This is a delightful well-equipped apartment set within easy walking distance of Antequera with it's many shops, bars and restaurants. Rupert and Melanie, who live close by, provided us with lots of useful information and could not have been more helpful. The only downside was that we were only there for one week - we would have happily stayed for a month!
The Lemon Tree is authentic, quiet Spanish living in a lovely country town. You really are living in amongst the locals with plenty choice of some lovely restaurants and shops, prices were also very reasonable. Our hosts were very welcoming and provided us with a lovely home and garden - they also were very helpful for any advice/assistance if you choose to plan a day away etc. If you want a real feel for Spain try the Lemon Tree - Antequera - you won't be disappointed.
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We chose Antequera as it was only an hour or so drive from Seville/Cordoba/Granada and 1/2 hour from Malaga. But, as we discovered, there are so many other reasons to pick Antequera! The town itself is in a very rural location so you feel like you are away from huge packs of tourists and are immersed in authentic Spain. However, the town has enough bars, restaurants, things to see and do so you don't have to drive everywhere. Lemon Tree was the perfect base for this holiday- a 10/15 minute walk into the centre but a couple of little shops nearby. The apartment was much larger than we expected, so nice and airy. The best thing about it is the courtyard out the back. You are not overlooked at all, and have sole use of the pool/sunloungers/ BBQ. It is a real sun trap and a lovely place to while away the midday hours underneath the shade of the lemon tree. Melanie and Rupert were very informative and had some great recommendations for Antequera. Very hospitable, but not at all intrusive!
Thank you very much for our stay- we have already recommended it to friends and family!
The apartment was much more than we expected. Spotlessly clean and with everything you could need.The highlight is the outside space with the plunge pool. Perfect for sunbathing during the day and so relaxing with a nice cold drink in the evening.
Antequera is a beautiful town and all of the bars and restaurants are in walking distance. It is also well placed for exploring the region (the Alhambra and Cordoba only an hour away)
If you're looking for a truly unspolit Spanish experience this is the place to come to. Rupert and melanie were extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
We wanted a Spanish holiday that felt totally Spanish as the tourist resorts tend to be a bit similar and to be honest you often don't really know where you are as it can be so geared up for the English. We chose Andalucía because it looked so pretty and booked a fortnight at Lemon Tree in Antequera.
We knew nothing about the town but wow it is stunning. Historical, beautiful and really friendly. We can't speak Spanish and virtually nobody speaks English there but it didn't matter, we got by and learnt a bit (food mostly!) while there and as the people are so friendly we did not feel intimidated.
Lemon Tree is a great base, up near the castle in the old part of town it was a lovely walk into town with fantastic views. The apartment has great amenities with a full kitchen should you wish to cook etc but close enough to walk to town where were are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. It's hilly however so it did take us a couple of days to get used to it but we came back fitter! Rupert and Mel are a lovely couple, we so envy them living here!! They respect your privacy but are there if you need them. We were totally gutted to leave and have been in a slight state of depression since !!
The nearby El Escribano is in a stunning location by the Santa Maria. You must try the prawns here with Ali Oli (garlic mayonnaise)!! Maria there looked after us so well (and our sunglasses when we left them there one tipsy night after drinking one too many Alhambra beers ( very nice it is too!).
Another stand out restaurant for us was Mercado Andaluz, on Calle Najera, they have fresh fish and seafood (bought daily from Malaga). They have chairs outside in the square which is a lovely place to eat. They had only been open two months so we really hope they do ok as more established restaurants who have outside chairs opposite tend to get all the customers.
Would go back in a heartbeat!
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