The Hotel Cortijo de Salia is a typical "rural" hotel in that it sits well away (directions to follow!) from the coastal resorts and offers travellers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the real Spanish countryside. In our experience, these hotels generally have all modern facilities and perhaps most importantly, offer much better value for money than their seaside cousins.
Firstly, as promised, those directions! The easiest approach is to come up from the coast road (A7) at the exit for Velez - Malaga. Take the A356 (A402) towards Alhama de Granada and after a few miles when you start to climb, keep an eye out for the green 53km sign on the side of the road. After a few more bends you will see the (small) hotel sign on your right. Turn off here but be very careful because the track drops quickly to the right. Follow this down, turn left and after passing a dirt section of the track, the hotel entrance is on the right hand side.
This really is a lovely little hotel. The views across the valley to Alcaucin and down towards the lake make your journey more than worthwhile, and the swimming pool and grounds just add more icing to the cake.
The guests' rooms are all in one long block and almost have a Mexican feel about them. Ours (like the rest I presume) had plenty of space, a large comfortable bed, rustic furniture and a good bathroom. Large French windows open out on to a small patio with table and chairs and - you guessed it - that view!
I suppose I would have to say that because of the location, a car is pretty much essential for getting around from here, but if the sun is shining, then lounging by that pool could turn out to be a hard act to follow.
Alfonso, the owner, is a charming chap. He has a pretty good command of English and whenever he spoke to us, he always had a smile and plenty of helpful advice on local places of interest. He also served an excellent breakfast - fresh orange juice, good coffee and a wide selection of breads, meats, cheeses etc. More than enough to keep us going for most of the day. We did not get to try an evening meal as we had arranged to meet friends in Nerja but a glance at the menu revealed some promising dishes.
Sadly the weather during our visit was not all we had hoped for, but nevertheless our stay at the Cortijo de Salia was most enjoyable and we are more than happy to give it a very warm recommendation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our pretty country house hotel is located in the Axarquia region in Costa del Sol, Malaga, close to the citadel "El Alcazar" and "Sierra de Tejada" Natural Park in the Alcaucin Valley. Guests will be captivated by this green and rural natural site, where they can enjoy its mild and pleasant microclimate during the whole year. Our hotel offers a choice of 9 different rooms. Facilities include a luminous lounge with large windows, a small restaurant, bar, large gardens with charming corners, a swimming-pool and a private parking. Our hotel and its gardens are perfectly fitted into nature. Its architecture merges with the environment, as it is built from a former farmhouse, preserving some of its original elements. Surrounded by a lighting and colourful landscape, the visitors cannot fail to notice the influence of the Arab culture on this land. The environment and warmth atmosphere of our hotel makes this place the ideal spot to get lost at any time during the year. Get away from noise and stress and enjoy a peaceful experience. Our guests are pleasantly surprised when discovering our warmth and informal atmosphere, our familiar customer service combining privacy and style, peace, serenity and nice gestures. In our large and relaxing gardens with gentle slopes, our guests can enjoy a nice walk, sunbathe, have a break reading a book and gaze at the wonderful landscape at sunset. Your senses will be captivated by the colours of the earth, stones, wood and the light contrasts, as it seems that the time stops.Couples, group of friends or family with children are all welcome. We will be delighted to try our best to make your stay here an unforgettable experience. ... more less
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