Unlike the well trodden backpacking trails of southeast Asia where guest houses largely offer soulless, tightly packed rooms with no window and resident cockroaches, Spanish guest houses put the emphasis on guest and are warm welcoming places often located in a rural setting and aimed at the more discerning traveller. These wonderful retreats can be found all over the Costa Blanca and are an ideal choice for holidaymakers looking for the peace and tranquillity of the countryside where gentle walks and fine dining are the order of the day.
Costa Blanca Guest Houses
Located slightly inland and equidistant between Alicante and Benidorm is Finca El Otero. Set high on a hillside above the sleepy village of Aigües, the finca boasts beautiful panoramic views and an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by lovely gardens and large terraces. Each of the spacious guest rooms and one suite have an individual appeal and charming names such as the Olive Room and Pepper Suite. Throughout the finca there are areas with comfortable seating and the dining room offers daily breakfast and evening meals on certain days. For further dining options the village of Aigües is just a short walk and Costa Blanca's coastal resorts less than a 20 minute drive.
Once the residence of British soprano Sarah Brightman, the splendid Villa La Madrugada is close to the village of Benissa and just a short drive from the coastal town of Moraira. Set in large tranquil gardens of fruit and olive trees with expansive green lawns, tennis court and swimming pool, the villa offers a selection of comfortable air conditioned guest rooms, restaurant with pretty outdoor dining terraces, bar and guest lounge. Visitors can enjoy exploring the nearby Montgó Natural Park or relax on the beaches Calpe of Moraira.
Just over 30 minutes drive from Alicante City is the charming village of Hondón de las Nieves that is home to Little Grape Bed & Breakfast. Run by a friendly Belgian couple, Lily and Sami, the villa is set in a rolling valley surrounded by mountains and offers terrace and grass areas to relax around the pool. The gardens have a variety of fruit trees complete with resident chickens, dogs, a Vietnamese pig and miniature pony. Guest room facilities include a private bathroom, ceiling fan, fridge, microwave, tea/coffee making facilities and a TV/DVD player.