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Leaving Granada we drove through many more kilometres of olive groves to a little place called Setenil de las Bodegas. We turned off the main road, following the *****'s (GPS) instructions into an alleyway and the alleys got smaller, narrower and steeper with every turn and we couldn't turn back. At one stage we had to fold the rear view mirrors back (both sides) to fit through between a building and a fence on the ...
... filth of feria had even spread to Malaga's waters. I also tried Taco Bell for the first time in my life. Proved to be very cleansing for the bowels. One afternoon I explored around the Alcazaba – the 800 year old Moorish fort – that overlooks the town. That was pretty cool. Other than that just talked **** with the guys, criticised Malaga/feria/Gabriel at every ...
Alora was a place that we went to for the day. Alejandro had convinced all of us that there was a really great river there to see, so we all decided to go with him. Turns out that there was a little castle on top of a hill and we hiked up to see it. To get there we were pretending to hitch hike for a while…We took pictures by the castle and we sat on pillars and held the sun in our hands. Yayi and I got on top of some big ...
... me. But two things haunt me when driving through mountains in the rain. One is fear of the wheels slipping on the incredibly steep roads, and the second is the risk of landslides. There are signs aplenty warning of falling rocks and whereas this might not feel too much of a threat to the average person, to me it's a gruesome reminder of being pelted about my head by falling rocks after a landslide while walking in Madeira. Probable death missed me by inches and has left ...
I'm not too sure what to expect from Ronda. The guide book isn't very explicit but I do know that there is a magnificent bridge spanning the gorge. We decide after a drive through that wild camping isn't going to be an option, so we elect to treat ourselves to a couple of nights at the campsite a kilometre out of town. It's late in the afternoon when we arrive, and we are greeted like old friends by Bill and Joyce who arrived earlier ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cortijo Valverde Alora
Great place to relax
We have just returned from a wonderful week spent at Cortijo Valverde. The food, atmosphere and accomodation were all fantastic and the location allowed us to visit plenty of beautiful scenery (El Torcal in particular) and local sites.
The dinners cooked by Rod were lovely - it was a shame we couldn't find plenty of other local places to eat with the same standard.
It was great to meet the other guests over dinner & share experiences of the day - a wide range of ages, nationalities and backgrounds were represented and added to the fun!
We certainly hope to return again in the future.
We have a great break at El Cortijo Valverde, with the excellent hosts Moyra and Rod. What a wonderful setting in "el campo", the only noise being the odd crowing cockerell or the sound for the swallows wings as they swooped over the pool. A great achievement to bring this old finca to the standard of comfort it now has. Large rooms, beds and bathrooms with all comforts including A/C or heating and walk in showers, even hairdriers. Rods cooking is excellent and the idea of all guests seated round the huge table, after a complimentary drink on the terrace, was a great fun. We will definately return, you should try it! Well done to all!
Switch off, chill out
Spent 6 nights at the Cortijo earlier this month. It is a great place to chill out and relax - made easier by the wonderful pool and the views. You don't have to do anything but you can also spending time visiting this beautiful part of Andalusia. The food is excellent and, if you choose to take the option, the dinner parties are friendly and enjoyable. On our first day there we had a long Sunday lunch on the terrace and our last evening was dinner on the terrace with Rod, Moyra (the owners) and 2 other guests - just like being with friends.
Why criticise and withold your name. My wife and I are not old, or Spain knockers, nor are we use to hiding behind anonimity. This morning we returned from our third trip to Cortijo Valverde and are planning to go again.. It is ideal for touring, relaxing, seeing the rich history of Spain, the coast etc.etc. Local cuisine is superb and as for the comment of Cortijo Valverde being nothing more than a B & B, they could not have stayed in for dinner when offered. My wife is a vegetarian and is kindly catered for and as for sitting at a large table, we have never been forced. On the contrary it seems natural with the mix of cultures, backgrounds and nationalities that are attracted there. We have made good friends (of all ages and backgrounds) there.
Nice small relaxed place
We stayed here for some days in july, in fully enjoyed our time. Its nice, quiet and just what we needed after a hectic and busy years work.
The rooms are decorated nicely and have lovely views. The best part is the lovely swimmingpool, and the relaxed atmospere.
We enjoyed the company of the lovely hosts, and felt it was wonderfull to sit there and have dinner together with the other guests.
take a look for yourself at their web site then you will know what to expect, and if this is a place for you or not.
Really a B&B
As a frequent visitor to your website I am very surprised to see the good reviews being received by Cortijo Valverde.
My partner and I stayed there in May and left vowing never to return again.
BEWARE - you are forced to eat at a large table with all the other guests -- my idea of HELL, especially as we felt we had nothing in common with the other diners, mostly older, typically British, and really not in Spain for a Spanish experience. We felt the English owners were revelling in this atmosphere. Most guests spent dinner conversing about how awful Spain was. We also felt the food to be lacking.
The Hotel itself is really nothing more than a glorified B&B and we find it unbelievable that people are giving it "excellent" ratings. Sorry, but just not true.
Fantastic little hotel!
Such a relaxing stay, and we were made so welcome. Cortijo Valverde is really the best place to stay for exploring the surrounding area, and the dining was fantastic!
We are fans too!
We can only agree with the previous reviewer an excellent retreat. The dinner parties were superb, and the added bonus was its central position in Andalucia we were able to take Granada & Cordoba both trips in a single day.
Haven't decided yet but both Paul and myself are very tempted to return next spring.
Is this the perfect blend of real Spain and English friendliness?
Stunning scenery, frightening roads, great food and superb wines. Don't miss El Chorro but don't try Bobasto unless you have a head for heights.
Rod is full of useful (and reliable) information and is a wonderful host. The location is great, the rooms are perfect, cool and quiet. The pool is a delight, bigger than you might expect to find here and a general delight.
This must be the ideal location for anyone who wants to try Spain away from the 'Costa'.
Perfect peaceful break
Just spent a week in the lovely peaceful setting of Cortijo Valverde. Full marks for everything, rooms,pool, gardens and food. A big thank you to Moira and Rod for their superb hospitality. We shall most certainly be returning