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index welcome

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facts for visitors mains (electricity-water-gas) shopping (supermarket-bank-bakery-pharmacy) housekeeping (cleaning-garbage-damages) vacate (keys & check out)

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how to use launderette (washing machine) cooking (oven & bbq) in case of power cut (generator & inverter)

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things to see & do the valleys (los guĂĄjares-lecrĂ­n-alpujarras) granada (alhambra) walking eating out (chiringuito-restaurants-local bars) beaches (along the costa tropical)

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welcome

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You finally made it! Although you probably didn’t enjoy “el camino canal” very much we can asure you that you get used to it very soon. Meanwhile make yourself comfortable, enjoy a glass of wine and take notice of the information we’ve compiled. First of all the keys. You’ll find a bunch of keys at the pinboard behind the front entrance. The only rooms you do not have access to are the room next to the kitchen and the tool shed behind the house. These are used for private storage. At the back of the house you’ll find the so called lavadero or laundry facility where the washing machine and cleaning appliancies are stored.

It also accomodates the main fuse for the power supply and the inverter which is described later on in this booklet. Along side the lavadero is a little shed that contains the batteries and generator which can be used in case of a power cut. The gass bottles can be found in the small lean-to also at the back. Garden furniture, parasols and swimming pool gear are stowed in the depository attached to the pool terrace. The pump house is situated underneath the terrace at the end of the pool. Due to the secluded spot you probably find yourself the only one out there . Especially at night when you discover only a few lights around you. An excellent opportunity to enjoy

the stars. Lay back to observe the mlikyway, the braod band of milions of stars above you. The remote location also means that there is quite some wild life. For instance wild boars, foxes, snakes and grouse. Shy as they are you’ll probably won’t meet them in person, but when you take a walk along the camino canal at night don’t forget to bring some lighting gear and a stick with you... just in case...;-). We’ve tried to give an impression of the house and nearby facilities. But any comment, advise and/or addition is welcome. So please don’t hesitate to leave your suggestions in the guestbook (hardcopy as well as online). Thanks!

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electricity We’d like to remind you that the electricity of this house is fully on solar & wind energy and therefore limited. We advise to be economical with power and not to use too many electrical devices at the same time. Especially heating elements consume tremendous amounts of power. As long as you do not use the washing machine and oven simultanously it will not be any problem.

•safe energy it’s limited •don’t drink water from tap •replace empty gas bottles

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water Unfortunately water from the tap is not drinkable but can be used for cooking purposes. You can buy bottles of drinking water in the nearby village. Sometimes the water can smell a little bit earthy. This probably is related to weather changes and normally will not last very long. gas The orange coloured gas bottles are located at the back of the house in the little half open shed. In case of an empty gas bottle please be so kind to change it for a new one. You can buy gas bottles at the Repsol petrol station in Salobreña on the Avenida Mediterraneo.


daily grocery Daily groceries can be bought in the main village, Guájar Faragüit. There is a small supermarket next to bar Parada. Up to Guájar Alto, along the main road called Avenida del Doctor Alcántara, you’ll find a bakery and a pharmacy. A bank with a cash point is located at the entrance of town next to the public dustbins. extensive shopping More extensive shopping is possible in Salobreña or Motril. Both villages offer well stocked supermarkets and all kind of other shops. A large commercial centre is located just outside Motril. Along the roads you’ll find local vendors selling fresh products. They’re cheap and of good quality so do not hesitate to buy.

local specialities Along the road to Granada just outside the valley there is a little shop on the right hand sight. They sell all kinds of honey and a wide range of local pottery. A bit further down this road you’ll find the museum of olive oil. They offer numerous varities of olive oil and ham.

