Slip into a different world, just minutes from the busy road: space, peace and far-reaching mountain views. A handful of houses; in the distance, the sea. So calming, it’s possible you never stir from your vine-shaded patio. The two blinding-white Andalusian-style houses are prettily hung with geraniums and overlook a shared pool, edged with pots of ferns, and a garden of wild olive and carob trees. Inviting shady spaces let you follow the changing light all day as it plays across the mountains. Inside your little home – it is tiny – the simple, beamed living space squeezes in sofa and table (Los Olivos has a log fire), colourful pottery on a dresser, copper pans on the wall, a slip of a kitchen in the corner. (This is a place for easy cooking, or eating out; 15 minutes’ drive.) Bedrooms are cool with rough-cast walls, terracotta floors and rustic furniture; the no-frills shower-room does the job. Long-time resident Maureen (plus two friendly dogs) lives discreetly nearby and is quietly proud of her houses and garden. You come here to be outdoors; walks, beaches (15 minutes), books by the pool. Simple relaxation.