Walking Holiday Accommodation in Andalucia
Comfortable Walking Holiday Accommodation in Canillas de Albaida
- Canillas de Albaida
- A converted 16th Century Convent and a more modern Villa
A Converted 16th Century Convent
Our guests stay in the Posada La Plaza, a converted, 16th century convent, full of rustic character and charm. A Posada is a rural Spanish guesthouse or inn rather than a hotel, and its 9 en suite bedrooms, whilst small, are air‐conditioned, immaculate and simply furnished. Although there is no guest lounge, there are tea & coffee making facilities within an area on the first floor. The Posada makes up two sides of the picturesque village square. With a genuine Andalucian atmosphere, this is a totally charming setting of attractive white buildings, their balconies overflowing with colourful flower boxes. Its owner, Gustavo, grew up in the village, and the top floor has a sauna, jacuzzi (can be used for a supplement) and a sun terrace, from which you can look over olive groves down to the distant Mediterranean sea. Wi-Fi is available.
A Newly built Villa with a Pool
Once we have filled the rooms in the Posada, we can then also accommodate you in the Villa la Posada, a lovely villa less than 400m from the Posada. Built by Gustavo, it offers uninterrupted views of the countryside and down toward the coast. Its 7 en suite bedrooms, whilst small, are air-conditioned, immaculate and simply furnished. There is a large comfortable guest lounge with french windows opening out to an attractive terrace with an 8 metre swimming pool and plenty of sun loungers. The Villa is just a four or five minute stroll from the Posada and Restaurant where guests take breakfast and dinner and, of course, join for Office Hour for information on the organised walks. Wi-Fi is available.
Office Hour & Our Meals
Gustavo and his team provide a warm, enthusiastic welcome and friendly hospitality. There is a daily continental breakfast and each evening (except Wednesdays) they provide an exceptional three course dinner with complimentary wine. Guests choose from delicious options for each course. We eat breakfast and dinner in the Restaurant la Plaza across the plaza opposite the Posada, but often eat al fresco in the plaza on mild and dry mornings and evenings. There is plenty of fresh fish served, and often a weekly Paella evening and an impressive barbecue night. Wi-Fi is available in the Restaurant la Plaza and square.
Mick is our man on the ground in Andalucia. Originally from the UK, he and his family moved here over 15 years ago and fell in love with the area. He is a wealth of knowledge and always eager to share details of the local history and culture. Over a pre‐dinner drink in the Restaurant each evening (except Wednesday), at what we call Office Hour, Mick and our own hosts will talk you through the two organised walk options for the following day and answer any questions.
In pictures – Accommodation & Hospitality in Andalucia
This was our belated summer holiday. We enjoyed a lovely week with Mick, Helen and Millie, and our group of 26 clients. The walks were excellent, though shorter than at some other venues - that gave us plenty of down time for some to enjoy the pool and hot tub at the villa, before making our way to gorge ourselves on delicious dinners from 'fry eggs Gustavo's' magic kitchen.
Being with the same group all week offered the advantage of getting to know everyone, and despite the paucity of flora due to the time of year, we enjoyed a cracking break.
I came with the H&G walking group but want to add my personal thanks to your leaders. I love walking but am a bit slow on hills of which there are plenty in Andalusia. I found the going quite challenging but if I showed any sign of lagging one of your leaders was always there to walk with me and I was absolutely delighted to complete the walks without holding up the main group.
What a stunning location for walking & relaxing in the sun in October. Mick has the local knowledge and coordinates the week with precision. We stayed in the Villa with the beautiful views down the valley and made good use of the swimming pool & terrace. Gustavo the hotel proprietor of the hotel where we ate had character and served up delicious evening meals which we ate in the square outside . This was my first walking holiday with Collett's and this holiday was 10/10.
My first mountain walk, I've skied & run them but never hiked. I enjoyed a lot. Unfortunately the weather on several days was not that good but that's due to the early season I guess. On the plus side the plants were flourishing & not burnt. Location was a good base to view the area & the walk guiding was excellent. Food & wine included was excellent & Collett's seem to do a pretty good job of things.