•daily shopping in the village •hypermarket nea r the coast •fresh products alon g the road

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cleaning Final cleaning and washing after departure is included in the rental. However, if necessary you can use the washing machine in the ‘lavadero’ at the back of the house. Other cleaning appliances can also be found there. Swimming pool cleaning is once a week. When it’s windy leaves, flowers and insects can be found in the water. In the small white house next to the outdoor shower there’s a scoop net which you can use to get rid of the dirt. garbage We advise to leave as little garbage as possible in and around the house. Outside garbage attracts insects and other animals. Due to the temperature it will get smelly which will spoil your stay. 10

Garbage can be deposit in the green dustbins which are scattered along the roads in the valley. The Spaniards are keen to separate waste, so if you want to do the same, there are different bins for glass, paper, plastic, used oil and rest waste just next and opposite of the bank in Guájar Faragüit. damage In case of damage please be so kind to replace the damaged or broken item. If you are not able to replace it please give notice of the damage to our contact person so he can take care of renewal.

•final cleaning included •scoop net in little white house •do not leave waste outside •replace broken items


keys As described earlier you’ll find a spare bunch of keys at the pinboard just behind the front door. This bunch contains all keys you need to access. In case of loss or theft please inform the contact person immediately so he can help to provide a new set. check out Check out time is 11.00 a.m. We kindly request to leave the place behind in a reasonable state. Make sure you do not leave any perishables nor garbage. Please remind to put back the extra bunch of keys on the pinboard while leaving the master keys at the key safe. Thank you!

•check out at 11 a.m. •remind to replace all keys •do not leave food •take garbage to the village

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how to use

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•increase heath at once might cause power cut •using the timer will disturb programme

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BBQ The barbecue is only to be used outdoors - do not use indoors. Ensure it’s placed on a level surface and do not move it while in use. Never leave the barbecue unattendent and never empty the bbq until it has completely cooled. It is not allowed to dispose any coals onto the land because of fire hazard. We strongly advise to use the metal bin for charcoal left overs. Cleaning the grill before each use reduces the bad smoke that can leave a bad taste on foods. Never add lighter fluid to burning coals.

Even if there is no flame the heat will vaporize the lighter fluid and can cause a serious flame. Thoroughly clean out the grill removing ash and grease. Determine how much charcoal you are going to need. A one layer for burgers and steaks or two layers for roasts and chickens. Pour enough charcoal into the grill to make the layers needed. Stack charcoal into a cone shape. Pour lighter fluid over the charcoal cone, using more in the center than he edges. Use about 1/4 cup to 1-pound charcoal. Let the fluid sit on the coals for about 30 seconds. With a long •never add lighter fluid to burning coals match light •for outdoors use only from the •do not dispose charcoal on to the land bottom on at •clean bbq before each use least two

sides. Let coals burn until all coals are white on the surface. With a long handles instrument, spread the coals evenly across the coal grate.

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•reset inverter with black button •refill empty petrol cans •generator only for outdoors use •voltage should be above 23 18


power cut As soon as the system runs out of power the inverter (grey box) in the laundry room will start to peep. Switch off all electrical appliances that you are using. If it remains peeping you will have to run the generator for about 1 hour in order to fill up the batteries again. The generator is located in the shed with the batteries. How to start the generator is written in the generator paragraph. In case of a power cut please go through the next steps to solve it. First switch off all electrical appliances that are in use. Then check if all the switches on the switchboard are switched on. The switchboard is located behind the pinboard next to the front entrance. If switched on but still

no power check the charge controller (black box) in the laundry room. Voltage is indicated on the right top-end of the display and should be above 23 volts. Above 23 volts you only have to reset the inverter. This can be done by pressing the little black button at the bottom of the inverter for 10 seconds. After a short peep the system should restart, if not replace the main fuse. You’ll find the main fuse to the right of the charge controller. If necessary press the reset button again for 10 seconds. Run the generator for approximately 1 hour if the charge controller indicates less than 23 volts. The system should restart automatically when the generator is started. Press the reset button at the inverter for

10 seconds if the system does not restart. If it still doesn’t restart you have to replace the main fuse. generator Place the generator outside the shed. To start the generator turn choke to on position, pull the cord until resistance is felt, then pull energetically. Avoid the recoil handle to rewind quickly, feed back manually to avoid damage to the starter. When the engine has warmed up, turn off the choke. To stop the generator turn off the switch. The engine will remain hot even after being switched off. Make sure the generator is well ventilated even after shut down.

