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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

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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 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.

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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

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Hotel Al Lago Guesthouse, Zahara de la Sierra ***

Hotel Al Lago is a delightful boutique hotel on the edge of the lake at Zahara de la Sierra, with just 4 rooms, but each sumptiously decorated for the discerning traveller. Add to that the world class gourmet restaurant operated by the husband and wife owners of Al Lago and you’ll discover a haven of culture and class in the very heart of the Grazalema Natural Park.

Whilst the Hotel Al Lago is small, guests can expect the very best, with gorgeous furnishings, flat screen television, Internet, air-conditioning, views of the lake, and elegant bespoke decor. All of the rooms feature French doors, wrought iron handrails, and balconies.

Zahara de la Sierra is often described as the jewel of the Sierra de Grazalema, since it is from here that many of the best walks in the park can be reached, but even more, Zahara is a pretty village with its castle fortress perched high above the village overlooking the surrounding area.

From Al Lago day trips to Ronda, Ubrique, or larger cities such as Sevilla or Jerez de la Frontera are easily contemplated, and after braving the larger cities, returning to Zahara will feel like coming home in all of the important emotional ways.

The restaurant at Al Lago features a menu of traditional and contemporary Spanish food, and a great selection of locally made wines. Vegetarians and the Gluten intolerant are particularly welcome, and all stock is made in-house by chef Stefan to satisfy every need.

Hotel Facilities

4 Rooms Wheelchair Access Hypo-Allergenic Rooms Wi-Fi Internet
DVD Player Parking Satellite TV Air Conditioning
Spectacular Views Central Heating Restaurant Bar
Room Service Hair Dryer Telephone Sound Proof Rooms

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Hotel Fuerte, Grazalema ****

The Fuerte Grazalema as its name suggests is located within the famed Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the location provides for plenty of nature related activities, not least of them being hiking or cycling around the mountains. A small stock of bicycles are kept at the hotel for guest use, and staff are able to arrange for horseback riding nearby.

Very close to Grazalema, the hotel overlooks the ancient medieval part of the village from the east, and is also about 28km from Ronda, or only a few kilometres of Zahara de la Frontera. Daytrips from Grazalema to see other parts of the Sierra de Cadiz or the Serrania de Ronda are not stressful days. Returning to the four star Hotel Fuerte, enjoy relaxing by the large outdoor pool, or book some time in the hotel jacuzzi.

All guest rooms at the Fuerte Grazalema are large and spacious, and have their own private balcony overlooking the valley below Grazalema. Each balcony is provided with a table and chairs, French sliding doors access the room which includes extra long beds, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, and Wi-Fi Internet.

Apart from the bicycle rental service, the hotel also offers laundry and ironing services, and if needed, babysitting services can be provided. Newspapers are delivered daily in the hotel reception. Breakfast is sumptious and filling, perfect for long days exploring the district, and the hotel restaurant is open every night for guest choosing to eat on the premises.

Hotel Facilities

77 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Available Swimming Pool
Room Service Terrace Wi-Fi Internet Air Conditioning
Direct Dial Telephone Satellite TV Multilingual Staff Jacuzzi
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar

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Hotel Casas Rurales Los Algarrobales, El Gastor ***

The peaceful setting of the Casas Rurales Los Algarrobales within the famed Andalusian hills of the Sierra de Luz in Northern Cadiz creates an ambience of warmth and tranquility. Being close to the nature of the Grazalema Natural Park the location is second to none for ease of access for birdwatchers, hikers or cyclists, indeed some of the world’s top tri-athletes and competitive cyclists often visit the area to train.

The Casas Rurales Los Algarrobales 11 cottages are designed to promote a sense of peacefulness with traditional decor and Andalucian gardens. All of the cottages are equipped with modern amenities such as satellite TV, DVD player, and kitchen for preparing dinners.  A spacious living area is just one of the main attractions for these cottages, and all are also fitted with open fire hearths.

Whilst the cottages are grouped together, 3 offer their own private swimming pool, and the remainder share two swimming pools. A shared tennis court and mini-golf course are also available for guest use. BBQ facilities are provided, and can be used when the law permits, unfortunately in the height of summer this is often not possible. Parking is provided onsite.

El Gastor, the nearest village to Los Algarrobales is a known paragliding and hang gliding location with equipment rental and training for those interested in taking to the skies. Other nearby points of interest include the Via Verde walking track at Olvera, Setenil de las Bodegas the cave house village, the white villages of the Serrania de Ronda, and of course, the city of Ronda with its Moorish and modern Spanish history.

Hotel Facilities

11 Cottages Chimney Fireplace Parking Available Swimming Pool
Kitchen Terrace Solarium Air Conditioning
Mini Golf Satellite TV Washing Machine Babysitting Service
Heating Hair Dryer

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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

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