The Directory: the Andalusian provinces

Alpujarra artisans.
Alpujarra artisans. / SUR
  • Places stay, eat, buy and explore without leaving the region or even having to do a Covid test


Hotel Madreselva - Los Caños de Meca

Built in a hacienda style, the hotel's rooms open to a central courtyard patio filled with Mediterranean and subtropical plants. Each guest room has a small private terrace and simple ensuite bathroom with shower and tub, including amenities made with organic citrus essential oils. Reopens the last week of May 2021.

Hotel Madreselva.

Hotel Madreselva.


Almodóvar Castle - Almodóvar del Río

The Castillo de Almodóvar, dating back to 740, has been a location for the international TV phenomenon Game of Thrones. This fairytale fortress offers self-guided and professional guided tours, historical enactments and cultural events. Reopens last week of May 2021.

Roman Cisterns - Monturque

First-century Roman cisterns, open to the public. Call ahead to make a reservation. Tours available most mornings.

Montilla-Moriles Wine Route

Roman cisterns.

Roman cisterns.

Itinerary for a self-drive tour of Cordoba's most distinctive wineries. From 1 to 23 May there is a Patios de Bodega festival showcasing the quintessential patios of the wineries.


El Saltillo hiking route - Canillas de Aceituno

Demanding 8km vertiginous walking route through the Sierra Tejeda. Recommended for experienced adult hikers. Impressive views of the La Maroma peak and the Almanchares river gorge.

Caminito del Rey hiking route - Ardales

Contemporary hiking trail along the route originally opened by Spain's King Alfonso XIII in 1921. Tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Suitable for families.


Río Tinto Mining Park

Visit the museum, ride the century-old British built railway and visit a mine. Book tickets in advance.

Río Tinto.

Río Tinto.


Hotel Finca Los Llanos - Capileira

At almost 1,500 metres above sea level, this village is the perfect place to escape the sweltering heat. Finca Los Llanos is a family-run hotel with pool. Reopens end of June.

Jarapas Hilacar - Bubión

Authentic loom workshop where you can see local 'jarapas artesanas alpujarreñas' (handmade rugs) being made. There's a shop too full of artisan products and foods like mountain honey. Check online for workshop opening times.


Geode of Pulpí

This giant geode, with crystals up to two metres in length, can be visited during a fascinating subterranean tour of an abandoned silver, lead and iron mine. Reopens 12 June.


Parador de Carmona

Classic Parador hospitality flair at this striking hotel, within a 14th-century Arabic fortress. Splendid base from which to explore the sights of Carmona.

Carmona tourist office

Online resource to help plan your visit.


Vía verde del aceite.

Vía verde del aceite.

Olive Oil Vía Verde

Spectacular Greenway that runs along the former railway line that used to carry olives to Malaga port.