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Summer Holiday at Cloud House

Awake early to catch the morning sun entering the valley, first striking the mountain ridge above the far off white village of Algatocin, a rocky outcrop ignited a fierce red.

The growing light moves to engulf the villages on this east face as steam rises from the valley depths, like primordial wisps of cloud, burnt off by the sun as it gains its summer momentum.

Early morning brings with it the hammering of greater spotted wood peckers, cuckoo’s and cackling partridges.

Catch flashes of yellow amongst the canopy tops & hear the distinctive “weeliwoo” of the Golden Oriole’s, and the chattering of Bee Eaters on the wing.

The sun creeps on and the temperature rises, cicadas screech reaching fever pitch by mid day.

Take shade under a large cork oak, and view a scene from a spaghetti western as the huge Griffon Vultures circle high above on the days thermals.

Lizards dart on the dry leaf litter while giant ants busy themselves with leaves & insect highways.

The searing heat beats down by mid afternoon and the world takes refuge in shady spots to doze off that Spanish lunch.

Later, cool off with iced Mojitos as the western sun reluctantly creeps over the very same rocky outcrop it fiercely lit earlier that morning.

Bats move in to encircle the camp, working hard to clear the air of insects.

Dusk comes quickly now, its blanket of unknown changes the familiar, lights of the nearby villages twinkle and the night sky unleashes a blanket of stars.

By midnight the Milky Way rains down light from a million densely packed stars.

The forest by night is a very different place, the hoots of owls and barks of deer are heard above the gentle whistle of crickets.

If you’re lucky you might hear the rustle of wild boar snuffling close by, busy on their nightly earth worm excursions.

Dramatic evening autumn storms saturate the sun parched ground & unleash new life, fire salamanders with their distinct black & yellow dance in the rain, while baby toads that have been hiding out since spring hop about in seeming bewilderment.

Later come the fungi, spectacular variations & colours, from the deadly reds to the giant & delicious parasols reaching 30cm in diameter.

Rising clouds of steam through the valley give it a truly Oriental feel, breathtaking rainbows strike out huge arcs, while bolts of lightening thunder down overhead.

Here is a valley of seasonal contrast, hidden deep in the mountains of Andalucia.

For more information about Cloud House Holidays, please visit our home page.

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Genalguacil is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular villages in La Serrania de Ronda.

Just 20 mins drive away, Cloud House Farm enjoys spectacular views of the village through the different seasons.

The name Genalguacil derives from Genna-Alwacir, meaning Gardens of the Visir, a must visit for any guests at Cloud House.

The village has a bank, church, mini markets, bars & restaurants, of which El Visir owned by our friend Miguel offers some of the most inventive take on traditional Andalucian cuisine, with a choice of locally sourced vegetarian dishes through to wild venison, wild boar, duck and daily fresh seafood. If his food doesn’t wet your appetite, a generous measures of Hendricks Gin certainly will.

There is also a bank, chemist and a limited postal service. A 24hr medical centre is close by in the village of Algatocin.

Genalguacil can easily be reached either from Ronda (45kms) or Estepona (37kms) on the Costa Del Sol, with Malaga airport just 2hrs away.

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Spectacular Hidden River Pools at Cloud House Farm

20 mins Drive from Cloud House Farm

20min Walk From Cloud House Farm - Roman Ruin Bridge River Pool

The Genal valley is literally bursting with some of the most spectacular river pools to be found in Andalucia.

This is the undiscovered eden of Spain, the fact that the Genal Valley is a hot favourite for Spanish tourists down from Madrid is no accident.

Secret hidden riverpools can be discovered while River Walking through the Rio Genal & Rio Almarchal, the latter of which boarders Cloud House Farm on its north side with pools as close as 10 minutes walk away!

These hidden gems can offer total seclusion, and a fabulous opportunity to encounter nature first hand.

Check out our Cloud Adventure page for more information, or alternatively visit Walk Andalucia for river routes.

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