Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes


Cocktails and croquettas in the Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada

With its long hot summers, it comes as little surprise that Andalucía has such a seductively intoxicating selection of refreshing drinks. Sangria needs little introduction and Rebujitos is gaining popularity thanks to the renaissance in sherry drinking; yet today’s tipple was a first for me. ‘Limona’- it is chilled white wine, mixed with Mediterranean lemon juice and cane sugar, served with sliced apple and mint. It sounds simple but it delivers a complex, refreshing flavour that was more than welcome after our journey this morning from Malaga to the mountain town of Lanjaron.

Hotel Alcadima Lanjaron Garden

The town is renowned for its mountain spring water that graces the tables of both the finest restaurants and the most humble bars. This small mountain village in Granada’s Alpujarras was our first stop on a journey of discovery with ‘Andalusian Wilderness’. (see below details of the guides on this trip)

With the support of the Andalusian regional government this association of hospitality businesses and organisations wants to share the joys and surprises of Andalucía’s wild spaces. For so long this southern most part of Europe has successfully attracted the lion’s share of tourism thanks to sun and sea, but the interior of Europe’s most bio diverse region, inland Andalucía has been ignored by many.

So we are on an Andalusian adventure, to showcase the beauty, gastronomy and culture of some of Andalucía’s great wild spaces!

Hotel Alcadima Lanjaron dining

This mid morning stop on the way to lunch, provided an opportunity to showcase Hotel Alcadima. It may sound a cliché, but this place truly conveys a tranquil ambience, an oasis of calm. It is a garden hotel in the heart of this mountain town, offering not only welcoming hospitality but a kitchen that attracts guests from quite a distance. To accompany our Limona, we tucked into gourmet ham, cheeses and I have to say probably the best homemade croquettas I have ever had in Andalucía!

Hotel Alcadima Lanjaron

This rural hotel, with pool, gardens, alfresco summer terrace and cosy dining room prides itself on its gastronomy; un-fussy dishes prepared with local ingredients and served in welcoming surroundings.


Our Andalusian Wilderness guides were:

Sergio Gonzalez Asian

Tel: (+34) 687787293




Juan Carlos Poveda Vera

Tel: +34 666705000




David Monge

Tel: (+34) 667419537




Friederike Ther

Tel: 696131756


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