Recline among the broom and mimosa in your hammock on one of the wilder surfing coastlines of Spain. Casas Karen feels like a cluster of a village with an unhurried feel, in an eco-friendly garden between pinewoods, sand dunes and beach (a ten-minute walk for most). While the overall feel is rustic, all the houses have their own privacy and are cosy and comfortable, with bright flowing fabrics and stylish local touches. Local here means Andalucían and Moroccan: the mountains of the Magreb are visible on clear days. Many have open fires for winter and the airy and environmentally sustainable ‘chozas’ – houses made of thatch – are sweet and romantic. The place attracts an interesting clientele (artists, lawyers, surfers) and the open laid-back atmosphere is ideal for the more adventurous traveller. Massage, yoga, therapies and life coaching can be arranged and there’s walking, riding, biking and much more, too; Karen and Juani will happily advise. Come for the vibe and don’t be put off by Caños itself, a one-time celebrated hang-out for hippies, now decidedly shabby around the edges.