Casa Olea

Top choice in Andalucía

Set in its own little olive grove 12km north of Priego, this British-owned country house has a beautifully spacious and relaxed feel. It makes a delightful rural retreat and base for exploring the region, with easy access to walks in the Sierras Subbéticas, mountain bikes to rent (€15 per day), and Córdoba and Granada both within 1½ hours' drive.

There's a lovely pool, and excellent dinners (two/three courses €20/25) are available five nights a week. Your hosts are full of information and tips on where to go and what to do. No children under seven.