Property of the week: Spain’s quirkiest clifftop house

Property of the week: Spain's quirkiest clifftop house
Casa del Acantilado in Salobreña. Photos:Cumbre Villas and Gilbartolome Architects
As cave dwelling goes, this is about as futuristic as it gets.

The stunning residence perched above the Mediterranean was designed by Madrid-based Gilbartolome Architects in 2016 and is now being offered for sale.

About the property

Built within a 42 degree slope, the three-bedroom cave house spread over two floors, with its infinity pool and stunning sea views is located near Salobreña, in the hills south of Granada on Spain’s southern coast.

It's an unconventional home built on a steep cliff face at the end of a quiet street with a large open plan living space consisting of American style kitchen, dining area and lounge all looking out towards a free-form swimming pool and stunning sea views.

Upstairs, three bedrooms all have uninterrupted views across the sea to the horizon. The property has two bathrooms and 100 square metres of terrace.



Although the property is seemingly tucked away from the world, the picturesque coastal town of Salobrena is just a 5-minute drive away and it's within easy reach of some of the best beaches on the Costa Tropical. 

Salobrena is considered to be one of the best kept secrets with its wonderful, micro climate, you can enjoy the warmest winters on mainland Europe and summers are warm but not too hot.

The property is just a 10 minute drive away to nearest golf course, just a 30 minute drive to Nerja, 45 to Granada, 1 hour and 10 minutes to Malaga airport and less than 1.5 hours to the ski slopes of Sierra Nevada. 

The price: 

It's on the market for a whopping €1.5million, which makes it pretty pricey for what is essentially a cave house. But what price can you really put on 'wow factor'? 

What the architect says: 

“The form of the house and the metallic roof produces a calculated aesthetic ambiguity between the natural and the artificial, between the skin of a dragon set in the ground, when seen from below, and the waves of the sea, when seen from above,” explained the architects Pablo Gil and Jaime Bartolomé.

More photos:

Photo: Gilbartolome Architects


Seen from above the zinc tiles are designed to look like waves.

Photo: Gilbartolome Architects

The external curves give the house the appearance of a dragon emerging from its lair.

Photo: Gilbartolome Architects

Every window boasts a stunning view of the sea and there's even a bath with a view!


For a stunning tour of the property watch this video made by architectural photographer Jesús Granada.


The property is being offered by Cumbre Villas. Call +34 958 611 809 for more details or visit the website.

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