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
"urbanizacion" 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
old cities. Inland Andalucia is particularly beautiful - a province
rich with a fine historic and natural heritage.
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- provinces méditerranéennes
lists small hotels
with character, hotels and other guest accommodation offering a quiet
travellers. In Spain, the iHi guide includes a variety of hotels
ranging from small "hostales" to rather luxurious boutique
hotels, including some specifically ecofriendly or green hotels.
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travellers and hotel owners.
Mediterranean coastal provinces
from Catalonia to Andalucia
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Small hotels in Andalucia
Salobrena, Costa Tropical
The ** Hostal
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.
Near Tarifa, Andalucia
( 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.
Arcos de la Frontera,
near Jerez, Andalucia
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
ECEAT label for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism. Its restaurant
serves local and home-produced produce. An authentic Spanish hacienda.
Vejer 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.
Tolox - 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.
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.
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.
price KEY - Légende
Not expensive : good value for money.
Pas cher / bon rapport
Rooms generally over 100 € per night. Chambres doubles
habituellement les 100 € par nuit
. Not for
looking for budget accommodation.
with no price marker are in between. Les hôtels sans
sont entre les deux
Rates may vary according
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Hotel with swimming pool. Hôtel avec piscine
a rural location. Cadre
Environment-friendly green hotel - hôtel vert
hotels in Valencia
and Murcia, central Mediterranean coast and Balearics
Costa Blanca - Valencia
La Madrugada *** This hotel
is the opposite of most hotels along the Costa Blanca. Though located
between Denia and Benidorm, it seems a world away from the tower blocks
of the resorts. With seven rooms and one suite, this is a stylish villa
in the hills, with pool, tennis court and views to the sea, a quiet
out-of-the-way hotel for a relaxing break. AP7 motorway exit
- Ebro delta - near Amposta,
L'Algadir del Delta *** ;
hotel (European eco-label) located in a small village in the Ebro delta
nature reserve. A modern family-run hotel with ten rooms, and a
restaurant serving local produce and local specialities. Bicycle hire,
picnic service. Easy access to the unspoilt beaches of the Delta (there
are no big hotels in the Natural park area).
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.
Espuña near TotanaMurcia
of Santa Eulalia
a quality hotel in a former XVIth century
monastery in the Sierra
Espuña park. The historic and typically Spanish buildings
converted into a refined modern hotel, with swimming pool, fitness
centre, restaurant and air-conditioning. Free wifi and free parking.
Excellent base for exploring the Sierra Espuña park on foot,
by car or
Small hotels in Catalonia,
including Pyrenees and Costa Brava
Husa Sant Bernat
in the Montseny National Park, in the hills
Barcelona, and is an oasis of peace and calm compared to the city.
Friendly staff, good food, and wonderful views that get mentioned in
many reviews. 10 miles north of AP7 motorway exit 11. The 3
star rating does not do this place justice, though the three-star
prices represent excellent value for money.
good and calm independent hotel or guest house in France, Spain, Italy
or the UK.
If you run or have stayed
a small independent hotel that you think ought to be in this directory,
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size: 40 rooms, or slightly more in urban locations. Given the
structure of the hotel industry in Spain, and the lack of truly
independent character hotels in a number of historic city centres,
Guide for Spain includes some hotels that belong to small chains
specialising in distinctive urban hotels .
you run a hotel and would like to submit it for approval by iHi, send
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