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A Night Away - June 2015

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La Fuente del Sol

Our journey this month took us on a country route by the beautiful lake Vinuela to Colmenar, and on to Antequera less than 2 hours drive from the coast. We navigated through narrow streets until we reached the top of the old town, where we admired the “Alcazaba” a fortress built in the 14th century to defend Antequera from the Christian armies. We meandered through cream fields blended with grey mountain scenery, dotted with old cortijos, and fields of poppies. Arriving in the tiny village of La Joya, we were quick to find the road to the hotel, as we stayed there in 2009. The gardens have matured and vivid flowers and palms contrast with the stark white of the building. We leave the sunlight and enter the cool corridors of the hotel, crossed an open courtyard with fountains and geraniums before we reach reception. After a pleasant welcome, we found our room at the back of the hotel. It was large, with a terrace overlooking an abundant vegetable garden.

There are beautiful touches in our room. Rose petals displayed in the bathroom and on the bed. We unpack, and go to the terrace for a drink. We admire the rolling hills and enjoy peace and silence. Yes, there are many clients of all nationalities, but they are all enjoying the tranquility. Later, we wandered through the gardens, and lingered by the pool, watching a herd of goats making their way through a field of poppies.

We enjoyed our dinner in the restaurant, and admired the freshly picked roses on each table. Later we retired to our terrace, listening to the song of the nightingale as we sipped our last drink.

In the morning, we had breakfast in the dining room, noticing that the table flowers had been replaced with fresh blooms. We were also delighted to find out that we could have a cooked breakfast this time. As we packed, we decided that we would return again for a weekend next time, so that we could enjoy the pool, the spa, and the surrounding countryside.

We left the hotel and a 30 minute drive took us to El Chorro, and the famous “Caminito del Rey”. This is an exciting walkway attached to the steep walls of the El Chorro gorge. Now it has been restored and reopened to the public. We decided to admire the gorge from a distance this time, from the lovely restaurant La Garganta, and perhaps return later in the year to take the walk, and stay in the lovely Fuente del Sol.

If you enjoy nature, quietness, and the countryside, La Fuente del Sol is a really special place to be. While you are there, take time to visit Antequera, El Torcal, and El Chorro, all within half an hour’s drive.