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„Welcome to the heart of silence“

Rodalquilar, Nature Parc Cabo de Gata, this valley is different

Rodalquilar

Regardless how long your journey was and whatever you have seen on other vacations or on the way here – when you reach the mountain pass and view the broad valley of Rodalquilar, which stretches out towards the sea, you can finally breathe in deeply and put time on hold. There is something special there, a peacefulness, a distance – something which cannot immediately be put into words. Only after some time can these impressions become clearly expressed
as something special, something different.

In Rodalquilar, nature is – with its strong winds and expansive waters – constantly in motion, where rocky cliffs on the coast or in the mountains seem to have just been torn out of the hillside. The eternal myriad of colours of the rocks and stones in the mountains and bays make it easy to imagine how volcanic eruptions once created the valley, now calmed, overgrown and covered with blossom after a rare rainfall. As if time has stopped, everything appears silent like it were possible to see silence.

Rodalquilar teaches seeing and silence.

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„Welcome to the heart of silence“

Foto: Oliver Springauf Flickr – CC BY-SA License

No matter how long the journey to your holiday home was and what you saw on your way to Almería – when you have reached the top of the pass and look over the wide valley of Rodalquilar, the heart of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, to the sea, there is one deep breath, a pause.

Nature is constantly at work with winds and waters where huge rock falls on the coast or in the mountains seem to have just loosened and fallen.

The infinitely varied colors of the rocks and stones in the mountains and bays make the primeval formation of the valley from volcanic violence readable, now calm and overgrown and blooming after one of the rare rains – like stopped time everything seems still, as if silence could be seen –

Rodalquilar teaches seeing and silence.

„Holiday Homes in Andalusia“

In 1969 our grandparents Jochen and Eva Fischer bought one of the simple one-story houses on what was then the unpaved street on the edge of the Rambla. The name „Casa Eva“, which was then forged from iron, still characterizes our house on Calle Santa Bárbara.

Today, in the third generation, in addition to the original Casa Eva, CasasEva consists of six other self-contained, single-storey houses on self-contained grounds:

Casa Pequeña (70sqm), built with the village around 1950, is located directly next to Casa Eva on the village road, which only serves local traffic since there is a bypass.

The new buildings Casa Zen (50 sqm), Casa Poniente (80 sqm), Casa Levante (80 sqm), Casa Sur (60 sqm) are grouped around a garden away from the street. The whole thing looks as if everything has always been there. There is space for up to 20 people. Location, size, layout and equipment give each house a different character.

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Casa Poniente

The holiday home Casa Poniente was created in 2000 together with Casa Levante and Casa Sur around a private garden. It is 80sqm in size, on one floor with a private terrace that leads to the large eat-in kitchen and which can also be used directly from a bedroom.

Bedroom

There are 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed (160×200), chair with a desk overlooking the terrace and one with 2 single beds (90×200 each) with a window to the terrace.

Living Room and Kitchen

In the eat-in kitchen with a cozy seating area there is a wood-burning stove for winter holidays. The kitchen is open to the dining and living area, separated by a worktop at bar height.

Bath

The bathroom has a shower and two sinks, which are integrated in a large shelf

Terrace

On the L-shaped terrace there is a dining table, a comfortable seating area for 4 people, 2 sun loungers or you can swing in the hammock and gaze at the stars.

Wifi can also be switched off if required.

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Casa Levante

The holiday home Casa Levante was created in 2000 together with Casa Poniente and Casa Sur around a private garden. It is 80sqm in size, on one floor with two private terraces that lead to the large eat-in kitchen and can also be used directly from a bedroom.

Bedroom

There are 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed (160×200), chair with a desk overlooking the terrace and one with 2 single beds (90×200 each) with a window to the terrace.

Livingroom and kitchen

In the eat-in kitchen with a cozy seating area there is a wood-burning stove for winter holidays. The kitchen is open to the dining and living area, separated by a worktop at bar height.

Bath

The bathroom has a shower and two sinks, which are integrated in a large shelf

Terrace

The L-shaped terrace has a comfortable seating area for 4 or you can swing in the hammock and gaze at the stars. On the second terrace there is a dining table for 4 people and 2 sun loungers

Wifi can also be switched off if required.

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Casa Pequeña

The holiday home Casa Pequeña is located on the village street and is an old, very characteristic house of the original village. The name of the house (Pequeña = small) was used by our grandparents, based on Casa Eva, next door, which is slightly larger, Casa Pequeña has 70 square meters of living space.