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things to see & do

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los guájares The valley of Los Guájares is a stunning landscape of dramatic limestone peaks covered by lush green plantations of avocado trees, olive groves and pine forest. Among these peaks are nestled three white-washed villages collectively known as 'Los Guájares': Guájar Fondón, Guájar Faragüit and Guájar Alto. These unspoilt mountain villages are home to a collective population of approx. 2000 local inhabitants, supported by a thriving agricultural economy. Mass tourism has mercifully missed this valley and, in its place, there are the first signs of more subtle development supported by local town hall initiatives, such as the widening and improvement of the main access road to the villages and a project to protect and conserve

the historical buildings of the villages.

by this delightful unspoilt corner of 'real' Spain.

The Guájar villages boast many local services: • doctor's surgery in each village • 'one-stop' shop in each village and 2 bakeries • a number of bars and small restaurants • bank • local town hall • daily postal service • daily fresh fish delivery • daily bus services to the coast and Granada The local Spanish community is colourful, vibrant and very friendly towards foreign visitors. So much so that, in the last 4-5 years, a small but steadily growing number of foreign nationals have chosen to live here permanently, enchanted

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valle de lecrín A world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just to the south of the city of Granada you will find the fertile lands of the Lecrín Valley, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty with untold activities and things to do. Situated beneath the snow covered slopes of the Andalucian Sierra Nevada, the rolling hills and pine forests that surround the Lecrín valley are a perfect back drop to the villages and fertile farmland of the valley. Farming is still a major occupation throughout this area, where olive plantations and citrus groves are in an abundance all over countryside, interspersed by more than 20 villages, all of which are traditional white Andalucian pueblos, many dating back to Moorish times and often topped 24

with Moorish watch towers and ancient churches. Unlike many places throughout Andalucia, this valley is not an arid area, quite the opposite in fact making it the perfect location to see a huge selection of the local flora and fauna at its best. Throughout the year the colours of the scenery are constantly changing from the pink and white blossoms of the almond trees in January, the heady fragrance of the citrus blossom in late February, which is quickly followed by the spectacular display of colour and variety from the wild flowers. As the seasons change from spring to summer the fruit trees become laden with their harvest and the aroma of wild lavender, thyme and rosemary is everywhere. Pomegranates are the symbol of Granada, so it is no surprise to

find their exotic appearance to be found throughout the Lecrín Valley during late August and September. An amazing diversity of birds, both native and migratory can also be found in the Lecrin Valley making it very popular with bird watching enthusiasts. There is plenty of information to be found locally regarding which species can be found at different times of the year although spring when many bird varieties come and go and also September when the Raptor migration takes place are particularly interesting. For hiking aficionados this region is also home to a myriad of paths and trails enabling you to explore and discover this beautiful location. Maps, trails and organized tours can be found in some of the villages that are dotted around the Lecrín Valley.


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la alpujarra La Alpujarra (sometimes Las Alpujarras) stretches south from the Sierra Nevada mountains near Granada in the autonomous community of Andalusia. The western part of the region lies in the province of Granada and the eastern part in the province of Almería. The villages of the Alpujarra were resettled with some 12,000 Christian families brought by King Philip II from Galicia and Asturias in north-western Spain. However, these unique hamlets have retained their traditional Berber architecture - terraced clusters of grey-white box-shaped houses with flat clay roofs - which is still common in the Rif and Atlas mountains of Morocco. The largest villages in the district are Lanjarón, with its ruined castle and chalybeate baths, Órgiva, Ugíjar, Laujar and

Berja. All are situated at a considerable elevation, and Trevélez, whose main church is at 1,476 metres (4,843 ft) above sea level, is the highest recognised town in Spain and famous for its superb mountain hams, or jamón serrano. Perhaps the most picturesque villages are the famous three white villages in the gorge of the Rio Poqueira, Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira, where red peppers and tomatoes are still set out to dry on the flat clay roofs, among the tall round chimney pots. Pampaneira, at the bottom, bustles with crafts shops and restaurants, as does Bubión, half way up the slope, with its massive square church tower standing on a plaza of rough paving stones. But to savour the authentic Alpujarra, go to Capileira at the top of the valley - the name is an

Arabic derivation of the Latin word for head or top - and walk down from the road into the lower streets of the village, where the rocky streets, overhanging passageways and sagging, stone houses have still not been remodelled and prettified for contemporary living. If you stray from the beaten path, you will be sure to catch sight of the region´s abundant wild life, such as the Cabra Hispanica, a mountain goat which roams the mountains in herds and is often seen standing on pinnacles, silhouetted against the sky. The Alpujarra is also famous for its excellent birdwatching - the colourful Hoopoe with its stark, haunting cry, is a common sight. The GR 7 (E4) "Mediterranean Arc" European long-distance footpath passes through the region.

