Category Archives: Hotels

We’ve written about as many of Ronda, and Andalucía’s hotels as we can, with more to follow, so that you can see which hotels are nearest to the sites you most want to see. In Ronda, we are often asked about hotels in the old town, or with views of the El Tajo gorge. In the Serranía we are often asked about the most peaceful hotels with the best walking or nature nearby. In other cities, visitors want to know which are the easiest to reach, with the best facilities. We also have some of the best hotels along the beaches of the Costa del Sol.

Finca Huerta La Laja

Finca Huerta La Laja, La Indiana near Ronda

Actually situated outside Ronda, Finca Huerta La Laja is 1km from the Legion Barracks and Don Benito hotel, and offers easy walking routes to the Cueva del Gato, Benaojan, Montejaque, Montecorto, Acinipo, and of course back to Ronda. The home is within the boundaries of the Grazalema Natural Park, and is a quiet area.

The rental home is part of a family homestead and the owner’s daughter lives onsite in a small apartment, so can offer advice on places to visit or on local walking tracks. She speaks Spanish and English.

Finca Huerta La Laja is an old Andalucian style property with thick stone walls and is decorated in a traditional way for that authentic holiday in Spain. Guests to the Finca could be forgiven they’ve stepped back in time to the era of Ronda’s infamous bandits, and indeed the surrounding land used to be a favourite haunt of rogues who held up travellers for ransom.

Facilities include a large living room with fireplace, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and 4 bedrooms that sleep a total of 8 people. There is also double glazing in all windows, laundry, a large porch surrounding the finca, and in the warmer months a large swimming pool with BBQ.

The garden has a child’s swing, and is an attractive place to enjoy summer days with a variety of established trees including yuccas, oleander, laurel, palm, ivy, love trees, pine, and others. Views of the surrounding farmland and mountains are beautiful, and wonderful photos of Ronda perched on the escarpment can be seen easily.

Pricing as at June 2011 is;

Guests per day per week per fortnight
2-3 60 € 300 € 500 €
4-5 80 € 450 € 850 €
6-8 144 € 785 € 1,440 €

Pets are allowed for just 8 € per day. For more information, call Marina on (+34) 650 428 056 or use the email contact form below.

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Hotel Molino del Puente Ronda ***

The Molino del Puente is an authentic, beautiful family run country hotel, sitting right on the riverside on the ouskirts of Ronda. Elaine and Ian Love together with their 3 daughters, and friendly  helpful staff have made this hotel into a real home from home.

Originally an 18th century Olive mill the Molino del Puente has been lovingly restored into a luxurious, 12 bedroom hotel , complete with swimming pool, cosy lounge, elegant dining area and modern bar area complete with a  terrace overlooking the river.

However, if you fancy getting away from it all the hotel also has a lovely  garden with a cottage feel, that extends along the river bank and its always possible to find a quiet corner to relax and unwind especially after a long days sightseeing or walking in the nearby Serrania de Ronda.

The spacious double rooms all have en suite bathrooms complete with jacuzzis and Moroccan spa baths complete with luxurious handmade soaps,  and extremely comfortable beds. It really is the perfect place for a long weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or to celebrate a special occasion.

The Molino del Puente is also well known in the area for its excellent cuisine,  Ian and Elaine have had many years of experience running hotels and restaurants on the coast, but made their name for high quality cuisine at the Harbour Lights in Cabo Pino. Guests can enjoy a variety of modern Spanish style tapas throughout the day and in the evenings the a la carte menu features the chefs specialities such as lamb en croute with Thai spices or fillets of fresh sea bream with saffron and mussels. If you really want something extra special the chef is also prepared to order in fresh lobsters and prepare them to your choice with prior notice.

Ronda is blessed with many of the regions best wines, and the restaurant boasts an extensive wine list featuring the best of the crop alongside more well known international wines.

Luckily the Molino del Puente is also open to non residents, and is a great place to have a light lunch on the terrace, or a more intimate meal in the evenings. They also have a range of tapas to try out on a Mondays for the bargain price of only 10euros for as many as you like so why not try out the local delights such as Gambas Pil Pil, or a marinated pork stir fry or the more traditional lentils with chorizo.

