Casa Lella sleeps 14 persons. On the ground floor you find the sizeable kitchen/living room (about 36-37 square meters), one open fireplace and also a wood burning stove, a Rangemaster cooker with 5 gas rings and 4 ovens, a generous fridge with freezer, dishwasher and much other equipment to cook, eat & drink. From this big room you have access to the patios and the pool as well as from tha hall. Furthermore you find the the library/living room and a toilet with a shower. The first floor contains 5 rooms and 3 bathrooms. The second floor holds yet another bedroom (with a fireplace) and The Loft a big room of nearly 50 square meters (approx 530 sq ft) that we alternately use as a gallery, concert space, art workshops, work meetings, courses, big dinners or a dormitory for the young ones.
We have fibre optic internet and have contracted the best there is here, as well as cable TV with Spanish and foreign channels. There is a 7 kilo washing machine, a place to dry clothes and iron plus an ironing board.
We provide bedlinen, towels, toilet paper, soap, shampoo as well as beach towels and parasols. For the winter we have warm duvets and blankets are scattered about. The bedrooms have electrical heating.
And last but not least we have proper baby cot, high chair and baby bath tub as well as some toys for the smallest ones.
Casa Lella is a holiday rental in an area Southern Spain with a subtropical climate located only 5 km from the Mediterranean coast. It is a grand but cosy and venerable townhouse in the centre of the old town in Velez-Malaga. Everything is at a (very short) walking distance, shops, bakeries, delicatessen, bars, restaurants, museums and whatnot.
With a generous size of nearly 500 square meters (approx 5300 sq ft), distributed over 3 floors it contains 9 rooms in total and 3,5 bathrooms – i.e. lots of space for larger groups, 14 beds in total. There are 3 connecting emblematic Andalusian patios abundant with plants and corners to read, eat drink, rest and enjoy – and in addition there is a pool.
Our house is filled with books and art, and we have worked hard (also with a lot of love!) and hopefully made it a place of relaxation, enjoyment and inspiration aiming to make people feel truly at home. Welcome to our urban oasis in an authentic Andalusian town just 20 minutes east of Malaga city and 35 minutes from the airport!
History is practically everywhere you look and step in this region, going back from long before the Phoenicans through the Roman and Moorish times up until today. The same is true for Velez-Malaga. One of the world’s oldest pieces of pictoral art you find just 20 kilometres away in the caves of Nerja, now assumed being painted not by Homo Sapiens but Neanderthals some 43.000 years ago! Yeah 43.000 it is, give or take a year or two…
Our house lies just outside the Moorish walls that protected the original village and on the top of our street you find the MUVEL, Vélez-Málaga´s History Museum and just around the corner CAC, the contemporary art museum. In less than a 10 minute walk you are at the old food market in Plaza San Francisco, now given new life as a place of gastronomy, art, arts & craft, concerts and the like.
For everything Vélez and then some, please visit: mivelezmalaga.com
Spending a Semana Santa – Holy Week – here deserves a place on anyone’s bucket list, no matter your creed – or none whatsoever. The magnificent processions pass our house on their long way through town. The Andalusian Holy Week is in general out of this world, the most famous being the ones of Malaga and Sevilla. But it is being said that Semana Santa in Velez-Malaga is the biggest if you count the relationship between the number of thrones, people attending and the size of the population, per capita-like...
The music, the silence, the graveness, the incenses, the candles, the baffling thrones, the serenity suddenly broken by a stop where the thrones, that weigh up to 5000 kilos, are sat down, the sudden relaxed informality, chattering, chaos and then ding-ding on the silver bell, and the serenity is back and the throne is lifted and the procession continues. All through the night the carry thrones and people have dinner from 03.00- 04.00 at night until the early morning and the town is still buzzling with life and strange energy.
Due to especially gifted flamenco artists with a deep passion for their field like Ruben Portillo, guitar, Elsa and Antonio Guerra (dancers) and many, many more, also private supporters (for example mivelezmalaga.com), Flamenco Abierto, La Peña Nino de Velez and Samaruco Flamenco, Velez-Malaga is living a revival of true flamenco! It makes the town worth a visit only for that.
This is the closets coastal town (but there are loads more all along the coast) and many find it un-pretty but the seaside promenade and beaches are beautiful and crowned with chiringuitos, simple beach bars where fresh sardines and other fish are grilled over olive or fruit wood and eaten with salads and an ice cold glass of beer or white wine. Except for the chiringuitos there are plethora of different restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream places and if you want to go out for drinks and dance the night away, well this is where you go! Lot of life and fun for the whole family during summer!
By car you reach:
Malaga city: 20 minutes
Granada city: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Sierra Nevada skiing slopes 1 hour and 30 minutes
Ronda: less than 2 hours
Cordoba, Sevilla and the Cadiz province: 2 hours
Velez-Malaga is beautifully situated only 5 km from the Mediterranean Sea with its countless beaches and coves shielded by mountains as tall as 2000 meters in the Eastern part of the so-called Costa del Sol. The subtropical climate allows for a huge avocado- and an increasing mango production – even papaya is being grown in addition to the traditional olive groves.
With nearly 3000 sunshine hours a year Velez-Malaga lies in a vega, a wide river valley that opens towards the Mediterranean. It is protected by the Montes de Málaga to the west and the mountain ranges of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama (the highest top is more than 2000 meters) towards east and the Granada province. Lovely white villages are dotted around the terraced hills and mountainsides like sugar cubes, the most famous being, Cómpeta and Frigiliana but most charming are the many pueblos that are much less known, and for that so much more fun to explore. Lots of nature to walk, hike, or bicycle in if you get tired of splashing about in the salty sea.
Average summer daytime temperatures:
Velez-Malaga: approx 30 degrees Celsius in June, July,
August, September (October 24 C)
Sea: approx 25 degrees
Average winter daytime temperatures
Velez-Malaga: 16 - 20 degrees Celsius November, December, January and February
Sea: 16 - 19 degrees