Staying in Grazalema at La Mejorana was the highlight of a six-week trip through Europe. I started out with two nights booked, and was lucky to be able to add a third, then a fourth. If I'd had more time I would have stayed longer still.
This lovely lodge is set in the beautiful "pueblo blanco" (white town) of Grazalema , in the heart of the Grazalema park (a Unesco "Reserve of the Biosphere"), with stunning views from the guest rooms. It is listed as one of Spain's "Alojamientos rurales" (rural lodgings) and is recognized for having preserved its traditional architecture. And the hosts, Andrés and Ana, are as warm and charming as the inn. They cheerfully responded to any questions or requests and provided directions and helpful tips about the village and about hiking in the park.
The room itself was very clean and comfortable, with a roomy bathroom and marvellous views over the valleys beyond Grazalema. My room (also called La Mejorana) was up a spiral staircase, which I loved. But if you prefer, all of the other rooms have easier access, and most have a view.
I enjoyed the generous continental breakfast on the patio overlooking La Mejorana's pool, surrounded by greenery and nearby hillsides. There is an option for hot breakfast items. There are spacious indoor communal areas, with a fridge and many other facilities for guest use.
The town itself is worth exploring: With its ancient fountains and a communal laundry dating back to Visigoth and Roman times, a Roman road, a rare species of fir tree, neat and tidy white-washed buildings adorned with flowers, and high-quality local goods such as cheese, leather goods, and woolens that have been the mainstay of the village's economy, one could spend a leisurely day without leaving the village. I recommend walking the self-guided village tour to get some appreciation of the village's treasures and its history (see the guide available from the Tourist Info and/or ask Andrés). The food and drink in local bars and restaurants s delicious, with several establishments to choose from.
If you like hiking there are many trails of various lengths to choose from. A few require permits that must be obtained ahead of time (from the visitor centre in El Bosque), so if your heart is set on a particular permitted trail, plan ahead. However many trails do not require permits and there is a lot to see (e.g. wild ibex).
I'll be back, as soon as possible!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the very heart of "Parque Natural de la Sierra de Grazalema" (nature reserve), a really well known enclave because of its exceptional landscape beauty, "La Mejorana" rural house is located. This house stands out thanks to its majestic air and preserved traditional architecture. It has six double rooms that have been decorated with exquisite style and taste. Every room has a private bathroom with bathtub and some wonderful views of the mountains. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Mejorana Hotel Grazalema