Once the unforgiving Spanish heat subsides, and golden hour approaches it was time to grab a cocktail and head out for dinner. Iv said this before, but its really great to be able to leave your hotel room and not have to travel too far got Dinner. It just adds a more relaxed vibe to the evening, don't you think?
One of my favourite things about the Hacienda was that even though it was at full occupancy, it quite often felt like we had the place to ourselves and was so peaceful. The hacienda only has 11 rooms and I'm told they keep the hotel small for this very reason, Its such a wonderful contrast to busy the much faster pace of Seville, which is only 30 minutes away.
Its a place where you can quite literally find the time to stop and smell the roses.. or in this case Bougainvillea.
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Dinner at the Hacienda is a simple affair served al fresco in the summer months right next to the hotel bar. The menu is set, which at first terrified us but after seeing that we would love everything offered we quickly forgot. In fact it was quite nice not to make any decisions... they even pair the meal with wine for you.
After dinner, we headed to the front of the hacienda to watch the sunset over the sunflower fields. The perfect end to a wonder day.
I'll never get bored of a sunset...
So I mentioned in my previous post that there was a hotel - The Hacienda de San Raael iv been dying to stay at, not far from Vejar de La Frontier. Its been on my radar ever since reading about it on one of my favourite blog's Gal meets Glam.
When I saw it pop up on Julia's Instagram account I actually could not believe that there was such a cute hotel so close to us that I hadn't even heard of, let alone been to. That's why following good, like minded accounts on Instagram (You can find mine here) is so beneficial for finding fabulous places around the world
On the drive down to the Hacienda we passed endless beautiful sunflower fields, so naturally we had to stop to take some pictures. The sunflower heads were so giant, it was amazing to see.
When we arrived to the Hacienda after a morning discovering Vejar and the most beautiful drive through endless olive and cotton trees, we knew immediately that it would be exactly what I hoped and expected it to be. Rustic, laid back Andalusian style. A true Spanish Cortijo, with bucket loads of character
After checking in and checking out our room we decided upon some tapas for lunch on the terrace outside our room. The perfect way to spend the afternoon after a busy morning exploring Vejar de La Frontier.
After lunch we explored the rest of the hotel, finding endless bougainvillea in every colour imaginable, along with lemon and olive groves. The Hacienda is beautifully stylish in the most humble and rustic way with gorgeous grounds to match
As we know the area well at this point - having explored Seville and the surrounding towns extensively over the past few years, and although i'm sure there is still more for us to discover we took the opportunity to relax and sit by the pool and enjoy the hotel and gardens.
The Hacienda is a trove of fascinating treasures, the kind you find while travelling the world. I'm sure they must have many stories behind them. These are the details that make the hacienda something more than a hotel. It has a depth that can only be achieved with love. Its not like staying in a hotel, more like a friends house (fabulous friends who are well travelled)
The honestly bar seriously helps with this vibe...
Now all i'm doing of dreaming of my return....
A few weeks ago, the hubs and I decided to have a little date weekend exploration around some still undiscovered "to us" parts of Andalusia.
Id heard tales of a pretty white town towards Seville.
In fact, its said that its the prettiest of the white towns. It also happens to be on the way to one of my wish list hotels. Meant to be...
So we packed our weekend luggage and jumped in the car to see for ourselves
It really is breathtaking to see the hilltop pueblos blancos from afar for the first time. Against the brilliant, blue, cloudless Andalusian sky its really quite breathtaking.
And once inside Vejar, its no less disappointing. Charming, rustic and unique... I could literally explore these towns for hours.
After spending so much time in southern Spain at this point, we now try and avoid the mid day heat and always aim to arrive in either the morning or late evening as the town's close for siesta due to the sweltering heat. We once arrived at one of these little towns and had to get straight back into the car within minutes it was that hot.
There are endless pretty streets to explore and get lost in.
We headed to the Plaza de Espana which features a Seville tile fountain and is known as the Plaza de los Pescaítos. This is wear you'll find many of the locals hanging out at the cafe's and children playing by the fountain
Although this was a flying visit to Vejar, it has became an instant favourite. We will definitely be returning soon. If you are visiting Andalusia, id definitely recommend adding it to your list.
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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