Collett's was recommended to me by a work colleague. I enjoy walking but my family do not and my walking partner is getting over an injury. I booked with you because I didn't want to walk alone and fancied a sunny week with varied walks. Mick, Mark and Helen were all very good. Mick was able to share lots of local knowledge and I really enjoyed the opportunity to stop and admire the wild flowers and trees. Mick lent me his flora guide which was helpful.
I enjoyed all of the walks I took and felt that there was good variety.
I paid the single supplement which bumped the price up but feel that the meals and trips delivered good value for money. I used the pool area by the villa a couple of afternoons which was nice. Some pool umbrellas would have improved the experience.
I have stayed with Collett's in the Dolomites numerous times, in the Pyrenees, Austria, the Picos and Leyburn. Without a doubt 'Team Collett's' in Andalusia surpassed everything before it. This was another great trip that I will look back on with fondness. Mick was a star, closely followed by Mark and George. The "A Team', if ever there was one.
Also, how about a discount for regular customer like me, say 5% off if you have been to three different centres?
New destinations - Somewhere in the French Alps where few other holiday companies have offerings, or a bit away from other popular walkers' paradises such as Chamonix, for example, Les Contamines.
A splendid week with the "Dream team" - Mick, Caroline and Cameron and a lovely bunch of fellow walkers adding lively conversation and much laughter, we could not have asked for more. Not forgetting Gustavo, the beautiful scenery, flora and fauna, perfect weather and fantastic cuisine!
A big thank you to all concerned, Rosie and Alistair, Shropshire.
I have just returned from a great holiday at Canillas de Albeida. Hotel quirky but comfortable and clean. Food was very good with a good choice of menu..Mick, Caroline and Cameron were good walk leaders, very friendly and knowledgeable about area.It was nice to be away from the busy
resorts and experience the real Spain in a typical small village.. I even had a swim most days in pool at Villa!!
Your staff at the resort were excellent in all aspects. Could not have asked for more attentive staff! And were very knowledgeable about all aspects of the activities provided!
I would like to make you aware of the of how well regarded your 3 members of staff in Andalucia, Mike, Alison & Max were regarded by me and all other guests. They were friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and mostly it was a very great pleasure to have had the pleasure of their companionship!!!
A friend recommended us to look at your brochure, I had booked these holidays dates at work. We are planning to book with you for the Dolomites next year.
The staff working for Collett's were very good indeed (Max and Alison) ps also Mike. Activities on the day were subject to numbers and therefore arranged on an ad hoc basis.
Why Collett's? The challenges this walking holiday offered me with options for walking grades.The website was very persuasive and the holiday and experience generally surpassed expectations
Our third Colletts holiday, but first time to Andalucia, staying at the Posada La Plaza.
We had an amazing time - it is a really lovely area, with lovely friendly local people. The hotel is beautifully basic and steeped in tradition. "Luxury" it is not, but go prepared for this and enjoy the rustic charm. We absolutely loved it, and there is a wonderfully calming feel about the place (perhaps the history of being a Monestary stays with it!).
The Colletts hosts - Mick, Alison, Max and Chris (and not forgetting Rachel, who was on holiday, but still looked after us!) were fantastic (as ever), offering a great choice of walks every day. They cater for all abilities and are so attentive - and great company at dinner too.
The hotel owner, Gustavo, and his family are amazing - and can't do enough for you - even arranging a day trip to Nerja for us on their "day off" - incredible. We had a couple of small issues on arrival (only one towel and a light bulb out), which we reported and they were fixed instantly.
And to top it - another fantastic group of walkers, making it such a fun and enjoyable week, that we got back and immediately booked our next Colletts holiday!!
Thank you - we had a blast.
This is our second trip with Collett's,and we had a very enjoyable week.
The food,accommodation and staff were all excellent.
The fine weather,scenery,and friendly group made it a trip that we will never forget..
We are planning our next Collett's holiday already!
They have the format spot on.
We tried out Andalucia for a winter walking break and everything came up to scratch including the wall-to-wall sunshine. The food, the company and the walking was great.
Looking forward to our next trip with Collett's.
