Places to stay in Las Alpujarras
As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Las Alpujarras, here is a selection of small hotels, guesthouses and self-catering in this stunning region of Spain.
The contrast between coast and mountains is striking: Las Alpujarras is a quite beautiful area, where even larger modern hotels tend to be constructed sensitively, often using traditional materials and methods and incorporating typically Alpujarran textiles and decor. It’s rare indeed to find a hotel or guesthouse that doesn’t have a welcoming terrace – and that’s because they are almost without exception perched on hillsides or above gorges affording spectacular views of the peaks of the Sierra Nevada or the valleys running down their southern slopes.
We’ve pulled together a collection of appealing places to stay, from intimate B&Bs in restored historic houses to comfortable hotels with pools and restaurants serving the best Alpujarran fare. All are well placed for exploring the walking routes that link these whitewashed villages and venture up into the mountains, where you might well meet more ibex than people.
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Places to stay in Las Alpujarras
Casa Las Chimeneas, Las Alpujarras, Spain
Your hosts' enthusiasm and local knowledge really stands out - from walks and attractions to cookery courses, yoga retreats and wildlife walks, they'll ensure you get the most out of your trip, leaving you free to soak up the relaxing atmosphere. laschimeneas.com
Hotel de Mecina Fondales, Las Alpujarras, Spain
Vibrant, welcoming and full of bright flowers, this charming hotel is full of character and run by a father-and-son team - both called Victor. Delicious local food on the terrace, fantastic views and ample opportunities for hiking and activities. mecinafondales.com
Hotel Rural Los Bérchules, Las Alpujarras, Spain You can expect a warm welcome at this cheery hotel in the stunning Las Alpujarras: the owners offer a wealth of knowledge about walking and activities in the local area. If you prefer a more relaxing getaway, try an art course or wine tasting holiday. hotelberchules.com
Finca Los Llanos, Las Alpujarras, Spain
Beautifully decorated in traditional Alpujarran style, with diverse authentic food. Relax on the terrace or in the pool and drink in stunning mountain views of the Sierra Nevada National Park from one of the highest towns on the Iberian peninsula. hotelfincalosllanos.com
Hotel Restaurante La Fragua, Las Alpujarras, Spain
Perched on a mountain slope in the highest village in Las Alpujarras, the two La Fragua hotels offer a choice of rustic charm or modern comforts, as well as spectacular views. The restaurant's colourful dishes celebrate the region's Moorish roots. hotellafragua.com
Hotel Rural Almirez, Las Alpujarras, Spain
This small family-run hotel prides itself on being 'your' hotel, and you'll certainly feel at home here. Tuck into traditional Alpujarran dishes lovingly prepared by 'grandma Teresa', and sip wines from the vineyard as you take in the stunning view. hotelalmirez.es
Hotel Maravedí, Las Alpujarras, Spain
Be amazed by breathtaking views both day and night - you can stargaze in the hotel's own astronomical observatory. Walking, outdoor activities, interesting places to visit... and on your return enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural swimming pool. fuentecapilerilla.com
Los Arcos, Las Alpujarras, Spain
This delightful B&B will soon feel like home thanks to welcoming hosts Jill and David. Wander around the lovely village of Valór or explore the great walking trails, and in the evening enjoy a drink on the roof terrace surrounded by panoramic views.
Viña y Rosales, Las Alpujarras, Spain
Tucked in the hillsides of Las Alpujarras, this hidden gem is a haven of relaxation. Nothing is too much trouble for the lovely hosts; it's the perfect place to rest and enjoy some wonderful food after a day outdoors in the spectacular surroundings. alpujarras.alojamiento.raya.org
Casa Ana, Las Alpujarras, Spain
The fabulous garden is a standout feature here - every room seems to open out to sunshine and vibrant flowers. The mountains beckon for walkers; the tranquil spot is also perfect for writing and wellbeing retreats, photography and cookery courses. casa-ana.com
Las Terrazas de la Alpujarra, Las Alpujarras, Spain
Choose from bright en-suite rooms or self-catering apartments, all overlooking the dramatic Barranco de Poqueira valley. Great for hiking, mountain-biking or horseriding, or the try more relaxing Buddhist retreat or a painting class. terrazasalpujarra.com
Sierra y Mar, Las Alpujarras, Spain
A haven for walkers and creative types, the tiny hamlet of Ferreirola is next to many hiking trails and has a painter, a guitar maker and a flamenco workshop. The rustic guesthouse is run by a Danish-Italian couple with a real love for the area. sierraymar.com
Casa Rurale El Paraje, Las Alpujarras, Spain
A lovely farmhouse with incredible panoramic mountain views from the pool and terrace. The knowledgeable hosts offer walking tours, bike hire and delicious home-cooked food and the friendly, welcoming atmosphere has guests returning year after year. elparaje.com