Living the true Andalusian village life.
. Bags of potential
. Outdoor space
. Walking distance to many TAPAS Bars
. Charming Spa Village
. National Park
This townhouse is one for all Andalusian seasons: light, shade, inside, outside, cool, calm, safety, space.
Even though you are only a 2 minute walk away from the nearest grocery stores, little bars or the plazas, this little street is as tranquil as can get.
The official paperwork of the house dates from 1948, after which for a long time it has been a bakery shop. From the rocks and rocky foundation, you can see that its origins and history are a lot older: it is within the walls of the old Moorish castle, and the surrounding street plan has not changed much since 1505. You can see that the house has been adapted to suit all seasons.
From the front door you walk through a lounge, then a dining room, then a downstairs toilet and a little kitchen. This floor is ideal to escape the heat and eye piercing light of the long, hot summers.
A staircase leads to the 1st floor, where on one end you find 1 spacious bedroom with a balcony, and on the other side a bathroom with shower. In between is a tiny room that has been used as a spare room for a single guest, as well as office or storage room.
Another staircase leads to the 2nd floor. You arrive in a room that used to be the washing room, and that has a terrace that is small, yet big enough for table and chairs. This washing room is also connected to another room that could be a bedroom, or winter lounge, and that again has its own balcony. This 2nd floor makes a great winter floor, because it always catches the sun.
Now there is also a back entrance from a back alley, at a lower level. Through that door you arrive in a patio in which you still see that the house is built on the rocks. From here you walk into the cellar floor of the house, which exists of small spaces that are suitable for storage or a bodega. An staircase leads to you back to the ground floor.
From that back door you walk within minutes to a street where you can park, 2 small streams, and the "campo" or countryside and the hills and mountains of the National Park, a paradise for hikers, nature lovers and bird watchers. Because of its lack of industry, the quality of the clean air of Tolox is among the highest in Andalusia (and that says something). You are also within minutes at a gym, summer public swimming pool, over a dozen tape-bars and restaurants, a dozen grocery stores… it's a village you never need to leave if you don't want to.
The charming white village of Tolox lies against the steep hills of the Sierra de las Nieves, at the end of a side road from the C-344 Málaga-Ronda. It offers beautiful views of the vast rolling countryside below and impressive high mountain peaks above. Tolox is quietly famous for its SPA-waters and one of the gateways to national park Sierra de las Nieves.
The Tolox SPA (Fuente Amargosa Health Spa) attracts large numbers of pilgrims and SPA-visitors that stay in the area each year. Standing at the entrance to the spectacular nature reserve, the SPA makes use of the water which flows at the rate of 15.000 litres a day from the mountains. The water is said to work wonders with respiratory ailments due to a mild gas it gives off. Not only people benefit from the waters of Tolox, also avocado farms, vegetable plots and fruit trees packed with local fruits which are grown in the green valley, hidden between the hills, behind the village.
Besides the healing waters, the national park Sierra de las Nieves, is a wild and stunning area for rural tourists to discover. The wildlife is impressive and views often breathtaking. Visitors are welcome, however the village of Tolox is not packed with shops and hungry salesman. You find a tiny but engaging municipal museum, there are of course local shops and (tapas) bars and a central town square.
Tolox is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the slow, peaceful pace of its Andalusian inhabitants. Don't be surprised if you see an old man roaming the streets on its horse or donkey, this is part of the authentic and untouched lifestyle.
The village of Tolox is located an hour's drive (60 km.) from the city of Málaga and the airport and the beaches of the Costa del Sol (Marbella) are a 50 minute (40 km.) drive away.