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granada Granada which is easily reached from the valley by motorway should not be missed. It is a beautiful city drenched in history. There is a saying in Spanish ‘Quien no ha visitado Granada, no ha visitado nada’ (a person who has not visited Granada has seen nothing). alhambra & generalife One of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture is the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th C. This mighty compound of buildings – including the summer palace called Generalife, with its fountains and gardens - stands at the foot of Spain's highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, and overlooks the city below and the fertile plain of 28 Granada.

At the centre of the Alhambra stands the massive Palace of Charles V, an outstanding example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Tickets should be booked in advance. cathedral & cartuja monastery Other major Christian monuments found in the city are the Cathedral, including the Royal Chapel where Isabel and Ferdinand lie buried, the Monastery of La Cartuja and many churches built by Moorish craftsmen after the Reconquest, in Granada's unique "mudéjar" style. albaicín & sacromonte The hill facing the Alhambra is the old Moorish casbah or "medina", called the Albaicin, a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and whitewashed houses with secluded inner gardens, known as "cármenes". The Plaza

de San Nicolas, at the highest point of the Albaicin, is famous for its magnificent view of the Moorish palace. The Sacromonte hill, which overlooks the city from the North, is famous for its cave dwellings, once the home of Granada's large gypsy community and nowadays known for flamenco performances. lorca Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (5 June 1898 – 19 August 1936) was a poet, dramatist and theatre director from Granada. He was shot during the Spanish Civil War. In 2008, a Spanish judge opened an investigation into Lorca's death. The Garcia Lorca family eventually dropped objections to the excavation of a potential gravesite near Alfacar. However, no human remains were found.


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walking With a varied landscape ranging from the rugged coast line, through the spectacular inland hills and nearby valleys there are endless possibilities for the walking enthusiast. Due to the physical size of the region together with its diversity of terrain, there is something for everyone here, no matter how experienced or inexperienced at walking you are. There are an un-countable number of tracks and trails dotted throughout the hills and valleys that lead up from the coast line to the high mountains. In the valley of the Guadalfeo river are the less known hills surrounding of Los Guájares and the village of Vélez de Benaudalla.  This area is almost completely undiscovered by foreign walking enthusiasts, but a wide and varied

array of walks and trails can be found between the unspoilt white Andalucian villages.  The terrain is possibly slightly less steep than Las Alpujarras, but neverthe-less these locations offer some of the most spectacular views and countryside to be found on the Costa Tropical de Granada together with an abundance of flora and fauna. Many of the local villages have traditional tapas bars and restaurants, where at the end of a walk,  you can enjoy sitting outside for a refreshing drink and a bite to eat. The coast line is often rugged and certainly beautiful.  Longer stretches of beach are separated by enchanting coves and strong rock formations. Endless paths and trails have been mapped linking the various coastal towns together. In particular, the towns of Salobreña, Almuñécar and La

Herradura have excelled in offering walking enthusiasts a variety of organised or go it alone tours. Amongst Spanish people there is popularity for walking in the mountains of Sierra Nevada however they are relatively un-known to the foreign traveller. The terrain classed under "National Park" status spans an area of approximately 50 miles long by 20 miles wide, with altitudes ranging from practically sea level to 3500 metres. With such a wide territory it is advisable to visit the tourist office which is situated half way up the mountain on the road to the ski resort, which offers an excellent range of maps and guides to help you choose your route. There are also a number of organised tours available too.

