Following the motorway from Granada to the Mediterranean coast, we come to the Lecrín Valley, leaving Sierra Nevada, its National Park and the Alpujarra to the East. 38 kms from Granada and about 15 minutes from the A44, is Restábal in the municipality of El Valle, which also includes the neighbouring villages of Melegís and Saleres.
The Valley’s situation on the southern side of Sierra Nevada, open to the sea along the gorge of the River Guadalfeo, together with the altitude, explains the fact that it is possible to cultivate avocados, oranges, lemons, walnuts, almonds and olives etc. in the same area. A micro climate that softens the winters and summers of Granada.
Twenty five minutes south of the Lecrín Valley is the Mediterranean Sea. This downhill journey from the ski slopes of Sierra Nevada to the beaches of Motríl and Salobreña will have taken only about 70 minutes.
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Lecrín Valley holds countless attractions for visitors. At the same time, it is an ideal base for visiting the city of Granada, Las Alpujarras (of Granada and of Almeria) and the Costa Tropical.
Eighteen, small, white villages nestle on the slopes of the Lecrín Valley, all of them witnesses to their Moorish origins but each with its own particular character and charm. The villagers are friendly and helpful, proud of their villages, they are pleased to chat to visitors.
The village of Restábal (493 inhabitants) is situated at an altitude of 538m, 35 minutes from Granada, 25 minutes from la Alpujarra and 55 from the ski slopes of Sierra Nevada. It only takes about 25 minutes to reach Motril or Salobreña, on the coast. The village is located on high ground above the Rivers Santo and Durcal that merge to become the River Izbor, this in turn flows into the Beznar Dam just below the traditional terraces and orange groves that surround Restábal.
Outdoor activities include walks of varying lengths or more ambitious, guided treks in Sierra Nevada, horseback excursions, canyoning, abseiling, golf, bird watching and visits to the wetlands, castles, wineries, and oil mills. Visitors to the Lecrín Valley and the neighbouring Sierra Nevada Natural Park will be surprised to discover such varied and interesting flora and fauna. A walker’s paradise with myriad trails and routes to follow in every direction, you can begin to discover some of the Lecrín Valley Walking Routes here The long distance, international, walking route, GR7-E4, from Athens to Tarifa passes through Restábal, almost on the doorstep of Casa Tagomago..
Local markets, car boot sales, fairs and fiestas are also plentiful. Don’t forget to try the local food and, of course, the traditional tapas.
The nearest restaurant, Mesón Despensa del Valle, is 200 metres from your Lecrín Valley holiday villa. Family run with home cooking, they also have a typical Spanish bar with very good tapas. Only a 5 minute walk from theCasa Tagomago, set in a charming, private garden is the award winning Thai Elephant Restaurant run by Dao and her daughter Natasha. In Melegís about 10 minutes’ walk, 1.2km. approx. there are two more good restaurants, Los Naranjos with a marvellous terrace and good local cuisine with a modern slant, the other Puerta del Valle offers excellent steaks as well as local dishes.
Two small but well stocked supermarkets, a tobaccanist and a chemist, as well as two more bars provide all the basic services one might need. Local bakers, butchers and fishmongers visit daily in their little vans offering their wares. The village community centre has internet access with a printer if needed. In nearby Dúrcal a typical, village market is held each Wednesday and there are other shops and large supermarkets as well.