Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Vintage Honeymoon: part 2

The next stop on our Andalucian road trip was the Hoopoe Yurt Hotel, tucked away in the cork oak forest up in the mountains near Ronda. Set in a rolling meadow, each luxury yurt felt totally secluded – ours had two hammocks outside where we spent the afternoons lolling about in the dappled sunlight, gazing at the blue mountains. Lazy mornings were spent dipping in the pool (cleverly designed to resemble a natural rock-pool), ordering fresh juices and a little bit of not-too-strenuous yoga under the trees.

We then headed down to the Atlantic coast for the last couple of days, staying in the pretty town of Vejer de la Frontera - perched dramatically on a hilltop with steep winding cobbled streets and beautiful hidden squares blooming with bougainvillea. Our guesthouse had a gorgeous private terrace overlooking the rooftops and the Moorish influences of the area could be seen in the décor – all white-washed walls, sun-faded colours and blue-green ceramic tiles. We spent most of the day at the beach (and had the place to ourselves between 2 and 5 when the locals went in for lunch), eating fresh seafood at the gorgeous Los Suenos café and watching the sun go down – bliss!

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