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“Stunning hidden gem”
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El Amparo
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

This was our second visit to El Amparo. We had a fantastic time a few years earlier and were desperate for a relaxing break in a stunning setting, so there was no debate about where to go!

To say that this place is a hidden gem is an understatement... Set in rural Andalucia, away from the tourists, you can experience real Spain here. El Amparo has breathtaking views of rolling hills, with the Sierra Tejedas in the distance. If you want, you can visit nearby Granada, or further afield Cordoba. There is loads to do nearby. The nearby town of Alhama de Granada is definitely worth visiting (tapas at El Tigres is a must!). Or, if you are feeling lazy, like us, you can simply spend the entire time you are there horizontal by the huge pool, watching the eagles sore above (and occasionally see a golden oriole whizz past)!

Jeff is a fantastic and friendly host, cooking wonderful meals, offering expert advice on local restaurants, and importantly, is an excellent maker of G&T's! His friendly nature and enthusiasm really make this place so special.

We often had the place to ourselves (particularly as most other guests were more adventurous than us!), but even with others there, it is large enough to have total privacy. We met some lovely guests whilst we were there. Having a drink under the porch, overlooking the rolling hills is simply incredible.

There is air-conditioning available in the rooms now (the rooms are cool anyway, but this is a great thing to have), and importantly for us there is also wi-fi too. It is only an hour from Malaga (40 mins from Granada) so is very easy to reach.

We thought it would be impossible to top our last visit here, but somehow it was even better! You simply have to go...

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Having decided at the last minute to escape the English 'Summer' we stumbled across the El Amparo web site and thank heavens we did. Although familiar with this lovely corner of Andalucia our stay at El Amparo was a revelation. Utter peace and quiet, surrounded by wonderful rolling countryside and a terrace with sunsets to die for. This is a small Bed and Breakfast with Dinner as an option if required. As the property is fairly remote we chose to eat 'in' for 7 of our 10 nights, and although there was no choice of menu, Jeff's cooking was excellent and we enjoyed every meal. We knew that this was going to be a special place from the moment we turned off the little road from Santa Cruz onto the uneven track (re-surfaced the day we left!) leading to El Amparo. First impressions just got better as we settled in to the excellent facilities, from a lovely large en suite room, fabulous pool, hot tub and best of all the beautiful west facing terrace where we enjoyed many an evening putting the world to rights over a drink with fellow guests, whilst the sun sank gracefully below the distant hills. As a host we could not have wished for better in Jeff Webb, for whom nothing was too much trouble and we reluctantly left for home feeling well and truly spoilt. You can be as active or as lazy as you wish at El Amparo, with mountain bikes for the more active and a huge array of fascinating walks should you so chose - do ask about the railway walk from Zafarya - not to be missed. It is always difficult to do justice to a place like this on paper, so my advice would be simply, to go and see for yourself. You will not be sorry.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2013 via mobile

El Amparo means the refuge in Spanish and this is an apt name for this lovely bed and breakfast. It is located near Santa Cruz del Comercio in the rolling hills of the Spanish countryside. It's surrounded by olive groves, wheat fields, and poplar trees. The scenery is breathtaking but what really makes this place special is the owner Jeff. He is a wonderful and consummate host. He is very knowledgable about the surrounding area, and gives great directions and advice on what to see in Andalusia. Breakfast is great and lunch and dinner is also available if requested. There are also bikes for use free of charge. I highly recommend doing the nearby bike routes because they go through beautiful olive groves and you can see the Sierra Nevadas in the background. At 85 euros a night this place is a great value too. You won't regret staying here!!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

This chronicles our sojourn through Iberia by car, train and limo from Sunday May 4 through Sunday May 19, 2013.

