The other reviews say it all. This is a brilliant place to stay in rural Andalucia. Owners Angel and Lucy do an excellent job in making their visitors feel welcome and at home. Their enthusiasm for the area and all it has to offer is infectious and they couldn’t be more helpful in ensuring you make the most of your stay. If you visit, do join Angel’s guided walk, take part in the jamon tasting and sample Lucy’s cooking. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are one of the fundamental principles here. Breakfast toast spread with olive oil instead of butter, honey and freshly cracked walnuts was a revelation. Even the nutcrackers work better than those at home! Our room was simple, spacious, comfortable and clean, with doors opening onto a terrace overlooking the garden, pool…
There is little I can add to the previous reviews of the posada, just agree with everything that has been said. We spent 6 nights here enjoying good local food, Lucy and Angel's exceptional hospitality. We were especially grateful for advice on walks that we could manage and all the local knowledge. Nothing was too much trouble for this very hospitable couple.
We recently traveled to Alajar, Spain for a walking holiday and stayed in a charming hotel owned by, the equally charming, Angel and Lucy. Angel gave all the residents a master class on how to carve 'Jamón ibérico', this practical demonstration was accompanied/paired with local Sherry's, followed by a sumptuous NYs eve supper. This lovely village nestled in the Andalucia Mountains boasts stunning views, fabulous locally produced food and wine. The view from the bell gable at the 'Reina de los Ángeles chapel' is especially worthwhile. In summary... Fantastic walking, great weather (very lucky), perfect hosts - a truly memorable experience.
This was a last minute booking through Inntravel and we chose the Posada San Marcos because the flights worked well and Inntravel's package offered varied lowish-level walks from the door, three evening meals in house, together with a guided walk with Angel and a visit to the secadero. These were all very worthwhile and I'd recommend the Inntravel package for these extras. So what makes it 5 stars? Well 3 main things: (1) Lucy and Angel - an Anglo-Spanish couple - provide the perfect combination of understanding what Brits expect/understand and local knowledge - as well as being very happy to explain everything about the local area, customs, language (i.e. rural Andalucian Spanish as opposed to Sevillian Spanish!) etc. They make you feel almost part of the family. They'll also…
We came as a prelude to a fortnight in Portugal and found Alajar an easy drive from Faro airport. Lucy and Angel are the perfect hosts of a tiny hotel in a tiny village. We had booked their Iberian Ham experience which meant we spent a lot of time with one or other of our friendly hosts as they gave us a fascinating (and tasty) introduced to the world's finest ham and the people (and pigs) who make it. The room was simple but clean and comfortable with an outdoor balcony. I enjoyed the pool though it was a little cool in late September. Lucy's dinners were memorable, as was the Andalucian breakfast. We admired their commitment to local products and sustainabilty. I think we shall return - maybe next time for a little gentle walking among the beautiful hills.
We’ve had a wonderful holiday improving our Spanish whilst also learning about local culture, food, flora and fauna in this very pretty, small, family run hotel. Lucy and Ángel are fantastic hosts and there is a very friendly atmosphere in the hotel. Whilst there is everything you could need or want - attractive rooms, pretty garden, swimming pool, delicious food - there is also an emphasis on home-made and local products and sustainability. Our daily language sessions with Ángel were informative and fun, and helped to fill in some of the gaps whilst also deepening our understanding of Spanish. We thoroughly enjoyed the organised activities: a marvellous guided walk, with Ángel, during which we learnt about local plants, fruits and wildlife; a very enjoyable Spanish cookery…
Everything was perfect, the place, the food and most important the people. Everything is being done with respect to the environment, even the pool water is a bit salty ( loved it ). Amazing sky in the night!
If you are in Alájar, this is a wonderful place to stay: very comfortable inn with incredibly engaged, caring hosts. Ángel & Lucy were very friendly, without being too present. Ángel offered a fantastic olive oil tasting/lesson, along with tour of the garden and environmental improvements of the inn [including its geothermal energy capabilities.] Breakfasts are great and Lucy cooked in the evenings [most evenings - not all]; her dinners are wonderful and made it too easy to not experience other local restaurants.
We stayed here for 4 nights as part of a walking holiday, which also included 3 nights in Seville. This proved to be an excellent choice - a lovely situation and great hosts who were very helpful and a real mine of information on the local area. We were lucky with the weather and got 4 great walks done in the Alajar area - plenty more to do if we come back, which does seem like a great idea! Lovely breakfasts too.
Our fourth time here, I think. Lucy and Angel as hospitable as ever. The peacefulness never ceases to pall. A new experience for us this time was having supper on the terrace watching the sun go down. Wonderful!