To reserve a room or for more information call Elaine on +34 952 87 41 64, email or visit


Cortijo la Perla Blanca – Stylish Bed and Breakfast Accomodation

Located outside Ronda on the road to Seville, in the fertile valley known locally as Los Prados, the Cortijo is a gem of an authentic Spanish style Cortijo.

Owners, Dutch couple Erwin and Meinalda are new to the Serrania de Ronda but fell instantly in love with its beauty and above all with the Cortijo itself. Moving from their native Holland the couple have opened up the Cortijo to turn it into a stylish, modern, yet country style bed and breakfast accommodation, with views of the surrounding countryside and the mountains of the Serrania de Ronda.

When you enter the Cortijo the driveway takes you past an immaculate vineyard and on to the landscaped gardens that surround the Cortijo itself. The Cortijo is quintessentially Spanish in style; simple yet elegant, and the large front door opens onto a spacious airy entrance hall, which features a wide marble staircase, that leads onto the upper floors, where the four double ensuite bedrooms are to be found. On the ground floor there’s a spacious lounge / dining room area where guests can relax in the evenings with satellite television on large, comfortable sofas. There is also a large dining table where the ample continental style breakfast is served every morning.

As with many Spanish Cortijos there is a beautiful “Patio Andaluz”  an enclosed courtyard that is dotted with potted lemon trees and flowers. With a relaxing water feature on one wall and acacia trees dotted throughout, its definitely the perfect place to take time out and enjoy the atmosphere of this exquisite piece of  traditional Spanish way of life.

Outside on a raised terrace there is a large pool that has plenty of room for cooling off in the hot summer months and just relaxing on the loungers with a cool drink in hand. It’s also where Erwin and Meinalda will hold weekly barbecue sessions where they plan to treat guests with locally sourced meats, the Serrania is well known for its high quality Iberian pork and wonderful free range beef, all garnished with vegetables from the in-house organic vegetable garden.

The rooms themselves are all spacious double rooms with twin beds and a modern style ensuite bathroom. Each has been individually and tastefully decorated following a subtle colour scheme. There is also air conditioning and heating throughout the Cortijo, so there’s no need to feel the extreme heat in the summer months or the sometimes colder temperatures of winter.

The Cortijo is open all year round for bookings apart from December and January to make a reservation or general enquiries ring  0034 951 166 085 or see the website at


Parador Gibralfaro, Malaga ****

With commanding views of the Mediterranean Ocean, the Parador Gibralfaro Hotel in Malaga is also located just out of the city next to the Gibralfaro Castle, and is the perfect spot to enjoy lazy days by the pool or in the hotel bar. Peace and tranquility is assured as the hotel sits at the end of the cul de sac with little traffic.

In keeping with its ancient surroundings the hotel is constructed of stone to maintain a link with the Alcazaba and old city walls, but borrows from modern architectural styles with large windows in all public spaces. A large swimming pool with excellent views is located on the roof of the Parador Gibralfaro. Landscaped gardens complete the hotel premises, and guests can also make use of the tennis and golf facilities at the Malaga Parador Golf is desired.

As one would expect, all rooms in the Parador Gibralfaro are tastefully decorated in a modern style, the intention being to combine comfort and traditional Andalusian floor tiles. Each room features large beds, free Internet, satellite TV, a safe, and is large enough to spread out without tripping over your luggage.

The hotel restaurant offers indoor and terraced dining, with a selection of tapas or a la carte dishes off the menu. The Parador chain of hotels take pride in preserving traditional local recipes, and the Parador Gibralfaro is no different, with monkfish soup and locally caught fried or grilled fish a specialty.

For visitors planning to spend a few days in Malaga, and why wouldn’t you, after all the city is the second largest in Andalucia with all the trappings of a large city, make sure to visit the Alcazaba in Malaga, the Plaza de Toros, the Picasso Museum, or spend a day at Nerja enjoying the Nerja caves and lunch at the Balcon de Europa.

Hotel Facilities 

38 Rooms Disabled Access Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Internet
Soundproof Rooms Elevator Room Service Laundry/Dry Cleaning
Air Conditioning Central Heating Restaurant Bar

Malaga Parador Gibralfaro Gallery

El Gastor

El Gastor Village Lodgings B&B, El Gastor

Gorgeous little family owned bed and breakfast in one of the Serranía’s prettier villages, El Gastor, around 10 minutes drive from Ronda and conveniently located to explore the natural wonders of the Sierra de Cadiz or the white villages of Andalucia.