Day 1 - Sunday May 4
Alicante Spain.
Checked into the Hotel Rambla, spartan but clean. It is nicely located to all the sights and we walked to the Castle of Santa Barbara, an old fortress built around the 14th century. It is built on a mountain and overlooks both the sea and the town. I had a large lemon aid and Martha got introduced to Spanish public bathrooms!
Later, sitting on the promenade Martha remarked, "Dad would really love this-people watching." Sunday evening is the time of the Passeio, mothers and daughters dressed up stroll arm and arm to be admired by all the people watchers. It is 5:30 PM and the cruise ship is more than an hour late. Perhaps folks got lost or there is mechanical difficulty. Ship just sailed, 1.5 hours late.
We had Pinchos (Tapas) and beer for dinner at Sunday special of 1.00€ per plate and glass. Accounting is simple; the waiter counts the toothpicks and empty beer glasses!
Day 2
Alicante to B&B El Amparo.
Took a taxi to the Alicante airport and picked up our Hertz rent-a-car and drove to our bed and breakfast west of Grenada. The drive was about 200 easy miles, the Spanish Autovias are well maintained, and the terrain looked like New Mexico - dry and desert-like and filled with olive groves. That changed as we started to climb the Serra Nevada Mountains which were still snow capped. The CoPilot Live navigation program on our iPhone, (3G or LTE not needed) took the drama out of finding El Amparo else we would have been completely lost. The hotel, a bed and breakfast, is in a valley surrounded by olive groves, winter wheat, and remote little villages-quaint, quiet and beautiful. It is near the small village called Santa Curz del Comercio. Our room was large with a full-size bed and a twin. The bathroom was large and it had a great shower with abundant hot water. B&B is a bit of a misnomer for there is an optional dinner served at 17€, and worth the cost. We unpacked and relaxed before dinner.
Dinner was asparagus soup and beef tips with mushrooms, olives and onions served with crusted mashed potatoes. After dinner, all the international guests sat and chatted. There was Val, a children's book author, from England and Eve and Lou from Canada. Interesting! Then we fell asleep with countryside sounds of the evening and woke early with the birds.

Day 3
At El Amparo
Had a delightful European style breakfast this morning and set out to explore Antequera & El Torcal. The former is an ancient roman city and the latter a park known for its wind and rain eroded limestone formations. It is cloudy and cool but a pleasant day for exploring.
The day turned out to yield spectacular scenery, unexpected terror, and a little getting lost drama. The plan was to go to Antequera first then see the spectacular Karst Limestone formations in the El Torcal national park. On the way into town, an ancient town with very narrow streets and after about 50 minutes of driving, we saw a direction sign for El Torcal. Not knowing exactly how to get to El Torcal, we decided to follow the sign. For a while there were frequent road signs. Then they just stopped and getting lost drama set in. We kept climbing up a narrow mountain road thinking that the park has to constitute mountains. After about 15 miles of uncertainty we saw a welcome sign to the park. The drama was worth it because the scenery was spectacular. It must have been school field-trip day because the road was jammed with large European busses and there was some high anxiety negotiating the switchback curves. But we prevailed. After the park it was time to take in the town, or so we thought. Our navigation system took us into the oldest part of the town with streets barely wider than sidewalks. The direction signage was confusing and people were haphazardly crossing the street. We passed by interesting churches and a Moorish Castle but there was no place to park so we concentrated on getting safely through the place rather than seeing sights. To compensate, on the way back to our hotel, we decided to visit a 1st century town called Alhama de Granada, founded originally by the Romans. This is a classic Spanish cliff town and a natural place to fortify. Over the hundred years or so of Moorish-Spanish conflict, the town changed hands many times. So church was built over mosque then a convent was built over the mosque and so on. When the Spanish finally drove out the Moors in the 14 century, they build a dozen or so churches in this very small town. So now everywhere you look, you see a church, likely built over a mosque! Just outside of town is the remains of a Moorish watch tower, of course located on the highest terrain in the area! Martha decided to trek to one of the highest hills in the area while I relaxed on the patio to the sound of chirping birds and a water fountain. Dinner is at 8PM. This B&B is superb if you enjoy relaxation and May is the ideal time to visit; summer is likely unbearably hot!

