La Almunia del Valle

Nr Granada, Granada & Sierra Nevada, Spain
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La Almunia del Valle

Nr Granada, Granada & Sierra Nevada, Spain

Style and comfort in the Sierra Nevada at this bucolic mountain hideaway, only 15 minutes' drive from Granada

Style and comfort in the Sierra Nevada at this bucolic mountain hideaway, only 15 minutes' drive from Granada

You’re in the first folds of the Sierra Nevada here, but only a 15-minute drive from the centre of Granada. Spectacular landscape encircles you: mountains rise across the valley, streams gurgle, pine forests cling to the hills. If you want to walk, you can strike out from the front door (maps and walking sticks are on hand); alternatively, sit out by the pool in the shade of an ancient fig tree and drink in the views.

As for the house, well, that’s not bad either, a beautifully orchestrated commingling of contemporary art, furnishings and fittings with the building's more rustic base elements of slate and dressed stone: rustic chic at its very most appealing. It’s built into the side of a hill and a couple of the rooms have raw stone walls. Elegant, uncluttered bedrooms come with long views and crisp linen, a fire smoulders in the first-floor sitting room in cooler months, and summer suppers are taken up on the rooftop terrace, where, on clear nights, you’ll see the moon slip over the mountain and light up the valley below. Magical.

Highs

  • The fabulous setting on the side of a hill has mountains all around
  • The comfortable and stylish bedrooms offer great value for money
  • Beautiful Granada and the magnificent Alhambra, the finest palace in Spain, are just 15 minutes away; the Sierra Nevada National Park is great for long walks, horse riding and mountain biking
  • Patricia and Manuel are consummately good hosts: warm, caring and genuinely keen for you to experience the best of Granada and its sierra
  • Sustainability is a priority; solar panels generate the electricity, guests are encouraged to recycle, single-use plastics are cleverly avoided
  • La Almunia has a droolingly romantic, hidden away feel to it: you can't fail to slip into easy R&R at this place

Lows

  • The set menu for dinner offers no choice. But menus are discussed in advance, any allergies or veggie leanings accommodated, and the produce is all locally sourced. Note you need to say 24 hours in advance if you want an evening meal
  • If you want the bars and clubs of the big city, you’ll have to drive down to Granada each night
  • You’re up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, at the end of a long country road (with a narrow access road at the end), so you’ll need a car to get here

Best time to go

Spring and autumn are the best times for outdoor activities. Summer days can get very hot, but the altitude means nights are pleasantly cool.

Our top tips

Wander around the garden. There’s lots of colour around the house and some big old trees on the lawn, so you can sit out in the shade. Visit every corner and you’ll find olive trees (one is 400 years old, they harvest the fruit and make their own oil), fig trees (you’re free to try one), chestnuts (they cook them up in season), an almond tree (help yourself) and some pomegranate, cherry, clementine and plum trees, the produce of which goes to the kitchen.

Remember to bring mosquito repellent - they can be a nuisance in the evenings.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Eco
Foodie
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 15 rooms
  • Breakfast (+ dinner by arrangement)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: Nov - mid-Feb
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car recommended
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

All the rooms have the same soothing style, but all are different. Wander around and you’ll find padded bedheads, Mies van der Rohe chairs, a fascinating collection of contemporary art on the walls, rugs, TVs, books and good lighting.

You get ceiling fans, pretty throws, Mediterranean colours and terracotta-tiled floors. Beds are immaculate, with eiderdowns and the crispest linen. Every room has a couple of delightful armchairs - small, well-made and sumptuously upholstered - which face towards the windows. First-floor rooms get the longer views, while those on the ground floor have doors that open onto the garden. The Superior Rooms are particularly special; one is built into the side of the hill and has a stone wall, whilst another 2 on a higher terrace have glass-fronted rooms that are simply stunning. On our last visit we stayed in a Standard with Terrace; we loved the space and views of Sierra Nevada from our private patio, and actually preferred the classic layout to the more open plan Superiors (their bed-to-bathroom distance felt a little too close for comfort).

