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 Catalonia and Valencia
The two northern provinces - or autonomous communities - of Spain's Mediterranean coast are not quite like the rest of Spain; here, the main language is not Castillian Spanish, but Catalan or the slightly different Valencian. Virtually everyone understands and speaks Spanish too, and the further south you go, the less of the regional languages you will here. But take care when driving, road signs and place names may be in two languages, or in Catalonia, only in Catalan.
   The coastal strip of these two provinces is in general highly developed, with an intensive tourism industry. But here and there, specially where the hills come down to the sea, there are some beautiful unspoilt places to be found. As for the hinterland, generally dry hills and pine forests, most of it is off the tourist trail, except for part of the Spanish Pyrenees.

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Small hotels in Valencia and Balearics

  • Benissa, Costa Blanca  
      Hotel 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 63.
  • Ebro delta - near Amposta, Valencia
    Hotel L'Algadir del Delta *** ;
    Eco-friendly 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).
  • Valencia - historic centre
    Hotel Caro ***** €€€  ; 
    Small luxury hotel in a quiet street in the centre of Valencia; 26 rooms, restaurant, bar and terrace. The hotel boasts an eclectic array of architectural features, including a Roman mosaic, mediaeval walls, and a 19th century facade. Friendly staff; excellent location close to the cathedral. Paid parking nearby.
  • Valencia - seafront location
    Hotel Sol Playa **  €  
    Friendly budget hotel right on the beach. Bus and tram stops a short walk away for easy access to city centre. 37 rooms. Clean basic accommodation, friendly staff. Good value for money. Plenty of restaurants nearby.

Small hotels in Catalonia, including Pyrenees and Costa Brava

  • Palella de Calafrugell, Costa Brava,   
    Hotel Sant Roc *** €€€   Traditional family-run hotel set in gardens on a small hill overlooking the sea and the small unspoilt resort of Calella. 47 rooms, restaurant, wonderful sea views; easy access to the sea, free car parking. Friendly and welcoming staff, very good breakfasts.   
  • Tamariu, Costa Brava,   
    Hotel Tamariu *** Small 17-room  family-run hotel in one of the few traditional former fishing villages on the Costa Brava. Lovely seaside location, good restaurant, helpful staff and a friendly welcome. Excellent value for money.
  •   Montseny, near Barcelona,   
    La Husa Sant Bernat *** €€€  lies in the Montseny National Park, in the hills north of 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.

The iHi SPAIN independent hotel guide comprises a carefully selected choice of small hotels and guest 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 value for money
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€€€ Rooms generally over 100 € per night. Not for travellers looking for budget accommodation.
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The iHi SPAIN independent hotel guide lists small hotels with character, hotels and other guest accommodation offering a quiet and relaxing environment to travellers. In Spain, the iHi guide includes a variety of friendly and authentically Spanish hotels ranging from small "hostales" - generally offering great value for money - to  luxury boutique hotels, including some specifically ecofriendly or green hotels.
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