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Review: Alcaidesa


Cadiz, Spain

Near enought to walk to Gibraltar!

  • By SilverTraveller Rowsie

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  • Aug 2014
  • Family including children under 16

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After a week with my son and his family in a very remote hacienda type villa in Alozaina (read my previous review titled "Finca Bascella"), we headed further down the Costa Del Sol to Alcaidesa. This was totally different from our first week in the very homely but remote Alozaina villa. We drove into Alcaidesa through security gates (which made us muse as to who they would refuse entry to as the gates were never closed and no car ever stopped!) This complex seems to be a number of holiday homes owned by British, Spanish and some Norwegians. There is also a large hotel catering to German tourists. Our holiday rental (in The Mews) was like a large town house but lacked any personal touches and annoyingly had a few maintenance problems (i.e. broken drawers and a shortage of hooks on doors. However the complex is lovely and the swimming pool (for use by all the houses in The Mews) was large enough and warm enough to make it an enjoyable place to relax after a day on the beach. The Mews was at the top of the hill so it was a bit of a walk down to the beach (some of the residents used golf carts to get down there.) The beach itself is stunning with safe sloping access into the sea and a magnificent view of Gibraltar. It is actually only a 2 hour walk along the beach to Gibraltar. There are a few rocks just off shore which makes it perfect for snorkelling and it truly is a beautiful setting. After a day on the beach we would wander to the little plaza on the complex where there is a mini market (other supermarkets are about a 15 minute drive away), a pizza place (very nice pizzas) and The Ivy Wine Bar, run by ex-pats and offering a choice of British or Spanish food (and a rather nice and not too expensive cava that we enjoyed).

We didn't walk to Gibraltar but we did drive there one day. It is about a 15 minute drive and we left our car in La Linea de L'Conception and walked onto The Rock. (Across the airport runway which is very strange!) The cable car trip shouldn't be missed but at the top watch out for the Barbary Macaques. These monkeys can easily detect any food and drink and we even saw them opening peoples backpacks and they stole a drink out of my grandson Andre's hand! Much to his amusement!

Seville, a beautiful city, is only 2 hours drive away and if you want the high life Marbella is only a short drive away. But we were happy to chill out on what has to be one of the most lovely beaches on The Costa Del Sol (even if the complex of holiday homes has a slight "stepford wives" feel about it!

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  • Su
    over 7 years ago
    We used to enjoy holidays in the costa del sol when our children were little. We never ventured as far as Gibraltar though. I think they would have enjoyed the visit.