Top Ten Spanish Hotels

According to a Spanish poll on Trivago the Top Ten Spanish Hotels are:

1 ~ Vincci Seleccion Aleysa in Benalmadena

2 ~ Balcon de Cordoba in Cordoba

3 ~ Molino del Santo in Benaojan, Malaga

4 ~ La Fuente de la Higuera in Ronda

5 ~ Casa del Poeta in Sevilla

6 ~ Aire de Ronda in Ronda, Malaga

7 ~ Alcoba in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cadiz

8 ~ Hotel Viento 10 in Cordoba

9 ~ Casa Grande in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz

10 ~ La Almunia del Valle in Monachil, Granada

The Best of Cordoba in 36 Hours

Cordoba old city, world heritage site, fabulous monuments, tradition and history. Centuries unfold and merge together uniquely but if your time to visit is short what should you experience, where should you stay and what should you eat? My recent overnight stay included the best of Cordoba, I’d been before and planned well.

The Alcazar

The Royal Palace with lovely gardens and water features, especially if you visit at night when the water features are lit with a colouful display. A day time visit is also good, climb the top tower for the city views across the River Guadalquivir, once navigable from the Atlantic Ocean in Cadiz. The gardens are charming and relaxing but what amazed me most was the Roman mosaics in the palace discovered in and moved from the Plaza Corredera.


The Royal Stables Show – Espectaculo Ecuestre


The enormous Royal Stable next to The Alcazar, the king’s palace is not only an incredible bit of architecture but hosts a fascinating display of carriages through the ages and once or twice weekly horse shows. On this visit to Cordoba this was the highlight. An hour of horse exhibits showing the incredible mastery of both man and beast. I would have been sitting on the edge of my seat except that being on the front row the horses came within reach so I was leaning as far back as possible. Check the dates at certain times of the year there is only one show a week.

The Mezquita



An absolute must-visit and probably the main reason you’re planning a trip to Cordoba. Try and go early in the day or at the end of the opening hours so it’s not so busy and the awesomeness and enormity really impact your experience. No amount of photos or videos prepared me, it is (especially when empty) overwhelming and was the best bit of a previous stay.

Bodegas Campo

A wonderful traditional olde worlde traditional wine cellar, bar and many different roomed restaurants with top-notch service and a blend of old and new mainly Spanish but also Mediterranean dishes.

Bodegas Campos, Cordoba

Where to Stay in Cordoba

These are two of my favourite small boutique hotels in Cordoba, click to read my review of them.

Hotel Balcon de Cordoba

Hotel Viento 10

Read my 36 Hours in Granada post.

Day Cooking Class in Malaga

As a popular port of call Malaga has plenty going on for cruise-ship visitors but why not try something very different? Escape the crowd of passengers and head inland for a Cooking Experience with a difference.

Malaga-born, well-travelled Maite offers cooking classes in her country house, starting with a walk in the olive groves, through the fruit trees and vegetable gardens.

cooking class, Malaga


Be collected and driven to her family home, gather fresh produce and take them back to the kitchen to prepare local dishes before sampling them together.

Produce traditional dishes such as Gazpacho and Pork with Almond Sauce and to take away, along with great memories, you’ll get the recipes in printed form.

cooking class, Malaga

Learn about Malaga, gastronomy and life in the country with your own guide, cookery instructor and warm, friendly local during a relaxed and informative day with a difference.



Luxury Cycling Holidays

Echelon – small, family run exclusive cycling holidays – luxury vacations for discerning cyclists

Echelon are passionate about cycling and believe that it’s the best way to discover and live the experience of a new place. They believe that by cycling you can connect with a region in a unique way not otherwise seen by visitors.

Guests cycling the Camino de Santiago
Cycling The Camino de Santiago de Compostela

As locals, keen cyclists and your guides, they know the regions well and have an intimate knowledge of the winding back roads, best views and sunsets and hidden gems that are often overlooked.

Herdade de Cortesia
Herdade de Cortesia


Committed to providing value and unique experiences, from the bikes and equipment used to staying in the best hotels and dining at the finest restaurants – that’s  Echelon – offering the exclusive for those looking for exclusivity.

Marques de Riscal, Rioja
Hotel Marques de Riscal, Rioja

Luxurious hotels, local food and delicious regional wine so you can relax and unwind after the day’s cycling, knowing everything else is taken care of by those who know how to provide the best Echelon.