Blue lake in the afternoon
Lake views directly from the pillow of your bed!
Lake views directly from the pillow of your bed!

Entire home/flat

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/flat

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Beautiful, romantic and very nicely decorated studio apartments on the 1st floor in a more than 100 years old reformed Andalusian farmhouse located between the mountains, the national park and the lake - without a house in sight - pure nature! 200 meters to the lake.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Some pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat


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The space

Our beautiful rural farmhouse has been reformed and offers you a wonderful break in one of the most peaceful and unique areas in Andalucia next to the lake “Embalse de Guadalhorce” only 45 mins. from Málaga airport. Here you can enjoy the silence or challenge your body in the amazing surroundings. A true paradise for people who enjoy active life.

El Arpa offers holiday apartments for 2 persons in a green area on a 50.000 sqm plot going down to the lake. Here you can enjoy life no matter if you choose to relax in the beautiful surroundings under the southern sun enjoying the peace - or if you prefer to use one of the many activity options that nature offers you and which is just outside the doors of the holiday apartments.

An incredible possibility to experience a unique holiday break in one of the most beautiful areas in the Malaga region.

Come and experience the real Spain, breathing the clear and fresh air in the finest natural surroundings close to delightful small white villages, where time has been standing still for decades and the "mañana" culture still is ongoing. Friendly people with no stress but still live life to the full.

Guest access

Lake 200 meters. Sun loungers.
Private terrace with panoramic lake views.
100% pure nature all around.
Walking paths right outside the apartment.
National park close by.

Interaction with guests

We, your hosts Rikke and Michael, are looking forward to welcoming you when arriving at El Arpa.

We live here at El Arpa and are available if you have questions or need some ideas about where to go or what to see.

The neighbourhood

Our finca is situated near Ardales and El Chorro, this area is a thrue Mekka for nature lovers and outdoor entusiasts, no matter age.
The lakes are devided into three different lakes called; Embalse de Gaitanejo, Embalse del Conde de Guadalhorce and the biggest of them all Embalse del Gualdalteba-Guadalhorce, which is the one in front of our finca.

By the lake you will find different restaurants and picnic sites as the area is a quite popular excursion spot. Here you have the option to do different watersports such as kayak or canoeing. You can even fish in the lake, we have a couple of fine fishing rods for free disposal.

Do you enjoy walking or mountainbiking you will find several marked walking paths across the fields. And the mountains behind our finca have some of Spain's best possibilities for mountain climbing. Paragliding and Rapelling is also very popular.

The neighbouring villages are Alora, Antequera, Pizzara, Bobadilla and Campillos. El Torcal is close by and spectaculary formed from limestone weathered over eons of time and its moon-like landscape makes it a "must see" attraction.

By El Chorro you find the most overwhelming natural gorge, here an enormous rock has been divided as with an axe and the edge is very sharp and narrow, it is called La Garganta del Chorro; the throat of the spring. The water runs from the lakes and a bridge connects the two rock sides where the train goes through on the Malaga-Cordoba run.

Alcazar de Bobastro by El Chorro is the remainings of an old Moorish fortress and the ruins of the first chuch in Spain; Iglesia Rupestre de Bobastro.

Getting around

We recommend you to rent a car during your stay at El Arpa. We are in contact with a really good rent-a-car company HelleHollis which aim is to give the best possible service at the best rates on the coast.

Other things to note

El Arpa offers relaxing holiday accommodation in six separate self-catering apartments for two people with a double or two single beds. The apartments are comfortably furnished and the Spanish charm is well kept. All with a well-equipped kitchen with four-burner hob, frigde with freezer, table setting for four people and an equipped bathroom with shower. To make your arrival comfortable we provide you with a little welcome pack to make your first day easier.

Every apartment has it's own private entrance and in front a terrace with wooden furnitures to make your Spanish nights unforgettable. While enjoying the beautiful view over the lake you can prepare a little tapas and not to forget enjoy the taste of delicious Spanish wines. Just outside your apartment we have made a little herb garden and you are more than welcome to use a tuft of tasteful Rosemary or Oregano in your cooking.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is after 4PM

The apartments are clean upon arrival and there are a few utensils if you want to clean up during your stay. We charge an extra fee at the end for cleaning at departure of euro 39,- each apartment.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

7 nights minimum stay

7 Reviews

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Elga User Profile
July 2016
Scandinavian design meets Andalusian nature! We enjoyed our stay at El Arpa very much. The views are as nice as the photos suggest and the apartments are beautifully decorated and very complete. We also enjoyed the loungers on the grounds to just read a book in the shade. Perfect place to relax. We loved how it's away from the touristy hustle and bustle.

Elisa User Profile
June 2016
The host canceled this reservation 13 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Richard User Profile
October 2015
Rikke & Mikkel are lovely and caring hosts. Good communication prior and during the stay. They provide a small supermarket which might help a lot in case of late arrival or similar.

Rutger Luc User Profile
August 2015
Rikke & Michael are very kind and helpful people. We immediately felt like home. The apartment we got was very clean and the view is magnificent! Although the area is quite desolate, you still have lots of beautiful places in the surroundings (Ronda, caminito del rey, the lakes, the white villages...). We could use the bikes for free and there is a small but peaceful 'private' beach at the lake. Certainly a place to go back! Regards from Belgium!

Iola User Profile
May 2015
The reservation was canceled 90 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

James User Profile
April 2015
Michael & Rikke were the most attentive and wonderful hosts you could imagine. They truly love their project and this care and consideration of their environment extends to their guests. The situation of the place itself is stunning. An open Lake side Vista out front and a short stroll behind to the climbing at Desplomilandia. Quality un-polished 6a's- 6b's,flakes with pockets. Hard stuff looks hard with much interest. The balcony apartments have 4 hob gas burners, great showers, firm comfortable beds and full kitchen utensils. The private beach is quiet and the water is so blue. All in all an awesome holiday. El Chorro is like twenty mins away but well claustrophobic to stay in. Stay here, climb there!

Manuel User Profile
October 2016
Wie in einem Traum, weit und breit absolut keine Zivilisation zu sehen. In der ersten Nacht bin konnte ich zum ersten Mal richtig die Milchstraße sehen. Wir haben diese Reise als vorzeitige Flitterwochen genutzt und es war einfach wunderbar. wir waren noch nie so entspannt. Wir haben leider nicht die Möglichkeit der Mountainbikes nutzen können, aber dafür habe ich mich ans Fischen getraut. Der kleine "Shop" ist echt toll, wenn man mal schnell etwas braucht und schön das es sowas noch auf Vertrauensbasis gibt. Wir haben uns richtig wohl gefühlt und wollen auf jeden Fall wieder kommen. Ganz viele weitere Gäste wünschen Manuel und Melanie

Málaga, Spain · Joined in June 2013
Rikke & Michael User Profile

We, Rikke and Michael, look forward to seeing you here at our finca and wish you a very nice stay.

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