2 Dec, 2021 @ 15:58
1 min read

WHERE TO STAY: The best rural retreats in Spain’s Guadalhorce Valley

View from Alora hilltop fort. Photo: Mike Finn/Flickr
View from Alora hilltop fort. Photo: Mike Finn/Flickr

THERE are some amazing places to stay in the Guadalhorce Valley, where peace and mountain landscapes merge.

One of the most reliable is Finca la Mota in Alhaurin el Grande, that was once one of the biggest estates in the entire valley.

The 350-year-old farmhouse sits in its own secret valley, surrounded by stunning countryside and with views to match.

Run by a Dutch family, who have lived here for decades, you enter into a classic patio Andaluz with a huge pool and its own terrace restaurant.

The courtyard restaurant at Finca La Mota. Photo: Finca la Mota

Inside it is charming with comfortable rooms and various dining areas, one with two roaring fireplaces. A lovely shady pool and views to match make up the scene.

The rooms are all different and most have a nice atmosphere with good views.

You might also want to consider Tottam Experience, which has recently opened in the hills around Alhaurin, and links to the amazing Tottam restaurant and jazz bar nearby.

Xtottam Experience7.jpg.pagespeed.ic .ekhpbd84l5

Set up out of the old Postillon hotel, this is the brainchild of an Asturian and Sevillan couple, who have run hotels and restaurants near Gijon, in Asturias, for years.

Both keen world travellers, they are creating a wonderful space to relax and enjoy the Guadalhorce hills, including a spa, artistic work space and even a vegetable garden.

A series of generously-appointed casitas spread around sizable grounds, best of all you have the excellent French restaurant Postillon literally right next door.

Castillo De Monda 10

Finally, don’t forget Castillo de Monda, which lords over the Guadalhorce valley with mountain views in all directions.

Run by a trio of talented Dutchmen, the place has spacious bedrooms, replete with four poster beds, jacuzzi baths and private terraces. Plus a wonderful swimming pool in the shade of the castle walls.


Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

Do you have a story? Contact [email protected]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

03affe4c C2ff 46f6 A913 478cd8dd3fff (1)
Previous Story

WHERE TO EAT: Enjoy the amazing local produce in Spain’s Guadalhorce Valley

Currencies Money Exchange Pound Euro
Next Story

Spain reaches the highest ‘misery index’ in Europe

Latest from Hotels

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press