Travel challenge: A Spanish villa with a pool in August

Every week, we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a week's holiday in Spain in the second week of August. Prices are per villa, based on six people sharing.

Vintage Travel

£1,695: Casa Manué, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia Includes rental of the three-bedroom villa at Conil de la Frontera, commencing 6 August. Travel to Spain is not included.

"This charming property – of open-plan design – has its own private pool, in-built barbecue and enclosed garden of lawn and flower beds. It is reached via a country lane through a pretty, wooded area of pine and eucalyptus, plus it is just a 10-minute drive to the sandy coves and beaches of the Costa de la Luz," says Stephen Ellison of Vintage Travel (01954 261431; ).


£4,494: Villa Marina, Costa Blanca, Valencia Includes rental of the three-bedroom villa commencing 7 August, car hire and flights from Gatwick (for six people).

"Villa Marina, as the name suggests, has great sea views from the terrace and pool area. The location is ideal for those looking for a quiet 'get away from it all'-type holiday," says Mark Russell at Thomson (0871 231 3235; ).

Colours of Spain

€560: Venta del Charco, Cordoba, Andalucia

Includes rental of a three-bedroom villa in an authentic "white village" in the Sierra Morena mountains, commencing 7 August; plus a welcome gift of Spanish wine and tapas and an afternoon outing by horse and cart to the Sierra de Cardeña y Montoro Natural Park. Travel to Spain is not included.

"Despite being on the main Madrid-Cordoba route, the area is very unspoilt. I would recommend this for anyone who likes nature, walking and visiting monumental towns like Motoro and Cordoba. The area is famous for cured ham and wild game," says Linda Napoleon at Colours of Spain (00 34 918417305; ).