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
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
old cities. Inland Andalucia is particularly beautiful - a province
rich with a fine historic and natural heritage.
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hotels in Andalucia and Murcia - the south of Spain
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Small hotels in Andalucia
Mojacar ( eastern Andalucia)
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.
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.
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
the Spanish call a "hostal", which just means a simple no-frills hotel,
with simple no-frills prices.
( at the southern tip of Spain)
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.
de la Frontera,
near Jerez, Andalucia
is a converted fifteenth century manor with 12 rooms, between Jerez and
the Sierra de Grazalema natural park. The hotel has the
ECEAT label for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism. Its restaurant
serves local and home-produced produce. An authentic Spanish hacienda.
de la Frontera,
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.
- 20 km inland from Malaga
Cerro de Hijar
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.
(Almeria) - Cabo
de Gata natural park
Rural Los Palmitos
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.
Rocio (Huelva) -
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
Rural Las Terrazas de la Alpujarra **
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
hotels in Murcia
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
(Totana,) Parque Natural
Paraje de la Santa
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.
Natural Sierra Espuña, Murcia,
el Cejo - Guest House
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.