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Susan Quick review 12 Jul 2009
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
We drove across Spain and visited many beautiful areas. However, we parked in Seville and went across the road to get a drink. When we returned after half an hour our car had disappeared. All the other cars parked alongside it were still; there. We finally discovered that it had been removed because it was "illegally parked"; we were able to locate the compound several miles away and had to pay 140 euros to get out car back. On the return journey we were stopped for speeding despite being in a flow of traffic all travelling at the same speed. That cost 50 euros.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
The apartment was absolutely beautiful. However travellers should be aware that it is at the bottom of a very steep hill, access by unlit unmade road. We arrived mid-afternoon when all shops are closed, so we drove back into, Orgiva, the nearest town - about 10k - to buy food etc. We also stopped for supper and drove back about 9pm. However when we got to the top of the hill to our house it was pitch dark and the prospect of driving down the side of a hill with a precipitous drop in the dark was too much. We ended up driving back to Orgiva and booking into a hotel room. An expensive first night!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Yes, the drinking water was provided from a local source and everything about the housing blended in with the environment. All waste is recycled and the landlord and landlady and neighbours are all very welcoming. We were invited into homes and given a tour of the local farm. However visitors should be aware that access to the flat from the car park is very steep. Not an easy place if like me you are disabled.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was very restful. Nothing much to do except sleep and eat and lie in the sun naked! Perfect if like us you have just been very active and need to relax and recover. But don't go if you are looking for a rave! It's a long drive to the nearest towns, though there are many beautiful villages to visit. Also a long drive. Nothing within walking distance.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for your extremely informative and positive review. We enjoyed meeting you and the feedback re accessibility has been extremely helpful to us in developing our new apartment, which we hope will be available to a wider range of guests. We are glad that you had a relaxing holiday and look forward to welcoming you and your friends back in the future, when we hopefully will have got the permission and built the easy access route I told you about, which will access the apartment from above by a ramp. The isolation of the village and lack of shops, bars and other tourist facilities is something that we see as a positive aspect of holidays here, and we promote that cottage in that way. Your review will help others decide if that experience is what they want! I am sorry that your experience of the Spanish Police force has been less than positive - they do have a very fierce reputation and I don't think the police are popular in many countries, when they are issuing parking or speeding fines! The recognition of the international disability permit is something which I know that many organisations are campaigning for. I shall warn others in advance that their disability permit may not be recognised, and won’t give them special treatment.