Back to Nature in Grazalema


Home & Lifestyle Magazine was recently invited to spend a weekend In the newly-opened Hotel Tambor del Llano in one of Andalucía’s most well-preserved natural areas, on the outskirts of the beautiful whitewashed town of Grazalema (just west of Ronda).


Tambor del Llano is situated in the stunning Sierra de Grazalema nature park and offers a truly special holiday experience away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, allowing you to relax in the hotel’s beautiful surroundings. The hotel itself is a one-time barn converted into 10 good-sized bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and views out to the natural park.
The decoration is basic but contemporary. In the dining area, there are oversized lamps that hang over tables made of recycled wood, giving the space an industrial urban look that respects the natural environment. The large windows that open out to a terrace fill the open space with natural sunlight, allowing you to fully appreciate the woodland beyond. Owner Carmen Bueno Sánchez is a fountain of local knowledge and goes above and beyond the call of duty for her clients, helping them in any way she can to maximise their experience at Tambor del Llano. As she explains, “The barn was renovated last year by architect Daniel Camargo Casali and we opened the doors of the hotel a few months ago. The whole purpose of the hotel is to offer tranquillity to our visitors, ensuring the utmost respect for our natural surroundings.


The 32-hectare Biosphere Reserve, which is a wild bird special protection area, has a cork-oak forest where wild flowers and mushrooms grow and where our horses, sheep and other animals roam free. To really appreciate our stunning environment, we offer hiking and horse riding treks as well as bird watching, photography, botanical, yoga and natural food cookery classes to name but a few of the activities on offer here. All of the courses help you to disconnect, relax and learn more about nature. As we are in an area that is free of light contamination, it is a perfect place for stargazing. Our natural environment gives us something to enjoy no matter whether it’s day or night!”

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On the day of our departure, Carmen booked us into Bodega Cuesta La Viña, a vineyard approximately half an hour away from the hotel that looks out over the breathtaking Embalse de Zahara-el Gastor lake, to learn more about the local wines. On arrival we were met by Jacinto, whose passion for wine production was clearly evident from the offset. While showing us around the vineyard he told us he had planted by hand every single vine himself. Maintaining their good health is a daily job but one that gives him great satisfaction. All of their wines are organic and come from Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Graciano and Pinot Noir grapes. After trying some of their truly delectable wines, we were invited to sit outside to take in the stunning views while being treated to a large array of tapas that were all sourced locally.


Hotel Tambor del Llano is just two hours from the coast and is a perfect weekend retreat to wind down and get back to nature. The town of Grazalema is rich in culture and natural beauty and, if you are a foodie, the local cheeses and meats washed down with some of the wonderful local wines will make your trip to this enchanting area wonderfully complete. El Tambor del Llano is offering détox courses held by Salud Integral (Overall Health) professionals – a group of medical specialists from different fields of expertise. The next course will be from 1 to 3 July and it will be a special weekend just for women.

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Hotel Tambor del Llano
Alto de Los Alamillos,
Cañada Grande, Grazalema
Tel. (+34) 674 484 885 /

Bodega Cuesta la Viña
Antigua Ctra. Ronda-Sevilla, Pk. 21.6 A-2300 Montecorto, Ronda
Tel. (+34) 629 589 336 / Facebook: bodegacuestalavina

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