory
• botanical gardens with nearly 200 varieties of tropical trees from all over the world, (jazz festival in July)
• bird park
• castle
• museum
• aquarium
• bonsai gardens
• water park
• daily market, Friday outdoor market and Sunday flea market
• lively shopping centre in the old town
• many bars and restaurants in all areas of the town and along the beaches – particularly lovely areas to be found in the summer evenings in the old town

Under an hour:
• All the beaches of the Costa Tropical (see section ‘Coast’ below and the many beach photos on my site) including a marina and the marine nature reserve
• Salobrena castle and old town
• Motril – with a history of sugar cane and rum production
• Amazing caves at Nerja with prehistoric remains
• The verdant Lecrin Valley.
• Fascinating Granada, the last Moorish stronghold, with the fabulous Moorish Alhambra Palace, cathedral, gypsy barrio, hot baths and many other interesting sights. This can be reached via motorway or by travelling up the country road through Jete and Otivar passing through amazing mountain scenery.

1-2 hours:
• Sierra Nevada skiing (or mountain walking in summer)
• Alpujarras (made famous by the book 'Driving Over Lemons')
• The historical town of Alhama de Granada, with Moorish quarter, to the south east of Granada. Just outside the town, which is set in rolling hills, are hot springs which feed Arab baths at a local hotel. Accompanied mountain and gorge walks, mountain biking, and a variety of adventurous activities can be arranged in the area. 15 minutes away is Lake Bermejales with beautiful views and swimming. Picnic tables are set amongst lakeside trees.
• Malaga with its beautiful, old city centre, Picasso Museum, castle, cathedral and many other sights.
• Seville, Cordoba, Ronda are all possible on overnight visits.

The Coast
The Costa tropical offers a huge variety of beaches and coves where opportunities exist for diving, windsurfing, paragliding, jet-ski, scuba, snorkelling, fishing, pedalo, nudism or simply sunbathing and swimming. There are 10 beaches in Almunecar and further both east and west, numerous others on the Costa Tropical can be reached down steep cliffs. Riding and golf are also available nearby.
Coastal towns are as follows:
To the east of Almunecar:
• Salobreña, built on an outcrop of rock and topped by Moorish fortifications
• The interesting town of Motril, famous for sugar cane and rum and with Los Moriscos golf course next to the sea.
To the west of Almunecar:
• Marina del Este - exclusive marina with smart restaurants and diving
• Herradura, a small, pleasant coastal resort known for wind-surfing
• Nerja, a popular resort for British holiday-makers, with a good beach (Burriana) and fantastic caves (International festival, featuring ballet, opera, flamenco in July).
• Torrox Costa - pleasant promenade lined with restaurants
• Torre del Mar, and nearby, the modern shopping centre of El Ingenio and the lovely old town of Velez Malaga.

There are other beaches, not mentioned above, waiting for you to find them!

Fiestas and festivals occur throughout the year, including the amazing jazz festival in July (Jazz en La Costa) which features international stars, followed the next week by a flamenco festival. both of these are set in the Botanic Gardens against the floodlit backdrop of the castle. You can find out about holidays and celebrations from the local tourist office or by searching online.

The location of La Rijana, suitable all year round, means that you can combine the tranquillity of gazing across the Mediterranean towards Africa, with the convenience of being only minutes from the centre of a vibrant Andalucian pueblo dating back to pre-history. You can explore the coastal towns and more remote beaches or head inland to the mountains. And remember - the wonderful city of Granada and the Sierra Nevada ski resort are just a short drive away.
Come and enjoy – hasta luego!

Rental licence or registration number: VFT/GR/0095


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Couple from St Helens, United Kingdom Sep 2013

A lovely villa with spectacular views of the bay and everything you could want/need for a great relaxing holiday. A car is a must given the steep climb to the secure compound. The pool area is excellent and right outside the villa (so no long treks for a quick dip). We stayed in September and the rest of the complex was pretty much vacant. We found Almunecar by accident last year and I am personally in live with the place. This villa made our most recent stay all the better. Highly recommended.


