Archive for May, 2008

Hotel in Las Negras, Cabo de Gata

Bitacora** Apartment hotel complex situated in the heart of Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, bordering the fishing village of Las Negras. The establishment offers 7 modern, comfortable and spacious apartments, from which you can enjoy views of the beautiful Mediterranean and the spectacular Cabo de Gata. More information

Hotel in Los Escullos, Cabo de Gata

Cortijo El Paraiso**** Hotel situated in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar National Park that enjoys unique views over the Escullos Bay. The hotel is small and cosy and is situated only 1 km from the sea, right in the middle of nature. More information.

Hotel in the centre of Almeria

La Perla** Hotel is located right in the centre of Almeria. It is the oldest hotel of the city and has been totally refurbished providing its customers with comfortable, modern facilities and rooms but keeping its traditional charm. More information.

Hotel in Velez Blanco, Almeria

Velad Al-Abyadh*** Hotel full of charm which offers a quiet and comfortable atmosphere in the heart of the Sierra de María–Los Vélez Natural Park. Located between Almería, Murcia and Granada, just 45km from the beach, which makes it the ideal place for travellers wanting to discover and get to know this lovely area. More information.

Guesthouse in San José, Cabo de Gata

Hostal Las Gaviotas** Guesthouse situated in the heart of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, in an area that boasts some of the last stretches of unspoilt beaches in the Mediterranean. San José is a charming coastal fishing village that stretches around a bay. More information

Country hotel in Sorbas, Almeria

Cortijo Alto de Cariatiz Hotel outside Cariatiz surrounded by fantastic scenery. The farmhouse has a central building ‘La Cortijada’ with smaller bungalow style accommodation ‘Los Cortijos’. More information.

Organised cycling tour around Collserola, Barcelona

If you can ride a bike, you can do this tour. It is suitable for all ages and is not the least bit strenuous. You will ride at a nice, relaxed pace, on flat dirt route, and witness the most beautiful views Barcelona has to offer.

The Collserola Natural Park is an oasis in the Barcelona metropolitan area providing the population with a green wooded area away from the crowds and pollution associated with most big cities around the world. It contains around 10 million trees, 1,000 species of plants and almost 190 species of animals, reptiles and birds.

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Cycling day trip outside Barcelona

Your tour will start in Barcelona, where you will be picked up for a drive to Caldes de Montbui, your base for the bike tour, only 22 miles (35 kilometers) away.

Upon arrival at Caldes de Montbui you will be fitted with a helmet and suitable bike, while you are given a short explanation about the bikes and basic instructions for the day ride.

Your bike route will start in Caldes de Montbui, where thermal waters surface in many places due to geological faults and folds throughout the region. You will make your way out of the village through the picturesque scenery of the Catalan country side.

Your tour will end in “La Font de Lleo” the most famous Caldes de Montbui fountain, where you can witness the hot Thermal spring waters coming from the fountain at 76 Celsius.

On completion of the tour, you will be driven back to Barcelona with fond memories of the morning!

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Day hiking tours from Barcelona: Hiking tours in Montserrat

Hike through the natural park of Montserrat, home of the most emblematic sights of Catalonia. Visit the world famous Montserrat Monastery and Basilica, adding a taste of culture and history to a day of hiking in the great outdoors.

Start by driving to Montserrat passing through the country side surrounding Barcelona. Hiking through the natural park of Montserrat, you will witness the most emblematic sights of Catalonia, and capture its tremendous energy.

Along the way, your guide will explain about the morphology of the mountain, the geography and historical facts of interest. Upon reaching the highest point on the mountain at St. Jerome 4,055 feet (1,236 meters), there is a beautiful uninterrupted 360 degree view of the park. Your effort will be rewarded with a spectacular view stretching from the coast to the Pyrenees.

After a snack and drink break, you will continue the journey back down the mountain. There will be a short tour to the famous Montserrat Basilica, before returning to Barcelona.

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Day hiking tours from Barcelona: St Miquel del Fai

Starting from EUR €65.00 per person

Hike to St Miquel del Fai, where nature combined with medieval architecture provide the magical ingredients of a privileged place. After meeting in Barcelona, you will be driven to the St. Miquel del Fai hiking start point.

You will start the hike up to St. Miquel del Fai passing through the cascades and natural pools. Upon arriving at this magical spot, you will be met by the support vehicle guide, who will be waiting with snacks and drinks.

After a guided tour in St. Miquel del Fai, you will continue your hike returning down the mountain, where you will be met again by the support car, which will drive you back to Barcelona.

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Hotel in the centre of Almeria

Hotel Catedral**** Charming hotel in the cathedral square of the city of Almería. It is a Mannerist-style mansion from 1850 in the historical centre. 150 m away from the townhall, 500 m from the sea front and 500 m from the fortress. More information.

Rural hotel in Els Ports

Hotel Rural Las Ramblas Rural hotel situated in an incomparable setting of Els Ports. The 40,000 hectares of this establishment are located in the mountains, with fishing lakes nearby and the rich flora and fauna of the area. The interior of the region of Els Ports is of great historical, archaeological and natural interest. Nearby, you can also visit the walled city of Morella. More information.

Family hotel in Morella

Hotel Rey Don Jaime*** Family hotel located within the walled medieval village of Morella and enjoys magnificent views of the mountains and the town’s main street. Morella is the capital of Els Ports county and offers a great opportunity to explore this mountainous area of great natural interest, along with its history and traditions. More information.

Rural guesthouse on the foothills of Mount Gorbeia

Casa Rural Quopiki Charming and pretty, well equipped rural cottage guest house on the foothills of Mount Gorbeia, just a short drive from the cities of Vitoria and Bilbao. Located in the small village of Gopegi, it is ideal for outdoors enthusiasts with a whole host of things to do and see in the surrounding area. More information

Cutting-edge hotel in the Rioja Alavesa

Marqués de Riscal Luxury Collection***** Located in the Rioja wine region, this incomparable architectural masterpiece has become Frank Gehry’s second icon in Spain after Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum. More information

Rural hotel in the Ayala Valley

Los Arcos de Quejana* The Hotel-Restaurant Los Arcos de Quejana is a recently-restored 17th century mansion house in a beautiful setting with gardens, orchards, terrace and car park. Located between Bilbao and Vitoria. More information.

Hotel in the Rioja Alavesa

Hotel Marixa*** The hotel, situated opposite the Laguardia medieval city walls, boasts fantastic views of the Ebro valley and the surrounding vineyards. A great base for those looking to go on wine tours, the intimate and welcoming hotel offers 10 comfortable rooms, fully renovated in 2006 and a well-known restaurant. More information.

Original hotel in the centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

Hotel Dato** Hotel Dato is a symbol in the city of Vitoria. The Hotel is a little museum where the art and the comfort of the rooms are together. Each place is a discovery of colours and shapes. More information.

Hotel in the centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

Dato 2** This establishment is located in the heart of the city and only a stone’s throw from the touristic area of the city. A privileged location in the centre of Vitoria, with a homely atmosphere. an extension of the Hotel Dato. More information

Bed & Breakfast in the centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

La Casa de los Arquillos Recently opened establishment situated in the historical centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz, on the second floor of a century-year-old building that combines past charm with a contemporary touch. More information