Cortijo Padre Avilés

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€100 - €250
per night
€875 - €1750
per week

Down a track with a delightfully remote feel but near to the coast and with good walking and cycling; views out to sea are awesome


7 places


Sleeping from 4 – 6

Children welcome
Babies welcome

€100 - €250 per night

€875 - €1750 per week

The Experience

If it’s solitude you’re after, Padre Avilés is one of the quietest and most relaxing spots in Andalusia, up in the hills 20 minutes from Málaga – and half an hour from the airport. It’s a converted 17th-century convent steeped in history. And behind its walls lie seven excellently equipped and spacious apartments, each with its own front door and private terrace with barbecues.

Bedrooms are light and airy, bedding crisp and white, mattresses orthopaedic; bathrooms have decent sinks and pretty mosaics; the cabin-style kitchen-diners have wood-burning stoves for chillier nights and English and Spanish TV channels. Families will not want to leave: there are two separate play areas, bikes, tennis courts, hammocks and two pools.

Take a well-worn path round the 180-acre estate scattered with olive and almond trees, or make for the national park just up the road. The nearest village, Olías is 2kms away for a restaurant, Bar Juan.

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We think you'll love

  • The peace and solitude - listening to the cicadas
  • The incredible views down to the coast and all the way to Africa on clear days
  • Being able to motor down into Málaga if you want a bit of lively nightlife
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You should know

  • The pool is shared with the owners and other guests
  • Sorry, no dogs
  • No welcome hamper - you need to bring everything you need with you


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from €100
Weekly price
from €875
Damage deposit
2 Apartments for 4
From €1504 beds2 bedrooms
2 Apartments for 4
From €1353 beds2 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 4
From €1003 beds2 bedrooms
2 Apartments for 6
From €1755 beds3 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 10am
Other details
Minimum stay: 4 nights in high season.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Up there with the best places to stay with Sawday! Inspiring location and Claire and David look out for you.

Peter, Pendeen

Up there with best, great place to stay made perfect by Claire and David.

Peter, Pendeen

Up there with best! Thanks for looking out for us Claire and David, hope to see you again. Peter, Ann, Louise and baby Rene

Peter, Pendeen

Up there with best! Thanks Claire and David for looking after us, what a special place.

Peter, Pendeen

We had the most perfect holiday at Padre Avilés. Claire and David are wonderful hosts - friendly, welcoming and very interesting. Everything is here for a fantastic holiday - comfortable and stylish accommodation, plenty of space and quiet and with wonderful views down to the sea. So well equipped too, we will definitely be back.

Helen, london

What can we say? Gorgeous views in a private valley blessed with widescreen nature, soulful trails to hike through olive trees, a well-equipped and spacious apartment, lovely pool to share with friendly neighbours, fab beaches (we loved Nerja!) - oh, and the friendliest host we've ever met via Sawday's. From the moment Claire greeted us at the door (with puppy in arms - our girls were instantly in love!), it felt like we were staying at a friend's. We came in need of a break, & left restored, having found sanctuary. Our teenage girls were so sad to leave that they cried all the way home!

Brian, Winchester

I was made to feel instantly at home by Claire who enthusiastically recounted stories of how they found the properties, the project to renovate them and how they now run them. This is a great place for families and groups who want to get together and eat and relax. They make their own olive oil from the many acres of Algarrobo olives and even produce their own honey. You'll go home renewed.

Myles, Sawday's Inspector

We truly loved our stay at this beautiful location set up high in the Malaga hills. The location is excellent and Claire was so helpful and friendly, advising us of the best places to visit in the local area so we could make the most of our stay. The apartment was lovely and clean, the pool and views are spectacular. We will definitely be returning.

Philippa, Manchester

We are repeat customers and thoroughly enjoy our visits to David and Claire’s beautiful home in the hills behind Málaga. The rooms are impeccably maintained, with all the necessary amenities for a family. We love spending time by the swimming pool which has the most amazing views over the valley below and the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. Whether you are looking for a peaceful yoga retreat, training for a triathlon (perfect running and biking terrain), having a base to visit Andalusia, teleworking for a few days, or just want to read a book book, Padre Aviles is the place for you!

Paul, Washington D.C.

Claire and David have made the most beautiful and relaxed Oasis above the hills of Malaga, set in the olive groves. It is perfect for all ages, allowing everyone to relax, whether reading a book by the pool, sipping a refreshing drink, playing tennis, yoga on the large terrace or a combination of all! We cannot recommend it highly enough and the kids, now teenagers are always delighted to return.

Polly, Bath

First class all round, fantastic location and nothing is too much trouble for Claire and David, who are exceptionally welcoming as hosts.

Will, Richmond

Padre Aviles is the kind of place where you feel yourself relax as soon as you drive through the gate. The location is spectacular - high up in the hills so lots of peace and amazing views, surrounded by fig and olive trees, but close enough to the coast, local suburbs and Malaga city itself that there's always lots to do. The apartments are immaculate, well-furnished and have everything we needed, the pools are divine and we enjoyed playing some tennis in the evenings. A heavenly place to stay and we are already making plans to return later this year!

