Southern Spains charming country hotels offer
new insights for the traveler.
Andalusias new generation of country hotels have opened fresh horizons for travelers to southern Spain. As a general rule, these charming hostelries are small, offering personalized service to guests, and set in unique locations, in or near historical towns and nature areas.
The Andalusian Association of Rural Hotels (AHRA) has nearly fifty member establishments which stand out for their character and charm, located in all eight Andalusian provinces. As an added incentive to explore some of the less known attractions of Andalusia, AHRA have a voucher system offering discounts in associated hotels. All you have to do is get hold of a map, choose which parts of the Andalusian countryside you want to explore, and you can be sure there will be a member hotel nearby.
For instance, if you want to spend some time in the bucolic Alpujarras region of Granada, you could base yourself at the Taray, a 28-room hotel near the village of Orgiva. Aside from attractively decorated lodgings in a pristine rural setting, the food is excellent: lamb raised on the farm where the hotel stands, trout freshly netted out of the hotels own pools. You can even pick your own raspberries and blackberries for breakfast.
If you prefer a setting in the heart of an Andalusian pueblo, another example of Andalusian hospitality is the Hotel Zuhayra, in Zuheros. Rooms boast views over the tiled rooftops of the village and a countryside of olive groves beyond, and the 18-room hotel is a popular base for those who want to explore the mountain landscapes of Cordobas Sierra Subbetica nature park.
These rural hotels have much in common, but each one has its particular special features as well. Huerta Dorotea near the Cadiz village of Prado del Rey, for example, is a popular base for horse riding activities. Being right next to the Sierra de Grazalema nature park it is also a favorite among wildlife enthusiasts and lovers of the great outdoors. Accommodation is in five rooms in a restored 19th century farmhouse, and in fifteen wood bungalows standing on the estate and sleeping two to four guests.
The range of AHRA member hotels runs from modest family-run hostelries to deluxe establishments. The list includes hotels attached to a Moorish spa, in a converted monastery, in a 17th century palace, and even in a series of caves. There are hotels in mountain settings, and others close to the sea. Together, they constitute a unique passport to southern Spain.
Hotel Taray - Orgiva (Granada), Spain. Tel. 34 958 784 525. Fax 34 958 784 531. Email: [email protected]
Hotel Zuhayra - Zuheros (Cordoba), Spain. Tel. 34 957 694 693. Fax 34 957 694 702.
Hotel Huerta Dorotea - Prado del Rey (Cadiz), Spain. Tel. 34 956 724 291. Fax 34 956 724 289.
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