Cortes de la Frontera (16km from Benaojan) is the closest town in Malaga province to the Alcornocales Natural Park, in addition to being within the boundaries of the Sierra de Grazalema, and near to the Guardiaro River, gives the Hotel Los Almendros a prime position for enjoying the nature of inland Andalucia.
The hotel design is rustic yet modern, with all comforts of a three star hotel provided, whilst being out of town to provide an even more tranquil holiday. Next to the hotel is a camp ground also owned by Hotel Los Almendros, but over the road so guests in the hotel aren’t disturbed. However the proximity of the camp ground means hotel guests are able to use the added facilities such as playground, games room, tennis court, BBQs, and swimming pool.
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All rooms at the Hotel Los Almendros are equipped with air conditioning systems for those hot summer days and are warmed using central heating during the colder times. Flat screen satellite TV, en suite bathroom, and Wi-Fi Internet are also included. The hotel terrace offers magnificent views of the area and is a great place to relax with a book or drinks at sundown. Continue reading Hotel Los Almendros, Cortes de la Frontera ***
In the winter months around the Serrania, you really won’t need to go very far to see more Paper White Narcissus than you could ever dream of.
Around Ronda and the Pueblos Blancos – the white villages – you won’t even need to get off the beaten track. This highly scented flower blooms in December through to February while the weather is cool, and if March and April are wet and cold they may stay in flower. Continue reading Paper White Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus)
A cosy and deluxe boutique hotel in Marbella’s Casco Historico, in a narrow street with flower pot filled windows and white painted walls, the Hotel Central Marbella is perfect for visitors who want to explore the history and magic of this beautiful city, and who prefer standards of decor and service far exceeding those of the average small hotel.
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Single, double and triple rooms are supplied, as well as a luxury penthouse suite with two bedrooms and furnished terrace. All of the rooms at Hotel Central are intended to be comfortable and functional, with modern furniture, plasma televisions, telephone, air conditioning, free Internet, hair dryer, and bathrooms with tubs. Continue reading Hotel Central, Marbella **
18 Hole, Par 72, and 6,016 Metres for professionals or 5,833 Metres for amateurs, Rincon de la Victoria, Costa del Sol
Located 12 kms East of Malaga Anoreta was designed by Jose Maria Canizares and is a course enjoyed by all standards of players. Lots of water, spectacular views of the sea and the surrounding mountains make this course a delight.
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A course which suits all players, demanding from the first tee but with easy-to-play fairways, fast and rolling greens, some well protected by bunkers; water obstacles on the course. All in all, a varied and pleasant round.
Many of the holes offer wonderful vistas, in particular hole 7 overlooking the coast. Facilities on hand include a pro shop, clubhouse, and padel courts.
Avda. del Golf S/N, Rincón de la Victoria, 29730 Málaga, España
Tel: +34 952 40 40 00
One of our best-kept secrets here in southern Spain is the intense cold of our winters, especially in the mountains. For centuries before the advent of central heating, field labourers had to stock up on nourishing, warming food in order to get through a day’s work in the bitter cold. This leads us onto another of our best-kept secrets – the wonderful range of stews, roasts and hotpots which have evolved as our Andalucian form of internal anti-freeze. Continue reading Estofado andaluz (Andalucian Hotpot)
There are many naturally beautiful towns along the coast of Andalucia, and Nerja is one of the best. The town is one of Malaga’s white-washed villages in the style of the Moorish era. Nerja is famous for it’s old quarter with narrow alleyways, and not to be missed, the Balcon de Europa, a wide partially covered walkway with breathtaking views of beaches and Mediterranean.
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Right behind the Balcon, visitors will find the 17th century Moorish/baroque Church of El Salvador, and close by the attractive town hall building. Horse and carriage tours depart from here, giving a magical impression of Nerja and the town’s cobbled streets. Continue reading Nerja, Axarquia Costa
The mandragora autumnalis is an autumn and winter flowering beauty here in Andalucia and is a plant totally surrounded in myth and folklore. The mandrake belongs to the Solanaceae or Potato family and has been mentioned over the centuries many times, even in the Bible it was noted as an aphrodisiac.
From September to March it can be seen in olive groves, in fields or even along the verges growing as a large clump of enormous dark green leaves. If you take a closer look you will see the wonderful lilac-pink crocus like flowers, often 10-30 on a single plant and after flowering there are enormous yellow/orange seedpods. Continue reading The Autumn Mandrake
Named for the lighthouse ‘El Faro’ in Marbella, the hotel is very close to the marina and several of Marbella’s beaches with a choice of private or public. Private beaches typically include sun shade and loungers, and may also provide refreshments.
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The El Faro Inn apartments are not far from the centre of Marbella, with the Parque de la Constitución across the road. From here it is only a short walk to Marbella’s Casco Historico including Plaza de los Naranjos where many of the best restaurants will be found. Continue reading EL Faro Inn, Marbella ***