Catherine, Haywards Heath

What a most beautiful place! Set in the hills high above Malaga lies this converted convent. We stayed for 8 days in a first floor apartment with 2 bedrooms, sitting area, kitchen with all amenities inc dishwasher and washing machine plus balcony with incredible view down to the sea. And a huge pool (much bigger than anyone else's!) and lots of sitting out places under sunshades. So relaxing... total quiet - just the sound of gentle breeze and birds. If you want an executive style retreat away from the bright lights and everybody else, this is for you. My wife and I loved it.

Humphrey, Burton Bradstock

Padre Aviles is a true gem, located up the hill, a 10-15 minute drive to/from the supermarket and roads that easily connect you to center city Malaga and get you on your way to enjoy day trips to explore the Andalucia area. Enjoy a breath taking view, clean and well equipped accommodations and access to 2 pools, a toddler playground and 2 tennis courts. The Olivo is on the 2nd floor with two good-sized bedrooms, a spacious and clean bathroom, and a terrace that overlooks a beautiful olive tree and the pool. Get spoiled by the tranquility of Padre Aviles and the warmth of the owners!

Jocelina, USA

What a gem. We spent a wonderful week here in July 2019. Just a 10 minute drive from the main coastal road, 20 minutes from Malaga. Wonderful pool and spectacular views over the hills towards the sea. Very clean apartment. The owners, David and Claire, were always around to answer any questions or give a few hints about where to go. A special shout out to their lovely daughter, Sophie, who made us delicious homemade vegan brownies. A lovely touch. We will definitely be back!

Alison, Glasgow

This place is just wonderful. We came for a 4 night break with our grandson (11), it ticked every box.....just 25mins from the airport, waking up to perfect tranquility with stunning views that will stay cemented in our minds, great pool (not salty!) enjoyed by all. Walking the boundaries of Padre Aviles was great exercise to reveal even more stunning views.The hosts are so friendly and can't do enough to ensure we had a great break, the accommodation was perfect.

chris, Kent

Claire our host welcomed us like old friends. If you want peace and quiet with beautiful views of the Mediterranean and surrounding countryside in Andalusia within easy access of the hub of Malaga with its great bars and restaurants then look no further. Amazing pools and views. Great place to escape from your everyday stresses of normal life by going for long peaceful walks in the countryside or take a short car journey into Malaga and enjoy city life in a beautiful clean city with its wonderful with its wonderful beaches and alfresco dining. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

Martin, Sussex

We stayed at Padre Aviles for two weeks to celebrate two significant birthdays with our children and grandchildren. With six families (24 people from 1 to 65) to accommodate finding a suitable place was not easy but the search was worth it. With five separate apartments in the converted stable block and one other apartment each family had their own space, with an option for group meals. With a good sized pool, in which the children spent most of their time, we had a fantastic holiday. Claire the owner could not have been more helpful. A memorable holiday in a beautiful and quiet location .

Alan, Leeds

We stayed here in the three bed apartment with our two boys aged 1 and 4. Big pluses: booking was quick and easy. Claire recommended a car hire company that met us off the flight, took us straight to our car with zero delay. Claire also offered to do a supermarket shop for us so that milk, nappies, wipes...all the baby stuff and a complete food shop, wine etc already in our apartment for us. That was genius. The villas are lovely, the pool great for kids and adults. Very clean. Very relaxing. Perfect for young families. Really welcoming hosts. Near to beach, Malaga, botanical gardens. All good


We had a great holiday at Padres Aviles. The apartment was lovely with a great view. It is in such a peaceful location and the views are stunning. We traveled with out 18month old son who absolutely loved the place with its beautiful warm pool and toys galore. I would recommend this to anybody who wants to get away and enjoy some peace and quiet whilst being within driving distance of the vibrant beachfront and city of Malaga. Great holiday and great hosts!


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The neighbourhood

Walks from the door are through olive groves. Málaga city centre is 20 minutes away with a vast variety of things to do and some of the best museums in Spain; Picasso was born here. The food offering is exceptional, from seafood beach bars to international cooking at all levels. La Cala Del Moral is a small traditional seaside town about 15 mins away by car for authentic paella on a Sunday.

Local points of interest from Claire & David Parish

  • Beautiful 17th Century convent with the most amazing views surrounded by 180 acres of Olive and almond trees. Great for total peace and quiet but only 10 mins by car from the local town.
  • Unknown to most, Malaga (20 mins way) is a lovely city, with wonderful tapas restaurants, cafes and lots to visit. The new Muelle Uno in the port has recently opened offering a lovely stroll past yatchs, good shopping and restaurants.
  • Visit the Alcazaba, Picasso Museum, Malaga Cathedral. Or why not venture to the botanical gardens, El chorro, Nerja, Frigiliana. So much to do and see in Andalucia the list goes on.
  • We have wonderful pedestrianized promenades along the sea. Nothing nicer than sitting down having a Mojito or two and watching the restaurants preparing the sardines on the BBQs (old fishing boats) and seeing families out for their daily stroll.
  • For the keen sportsmen and women, we are perfectly situated for great walks, runs and bike rides with a local bike shop renting great bikes. Whether it be for training or more leisurely cycles. Or just dip into the 20 m pool for those daily lengths!


Claire & David Parish

Claire was a chef on yachts where she met her husband David, still a sea captain. They moved to Spain over 20 years ago and converted the old Cortijo or country estate buildings into a private house with two adjoining apartments. The others have been converted from what were the stables. Claire keeps everything organised, will meet and greet and let you know where to pick up food on your way.