Southern Spain is one of the most interesting places to visit in the country, not only because of its sunny weather and sangria, the traditional drink, but also for its particular architecture that mixes Arabic and European cultures. If you visit the region called Andalusia, you’ll be enchanted – just visit cities such as Sevilla, Malaga, Cadiz or Cordoba. You’ll feel like you are in another world, full of famous Spanish calmness. Sure, you can’t see everything in one day, so to enjoy your trip you have to find a nice hotel to stay in for the night. What about moving a bit from the largest cities of the region and go to discover a stunning hotel built from an old mill called Molino Del Arco? This magical place is hidden in the wonderful small city of Ronda that famous for its long tradition of “corrida” – Spanish bull fights. Here are a few reasons why Molino del Arco is so special that you should not miss it.
Wonderful mountain city
First of all, you just have to experience the town that is situated on the top of high rocks. Actually, Ronda is an ancient Roman settlement full of tiny curved streets and beautiful houses. It is located at an altitude of 750 metres above sea level. It’s a peaceful looking area that is split in parts by the deep canyon called El Tajo. The parts are connected by three ancient bridges built in 17th and 18th century. It is really difficult to find more stunning views than the ones you get from these bridges. The steep rocks and the wild Guadalevin River at the bottom contrast totally with the cosy look of the city. Really, Ronda can’t seem more peaceful and the Hotel Molino Del Arco benefits from this virtue with its great charm.
Sleeping in an old farm
Actually, this magical hotel complex is constructed on the basis of an ancient olive oil farm. It was there that the olives were cultivated and then processed to get the famous Spanish high-quality virgin olive oil. The owners have succeeded to preserve this tradition and at the same time they’ve complimented it with a big dose of modernity. The white plastering, grey-brown roof tiles, beautiful old-fashion shutters as well as the wooden ceilings confer to the place the real old-fashioned rural look. At the same time, the hotel offers all the comforts that the modern visitor needs – there is a high-quality restaurant as well a small stylish bar where you can chill out in the evening with a drink.
Spacious and comfortable rooms
In addition to the common areas, the rooms preserve the old southern rural look. Usually there is a main space with a double bed, comfortable sofas and sitting chairs covered with traditional fabric. Their colour varies, but usually they are stripped, chequered or simply beige. There is also a small table and a wardrobe with ornamental black-metal handles. It is clear that the hotel owner pays attention to all the details! The bathroom, hidden behind green-painted wooden doors is equally stylish. And, I saved the best thing for last - the rooms also have a small balcony equipped with chairs. In the evening you can sit here and watch the stunning panorama of hilly Ronda nature and listen to the bird flying playfully on the blooming orange trees. The moment can’t be better, can it?
Stylish gardens with a swimming pool
There is another reason why Molino del Arco is so magical – it offers a large complex of gardens designed in lightly Arabic-style. Just get yourself lost in the rows of cedar and olive trees, smell the flowering bushes while sitting on the stone banks. For an even more intense impression, this green environment full of peace is complemented by many fountains and wells. There isn’t anything better than the sound of trickling water! If you want to wash off the heat of the Andalusian sun, there is an outdoor swimming pool. During the hot summer, you’ll find it extremely convenient.
Copious homemade breakfast
The last reason why Molino del Arco is so wonderful is its breakfast that you can’t miss if you want to fully enjoy your stay. The breakfast is served in a nice, cosy room with small tables and it consists of an enormous variety of homemade products. You can choose whatever you want – from homemade bread with cheese or ham to homemade yogurt with fresh fruit and cereal. And their seasonal homemade jam is perfect! I ensure you that you haven’t eaten better yet. Seeing all these delicacies, it will be really difficult to leave this food paradise without trying a least a bit of all these fresh and tasty products. With a great cup of coffee on the side and the sun rising behind the window, there isn’t a better way to begin the day in sunny Andalusia!
Molino del Arco - the olive oil farm hotel in Ronda
While travelling through southern Spain, you can’t forget to visit the tiny town of Ronda that is situated on the top of fascinatingly high rocks. Here is a nice tip for a great, stylish and luxurious accommodation - the Hotel Molino del Arco.
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