It’s incredibly peaceful here in this beautiful old house on the edge of the village. Chite – just a cluster of houses and a church – is surrounded by olive groves and fruit trees, and looks down the Lecrin Valley (valley of happiness apparently) and across to the Alpujarra mountains.The valley is a hiker’s paradise – strolls long and short starting just behind the house take you through fragrant citrus groves to hidden villages and even more dazzling views. Venture further and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada beckon. If you don’t want to go it alone, charming Henrik and Ingo organise walking tours.You’re just 30 minutes from Granada and 30 from the relatively unknown Costa Tropical, where you’ll find prehistoric cave paintings in Nerja as well as beaches with mountains towering behind them. Back here there’s a plunge pool on the terrace, a superbly equipped modern kitchen and plenty of books on travel, art and literature.