El Gastor Village Lodgings bed and breakfast, operated by husband and wife duo Jackie and John McAngus is has two double rooms and a cosy family suite with two rooms, a double and a twin. Rooms are decorated in a variety of lovely styles and if required a baby cot or extra bed can be added.

As a small Andalucia bed and breakfast the lodgings are centred around the main living room where guests are invited to share a glass of wine and a chat, or just watch TV. A sunny terrace is an enjoyable place to relax while watching the sun set on the village.

Free wi-fi Internet is provided throughout the premises, and a small fridge for guest use is provided, as is a laundry service and helpful advice on the best places to explore, or the best walking routes to explore while staying in El Gastor.

Nature enthusiasts particularly love the Serranía de Ronda for the three nearby natural parks, Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves, and Alcornacales. Endemic species of wild orchid are a popular site during spring and autumn, and birdwatchers often discover migratory species without even having to leave the village.

Hotel Facilities

3 Rooms Wireless Internet Parking Nearby Satellite TV
Pets Allowed Hair Dryer Fan in Room Mini Fridge
Laundry Service Coffee/Tea in Room Heating Terrace

El Gastor Village Lodgings Photos

Hotel Arco de la Villa, Zahara de la Sierra

Hotel Arco de la Villa, Zahara de la Sierra **

The Hotel Arco de la Villa sits right on the edge of the mountain in the beautiful white village Zahara de la Sierra, very close to the old Moorish fortress, and surrounded by the Grazalema Natural Park. Built in 1998, the hotel provides comfortable accommodation and views of the lake at Zahara that cannot be matched.

Sixteen double rooms and one single room are offered, all rooms being air conditioned, and include a television, phone, and Wi-Fi Internet. Within the hotel there is a restaurant serving local cuisine, and in the village guests will find a decent range of other restaurants including modern contemporary styles. Reception is manned 24 hours, with staff knowledgeable about the local area.

From the hotel the fortress in Zahara is only metres away with spectacular photo opportunities of the tower, lake, and the white village. Zahara de la Sierra has won national awards for cleanliness and civic pride, and is a delightful village for gentle strolls, and is filled with history at every turn.

In the nearby vicinity, the lake beach can be visited, and a little out of town there is a large swimming pool with picnic areas and its own sandy beach. The Natural Park is all around, and Zahara is a great jumping off point to explore the Garganta Verde gorge and admire the Pinsapar (Abies pinsapo) forests that are unique to the district.

Hotel Facilities

17 Rooms Buffet Breakfast Elevator Wi-Fi Internet
Direct Dial Telephone Parking Nearby Television Air Conditioning
Spectacular Views Central Heating Restaurant Bar

Hotel Puerta de la Villa, Grazalema ****

The Puerta de la Villa is a hotel located at the heart of the old quarter of Grazalema, next to the central plaza, and within close walking distance of the restaurants, sights, and activities that make Grazalema such a popular distination. The exterior of the whitewashed building is distinctly Andalusian in its facade, whilst the interior is decorated with soft colours and tapestries to create an inviting ambience.

A variety of room types are offered from single rooms to a four-person apartment, each of which includes an en-suite bathroom, satellite television, minibar, and direct dial telephone. The hotel does have a restaurant and bar, though Grazalema is known for its local cuisine and around the central plaza there is no shortage of restaurants and tapas bars.

Grazalema is at the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park, and from the village there are several walking tracks leading into the mountains or the valley below. Both the nature reserve and surrounding area provide several entertaining nature experiences, from countryside walking footpaths, to birdwatching and twitching, and several species of at-risk or endemic fauna and flora.

The district is also known for its local cheeses, cold meats, woollen blankets and ponchos, leather goods, and pastries. Originally founded by the Romans, Grazalema also has a wealth of history to be explored. Make sure you visit the Tourist Centre and pick up a copy of the Grazalema Guide.

Within the Hotel Puerte de la Villa, guests are also able to make use of the hotel library, or burn off excess kilograms gained from eating local foods in the hotel gym or swimming pool. And why not enjoy the jacuzzi as well.

