Hotel Bandolero - charming rural hotel and restaurant near Ronda, in Andalucia, Spain
Júzcar nr Ronda, Spain
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Hotel Bandolero - Charming Small Hotel near 
Ronda, in Andalucia, 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 to behold while staying at Hotel 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 and Ivan 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. 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 Alto Genal. 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! There are also two large natural parks nearby, La Sierra de las Nieves Biosphere Reserve and Grazalema Natural Park, both 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.

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. 

Sample the delicious cuisine of Chef Iván, 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.

All of this is available here, in the tiny, charming village of Júzcar. Stunning views of the greenest part of Andalusia, peace and tranquillity and a warm welcome from local residents.

Hotel Bandolero is perfectly situated for special holiday escapes. 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, an extreme outdoor adventure package, wine tasting weekends featuring locally produced Ronda wines and relaxation package to comfort & pamper you. Some of these holiday package may be individually tailored to meet your specific needs. El 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.
Hotel Amenities
  • Bar ('El Bar de El Tempranillo')
  • Restaurant (La Bodega del Bandolero')
  • Breakfast Dining Room
  • The Salon / Library
  • Meeting Rooms
  • WiFi Access & Internet Available
  • Terrace
  • Swimming Pool
  • Relaxing Therapeutic Massage, available in the privacy of your room
  • Communal DVD player
  • DVD Library
  • Street parking
Diners at Hotel Bandolero enjoy the ambiance of La Bodega del Bandolero, the rustic dining room, serving lunch and dinner daily, or alternatively, can enjoy their meals in El Bar de El Tempranillo or on the Terrace. Our cellar boasts an extensive range of quality wines, including some outstanding vintages from the Ronda area.

All meals are prepared by Chef Iván Sastre Pascual who trained in both pastry and savoury cuisine at the Cordon Bleu, London and has worked at some of London's finest restaurants including Terence Conran's Almeida restaurant.

The 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 internet access and a WiFi hot spot gratis for hotel guests.

Six of the spacious 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.

Room Amenities
  • Double or single bed
  • Central heating
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Wood burning stove or fireplace
  • Television
  • DVD Player (suites)
  • Coffee/Tea Facilities
  • Terrace
  • Hair dryers (suites)
  • Spectacular mountain & valley views

Hotel Bandolero is found in the small amd charming white village of Júzcar. Júzcar (pronounced "WHO-th-car") is situated among the lush chestnut tree country of the spectacular Serranía de Ronda, 20 odd kilometers from the town of Ronda. It offers various walks for the energetic, peace and quiet for the weary and is centrally located in the Serranía for those wanting to explore the area. The history here goes back for thousands of years, stretching from pre-historic cave paintings through the traces of Phoenician visits to the long periods of Roman and Moorish periods to the latest era of Christian Spain. Visitors may enjoy it all; cool mountains, Andalucian architecture, soaring eagles and other wild life, stunning views and delicious cuisine…... all while enjoying the tranquillity and peacefulness of the Genal Valley.
The Genal Valley is divided into two parts, the Upper and Lower Valleys. The Upper Valley comprises seven white villages with the largest being Igualeja and the smallest being Cartajima. The Lower Valley comprises eight white villages found mainly along route A369 between Ronda and Algeciras. Each village has something different to see, most have a place where one can enjoy a tapas or two and a drink, all have spectaular views of one sort or another and share in the history that goes back thousands of years. In summer, all have their dates for their annual fiestas, a traditional event that should be experienced at least once.
The Upper Valley may be of particular interest to writers or painters. The incredible mountain and valley views, old tiled rooves of houses and whole villages, crumbling ruins, constant changing light, all offering a wide variety of subjects for painters. The tranquillity of the area may be just what a writer needs to get that latest work completed, whether reading or writing it. It would certainly be of interest to bird watchers. There are eagles, owls, woodpeckers, thrush, wheateatters, bee-eaters and vultures amongst the bird life available in this area. One can sit on the terrace of the Bandolero and see or hear owls, eagles and sometimes vultures; the odd European bee-eatter has been spoted as have woodpeckers from the Bandolero terrace. And if you´re interested in the stars, what better place to come than the mountains of southern Spain to see a night show of lights?
Júzcar is also home to the source of the Arroyo Riachuelo, one of the arroyos (streams) that contribute to the Genal River. In the bottom of the valley below Júzcar village, there is a chiringuito (snack stand) selling cool drinks, ice cream and tapas. There is a campsite covered in Poplar trees creating lovely soft shade from the strong Andalucian sun... the Genal River passes through here as well. During the summer months, the bridge is blocked under which passes the river thereby creating a natural fresh swimming pool. This is a lovely, peaceful location to sit and read, drink a beer or other refreshment, have a siesta, and a swim.... very refreshing, relaxing and cool. Júzcar also has a municipal pool, cool mountain tops, groves of chestnut trees, a couple of bars, a "pub/club", residents with character, an old church, four fountains with mountain fresh, pure water and fantastic views of the surrounding area.

