Where to Stay When Travelling Around Andalusia
Accommodation in Andalusia
Our time travelling around Andalusia was short but sweet, with just a week to explore we were moving onto our next destination daily. With lots of driving involved, it was important to have somewhere to stay each night which suited our travelling needs, as well as providing a few home comforts!
We were keen to stay in places which felt both authentic to the area, and also offered the amenities we needed, especially parking. Location was often a big factor for us, wanting to maximise on our time in each place whilst also having the perfect spot to escape to after a long day exploring.
Where we stayed
With frequent flights from all over the UK to Malaga, our journey began here as the perfect starting point for our adventure. Though it wasn’t where we stayed until our last night! We knew we would be flying home from Malaga so would soon be returning, which meant an initial drive to our first destination of Ronda. Although the winding mountain roads in the dimming evening night wasn’t one for the faint hearted.
Ronda - Hotel Bodega El Juncal
After delicately navigating the mountainous roads in the dark of night, we didn’t see the true beauty of our hotel until early morning. We decided to go for a swim at the first sign of sunrise (a lot colder than we anticipated!) having the pool area all to ourselves.
Hotel Bodega is slightly further out than the central town of Ronda, but it provided us with the most relaxing starting point. With just a 10 minute drive to the main town, it had all the peacefulness of a quiet country villa, close to the hustle and bustle of Ronda’s main tourist hotspots.
You can book your stay at Hotel Bodega El Juncal here.
Gibraltar - The Rock Hotel
Next on our tour of Andalusia was a short hop over the border into Gibraltar. As a British Overseas Territory, it was strange to think that although we had left the UK a day earlier to fly to Malaga, here we were again. As Britons ourselves, Gibraltar has all the same familiar home comforts, but with the added benefit of glorious sunshine and crystal blue waters with views over to Morocco. Not to mention the monkeys, or the giant rock!
Gibraltar is only small, but it’s worth visiting on your travels around Andalusia, just don’t forget your passport to gain access and British currency, they don’t accept Euros here. We stayed at The Rock hotel, an institution in the heart of Gibraltar. The Rock Hotel is one of the oldest hotels on Gibraltar, open since 1932. Inside you’ll find portraits of celebrities from all over the world who have stayed here, including John Lennon and Winston Churchill. With a gorgeous art decor style, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
You can book your stay at The Rock here.
Seville - Silken Al-Andalus Palace
As one of the most popular hotspots in Andalusia, we knew that Seville would be one of the most expensive in terms of accomodation. We stayed at the Silken Al-Andalus Palace, just 10 minutes drive from the historic centre, including the Metropol Parasol and The Royal Alcázar.
Offering secure underground parking and an outdoor pool, it offered everything we needed for a comfortable nights stay. There are regular public bus services you can catch right outside the hotel, saving you the hassle of driving into the centre, as well as the cost of city centre parking.
You can book your stay at Silken Al-Andalus Palace here.
Cadiz - El Armador Casa Palacio
We were fortunate enough to be able to stay a night with family in Cadiz, however there’s a whole range of accommodation in the city centre. With everything ranging from luxury hotels to traditional apartments. El Armador Casa Palacio offers a home away from home, with WiFi throughout, and just 900 yards from La Caleta Beach, you’re right in the heart of Cadiz, enjoying the benefits of a local neighbourhood.
You can book your stay at El Armador Casa Palacio here.
Córdoba - Eurostars Conquistador
With Córdoba’s historic centre being a relatively small area within the wider city, we knew it would be worth paying a little extra to be in the heart of it all. The Eurostars Conquistador offered us underground parking for security, as well as all the main historic attractions of Córdoba on our doorstep.
The hotel included a great breakfast buffet that kept us going for a full morning’s exploring, as well as relaxing garden areas to unwind after a busy day. There is no pool in the hotel, however there’s a traditional hammam a short walk around the corner where you can soak away any aching feet. Be sure to book the hammam in advance, places book up quickly and it’s very popular with both locals and tourists alike.
You can book your stay at Eurostars Conquistador here.
Granada - Hotel Alixares
Our main plans for Granada included visiting the Alhambra, in the heart of the city. Hotel Alixares was a short walk directly to the Alhambra, perfect for us getting there for our early morning ticket slot before the crowds.
Hotel Alixares shares it’s parking with the dedicated Alhambra car park across the road, where we were able to buy a 24 hour parking ticket for around €10 in 2018.
It offers a small rooftop pool and bar area at the top of the hotel, perfect for sipping cocktails around after a busy days exploring in the summer heat.
You can book your stay at Hotel Alixares here.
Malaga - La Blanca Casita
For the last night of our journey around Andalucia, we stayed in the heart of Malaga in a gorgeous apartment, La Blanca Casita. Situated within a short distance of Malaga Cathedral and the shopping district, La Blanca Casita offered all the household amenities we could need. Perfect for preparing brunch on the balcony looking out over city views.
You can book your stay at La Blanca Casita here.