Terrace und Patio

The holiday home Casa Pequeña has a small „front garden“ where you can have breakfast in the early sun, especially in the Andalusian spring and summery autumn, or where you can drink a leisurely afternoon tea. Behind the house is a small patio (patio = courtyard). In the summer, during the day, one is more likely to retire to the shade of the patio for a siesta in the hammock, a book on the semi-circular bench comfortably laid out with cushions, or a coffee at the patio table. Children will enjoy the small water basin in the heat of the day.

Living room and kitchen

The holiday home Casa Pequeña has a living room with a table and chair, two rocking chairs and a sofa, with an open fireplace for the cooler winter days and a ceiling fan for the hot summer months of the year, a large kitchen with a seating area for up to 6 people, everything is there to be able to cook independently.

Bedrooms

A bedroom with 2 beds (each 90×200) is adjacent to the living room. This is located to the front of the mostly very quiet street (July and August is also the main holiday season in Rodalquilar and this bedroom is not really a place to rest). Another bedroom is adjacent to the kitchen , the window faces the private courtyard, the bed is 130x200cm.

Patio and shower/WC

From the kitchen it goes down three steps into the patio, in the patio there is also the bathroom on the right behind a wooden slatted door with a walk-in shower including a heater for the cooler winter months.

In the courtyard you can sit comfortably upholstered on a stone bench, swing in the hammock and for refreshment you can stand in the small water basin and treat yourself to a refreshment with the shower hose. For children a mini-swimming pool, which is a lot of fun.

Wifi can be turned off if needed.

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Casa Sur

Casa Sur was created in 2000 with Casa Levante, Casa Poniente and Casa Zen around a private garden. The house is 50sqm and has one floor.

Terrace, Entrance and House

You enter this house via your terrace, there is a seating area where you can eat, a hammock and 2 sun loungers. The house consists of a large living and kitchen area, a bedroom and bathroom with a walk-in shower. For the cooler season there is a fireplace and a gas stove to heat the house. In the kitchen you have the opportunity to cook for yourself, cooking utensils are available.

Living room and kitchen

The living room is divided into a kitchen/dining and living area. There is a large sofa (130×200) where we can prepare an extra bed, either for a 3rd person (please ask us about extra costs) or you might want to share the house with a friend and prefer a separate sleeping facility.

Bedroom

In the bedroom there is a bed which is 140×200, from the window you can see your own terrace, there is a large closet and hanging space for storing clothes.

Wifi can be turned off if needed.

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Casa Zen

Casa Zen was created in 2000 with Casa Levante, Casa Poniente and Casa Sur around a private garden.

Terrace / Patio

The house is 50sqm and has one floor. On the private terrace you can enjoy the peace and quiet in a deck chair or swing in the hammock. In this house we cook outside, part of the terrace is covered with large open windows to our private garden. Life inside and outside makes the holiday feeling perfect. Of course there is also a large table with 4 chairs where you can eat comfortably.

Sleeping Area

Inside, Casa Zen is a spacious studio with a separate sleeping area with a large bed (160×200), ideal for two people with a small child.

Living Area

There is a sofa in the living area and a table by the window to the terrace. You can work/paint/craft on the large marble slab while sitting on one side and standing on the other side.

Bath

From the sleeping area you have direct access to the bathroom, it is very small, cleverly furnished with a bathtub, and a chain of lights shines above you in the evening.

Wifi can be turned off if needed.

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„Nature Park Cabo de Gata

Land of power and magic“

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The sun beats down mercilessly on the small village near the settlement of Los Albaricoques in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. The red dust of the hot, dry earth makes it difficult to breathe and makes the landscape shimmer. The daughter of the wealthiest farmer in the village is to be married on this unbearable day. But she loves another; elopes with him. Blinded by the shame, her brother tracks down the unfortunate and stabs his lover in front of the young woman.

In the work of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, the failed wedding here in the desert of Andalusia becomes a „blood wedding“, a much-praised drama of the 1930s. Dramas like this could have happened anywhere. But here, on this patch of earth between volcanic rock, deep blue sea and endless expanses, tragedies seem to find the right backdrop.

The landscape in the southeast of Andalusia, at the „Cape of the Cat“ – Cabo de Gata – is reminiscent of scenes from Italo-American westerns. No wonder, as many were actually filmed here in southern Spain.

Not many tourists and travelers stray here. Big tourism with its hotel complexes and pool landscapes, bars and nightclubs seems to have forgotten Cabo de Gata.

Just under an hour’s drive from Almería, the next largest city with an airport, the visitor is greeted by a lonely, bizarre landscape.

The fact that much of what is generally expected on the sunny coast of southern Spain is missing here is mainly due to the fact that the cape north-east of Almería has been a nature park since the late 1980s. The Spanish government decided to protect this sensitive volcanic landscape because it is home to numerous rare birds and plants.

