Cortijo del Marques

Albolote, Granada & Sierra Nevada, Spain
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Cortijo del Marques

Albolote, Granada & Sierra Nevada, Spain

A unique hideaway hotel with superb cuisine in the mountains north of Granada; perfect for deep relaxation in nature

A unique hideaway hotel with superb cuisine in the mountains north of Granada; perfect for deep relaxation in nature

A short whizz up the motorway from Granada, then a slower twist along a track through oak forest and olive groves, leads you to this imposing farmstead and chapel. Standing in splendid isolation amidst rolling fields of wheat, it feels Andaluz to the core: cobbled patios flanked by citrus trees and murmuring fountains wrapped within massive outer walls; towering cypresses and the chapel’s belfry silhouetted against an all-blue sky.

Silvia and Eilko - the cosmopolitan, relaxed and go-the-extra-mile hosts - spent years refashioning the main house and outbuildings. They created 15 characterful rooms and suites, along with an airy dining room, where the food is in a class of its own. The vibe throughout is peaceful, recuperative and deeply relaxing. A pool is hidden within a walled rose garden, with divine long views out to the Sierra de Arana, yet the myriad charms of Granada and its Alhambra lie just half an hour away by car.


  • Wonderful walking in the western Alpujarra, or explore on horseback or by bike
  • Great-value rooms, and we loved their original wood-beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls. One has quirky old pigeon coops, another features old horse troughs!
  • Candlelit dinners that would be hard to beat; the menu changes nightly
  • Set at an altitude of 800m, so even in high summer bedrooms stay deliciously cool (further helped by air con)
  • Multi-lingual hosts make everyone feel welcome


  • The pool is unheated
  • No TVs, and the WiFi is patchy, so pack good books to read in the evenings
  • Expect the odd bump along the the track leading to the farm, even if you don’t need a 4x4 to get here
  • You'll need to drive to reach other restaurants for a change of scene
  • No kids under 12 permitted (a high for some!)

Best time to go

Spring is the nicest time of year, when the winter wheat is pushing through and the wildflowers at their spectacular best. Being so high (800m above sea level), summer nights stay pleasantly cool. Autumn is a great time for outdoor activities. The hotel closes from November through to mid March.

Our top tips

Visit some of the lesser-known white villages around Granada, like Moclí­n for its Moorish castle, Calahorra for its Italian Renaissance castle, or Colomera for its 16th-century church.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 15 rooms
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • Kids over 12 only
  • Closed: Early November to mid March
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car essential
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room: La Terreza


The 15 bedrooms vary in size and confab, following the organic assemblage of farm buildings. Some look out onto the courtyard, some are within the main house, El Silo (Deluxe Suite), our favourite, is housed in what was once a grain silo. This circular room, with bathroom below and bedroom above, has a huge fixed window framing the surrounding estate and distant sierras: it would be a great choice for honeymooners.

The decorative base elements are authentically Andalusian - terracotta tiles, beamed ceilings, shuttered windows - whilst the eclectic mix of antique chests, wardrobes, mirrors and desks are in sync with the sense of history that permeates the cortijo. The 2-bedroom Los Aljibes (Family Suite), measuring in at over 100m2, would be our top choice for a family. Romantic El Granero (Deluxe Suite) is a massive courtyard-facing room with an open-plan bathroom, whilst El Palomar (Suite) is also huge, with quirky old pigeon houses. For ultimate privacy, choose El Mirador (Superior Double), set in the ancient tower with wraparound views.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Hairdryer
  • Mosquito net
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Given the cortijo's isolated position, most guests choose to dine in. Meals are served inside the lofty, beamed dining room where wood-burners are lit in the cooler months. In warmer weather you can have an apéritif, then later your coffee, out in the courtyard.

Our 3-course dinner was a culinary tour de force. A scrummy appetiser of pumpkin paté with Oloroso sherry was followed by a light cream of avocado, apple and fresh mint soup. The main course of skewered tuna with Moorish spices and finely cut veg was eye-wateringly delicious, and the honey, almond and coffee dessert offered a sweet and sticky finish. Eilko’s recommended wines are a match for the food and include several local cépages.

After a deep sleep, expect a big, buffet-style breakfast with delicious coffee and freshly squeezed juice served at your table by easy-natured waiting staff. Light lunches are available if you’re chilling at the farm for the day: sandwiches, salads and a yummy selection of tapas - think Spanish omelette, roasted pepper and tuna salad, or cured Iberian ham.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Room service


  • Laze in the walled pool garden, drinking in the vast views out towards the Sierra de Arana
  • Explore the mountain villages of the western Alpujarra. The walking in this region is spectacular
  • Spend a day in Granada (24km away). You’ll find comprehensive information about what to see in the guest file of your bedroom. And don't forget to book your Alhambra tickets in advance
  • Grab a mountain bike and follow one of Eilko’s recommended routes out from the farm
  • Saddle up at the local stables and head for the hills: the surrounding countryside has a real Wild-West vibe about it
  • Spend the day on the beach. You can reach spectacular, uncrowded beaches in a little over an hour. Our top tips: the shingle beaches of El Cañuelo and the Playa del Pino, both just west of Almuñecar
  • Watch an authentic flamenco performance in the gypsy caves of Sacromonte in Granada

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures


Only children over 12 are accepted. Aside from the swimming pool, there’s little specifically laid on for teens who may be bored if not so outdoorsy; active older children will enjoy walking, biking and horse riding. The 3-course gourmet dinner can be adapted for fussy eaters on request.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

There are 2 Family Suites and one Family Duplex, which each have 2 bedrooms (a double and a twin); one has a bath too. The Standards, Superiors and a couple of the Suites can each fit 1 or 2 extra guests on solid extra beds or sofa beds.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool with shallow end
  • Gardens
  • Mountain bikes and helmets supplied


  • Airport: 30 minutes' drive (Granada)
  • Shop: 5-minute drive
  • Hospital: 24km
Kid Friendly:


The cortijo lies 4km from the A44 motorway, a 30-min drive from Granada or 3.5hrs from Madrid in southern Spain. The nearest settlement is Deifontes, a workaday village with a few sleepy bars and restaurants.

By Air:
Granada (24km away) is the nearest airport, followed by Malaga (146km away), Almeria (185km away), Seville (262km away), Gibraltar (263km away) and Jerez (277km away).

By Car
Airport transfers are available but you'll definitely want a car while you're here. For hire cars see our car rental recommendations. You can park for free at the hotel.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.


  • Granada 24.0 km GRX
  • Malaga Pablo Ruiz Picasso 146.0 km AGP


  • Beach 60.0 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

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