Malutka's Andalucian Grotto

Baza, Granada, Andalucia, Southern Spain
Guests: 6       Wifi: available       Pets? Strictly no pets allowed

about the property

A fabulous Andalusian cavehouse grotto, with an amazing interior that will take your breath away. The best self-catering holiday cottage in Baza, Granada and a wonderful base for exploring a fascinating area. Great low-price too!

Named by the Sunday Times as one of Europe's finest holiday properties, and the only Cave House in their Top 50 'Sensational Villas' list!

'A cave decked out in kitschy Moroccan style may not be for everyone, but we love the quirky charm of the place, as well as the vine-covered patio, rooftop terraces and stirring views. We love the price, too. There’s no pool, but you can swim at Lake Negratin.' Sunday Times

This original cave house is a fantastic grotto which has been sympathetically restored and enjoys a quirky, homely interior that we love. It even has an outdoor bath with mountain views for cooling off on hot days. Full of natural character, charm and style, the house has been furnished and decorated throughout in a rustic, kitsch Andalucian/Moroccan style that made us feel instantly at home. Great for families, and affordably priced, staying here is a holiday experience to remember. Inside is a cave (surprisingly light and airy!) and upstairs are two roof terraces, and a tortoise garden patio to front.

The house is situated in the Cuevas del Cerrico (cave house) quarters above the traditional Spanish town of Baza. From the front, its elevated position affords fabulous views over the town to the countryside and mountains beyond; whilst the back of the property borders onto rural land, dotted with farmhouses and abandoned cave dwellings. .

Although the cave house quarter has all the advantages of a sleepy village, it is only a 15 minute walk from the town centre. Here one can find a plethora of tapas bars, restaurants, shops and several decent sized supermarkets. There is an open air market every Wednesday and a car boot sale on Sunday.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, there are several pony trekking centres, the beautiful Lake Negratin (with thermal baths) and the Sierra de Baza national park. This area is also a bird watcher's paradise. Larger towns seaside resorts and, of course, the city of Granada are all within easy driving distance. The Cave House is an ideal base for exploring Andalucia, although once you've experienced the cosy interior, you may decide to hibernate with a good book and a decent Rioja. Extra photos.

Because they are deep in the rock, cave houses enjoy a constant temperature year round of 13>18 degrees - being naturally cool in summer, not requiring air conditioning. You can pre-order delicious homemade meals direct with the owners and they'll cook ready for your arrival (or during your stay).



latest review

"Absolutely wonderful! The cavehouse, the decor, the patio, the view, the location, the tortoises...everything...what was particularly good was that everything was easily accessible on foot, and that...

1 July 2014

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£412.00 (based on two staying)
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£624.00 (based on two staying)
strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double, Double, Single, Extra bed (single)

facilities at Malutka's Andalucian Grotto

wifi broadband available
young children welcome
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
television and reception
cleaning services
washing machine

map - location

travel info

We can put you in touch with a good, reliable English-speaking taxi guy who lives locally who (if available) will collect you from the airport etc. Arrange direct with Tony. Once there you can walk to bars and restaurants and shops, but you'll probably want a car in any case. 


  • Granada - 113km - approx. 1hr 10 mins drive (BA flies to London City, Easyjet flies to Gatwick)
  • Almeria - 153 km - approx. 1 hr 40 mins drive (many inc. Jet2 who fly to Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, East Midlands & Newcastle)
  • Murcia (St Javier) 223 km - approx 2hr 30 mins drive 
  • Alicante - 248 km - approx 2hr 30 mins drive (Ryanair and many others)
  • Malaga - 230km - approx 2hr 30 mins drive (Ryanair and many others)

There are buses from all the above airports though you may find a hire car more useful. This website is good for buses. Please check arrival time when booking flight as it is not always possible to reach Baza the same day. The bus station has good links to Granada and Guadix.