Outdoor Extreme Multi-Adventure

Activities include:

  • Canyoning in Júzcar's river in La Sima del Diablo -
  • Paintball in Júzcar
  • Climbing
  • Treking
  • Mountain biking
  • Caving
  • Scuba diving
  • Urban routes
  • Tours in 4X4 & Quads
Designed for individuals, groups, schools, events, company incentives, etc. Training courses also available for all activities offered at all levels.

Bird Watching with Orni Ronda
Birds of the Serrania de Ronda guided by Peter Jones
Telf: +34.616.891.359
Website: OrniRonda - Spanish Birds
Hot Air Ballooning with Andalucia Balloons
by Aero Andaluz SL
Tel: +34.952.166.358
Website: Andalucia Balloons

Ronda la Vieja (Acinipo)
Ruins of a Roman hilltop town with a partially reconstructed amphitheatre.
Hours: 10.00 -17.00 hrs, closed Mondays, free admission.
Located 16km from Ronda; exit off Seville road, 6km from Ronda.

Cueva de Pileta, Benaoján
Palaeolithic paintings of horses, goats, fish and a seal dating from 20,000 to 25,000 years ago preserved in this impressive cave located 4km from Benaoján village; there are beautiful stalactites & stalagmites. The cave was discovered by a local farmer in 1905 while looking for bat dung to use as fertilizer.
Telf: +34.952.167.343

Hours: Visits are guided tours (Spanish / English) of roughly 1 to 1.5 hours at 10, 11, 12, 13, 16 and 17 hours.
Admission 6€ per person. Opening hours vary by season; please call for more specific information on entry hours.

Flamenco Performance in Ronda
Enjoy an evening performance of authentic flamenco at Ronda's Lara Museum.
Hours: 21.30 -23.30 hrs, admission - 23 Euros .
Reservations: 952.87.12.63.

Rates Information

Double Occupancy
Double Occupancy
Bed & Breakfast
Half Board
Double x 2
(Twin or double bed)
Superior Double x 4
(Twin beds, wood-burning stove, terrace)
Suite x 2
(Double bed, fire place, salon, terrace)
Single Occupancy
Half Board
Superior Double


  • Half board includes room, breakfast and lunch OR dinner.
  • Fixed menu includes first and second course, bread, dessert.
  • All prices include VAT of 8%.
  • High season:- minimum stay - two (2) nights.
High Season Dates 2010 & 2011


  • 26 February - 01 March - Andalusia Day
  • 19 - 21 March - Feast of San Jose
  • 26 March - 04 April - Holy Week & Easter
  • 30 April - 02 May - Labour Day
  • 14 - 31 August - Feast of the Assumption & Juzcar Annual Fiestas
  • 08 - 12 October - Hispaniola/Columbus Day
  • 29 October - 01 November - Feast of All Saints
  • 03 - 08 December - Constitution Day & Feast of Immaculate Conception
  • 23 December 2010 - 06 January 2011 - Christmas, New Year & Feast of Epiphany
  • 26 - 28 February - Andalusia Day
  • 19 March - Feast of San Jose
  • 15 - 24 April - Holy Week & Easter
  • 29 April - 02 May - Labour Day
  • 14 - 31 August - Feast of the Assumption & Juzcar Annual Fiestas
  • 12 October - Hispaniola/Columbus Day
  • 28 October - 01 November - Feast of All Saints
  • 02 - 11 December - Constitution Day & Feast of Immaculate Conception
  • 23 December 2011 - 08 January 2012 - Christmas, New Year & Feast of Epiphany

Booking & Cancellation Policies

Please note our booking & cancellation policies, as they are a vital part of the management of a small rural hotel. Because of our size, cancellations affect us significantly.

Booking Policy:

  • To confirm and guarantee a reservation at Hotel Bandolero:
  • a deposit is required in the amount of the first night's stay per room reserved including VAT; 
  • deposit to be paid via credit / debit card, Visa, Maestro or MasterCard, please; 
  • card details required: name on card, 16 digits of card and expiry date;
  • all other room charges will be settled upon check-out;
  • special provisions may apply for holiday periods;
  • American Express and Diners Club cards are NOT accepted. 
Cancellation Policy:

Reservations cancelled:- 

  • more than fourteen (14) days prior to arrival date, 100 percent refund less 10 Euros Cancellation Fee;
  • more than seven (7) days prior to arrival date, 50 percent refund less 10 Euros Cancellation Fee; 
  • seven (7) days or less prior to arrival date, deposit becomes non-refundable; a cancellation fee of 10 Euros may apply at our discretion.
Hotel Bandolero
Avenida Havaral 43
Júzcar (Málaga)
29462 Spain



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