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calahonda Just a few minutes east of Motril along the N-340 Calahonda has excellent chiringuitos, bars, and restaurants along the beach serving the abundantly fresh seafood. As a traditional fishing village, the Calahonda beach is lined with small fishing boats that make for excellent photos and is especially romantic at sunset. motril The fishing harbour assures a variety of fresh fish and seafood. In the beach area, sardines are grilled traditionally pierced with cane sticks. We also recommend the famous "quisquillas" (small shrimps), dried octopus, "espichá" (small whitebait sundried, salted and then fried) and "migas" (made from semolina flour or bread accompanied by 32 fried fish, fried peppers).

Also try Ajillo cabañil, a traditional stew made from kid and Salamandroña, with pumpkin, sardines, garlic and peppers. Motril’s famous Torta Real is a pudding prepared with almonds, egg white, sugar and other ingredients; the exact recipe is a well-kept secret of the Videras family passed on through the generations since 1840. A speciality from the Arab times is Torta Al-Hajú, made from almond, cinnamon and other spices and the Cazuela de San Juan elaborated with pumpkin, spices, sugar and almond, prepared in the days before the night of San Juan (24th June). What better than accompanying these dishes with a tropical salad and with local coastal wine or rum (Ron Pálido), made from sugar cane grown in this area and bottled in Motril.

salobreña Salobreñas gastronomy is a mix of ingredients from different civilizations that have passed through there. You´ll find a variety of restaurants that specialize in local kitchen, but above all the fish and seafood form part in the main establishments of this municipality, without forgetting the sardines on the grill which you can taste on any beach bar. Also the traditional cuisine is present in Salobreña, with it´s meat grills, chinese restaurants and pizzerias where you can taste authentic italian cooking. To eat in the old town of Salobreña with panoramic views of the town or eat on the beach is up to you, but you must not forget to get a bite to eat on the rock with it´s beautiful views.


eating out Eating is an important part of Spanish culture, and that is well maintained in this part of the country. Enjoy the traditional gazpacho soup or some of the fish caught at the local marinas. The region is famous for its blue fish marinades, squid and other stuffed cephalopods, dried or in stews, fresh sardines. Seafood in this region is some of the freshest you'll find anywhere in the world, maintaining the natural flavour of the fish. From the beachside chiringuitos to the open air tapas bars in town, you will discover why Spain is famous for its cuisine. Enjoy!

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The nearest beaches are in Motril (Playa Poniente and Playa Granada) and Salobreña. Both offer very long dark sandy beaches and good swimming conditions, ideal for families with children. You can rent sunbeds and umbrella’s and you’ll find many chiringuitos serving fresh seafood. Midday menus are highly recommended. Litter bins and toilets are available. The beaches are cleaned regularly. There are footbridges, boardwalks, anchoring areas and disabled access. These are urban beaches and they can be very crowded during high season (August).

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Beaches Towards Malaga Apart from Salobreňa and Motril beaches, some 20 minutes away is La Herradura, a small town with a long dark sandy beach. Also, if you walk on past Chambao de Joaquin, away from the main beach, either along the beach or along the road, you will come across another beach which is a tiny cove, it’s really nice and the rocks give lots of shade. If you prefer smaller beaches, just a few minutes after the Tunel Cerro Gordo, on your left you will find a small sign (barely visible) signposted Cantajirran/Playa Naturista. Drive about 1.4 km on a bumpy road and you will get to the beach. More recently there have been restrictions on taking cars down to the beach, but national park mini buses charge one euro and take you down. Cantarrijan is a lovely secluded beach. The sand

and shingle beach has been designated a nudist bathing area, although the western end is normally occupied by conventional sunbathers. There are 2 good beachbars/restaurants open throughout the season. You can rent sunbeds and umbrella’s. This beach is located at N 36° 44' 12" x W 3° 46' 31". Just beyond this point and several hundred meters away there is another beautiful beach also belonging to the National Park which is called “el Cañuelo”. Here again the National Park mini buses operate lifts to the beach. There is 1 restaurant on the beach. Almuñecar and Cotobro beaches Approximately 20 km from Motril is the town of Almuñécar. It has a long sandy beach, hotels and restaurants and is relatively well built up. In the summer it gets

packed with families with children as the beach is sandy. Playa El Tesorillo is a small but charming beach overlooked by an ancient watchtower. The water goes deep quickly. Just to the east is Playa Pozuelo which is much shallower for entering the water so is more suited to young children. Iguana Playa rents out sunbeds and its position overlooking the beach is an ideal spot from which to have a cold beer in the shade during the day and it’s a nice spot to dine in the evening with fabulous sea views from their open terrace. Across the rocks from Playa Pozuelo is Playa Calabajío (aka Playa Galera) also shallow and with palm trees for shade so ideal for children. However, there are no facilities apart from a very high end restaurant on the beach. 35