Day 4
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Didn't sleep to well last night. My cold symptoms returned perhaps from our long day yesterday. Martha decided to do some rural mountain biking, literally, and I am going to rest and recover. We can text each other on our phones and I can see her location using the iPhone GPS function so if she runs out of energy, I can drive close enough to pick her up. I need to recover for tomorrow we have a highlight of our vacation, a tour through The Alhambra, a Moorish palace built starting in 1237 and continued when Spain's Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, started adding to the splendor in 1492 when they conquered Muhammad XII and drove the Moors out of Spain. Fortunately, they did not demolish the wonderful architecture but preserved it. It is often described as the most beautiful palace and garden in the world.
Had a wonderful dinner in a local restaurant called La Seguiriya, Calle Penas, 12, Alhama de Granada. We dined with Mike and Diana, new guests of El Amparo. They are an elderly British couple and Mike's accent is very difficult to understand.
Day 5
At El Amparo
We had an easy drive, about 50 minutes, to Alhambra thanks to CoPilot live on our iPhone. Toured the gardens of the Generalife, which were spectacular, then had lunch at the Hotel America on the Alhambra grounds. Some might want to stay at this quaint hotel but it is very crowded with tourists and restricted car access. Martha had a "tinto de verano con limon" and a ham and cheese sandwich. I had a coke and a ham sandwich. Lunch was 14.40€.
Spectacular is an understatement in describing the beauty and architectural splendor that is The Alhambra. Grenada was the last stronghold of the Moors and Alhambra was their bastion. The 3 Nasrid Palaces, dating from the 11th century represent the omega in Islamic decoration. Floors, walls, and ceilings are adored in intricate carved, chiseled, or mosaic patterns. No space is left undecorated yet everything changes subtly from room to room to room but nothing is over the top. There is a stark contrast from this splendor when palace construction segues to the Christian era. Roman style bricked arches replace beautiful stone carves Arabic arches, as the Christian Monarchs took control late in the 14th century. This is the best ancient architectural site I've ever seen. Interwoven with the buildings are fountains, water gardens and beautiful formal flower and hedge gardens. Everything is superbly maintained. If one could see but one place in Europe to get a sense of history and architecture, this is the place.
We returned and had a wonderful dinner with the guests that now include Canadians Andrew and Marie and their two small children.
Day 6
At El Amparo
Today was not a particularly good one. I didn't sleep well, still struggling with my chest cold, and we decided to do an extensive drive through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the sea. The drive was challenging, especially the switch back turns, but the scenery was spectacular. I was hungry and we should have stopped to eat after clearing the mountains but we decided to press on and eat at a place along the coast. Big mistake. We got really lost in a coastal town in the busiest time of the day and the people poured on to the street, driving mayhem commenced and we were in high anxiety. We had a traffic meltdown trying to listen to the nav instructions, avoid hitting pedestrians, and find a way out of town. We made wrong turn after wrong turn and cut off several cars at traffic circles. Then we set a course for home on the highway. We ate at a gas station and our day was over.
Day 7
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Well I finally got some sleep. We woke late, had breakfast and Martha walked the gorge trail to El Ventorro, a restaurant with The "Banos Arabe" or Turkish Bath. We both had a steam and time in the hot mineral water. Then Martha had a massage. After, we enjoyed a delightful lunch. All this in a little town, Alhama de Granada or translated, the hot springs of Grenada, about 15 kilometers from our B&B. Then, we returned to Alhama for a Tapas dinner at El Togre, the tiger. It was the smallest bar I've ever been in, really a closet with 2 tables and a bar with stools. We sat at one of the tables and Antonio, the proprietor, plied us with Tapas. The food started to come. First, a delightful salad with peppers, eggs, tomatoes, corn, artichoke hearts, and white celery, all dressed with delightful olive oil and vinegar. Then came sautéed mushrooms, small clams sautéed in olive oil and garlic, fries breaded fish, salt crusted prawns, country ham and bread with melon, and a flan-like desert. We were stuffed and the bill was but 14€.
Day 8
At El Amparo