From Winchmore Hill, United Kingdom May 2008

This is a beautiful, modern villa with lovely views over the sea. A larger balcony than the adjacent properties as it stands at the end of the block and overlooks the sea on two sides. Excellent service with a food delivery to prepare for our arrival. The villa has three good sized bedrooms and a well-appointed kitchen. The old town is well worth a visit, but if you want to visit Alhambra you have to book online. You would be well advised to do that before leaving home as there was no availability by the time we got around to it in the local internet facility (run by a very helpful English speaking couple). Overall we had a great time.

My one disappointment (which has affected my rating of the property) was with the double bed, which was quite small and had a very thin and lumpy mattress which made it extremely uncomfortable. Waking up with backache every morning does not add to the pleasure of a holiday, otherwise the holiday would have been perfect.

Reply from Sheila

Thanks Adrian for your review.Glad that you appreciated the special food order delivery and thanks to Sue for that.We do advise in the ad. to book in advance for the Alhambra - otherwise (depending on the season) there will be waits or disappointment.Sorry you had problems with the bed - it is standard Spanish double size and quality. I must admit that I too have back problems but find this no worse than any others, either in Spain or world wide, and I don't have any problems unless I stay in bed too long in the morning! Nevertherless we will look into the matter.I'm glad that all else was well and that you enjoyed our house.THanks again, Sheila


From Milton Malsor, United Kingdom Aug 2007

The property did meet with our expectations and on the whole was very good. Although we were disappointed at some of the cleanliness. It was obvious that rugs/mats hadnt been moved to be hoovered. The upstairs bathroom and bedroom carpet had alot of hair over it. Also the shower in the upstairs bathroom needed a good clean or re-grouting. All these things should have been of a better standard for the amount we paid. Also it should be advertised better that the house is at the top of a steep hill. We also went out for a drive one evening only to arrive back and find someone had taken our parking place. We talked to some of the neighbours who didnt know whos car it was, but said parking was a big problem. Maybe it would be a good idea to have a chain accross the parking area or private written across the area.I found the booking process quite tricky because we were paying by cheque. i know this is old fashioned but Im sure it could have been made easier. But in saying all of this we had a lovely time in a nice property.


From Milton Malsor, United Kingdom Aug 2007

This was a beautiful house and every room, especially the kitchen was amazing. The only problems we had was, firstly with the boiler, which wouldnt stay on for some reason (however the management company was very helpful) and hopefully this will be fixed before the next tenants move in. The second problem was with the patio doors, they both seemed to be very hard to open without the risk of breaking the doors, apart from that i would definately recommend this house to anybody who wants to stay close to the pier.


rose from London

Thanks for letting us stay in your home - we had a fabulous time - the views are incredible and it was great just to sit on the balcony or by the pool and relax.
We checked out loads of the beaches and enjoyed the tapas there. We also found some great eating places in town - thanks for the recommendations!
We hope to be back again next year and will certainly recommend La Rijana to our friends.Rose (London) (STAYED IN APRIL 2013)


Sean from Liverpool

Lovely property in a fab location - would definitely recommend to a friend

26 other reviews

What a great house you have! Perfect situated, perfect (to say the least) view and a perfect pool – what more can you ask for. We enjoyed our stay so much – not the last time we would ask you to rent us the house. Once again – thanks for a perfect summer vacation -) Klaus, Denmark, 29/7 – 9/8 2013 A lovely week, very relaxing and lots of fun. …….Many thanks. Aiysha, Kristian, Chris, David and Midge UK, Denmark, USA July ‘13 Thank you for sharing your beautiful house with us! Charlotte, Daniel, Maija and Stig, Finland. July ‘13 We had a marvellous holiday in this beautiful house overlooking the sea. We had a great summer thanks to you. Kattalin, France. July ‘13 We enjoyed our holiday very much. All kinds of weather. Very fine house indeed. Greetings from Jan Willem and Anya, Holland June ‘13 Super holiday in super view details 100% satisfied. All corresponded to the description in the ad and the area is characterized by peace and quiet. Ravishing views from the upper floor, great start to the day with vindueskig the water. Lots of cabinets and shelves. Ample service kitchen cabinets. In short - totally OK. Decosemaker 9/4/12 (Holland) Excellent Welcoming house and owner, well equipped, brilliant views. Close to Almunecar with all facilities needed. A wide range of beaches and recreation facilities. The house has a terrace on two sides so always an opportunity to sit out of wind. Enjoyed a lovely stay! Jan, Netherlands June 2-16 2013

We had a lovely time – very satisfied customers here, and in Hong Kong. David. 1-21/7/12

Just a note to say thank you for letting us stay in your lovely home, I am sure we will be in contact with you again in the future. Stuart 28/7 – 4/8/12

Now we are back in Denmark after a wonderful stay in Spain. Thank you very much for borrowing your lovely house – everything was past fantastic, especially the views! Karin, 21 – 26/7/12

Lovely property in a fab location - would definitely recommend to a friend.