Hotel Facilities

33 Rooms Disabled Access Elevator Swimming Pool
Fitness Centre Sound-Proofed Rooms Minibar in Room Air Conditioning
Direct Dial Telephone Satellite TV Jacuzzi On-Site Parking
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar

Hotel Puerta de la Villa Photos

Hotel Cortijo Salinas, Montecorto

Hotel Cortijo Salinas, Montecorto ****

The rural setting of the Cortijo Salinas provides a great view for its guests, located as it is in the heart of the Grazalema Nature Reserve and close to the shores of Lake Zahara. There are plenty of places to explore around the hotel and on returning, the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel Cortijo Salinas and the beautifully designed interior awaits.

Some of the rooms at this four star hotel have terraces for relaxation, but the gardens and pool area are more than sufficient for most guests who also enjoy socialising with other visitors. The hotel’s restaurant serves exquisite local delicacies and the bar is fully stocked with local wines.

The location of the hotel close to the lake allows guests to take up canoeing, and hiking or horseback riding are also popular activities offered to guests of the Cortijo Salinas. Lazy afternoons sunbathing next to the large outdoor pool should be scheduled as well.

Wi-Fi internet connection is available in public areas within the hotel and is free of charge. Public parking spaces are also available on site, and for those looking for something a little different, the hotel grounds include a bullring and chapel as well.

Hotel Facilities

14 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Available Swimming Pool
Room Service Terrace Wi-Fi Internet Air Conditioning
Direct Dial Telephone Satellite TV Laundry Service Babysitting Service
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar

Hotel Cortijo Salinas Photos

Hotel El Horcajo, Montecorto

Hotel El Horcajo, Montecorto ***

The Hotel El Horcajo at Montecorto, around 20 minutes drive north of Ronda, is a unique place to stay as it is still a working farm though the owners take great care to ensure that farm duties don’t interfere with guest enjoyment.

Situated within the popular Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, the area is a spectacular distination for nature lovers and those who choose to holiday away from the crowds.

The historic city of Ronda is just 20 kilometers from this picturesque hotel, allowing guests of the hotel to easily visit some of the popular attractions including the bullring, Puente Nuevo, Arab Baths, Palacio Mondragon and Ronda’s historic Moorish quarter.

The Grazalema Natural Park, in which the hotel is located is considered one of the most precious eco-systems of Andalucía, and is home to numerous endemic wild flowers and insects, as well as being a sanctuary for reptile and other fauna, and a major nesting or feeding area for migratory birds.

The El Horcajo’s grounds are well-kept and make an enjoyable place for lazy strolls. The hotel also has a solarium as well as a playground, and of course, large outdoor swimming pool. Guests can also try horseback riding, canoeing, diving, and cycling, and reception are able to help plan and book activities.

Rooms include comfortable double beds, en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and heating, and all have terraces from which guests can relax while enjoying the serene view around the hotel. There are also facilities and rooms at the hotel for disabled guests.

The hotel’s restaurant bar serves distinctly local flavors, and takes pride that all menu items follow traditional home cooking ideals, with some ingredients grown on the farm such as free range eggs.

Hotel Facilities

26 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Available Swimming Pool
Room Service Terrace Solarium Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar

Hotel El Horcajo Gallery

Hotel Casas de Parauta

Hotel Casas de Parauta

The Casas de Parauta isn’t just a hotel, in fact rooms are available though perhaps the most significant option is to book into an apartment or casa rural managed by the hotel of which 12 are available that sleep from 4 to 8 people.

Parauta is a quaint white washed village in the Genal Valley, and within the boundaries of the Sierra de las Nieves Biosphere. Views of the countryside are spectacular, an artists dream.

Activities in the area are nature based, from hiking to nearby villages and enjoying the uniqueness of the Genal Valley, to horseriding, mountain biking, and nature excursions with trained guides.

Guests at the Hotel Casas de Parauta can choose from different room types or self-stay accommodation and all are comfortably apportioned with heating, kitchen, full bathrooms, private living spaces (apartments only), views of the countryside and more.

The hotel has its own restaurant and bar where guests can sample some of the popular dishes Andalusia is known for. Shared facilities for the Casas de Parauta include a solarium, outdoor swimming pool, and relaxing gardens.

Bicycles for rent are available for guests who would like to do some sightseeing around the area, and car hire can be arranged at reception.

Hotel Facilities

6 Casas, 21 Rooms Disabled Rooms Parking Available Swimming Pool
Solarium Terrace Laundry Fans
Heating Restaurant Bar

Casas de Parauta Photos