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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 Caballa Andaluz, Gaucin

Hotel Caballo Andaluz, Gaucin **

Carretera 405 Gaucin – San Roque Km 0, 29480 Gaucín

Hotel Facilities

12 Rooms Room Service Parking Available High Speed Internet
Satellite TV Terrace Telephone in Room Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar
Pet Friendly Safe-Deposit Box Laundry Service Tea/Coffee in Room
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Hotel Caballa Andaluz, Gaucin

The mountainous landscape of the Serranía de Ronda is in full view around the Hotel Caballo Andaluz, located near to one of the prettiest of the white villages, Gaucin. On a clear day views of Gibraltar and across to the Rif mountains of North Africa are possible.

Peaceful rural breaks are how the owners describe their hotel, which with just 12 rooms means you’ll have space to unwind whilst also making new friends with like minded souls. The Hotel Caballa Andaluz is a special place almost equidistant between the Parque Natural de Alcornocales and the Sierra de las Nieves UNESCO Biosphere. Enjoy long walks around the mountains and valleys, or ask reception to arrange a horse trekking excursion.

The hotel offers double room in standard or superior types, and all rooms are equipped with Satellite TV, telephone, en suite bathroom, air-conditioning and heating, and several include large terraces overlooking Gaucin village. For guests in need of extra attention before returning home, an in-room massage service with a choice of Shiatsu, Thai and Lymph Drainage massages can be requested.

Facilities on offer for those with the desire to stay active include access to a public outdoor swimming pool, onsite tennis court, and nearby cycling, hiking, and horseback riding tracks. Really there is no reason at all to prevent guests from remaining at Gaucin and truly relaxing, though Ronda or the Costa del Sol are not too far away if the city lights beckon.

Internet in the public areas, laundry services, and an onsite restaurant, El Balcon, with a French and Italian fusion menu are additional reasons to reserve a room at Caballo Andaluz.

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Hotel Caballo Andaluz Photos

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Arriadh Hotel Ronda

Arriadh Hotel, Ronda **

The luxurious Arriadh Hotel is just five kilometers from the center of historic Ronda, and is perfect for relaxing while enjoying short breaks or long vacations in the Andalusian region. The design of the hotel inside and out complements the surrounding view of rolling hills and eye-pleasing green fields.

The nearby countryside is easily appreciated by visitors to the Arriadh, as it is built on a hilltop, a common trait of traditional Andalusian buildings. The hotel’s terraces are cozy and perfect for whiling away the evenings with a bottle of your pick of Ronda red wines.

The Arriadh Hotel’s restaurant is open daily and it serves seasonal cuisine with that unique Andalusian flavor. Guests can also sample the hotel’s collection of wine with their dinner or experiment with local Ronda wines.

Guests can also connect to the World Wide Web free of charge as Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the hotel. Guests can also connect via a modem which is also provided in public areas around the hotel. For guests bringing vehicles, free parking is available on site and no reservation is needed.

Hotel Facilities

10 Rooms En Suite Bathrooms Parking Available Tea/Coffee in Room
Internet Terrace Safe Deposit Box Hair Dryer
Central Heating Restaurant Bar

Arriadh Hotel Photos

Hotel El Almendral, Setenil

Hotel El Almendral, Setenil de las Bodegas **

Distinctly Andalusian in style, the El Almendral is designed to reflect the beauty of the region around it. The hotel is located just a few minutes north of Ronda in the Cádiz province at Setenil de las bodegas. The area is unique and well worth visiting for its nature and history.

The Hotel El Almendral is designed to offer guests the modern amenities that they have come to expect from hotels in the Andalusian region. All rooms are air-conditioned and a heating system is also available. The hotel’s rooms also have terraces overlooking the village or countryside, and all 28 rooms are double. A non-smoking room option is available on request.

The hotel’s restaurant serves typical Andalusian food and the bar also has a good stock of wines from local brews to foreign ones.  For relaxation, the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool provides guests with a great place to soak up the sun.

Setenil de las Bodegas is a little known though incredibly important part of the history of inland Andalucia, having been founded by the Romans from the nearby ruined city of Acinipo as a storage warehouse for wines and other products before shipment to the rest of the Roman empire. Visitors always marvel at homes, shops, bars and restaurants built directly into the rock, most of which have natural rock ceilings.

Hotel Facilities

28 Rooms Parking Available Swimming Pool Terrace
Telephone in Room Air Conditioning Central Heating Hair Dryer
Restaurant Bar

Hotel El Almendral Photos

Hotel El Gecko

El Gecko Hotel, Cortes de la Frontera**

The bespoke El Gecko Hotel, just 50 metres from the railway station serving Cortes de la Frontera, in the tiny village of La Cañada del Real Tesoro, is a small haven of peace and tranquility with its own tree covered terrace and private pool for long lazy Andalusian summer days.

The Guardiaro river flows past at a sedate pace, and life is relaxed, the perfect place to unwind with friendly hosts who are able to offer advice about the area, things to do, places to see, restaurants to sample. Whilst a wee bit further from Ronda, the hotel’s proximity to the railway station means day trips to see Ronda’s monuments and enjoy coffee in Plaza Socorro is a breeze.

