Drive along a tarmac and dust road into the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Nature Park to reach ‘the Lost Village of Acebuchal’, so called after it was abandoned in 1948. Now restored, mostly by hand, this picturesque hamlet houses holiday homes, a tavern, a chapel and Luc and Virginia’s cosy B&B.
Find a communal living/dining area with comfy armchairs and a fireplace, and a rooftop terrace with a plunge pool and a barbecue you’re welcome to use. Breakfast includes local products such as goat’s cheese, figs and oranges, and you can arrange simple, home-cooked lunches and dinners or visit the restaurant next door.
Wander the town and marvel at the unexpected detail – a cat carved into the wall of a house or a stone swallow’s nest hanging on rain pipe. You can hike in the mountains, go horse riding or on 4X4 rides with Luc, or explore the pretty hilltop towns of Frigiliana and Cómpeta; the coast is about half an hour’s drive away.