Not visible from the main road, up a gentle hill, around a couple of twisty bends and known only to a handful of locals. Al Ladino is a terracotta roofed ‘casa de campo’, sitting above the area’s last protected pine forest. Here there’s privacy and spectacular views. No neighbours to get in the way, just magical views to the Sierra Almijara and the Mediterranean sea. The air is pure, the birds sing and the breezes rustle the trees: welcome to ‘la vida tranquila’.

This is a hillside sanctuary, close to nature with the charm of ‘the campo’ and blessed with unimaginable views that never fail to captivate. Yet civilisation is not far. Five minutes away is Nerja, a former fishing village, now a semi bustling, colourful seaside resort with shops, restaurants and a weekly market. And proper sandy beaches, the closest is a little more than a kilometre.

Al Ladino is a world away, after your morning’s dip, watch the mist disperse above the mountain peaks and then relax on the patio as you ease yourself into the day.  And then …. as darkness falls, magical lighting illuminates the patio and pool, and Nerja twinkles below. Relish the peace and raise your glass to the stars. ¡Bienvenidos!