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Small hotels in Andalucia and Murcia - the south of Spain   

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Coastal Andalucia Inland Andalucia Murcia

Small hotels in Andalucia

a) Coastal Andalucia
  • Near Mojacar ( eastern Andalucia)
    €€€ The Casa Rural Mi Abuela hotel *** is a small hotel built in traditional spanish style, in the hills just a mile from the coast. Very good reviews. In a peaceful location well away from the massive developments around Mojacar, this hotel offers easy access to quiet beaches and hiking trails. Macenas golf course is less than five minutes away.
  • Mojacar white village  ( eastern Andalucia)
     €   the Hostal El Olivar is in the historic heart of Mojacar village, by the Plaza Arbollon and the Plaza Fronton. The hostal is in a tastefully renovated old traditional house, and gets excellent user-reviews. Clean, comfortable, great value, and a friendly welcome from the hostal's French owners. Easy access to the beach.
  •  €   Salobrena, Costa Tropical  (south of Granada)
    The ** Hostal Jayma Salobrena lies in the heart of old Salobrena, among narrow streets of white houses. It's the Spanish coast as it ought to be, i.e. Spanish. The hotels is small, simple, cheap, clean and friendly, and gets excellent reviews from people who have stayed there. The Jayma is what the Spanish call a "hostal", which just means a simple no-frills hotel, with simple no-frills prices.
  • Near Tarifa, Andalucia  ( at the southern tip of Spain)
     €   The La Torre hotel ** is about 10 km north of Tarifa, the most southerly point in Europe,  and lies just a few yards from lovely sandy beaches in this rare unspoilt part of the Spanish coast. A simple old fashioned Spanish hotel, clean and friendly and with good food. The hotel is also close to the Los Alcornocales Natural Park.
  • Arcos de la Frontera, near Jerez,  Andalucia  
     The Hacienda el Santiscal 
      is a converted fifteenth century manor with 12 rooms, between Jerez and the Sierra de Grazalema natural park. The hotel has the European ECEAT label for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism. Its restaurant serves local and home-produced produce. An authentic Spanish hacienda.
  • Vejer de la Frontera, Andalucia  
    The Hotel la Casa del Califa is a charming intimate hotel in the heart of the mediaeval quarter of this old Andalusian "ciudad blanco" or white town, half way between Cadiz and Algeciras. The hotel boasts a terrace with wonderful views.
  • Tolox - 20 km inland from Malaga
    The Hotel Cerro de Hijar *** 
    stands in a hilltop location in the Sierra de la Nieves natural park, a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve. 18 rooms, pool, restaurant. Eco-friendly hotel offering local food and vegetarian dishes Andalucia Natural parks green label.
  • Near San José (Almeria) - Cabo de Gata natural park
    The Hospederia Rural Los Palmitos ** 
    is located within the protected area of the Cabo-de-Gata natural park: bar, terrace, b&b rooms or self catering studios. Restaurants nearby. Bicycle hire. Easy access to the protected beaches and hiking trails of the park.
  • El Rocio (Huelva) - 
     €   The Hostal Rural La Fonda Del Rocio *  Simple clean and friendly small hotel in the centre of this remarkable small white town, famous for its pilgrimage sanctuary, its horses and its Andalucian cowboys. On the edge of Doñana National Park. Authentic Spanish - some say Wild West  - atmosphere. 20 rooms, restaurants nearby . Beaches 7 miles

b) Inland Andalucia
  • Bubion, Alpujarras
     €  Hostal Rural Las Terrazas de la Alpujarra ** 
     Very good value at this traditional hostal in one of the less touristy "white villages" of the Alpujarras, in the Sierra Nevada national park. Garden, terraces, wonderful views. Restaurants close by
  • Cazorla, 
     €    Hotel Guadalquivir **  Excellent value in this spotlessly clean family-run hotel in Cazorla. Well off the beaten track, Cazorla and nearby la Iruela are gems, old Andalucian towns clinging to the slopes of the Sierra de Cazorla behind - a large nature reserve. Cazorla is also famous for its olive oil, reputedly among the best in Spain.
  • Cordoba, 
    Hospederia De El Churrasco ***  Small reasonably priced boutique hotel in historic building in the narrow streets of old Cordoba, just 250 metres from the Mezquita. Top reviews.
  • Granada, 
    Hotel Puerta de la Granadas * ; Great location on the small street leading up to the Alhambra from the Plaza Nueva. Can arrange Alhambra visit tickets even when they are sold out on Internet. Good base for exploring old Granada, the Albaycin and the Alhambra. Staff friendly and helpful, rooms clean and neat, but some are a bit small
  •  €   Granada, 
    Hotel Almona ** ; If you want a cheap hotel in a reasonably quiet location in central Granada, this is a good choice. A fairly basic simple two star hotel that is fairly well reviewed. No frills, no restaurant, but plenty of places to eat close by. An easy base from which to explore Granada on foot.
  •  €   Grazalema, southern Andalucia
    Hotel Puerta de la Villa **** ; a four-star hotel at two star prices, in the centre of Grazalema, a delightful "pueblo blanco" or white village 20 km from Ronda, in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. This small town is well off the beaten track, and a great spot from which to explore the spectacular scenery and the wildlife of the surrounding area.

Small hotels in  Murcia

  • Calabardina, on the coast
     €  Hotel Al-Sur  Small hotel 5 minutes from the sea in quiet location in this small resort with no high-rise hotels. Homely and friendly welcome. The coast in this southern part of Murcia province is relatively undeveloped, and the Puntas de Calnegre natural park, with its small quiet beaches, is close by.  Four miles from AP7 motorway exit 866

  • Aledo (Totana,) Parque Natural Paraje de la Santa 
      Monasterio de Santa Eulalia  
    Near Aledo, 8 miles - but a world away - from Exit 620 (Totana, Aledo) on E15 - A7 motorway.  Four star hotel with  two or three star prices. Away from the crowded coast, this hotel in a former monastery is in a very peaceful location in the Paraje de la Santana natural park. Lots of hiking and cycling opportunities. Good value, good restaurant, 35 rooms. 
  •  Parque Natural Sierra Espuña, Murcia, 
    Bajo el Cejo - Guest House   Just an hour inland from the seaside at Mazarron, this three star guest house is located in the heart of a regional park. The buildings have been lovingly and painstakingly renovated to provide a great base for hiking, mountain biking, or enjoying the wild scenery or the pool. Excellent reviews except from people who don't like steep tracks.

Andalucia & Murcia
It has often been said that Mediterranean Spain is one long ribbon development, stretching from the French border to the straits of Gibraltar. And to a large extent this is true. Unfettered and in places excessive development has ravaged mile upon mile of a once beautiful coast, and today the attractive parts of Spanish Mediterranean coastline are often hard to find. There are still a few unspoilt parts along this coast waiting for those who travel with a map and a guidebook.
   But go a few kilometres inland, and in most places it is a different story. Outside the areas of intensive agriculture - industrial scale citrus groves and kilometres of plastic hothouses turning out hydroponic tomatoes and other vegetables 365 days a year,  there are many areas of outstanding beauty, mountains and old cities. Inland Andalucia is particularly beautiful - a province rich with a fine historic and natural heritage.
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