Experience the rich Moorish history of Andalucia in Casa Zacarias, a two-bedroom apartment in a restored Moorish home, first built and inhabited 600 years ago. With a self-catering kitchen, bright dining area with open fire and access to the expansive rooftop and BBQ where you can enjoy the spectacle of a golden sunset over the distant hills. Trimmed with muscat grapes on the exterior and rustic red styling in the interior, you and your family can sleep in peace after a day at Orgiva's lively Thursday markets or soaking up the serenity of Alfornon.
Here is a rare opportunity to be a part of Andalucia's tapestry of superb mountains and ancient villages, staying in the campo, untouched by tourism. Enjoy quality time with your loved ones in comfort at an affordable price. With two local shops, open at all hours, and selling, among everything else you can imagine, organically grown produce in season and fresh local eggs, and a village bar, you could easily watch a week turn to a month in Alfornon.
An easy thirty five minutes drive over the astounding Sierra de la Contraviesa is ‘Orgiva’, a small but vibrant town with several organic stores, cafes, restaurants, bars with live music and tourist facilities. Visit on a Thursday, when a colourful market sells clothing, Moroccan goods, pickles and local produce. Buses run back and forth between Granada (don't miss the Alhambra), Orgiva and Alfornon.
Parking is possible at the top of the village. Unfortunately as the streets are very steep the apartments are not wheelchair accessible.
For larger groups of up to ten you could book all three casas and live independently nearby. Each of the apartments are tastefully decorated in simple rustic decor of the region. They are fully equipped with self-catering kitchen, lounge with fireplace and linen. See my other listings for availability.
There are only about 50 inhabitants left in the village all year round, we are really lucky to still have 2 (stop press: shop 2 has closed, we are now down to one!!) amazing shops which I urge you to use, they need your trade, the huge hypermarkets don't! Our current bar, due to close soon, has a nice terrace for warm evenings, and with the best 'tinto de verano' made with Antonio's own organic wine at €1 a glass, ( wine alone costing 50 cents) you can't afford to miss it!
Help keep the village alive!
By car: PLEASE NOTE that the airbnb address says Alfornón, Sorvilán. The village is Alfornón, in the municipality of Sorvilán. Please don't go to Sorvilán village by mistake!
Public transort: You can get to Alfornón by public transport, and a little planning. Don't forget that you can get everything in the village shops, who also need your custom. You can also get rides with people who are going out...
There is a daily bus from Berja near the coast in Almeria that passes 5km from Alfornón (Haza del Lino) on its way to Orgiva, (the local market town with banks, whole food shops etc) and on to Granada every morning at about 10 am. It leaves Granada at 13.30 and comes back through Orgiva at 3.15 (approx), arriving back at Haza del Lino every afternoon at about 16.00, and goes back down to the coast..On Mondays and Thursdays there is a minibus which connects from the village to this bus. (Fare €1.50) The single fare to Orgiva from Haza del Lino is currently €2.00
I sometimes go to a workshop in Orgiva and I can often give you a lift though I don't drive every day.
If you're flying into Malaga, get there in time to catch the bus that leaves the bus station at 15.00 Monday to Saturday, direct to Orgiva, (3 hours, currently €11.85. If arriving later, go to Granada and then on to Orgiva. During the week the last bus from Granada to Orgiva leaves at 20.00, earlier at weekends, 18.30 I believe.
If you can get near, say to Orgiva, we can often sort you out a lift. (website hidden) will give you times and prices of the buses, which are really intercity coaches.
Other Things to Note
In winter, firewood will be laid for your arrival, thereafter €6 per load, or you can borrow a saw and cut your own!
Minimum stay Easter and August 1 week.
THE VILLAGE FIESTAS OF SAN ROQUE TAKE PLACE ON THE 15,16,17TH AUGUST. LOTS OF NOISE, GUNPOWDER AND MUSIC! NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!
It was a wonderful place, and a lovely holiday cottage! Delia was very kind and helped us with finding our way. Highly recommended if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful stay in rural Andalucia. The descriptions of walks/ hikes in the surrounding area she provided were very accurate.
