Subject: Re: Andalucia in April
Hi Cathia,

My wife and I spent a couple of weeks in Andalucia in early April a couple of years ago, and I did a long of planning for that trip. On how long to stay where, the concensus seemed to be three days for Seville, two for Granada, and one for Cordoba (to cover the big three). After our trip, I thought that was about right. We stayed at the Hostal Suecia in Granada and liked it very much, though it is a bit of a walk to town. I think it was formerly a large manor, situated right below the Alhambra (tough walk up). Very nicely furnished, quiet, and reasonably priced. In Cordoba, we stayed at the Omeyas, which was great and only a half a block from Mezquita. Our hotel in Seville was the Rabida, a relatively large older that hasn't completely lost its charm. Pretty good location for walking to things and reasonably priced. A place I would highly recommend is the Hotel Don Miguel in Ronda--it backs up smack on the gorge and river, and offers fabulous views, particularly the room we had (I think it was 306, but 304, 305, and 306 are all good). The Don Miguel's restaurant was also getting the highest marks in Ronda when we stayed there. At Arcos, I debated between the Olivos and El Covento, and chose the Olivos. You can't go wrong there--very comfortable place with large rooms (at least ours was) and an extremely hospitable and helpful staff. But if I were doing it again, I'd go with the El Convento because of its location. If you're at the Olivos and want to walk to town, it's not only a bit of a distance but a steep one too. The El Convento is right in the center of town. We also stayed in Nerja (we flew into Malaga), Jerez, Merida, Toledo, and Madrid (we flew out of Madrid), so if you want any info on those places, let me know.

Some of the resources I liked best in planning this trip weRe: Michelin Green Guide on Spain; Rough Guide on Andalucia; Hello Spain! An Insider's Guide to Spain Hotels $40-80 a Night for Two (by Margo Classe); and Alistair Sawday's book on best B& B's in Spain (I can't locate my copy at the moment, so don't have the exact name, and it may be out of print, but it is excellent).

Hope this may be of some use. If you have any Qs I might be able to help you with, send them along.

Rgds, John in Houston