Today, we have long drive (about 1.5 hours) to the white village towns on the frontier, or in Spanish, de la frontera. This is where the Christian Monarchs fought for more than 150 years to drive the Moors out of Spain. The Moore tactic was simple - hold the high ground and each de la frontera town was capped by a castle or battlements with impossibly steep slopes for the attacker to overcome. We drove past and admired Olvera, it was too confusing of place to explore in detail. Our first stop was Zahara de la Sierra. We walked around, had a coke at a cafe, went in to a church and took pictures. Then we drove to prime attraction - Ronda de la Frontera. This is a cliff face town with a gorge separating the east and older portion from the west or newer part. Connecting and bridging the gorge was a strangely configured long vertically extended single arch bridge. First we had lunch at sidewalk cafe and encountered little girls dressed in white gowns for their first communion celebration. Ronda is a prime tourist destination that was full of tourists on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. Then we went through a park and into a pedestrian walkway that followed the cliff into town. The views were spectacular and we took many photographs as we walked to the bridge. Along the way we passed the bullring and a music gazebo that held a pretty good Spanish style guitar player. Then just around the corner from the Parador Hotel was the bridge. It was breathtaking. Martha read they threw prisoners off the bridge as a death sentence and it was a long fall, about 600'. Not a pleasant thing to contemplate. We spent the better part of the afternoon before driving back to the B&B, El Amparo.
Day 9
At El Amparo
We had an easy day driving to another fortified town - Montefrio. This was indeed a challenging drive, almost 1500 meters rise in elevation to the town and about 500 meters straight up to the castle. The views in the town were fantastic and we took many pictures but it was Monday and in Spain, even the tourist sites are closed. So we could not view the castle. We got close enough to see the burial chambers chiseled out of the rock. The people in this town were not very friendly and we had poor service at lunch. So we left and had a superb dinner at Cortijo Tajar, a wonderful eating establishment near the B&B. We dinned with Brian and Elaine, new arriving guests from Belfast Northern Ireland. My cold symptoms started to return so we finished dinner at 10:30 and had a challenging night drive back to the B&B.
Day 10
At El Amparo
Again, my cold symptoms kept me from doing too much so we went back to the Turkish Bath and Martha had a steam and massage. We ate a delightful lunch after and returned to the B&B. Later that afternoon Martha took a hike up the hill - about 4,200' total elevation - while I rested trying to mitigate my cold systems. We has a simple but delicious baguette sandwich for dinner and retired early.
Day 11.
To Cordoba
On to Cordoba was the plan of the day and the weather turned rather brisk and rainy. One of El Amparo's employees did me a good turn. I'd run out of antibiotics and Illuminata, a El Amparo employee, was able to get my prescription of Levaquin renewed without navigating the complicated medical system. I just handed her my pill bottle with the prescription and she had it filled this morning. Cost was only 19.40€. Home, I'd have paid upwards of $80.00. No hotel would have bothered to perform that service.
The drive to Cordoba was through a sea of olive trees. They are extensively cultivated throughout Andalucía but the fields bordering the highway stretches from horizon to horizon with little else. We arrived with little drama but at the wrong AC Hotel. Who knew there would be two! That was easily sorted but dropping off the rental car became a sojourn to Dante's inferno. First mistake was dropping Martha off at the hotel. After all, I could see the bus station from the hotel. It was simply the matter of locating the Hertz parking lot. Piece of cake I thought! It took me nearly 2 hours of "lost in space" to figure out that the Hertz parking lot was "under the bus station" and of course, the "turn here sign" was no where I'm sight. So I made wrong turn after wrong turn trying to figure out where the return lot was. Finally, I was so disoriented, I needed to call up my nav program and go to the wrong AC hotel to figure out how to find the bus station. I finally found it, parked, with great difficulty, and went into the station to ask for directions. The Hertz employee didn't speak English but kept pointing to the floor and moving her hands like a shovel trying to communicate - go under the station! I tried to figure out how to say how in Spanish. Was it 'dondi', como, que! I should digress for an important point. Few Spaniards we encountered spoke English, even in Madrid and at the train station. Far fewer than anywhere in Europe. We had a translator program called Jibbio loaded on our iPhones and that helped but otherwise conversation devolved to a lot of pointing and gesturing. My high school Spanish was clearly inadequate - another plus for innkeeper Jeff's native English skills. He was the ultimate tour guide, quick with a map, directions and helpful advice. This is another advantage of El Amparo.
After returning the car without further drama, we took a cab to Mezquita, the grand mosque turned into a not so grand church. The original parts of the mosque are quite spectacular but the Catholics did their best to hide it as they lathered a cathedral over the mosque. The original building, where not interfered with, is amazing. But the meld of mosque to church just didn't look right. Most all of the intricate decoration was gone and replaced with Christian motif. This is the premier historical site in Cordoba and it didn't measure up to Alhambra at all.
We returned to the hotel before the late afternoon rainstorm but I did recon the train station for tomorrow's trip to Madrid. Good thing because I discovered airport-like security that I was unprepared for. We ate dinner at the hotel, there being no close establishments we could discern nearby.
