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Where to Stay in Spain - Eco-friendly Casa Valle de Oro B&B

For peace and quiet, wonderful views and pure relaxation, with option to go exploring in Andalucia´s stunning interior, there are few better bases than Casa Valle de Oro.  Located in the north of Malaga province near the town of Villanueva de Algaidas and very close to the border with Cordoba and its lovely lake town Iznajar and easy access to Granada and Cordoba cities.  Casa Valle de Oro, which in Spanish means Valley of Gold or Golden Valley nestles in a shallow vale of olive trees from which is produced liquid gold or extra virgen olive oil, Casa Valle de Oro´s oil, as the ethos of the house, is ecological. From the terrace, which overlooks the swimming pool and down the valley, there are golden sunsets, two very different  reasons for one good name for the lovely Casa Valle de Oro B&B.  There are also two yurts, Marrakesh and Oriental, between the olive trees which provide lovely, dappled shade in the summer, with a path to their own shower room and a trickling stream to add t

New Lonely Planet Andalucia Guide

Well, it´s finally here, book release time! The new Lonely Planet Andalucia Guide is due out on 9th June. I´ve just had an email on how to order my free author copies and wasted no time in doing that. It seems a long time ago I had books, papers, leaflets and lists strewn across the table while trying to understand the format to the new guide layout.

Having never worked with a system like that, or contributed to a book before was rather daunting. Following guidelines without a printed book to see the layout, not really knowing what I was doing for quite a while and seeing the deadline approach a little too rapidly, while gadding about researching in the heatwave of last August was tough.

Now it´s a reality, the work of so many people, and I can´t wait to hold a copy in my hands and flick through its pages. Hopefully I´ll see more people heading to my home province of Jaén and exploring its beauty, history, culture and cuisine accompanied by the 66 million olive trees within its border. Give me a shout if you´re heading my way! And I´m looking forward to taking it with me on my jaunts around Andalucia to discover what my co-authors have shared.

Here´s a direct (affiliate) link to see it on

See my post written just after the deadline Autumn in Andalucia.

Update: 23/06/2023 - I have a copy in my hands, see a quick flick through on my Instagram - rachelspaniola

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