If there is such a place as "the real Spain", then much of it must lie
in the centre of this great country. This is Spanish Spain, the vast
dry plateau and
mountains of central Iberia known as the Meseta, the land of Don
Quixote and Cervantes
– and also the part
(with the exception of Madrid) less frequented by foreign tourists.
Central Spain is a great empty upland, dry and cool in winter, dry and
hot in summer. It is a land dotted with hills and plains and
a few cities, several of which are UNESCO world heritage sites. The
historic heritage of cities such as Leon, Salamanca, Avila,
Caceres, Toledo and others, is just part of the attraction of this
quintessentially Spanish part of Spain..
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- Northern Castile, between Burgos
Molino del Canto
is a small ecological hotel in
the mountains of northern Castile.
Complete peace and quiet in this rural location surrounded by natural
park areas. Restaurant serving own and local produce.
trips can be organized. 6 rooms. ECEAT Ecological and agricultural
- Miranda de Ebro, Castilla y Leon
lies just outside the centre of the town of Miranda de Ebro, just to
the west of the river. The hotel offers comfortable rooms, in the
unusual setting of a former convent. Restaurant, free parking. A very
pleasant quiet and relaxing place for stopover on the AP1 / A1 routes
to Madrid or Portugal (Motorway map)
Infanta Isabel :
*** This hotel is located on the Plaza Mayor, a
right in the centre of old Segovia. It is actually part of a small
Spanish chain of urban hotels with character, but has the feel and
qualities of an independent establishment. The 40 guest rooms are
comfortable and clean. Much of central Segovia is traffic free,
hotel access is permitted.
- Salamanca, Castile
Room Mate Vega : *** In spite of the name, this is perhaps
the best centrally located hotel in Salamanca in terms of value for
money. Most reviews are very positive, though some complain of
noise - but noise is inevitable on warm evenings in Spanish cities.
Located in a modernised old building just off the famous Plaza Mayor,
near the old university and the cathedral. Parking available.
- Tiedra, near Tordesillas, Castile
Rural La Casona de Andrea : ****
On the Castilian meseta, this is a recently built eco-hotel, attached
to an equestrian centre and nearby farm school, in the heart of rural
Spain. 16 en-suite rooms, friendly and welcoming staff. Restaurant
offering local produce. 5 km from Spanish A6 motorway
- Southern Aragon, south
Rincón De Navarrete This
hotel is located in in a very quiet village in the hills of southern
Aragon, half way between Saragossa and Valencia, and close to the A23
autovia. The hotel is housed in 17th century buildings,
and offers an
authentic Spanish experience. Wonderful countryside.
Castilla la Mancha
- southern central Spain
San José, housed in buildings that were once a
monastic choir school, is located in a quiet part of the historic
centre of this city 160 km east of Madrid. It has received a lot of
good write-ups from independent travellers.
south of Cuenca
The posada El
Hidalgo de Alarcon is a beautiful family run Inn nestled in
the mediaeval village of Alarcon, half way between Cuenca and Albacete.
lakes, la Mancha
built in the traditional regional style, stands in a rural setting
beside one of the Ruidera lakes in the valley of the
Guadiana River, near the towns of Ossa de Montiel and Ruidera.
- between Madrid and Portugal
Carlos : this is
a small and attractive ** hotel in a recently renovated historic
building in the old centre of Caceres, Extremadura.
Situated in a pedestrian area,
but not far from street parking facilities, this hotel is in easy
walking distance of the "monumental" area of Caceres, a UNESCO world
- Nr Cabeza del Buey, southern
Hotel Rural Gran Maestre:
Wonderful small rural hotel (9 rooms) in an oasis of calm in the La
Serena area of natural beauty. Saturdays often busy. The rooms are in a
forrmer 14th century Templar monastery, adjoining the sanctuary of
Nuestra Señora de Belén. Restaurant.
area is noted for its wildlife, birdlife, and hiking trails. Almorchon
train station 3 km.
comprises a carefully selected choice of small hotels and
accommodation, offering local character in a calm and relaxing
environment . In urban locations, preference is given to traditional
hotels that are not on busy streets. The directory gives
priority to hotels with good visitor reviews and offering good