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Further east beyond the headland is Playa de Cabria where you’ll find a quiet beach with a couple of nice restaurants hidden away. West of Playa El Tesorillo is Playa Velilla which is one of Almuñécar’s main beaches catering mainly to all the people staying in the numerous apartment blocks running along the coast road here. It ends at the Aqua Tropic waterpark where Playa Puerta del Mar begins. This is the town’s main beach which runs as far as El Peñon del Santo, the large cross below the castle in the town centre. On the other side of the cross is Playa San Cristóbal which runs all along the front of western Almuñécar until it becomes the small but charming bay which is known as Playa de Cotobro. Beyond these main beaches of

Almuñécar the next beach of note is Playa del Muerto which is recognised as a nudist beach. This shingle and sandy cove to the west of Almuñecar has great rocks for climbing at the far end. Although the “beach of the dead” is officially naturist, in the Summer and at weekends you’ll probably find more textiles than naturists. To get there drive along Almuñecar paseo maritime (sea front) for about 2 km until you reach Cotobro beach. Park nearby and follow the walkway around the headland to the next cove. Marina del Este If you continue your way from Almuñecar towards La Herradura you will get to Tunel Punta de la Mona. Immediately after the tunnel there is a beach called Marina del Este. This must be the local mecca for divers and snorkelling. There are a lot of

natural warm pools amongst the rocks and a diving school in the port itself. You can walk from the beach to the little port where there are loads of bars and restaurants. If you find this beach overcrowded you can come half way up the hill, past the lighthouse on the left and then turn left downhill towards La Herradura instead of coming back onto the main road. Towards Almería The nicest beach is towards the end of Calahonda (about 20 minutes/13 kms from Motril) right at the end of the beach there are some nice restaurants and it is ideal for families with children. This beach is located at N36° 41' 59" x W3° 24' 56". Just beyond Calahonda there are many small and isolated beaches . If you like snorkelling there is a nice beach with one


restaurant and nothing else. To get there, drive on the main road up the windy hill and carry on for two more miles. Then from the road you will catch a glimpse of the beach and the restaurant down below. To drive to this beach is rather complicated. Drive past this beach, turn round somewhere safe and come back. Just opposite the beach you will find a small road on your right. Drive gently into this road, park your car in the carpark and then walk down to the beach. Playa La Joya is a small beautiful nudist beach near Motril heading towards Almeria. It is 7 km from Motril and rather hard to get to and lies between El Cabo de Sacratif and Peñon de Jolúcar. There is a succession of coves of different sizes that are collectively known

as La Joya (The Jewel). They are all sandy beaches with beautifully clear and normally calm seas. You can reach the beaches by car except for the last 500 metres which is on foot. There are no services or restaurants on these beaches. This beach is located at N36° 41' 45" x W3° 28' 23". Rijana beach is situated just outside Castell de Ferro. Some 20 kms east of Motril. For beach lovers, you couldn’t hope for a more beautiful spot. The pebble beach offers exceptionally clean waters and is a favourite with divers. Situated in a little cove that you need to walk down to, the access is quite easy to miss. This beach is located at N 36° 42' 34" x W 3° 23' 27.

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motril tourist office Plaza de las Comunidades Autónomas (entrance Parque de los Pueblos de América) Telephone: + 34 958 82 54 81 E-mail: info@turismomotril.com opening hours Mon to Fri: 10:00 - 14:00 and 17:00 - 19:00 Sat: 10:00 -13:30 salobreña tourist office Plaza de Goya s/n Telephone: +34 958 610 314 E-Mail: turismo@ayto-salobrena.org opening hours in summer Sun & Mon: 10:30 - 13:30 and 18:00 - 21:00 Tue to Sat: 10:30 - 21:00

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