I think this is my thirteenth booking with Collett's. I expect the best and have never yet been let down. As ever, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Andalucia. It was a successful escape from the Scottish dreich and the weather, the hospitality and the companionship of the other clients was first class. We also enjoyed a culture visit to Malaga by public bus. Once again - well done Collett's!
All round with a few minor quibbles, were were very impressed. The balance of organised activity with some time to ourselves was just right. We enjoyed being in good hands and not over managed. La Posada rooms were cramped and it was not high end, but it is rural Spain and we took it as we found it. Gustavo is excellent and was always on hand to rectify and problems.
Office Hour is a great idea - missing on trips with other companies and very useful for deciding which walks to do and asking questions as well as getting to know people over a drink. Not sure what the ideas and information file was (I may not have been paying attention!) Weather reports are difficult in mountain areas.
Smaller group sizes are always better but I appreciate this would impact on cost.
The staff made the trip for me - they all engaged well with everyone and are a credit to Collett's.
Been with Colletts before and have been happy with the set up and type of holiday. You know you are going to get like-minded people on the holiday and be able to share your love of outdoor places.
By far the best service I have received from any company I have used. Really nice to have handbook information. I like to print it off before departure. Gustavo is a brilliant host and John took us around the villa. He is a lovely polite member of your staff. We really enjoyed the four long walks that we did. They were well organised and just what we wanted.Have been on three Collett's holidays now and have enjoyed them all.
Will still return to Andalucía as overall the holiday was very enjoyable.Really appreciated the transport to Nerja on the day off.The caves there are a must and need to be included in the handbook notes - thank you
Previous customer. Know what to expect. We wanted walking with like minded and sociable people and that's what we got. You have absolute gems in Gustavo and Mick and this is what made our holiday for us. Keep them at all costs! Total confidence in Mick with all his years an expat and his observations on life in Spain. Gustavo is the hardest working man in the village. Meeting the walks back with the minibus with champagne and crisps was priceless! Being in the Villa exceeded my expectations. We felt we might be 'out of it' but we had our own little villa community round the pool and the kettle after walks.
We enjoy the support of guides in unknown terrain and would not risk the mountains without that assistance. I can also suffer with vertigo in some environments and the guides experience & knowledge help. If it happens I know I can rely on their help and advice. We also enjoy the company of the other walkers and guides as well as the well chosen locations for accommodation, food and scenery.
The office hour is an excellent idea, very informative. Mick was a fountain of knowledge on the local area. We had a very enjoyable day to the caves at nejca and a relaxing afternoon in the resort itself. All the leaders emphasised the "at your own risk"policy before each walk. The majority of the guests had been with colletts before and were experienced hill walkers.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay thanks to mick, kelly, john and gustavo and his staff.
Excellent choice of food for the evening meals
I chose the moderate walks with your organiser called Kelly. She was very professional making everyone feel comfortable at their own pace, resulting in a very happy and cohesive group. This made the holiday very enjoyable, allaying any fears I might have had about my first mountain walking holiday.
Mike was a brilliant friendly guide and quite knowledgeable on the history of the area. Gustavo and his wife were excellent hosts. Gustavo even gave up his day off to be a "taxi" for a group of us to go to Friglianna and Nerja as there were no available local taxis at reasonable rates.
We did not actually walk with Kelly as we did the harder walks with Mike, but she was very helpful in the evenings and mornings and always smiling.
We regularly holiday with Colletts and love the whole experience.... perhaps you should introduce a loyalty scheme to get a discount after some many holidays!
See you in Italy in September for our next "Colletts" fix....
Have been to Dolomites in winter and enjoyed it very much. We were interested in Andalucia as a walking destination, liked the look of the Posada and village. thought the food would be good and it was excellent! Enjoyed meeting friendly group and eating together as a group.
Having stayed in Haus Valentin a couple of times we decided to book a week in Canillas on the assumption that it would be as good, we were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived everything was first class. Great staff, both Colletts and the Posada, excellent food, and a stunning location with great walks. Many thanks to Rich, Mick, Kelly and Gustavo.