Todo correcto, todo tal cual, es el mejor sitio para relajarse y disfrutar del paisaje.
La casa esta en un enclave de ensueño con unas vista espectaculares desde su amplia terraza.En un principio la carretera hasta llegar a la casa de Delia impresiona por la niebla y las curvas, (aunque el tramo de niebla es muy corto y no siempre hay niebla) pero os aseguro que merece la pena pasar por ese trance semejante a la película de Drácula.
La vivienda está muy bien equipada y cuenta con chimenea, calefactores varios y manta eléctrica, con lo que es difícil pasar frío.
Delia es una anfitriona maravillosa! Se preocupa por los huéspedes y hace todo lo posible por una estancia agradable.
Where do we even start? We had a wonderful time.
Delia was incredibly helpful and patient with our email enquiries, and when we arrived, as well as being just thoroughly warm and friendly, she introduced us to the village and its ways and throughout made sure we had everything we needed and that we could make the absolute most of our time there.
The house itself is really lovely. A lot of thought has gone in to its layout and its furnishings: it's comfortable and simple and it's a very easy place to live. And there are views down from the roof terrace over the village and out across the valley.
The village is small and very quiet and amid beautiful hills which are planted with almonds, figs and grapes. From the house you can pick a track and walk out among them as far as you like. There are dozens of different walks: to cork forests; nearby villages; to the gorge; the spring... There are birds and mountain goats and wild boar.
There's a bar, two shops, a van that comes with fresh fish from the coast and a van that comes with bread every day.
Could really go on and on describing how good a time we had, how friendly everyone was, how you buy wine in plastic bottles from people's bodegas, how stray cats make friends with you, how there are mules and chickens.
We wanted to stay at least another month.
From our very first point of contact with Delia, she was remarkably warm and more than willing to answer all of our questions about Alfornon and the cosy Moorish casa. Upon our arrival, despite being delayed for four hours, she awaited us in Orgiva to welcome us and bring us to the village. As we chose not to hire our own car, this was our only way of getting to the village and she made it extremely easy for us to make our way to Alfornon! Although arriving so late at night, Delia was very accommodating, telling us everything we needed to know about the house, and even bringing us to the local shop. It was amazing to spend some time in this little secluded village away from all of the busyness of urban life. Everything that Delia writes in the description of Alfornon and its magnificent surroundings is absolutely adequate, but to really understand what the atmosphere is like here, one must experience it for themselves. The villagers are friendly and smiling, and the house itself is a beautiful space to be in, keeping the spirit of old times. There are some striking details which are the product of Delia´s fantastic creativity. The compact kitchen served us very well, as we are enthusiastic cooks and the odd thing that it was not equipped with could easily be borrowed from Delia without a problem, which was very much appreciated. The panoramic vista of the mountains from the roof terrace was such a unique thing to experience, rising to it each morning was so enriching and a breath of fresh air. There are many trails across the mountains that are visible from this rooftop view; the beauty of Alfornon is that these walks are immediately accessible from it, making the necessity for a car very minimal. The joy of being able to enter the valley and hills each morning and walk for hours, without meeting another, is something very rare and essential to experience. We feel very lucky to have found this place on Airbnb, and we think it is amazing that Delia is facilitating people in having these beautiful times. Delia herself was always a pleasure and delight to deal with, even generously giving us some of her own potatoes, and organic wine, grown from her personal grapevines, which was really something very special. Gracias Delia por todo! Petra y Lucia.
Delia was a warm, helpful host and her house in Alfornon is beautiful. She picked us up from Orgiva and made sure we had the chance to get some food before setting off to the village, which is the perfect place to enjoy the quiet life! When we got there, Delia showed us where the local shop was and gave us some of her locally grown potatoes (and locally made wine). We had a great time relaxing there and enjoying the scenery and wildlife. Thanks a lot.
We stayed with Deliah for three nights and wish we could have stayed longer. The house is clean, comfortable and an amazing way to relax after leaving the busy city. It is well decorated and obviously cared for. Deliah was welcoming and knowledgable and we enjoyed watching a soccer game with her. The other villagers are all kind and welcoming. We hope to make it back to Alfornon soon!
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