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Coso Viejo

 
Spain   Andalucia   Antequera   Why Andalucia?
Malaga 40 Kms
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Reviewed by Michael Soffe


THE NUN'S BUNS ..............

The town of Antequera has always held an attraction for me. Placed in the centre of Andalucia, with a rich history of occupation by the Moors, Catholics and Christians, it is now achieving a deserved reputation with visitors looking for “Real Spain” to visit the wonderful monuments, Churches, Castle and Alcazaba, the Dolmenes (Roman burial grounds) and the nearby “fantastical” limestone rock formations in the El Torcal National Park.

Patio courtyards are so evocative of many grand Andalucian houses and small palaces, and the hotel Coso~Viejo is no exception. These houses were built like this for a reason taking on the Arab/Moorish influence of the typical Moroccan Riad, keeping out the searing heat of the summer and the winter breezes. Most importantly, they are always attractive and my heart always lifts as I walk into Hotel with a patio courtyard. Here, they have glassed it over and therefore it is useable all year. The Hotel reception is located here. Manned 24 hours a day with a team lead by the delightful head receptionist, Raquel. Free Wi-Fi connection is available in the patio and the reception will give you a password in order to connect to the internet from your laptop.

The location is excellent, opposite one of the main squares of the town that houses a museum and just 100 metres from the tourist office from where a lovely walk commences through the historic part of the town – be warned – it is hilly!

There are 42 bedrooms (doubles and twin) and these are spread around over the three floors of the hotel – you would never know the Hotel has that many rooms – it feels small! There is a lift to the 1st and 2nd floors. The rooms are simple and clean with the typical features of tiled floors and beamed ceilings. All have heating and air-conditioning, safe, TV with limited satellite channels and a small fridge for your use (not stocked as a mini-bar). Bathrooms also have tiled floors and lots of marble and ceramic. Towels, toiletries and hairdryers are supplied. All rooms have a bath with a shower over the bath as opposed to a separate shower, except for two specially adapted rooms with hand bars and roll-in showers for wheelchair access.

Off the patio courtyard and reception is a well-stocked bar (and a basement "bodega"). Breakfast can be ordered in the bar and can either be eaten there or taken through to the patio courtyard so that you can start your day in “historic” surroundings. Try the local “mollete” bread rolls spread with puré of tomato and olive oil with a rousing café con leche! That is what the locals eat!

There is also a restaurant off the bar area (both bar and restaurant are also accessed from the street as they are open to the public). The restaurant serves typically local homemade fayre, includin “Porra Antequerana” - a delicious thick, dip-like form of Gazpacho. Main courses include “arroz” (rice) dishes including paella (I had a great lobster and rice stew), meats, fish etc. You must end with the “Nun's Buns” which give the title to this review! The local closed order of Nuns in a nearby Convent make quite the sweetest dessert I have ever tasted – "Bienmesabe". Those with a sweet tooth should not miss it!


An ideal Hotel for those looking for a taste of “Real Spain” in a genuine Spanish town that is small and compact with a fascinating array of monuments. Granada, Cordoba, Malaga and Seville are all very “do-able” day trips by train from Antequera station. The town also makes a great one night stop-over if travelling between Seville and Granada for example.

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High Season 2012:
Semana Santa: April 5th, 6th and 7th
August Feria: August 18th - 25th August
and all Spanish National Holidays

Low Season: Rest of Year

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