I've been here for 10 years and enjoying tranquil village life with my boxer dog.
We went to Cortes de la Frontera because if was one of the "pueblos blancos", had easy public access and because Ikuko's "lovely little white village house" was so inviting. In some ways, it was an odd choice for a cycling trip - but it didn't turn out that way. We actually did two rides down down to the river valley and back plus two great hikes in the "parque natural".
Our little white village house was a delight - 3 levels in a narrow house in the center of the village. I loved my rooftop bedroom and terrace - the views over the tile roofs to the green hillsides all around were great. In May it is definitely a Spanish village - not much tourist life which was great for us - there are plenty of little bars for tapas and coffee, little shops for anything you might need, a bit of history and- just enjoying the local life going on around you.
I encourage others to get off the tourist track and go enjoy a few days in Cortes.
We felt instantly at home and comfortable in Ikuko's lovely little village house. The house was immaculate and obviously well-cared for and Ikuko had thoughtfully provided fruit, bread, etc. for us upon our arrival. We loved the balcony overlooking the village and the nearby church. The modern kitchen and bathroom had everything we needed. Cortes de la Frontera is a small easy-going village, and Ikuko had very helpful recommendations.
We would definitely stay there again!
From the minute we arrived in Cortes la Frontera we were made to feel welcome by the locals and then Ikuku who met us and took us to her little house.
Everything you needed was there, including unexpected breakfast provisions, wine, cheese, fruit and olives. We were so lucky to experience Easter Saturday night Semana Santa,visit the beautiful church and see the children with street parades in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning.
Maps, guide books and information on walking tracks was all available in the little house. It was perfect.
Thank-you Ikuku for thinking of everything that a traveler may need. We loved your house and rooftop balcony.
Trish n Tony
This quaint 3 level apartment has a great rooftop view over Cortes de la Frontera. The town was a fantastic place to stay in order to explore the area... close to Ronda and many other white villages. Amazing starting point for many hikes. Ikuko had all kinds of information for hikes and other activities, as well as maps of the area. Loved the big bath and beautiful balcony patio outside the bedroom.
I was first drawn to the lovely little white village house because of the photos and the location but found Ikuko to be a most gracious hostess going beyond anyone's expectations. Her flat is charming and she provided everything, and I mean everything, from bottled water to fruits, liquor, washing machine, i-pod charger, and postcards to the most luxurious bathroom we had on our entire trip. I thought I may be disappointed by staying in a remote town rather than Ronda but was I wrong. Ronda is so touristy and Cortes de la Frontera was a chance to see the real Andalucian hills. We hiked from Cortes de la Frontera to the next town on the rail track then took the train back. Ikuko took us out to a tavern full of local color and showed us the best meat, produce, and bakery shops in town. Sipping local wine on the terrace overlooking the town's roof tops, listening to Spanish guitar music from the cafe down the street and watching the blazing display of stars was spectacular. I will most definitely return to lovely little white village house.
An amazing place to stay. Ikuko is very friendly, the house is very nicely designed and very comfortable. She even managed to put a full sized bath tub in the tiny bathroom. The village itself is also very nice, and the balcony view alone is worth visiting. Absolutely recommended.
Ikuko was a great host. Friendly and knowledgeable about the town. The house is very quaint and lovely. Perfect for 2 people.
My sister and I had a great stay in Andalusia. Beautiful landscapes, villages each more beautiful than each other, friendly people and magnificent Seville to finish.
But especially we remember the warm welcome of Ikuko, her kindness and the charm of her house. We we booked for two nights and finally we added one more.
And also we will add a special mention at Bar La Fuente. If you move around, stop for a drink.
Thank you all for these beautiful memories.
We had a great visit at the little white village house. We traveled on motorcycle from Madrid and the roads in the area are scenic and in great condition for being on a motorcycle.
Ikuko made it very easy to meet up with her to get the key and get settled. She provided breakfeast items for our first stay as the local cafe was not open on Sunday. Very thoughtful.
Highly recommend going to Ronda via the back roads. We did have rain for some of our visit so we didn't get to hike like we had hoped.
Great location and wonderful house - all we needed to be very comfortable. - A highlight of our week traveling around southern Spain.
Karen and Rick - Seattle, WA, USA
We were very happy with Ikuko's little house. We felt like at home. It was cosy, clean and located in a nice village. Ikuko is very friendly, introduced us to her friends and told us about the area and advices which places around to visit. Very good experience indeed.