"The best part of this small hotel is the very helpful hosts. They had loads of well organized material of really interesting things to do and restaurant suggestions in the area. They even gave us a list of some of their favorite restaurants for when we moved on to Seville. The food was great at the hotel also, we ate there twice and those were the best meals we had in the area. We had a very large room with french doors opening out onto a lovely terrace, very quiet and comfortable. We had a very nice stay and hope to return sometime!" Kate & Molly - MA, USA 26/05/2012
"This hotel was chosen because of it's location in a quiet village in a scenic location. Excellent hosts who put us in a very generously-sized room. Evening meals were all excellent - we went through most of menu - and tested Ivan's strawberry tomato salmorejo which sounds a strange combination, but was delicious. As for the surroundings, very attractive countryside of steep valleys and narrow often twisty roads, but don't be put off by the Smurfication of J˙zcar. Not sure it has improved appearance, although certainly seems to be a draw for visitors." Brian & Shirley - Reino Unido 01/05/2012
"El olor a alhucema y azahar del limonero (olfato), el sabor de la sopa veguera y los "miura" (gusto), el paisaje agreste y natural (vista), la escogida musica del bar que nos acompa˝a durante el desayuno y el aperitivo (oido), el tacto de las sabanas y el confort del edredon (tacto); pero lo mejor, el ambiente amable y familiar que consiguen crear sus due˝os. Volveremos." Myriam y Jose Carlos - Cßdiz, Espa˝a 28/02/2011
" We appreciated your kindness so much right from the vey moment we arrived. Every meal was so delicious & we enjoyed staying here very much indeed! Stay well & we will keep in touch." John & June F. - Port Owen, South Africa 08/09/2010
"You guys are the best ever. Betsey & I felt like we were treated like royalty at your little bit of heaven. We could not have asked for moreů.the total ability to relax and enjoy Ivanĺs spectacular cooking & infectious smile was wonderful. You can be very proud of all that you do for your guestsůyouĺve totally spoiled us." Bob & Betsey - MA, USA 25/05/2010
- Eight large double rooms, includes two suites;
- Gorgeous views of the surrounding nature, walks from hotel;
- Cordon Bleu chef & good selection of Ronda wines;
- Surrounded by four natural parks, excellent for walking and birding;
- Peace and quiet, great escape location;
- Lovely pool, salon, and room terraces with incredible views;
- Ideal location for group holidays with friends or family;
- Location where you'll find traditional Spain.
Steely grey mountain tops, soaring eagles, deep valley vistas, verdant chestnut trees, white villages, big sky, wild flowers & cactus, mountain goats, boars, black pigs & rabbits; these are some of the scenes of nature at its best to behold while staying at Hotel Bandolero, now also known as "Hotel Pitufo Bandolero". El Bandolero is a small, charming rural hotel and restaurant tucked away in one of the seven small white villages of the Upper Genal Valley in the Ronda Mountains in the greenest part of Andalusia.
Owners David Nuyen and Ivan Sastre Pascual welcome you to their charming accommodation in the village of Júzcar in the Genal Valley where you can escape all the pressures and stress of urban life and return to nature. Experience the pace of traditional Spanish living while relaxing on the terrace, sampling local Ronda wines and tapas as you enjoy the marvellous views that the lush chestnut tree country of the Upper Genal Valley has to offer.
Energetic springtime visitors will get to view some of the 2,000 species of blossoming wild flowers in the pristine valley while on marked walks between the seven white villages of the Upper Genal Valley ("Alto Genal" in Castilian). Autumnal visitors will enjoy the changing colours of the chestnut trees while summertime visitors can swim & relax poolside at the hotel or participate in extreme outdoor adventures in and around the Genal River in Júzcar; for birdwatchers, there are many varieties of migrating birds year round throughout the Serrania de Ronda (Ronda mountains). For everyone all year, the mountaintops offer spectacular views, including all the way to Africa! We are also surrounded by four large natural parks splendidly full with nature, La Sierra de las Nieves Biosphere Reserve, Grazalema Natural Park, Los Alcornocales, Sierra Real Bermeja, all excellent locations for walking and bird watching. The European Commission has designated La Sierra de las Nieves Biosphere Reserve to be a destination of distinction and excellence (fantastic location for walking in nature).
Hotel Bandolero by Ivan Sastre
Of course there is El Bandolero to discover. El Bandolero, constructed in a rustic style in 2001, offers tapas and creative cuisine along with the creature comforts of country living. The small hotel consists of eight spacious double rooms including two suites, a breakfast dining room, restaurant, bar and terrace, lounge, swimming pool and terrace, and has a WiFi hot spot gratis for hotel guests.
Six of the spacious double rooms have wood-burning stoves & terraces with stunning views of the valley and mountains. All rooms are decorated in a rustic style, have en-suite bathrooms and include coffee/tea facilities, televisions and central heating.
Sample the delicious cuisine of Chef Ivan Sastre Pascual, a Cordon Bleu trained chef with work experience in some fine London restaurants; sip a refreshing "tinto de verano" (red wine and lemonade over ice) on any one of El Bandolero's terraces, taste the tapas, relax and let the views carry you away.
Hotel Bandolero is perfectly situated for special holiday escapes due to the fantastic surrounding nature. The hotel offers theme holidays including painting workshops (featuring pastels, oils and water colours), walking holidays in the Genal Valley, La Sierra de las Nieves and throughout the Serrania de Ronda, guided bird watching holidays and accommodation, extreme outdoor adventure packages, wine tasting weekends featuring locally produced Ronda wines and relaxation package to comfort & pamper you. There are also theme weekends sponsored by the village hall which include a conference on wild mushrooms in November and a springtime weekend on the history of the Valley. Hotel Bandolero is also very well situated to visit other popular locations in Andalusia such as Marbella and the Costa del Sol, Gibraltar, Tarifa, Jerez de la Frontera, Seville, Granada and many white villages in Seville, Malaga and Cadiz provinces.
The Riscos in the Serrania de Ronda with J˙zcar
Hotel Bandolero also welcomes groups for one-off special events able to accommodate up to 50 people. Please have a look at Theme Holiday pages for more information about current holiday package offerings and / or our Restaurant & Menu pages to obtain more information about what La Bodega del Bandolero can offer you.
All of this is available here, in the tiny, charming white village of Juzcar in the Genal Valley. A beautiful location with stunning views of the greenest part of Andalusia, green with nature the year round, a charming rural hotel offering peace and tranquillity and finally, a warm welcome from local residents, all very near Ronda but far enough away to feel like a different world of peace and quiet.
WHY IS THE HOTEL PAINTED BLUE? - If you are interested in knowing why the hotel as well as almost the entire village of J˙zcar is a Smurf blue color, please go to this page: Why is Hotel Bandolero blue?