Casas Karen is a unique eco-friendly getaway located on one of Spain’s most beautiful and less discovered coastlines: the Costa de la Luz, which is named for its extraordinary light. We are located in the small beach town of Los Caños de Meca, just off the site where the Battle of Trafalgar took place in 1805.

Casas Karen pays tribute to life on the Costa de la Luz long before the tourists arrived comprising a collection of chozas (traditional, thatched straw houses) that were typical to the region in the eighteenth century, as well as converted farm buildings and scattered throughout our untamed, native gardens.

“Bored of the rat race? Yearning to shed the shackles of conformity? Break out the tie-dye and head for one of our alternative hotspots”.

Sarah Turner and Alison Tyler - The Guardian

We hope you’ll find it a place to rest, rewind and recharge and get a taste of the real Costa de la Luz.


What you should know about our Houses and Eco Houses for Rent

Philosophy of Casas Karen

“Getting back to basics”. We do everything we can to look nurture and protect the beautiful environment that surrounds us.

Our holistic approach to gardening lets nature do what it does best with just a little help from us in terms of pruning and tidying. We don’t use any chemicals on the land, and you will find abundant native species of herbs, flowers, trees and bushes as well as birds, insects and a couple of friendly local chameleons.

Our wild, natural gardens include shady spots for relaxing in a hammock, flower-filled meadows for picnics and scenic walks across unspoiled countryside.

The beach is 5 to 10 minutes walk away, and the famed Pinos Piñoneros, or ‘magic mountain’ as Karen calls it – a giant sand dune bristling with umbrella pine trees, delicately scented with lavender and rosemary, that rises up straight out of the back of the property – is great fun for ‘sand surfing’.

We are “Dog Friendly”

Staying at Casas Karen with Pets

We usually accept pets, however this depends on the dates and occupancy in the other accommodations. Please ask for availability.

For conditions regarding bringing your Pets click here and Scroll to the bottom

Maintaining the houses and chozas (glamping)

We use ecological and traditional cleaning products like vinegar where possible. In all of the houses you will find green products for washing up and cleaning, and eco balls are available from the office for the washing machine. Ecological paint has been used in the interiors of the all the properties and we kindly ask our clients to bring ecological toiletries with them.

Caring for the land and gardens

No chemicals are used on the land and we have a small vegetable and herb plot. We ask all guests to recycle their organic waste, such as raw fruit (not citrus fruit) and vegetables in our composter located behind the office. If you are unsure of what can be composted and what cannot, please consult the list in your rental accommodation and on the compost bin. We also shred the branches and trimmings of plants for use on the ground to prevent erosion and water loss due to evaporation.

Water conservation

Andalucia suffers with drought and we kindly ask guests not to waste water: don´t leave taps running, shower rather than bath, etc. For the purposes of watering we have two purification tanks and we also have our own well, which supplies the houses and chozas with water for washing etc. You cannot drink the tap water.


Flora and fauna

Within Casas Karen and our surroundings we have a wide variety of wild and native species including chameleons and other types of animal. Please respect their habitat and leave it as you find it.


¡Hola! / Hello!

Somos el Equipo de Casas Karen ¿tienes alguna duda o quieres hacer una reserva en Casas Karen? Estamos aquí para ayudarte.

Casas Karen Team here, do you have any questions or want to make a reservation at Casas Karen? We are here to help you.

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