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Monday Morning Photo - Wisteria Time in Andalucia

How quickly spring comes around after the short winter here in the Sierra Sur de Jaén. After lots of very much needed rain we´re back to the normal cloudless blue.  My garden is shooting incredbily with the moisture and now sunshine. And my beautiful wisteria flowers grandly albeit it short-lived. The big black carpenter bees love it. Each flowering season reminds me of the Botanical Gardens in Malaga and the ´tunnel´ of wisteria that I haven´t yet caught in bloom. April is a good time to plan to go if it´s on your list.  Here´s the botanical garden link La Concepción Botanical Gardens. And a sneaky peak at the wisteria. See the Monday Morning Photos list.

Hotel Abentofail in the Heart of Guadix

When I spotted this tiny-frontaged hotel on a wander around Guadix I just had to go inside. The quaint entrance of the hotel and small reception entrance of old-style brickwork and grand wooden doors open onto a light-and airy patio filled with mosaic tables.

I sat drinking coffee to the sound of trickling water and soft music while gazing up at the wooden galleries, that access the 16 bedrooms, in this fabulously restored Mudejar house once a large family home.

Just a minute from both the Cathedral and the Alcazar this is a great base for exploring Guadix town and surrounds. The hotel has been skillfully transformed using reclaimed materials, and I loved it. The restaurant is atmospheric with brickwork and coloumns, seperate corners and a pleasant bar makes it a relaxing change from many brightly lit formal dining areas.

On my next visit to Guadix I´ll stay there rather than just having coffee and a nose around. The downside could be that parking is where you can find it on the streets above and there are some quite steep steps down to the Plaza de la Constitución, a minor issue for some, bigger for others.

Plaza de la Constitución, Guadix

See some more photos from my Guadix trip.

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