Rural Self Catering Apartment with Swimming Pool
From $67 / night
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Type: Apt. / Condo
Comprised of rural one and two bedroom self catering apartment style rooms each with living room with TV, bathroom, bedrooms with double or twin beds, totally equipped kitchen, with kitchen utensils, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster etc. Towels and bed linen provided.
Bar, terraces, barbacues, 12x5 metre swimming pool, table games, reception with information on the local area and the activities available such as walking, mountain climbing, bird watching, 4x4 trecks, caving, paint ball and many more.
Set in the foothills of the Sierra de las Estancias in six acres of almond grove with spectacular scenery close to the Natural Park of ...Read more
About the owner
About the owner
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Additional Location Information
Cortijo la Estrella enjoys a privileged position at the foothills of the Sierra de las Estancias in six acres of almond grove with spectacular scenery, close to the Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park , with easy access from the A92N motorway and the airports of Murcia , Almeria , Alicante and Granada.
Los Vélez, known as the “Puerto Oriental de Andalucia” has always been a stepping stone between the East and the South of the Iberian Peninsula. The area was an important nucleus of population in prehistoric times. It’s mountains, forests, springs, plains and particularly it’s natural resources and biodiversity attracted inhabitants to the area more than 18,000 years ago.
The oldest signs of prehistoric life are testified by the numerous archaeological remains from Paleolithic and Neolithic times that have been excavated from the many sites in the area, including ‘Cueva Ambrosie’, ‘Cueva del Gabar’, ‘Cerro de las Canteras’ and ‘Cuevas de los Letreros’.
Of the 79 examples of cave paintings found in the province of Almeria, 25 are in the region of Los Vélez. The best known cave paintings, El Brujo (the wizard) and El Indalo, named in honour of San Indalecio, who brought Catholicism to the South-Eastern part of the Peninsula, were discovered at ‘Cuevas de los Letreros’ declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Indalo, whose Iberian name “Indal Eccius”, means messenger of the Gods, has become the symbol of Almeria.
These earliest cultures were followed by the Iberians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors. The Romans built the Via Augusta, which crossed the area and was responsible for its economic development. Signs of Roman occupation are visible all over the area including a sculpture of Dionysus, dating from the 2nd Century A.D. which was discovered at El Villar in Chirivel, and has now become the symbol of the village. Later the area played a defensive role for the Moors, in the battle to stop the Christians penetrating the kingdom of Granada.
Vélez Blanco surrendered peacefully to the Catholic Monarchs in 1488. In 1506 Don Pedro Fajardo and Charcón first Marquis of Los Vélez and Governor of the Kingdom of Murcia, was given the Town of Vélez Blanco as a reward for his assistance in the suppression of the Moorish rebellions in the lands of Andalucia. He ordered the construction of the Castillo de Fajardo, better known as Vélez Blanco Castle, to be built on the site of a Moorish Fortress on Mount Mahimón. It became one of the most difficult and inassaiable castles in Andalucía.
The town of Vélez Rubio was later incorporated in the Marquiss Estate along with the villages of María and Chirivel, and the four towns/villages now make up the region of Los Vélez.
Designated a Natural Park in 1987, the Sierra María-Los Vélez occupies the eastern end of the Cordillera Subbética in the north of Almeria province and covers an area of 22,500 hectares. Unusually for the otherwise arid and barren mountain ranges in Almeria, the Sierra is clothed in extensive pine forests and Mediterranean woodland, some of the best preserved in the province. It offers landscapes of impressive contrasts, from the open plains in María and the dry, barren south-facing slopes to the densely wooded north facing ones. The area is overlooked by the Sierra's rocky summits, which are white with snow in the winter, ranging from 800m to the highest of which is 2,045m.
Due to its location the area of Los Velez offers a wide range of outdoor activities to suit all levels, ages and abilities. Whether you are a group of friends, family with children, a couple or a single person we are very happy to organise activities for you to enjoy during your stay.
More About This Location
Nearest train station: LORCA (SUTELLANA), 24.98 miles
Nearest airport: ALICANTE, MURCIA (SAN JAVIER), ALMERIA, 99.98 miles
Nearest ferry port: ALMERIA, 99.98 miles
Car is essential