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Palazzo Ravizza
Siena, Italy

Quirky period decor,
high standards,
charming views

Wish you were here?

Tenuta di Canonica
Todi, Italy

Ancient watchtower,
great for walkers,
great for relaxing

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Chateau Laroche-Ploquin
Sepmes, France

Elegant chateau,
wine country,
delicious food


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Our selection of places to stay in Andalucia is one of the best on this website. This large, well-known area, covering more or less the whole of southern Spain, takes in the provinces of Huelva, Sevilla, Cordoba, Jaen, Granada, Almeria, Cadiz and Malaga.

It also includes the much-visited cities of Seville and Granada, and the Costa del Sol, a strip of coastline developed for mass tourism which includes the high-rise resort of Torremolinos. We have few recommendations on this unattractive coastline, but plenty inland. The influence of the Moorish invasion of Spain in the 8thC is felt strongly here.

As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Andalucia offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses (hostals), restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out. Among our favourites are Castillo de Monda and Casa la Siesta.

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Almunia del Valle

Camino de la Umbria, 18193 Monachil, Granada, Spain, +34 958 308 010
Peaceful setting close to Granada

Alqueria de Morayma

Cadiar, 18440, Alpujarra, +34 958 343221
Warmest of welcomes


Calle Pilar 3, 29679 Benahavis, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain, +34 952 85 60 26
A colourful oasis with plenty of character

B&B Posada Los Cantaros

Calle Don Ramon 17, 29569 Sierra de Gibralgalia, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain, +34 952 423 563
Romantic and secluded, with spa

Casa Imperial

Imperial 29, 41003, Seville, +34 954 500300
Historic city-centre palace, lavish bathrooms

Casa la Siesta

Los Parralejos, 11150 Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain, +34 956 232 003
Boutique hotel with Spanish influences

Casa Rural El Olivar

Calle Cierzos Y Cabreras 6, 14970, Iznajar, +34 (0)957 534 928
Beautiful converted farm with stunning rural views

Casa Rural Finca Las Encinas

Calle Partido de los Juncares S/N, 14979 Los Juncares, Iznajar (Cordoba), Andalucia, Spain, +34 629 610 783
Relaxed farmhouse, impressive views and food

Castillo de Monda

Calle de la Villeta 6, 29110 Monda (Malaga), Andalucia, Spain, +34 952 459836
Magnificent castle, staggering views

Convento de San Francisco

La Plazuela, 11150, Vejer de la Frontera, +34 956 451001
Modern elegance, medieval surroundings

Cuevas la Granja

Camino de la Granja S/N, 18510, Benalua, +34 958 676000
Superb cave conversions

El Convento

Calle Maldonado 2, 11630, Arcos de la Frontera, +34 956 702333
A long-time favourite

El Juncal

29400, Ronda, +34 952 161170
Magical blend of traditional and modern

Hacienda de San Rafael

Apartado 28 Carretera N-IV, 41730, Las Cabezas, +34 954 227116
Stunning old olive farm, with two pools

Hacienda El Santiscal

Avda. El Santiscal 173, 11630 Arcos de la Fronterra, Cadiz, Spain, +34 956 708 313
Well-positioned, 15thC manor house

Hotel Cortijo Aguila Real

Guillena, 41210, Seville, +34 955 785006
Picturesque setting, great pool

Hotel El Tio Kiko

C/Embarque s/n, 04149, Agua Marga, +34 950 138080
Elegant hotel, great beaches

Hotel Gonzalez

C/Manriquez 3, 14003, Cordoba, +34 957 479819
Arabesque style, on quiet street

Hotel La Fuente de la Higuera

Partido de los Frontones, E-29400, Ronda, +34 952 114355
Fresh and calming

Hotel Los Olivos

Paseo de Boliches 30, 11630, Arcos de la Frontera, +34 956 700811
Ever-popular town house
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