Bathrooms (all ensuite) are similarly indulging. All are spacious, but some are huge. Superior Rooms have modern in-room ensuites separated by a curtain, all others are more traditional and have doors. You get hand-thrown ceramic sinks, mosaic walls in the power showers plus pretty glasses, big mirrors and candles. Superior Rooms come equipped with linen dressing gowns and slippers, and the soap, gel, shampoo, conditioner and body cream are stored in lovely hand-painted ceramic jugs (just one of the efforts by the team to cut the use of plastics).

In-room coffee, tea and biscuits are replaced daily, and you also get a mini fridge to store snacks and drinks.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Fan
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Extensive buffet breakfasts offer a daily surprise: sliced fresh tomatoes, delicious home-made orange and lemon cake and ensainmadas (like a croissant). You’ll also get cereal, home-baked toasted rolls, yoghurt, lots of fruit as well as a cafetiere of coffee, fruit juice and a selection of teas, the latter served to you at your table. Stylish white crockery on crisp white table cloths with proper linen napkins make it feel even more special, as do those eye-watering valley views when it's served alfresco. If you're heading out early to see Alhambra (which has set visiting hours) you may miss the buffet; give your hosts some notice and they can prepare you a tray so you don't lose out.

Three- or five-course dinners are available, if arranged no less than 24 hours in advance; there are vegetarian options available with notice. Patricia loves to cook and goes to the market in Granada every day. She cooks simple Mediterranean dishes with lots of flavour - loads of fish, chorizo and crepes, terrines, steamed vegetables. Some vegetables come from her organic garden, as do castañas (chestnuts) in autumn, figs in summer, oodles of cherries in May and June as well as the best virgin olive oil from the terraced groves that surround the house. Our dinner was light and tasty: watermelon and beetroot gazpacho, layers of aubergine, smoked cheese and tomato followed by salmon and cous cous. The highlight was the handmade pionono - a sweet, local, alcohol-soaked pudding - that finished off the meal. Coffee is served in the sitting room. You can also get a good brandy.

Monachil has a couple of restaurants, where you can get something simple, but if you want a slap-up dinner, you’ll have to head into Granada. Manuel and Patricia will be there to point you in the right direction: their current top recommendation is Las Tomasas, a stylish restaurant serving classic dishes of southern Spain, fine wines, and jaw-dropping views of the Alhambra.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Head down to Granada and spend a day at the Alhambra - you probably don’t need telling this, but it’s one of Europe’s architectural crown jewels, and if you go you may find you return the day after. It is an exquisite example of Moorish endeavour and has one of the finest gardens in the world. Make sure you book in advance
  • You’re in the Sierra Nevada National Park, so put on your walking boots and head off into the mountains. Walks start from the front door and close by you’ll find a small gorge with an Indiana Jones-style swing bridge across it. You can follow the river down into Monachil, a pretty village, where you’ll find big, fat geese sleeping under the bridge at night
  • For the more adventurous, the Sierra Nevada plays host to a number of outdoor pursuits. Horse riding, rafting, paragliding, mountain biking and quad biking can all be arranged
  • Head into the mountains to visit La Alpujarra, where you'll find Spain’s highest villages, whose flat-roofed houses bear witness to their Berber origins
  • There’s a festival of music in July at the Alhambra and a jazz festival in Granada in late October/early November

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Trekking

Kids

Children are welcome even though the owners were at pains to point out that La Almunia del Valle is not a family-focused hotel. Free baby cots are available in some rooms, check in advance.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Only the Superior Rooms, which have private terraces, can accommodate an extra bed (for under 7s).

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Distances:

  • Airport: 20-30 minutes (Granada)
Kid Friendly:

Location

La Almunia del Valle is about a kilometre above the village of Monachil, 15 minutes southwest of Granada in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

By Air
Granada (33km away) is the nearest airport, followed by Malaga (144km away), Almeria (185km away), Seville (262km away), Gibraltar (263km away) and Jerez (277km away). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving them.

By Car
You will need your own car. Note that the access track is asphalted. For hire cars see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be provided after your booking is confirmed.

More on getting to Andalucia and getting around

Airports:

  • Granada 33.0 km GRX
  • Granada 144.0 km AGP

Other:

  • Beach 60.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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