All eight of the double rooms at the El Gecko Hotel have en suite bathrooms, and are fitted with an air-conditioning system. In winter the central heating system keeps the entire hotel cozy and comfortable. Views from the rooms either overlook the poolside terrace or the mountains of the Serranía de Ronda.

The hotel’s bistro restaurant serves local modern European foods, and is a popular destination for local residents. A continental breakfast for guests is also provided and is either offered on the terrace in summer, or in the bistro on cooler days.

Wi-Fi Internet connection can be had at some of the rooms, all public areas, and it is free of charge. Public parking in a nearby location is also available for free.

Hotel Facilities

8 Rooms Wi-Fi Internet En Suite Bathroom Swimming Pool
Terrace Ceiling Fans Heating Hair Dryer
Restaurant Bar

Hotel El Gecko Photos

Hotel Fuentecilla, Algotocin

Hotel Rural la Fuenticilla, Algatocin **

The fourteen room Hotel Rural la Fuenticilla near Algatocin is gives the appearance of a country summer camp of old with its huge nearly Olympic sized pool and nearby activities, however the hotel is anything but.

Rated at only two stars, the comfort and relaxed environment of the hotel would have you believe the essessor must have been blind, this is a hotel for a holiday.

Just 29km to Ronda and her history, or 35km to Manilva and the beaches of San Luis de Sabinillas, La Duquesa, or Bahia de Casares, your stay could be anything but boring.

The hotel’s restaurant is as good place as any to sample traditional Andalusian foods. The bar is also stocked with fine wines, some of them distinctly Andalusian. There is also a snack bar within the Hotel Rural la Fuentecilla. The front desk is manned all the time by friendly staff to aid guests with whatever concerns they may have.

All rooms at this hotel are air-conditioned, necessary for guests to beat the heat of the Andalusian sun which during some summer days could be very hot. During the winter months, guests can still be cozy as the hotel has a heating system for their rooms. An outdoor swimming pool is also available seasonally.

Wi-Fi internet connection is available at the hotel for free.  Public parking spots are also available onsite.  The parking space is large enough that guests need not reserve a spot.

Hotel Facilities

14 Rooms Wi-Fi Internet Parking Available Swimming Pool
Satellite TV Terrace Telephone in Room Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar
Pets Allowed

Hotel Rural la Fuenticilla Photos

Hotel Royal, Ronda

Hotel Royal, Ronda **

Situated across the street from Ronda’s Alameda Park, and close to the La Merced church, the Hotel Royal is very conveniently situated for price conscious travellers who prefer to be close to the centre of Ronda.

The El Tajo gorge and the famous bullring in Ronda are just 200 metres down the street, whilst the Puente Nuevo and Ronda’s historic centre only a bit further, making the Hotel Royal one of the better 2 star hotels in Ronda.

The Hotel Royal Ronda presents two room types for guests; double room or double room with an extra bed.  The hotel has air-conditioning and non-smoking room and a 24-hour front desk that can also assist you with tourist advice around the city.

All rooms have en suite bathrooms and satellite TV, as well as local dialing telephones. If needed, the hotel’s dry cleaning services are also made available to guests.

For guests who would be travelling to the area driving vehicles, the Hotel Royal can arrange for a private parking spot in a nearby location.  Parking would cost guests EUR 13 per day.

Hotel Facilities

29 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Available Swimming Pool
Satellite TV Terrace Telephone in Room Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar
Room Service Safe Deposit Box High Speed Internet

Hotel Royal Photos

Hotel Las Errizas, Alcala del Valle

Hotel Las Errizas, Alcala del Valle **

The Las Errizas is designed to reflect the traditional Andalusian style. Its whitewashed design meshes well with the rest of the buildings in Alcalá del Valle. The interior is designed to be comfortable as well as eye-pleasing with traditional Andalusian décor. The large terraces at the hotel give guests good vantage points to admire the beauty of the surrounding area.

Guests at the Las Errizas are welcome to borrow books from the hotel’s library, and in the summer months the your own private terrace or one of the poolside sun loungers make a perfect spot to relax with your chosen novel.

Activities at the hotel obviously include use of the swimming pool, or for children an onsite playground, but the Hotel Las Errizas is also able to make arrangements for you to enjoy cycling, hiking, or horse trecking along popular local tracks.

The hotel’s restaurant serves local delicacies. The bar also has a wide selection of drinks including local Ronda wines. There are also facilities within the Las Errizas designed for disabled guests. All rooms are air-conditioned and are fitted with heating systems. Wi-Fi internet connection is available for free throughout the hotel, and parking onsite is readily available.

Hotel Facilities

20 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Available Swimming Pool
Satellite TV Terrace Wi-Fi Internet Air Conditioning
Central Heating Pet Friendly Restaurant Bar

Hotel Las Erizas Photos

Alojaniento Payoyo, Grazalema

Hotel Alojamiento Payoyo, Grazalema **

Located within the Grazalema Natural Park, the Alojamiento Payoyo Rural is a relaxing place to unwind and forget about the busy world back home. The hotel is actually a working farm, with local cheeses made onsite, and sold through their own shop adjacent to the hotel building.

