We had the pleasure of staying at La Era for five nights in late May. We made our initial decision to visit based on the strong reviews and convenient location--within easy drive of Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla, and Malaga. The proprietors, Davinia and Raul, have created a wonderful, homey environment for their guests, and go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome. This is hospitality that truly transcends language; we spoke limited Spanish and French, they spoke limited English. Davinia, however, is taking English-language courses, and she made a heroic effort to communicate with two, fast-talking New Englanders throughout our stay.
The room was very rustic and tastefully decorated. Our only "complaint" was that water came out of the faucet into the vessel sink very powerfully, so we kept spraying water all over the bathroom! Also, La Era is on a town plaza popular with local families. Although it's nice to see kids playing out the window, it sometimes made it difficult to catch an afternoon/evening nap. In the end, we weren't in the room too often, so it wasn't a big problem for us. Rear-facing rooms are probably more quiet. We did, however, enjoy the view from our room, which looked out over the town to the olive-covered hillsides beyond.
The inn itself is in a fascinating older building. My understanding is that it used to be the community threshing facility, and you can still see the architectural evidence of agricultural use. There are no electric lights in the communal areas at night, only charming lanterns. The pool area is relaxing, surrounded by fruit trees. Breakfast is out on the patio, weather and temperature permitting.
While we appreciated both the hospitality and the accommodations, the food at La Era really put our stay over the top. Breakfast is a slow-food experience in multiple courses, with an emphasis on house-produced or locally-sourced items. Local breads, a wide variety of regional olive oils, homemade yogurt and jams, house-made cured meats, and always a sweet ending...our breakfasts were a highlight of every day. We had to leave quite early the day we departed, and Davinia and Raul were so accommodating to wake up extra early to see us well fed and on our way.
Dinner was also tremendous. One night we ate in Priego, but after that, we realized we could get a better meal at La Era! This is simple, wholesome food beautifully prepared. In particular, we appreciated the large, fresh salads (surprisingly difficult to come by in Spain,) as well as some of the local dishes. The salt cod, orange, and olive oil dish sounds bizarre--an absolute must try. We also enjoyed a dish of fire-roasted peppers with tuna, the salmorejo (tomato/bread soup), and all the wonderful meats. Everything is organic/bio whenever possible.
Overall, we cannot recommend La Era highly enough. Thank you Davinia and Raul for making our vacation that much more special and relaxing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the "Hospederia la Era",in the Subbetica Mountains Natural Park, on the foothills of the Sierra del Albayate, where people once worked on the land with humility and lived on hopes and dreams, you can now enjoy our hospitality, tranquillity and friendship. Come and discover Andalusia. There are many reasons to visit, so many more to return.Our rooms, all with their own personality, greet you with the warmth and the charming tradition of Andalusian architecture, heritage of our Roman and Moorish past. Earthenware hand-made floors, authentic tiles and clay wash hand basins, lovingly restored wooden beams ... A harmonious blend of patrimony and all the comforts of our time: fully-equipped bathrooms, TV, Wifi, heating, air-conditioning ...Our restaurant radiates tradition: our homemade cuisine encapsulates Mediterranean textures, aromas, colours and flavours. Our Extra-Virgin Olive Oil with AOC, pillar of the Mediterranean diet, bonds our love and respect for the land, through an ever growing presence of organic products.Our wine cellar offers you a wide selection of Spanish "Appellations d'Origine" as well as cheeky local or regional suggestions.Relax, enjoy your stay with us.Comes the summer: cool off in the swimming-pool, get to know the surrounding area through bike rides or hiking trails, feel the magic of an evening on the moon-lit terrace ...When the seasons turn, there's just nothing like a friendly chat by the fireplace in one of our spacious lounges, a good book in the library corner, a guided visit to the olive grove during harvest (from November to February) or a tasting session of our liquid gold: discover our Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the "Appellation d'Origine Priego de Cordoba ", rewarded for its taste and quality year after year worldwide.Discover Andalusia: From our central location, you can visit the main attractions in the region without sacrificing the pleasure of a peaceful stay in our house. You'll be back in time for dinner.Explore Nature: Ancient olive groves alternate with Mediterranean forest in the heart of Andalusia: a thousand paths to walk, a thousand scents to perceive.Surprise yourself with Almedinilla: One of the most spectacular natural settings of the Subbetica region, where the successive encounters and clashes of different cultures that came before us is reflected in our rich legacy. With English-speaking guides, visit the Iberian settlement of Cerro de la Cruz, the Roman Villa "El Ruedo", declared of Cultural Interest and the Archaeological and Historical Museum, housed in one of the most emblematic buildings and sceneries of the area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hospederia La Era Spain/Almedinilla