Here are a couple of other points on Spain. Siesta is a strictly observed custom, especially in southern Spain and in Andalusia. Outside of the immediate tourist area, expect everything to be closed from 2 to 5:30. Lunch is from 2 to 4 PM and dinner doesn't start till 8 PM. So appetite adjustments must be made. Speaking of appetite, we've found Spanish cuisine to be - well - boring. We were expecting an Italian-like experience but reality didn't deliver. Spanish cuisine doesn't measure up to even Texmex, and to close, a final observation on the economy. Spain is expensive. We were in an agricultural region that was described as recession proof. Indeed, little evidence of unemployment but things were expensive. We had a simple roast pork lunch in Alhama and spent 44.00€ or about $57.00. Spain is not a bargain.
Day 12
To Madrid & Lisbon
This morning, we connected with the news on WIFI and learned of a big tornado in Dallas. Scary! Today is train day. We have a 12:59 PM departure from Cordoba connecting to a 9:50 PM hotel train (night sleeper) from Madrid to Lisbon. It will be our first long train ride in Europe. The weather is clear and sunny after last night's blustery showers. We arrived at the station about an hour early and waited for departure. The station was clean and orderly but there was an abundance of security people about. We are ticketed on the high-speed train to Madrid (AVE#2123) on car 5, seats 9A&B. Train is neat, quiet and full. Traveling in comfort to Madrid at 120mph save for the crying children. Outside was cloudy with showers on the way and the countryside out of Cordoba looked hilly with many tunnels. Still olive groves predominate. Never seen so many olive trees. Then the hills gave way to a flat plain filled with grazing beef and sheep. Then things got hilly and back to olive groves. Depart 12:56; arrive 2:36 PM, right on time. Connection from Achoa station to Chmartin station was a piece of cake. We stored our bags and caught a taxi to the Plaza Meyor, the only place we'd heard of in Madrid. It was an opportunity to kill a couple of hours in a city we've never been in. We didn't read into Madrid, but the stroll around the Plaza was alright, but littered with tourists. Moreover, the weather had turned and it was cold and threatening rain. We were used to sunny skies and moderate temperatures so the cold was a rude shock. We checked The Weather Channel and learned the forthcoming weather for Portugal was not good. We sat in the 1st class lounge because of our Grand Class ticket. It was warm and much more comfortable than the hard benches in the station proper and we snacked on complementary beverages and snacks. The "Trenhotel" Grand Class buys a private stateroom with shower and toilet and complementary dinner and breakfast. The cost is equivalent to a good hotel so a new travel experience - the hotel train. We are booked in Coach 5, stateroom 31-35.
Day 13
Somewhere in Portugal on the way to Lisbon
Our dinner was not so good. We ordered pork loin and ours was overdone and dry. But other passengers had other selections that they polished off. Only later did we realize we were the only one in the dining car to order pork loin. The train took its time meandering to Lisbon, stopping and slowing many times for purposes unknown. I slept; Martha did not so it may be a tough sightseeing day for her. We've experienced the sleeper train and have finished with the experience! Breakfast was much better!
Weather looks cloudy with the threat of rain.
Arrived at Lisbon at 8:20 and checked in at the Hotel Aviz, Rua Duque de Palma, 32 1250-098, Lisbon. Very nice place but our room was not ready but we met our tour guide, Carlos, at 9:30 AM to commence a whirlwind car tour of old town Lisbon. We saw churches, a monastery, the Pink House (prime minster residence) St. George's castle and the basilica, beautiful pre-gothic "Santa Maria de Mayore". This was a simple, unadorned church that was impressive. We noted the graffiti on the outside stones put on by the constructing masons. We also stopped at the famous pastry shop founded by monks in the 17th century. There was a line into the place but Carlos knew the shortcuts and we dodged around the crowds seeing the important parts of the old backers. We sampled the delights of "Pasteis de Belem". We got back from the tour, went to our room and took a nap. Martha didn't sleep much and I didn't sleep well on the train. So, no more hotel train rides for us.
Day 14
In Lisbon
We walked down the main avenue if Lisbon into the old plaza. We planned in taking the elevator, a functioning elevator and monument designed by Charles Eiffel. We never made it to the elevator but I did take time to have a street-side haircut. Then we had a great lunch and met our guide for our afternoon touring. We drove to Suntra, an old mountainous region outside if Lisbon where the royals built their summer palaces. Then we toured the Palace of Pena built by King-consort Don Fernando. The place is a great example of romance style architecture in the 1830's. Ludwig picked some of its elements up when he built Bavaria's Neuschwanstein. The place was built in the grounds of an old convent. After the palace, we drove to Cascachi, a resort area on the Atlantic coast and back to the hotel. We had a quiet evening at the hotel including a forgettable room service dinner.
Day 15
On the way home
Packed and took a taxi to the airport to start our journey home. On arrival at airport, we learned that the flight departure for Boston was delayed from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM causing us to miss our connection with Spirit Air at 6:55 PM. Oh we'll, a little problem at the end of an otherwise superb vacation.

