Still, it doesn’t get much more charming than Hotel La Fuente de la Higuera, a tastefully renovated 18th century olive mill just outside of Ronda. The hotel has 12 rooms and a lovely pool, and is a perfect base for cycling into the surrounding Serrania de Ronda mountains to explore towns such as Zahara and Grazalema. Then there’s Ronda itself, one of the most famous towns in the region thanks to its historic centre, set on an escarpment, and the Puente Nuevo, a 330-foot-high bridge that crosses over the dramatic El Tajo gorge.
Not far away and just south of the city of Sevilla lies the family-run Hacienda San Rafael, formerly part of a thriving olive estate from the 18th century. The only thing we love more than its 11 rooms, three casitas, and three swimming pools are the resident dogs. From here, it’s easy to explore the sherry town of Jerez, gorgeous hilltop villages, mountain ridges, lakes, vineyards, and olive groves.