A knowledgeable walking guide, José chose this sunny spot in the High Alpujarras for many a good reason – chief among which is the location between the glorious campo of La Taha and the authentic pueblo of Pitres. Views sweep south over the Trevélez valley with its ancient white villages and well-maintained medieval trails, yet rural as it feels, the village bars and shops are a two-minute walk away. Hiking is, of course, the highlight here and you can arrange a guided excursion up Mulhacén or be independent and head off with a picnic and a map. Tapas and dinners in José’s taberna (when open) are prepared with walkers in mind – local meat and home-grown vegetables – and at breakfast, the region’s famous jamón serrano is served along with creamy yoghurts and seasonal fruits from the orchard. Don’t expect fancy suites, but all are spacious with wonderful views of the mountains and each has a log fire. Some have a balcony, others open out to the terraced garden with its organic pool (oxygenating reeds, sand filters) and fragrant patches of lavender, rosemary and thyme.