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Would I be mad to hire villa on the Costa del sol without air con in August?

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hattymattie Mon 07-Jan-13 21:09:53

Just this really. We're restricted to August and have seen a nice villa with pool in Salobrena (actually I think that's the Costa Tropical) but no air con. I'm worried I won't sleep for a fortnight. (I do need my sleep).

hattymattie Thu 17-Jan-13 20:14:05

I've got a villa in alumencar - with air con so hopefully should be OK smile. It's true the traditional stone houses are cooler - thick walls and the traditional provencial houses in the south of france have 2 or 3 layers of tiles on the roof which help keep the heat out.

Something I learned in France - shut shutters and windows on sunny side of the house and open them on the other side. Windows must be shut with shutters as otherwise shutters heat up and heat the room even more. This is quite effective in keeping the room cool.

diabolo Mon 14-Jan-13 17:54:24

I hadn't thought of that Totally - the villa we use is a traditional type - thick stone walls, small windows, stone floors, so maybe that's why it was OK.

Hulababy Mon 14-Jan-13 17:48:00

I would get air con if you can.

We stayed in SW France last summer, in August, near the Spanish border. It was 40C on the last 3 or 4 days, not much below that before. It was so hot. there was no air con, just a couple of electric fans. It was so hot, it was impossible to sleep. Even leaving all the windows open all night didn't help, nor did closing curtains in the day or anything.

TotallyTopical Mon 14-Jan-13 17:42:02

It might depend on the villa. Spanish houses are designed to stay cool(ish) in the summer with thick, white walls, stone floors, small windows and shutters. If it is designed to appeal to Northern European holidaymakers, it will probably be much less comfortable in summer.

diabolo Mon 14-Jan-13 17:35:01

How funny! Shows how different we all are doesn't it?

Even in 40 degrees in Menorca last July (30+ with 90% humidity at night), I found a fan was more than enough to keep us cool enough to sleep comfortably.

rainbowmagic1974 Sun 13-Jan-13 14:41:07

We stayed in Nerja without air con last year. Never again. The fans blew hot air around the rooms and it made sleeping really difficult. Sorry!

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 12-Jan-13 22:35:42

It's Nerja but it's not far away.

FrameyMcFrame Sat 12-Jan-13 22:15:59

We went to Menorca in august to a villa that had no air con. Was fine.
It was HOT though!
We had ceiling fans in bedrooms which kept us cool enough at night, and a pool which kept us cool in the day. It did have shutters and was right on the sea so a breeze came through a bit at night.

hattymattie Wed 09-Jan-13 19:10:24

Thanks kendodds will investigate. Didn't know this was a possibility.

diabolo Tue 08-Jan-13 10:28:28

From personal experience, as long as you have room fans you should be fine.

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 07-Jan-13 22:27:54

Air Con Rental?

hattymattie Mon 07-Jan-13 21:58:09

OK - that looks an overwhelming No then. Trouble is, I can't find any others that look as nice for the price - or if they are they are already booked!

FortyFacedFuckers Mon 07-Jan-13 21:53:57

Sorry posted to soon.

I wouldn't consider going without air conditioning, many years ago we went on holiday and the air conditioning was shit it was more a fan that blew hot air around the room and it made it unbearable.

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 07-Jan-13 21:49:34

No. But then I hate air con and never allow DH to turn it on. The whole POINT of being on holiday in a hot country is to be hot - isn't it?

FortyFacedFuckers Mon 07-Jan-13 21:47:52

I wouldn't

MmeLindor Mon 07-Jan-13 21:41:33

I was going to say that if it had shutters, it might be bearable.

Without them then I would say no.

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 07-Jan-13 21:39:15

I got married on the Costa Tropical in August - a few of our guests had a non air con villa. One of them had their head in the fridge at night crying grin
Is there any way you can hire portable air con units . Want me to check ?

Waswondering Mon 07-Jan-13 21:37:18

Hmmm. I've noticed the local houses have very small windows .... Or shutters ....

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Mon 07-Jan-13 21:29:08

We went to Mojacar last August and it was very hot every day, well in excess of 30° each day and most evenings it didn't drop much below 27°. I'd go for aircon if at all possible, we had fans in most rooms but they just didn't cut it for us.

hattymattie Mon 07-Jan-13 21:20:20

Was it looks reasonably modern with big windows. No black out curtains or shutters. I was hoping the sea breeze would compensate. sad

Ebayaholic Mon 07-Jan-13 21:19:22

We did Minorca in August without air con and it ruined the holiday. No sleep, sweat running off us while trying to get ready- we didn't use a hair dryer once as it was too hot and didn't bother putting make up on as it just ran straight off. And I need make up!!

Waswondering Mon 07-Jan-13 21:16:36

How big are the windows and are there black out curtains? Stayed in Spain once in sc villa and bedrooms were downstairs and I don't remember frying at night (though June). We kept the curtains closed in the heat of the day and from what I remember it was fine (skips over that it was 12 degrees on car thermometer on way back to airport!)

Bubblegum78 Mon 07-Jan-13 21:13:01

sorry, should say "don't bother" x

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 07-Jan-13 21:12:45

Salobreña is up quite high on the Costa Tropical but it will be bloody hot. I wouldn't do it but I do love my air con.

Bubblegum78 Mon 07-Jan-13 21:12:36

Short answer?

Yes. LOL.

It depends where you are actually, will you be overlooking the sea? (sea breeze) if it's it's in land, do bother, you will fry. (sorry) x

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