Cycling Andalucia in Columbus´ Footsteps
Discover Andalucia´s small towns and lay your head where Columbus slept
We are always asked, what are your favourite places along the many routes you have? One of our firm favourites is featured on the Enchanted Andalucia guided route and is a place that legends say, even the great explorer laid his weary bones down for a rest.
|Relax in the former Timbered Dining Room|
|Room with a view|
|Interior patio of the hotel|
Enchanting Andalucian Hotels
The hotel itself has a bouquet of little nooks to hide away in, quiet courtyards and rooms each distinct as its former residents. One bathroom is filled with olive oil amforas, in another a lion´s head guards a deep tiled bath. Another room has frescos high over the bed and unlock the room of your neighbour, and find they can sleep with the windows wide open looking onto the lovely herb and vegetable garden that the hotel tends and adds to dishes. During spring months, storks love to build their nest atop the bell tower, caring for it exactly with a funny particular arranging of the sticks and during the hotter months, the long thin pool makes for tranquil lengths for keen swimmers. Have your breakfast in the long timbered dining room and take dinner of delicious local dishes outside in a courtyard patio.
The monks of this Monastery (founded in 1492) went to California with the expedition of Fray Junípero Serra (1713-1784) and founded many of America´s well known cities including San Francisco and Los Angeles and the various missions, Santa Barbara, San Juan Capistrano and San Jose.
The delicate 18th century fresco in the entrance of the hotel shows what fruits and vegetables made it back to the dinner tables of Palma from these new lands. It was turned over to the Moreno de la Cova family in the 19th century and became a hotel in the mid 20th century.
Is it haunted? So many people over the centuries of human passage through Spain´s turbulent history you might entertain the thought and stand in one of the quiet doomed hallways with an afternoon thunderstorm threatening, you might swear you saw a flickering of apparition.
However Ana at reception dispelled that with a, “Ghosts??..if they were here, I wouldn´t be!”.
Andalucia´s Interesting History
|Portocarrero Palace of Roman Heritage|
Getting to Palma during the later reaches of
of spring means a distinctly bright countryside filled with the cheery faces of sunflowers standing sentinel in the huge landscape The word for sunflower is Girasol in Spanish (the verb, girar, to turn, sol meaning Sun). It is this big expanse that the Romans lovingly exploited as their bread basket for Rome, the rolling hills of grains, cereals and today cotton, garlic and sunflowers.
It is also, around town, a flatter bit of Andalucia, which is a good base for some day rides (especially towing children) and the younger ones will love the 2 excellent children´s parks in town, one which features tree houses and cool slides and more importantly for mom and dad, a central café good viewpoints.
However, don´t kid yourself, this town gets scorching in the summer months and everyone will hide away inside in the dimness until twilight brings them all out again into the cool of evening where Palma blooms with life again.