During our various travels in Spain, we encountered several special places.
In the first place, when in Spain and you want to treat yourself on something very special, try one of the paradores .
Choose one in an old building: there are castles, monasteries, palaces and so on to choose from.
You must earn a lot to spend every night in one of the paradores, but that would only be boring.
On this page, I mention some of the small hostals that were special, either by the surroundings or by the place itself.
I didn't include the places that you will find in every guidebook.
The beds were terrible (much too hard for my back), but the setting is superb, the food served outside is delicious, as is the wine.
La Isleta del Moro is a fisherman's village on the Cabo de Gata, and when we were there, there was only one hotel: you can't miss it.
Laujar de Andarax is a very small town in the eastern Alpujaras, the quiet part.
Hostal Fernandez is a pleasant and clean hostal with a terrace where you can sit outside in the evening and watch over the roofs of Laujar.
It is very nice to call this hostal a home for some days.
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When you sleep in a cave in Guadix, you will never forget the cave district!
We found this one when we went to the cave museum, which was closed. The shop owner next to the cave museum offered to show us his own cave, and on top of that, he offered us a cave to spend the night in.
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Alhama de Granada is overlooked in most guidebooks.
That's ashame, because it is a very nice old Moorish town, on a rock, overlooking a steep gorge: the setting is superb.
We slept in Hostal San José, with a very friendly owner.
When you enter the old town, you almost stumble on the Hostal, so i's easy to find.
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This hotel, Hotel Velad al Abyadh , has very friendly owners, a very nice bar, and good rooms.
On top of that, Velez Blanco is a very beautiful small white town, with a magnificent castle towering over it.
The LR113 leads you through the Sierra de la Demanda.
A narrow sideroad , the LR435, will take you high up to the Monasterio Nostra Santa de Valvanera.
The setting is superb, high in the wooded sierra. The monks are very friendly, and sleeping here has the additional value that you get a glimpse of how monks have always lived here.
In El Rocio, you migth at first believe that you have come to a filmdecor for a Western: the streets are of sand.
This is the place of the romanero each year, and what makes it more special is its setting next to the nature reserve of the Coto Doñana.
Hotel Toruñ has very friendly owners, and you will be able to get a room with a view on a lake with for instance Flamingoes.
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