Posada La Plaza
, Plaza del Generalisimo, Canillas de Albaida.
The carefully restored XVI century Hotel Posada La Plaza stands in the heart of Canillas de Albaida, one of the "pueblos blancos" - the white villages of Andalucia. A few miles back from the coast near Nerja, the village is perfectly situated to enjoy both the beaches and the mountains of this beautiful region.
Within the hotel, a blend of Moorish architecture, local craftsmanship and traditional decoration gives each room an authentic Spanish feel with all the modern comforts that clients expect; and because the hotel is located in the central plaza of the village, this is also an ideal location for those wanting to experience the charms of a traditional Spanish village in the heart of the Andalucian hills.
The hotel has 1 suite, 2 family rooms and 6 double rooms. There is a small sitting/reading area, a mini-spa with jacuzzi, turkish bath and sauna, plus a large roof terrace offering panoramic views of the surrounding Sierra Almijara and Tejeda Natural Park.
All eating and drinking is provided by the hotel's own 'Restaurante La Plaza', which is well-known locally for its superb Spanish cuisine, tapas and fine wines. This gives visitors a real sense of joining in with the local community.
The surrounding area is well known for its breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife and the relaxed Spanish way of life, and therefore offers guests not just a place to chill out, remember and return to, but also a superb base for outdoor activities or simply for experiencing the Spain beyond the Costas.
Restaurante La Plaza offers you a wide range of tasty and traditional food using fresh and seasonal ingredients wherever possible.
Healthy Continental Breakfast
Choice of Light Snacks, Tapas and Salads for Lunch
Selection of exquisite Spanish dishes and fine wines for Dinner
Closed on Wednesdays.
Out and About
Beaches (the eastern Costa del Sol is less than 30 minutes away)
Village swimming pool (May - Sept)
Golf (also about 30 minutes by car)
Horse-riding (stables nearby)
Tennis (the courts are in the village)
Mountain-biking and cycling
Activity Holidays: Posada La Plaza have developed a range of activity holidays for you to choose from: Multi Activity is all about variety and choice and being able to do what you want to do on your holiday. The programme covers a wide range of activities and includes Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking and Yachting and allows you to do different things as an individual or as a family on different days.
Walking offers you a wide variety of walks and covers all grades of walkers. The programme includes walks through olive groves and orchards, gentle ascents with spectacular views and for the more energetic, the mountain peaks of El Lucero and La Maroma (2069m).
Horse Riding is a great way to explore the beauty of the surrounding Andalucian hills. The riding stables are only 5 minutes away from the hotel and on the edge of the Natural Park in an ideal location for both short and long rides. The programme is designed for all levels of experience and age and is suitable for individuals and small groups as well.
Birding is a great opportunity for you to view and identify an extensive range of birds in some of the most stunning scenery in southern Spain. The programme includes a wide range of viewing locations. Hence your itinerary will be planned according to the season and any individual/group preferences. Group sizes are also small, typically 3-4, so book early to avoid disappointment!
Sketching offers you a relaxed, creative and scenic environment in which to develop your drawing and painting skills. In an easy-to-understand and practical course you will learn firstly how to draw and, if you wish, go on to learn or develop watercolour technique to enable you to improve your style.
Places to visit:
Lake Vinuela (30 minutes away) Non-motorised water sports
Nerja (30 minutes away) Charming small Andalucian town on the coast, sporting the famous "Balcón de Europa" and some spectacular caves.
Frijiliana. Pretty Andalucian village, not far from the coast
Malaga (1 hr) Picasso Museum, Cathedral or "La Manquita", Alcazaba Palace
Granada (2 hrs) Alhambra and the Generalife, Moorish craftsmanship, Sierra Nevada and skiing. 2 hours might seem like a long drive, but the scenery is stunning and well worth it.
Double or twin room, en-suite bathroom with shower, heating and air-conditioning.
Slightly larger double or twin room with en-suite bathroom with shower and Juliet balcony with views of the square. Heating and air-conditioning.
