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Fall for Andalucia with an autumn sunshine break

15th September 2014 Print
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Andalucia is a region rich with hidden gems. Whilst the high profile Costa Del Sol coastline bustles with crowds of sun-seeking holidaymakers, off the beaten track it's another world. And late Summer, early Autumn - with less cars and people, quieter restaurants and respectably warm temperatures averaging between 20° and 25° or higher -  is a perfect time to visit.

Almost one fifth of the region is protected land located in National and Natural parks - and Andalucia's diverse but dramatic landscape is ideal for exploring, not only by car, but also on foot or by bicycle. Where better to base yourself than high above the Mediterranean at the pretty unspoilt pueblo blanco of Casares – and if you're looking for the ultimate getaway to enjoy peace and tranquility, combined with spectacular views, unforgettable sunsets and a wealth of top facilities, then luxury bolt-hole DDG Retreat will tick all your boxes.

This eco-Retreat with Spa, set in four hectares of native woodland, has six boho-chic detached casas, each with its own private space, and for breaks  of more than 2 nights taken in September and October is offering 10% off the standard tariff. Guests will also be treated to a bottle of wine on arrival, courtesy of the owners.

All casas are individually-designed and priced separately. Two casas have  private plunge pools whilst Casa Bambu has its own hot tub  - but all guests have access to the Retreat's facilities which include a woodland Spa, intimate courtyard restaurant: a stunning infinity pool; tennis courts, table tennis and badminton; gym, hammam and sauna as well as bikes to borrow and access to maps for walking or cycling.

Lead in prices at discounted rates for Casa Cipres work out at £83 per person per night in September and £70 p/p per night in October, based on 2 sharing on an accommodation-only basis for stays of more than 2 nights and excluding flights. Car hire or private transfers – about an hour from Malaga airport - can be arranged.  

Many guests choose not to venture far from the Retreat savouring a taste of Andalucia from visits to nearby local restaurants or taking in the authentic atmosphere of the area with a stroll around the white village of Casares with its  sugar cube white houses, narrow streets and the ruins of an ancient Moorish fort. For those who choose to explore further afield, the Retreat nestles in a National Park within comfortable driving distance of the mountains, valleys and pine forests of the Serrania de Ronda.  With a dramatic position atop the El Tajo Gorge, Ronda itself - one of Spain's oldest and most spectacular towns – is well worth a visit.  

For anyone in search of the sea, Punta Chullera, around 20 minutes  drive,  offers clear blue water and at Tarifa, a kite surfer's paradise on the Costa De La Luz, you can almost touch the coast of Africa. Home to flamenco, ferias and festivals, Andalucia is not short on colourful street celebrations – and September and October are no exception. If you'd like to join the party, it's worth checking the local What's On guides.

Seville, Granada and Cordoba are all located within this region of South West Spain  – and for the full Andalucia experience a two-centre stay is highly recommended.

For further information on DDG Retreat, see

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