Thanks for the use of the house again, we had a holiday and Im sure well be back......I certainly recommend it to all my friends. We visited the Alhambra Palace and thought it was an amazing place and decided that we will definitely be returning to Granada again in the future. Thanks again. Tom (3-12 Sept 2012)

Thanks for the use of your lovely villa - we all had a great time. Sean 27/8/12 – 3/9/12)

We certainly enjoyed our time there it was so restful and just as we remembered it. We visited the castle at Salobrena, lazed by the pool, had a number of meals out on the sea front and went to the market on Friday. There was a Festival of the 3 cultures over 4 days in Frigiliana: they had musical concerts, belly dancing in the streets, fantastic street performances, magic shows for kids, stalls with food from all over throughout the village where you could sample different tapas dishes from the restaurants and a drink for 1.50 euros. Almost like a pub crawl but much more civilised, I managed one route and proudly have the t-shirt to prove it! Thanks again for sorting us out with your villa. I am sure we will be another regular entry in the guest book. (Martin 20-26/8/12)

Hello Sheila, We have a great holiday in your lovely house. We stay for 10 days without a car, and walk from Almunecar to your house 1-2 times a day – no problem. Brian, Ulla, Mark, Ida - Denmark 10-21 Oct 2012

We had some very nice days in the house! We had two days with around 40 degrees, that was hot, especially for me, cause I am pregnant:) But the fans saved me most nights:) Anyways We loved the house and the surroundings! We had some problems with the large umbrella but Heather and the Danish guy were very helpful! We will recommend the house to others! The only thing is, that i Would be nice with aircon as an option (in the bedrooms) :) Thanks for good service and a Lovely holiday in your house:) Best Regards from the five Danes! Marlene, 14-21/7/12

This week it was so great. We had a wonderful time. - Many thanks for all. Lena, Maria, Sylvie, Pascal, Nantes, France (26 July 2012)

Wonderful place to come on holiday to. We spent more time at the house than we had planned to because we could not get the children out of the pool. - Truly lovely. Great holiday had by us all. Thomson Family, Cornwall, UK (29 July – 11 Aug 2012)

We have had a wonderful 2 weeks in your lovely villa thank-you for a fantastic stay -none of us want to go home. Amaral Family, UK (18 Aug – 1 Sept 2012)

Thank you Sheila for letting us stay in your lovely, charming country house. We have had such a relaxing holiday and Heather has been so helpful and lovely. Really, really sad to leave but looking forward to our next trip already. Elen and Darsh, London, UK (1-8 Sept 2012)

Thank you for a wonderful stay at your lovely villa – loved the weather, and soaking up the atmosphere, with the sunsets, mountain goats, shooting stars and fantastic views from the pool. Bryony and Rich, London, UK (15-23 Sept 2012)

A very restful holiday, villa amazing, scenery fantastic and weather brilliant - Definitely recommend this villa to friends and relatives, as well as returning in the near future. PS Check out the night sky. You cannot see that amount of stars in our light-polluted city!! It was the perfect location for a stress free break. We almost certainly want to return, but next time it will be just myself and Jacqueline, with Amanda now at Uni, and our Julian will be doing his own thing. Heather was helpful but we didnt disturb her often as there was no need, everything was self explanatory with no hiccups, we made use of the car and fuel as much as possible. We visited Canillas a couple of times and frequented La Maroma restaurant, also a couple of visits to the beach at Torre del Mar, and the beachside eateries. The rest of the time was spent by the pool and in the evenings we sat in the villa listening to music. Once again many thanks for our stay and we will be touch for our next visit. Colin, 8-15/9/12

Hello Sheila, We have a great holiday in your lovely house. We stay for 10 days without a car, and walk from Almunecar to your house 1-2 times a day – no problem. Brian, Ulla, Mark, Ida - Denmark 10-21 Oct 2012

Thank you for allowing us the pleasure of your lovely home. Love the views, sun and sangria! Old town lovely - enjoyed strolling through this most evenings.