Room for three guests in comfort, en-suite bathroom with shower, heating and air-conditioning.
The family room has one bedroom with twin beds, a separate lounge with a sofa and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The room has air conditioning and a minibar. and there is also a Juliet balcony with views of the village square.
Reviews from Little Hotels Travellers:
Our priority in booking was to find a little traditional hotel at the right price that would accommodate our family on the last two nights of our trip to Andalucia. Sometimes you tend to take the information given on websites on the cautious side, but what a very pleasant surprise we had when we arrived, that all that is written is true.The presentation of the hotel is absolutely excellent, the cleanliness of the rooms was something the larger chains could learn from. The food in the restaurant was superb and our children were readily accommodated with their requests of more straightforward meals plus we have one young vegetarian who was very pleased with the dishes available.
We were made to feel most welcome.
Our family room provided enough space for our 3 young children in the connecting bedroom which was a significant advantage.
What we didn't know was that we were arriving in "fiesta" time and what a celebration the village was having with the Proprietor having a key role in the square's celebrations as we arrived.
We wouldn't change a thing even when the fireworks were going every hour through the night.
We would have loved to stay longer and visit in Spring or Autumn to take advantage of the walks available.
It may be worth noting a couple of things in your information just in case people get caught out: In Fiesta time car parking is a premium (and probably at any time of year) so you can end up quite away from the hotel - so find the hotel first and then decide which bags to take (particularly after the foam dies down!).
We only noted one "yellow" sign to the hotel which is slightly unclear which route you have to follow to the square as you enter through narrow alleyways which is somewhat confusing to the first time visitor. We did come across a couple of other people trying to find the square. Perhaps a little sketch map may be useful or the hint on the hotel's website should be used in your direction instructions "On foot follow the small street "Calle Poema Miguino" into the main La Plaza square". Mind you we were aided as we just followed the Fiesta music.
Your first drive to Canillas de Albaida from the motorway may take longer than the ambitious 30 mins.
Unfortunately we had to make a fairly early getaway to the airport 7am and breakfast is not till 9am, admittedly we did not ask for anything to be put aside which I'm sure would have been made available to us had we have asked.
What a fantastic experience, a place we hope won't change, it is definitely a place we'd love to visit again.
I'm adding to my husband's remarks...
I agree with everything, but would like to add that on the Sunday morning the owner did not arrive until 10.30 to provide breakfast (it was supposed to be from 9am) - presumably because he was fiesta-ing until 5am!!!!
whilst I understand his need to party, I don't really think it is any way to run a hotel!!!! and maybe he could have anticipated his hangover and made alternative staffing arrangements...
a minor point really, which didn't spoil our stay, just delayed us somewhat for our day trip
Here's What Some People Have Written On Other Review Sites or in the Guestbook:
We have had a great time. Thank you for making our trip such a memorable occasion - we'll certainly be back with family and friends|
What a wonderful place. The rooms and the food in the restaurant were absolutely fabulous and your attention to detail was greatly appreciated. We'll certainly pass the word around in the US!|
'Experience the real Spain' and we did! The local fiesta was fantastic and we all really enjoyed our horse riding trip as well. Gracias y Adios|
I wanted to let you know that our stay at the Posada la Plaza was one of the highlights of our trip! It was very nice, clean and well priced..........the rooms were adequate and its location is fantastic.......we far preferred our stay in the Pueblos Blancos to any stay in the larger cities. I might also add that the owners were very pleasant, friendly and accommodating. K.|
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Isn't this what everyone wants of a holiday in Spain? Far from the madding crowd, yet close enough to drive down to the beach each day if you want. You can really taste Spain here, literally and metaphorically. Exceptional value for money too.
A Word from the Owner
Our passion for rural Spain and client satisfaction has enabled us to transform three traditional XVI century houses in the main square of Canillas de Albaida into an authentic and very charming rural hotel in the Andalucian hills which we personally run today. We sincerely hope you will visit us and look forward to seeing you soon.