Skyscanner is a good start for looking for flights as there are literally dozens of operators that service these airports beyond the well-known Ryanair etc.

in detail

This grotto-like cave house with its higgledy piggledy maze of rooms comprises the following. Wifi works in most rooms, and bedlinen is pure cotton:

  • Kitchen - well equipped with fridge, gas cooker, microwave, electric toaster, coffee machine and electric kettle
  • Breakfast room - Featuring original fireplace (now electric) and terracotta tiled floor - Small round table with chairs
  • Sitting room - This cosyroom has been designed in the style of a Moroccan salon. TV with UK channels. DVD player and some DVDs and some CDs. Chess set and games.
  • Dining room - Table and chairs, with window overlooking vine-covered patio
  • Bathroom - Full sized bath and shower over. Loo and wash hand basin. Hairdryer.
  • Double Bedroom - double bed - leading to small, private, feature cave room
  • Family room - Double bed and single bed with delightful mosaic mirror work above the bed.
  • Single bedroom - Single bed with Moroccan stucco work
  • Storeroom - There is a fridge freezer and additional equipment stored
  • Utility room: Washing machine, tumble drier, iron and ironing board


  • Patio - In summer, this vine covered area provides a shady place to sit and relax or have a barbeque. A family of friendly tortoises have their own enclosure in the shade.
  • Roof terraces - There are two roof terraces which offer open views across the village and to the mountains. They are accessed via a loft ladder (could be dangerous for young children, those with mobility problems, or a fear of heights).
  • Outdoor bath with views for dipping in on hot days (on top roof terrace).
  • On-street parking (extremely quiet road only used by neighbours)

local area

  • Baza town: 5 mins walk to several restaurants including several Spanish, Chinese and Italian, or tapas bars.
  • Indoor swimming pool: Approx 5 min. drive away
  • Museum: Approx 10 min walk
  • Ancient Arab baths: Approx 5/10 mins walk
  • Guadix (48km from Baza – forty minute drive along motorway) Troglodyte cave houses and outdoor market on Saturday
  • Castril (48km from Baza) Gorge walk at the foothills of this village is a must.
  • Lake Negratin (15 minute drive) with geothermal baths, shingle beach with pedalos and restaurants
  • Sierra de Baza (40km from Baza, about a forty five minute drive) a natural park with mountain/forest walks
  • Cuevas del Campo (29km from Baza about a thirty five minute drive)
  • Granada (100km from Baza 1hr 10 mins) & famous Alhambra palace
  • Vera water park (100km - 1hr 10 mins)

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customer reviews for Malutka's Andalucian Grotto

"Absolutely wonderful! The cavehouse, the decor, the patio, the view, the location, the tortoises...everything...what was particularly good was that everything was easily accessible on foot, and that Baza is accessible by public transport - we did the whole holiday without a car." Susan, Sean, Serin & Madog

1 July 2014

'The cave house is a world apart - a living work of art, with treasures to discover in every nook and cranny, yet comfortable, well equipped and you feel instantly at ease. It is wonderfully decorated, sympathetically restored and arranged very well for a family to stay in. We were blessed with hot, sunny weather, and found the patio garden to be an absolute treat in the evenings (drinking Spanish brandy!) as the garden is filled with scented plants and flowers, has lots of quirky wind-chimes and decorations, and is lit up tastefully with a variety of coloured lightings. The tortoise garden is a fun addition! We loved everything about the cavehouse.'

1 July 2014

"Stepping inside the gates of the garden we felt instantly at home. The cave house is a feast for the senses, scrupulously clean and brilliantly equipped for either a fun family holiday or a romantic retreat. Our teenaged daughters loved it. The furnishings and ornaments inside are fascinating - and looking at everything is a treat in itself. We have never been happier with our accommodation. I defy anyone with a sense of fun, a passion for collecting and who is looking for accommodation out of the ordinary not to like the cave house. The surrounding countryside is spectacular and driving round the mountains a must. A fabulous and fun family holiday!"

1 July 2014
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