La Rijana is wonderful - the views are to die for - I don't know how you can bear to leave it! Thank you for a wonderful holiday.Sara, June 2010

Had a great time! Thanks. Neil (Aug '07)

Graham says (Aug '07) 'Everything was first class we realy enjoyed the holiday.'

Thank you for renting your villa to us. It is such a wonderful place, we had a fantastic time again.Regards, Richard

Just a quick note to say that we had a fantastic time at La Rijana. The weather was fantastic and the villa is stunning. Even though we have been before, the view still takes the breath away.I look forward to renting the villa again.Regards,Richard.

The house was great, thank you so much for allowing us to stay. The pool, for the most part was all ours, which was very nice. --- hopefully we will have the opportunity to stay in your wonderful house again.Thanks again.Janet & Tim

Hi Sheila, just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the use of your home. What a beautiful place to stay. We enjoyed the ocean views, the pool and the peacefulness. Your agent, Kelly was so helpful and nice and your caretaker keeps the grounds looking great. We couldn't have asked for a nicer "holiday". Would certainly look forward to doing business with you again in the future . Thanks and God Bless, Chris

'The villa is absolutely stunning and we had an excellent time.' Scott, Dublin

--we had such a great time exploring the area and spending evenings wining and dining on the balcony! Everyone ofus loved our stay and we were very impressed with La Rijana.Gareth--We have had a wonderful holiday in your splendid villa. We especially appreciated the splendid views--Norman--Thank you very much - the place was lovely!--Eva--We had a wonderful time and thought your villa was perfect. It was such a pleasure to find everything so clean and fresh. We loved the area and we intend to return there with aview to buying--Hilary --We really enjoyed our stay in your lovely villa.--Andrew and Sue--We had a great time in a fantastic location--Jenny

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Distances to locations

Nearest beach 1km Nearest bar 1km Nearest restaurant 1km Nearest ski lift 92km Nearest supermarket 1km Granada airport 80km Malaga Airport 88km Malaga 78km Sierra Nevada 92km Nerja 22km Alpujarras 50km

Local activities

Boat hire 1km Climbing 25km Cycling 1km Fishing 1km Golf 15km Horse riding 5km Mountain biking 1km Sailling 15km Scuba diving 1km Skiing 90km Sports center 1km Swimming 1km Tennis 1km Water skiing 5km Walking 1km Wind surfing 1km Skiing 90km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 1.5km Local food market 1km Museum 1.5km Night club 1.5km Shopping 1km Park 1.5km Theatre 1.5km Cinema 1.5km Botanic garden 1.5km

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Prices and availability

Updated 12 November 2019

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 19 April - 31 December 2021: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 2 January 2022 - 31 December 2023: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 2 January - 26 March 2024: the minimum stay is 7 nights.

Compulsory extras

  • extra charge for 5 or 6 guests

    €35.00 per week for each additional person if there are more than 4 people, paid with booking



3 bedrooms, Sleeps 6:

  • 1 king size bed and en suite
  • 2 single beds
  • 2 single beds


2 bathrooms including 1 en suite

Swimming pool

Shared pool, Size 8m x 6m


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, WiFi / WiFi, Radio, TV Languages in English, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 6, Air conditioning throughout property, Central heating, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire optional


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Sea view, Shared garden

Suitable for

Children, Infants

Extra information

Sea, coastal and mountain views. Please note: - all guests are required to respect residents, failure to comply with community rules will result in the loss of breakage deposit and may result in fines being levied by the Community. The poolside BBQ can only be used at certain times of the year, and any debris must be removed. Under no circumstances are glasses or bottles permitted in or around the pool. All published details were true and honest at the time of writing but the owners cannot be responsible for any discrepancies deemed to exist. All guests are advised to take out their own insurance and to take due due regard of all possible hazards.The owner accepts no responsibility for loss, injury or death.


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