Sports and Nature
The El Rancho farmhouse is situated in natural surroundings, completely off the beaten track, and accessed by a dirt road of just over 1 km.
Though it belongs to the municipality of Cóbdar, the farmhouse is closer to the village of Albanchez (Almería) — about 5 km — and sits on a 500-hectare estate, surrounded by olive and almond groves, pines and Maquis scrubland. El Rancho is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature.
There are two ways to get to the farmhouse: via the mountain route from the A-1100 (1 km), or from Albanchez along the Rambla del Paulí (4 km). Both routes are dirt roads, so an appropriate vehicle — not too low — is recommended.
The house is powered exclusively by solar energy and is the perfect choice for lovers of nature and swimming, with a semi-Olympic size pool (20 m x 10 m). Water flows continuously into the pool from a natural spring situated on the estate and is not treated with any chemicals (chlorine free). Our commitment to the environment is clear.
There are several walking trails around the estate and the surrounding area, which is also perfect for cyclists, with road and off-road (MTB) routes.
The farmhouse is situated at the foot of the La Virgen mountain pass (1200 m), a little-used road now popular with cycling teams for training purposes.
Bird lovers will find El Rancho the perfect place for birdwatching. The biodiversity of the surroundings, with their characteristic and abundant flora and fauna, are our greatest asset.
Maximum of 6 guests
Special arrangements can be made for larger groups
Garden, garden furniture, outdoor pool, barbecue, parking
Microwave, shared bathrrom, woodstove, kitchen, dining room, living room, television and DVD player
Firewood, restaurant nearby, pets welcome, available New Year's Eve
Off the beaten track, 4 km from the nearest village
The semi-Olympic size of the pool makes it spectacular. Water flows continuously into the pool from a natural spring situated on the estate and is not treated with any chemicals (chlorine free), demonstrating our commitment to caring for the environment.
The soothing views invite reflection and, when night falls, the relaxation is absolute.
- Outside views
The natural terrain that surrounds the farmhouse and the labours of the people who have lived and worked here have combined to create a unique landscape full of contrasts that provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy these wide open spaces.
Feel free to walk the different trails around the land — we will point them out to you when you arrive.
Cycling: Cycling routes
Walking, mountain biking - MTB
Walks of discovery
Visit underground caves and grottos
Barbecue in the open air
... and in good company
Albanchez, Líjar, Cóbdar, Chercos...
4 x 4 routes
For lovers of off-road exploring
For explorers and lovers of outdoor sports and nature
Tarabilla Europea O Comun
Polla De Agua
Places of Interest
Village nestled at the foot of an impressive mountain quarried for its white marble
The Macael marble quarries span an area of over 600 hectares in the centre of the province of Almería, at the edge of the Sierra de Los Filabres.
An apparently arid, barren landscape conceals one of Andalusia's most spectaular sights: a subterranean world created by the dissolving action of water over thousands of years.
Surely one of the most attractive villages in the province of Almería.
Religious space dedicated to the Virgen de la Cabeza, symbol of the Sierra de Los Filabres and cornerstone of the local region.
The hottest, driest race track in Europe. For motorcycles, racing cars, manufacturers and product launches.
Centre for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT), the largest research, development and testing centre in Europe.
The largest astronomical observatory in mainland Europe, situated on a plateau at a height of 2,168 metres at the highest point of the Sierra de Los Filabres.
One of the prettiest of Andalusia's 'white villages' in the Moorish tradition, situated on the Almerían coast.