Room Tip: All rooms are superb but upstairs holds the advantage of viewing the beautiful countryside.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

After having a busy work schedule it was a relief to enjoy the welcome calm in Andalucia. Jeff and Sally have a wonderful home and the house is tastefully decorated, as well as being spotlessly clean.The bedrooms are beautifully furnished with spacious bathrooms and a complimentary drinks fridge was a real bonus! Their knowledge of the local area and all things "Granada" was very helpful, as well as their tips on visiting the Alhambra, even if you forget to book tickets in advance. After much walking and cycling we feel completely rejuvenated. Thank you both for a wonderful break!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

My return visit to El Amparo was part work, part pleasure. I can't think of nicer places to work than in the courtyard, with a view of fields and mountains whenever I looked up, or sitting on a shady patio with the sun going down. When it turned chilly, I could choose to continue in the cosy salon or in my spacious bedroom. Jeff and Sally are the best of hosts, kind, considerate and obliging. El Amparo is spotlessly clean, beautifully cared for and always welcoming. There's something for everyone in the area, and Jeff and Sally are full of local knowledge, whether it's the best walks or cycle rides (free bikes) or the best bars and restaurants. El Amparo is a place to eat well, sleep well and relax, and I know from experience that it's perfect at all times of the year; with air conditioning, underfloor heating and log fires, it's always comfortable. There's also a beautiful swimming pool, and a jacuzzi that's surrounded by trees and roses. The views are gorgeous - it doesn't matter which way your room faces, you'll have a lovely outlook.

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Reviewed 8 May 2013

Our 4th visit to El Amparo was again a truly unique experience ... a place where you can do as much or little as you choose. We enjoy being active and during this holiday took advantage of proprietor Jeff’s cycles for a ride along the Washington Irving trail to Alhama de Granada for the first refreshment stop of the day, before cycling through the gorge to El Ventorro bar/restaurant for further sustenance. In fact this cycle ride was so enjoyable that we did this twice during our stay! We also explored on foot from the door.

On a previous visit we have ridden with a guy named Wolf in the National Park on his Andalucían horses. If you are a horse rider this is a great experience to ride well schooled horses. If you aren’t so experienced, Wolf will take care of you.

If you choose not to be so energetic and the weather is good, the large pool and Jacuzzi are inviting. As El Amparo is situated in a rural position the bird life is interesting and varied and the vista superb. Depending on the daytime temperature, breakfast and dinner may be taken in the courtyard. We enjoyed Jeff’s cooking.

Jeff and Sally are both very knowledgeable about the area and will always impart their expertise with regard to parking, restaurants, how to get tickets, etc., etc., if required.

Although we’ve been to El Amparo several times there are many new places still to explore and lots that we like to re-visit.

May 2013

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Address: El Amparo | Calle Jose Milena, 18129 Santa Cruz del Comercio, Alhama de Granada, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Alhama de Granada > Santa Cruz del Comercio
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz del Comercio
Price Range: £109 - £184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — El Amparo 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NEWS! We are now closed until April 28th 2018, for extensive upgrades, we will be adding several new suites, a steam room, a gym, and a massage / spa area, hope to see you next year ! N&J El Amparo is a relaxed Luxury Bed and Breakfast run by Nick and Jody Day, set in rolling countryside close to Granada and the Spa town of Alhama de Granada it offers lovely rooms, a large pool area and great food. It's a great place to stay to enjoy local activities such as Mountain Biking, Hiking, Horse Riding or swimming in the local lake at Los Bermejales. ... more   less 
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