There are three room types to choose from at the Alojamiento Payoyo Rural, twin rooms, quadruple rooms, and family rooms. Each room includes a private bathroom and television, and are comfortable, but this is a hotel intended for people who are quite used to roughing it. There is a terrace offering good views of the mountains and natural park, and is a wonderful place to relax after spending a day exploring the district. Disabled guests can be accommodated, and in the winter months heating in rooms and shared areas is provided.

Along with the cheese shop, gifts and souvenirs can also be bought which is one trip less into to town to find gifts for family, and the same staff can also help planning local tours of the area. If desired, it is possible to fill your days with hiking, birdwatching, scenic village trails, or take a drive to Ronda and enjoy the sights of one of Spain’s most significant historical cities.

Wi-Fi internet connection is available for free throughout the hotel and parking is plentiful on site.

Hotel Facilities

9 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Available Private Bathroom
Satellite TV Terrace Wi-fi Internet

Hotel Alojamiento Payoyo Photos


Hotel Los Castanos at Cartajima, Genal Valley **

I recently had the pleasure of staying at Los Castanos Hotel in the Genal Valley south of Ronda. The hotel is in the centre of Cartajima, a very small village about 15km from Ronda and can be reached on the Ronda-San Pedro road, just follow the signs for Cartajima.

Di and John, the hosts at Los Castanos welcomed me in Ronda, a service they often provide for guests, and we had lunch in a favourite bar on the outskirts of Ronda before heading to the hotel to settle in and get to know the area.

My first impressions of arriving at the hotel were coloured by the weather, walking to the main entrance with my head down to avoid rain drizzle hitting me in the face, and then looking up and seeing the church belfry towering over the hotel which looked quite small, yet is in fact very large.

With a handful of rooms it is easy to think of Los Castanos as a small hotel, but entering through the 18th century doors and turning to view the salon immediately impresses on you how large the hotel building is, certainly more than big enough for couples wanting to get away and relax for a spell.

I was taken to my room by Di, with good intentions of giving me the grand tour, she showed me the facilities, the bar fridge, the tea and coffee, air conditioning, emergency procedures, then the phone rang; we were in the midst of the great Icelandic ash cloud and several of Di’s guests weren’t able to return home or were stuck in transit, so as needs must my tour of the terrace was cut short.

This worked in my favour, I had the chance to throw open the bedroom window and terrace doors, and simply stand on my own private terrace whilst I soaked up the sounds and smells of Cartajima and the Alto Genal. Nearby I heard men chatting at the Ayntamiento, and over there the sound of rushing water, I later discovered Cartajima sits on the edge of a small valley with a lively stream coursing its way through.

A keen walker I am, so a short adventure around the village was called for, and with camera in hand, I claimed my right to explore the nooks and crannies of the village, discovering places many of the locals may not even know – actually that’s a lie, but I thought a nice turn of phrase nevertheless.

Cartajima is very small, but sits in the heart of some of the Serranía’s most spectacular scenery so I understand why Los Castanos get so many walking guests. Birdwatching around these parts is a favourite activity, and you’ll often see twitchers parked on the side of the road staring at the mountains.

Several evenings Di cooks for guests, and on my night we had all decided to stay in, and what a surprise, five of us were entertained by John over pre-dinner drinks around the fireplace, and then Di called us to our places. Normally guests eat at separate tables, but as we were all enjoying the company we pushed and dragged our tables together much to Di’s amusement.

The entree was a delicious miniature red pepper filled with cheese and what I think was fish, certainly the blends of tastes made it difficult to identify individual ingredients, however they came together in spectacular fusion.

The main course was a dish I’ve never tried before, beef squares with prunes cooked in a traditional Moroccan stewing dish known as a Tajine, then served with Cous Cous and a side of green salad. Di is very modest so blushed like a school girl from our compliments, deserved as they were; her beef and prune tagine is something I’ll be requesting on my next trip.

I stayed up late talking to another guest, a chap who had recently founded a new publishing house, and I believe we stayed up till 1am sipping a rather nice red bought locally, I believe from Bodega Joaquin Fernandez.

Before breakfast the next morning I wandered the streets of the village as it started to wake, and explored parts of the valley with it’s olive groves and almond trees, all the while serenaded with bird song. I’d slept well, Los Castanos have very supportive mattresses on their beds, so I was ready for a climb and the hills above Cartajima were not going to defeat me, and I’m glad I did because the views from above looking over Cartajima toward Parauta are well worth seeing.

If you’d like to stay at Los Castanos Hotel with Di and John, here are the hotel contact details;

Los Castanos, Calle Iglesia 40, Cartajima 29452, Málaga, Spain
Tel: (+34) 952 180 778
Mob: (+34) 696 081 354
email: reservations@loscastanos.com
web: www.loscastanos.com

Hotel Facilities

7 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Nearby Wi-Fi Internet
Breakfast in Room Terrace Pets Allowed Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Gay Friendly Bar

Hotel Los Castaños Photos