Saturday, 12 February 2011

Extra special places to stay around Ronda.

I thought it would be nice to write something about some of the more unusual and special places to stay in the Serrania de Ronda. Ronda and the area are full of hotels, hostels, and private cortijos- to suit various types of budget. For those who would like something really special the area abounds with fantastic, scenic well run accomodation.

But there are some places that deserve a special mention. One of the most unusual and beautiful places to stay is the Hoopoe Yurt Hotel in Cortes de la Frontera. Set in idyllic, tranquil countryside; the individual yurts are exquisitely decorated and set within their own private gardens. The owners Ed and Henrietta run an eco friendly retreat that features self composting toilets, natural soaps, and runs entirely on solar power.

On the way from Ronda to Sevilla is the modern style Hotel/Restaurant Al Lago in Zahara de la Sierra. Set on the lakeside all the rooms have wonderful views over the lake and the surrounding countryside and they also have a restaurant that serves really good contemporary Spanish cuisine prepared by American chef Stefan Crites. The restaurant itself is a favorite location for locals and tourists alike and they often feature Indian and Flamenco weekends.

In the other direction heading towards the coast is the Hotel Bandolero in Juzcar. Set in the Alto Genal valley which is surrounded by spectacular mountain views studded with chestnut trees, its an ideal location to enjoy unspoilt mountain walking. They also run a contemporary art gallery within the hotel and host various themed holidays.

Ronda and the surrounding area is an exceptionally beautiful place to stay and spend some time exploring its diverse landscape, enjoying the tranquility and authentic Spanish atmosphere or discovering its plentiful flora and fauna.

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