At first glance, the stranger sees above all a wild mountain landscape – torn and fissured by millennia-old lava flows, wind and the merciless sun of Andalusia. There is hardly a tree here, few larger bushes. Various species of cacti, low palm trees and shaggy creeping shrubs populate the land.

The coast of the Cape is just as rough and wild. Between steep cliffs and stony hills, however, you will find lonely beaches with wonderfully clear water, guarded by old lighthouses and castle ruins, which is much cleaner than in front of the hotel zones of the Costa del Sol thanks to the special conditions of the 26,000 hectare nature park.

What seems like hell to some tourists is paradise to others: mountain bikers, hikers, divers and of course holidaymakers looking for a quiet place in the Mediterranean.

This hideaway used to be the hideout of pirates and smugglers, today it has become home to many artists and writers; of course also for dropouts and late hippies.

But not everyone stays here for long. It is said that some people turn back after just a few nights. The others, however, become addicted and keep coming back. Locals say the volcanic rock is magical and not everyone can take the power and magic of the stones.

Especially in midsummer, when even the little birds are silent in the unbearable midday heat, it is unbearable except on the beach or in shady rock caves.

The only larger town with some tourism, a few small hotel complexes and bars is San José. Overlooking the sea, whitewashed houses and apartments cluster along the rocky coast of the Cape’s south-east. San José is a popular starting point for hikes, mountain bike and jeep tours to the almost uninhabited tip of the cape.
On the way along the coast south of San José you come across one of the most beautiful beaches of Cabo de Gata: Playa del Monsul. The fine sandy beach is nestled between grey-black cliffs and a huge white shifting dune. There are no houses and no beach bars here, and yet or perhaps because of this, Playa del Monsul is no longer an insider tip among the few Cape tourists.

The insider tips and the total solitude can be found in the north-east of the Cape. The villages of Los Escullos, La Caleta, Las Negras and Rodalquilar have retained their charm as isolated little villages. Las Negras is a romantic little fishing town with corner shops and a couple of hippie bars that sit right on the jet-black volcanic sand beach. Rodalquilar is home to the only gold mine in Spain, which was abandoned in the 1960s. Today, the mine and part of the former workers‘ houses are empty and overgrown, reminiscent of ruins from Italo-Westerns. This year, a small botanical garden will open in Rodalquilar, presenting the plants and rocks native to the region. A few minutes by bike from Rodalquilar is a quiet bathing bay at the foot of an old defensive castle that was supposed to protect the coast from pirates and smugglers. The lookout tower rises above it «Punta de la Polacra», to which a paved road leads. From here you have a view over the entire cape on a clear day. Rodalquilar is also an excellent starting point for a two to three hour hike to the scene of the „Blood Wedding“.

Beyond the ridge of the Sierra de Cabo de Gata lies the whitewashed church surrounded by abandoned stables and a few palm trees against the foothills on the other side of the Sierra. Somewhere in the mountains a goat bleats. Otherwise, the hiker only hears the chirping of the crickets and the soft chirping of the small Cape birds…

The destination airport is the airport in the city of Almería. From here, the best way to get to the Cape is by renting a car in a southeasterly direction. In almost all villages you can rent small fincas and rooms, Los Escullos and La Caleta have well-equipped campsites. You can hike almost anywhere. No fences or prohibition signs line the stony paths, only nature occasionally prohibits the path through steep gorges and rocks. Tourist centers in San José and Rodalquilar can help plan hiking and biking routes.

A hommage by Cora Knoblauch

Location

The location in the natural park of the CasasEva Rodalquilar holiday homes in the small village of Rodalquilar, it is surrounded by mountains and open in sight to the sea on the Cabo de Gata promontory, 60 km east of the port city of Almería, with the largest Moorish fortress in Andalusia, the Alcazaba the „Costa del Sol“.

In the middle of the unique „Parque Natural Cabo de Gata“, Rodalquilar offers, thanks to the conditions of the nature park, a quiet alternative to the overcrowded and built-up holiday areas on the rest of the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

The famous Andalusian cities of Granada with the Alhambra at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, Seville and the port city of Málaga are easily accessible by car or bus in about 2.5 or 4 hours.

Arrival

Whether by plane (and rental Car) via Almeria (ca. 50 Min.), via Alicante or Murcia (2-3 hours) or Malaga (3-4 hours): We recommend you take by car the easiest route, which leads you to the Motorway E15/A7 taking the exit 487 »Parque Natural Cabo de Gata, Campohermoso, Las Negras« for about 20 miles until you reach Rodalquilar. (Rather than taking the shortest way through the mountains where there are no sign posts, and the road surface is very poor.

