For our first trip to Granada, I was looking for a place where we could park ourselves for 6 nights that has easy access to explore the Sierra Nevada national park and Granada city, kitchen facilities, free car parking and a quiet place. And I found Cortijo Pilongo in a vineyard.
It took some steps to get there initially - met with Jose, the English speaking employee of Rafael (one of the owners) at their place of work and then we followed their van to the vineyard. But it was worth the trouble. Rafael, Jose and Rafael's brother Herman who works at the vineyward were so hospitable, kind and warmth, like "real" Spanish people :-), even if Rafael and Herman only spoke Spanish. It was also an adventure driving through the narrow, somewhat crazy steep roads in Huetor Vega and the dirt path for the final stretch. We got the apartment that had a nice terrace access in front. It was very cosy and comfortable, and very quiet. So quiet that when you are in bedroom, it's just silence, and when you are seated or lounging on the terrace and/or playing with the resident cats, you hear the sounds of rushing water from the nearby irrigation canal and local sounds. Cellular coverage at the apartment was poor to non existent but that was not a problem - helps one to disconnect from the always-on daily life without a choice!
The way the apartment was constructed, it was designed to provide wonderful relief from the glare and heat from the high Spanish sun. The bed was very comfortable and the shower in the bathroom had good water pressure for hot water. Everything in the apartment was new or looked new.
We had the whole place to ourselves and with the cats - it was bliss. On the day we left, we were very sad to say goodbye to everyone (Rafael, Jose, Herman, Herman's wife & the cats). Till today, we still reminisce fondly the seven days we spent and will be back again!
If you are looking for a place to recharge on your holiday, and want a place that is local but not too difficult to get to the city, stay at Cortijo Pilongo!
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