Casa Encuentro is located on the edge of the Tabernas Desert National Park, 25 minutes from the city of Almeria and its international airport.
Enjoying year-round sunshine and nestled in an amazing landscape, the eco-friendly house was designed by an award-winning architect and fuses a traditional cortijo (Andalusian farmhouse) with modern areas. It is a light-filled, simple yet comfortable space surrounded by terraces, gardens and 4 hectares of land producing organic olive oil. A dry riverbed runs through the property.
Inside, there are 3 bedrooms , two en-suite, comfortably sleeping up to 6 people.
The living space with open planned fully equipped kitchen has a large corner sofa, open fireplace, rugs, side tables and a rustic wooden dining table.
Through sliding French doors it opens onto a courtyard with a huge marble table, shaded by a pergola and complete with oleanders, bougainvilleas, and palm trees. It is the ideal spot to watch beautiful sunsets over the desert mountains. In the high season, the swimming pool with its adjoining pool house and terrace with sun loungers easily becomes the hub of the place.
At the front of the house, the south facing terrace overlooks the ancient Moorish castle which lights up at night and is perfect for breakfast or an evening meal.
There is underfloor heating and air conditioning throughout. WiFi is also available.
The property is a short drive away from one of the last unspoilt coastline of Spain, the Gabo de Gata Regional Park with its whitewashed villages, secluded beaches and pristine waters, and the artisan village of Nijar, famous throughout Almeria and beyond for its ceramics and recycled cotton rugs.
Also nearby is the Costa de Almeria and Mojacar, a truly beautiful perched white village, and its adjoining developed beach and resort.
The village of Tabernas, 10 min walk away, has a cute church square with a weekly market, lively tapas bars, banks ,a Post Office, a medical centre, and 2 supermarkets.
The desert of Tabernas is famous for being the setting of the spaghetti westerns of the 70's and two theme parks (Fort Bravo and Oasys, great family outings) as well as the Almeria Western FIlm Festival in October are testimonies to this.
Today the area still thrives as an exotic location for numerous films and commercials.
Finally, the city of Almeria shouldn't be overlooked. Founded by the Moors it is dominated by the Alcazaba and a fortress-like cathedral. It has a lively restaurant & tapas bar scene, a gentrifying old town, numerous shopping centres, and a long grey sandy beach with adjacent chiringuitos (beach bars).
Almeria airport is 25 min drive away from the house.
Further afield, stunning Granada with its world famous Alhambra is an easy day trip at just over an hour. Murcia is 2 hours away and Malaga 2.5 hours.Get the full listing »