Surroundings

Surrounded by mountains, bays and beaches, the area is ideal for walking, hiking, and bathing. Rocky coasts invite one to dive, and families often spend entire days on the flat sandy beaches.

In Rodalquilar you´ll find several bars and restaurants, a small wine shop, a grocery and daily passing street traders.

Las Negras is a typical fishing village with restaurants adjacent to the water.

San José, which lies halfway to the Playas Monsul y Genoveses, has a sailing port and several boutiques and restaurants

Region

Villages and small towns in the region of the nature park, within day trips, show their origin in Moorish times. Nijar, located in the mountains, is the city of pottery and rag rugs.

The Alpujarras, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with springs and rivers and vineyards, invite you to go on day trips. The hot springs of Los Baños de la Alhamilla have been a popular place to visit since ancient times.

In Almería, the market hall offers exuberant pleasure for all the senses. A tour of the arcaded courtyard of the art academy, a former monastery, and a tapa stop at the Museo de Aceite de Oliva are almost a must.

The climb to the Alcazaba, high above the city, leads into Almeria’s Moorish history. The Arabic name means Espejo del Mar / mirror of the sea in Spanish.

The other big cities are Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada (reachable by car or train in about 2.5 hours),
Malaga in the west and Cartagena in the northeast on the coast (each can be reached in about 4 hours by bus or car).

Climate

The climate in the nature park is very warm according to the geographic location of Rodalquilar: 2:08 west of Greenwich and 36:40 north of the equator, at the same latitude as Algiers on the opposite African coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

The climate in the nature park is correspondingly hot in summer. Swimming is pleasant until late autumn, sporty people even swim in the sea at Christmas or New Year.

At the end of January / beginning of February, the Andalusian spring begins with the almond blossom, then it is possibly only 1 hour by car between a swim in the sea and a snowball fight on Calar Alto, 2100 m above sea level.

low season
09.01. – 07.04.2022
03.11. – 18.12.2022

middle season
24.04. – 17.06.2022
04.09. – 02.11.2022

highseason
08.04. – 23.04.2022
18.06. – 16.07.2022
19.12. – 07.01.2023

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17.07. – 03.09.2022

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Prices

Prices are per house and night in euros and include sales tax, bed linen, towels, gas, water, electricity, 2 washing machines per week, WiFi and final cleaning. Less than 3 nights: 15% surcharge. For long-term rental, prices are subject to agreement. Extra bed €15 per night.

Minimum stay

The minimum stay is: in the summer/high season 7 nights (arrival/departure on Sundays) and in the low/middle season 3 nights (free arrival/departure).

Booking

To confirm the reservation of the holiday home if it is available during the period of your booking request, we ask that you transfer a deposit of 1/3 of the total rent to our account within 14 days of booking or no later than 7 days before the start of your holiday (if you book less than 14 days before the start of your holiday). . When making the transfer, please state the name of the holiday home and the rental period in the reference field

Bank Cajamar Campohermoso
CasasEva Rodalquilar
IBAN: ES26 3058 0012 0127 2001 9787
BIC: CCRIES2A

After receipt of payment you will receive a reservation confirmation by e-mail from us. The remaining 2/3 of the total rent will be paid in cash upon arrival.

Cancellation

If you cancel the booking of your reserved holiday home before the start of your holiday, compensation will be due pro rata as follows:

up to 91 days before the start of the holiday 10% of the total rent
from 90 days to 31 days before the start of the holiday 50% of the total rent
from 30 days to 0 days before the start of the holiday 90% of the total rent
100% of the total rent during the holiday

We would like to point out that the legal basis would be 90% cancellation costs from the time you book your holiday home until the start of your holiday, regardless of the time of cancellation.

If it is possible to rent the holiday home again for the canceled period, the cancellation costs will not apply.

travel cancellation insurance

It is advisable to think about taking out travel cancellation insurance.

Contact

CasasEva Rodalquilar S.L.
Calle Santa Bárbara 18
E-04115 Rodalquilar/Nijar

0034618568520
casaseva@rodalquilar.eu
https://casaseva.eu

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CasasEva Rodalquilar
IBAN: ES26 3058 0012 0127 2001 9787
BIC: CCRIES2A

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Arrival

Whether by plane (and rental Car) via Almeria (ca. 50 Min.), via Alicante or Murcia (2-3 hours) or Malaga (3-4 hours): We recommend you take by car the easiest route, which leads you to the Motorway E15/A7 taking the exit 487 »Parque Natural Cabo de Gata, Campohermoso, Las Negras« for about 20 miles until you reach Rodalquilar. (Rather than taking the shortest way through the mountains where there are no sign posts, and the road surface is very poor.

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